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Skin Care Routine Steps for All Skin Types

Skin Care Routine Steps for All Skin Types

by Azka Munir · May 3, 2021

A Skin Care Routine is a popularly searched word these days. But do you take care of your skin beyond washing it daily with soap?

Well, then you may actually need skincare to take care of your skin before it starts showing the signs of aging and ages you rapidly.

If you want to try skincare but don’t know how to set up your routine, you are at the right place.

Keep reading below to know what are the right routine steps according to your skin type.


Skin Types

A Skin care routine actually starts from this step.

Many people skip knowing their skin type and jump directly to using highly rated skin care products.

However, no matter how good a product is, if it does not suit your skin type then it is useless.

Therefore you should begin by knowing your skin type.

skin types

Skin types include:

  • Normal Skin
  • Dry Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • Combination Skin
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Mature or Aging Skin

Basically, these are 5 skin types.

However, as your age skin ages, you may require skincare products catered to your signs of aging such as wrinkles, dark circles and fine lines.

However, how will you figure out the type of skin you have.

It’s pretty simple.

If you have normal skin it means that your skin isn’t exactly dry or oily.

Moreover, you do not face concerns like aging, scene or sensitivity.

However, no skin is perfectly normal, still, people who do not have any big skin issues have close to normal skin types.

If your skin is clear while not feeling oily or dry, then it is normal.

Sensitive skin is actually delicate skin that you should be careful with.

It can be acne-prone, skin that irritates quickly, and reddens easily.

Hence, you will want to avoid harsh chemicals on the skin and use those that cure your existing condition.

People with mature skin have wrinkles and dark spots.

You will need treatments that plump wrinkles, provides collagen and hyaluronic acid to your skin, decreases skin laxity and treats spots.

Now in order to know your skin type from oily, dry and combination skin, you will have to carry out a small test.

This goes:

*Take a blotting paper

*Pat it all across your face especially the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin

*Next observe the sheet in sunlight to check for oil.

If the sheet is covered in oil then you probably have oily skin.

However, if you notice oil only on the areas where the paper was on the forehead and nose then you likely have combination skin.

Likewise, if the blotting paper is actually dry with little to no oil, you have dry skin.

Dry skin generally is flaky and rough.

Your skin feels tight all day and it is scaly.

Most people get their dry skin from genetics or by constant dehydration.

Combination skin is oily on the T-zone (forehead and nose) while dry around the cheeks.

Hence, all these skin types have different concerns, therefore you will require a skin care routine suited to your needs.

And what is that going to be? Find out below!


Skin Care Routine Steps

Essentially skincare consists of seven to ten steps.

However, not all of them are needed for your skin concern and type.

You can benefit enough from using a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and sunscreen but additional steps can address your particular concerns.

woman applying steps for skin care routine

Order and Products

The order of applying skincare products is quintessential for them to work properly.

The skin needs to absorb these products so they need to be layered one after another from thinner to a thicker consistency.

You should also use those products first that your skin needs to absorb such as antioxidants and end it with those that should lock the skin and stay on top of it such as humectants.

The basic skincare products include:

  • Cleanser


A cleanser is generally the first step in your routine either it is day or night.

Cleansers are either oil-based or water-based.

They are available in the form of gels, creams, lotions, cleansing balms.

Ideally, this step is divided into two.

The first step is to use an oil-based cleanser that removes any dirt, also acts as a makeup remover and unclogs pores.

The next step is the water-based cleanser that washes away any remaining dirt and makeup and balances the pH of your skin.

Hence, washing your face step in the morning or night involves a gentle cleanser.

  • Toner


The second (or third step) is the toner that preps your skin.

A toner would replenish the pH of your skin after exposure to harsh soaps.

However, now cleansers do a better job for that.

Though toners still provide antioxidants and acids that help in the absorption and penetration of the product into the skin.

Some dermatologists may consider it an unnecessary step. You can apply it using a cotton pad.

  • Serums and Essences


Essences and Serums are full of nutrients and act as skin boosters while addressing your specific concerns.

You should apply serums with antioxidants like Vitamin C serum in the morning as it provides protection against UV rays and Free Radicals.

Moreover, you can layer essences, anti aging serums and boosters into your nighttime routine.

Essence is like a treatment for hydration and nourishment.

Hence, people layer them during the night for it to settle and work all night.

These include beauty waters or mists.

  • Exfoliators and Treatment


Treatments help to address certain concerns such as eczema and acne.

These spot treatments are best to use at nighttime when the skin regenerates.

Moreover, exfoliators like salicylic acid, help to remove dead skin cells from your skin and unclog pores.

You should not layer all of these together as they are strong ingredients such as retinol and AHA BHA.

In fact, you should use them according to your need, not daily but sparingly.

moisturizers and eye cream

  • Moisturizers and Eye Creams


The under-eye area and eyelid skin are one of the thinnest parts of the skin.

Hence, that area is very delicate. The eye cream addresses the dark circles and wrinkles in that area.

It provides thickness to the eyelid skin so that the dark circles are not that apparent and your skin maintains collagen and laxity in that area.

This prevents sagging in later years.

