What Are the Steps to an Effective Skincare Routine

What Are the Steps to an Effective Skincare Routine

We get it – life is busy, and so are you. The best way to stick to a skincare routine is to be realistic about how it fits in with your lifestyle and your schedule, as well as consider what your skincare goals are. For those who are hustling with more than one job, a family to care for, or taking as many classes as you can this semester, time is a precious commodity. Completing a 7-step skincare routine probably isn’t in the cards for you right now. Then there are others who have found that their favorite form of “me time” is their skincare routine and have allowed a little more time in the day to invest in their skin health. No matter where you fall, you should be congratulated that you are here, wanting to learn more about an effective skincare routine.

Whether you’re just trying to maintain your skin or really want to get serious about taking care of it, there’s a skincare routine out there for you! From 3-step skincare routines for the busy go-getter, to 5-step plans for those who can give their skin a little more attention, to 7- and 10-step routines for those who really want to invest in their skin health, there’s always a way to keep your skin in tip-top shape. For that reason, in this blog post, we’re going to talk about what kind of steps you need to take, depending on your lifestyle and your skincare goals.

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Main Takeaways: Skincare regimes vary from simple, 3-step routines to elaborate 10-step regimens. It all depends how much time you have and what your particular needs are.

Good to Know: Even if you do nothing else, a basic routine including a cleanser, a moisturizer, and an eye cream is imperative to maintain good skin health.

Recommended Products: Starter Set and Deluxe Set.

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Basic Steps to an Effective Skincare Routine

Whether you want to keep up an elaborate, 10-step skincare routine or just want to maintain your great skin with an easy, 3-step plan, there’s an effective skincare routine out there for you. Here are some examples of 3-, 5-, 7- and 10-step skincare routines!

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3-Step Skincare Routine

As we said above, when you are strapped for time and you are looking to just take care of the basics, follow these three steps: cleansing, moisturizing, and treating the eye area. We’ve made it easy for you to get everything you need in one kit by including these three steps in our basic Starter Set.

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Here’s how to use this money-saving set:

Step One: Cleanse

The first product you’ll use in this set is our So Clean! facial cleanser to cleanse, purify, and remove excess oil without drying your skin out. It’ll even remove light makeup, and it was created to work with all skin types, so lather up!

Step Two: Apply Eye Cream

Next, we’ve included our Eyes Eyes Baby anti-aging eye cream. As you may or may not know, the skin around your eye area is much more delicate than the skin on the rest of your face; therefore, needs more attention and a product specifically formulated to treat it. Eyes Eyes Baby will restore hydration to your eye area, help to firm your skin, and reduce the appearance of dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness. If your eyes have been showing the effects of some late nights out or just a lack of sleep, this eye cream will help perk you up!

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Step Three: Moisturize

Finally, we’ve included our H2 Oh Yeah hydrating moisturizer to restore moisture to your skin. This antioxidant-rich face cream provides intense hydration to the skin, gets to work on fine lines and wrinkles, and helps smooth the skin. It’s full of 21 nourishing actives, such as aloe vera to soothe the skin, hyaluronic acid to restore hydration, and sea buckthorn oil to help protect the skin from environmental stressors trying to harm it.

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5-Step Skincare Routine

If you want to invest in yourself and have a little more time to spend on your skin, our 5-step skincare routine Deluxe Set offers everything you need for brighter, healthier skin.

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Here’s how to use it:

Step One: Cleanse

Since the basis of all great skin care is a great cleanse, we’ve included our So Clean! facial cleanser in our deluxe set. As we mentioned above, it’s perfect for getting skin clean without drying it out.

Step Two: Tone

We’ve also included our Rose and Shine rose water toner, which can be used right after you cleanse. Just a few spritzes will instantly add hydration, leaving your skin refreshed and soothed. We love using this throughout the day to balance oils and restore hydration to the skin. (Plus, the rose scent is heavenly!)

Step Three: Apply Serum

Next, use a few drops of our Nectar of the C vitamin C serum. Known far and wide for its incredible ability to brighten the skin, it will not only make skin glow, it works to diminish the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles. Made with 11 nourishing actives, including squalane to balance and moisturize, vitamin C to brighten (obviously!), and jojoba to help moisturize it, it makes an incredible difference in the appearance of your skin in a fairly short time.

Step Four: Moisturize

This set includes our H2 Oh Yeah hydrating moisturizer as well. Offering deep, long-lasting hydration, it’s brilliant for soothing the skin. Although it can be used by all skin types, for those with dry or very dry skin, it’s like an answered prayer!

Step Five: Apply Eye Cream

You didn’t think we would create a deluxe set without eye cream, did you? Of course not! We’ve included our best-seller, Eyes Eyes Baby anti-aging eye cream in this set so you can make sure the delicate area around your eyes is getting its fill of moisture. Pro tip: apply with the ring finger to avoid pulling on the eye area.

