Getting on the skincare train is one that you can never be late for: it is a ritual that is not one-size fit all, highly customizable, and you can hop on anytime you want.
Maybe you already have one going for you, talking about the basic cleanser-toner- moisturizer routine, but being human, you become fascinated with all the masks, serums, essences, potions and whatnot coming out every season in the skincare market.
Into The Gloss’ Beauty and skincare writer Emily Ferber rounded out the best ways you can start with building the skincare routine of your dreams:
One Product At A Time
“This is Beauty Editor Tenet #1. A complete and total routine overhaul can happen, but if you change everything at once, how will you know what’s working? Or more importantly, what’s not working? If you’re starting from the ground up, think about it like this: Maybe you have a cleanser and a moisturizer. First, start using those regularly for a week. Then use those regularly + add in a toner. See how it goes, then maybe try a mask on Thursdays… And so on and so forth. Steady as she goes.”
Ride The Cycle
“Skin regenerates itself, which is pretty nifty. Baby skin matures, moving to the outer layers of the epidermis, showing itself, and then finally shedding off. That process can take anywhere from 28 days to closer to 6 weeks depending on who you consult.” Emily says that some products take time and are essentially ‘waiting’ for the natural processes of your skin to do it’s thing.
“ So sit tight. It might not seem like it’s working, but be patient. Let your skin turn over (several times if you can stand it) before you pass judgment on that anti-aging serum.”
You Only Have One Moisture Barrier—Don’t Destroy It
“Where was once a starry-eyed, sensitive-skinned noob became a foolhardy “Thinks She Knows Everything” over-exfoliator who couldn’t help but break out every week because she scrubbed her natural defenses away. Don’t let this happen to you!” Remember that your moisture barrier is made up of your cells, some lipids, and your skin’s natural moisture content and exists to keep bacteria out and hydration in.
“Resurfacing might be all the rage (the process by which you exfoliate away older, deader skin to reveal fresher baby skin that’s also a tad more vulnerable to the elements), but approach with caution.”
Emily advises to start at just once a week, just to “slough off what really doesn’t need to be there anymore.”
“Skin does crazy things when you mistreat it. Learn from my mistakes,” said Emily, and don’t over-exfoliate.
One Zit Does Not Equal Acne (AKA Respect Your Skin Type)
“A few spots every once in a while doesn’t mean you should reach straight for the clarifying cleansers, drying spot treatments, and resurfacing toners. It goes back to the point directly above this—over-treating can lead to more problems than you had to begin with.”
The key lesson here? Respect your skin type: If you’re not oily, that’s OK! If you’re not dry, also OK! Just use the products that were developed with your underlying issues in mind.
“It’ll feel better than using the new and trendy products in the long run. I’m fairly certain of this.”
Dermatologists Exist For A Reason
“At Glossier HQ, my desk is in the back, hidden behind a fortress of new beauty products. I get on the phone with [Dermatologist] Dr. Wechsler regularly. Renée Rouleau and I are pen pals. I dole out advice like candy on Instagram. And yet, I was still at the dermatologist’s office yesterday for a problem I wasn’t quite sure how to solve. All of which is to say, everyone’s an expert—until they’re not anymore.”
Your favorite beauty blogger can dole out DIYs and skin advice that works for them, but there’s a point at which some of your questions need to be directed to somebody who actually went to school for derma stuff.
“Beauty editors and bloggers and vloggers can give you personal recommendations until they’re blue in the face—but very few of them can prescribe you Spironolactone if you really need it. Puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?”