When it comes to skincare, I am a minimalist. My skincare wish list may be excessive but I believe 4-5 products is a sufficient amount to use on a daily basis. Up until discovering Hyram on Youtube at the start of the year, I was clueless about skincare. From his videos and my own research, I feel confident enough to give you the run down on the basic formula to create your own custom skincare routine.
A general rule in skincare is to apply your products in order of the lightest to the heaviest. With this in mind, I’ll order my list in order of typical application.
The first step in any skincare routine should be a good cleansing system. In the morning, start the day by washing your face with a cleanser. If you have sensitive skin, like me, you want a gentle cleanser. Ideally all your face products should be fragrance free but with a wash off product, like a cleanser, it does not matter too much as it has less chance of being irritating to your skin. The purpose of a cleanser is to remove dead skin cells, oil and dirt, as well as other pollutants.
If you wear makeup, in the evening you want to double cleanse to ensure you effectively remove it all. Double cleansing, as the name suggests, requires two types of cleanser. First to remove the makeup you want to use a cleansing balm or oil, or a micellar water. Next you follow it up with a water based cleanser for a deeper cleanse.
A budget friendly and highly rated cleanser is the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser.
If a Serum sounds like a foreign word to you, no worries. In simple terms, a serum contains active ingredients to combat specific skincare issues. You can find a serum for just about any skin concern you have, whether that be ageing, sun damage or hyperpigmentation. You can apply a serum twice daily as part of your everyday skincare routine to see your skin transform rapidly.
Do some research on the best serums for you skin concerns and be sure to use an ingredient checker website to see what effect the product is likely to have on your skin.
Whether or not your skin type is dry, you should still incorporate a moisturiser into your everyday skincare routine. It is a common misconception that if your skin is oily you should skip this step. In reality, moisturiser is necessary to maintain the moisture and balance of your skin cells which can help minimise signs of ageing and prevent breakouts. It is useful to remember that most skincare products you apply to your face you should also apply to your neck – I especially recommend this when moisturising to prevent wrinkles there too.
You should moisturise both in the morning and evening. Some people like to take this a step further and use a different moisturiser in the morning and evening. This may be because their AM moisturiser includes SPF, whilst their PM moisturiser has other corrective benefits. Personally, I am too lazy for this distinction and stick to one cream for both applications.
Recently I have been using the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturiser, as I was given a sample size pot. I have been loving it and the ingredients are super non-problematic, however I think I’ll be opting for a cheaper alternative when I hit empty as it retails at £57 for a 50ml pot.
The skincare side of TikTok, also heavily influenced by Skincare by Hyram, raves about the brand CeraVe for a budget-friendly moisturiser.
Sunscreen, irrespective to how thin or thick the formula is, should always be applied last in your routine. This is to prevent other products reducing the effectiveness of the SPF. If you can’t see yourself committing to a multi-step skincare routine, this is the most important step and everyone should be wearing sunscreen every single day (yes, even in winter!). Why? Sunscreen reduces the risk of you developing skin cancer and prevents premature ageing of your skin. To ensure maximum effectiveness, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 and above.
If you know you’ll be heading to the beach, try finding a reef safe sunscreen to protect marine life while you swim.
Here are a few budget friendly facial sunscreens worth checking out!
PURITO Centella Green Level Safe Sunscreen (reef safe)
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Sunscreen (reef safe)
BONUS – Face masks
Face masks can be fun to do but unfortunately a lot of them really don’t do much for your skin. Once or twice a week, however, using an effective face mask can target specific skincare problems that your everyday products may not. It is important not to do these everyday as it can cause hyper-sensitivity in your skin.
If you want a face mask that exfoliates your skin, the Ordinary AHA BHA Peeling Solution is a super affordable chemical exfoliant. It targets congestion and aims to improve the overall texture and appearance of your skin. It has trended on social media recently not just for it’s effectiveness but for it’s interesting blood-like appearance…
Chemical exfoliation is arguably much more effective than physical exfoliation, e.g. face scrubs which can be harmful to the surface of your skin. Just make sure not to use these products more than twice a week.
Trying new skincare products, especially if you know your skin is sensitive and prone to acne or allergic reactions, can be risky. I recommend using a website like https://incidecoder.com/ to check the ingredients of a product before investing. It lists all the ingredients and rates them based on how potentially irritating or comedogenic they are. If the ingredients are neutral or rated well you can buy with confidence!
What skincare products do you swear by? I’d love to check them out.
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