To summarize, this 5-step routine starts with cleanser, followed by rose water toner. Next, apply vitamin C serum and seal it all in with hydrating moisturizer. Lastly, treat with eye cream.

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7-Step Skincare Routine

Want to really up your skincare regime? Indulge in a 7-step skincare routine. Even if you don’t do it every day, it’s a great idea to do once every week or so to make sure you’re really keeping your skin in tip-top shape. Here’s how:

Step One: Cleanse

Repeat after us: “Great skincare starts with a great cleanser!” Our So Clean! facial cleanser is the perfect way to start off your 7-step routine.

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Step Two: Use a Detox Mask

Take your “me time” to the next level with an at-home spa day by adding a detox mask. Although it’s not an everyday necessity, it is the perfect addition to your routine. Our Prince Charcoal detox mask uses bentonite clay and kaolin clay to purify and detox, and it includes a plethora of botanical actives to restore nourishment to your skin, all in one step!

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Masking is not necessary every day, as we mentioned before, so you can add a gentle liquid exfoliant to your routine, as needed. Look for an exfoliator that includes glycolic acid or lactic acid to smooth uneven texture, allowing all your other products to absorb well and be more effective.

Step Three: Tone

Although So Clean! will never dry out your skin, it’s always a good idea to replenish moisture with our Rose and Shine rose water toner. A few spritzes and you’re good to go!

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Step Four: Apply Serum

For truly glowing skin, nothing beats our Nectar of the C vitamin C serum. All you need is a few drops.

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Step Five: Moisturize

Keep skin happy and hydrated with our H2 Oh Yeah hydrating moisturizer.

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Step Six: Apply Eye Cream

Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (and get rid of that tired, puffy look) with a few dabs of our Eyes Eyes Baby anti-aging eye cream.

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Step Seven: Apply Sunscreen

Your 7th step can include applying sunscreen during the day. As I am sure you are aware, sunscreen is one of the most important parts of a good skincare routine! In the evening, consider adding a lip treatment before bedtime. Your body (and thus your skin) replenishes and heals itself while you rest overnight, so give it an extra boost by treating every part of the skin on your face while you get your beauty sleep.

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10-Step Skincare Routine

For those who have major skincare goals, a 10-step skincare routine may be right up your alley! Thought to have originated in Korea, the 10-step skincare routine varies a bit from person to person, but has a lot of the same basic steps. Here’s how we like to run through a 10-step skincare routine:

Step One: Cleanse

You know what to do! Give your skin a great cleanse with our So Clean! facial cleanser.

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Step Two: Use a Detox Mask

We call our Prince Charcoal detox mask a “Spa in a Jar” thanks to its incredible ability to draw out impurities. Give your skin a thorough clean out once or twice a week with it.

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Masking is not necessary every day, as we mentioned before, so you can add a gentle liquid exfoliant to your routine, as needed. Look for an exfoliator that includes glycolic acid or lactic acid to smooth uneven texture, allowing all your other products to absorb well and be more effective.

Step Three: Tone

Replenish moisture with a few spritzes of our Rose and Shine rose water toner.

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Step Four: Apply Serum

Want your skin to glow? A few drops of our Nectar of the C vitamin C serum will do the job.

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Step Five: Moisturize

Even oily skins need a moisturizer. Keep yours hydrated with our H2 Oh Yeah hydrating moisturizer.

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Step Six: Apply Eye Cream

Whether your issue is fine lines and wrinkles or puffiness, our Eyes Eyes Baby anti-aging eye cream can really help.

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Step Seven: Apply Sunscreen

You’ll only do this in the morning but if you really want great skin now and later in life, it’s every bit as important as cleansing or moisturizing. Supplement with a lip treatment at night.

Step Eight: Use a Sheet Mask

Sheet masks are a little like serums in that they’re meant to target certain issues. You can get brightening sheet masks for dull skin, hydrating masks for dry skin, collagen masks for mature skin, and balancing masks for oily skin. There are even sheet masks that target specific problems like breakouts or wrinkles. Whatever skin issue you have, we can almost guarantee you there’s a sheet mask for it.

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Step Nine: Use an Eye Patch

No, not a “Pirates of the Caribbean” eye patch, but an under eye treatment patch to infuse potent ingredients to the delicate skin under your eyes. Under eye treatment patches can add extra hydration around the eye area, help reduce the appearance of dark circles, minimize the look of puffiness, and even help brighten the area around the eyes.

Step Ten: Use a Gua Sha or Roller

It takes a little practice, but using a gua sha or a skin roller is a great way to really help your skin look great. From promoting lymphatic drainage to improving the jaw line, these tools are the finishing touch to a great skin care routine. Not only do they feel great on your skin, they can also be used to help distribute products like serum and/or moisturizer. Best of all, they’re available at just about every price point.

Keep in mind that because you commit to a 10-day skincare routine one day, doesn’t mean you have to go through all ten steps morning and night, or even every day. The main thing is that you’re making a commitment to a skincare routine of any length to keep your skin healthy and looking its absolute best!