Are you the stereotypical guy that finds all the steps and terms in skincare a little too much, or maybe you just want to start taking care of your skin (male/female) and do not know where to start? I’m here to help (as always). I formed a very easy face care routine for anyone that wants to pay more attention to their skin but isn’t ready to go all out. I specified men because I feel they take up the majority in this category.
I made this routine around the basics of skincare. According to a dermatologist, there are only 3 non-negotiable steps in skincare. Everything else is actually an add-on. Those 3 steps include cleansing, moisturising and SPF.
“The benefits to a skincare routine lie in the ingredients that are being used, not the number of products you’re using,” says Dr. Francesca Fusco, NYC Dermatologist
This routine consists of those 3 steps, but I added an optional fourth step for those that have skin concerns they’d like to treat specifically. May be a pimple, dark spots, uneven texture, etc.
As much as we want to make it short and easy, I also had to ensure you were going to benefit fully from every one of those three steps. To do this, each of the three products used must be a multitasking product.
As I mentioned before, what makes this routine different is that you must use multitasking products. By multitasking, I mean products that benefit your skin in more than one way. The key focus of this routine like everything else on my blog is ingredients because I believe that is the key to proper skincare.
To multitask, you have to make sure your product has multiple active ingredients that perform specific functions. Paying attention to your ingredients and making sure the key ingredients appear at the top of an ingredient list is a good way to start.
The Skincare Routine
Before I list out the steps to this routine, I advise you to get an ingredient checker app or website on standby. I’m assuming you won’t be an expert with the ingredient’s names and functions, so to avoid getting overwhelmed when choosing products, use an ingredient analyser like these.
Now we can proceed
The order of this routine is:
Step 1: Get an EXFOLIATING Facewash
Like any sensible skincare routine, the first step is always to cleanse. I could go the easy route and say to use any soap but I don’t advise that. Most soaps on your face can mess up its natural pH level and are usually drying and irritant. Remember, the skin on your face is more sensitive.
One soap I can recommend though is the Dove White Beauty Bar, it’s very moisturising and cleanses really well. Ideal for both your face and body. Take note this is just a soap recommendation and is not an ideal for exfoliation.
So, the first step is to get an exfoliating cleanser/facewash. And no, by cleanser I don’t mean the type you dab on with a cotton pad, those are actually toners.
If you’re using an effective and pH balanced facewash, you won’t necessarily need a toner. I believe it’s optional in skincare.
Remember, I said we’re making use of multitasking products? Because of that, make sure whatever facewash you’re using has exfoliating ingredients. You’d want to make sure it’s of a lower concentration though since you’d be using it daily.
Some exfoliating ingredients include:
- Salicylic Acid (BHA)
- Lactic Acid (Gentle AHA)
- Mandelic Acid (Gentle AHA)
- Glycolic Acid (Strong AHA)
- Malic Acid (Very Gentle AHA)
- Citric Acid (Gentle AHA)
- AHA + BHA (Very Strong)
You could decide to use a physical exfoliating cleanser, these usually have tiny seeds in them that help exfoliate your skin. Just make sure it’s gentle and the seeds/beads aren’t harsh or too rough on your skin.
As we go further in this routine, you’d notice I skipped an exfoliating product and to make up for this you NEED an exfoliating ingredient added somewhere else in your routine.
STEP 2: Use a moisturiser with an extra something
I basically mean use a multitasking moisturizer. Its primary function is to keep your skin moisturized, smooth and soft, but if possible, it should do a little more.
Since you will not be using serums or any of the extra jazz. Your moisturizer needs to be packed. It could have brightening ingredients, anti-ageing ingredients, hydrating components, acne-fighting ingredients. Whichever you feel your skin needs the most.
Some Ingredients to look out for include:
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
The ingredients you multitask with depends on what you want to achieve from the products. Take a look at this ingredients list to guide you.
You could always stick to natural oils for moisturizing but remember the aim of this routine is to multitask. Make sure whatever oil you use is right for your skin type and skin concern.
STEP 3: SPF SPF SPF
This is very important because most skin conditions if not every skin condition is worsened by rays from the sun. So, whether you have normal (unproblematic skin), struggling with acne or dealing with hyperpigmentation. You need to protect your skin from the sun.
And the only way to effectively do that is by using SPF (Sun Protection Factor). Make sure it’s broad-spectrum, that means it protecting you from both UVA and UVB rays.
An SPF of 25 and up should be sufficient, just ensure you’re reapplying every 2 hours and you’ll be safe.
Avoid mixing your sunscreen with a moisturizer or oil, this can really mess with the formula and the protecting capacity.
You could either get a physical sunscreen or a chemical sunscreen. Physical sunscreen works from the outside by protecting your skin from the rays, while a chemical sunscreen works by stopping any effects those rays might have on the inside. It all depends on which you prefer.
Physical sunscreens are more advised for people with sensitive or dry skin. The downside to physical sunscreens though is that majority of them leave a white cast on your skin. A few that do not include:
- Biore UV
- Neutrogena Hydro Boost
- Black Girl Sunscreen
Sunscreen must always be the last step for any daytime routine. And for a nighttime routine, you can skip this step.
Step 4: Treatment (Optional)
This step is actually optional. Unless you have a skin concern that you’d like to see cleared up a bit faster you can skip this.
This step involves getting a product that serves as a treatment; could be a serum, cream, gel or whatever you prefer. It just has to have an active ingredient (Of somewhat high concentration) that targets your concern.
For instance, in addition to your skincare routine, your treatment could be a benzoyl peroxide gel to help with acne.
Or a retinol serum that clears dark spots (anything with retinol should be used only at night).
This is basically what I mean by a treatment, again it’s optional.
I hope these steps helped you build your routine around multitasking products. The best to keep a routine short and simple is by using multitasking products. I advise you have an ingredient checker at your disposal to make things a lot easier.
Do you already follow a multitasking skincare routine?
Did you find this helpful?
Would really love to know!