Taking good care of your skin is a somewhat complex process. It is easy to do once you’ve got it figured out, but getting to that point takes time and experimentation. You also need to figure out how you’ll arrange your skincare routine as well. Some people prefer night as it helps ensure that their skin is as clean as possible for overnight products. This works well for eye creams and particular masks that benefit from being able to soak into the skin for hours, but most of us tend to favor morning skincare routines. These help us clean our skin up before we face the day and give us the best skin for applying makeup to when we do it appropriately. Not everyone has a clear idea on what makes for a good morning skincare routine, however. We’ve got a basic set of tips that should put you on your way to discovering your own perfect morning skincare routine.

Rinse and Cleanse
Cleaning your skin properly is necessary to ensure that your skin is as healthy as possible. A good rinse is the best way to start. Use lukewarm water as it is sufficiently warm to help break up grime and sweat on your skin without being so hot that is causes a rebound that dries out your skin. Never forget that overly hot water will actually cause that reflexive reaction or you can accidentally end up drying your skin out while cleaning it. Once you’ve rinsed, it is time to cleanse your skin. It is a fairly personal step as you’ll need to find the cleanser that works best for your particular skin. Those with oily skin, surprisingly, might want to try an oil-based cleanser designed for breaking up oil to ensure that you get the best cleansing possible out of the step. People with dry skin, by contrast, will want to stick to a water-based cleanser that targets grime and sweat. That will ensure their skin is cleansed properly without damaging what oils their skin does produce.

Exfoliate
Don’t do this step every day. A good morning routine is flexible and remembers that the skin’s needs change comparatively regularly next to the rest of their body. You should exfoliate once or twice a week at most to ensure that your skin is healthy. Exfoliate after cleansing, though. This step deepens how clean your skin will be by the time you’re done. It helps by dissolving or scrubbing away excess dead skin cells that build up on your skin. Not exfoliating means your skin will end up being comparatively dull in appearance and more prone to breaking out. Routine exfoliation helps ensure that oil, sweat, and grime have less to accidentally clog pores with and cause breakouts. Chemical exfoliants are a good general use choice when exfoliating your face as their strength can be varied properly to avoid hurting the skin. Try to avoid any scrubs that aren’t meant for gentle physical exfoliation. Rice powders scrubs and similar are the typical form this kind of product takes. Avoid sugar scrubs as a matter of course and get far away from any salt scrubs. They are too harsh for facial skin in most cases.

Nourish and Moisturize
At this point, your skin should be as clean as you’re going to get it. That makes it the perfect time to actually nourish your skin as there is very little to get in the way of your products at this point. The basic rule is to apply your products from lightest to heaviest to ensure they get the best chance to work. Serums, for instance, need to be applied first as they are very light and lack the staying power to get as much done if you apply them at any other point. Anti-aging products should typically be applied after that if they are lotions or heavier. Layer your products effectively after you’ve applied them thoroughly. The last thing to go on should be your moisturizer. It will seal the moisture left in your skin from the rinse and all the nourishing products you’ve applied to your skin as well. The end result is a healthy, reinforced moisture barrier that will protect and nourish your skin for hours after. Just give it a few minutes to dry before you move on to your makeup.

The perfect morning skincare routine is an elusive thing. So many of the factors involved require adjustment for the person doing the routine since no one’s skin is the same. This takes know-how built up over time to help figure out the right products for your own skin based on what is good for your skin type. Our general guide will give you an idea on how they need to be applied though to get the most out of your products and routine. Hopefully, that will be enough to get you well on your way to figuring out your perfect routine.

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