First things first, skincare routines don’t have to be 10 steps long. You can achieve healthy skin with a generally short skincare routine, as short as 3 steps. So, If you’re a newbie to skincare or if you want to cut down your skincare routine, a good place to start is to focus on the basics, like cleanser, moisturizer, and sun protectant (SPF).
These 3 steps are meant to help keep the skin protected and functioning properly to help your skin barrier do its job, like keeping out harmful things like toxins and holding onto moisture.
After you have these basics down, you can also add some supplemental products like serums or face masks depending on what you want to achieve in your skincare journey.
Skincare Routine Basics 101
The first step in your skincare routine should start with a cleanser. While the type of cleanser you choose may depend on your skin type, a cleanser is needed to wash off all the grime from the day. Throughout the day things like excess oil, dirt, sweat, and pollutants can collect on the skin. All things that can clog your pores and cause premature skin aging (particularly pollutants). So, at the end of the day a good cleanser can help remove all the gross stuff sitting on your skin and preps the skin for the rest of your routine.
Another thing to consider when choosing a cleanser is what your skin type is. While it’s recommended to cleanse in the morning and night, dry skin types may not really need that morning cleanse and it may be beneficial to opt for an oil cleanser. If you’re not too sure about the cleanser that’s best for you, then stick to a gentle, non-stripping cleanser that usually works well for all skin types. The Hanhoo Men’s Cleanser is a pretty good place to start as it's good for all skin types and has Hyaluronic Acid to keep skin hydrated.
The next step to your routine should include a moisturizer. Moisturizer is necessary to help boost the skin’s moisture barrier, which is basically the thing that helps the skin function properly. As we age, the skin loses its ability to hold onto moisture in the skin, which can result in dry, dehydrated skin. Moisturizer helps the skin stay hydrated to support the skin barrier and it’s function in keeping bad things out (like toxins and pollutants).
Just like a cleanser, the moisturizer you choose depends on your skin type. You wouldn’t want a heavy, greasy moisturizer if you have oily skin, but that also doesn’t mean that oily skin doesn’t need moisturizer at all. There are moisturizers that hydrate while helping control oil production if you need some help in keeping shine in check. The Hanhoo Dermafix Blemish Moisturizer uses Calamine and Green Tea to help balance sebum so your skin doesn’t appear greasy.
Finally, your skincare routine should generally conclude with an SPF. This step is pretty non-negotiable. SPF is necessary to protect the skin from damaging UV rays. Prolonged exposure to UV rays without sun protection can cause premature aging, skin cell damage, and skin cancer. This makes SPF the most important step in your skincare routine. And if you want to make your skincare routine even simpler, you can try and find a moisturizer that includes SPF.
Adding to your routine
Now that we have the basics covered, you can look into adding to your skincare routine based on what you want to achieve. Like, if you are an oily skin type, you may want to include a step that helps address the excess oil on your skin. A good step could be to add a toner or a clay mask that helps control and balance oil production. The Hanhoo Dermafix Toner is made with Calamine and Witch Hazel to help soak up excess oil on the skin, as Aloe prevents the skin from drying out. Using this kind of toner can help get rid of any unwanted excess sebum.
Or if you like to practice self care through your skincare routine, you can add in a face mask. There are tons of face masks that do everything from blemish control to brightening. No matter what they do, face masks can be a pretty relaxing step in your routine if that’s what you’re looking for. The Hanhoo Dermafix Blemish Mask is made with Tea Tree Oil, Panthenol, and Sodium Hyaluronate to tackle blemishes while also soothing the skin.
Then, there are also serums. Serums can do a variety of different things, like brightening, hydrating, and balancing the skin. Choosing to add a serum to your routine really all depends on what you want the serum to do for you. If you want to brighten and even your skin tone you might find that a Vitamin C serum can be helpful in that respect.
Whether you’re looking to cut down your skincare routine or if you want to start one, remember these three things: cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF. From there, you can make additions to your routine based on what skin concern you want to target.