When life gets hectic, it can be easy to put a beauty routine on the back burner. Who has the time, right? But taking good care of your hair and skin is about more than just beauty. A solid beauty routine can help you feel confident, in control, and beautiful, inside and out.
One of the easiest ways to stay on top of beauty maintenance is to establish a regular hair and skincare routine that you can do without much effort. Creating a routine that you follow daily or weekly helps you establish habits that become second nature. Here’s an easy hair and skin schedule you can start following today.
Your New Daily Beauty Routine
When you create a routine that you follow every day, you can make sure you’re addressing your skin’s needs and not cutting any corners. Caring for your skin is personal. This is a basic routine that can be adjusted according to your own needs and preferences.
Daily Skin Care Routine
In The Morning
Your morning skincare routine will focus on preparing your skin for the day ahead.
To give your face a clean slate for the day, your first step will be to wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Your facial cleanser should:
- Gently remove dirt and buildup on the skin’s surface
- Exfoliate dead skin cells
- Contain an active ingredient, like hyaluronic acid, that can help retain moisture
- Contain antioxidants to help protect skin from daily damage
- Not clog your pores1
Dispense a quarter sized amount of cleanser to your hands and massage it into your face and neck. Rinse with lukewarm water.
A good toner can help exfoliate, clean out pores, balance dry or oily skin, and brighten the appearance of your skin.
When shopping for a toner, be aware that alcohol-based toners can dry your skin out.2 To avoid this, reach for a hydrating toner that will help you balance your skin but won’t leave you dry.
To apply your toner, pour some out on a cotton pad and gently swipe over clean, dry skin in a circular motion.
3. Apply A Serum
Serums can help supercharge your skin care routine. Depending on the ingredients they use, serums can give a wide range of potential benefits. Here are just a few things that serums may do:
- Help with hydration
- Brighten your skin’s appearance
- Support collagen production
- Help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Give skin a more youthful appearance3
Apply your serum with clean fingertips, using upward circular motions. Be sure not to pull or tug at your skin.
Once your serum has fully absorbed, you’ll want to apply a high-quality moisturizer. To apply, spread a thin layer over your face and neck using upward circular motions.
5. Apply Sunscreen
Last but not least, don’t forget your sunscreen. No matter the season, slathering on SPF is an important step in your skincare routine. Look for a mineral sunscreen that uses zinc oxide as an active ingredient. They may be better for your skin than chemical sunscreens.4
If you tend to forget sunscreen, you can also look for face makeup or moisturizer that contains SPF. This may make it more likely that you’ll apply it, especially if you wear makeup every day.
In The Evening
Your evening skin care routine will look similar to your daytime skin care routine, with a few key differences. While you sleep, your skin works hard to regenerate itself. Your evening skin care routine should take advantage of this natural process.5
Evening is a great time to layer on products that address skin concerns, like wrinkles, dark circles, dehydration, and fine lines. It’s also a strategic time to use active ingredients that make your skin sensitive to the sun, like retinol.
Cleansing your skin in the evening will help remove dirt, makeup, and dead skin cells that have accumulated on your face throughout the day. If you wear heavy makeup, make sure you remove it entirely in the evening before you go to sleep.6
2. Treat With A Night-Time Serum
It’s a good idea to target issues like breakouts or aging at night. Many of the active ingredients that address these issues may cause the skin to be more sensitive to the sun. To help keep your skin looking young, seek out an anti-aging serum that contains collagen peptides. These peptides may help reduce the visibility of wrinkles, and help give your skin a youthful appearance.7
3. Apply An Eye Cream
To help reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles, reach for an eye cream. Eye creams are specially formulated to work on the sensitive skin around your eyes. The right eye cream can help:
- Moisturize the sensitive skin around your eyes
- Reduce the visibility of fine lines
- Brighten the appearance of dark circles8
In the evening, reach for a cream that’s heavier than the moisturizer you use during the day. Your skin is more permeable at night, which means that you may lose moisture while you sleep.9 A high quality moisturizer may help counteract this.
Look for a high-quality night cream – You’ve got a whole new day ahead of you tomorrow.
Weekly Skin Care Routine
In addition to your regular daily routine, try making it a habit to add in these extras at least once a week.
It’s important to exfoliate your skin at least once a week. Exfoliating helps slough off dead skin cells to reveal newer, brighter-looking skin. When it comes to exfoliating, you have two options:
- A physical exfoliant, like a gentle scrub.
- A chemical exfoliant, like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or retinol.10
You can add this step toward the end of your daily skin care routine, right before you apply your moisturizer.
Apply A Face Mask
To give your skin care an extra boost, add a face mask to your routine 1-3 times a week. Applying a mask is not only a relaxing self-care ritual, it’s also a great option for people who want to minimize the look of pores or balance dry or oily skin.11,12
If you opt to use a mask, remove your makeup and cleanse your face first. Gently apply the mask with your fingertips and leave it on for the specified time. Remove the mask and continue on with your serum, eye cream, and moisturizer.
Daily Hair Care Routine
Hair care is different from skin care. Many people wash their face every single morning and evening – or at least they try to. But when it comes to hair, you may wash it daily, every other day, or even once a week or less. Your hair care frequency will likely depend on your hair texture, scalp condition, and personal preference.13
You can think of the following routine as a guideline for what you do when you care for your hair. Whether you follow this routine once a day or twice a week, it will look basically the same.
Lather up with a good shampoo to remove sebum (oil), sweat, environmental pollutants, dead skin, and product residue from your hair and scalp. When you cleanse your hair, you want to use a product that will effectively clean while leaving some natural oils behind.14
After you’ve rinsed the shampoo out of your hair, apply a conditioner. Conditioners are made to replace some of the natural sebum of your hair that is stripped away when you wash it.
A conditioner can help increase your hair’s luster, shine, and manageability. It may also help minimize static electricity or dryness.15
3. Treat And Protect
After you’ve gently towel-dried your hair, you may want to apply products like hair oil or leave-in conditioner. If you plan to style your hair with heat, you may also want to apply a heat protection spray at this time.16
4. Style With Products And Tools
Once you’ve gone through the steps above, you’re ready to style your hair. Depending on your hair’s texture, you may want to reach for a texturizing spray, curl defining cream, or volumizing mousse. From there, you can continue to style it with hot tools or let your hair dry naturally.17
Weekly Hair Care Routine
In addition to your regular hair care routine, you may want to add in a weekly treatment.
Add In A Weekly Treatment
- Hair mask. Often made with nourishing ingredients like coconut oil, a hair mask can help give dry hair an extra boost of moisture.
- Protein treatment. Protein treatments may smooth and strengthen the cuticles of damaged hair.
- A scalp treatment. Some clarifying masks can help remove product build-up and excess oil from your scalp.18
Tips On Making Your Beauty Routine Work For You
Alright, so you have a new hair and skin care routine. Your skin and hair are going to transform overnight, right? Not so fast. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while you adjust to your new schedule:
- Be patient. It can take time for a new skin or hair product to work. Once you switch to something new, stick with it for at least 6 weeks.19 The exception, of course, is if your skin is having a negative reaction. If that’s the case, discontinue use immediately.
- Be consistent. Rather than hop around from product to product, invest in a high quality item, and use it consistently. You may want to keep a spare of your favorite products on hand so you don’t run out.20
- Drink water. If you’ve heard this a million times, it’s because it’s true: water is great for your skin and hair. It’s been credited with everything from healthy skin to a reduction in hair loss.21,22
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