It is vital to apply an eye cream before your treatments.

However, to pack everything up you will need a moisturizer to store all the hydration and treatments.

There is a misconception that moisturizers are not for oily skins.

In fact, you will require a moisturizer even if you have oily skin.

The sun and harsh weather do enough damage to your skin and you will want to lock all the hydration and moisture from the previous steps.

So it is a necessary step.

  • Sunscreen and Masks


Not wearing sunscreen is equal to rendering your skincare useless.

A sunscreen of SPF 30 or above protects you from harmful UltraViolet rays.

This is the last step of your daytime routine however, you should also apply it when you are indoors.

Regular use of sunscreen will protect you from signs of aging, wrinkles, and fine lines in later years.

At night, the last step can be an overnight thick mask.

You can also replace it with sheet masks or other beauty masks.

However, you can apply an overnight gel or cream mask after a moisturizer but a sheet or washable mask before one.

While these are the basic steps of skincare you need to know what will especially suit your skin’s needs.

More on that below!


Skin Care Routine for Your Skin Type

You may use all or some of the skincare steps according to your skin needs.

Hence, skincare is not one size fits all.

Your skin needs will differ according to your skin type and you will have to do some trial and error and experimentation to find out what really works for you.

different skin care routine for skin types

Dry Skin

Dy skin indicates a damaged moisture barrier from where moisture escape while irritants enter.

Therefore, you will require products that maintain your skin hydration and plump it.

In the first step, use a cleansing lotion rather than a gel or balm.

Without any foam or lather, this mild lotion will not dry out your skin after cleansing.

Next, you can follow with atoner as usual but add an antioxidant and hydrating serum.

This stops any collagen breakdown (like Vitamin e or C serum) but serums like Hyaluronic Acid will also give you extra hydration.

At night you can add Retinol serums to your routine.

For both day and night use a hydrating moisturizer containing jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, phospholipids etc.

Choose cream moisturizers that are thick enough to reduce any dryness or flakiness of the skin.

Add sunscreen and eye cream as per the usual requirement.

Moreover occasionally use an exfoliator and face oil to remove dry dead skin cells and provide extra hydration to make skin supple.

Oily Skin 

If you have oily skin, your skin produces more sebum hence you need to reduce the oil and provide moderate hydration.

You would like to use ingredients that control oil and prevents the breeding of bacteria leading to breakouts.

Hence, go for a gel or foam cleanser without sulfates.

You would want your toner to be alcohol-free with germanium to reduce oil production and without alcohol.

Serums like AHA/BHA in the morning and retinol in the night help to decrease the appearance of your large pores.

Furthermore, you should choose a light gel-based moisturizer.

Steer clear of anything thick or creamy but choose ingredients like glycerin that retain moisture.

different products combination

Combination Skin

Skincare for combination skin incorporates both oily skin and dry skin routines while experimenting and switching to what works best for you.

You should opt for a gel-based cleanser however, if you feel your skin is too dry you can always change it to a cleansing lotion instead.

Your toner should be lightweight and witch hazel is a good ingredient for that.

Retinol and AHA/BHA serums will remain in your routine in combo skin as well.

They will reduce dull spots and pores.

For moisturizer, you will need a light one for the dryness on your cheeks.

You cannot go completely oil-free but your moisturizer should be hydrating enough.

Follow it with a zinc oxide sunscreen.

Moreover, face oils at night can give you extra hydration and plumpiness.

Normal Skin

If you have normal skin you can experiment with different active ingredients.

Still, it is better to use a light cleanser that is sulfate-free.

While choosing toners be wary of alcohols like ethanol and isopropyl alcohol.

Also, incorporate an antioxidant serum into your nighttime routine.

Another serum can be glycolic acid which will help retain the skin’s brightness and keep it balanced and clear.

Furthermore, choose a light moisturizer preferably with SPF to combine sunscreen protection with hydration.

Sensitive Skin

All the ingredients in your skincare should be non-irritating.

Hence, choose a mild cleansing lotion.

Add an alcohol-free toner as alcohol can irritate the skin.

Some toners especially cater to acne-prone skin which is a good option to use.

Also, avoid alcohol and fragrances in moisturizers.

Look for green tea and chamomile extracts that are for calming and soothing any irritation.

You can also apply a gel mask and lactic acid serum for exfoliation.

Your sunscreen choice should be zinc oxide as it is non-irritating.

mature skin care routine

Mature Skin

You need plumping to reduce wrinkles and fine spots, alongside treatments to eliminate any dark spots.

Choose a mild cleansing lotion to not dry out your skin.

An antioxidant serum in the morning will reduce pigmentation and decrease dark spots.

A physical exfoliator can work well on aging skin so incorporate that into your routine.

Moreover, use a hydrating moisturizer, eye cream and sunscreen as usual.

Also, add retinol to your routine for brightening and face oil to beat the aging dryness.


Once you are familiar with your skin care routine, get the relevant products and start it immediately.

You may see a few changes in your skin immediately such as reduction of flaky skin and less breakouts.

However, you will see the effects of some of them years later when you will have less wrinkles, fewer sunspots, no hyperpigmentation and glowing, youthful skin.

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