How To Start A Skincare Routine?

posted 6 months ago in Beauty
Post # 2
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I googled Korean skin care routine and ‘best selling skin care on Amazon’ and got a few products.  You definitely want a good exfoliator, clean off that, maybe a serum and then a face cream. They do like a 7 to 16 step process but not sure you want to go that big.

 Wear sunblock druring the day.

Post # 3
5155 posts
Bee Keeper

Go to a dermatologist for acne and ask about products that are good for your skin. The only thing I can tell you is that you need a retinoid to encourage cell turnover, an exfoliant to scrub off dead cells, a product that locks in moisture and maintains the acid barrier your skin needs. I use retin A which I don’t recommend if pregnancy is on the table. I use vitamin C serum and Hyaluronic acid serum followed by Dermalogica products. They make a microfoliant powder that’s very nice and easy to use in the shower and I like their Age smart super rich repair. That may be too much for you which is why I suggest you see a dermatologist. I’ve always taken good care of my skin and at my age it really shows. It’s worth the time and money to find a routine that works for you. 

Also: sunscreen. 

Post # 4
141 posts
Blushing bee

I agree with seeing a dermatologist.  I started breaking out and was using over the counter acne medications that weren’t working.  Comes to find out I had an infection, folliculitis.  She prescribed antibiotics for ten days.  Once that was taken care of then we started on my skin regime.  

In the morning, I use CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, then Sodium Sulfacetamide Lotion 10% (prescription).  I let the lotion dry for about 5 minutes then I use CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion, and then baby sunscreen SPF 50.  

At night, I cleanse with the CeraVe Facial Cleanser and then use Tazorac (prescription) for cell turnover.

I’m also on birth control pills but I’ve been on them for 20 years now (off and on).

All of my family uses that dermatologist now because she did a very good job on me.

Post # 5
334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2020

YouTubers I personally love that know their stuff about skincare:

Dr. Dray, Gothamista, Caroline Hirons, Kenna, and Stephanie Nicole. 

Post # 6
382 posts
Helper bee

A dermatologist is probably your best bet. Remember that your skin is an organ. Topical treatments are good for existing blemishes but will not prevent them from happening. Skin issues are often caused by hormones. That’s why birth control pills can help some women’s skin. Talk to your dermatologist about medications or things you can do to reduce breakouts. I have heard a lot of success from those who cut out dairy and sugar because they can cause some kind of hormonal reaction.

Post # 7
104 posts
Blushing bee

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stonerbee420 :  Go to a dermatologist. They will get you started on the best routine. You likely need to be using Retin A or another prescription.

Paula’s Choice is a fantastic skincare line that is science based, unlike crap you see at Sephora or even from high end cosmetics counters. You can chat with them online to get recommendations based on hkur skin type and then they will send you a bunch of samples to try before you buy.

Post # 8
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

Sounds like most people are suggesting a derm, which sounds sensible. I’ve never seen one but I did recently start getting facials and really like the products they recommended to me.

Post # 9
2344 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I love kiehls for skincare.  They’ll give you a free consultation 

Post # 10
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I started slow and worked my way up to a regular routine. TBH, I got my routine from watching YouTubers and following bloggers on Instagram. I was always bad about taking care of my face but I hate how my skin is after going off of BC and I really realized the importance of taking care of it so its nice when I go into super old age, lol. 

When I first started, what I did was start by washing my face in the shower. I still do it because it makes me do it everyday. 1. Cleanse (charcoal cleanser) 2. Scrub (this varies but I love St. Ives brands) 3. Rinse with warm water. Then, when I got out of the shower, I’d moisturize with lotion. Simple process. 

Now, after watching YouTube and studying how Instagrammers do it, this is my routine. It is still very simple because I’m lazy but I do plan on stepping it up and investing more in my skincare. 

1. Shower routine – cleanse, scrub, warm water.

2. Toner – Mario Badescu brand, currently using the Witch Hazel and Lavender toner. 

3. Moisturizer 

Face mask 1x week, blackhead strips 1x week. Or I’ll do this routine every other week depending on my motivation, lol. 

ETA: I remove my makeup EVERY NIGHT. I use makeup wipes because its super easy and typically I do this before I shower, so when I’m done I can remove the excess makeup that came off in the shower. 

Post # 11
88 posts
Worker bee

Before you see a dermatologist, you could still implement a basic skincare routine to get used to doing one and build the habit.

You say you think your skin is kind of oily, but it is important to determine your skin type to know what kind of products to use. Skin type refers to the amount of sebum (oil) you skin produces. There are 3 main types; oily, combination and dry

There are also sub categories such as sensitive, acne-prone, and mature.

This video may be helpful: 


Morning skincare and evening skincare routines ususally differ.

Morning routines should focus on preparing your skin for the day, so protecting it from grime, UV rays and free radicals.

