A skincare routine is essential for maintaining healthy, glowing skin — but how do you know where to start? Do you buy all of the expensive products on display in the store or stick with tried-and-true family recipes?

No one answer works for everyone. Everyone has different needs regarding skin health and beauty, so having an effective routine requires considering factors such as your skin type, lifestyle, and budget.

This beginner’s guide will cover all the necessary steps to build a personalized skincare routine. Read on to learn more:

Step 1: Identify Your Skin Type

The first step in building an effective skincare routine is identifying your skin type. Dry and sensitive skin types will likely need fewer products as these tend to be oilier than normal or combination skin.

In contrast, those with oily or acne-prone skin should look for products specifically designed for such conditions. It’sIt’s important to note that many ingredients in skin care products can irritate, so always do a patch test before using anything new on your face.

Step 2: Cleanse & Exfoliate

Once you know your skin type, it’s time to start adding products into the mix. Cleansers and exfoliants can help remove dirt and debris from your pores while providing light exfoliation. For drier skin types, use a gentle cleanser with low concentrations of acids like lactic acid or glycolic acid. 

At the same time, those with oilier complexions should go for something more potent such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Be sure to do what is necessary, though only exfoliate once or twice weekly to avoid irritation.

Step 3: Hydrate & Moisturize

No matter what kind of complexion you have, moisture is key! Opt for a water-based (for oily)or cream-based moisturizer(for dry), depending on your needs. Additionally, serums containing hyaluronic acid are great for replenishing lost hydration due to issues like naturally low levels of sebum production or environmental factors such as wind and pollution. 

And remember sunscreen. SPF 30 should suffice but aim higher if you plan on spending extended periods outdoors.

Step 4: Treat & Protect

Once you’ve completed the first three steps of your routine, it’s time to treat specific issues like acne or wrinkles by looking into targeted treatments such as retinol creams or acne spot treatments.

You could also add a layer of protection by applying a facial mask every few weeks so that your skin can receive extra nourishment while also being shielded against environmental hazards like UV radiation or pollen allergies.


Creating an effective skincare routine doesn’t have to be complicated. All it takes is following simple guidelines, such as: 

  1. Determining your individual needs based on skin type
  2. Incorporating different cleansers, exfoliators, and moisturizers into the mix with the right combination of products.

No matter your skin type, we hope this guide helps you understand and build a skincare routine that’s suitable for your skin type and brings out better results in the long run.