8 Simple Steps for the Perfect Skincare Routine

by Bisma Khan
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Step 1: Wash your Face with a Cleanser

Rear-view shot of a beautiful Indonesian woman washing her face using beauty cleanser soap. She's looking at her reflection in the mirror while thoroughly rubbing her face.

You want to start your skincare routine by cleansing your face thoroughly with a product specifically formulated for use on the skin. Make certain to get rid of all signs of makeup and grime. The idea is to start with a clean slate, so you can reap all of the benefits that will come from following through with your naturally glowing skincare routine.

Also, don’t forget to pay attention to your eyes! Makeup often gets in them (which causes irritation) and it needs to be removed too. To protect against infection, avoid rubbing so hard that you scratch yourself—gentle circles are plenty. Consider using eye makeup remover beforehand; it works great!

Step 2: Use a Toner

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After cleansing, your skin is open and therefore vulnerable to external irritants. Toners help remove any residue left on your skin while preparing it for further moisturizing products and leaving your skin feeling fresh.

How to choose a toner:

Look for one that’s alcohol-free. Alcohol dries out your skin by removing all of its natural oils, which may feel good at first but actually leave you with dry skin in no time. In addition, look for a toner that contains anti-inflammatory ingredients like aloe vera or chamomile; these work gently to reduce redness caused by irritation from shaving or over-exfoliation, reducing instances of ingrown hairs.

Step 3: Moisturize to Get Glowing Skin Care

A smiling woman face with moisturizer applied on her face

Moisturizing is essential for glowing skin. In fact, it’s one of the most important steps in any skincare routine. It prevents dryness, wrinkles, and other signs of aging from developing. There are many different moisturizers out there but to get the glowing skin you’ll want a combination of hydrating ingredients like Vitamin E and hyaluronic acid and antioxidants which work as natural preservatives to help your skin fight off free radicals which age your face prematurely.

Avoid greasy lotions because they clog pores and cause pimples to form—yuck! You can find all-natural moisturizers at your local store or online.

Step 4: Exfoliate

To begin your skincare routine, exfoliate with a face wash that contains glycolic acid or salicylic acid. These ingredients help rid your skin of impurities while also promoting natural glowing skin care, clearing pores, and improving overall skin health.

Exfoliation not only prepares your face for treatment but also improves surface circulation and reduces pore size. For maximum benefits in minimal time, apply a mask to lock in moisture immediately after exfoliating—you’ll notice how smooth and radiant your skin looks and feels! Choose from soothing creamy masks, drying clay-based masks, or peel-off masks that work quickly to reveal glowing results.

Step 5: Moisturize Again

If you didn’t moisturize again in step 4, it’s time to do so now. Apply your second layer of moisturizer and wait 20 minutes before applying makeup. If you plan on wearing no makeup or minimal makeup that day, leave your second application of moisturizer on overnight. This is especially important if you live in a cold climate and spend a lot of time outside because exposure to the elements dries out skin cells and can make your skin appear dull and flaky.

In these situations, skipping a day (or two) of applying lotion might seem like a tempting fate, but it actually keeps things natural by giving your skin more breathing room between applications.

Step 6: Wait for 15 Minutes

After cleaning your face with a cleanser, it’s important to wait at least 15 minutes before applying any lotion or moisturizer. Your skin is still damp and will soak up more water. Wait 15 minutes after cleansing to start moisturizing! If you want to get glowing skin care, always allow your face to dry before adding a moisturizer.

If you add one right away, chances are that it won’t fully sink in and will lead to clogged pores that are harder to cleanse out later on. A good rule of thumb is: if your face feels wet or moist at all, do not put on a moisturizer until it has dried first!

Step 7: Sunscreen Protection

A young woman applying sunscreen on her face

This step is essential in achieving glowing skin care products. Despite what you may have heard, it’s a good idea to apply sunscreen every day and when wearing protective clothing. Many people are confused about whether or not they should use moisturizer and sunscreen at once, but most dermatologists will tell you that it’s fine; just don’t wear both at the same time because you won’t be able to spread them out evenly. This can also clog your pores, which could lead to uneven coloring or patches of oily skin.

Step 8: Sleep on Silk Pillowcases and Stay Hydrated with Plenty of Water

woman sleeping on a silk pillow

Your pillowcase might be a contributing factor if you’ve ever invested time and money in a multi-step skincare routine in the hopes of nourishing your dehydrated skin yet woke up with a face that was inexplicably just as tight and dry as before. It’s a fact that some materials used to make a standard pillowcase either absorb or repel moisture better than others. This can be one of the factors causing your dry skin.

Fortunately, one of the several advantages of silk pillowcases is the potential for better-hydrated skin for those sleepers who are skincare-conscious.

Compared to other fabrics, natural silk fiber is more effective at repelling moisture. This means that a silk pillowcase can help you retain moisture in your skin rather than absorbing all of it. Your evening skincare products may then become even more effective as a result.


Keep in mind that while your skin is always changing, it’s never too late to adopt new routines. Just be sure to go slowly and test each product out before fully committing. You’ll be glad you did! And with these eight steps, you’ll have glowing skin care products at your fingertips!

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