Evening routines should focus on repair and restoration. You should always cleanse your face to remove dirt, makeup and sunscreen in the evening, or bacteria can build up and cause acne. 

A very basic routine would look like this:

Morning – 

  • Rinse face with lukewarm water
  • Apply a moisturiser suited to your skin type. Moisturiser should be used, even if your skin is oily. It helps to maintain your moisture barrier and keep your skin hydrated, which helps to control oil production in oily skin, and helps to compensate for a lack of oil in dry skin.
  • Apply a facial sunscreen. This protects your skin from UV rays, which can damage your skin, cause hyperpigmentation, advance aging and increase your risk of skin cancer. You should use sunscreen every day.

Evening – 

  • Use an oil based cleanser such as a cleansing balm to melt makeup, dirt and sunscreen
  • Use a gel based cleanser to remove any residue and fully clean your face
  • Use a moisturiser suitable for your skin type.

You can encorporate differnt active ingredients in your skincare routine, but it will take some research to find out what your skin needs.

A year ago I did not do much skincare other than washing my face and applying a prescription retinoid prescribed by my GP. I have now been doing skincare consistantly for 9 months, and no longer have cystic acne. I still get the occasional blemish, but I can manage it now. I have combination acne prone skin. I get oily on my cheeks and chin, but am normal to dry everywhere else.

My skincare routine is as follows:

Morning – 

  • Rinse face with lukewarm water
  • Apply vitamin c serum (I use either The Ordinary’s Ascorbic acid 8%, or their Ascorbic acid powder mixed with their “Buffet" serum. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and helps to reduce hyperpigmentation and acne scarring.)
  • Apply moisturiser (Currently using Eucerin’s Oil control moisturiser. It is ok, but I am looking for something different.)
  • Apply Sunscreen (Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish spf 50+. I cannot use chemical sunscreen as it causes me to break out, so this is a mineral only sunscreen).

Evening – 

  • Cleanse with oil based cleanser (The Ordinary’s Squalane cleanser)
  • Cleanse with a gel based cleanser (Simple’s Micellar Gel cleanser)
  • Toner (The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% toner. This a chemical exfoliant.)
  • Niacinamide (Either The Ordinary’s, or Superdrug’s 10% niacinamide serums. This helps to heal your skin’s barrier, regulates oil production, and aids skin healing)
  • Retinol (either The Ordinary’s 1% Retinol in Squalane, or my prescription Epiduo [0.1% Adapalene and 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. Retinols increase cell turnover, and encourage collagen production. This gives benefits both for acne reduction, and anti-aging.)
  • Moisturiser (Eucerin oil control.)

Non-daily treatments – 

  • 1 x weekly – The Ordinary’s AHA 30% & BHA 2% peel.
  • As a spot treatment only – Paula’s Choice 2% Salicylic acid gel

In skincare, you should avoid overly stripping products, such as harsh cleansers (particularly sulphates) and acids, as your moisture barrier can get damaged, which can increase acne and other skin issues. Oilier skin tends to be more tolerant, but this is not true for those with sensitive oily skin.

You should also avoid fragrence, such as parfum, essential oils, and certain plant extracts, as these can cause allergic reactions and skin sensitivity with repeated use.


ETA: some youtube channels I find helpful are Dr Sam Bunting, Hyram, The Beauty Maverick, Mixed Makeup (specifically, Susan Yara’s series’ with dermatologists, and reacting to various skincare routines) and Gothmista.


Post # 12
506 posts
Busy bee

It depends on how big you want to go in for. I also started my skincare routine about 5 months before my wedding with the following Sephora brands: Farmacy and Caudile for skincare, and Pericone MD No Makeup Makeup line.

Now I do Face Wash/Cleanser, Grape Water Spray, Toner, Serum, Eye Serum + Eye Cream, and Moisturizer. If it’s summertime or sunny then sometimes dab on some sunscreen or SPF powder/makeup on top of that, but other than that I don’t use makeup much. 

Post # 13
2836 posts
Sugar bee

My derm told me that using the make up remover swipes actually rub oil and dirt into the skin so I stopped using them.

Post # 14
4 posts

Some of essential oils are still great if you don’t have allergic reactions to it. I personally prefer the lavender, it’s very good for sensitive skin as it hydrates and heals it.

Post # 15
1764 posts
Buzzing bee

See an endocrinologist and a psychiatrist to get properly diagnosed for the very intense anxiety disorder you have that you are misusing cannabis for to self medicate.  The underlying cause of your anxiety is likely connected to your acne, both could likely stem from a hormone imbalance such as high progesterone levels as just one example. When will you get the medical care you need and realize that this stoner schtick you have going is not only totally not funny or cool, but is also dangerous?  Whatever is causing your symptoms could truly be harming your body.  Not that excessive cannabis use is safe either, not at the rate you’ve admitted to using it.  Wishing you health….

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