How to create an effective skincare routine


Skincare is a form of self-care everyone should add to their daily routine. As the largest organ of your body, it’s important to care for and maintain healthy skin. An effective skincare routine will help you achieve a healthy and radiant skin that will stand the test of time. To create a good and effective skincare routine, you need to first understand your skin type and its specific needs. Your skin type and needs will determine how you tailor the perfect skincare routine for you.

A friendly reminder – the moment you start with consistent use of skincare, there’s no going back.

Skincare routines become daily habits that you build to treat common concerns like acne, and hyper-pigmentation and protect from ageing and environmental damage. The only way you will get the best results from creating a skincare routine is consistency. Consistency is key. Good skincare won’t work like magic and will have you glowing in three days. Do not fall for the scams that promise results in 3 to 5 days after you use a certain product. It takes time for your skincare to work so be patient and you’ll be satisfied by the turnaround. Most products take a few weeks to a month – or even more – before they show results.

Why should you have a skincare routine?

Unless you have really good genes in your family and haven’t ever worried about acne, dullness, dry skin, oily skin, irritation, hyper-pigmentation or wrinkles, having consistent skincare might not be important.

But if you’re like me, dealing with more than one of the skin problems mentioned above, maintaining a skincare routine is very important. Regular use will prevent breakouts, minimize ageing signs, and cultivate healthy skin.

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What are the Benefits of an Effective Skincare Routine?

– Improved skin texture and tone

– Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

– Balanced oil production

– Protection against environmental stressors

Before diving into a skincare routine, it’s essential to understand your skin type and its unique characteristics. There are four main skin types: oily, dry, combination, and sensitive.


Different Skin Types

  • Oily Skin: it is caused mainly by excess sebum production which often leads to shiny skin and enlarged pores.
  • Dry Skin: Lacks moisture, resulting in rough, flaky patches and a tight feeling.
  • Combination Skin: Exhibits characteristics of both oily and dry skin, with an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and dry cheeks.
  • Sensitive Skin: Prone to irritation and redness, reacts easily to skincare products and environmental factors.

How to Determine Your Skin Type

To determine your skin type, simply observe how your skin feels after cleansing and throughout the day. If it feels greasy minutes after washing your face and your nose and cheek areas appear extremely oily throughout the day, you have oily skin. If your skin feels tight after cleansing and appears flaky throughout the day, you have dry skin. If you experience both oily and dry skin type symptoms then you have a combination skin type.

If you experience redness and irritation frequently due to certain products, then you have sensitive skin. For sensitive skin, you have to be extra careful before using a new skincare product. It is recommended to do a patch test on your skin in a safe area like your elbow or behind your ears to determine if your skin is sensitive to the product.


Morning Skincare Routine 

The best way to start your morning is with a good morning skincare routine that will set the tone for the day ahead. It is the perfect ritual to give your skin the right amount of care and hydration that protects your skin from unwanted skin problems and environmental factors.

STEP 1: Cleansing in the Morning

Start with washing your face with a gentle cleanser/face wash best suited for your skin type. A good face wash cleanses your skin of any dirt that has accumulated overnight. A gentle is highly recommended as it prevents stripping your skin of its natural oils.

Step 2; Toning

You’ll hear advice like, “You do not need a toner,” or “A toner isn’t necessary for a skincare routine,” and the best thing you can do is turn deaf ears to them. Following up with a toner after cleansing will help balance your skin’s pH levels and also target certain skin concerns like blemishes, blackheads, and whiteheads. Toners help tighten the skin pores and prepare the skin for other steps in your skincare routine by removing any residue dirt.

STEP 3; Applying Serums and Treatments

After your toner has seeped into your skin properly, follow up with either a serum or treatment targeting your specific skin problems like acne, hyperpigmentation, or ageing. Before purchasing any serum or treatment read the labels and instructions to confirm it’s suited for your skin.

STEP 4; Moisturizing

It is important for all skin types to always moisturize. Even if you have oily skin, your skin needs a moisturizer so opt for a lightweight moisturizer made for oily skin and includes non-comedogenic ingredients that would prevent your pores from clogging.

STEP 5; Sun Protection

Come rain, come sunshine, you have to apply your sunscreen. Round up your morning skincare routine with sunscreen with SPF 30 to 60. if you care about protecting your skin from factors like harmful UV rays, skin damage, and premature ageing, applying your sunscreen should be a priority.


Evening Skincare Routine

After a long and stressful day at work or school, giving in to a relaxing evening skincare routine is bliss. Given you’re stressed out and just want to snuggle into your bed, a short five-step skincare is enough to cleanse the impurities of the day and have you feeling refreshed for bed.

STEP 1; Double Cleansing

Wash your hands clean and start with an oil-based cleanser to properly remove makeup and sunscreen. Follow up with a water-based face wash to cleanse your skin thoroughly. This step ensures all dirt, makeup, and excess oil is removed from your skin.

STEP 2; Exfoliation

Exfoliating your skin 2-3 times a week will do so much for your skin health by removing dead skin cells and unclogging your pores. You do not have to exfoliate every day as it will cause more harm than good. You can choose a chemical exfoliant (like AHAs or BHAs) or a gentle physical exfoliant like face scrubs depending on your skin’s sensitivity.

STEP 3; Toning

Follow up with cleansing toner to re-balance your skin and prepare it for the next steps in your routine.

STEP 4; Applying Serums and Treatments

You’d want to apply a serum or treatment fitted for your specific concerns such as salicylic acid for acne-prone skin, or retinol for anti-aging. Products like retinol are best suited for night routines as they cause extra sensitivity to sunlight.

STEP 5; Night Moisturizer

Finish off with a good night moisturize to lock in other products, nourish, and keep your skin hydrated throughout the night.

Tips to get a Healthy Skin

 In addition to a regular skincare routine, here are a few tips and habits that will help you get healthy and glowing skin.

  1. Drink a good amount of water daily and eat healthy foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including fruits, and vegetables to help your process of healthy skin.
  2. You should try out some weekly treatments and practices such as applying face masks, eye masks, or facial oils depending on what skin concern might be troubling you. These treatments are like an extra boost of hydration that helps to get your skincare desired results.
  3. Listen to your Skin


Especially when you begin to use a new product, you have to pay attention to how your skin reacts to it and also adjust your skincare routine if needed. The moment a product causes irritation, a burning sensation, or redness, you need to drop it a asap. Oftentimes time people mistake a slight burning sensation as a sign of the product being effective. Such a mistake can be very costly so do pay attention to your skin.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

While building your skincare routine, beware of these common pitfalls that can hinder your progress.

Common mistakes like over-exfoliating can ruin the progress of your skincare routine. Exfoliating more than 3 times a week will irritate your skin and destroy the skin barrier. If you have sensitive skin, exfoliating 2 times a week is okay and if your skin has more tolerance you can stick to 3 times a week.

Using Too Many Products will only overwhelm your skin and do the opposite of what you expected. Using numerous products doesn’t guarantee faster or better results. It will only cause your skin to break, and ruin your skin barrier. A simple skincare product with essential products that your skin needs.

Ignoring Sunscreen is the biggest misstep in your skincare routine. Consider applying sunscreen as non-negotiable whether it’s sunny, cloudy, or you’re staying indoors. Make sunscreen a daily habit to prevent any sort of skin damage.


To maintain healthy and glowing skin, having an effective skincare routine is essential. Having a skincare routine is a form of self-care and self-love so do indulge in creating the perfect routine for yourself.

Also, read;

5 Skincare Mistakes you need to stop

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