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Whether you’re walking down the beauty retail aisles in the drugstore, stepping into the beauty halls in department stores, or scrolling down a beauty online store, shopping for skincare that suits your skin type and condition can get overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you make sure you don’t get carried away into sales pitches from different beauty counters? For a start, work out what you need for the three key steps of any skincare routine: cleanser, toner and moisturiser.
Step 1: Cleanse
Cleansing may seem like a fuss-free step, but the right face cleanser does so much more than removing debris from your skin. For one, it sets you up for healthy, balanced skin. Using cleansers with deep-cleansing properties on dry skin can strip off the protective barrier, irritate the skin and may even prompt the skin to produce more sebum to make up for the dryness. If you use a cleanser that is too creamy or rich, it can clog your pores. If you wear waterproof or long-lasting makeup, it’s also important that you use a makeup remover like DrGL® Cleanser Makeup Remover to first remove stubborn makeup before you cleanse your skin. This strips away makeup without being harsh on the skin. No matter your cleanser product, always wash your face with water at room temperature. Water that’s warm or too hot irritate the skin and dry it out, too.
Step 2: Prep
After your face is cleansed, it’s time to prep it with a toner or toning lotion. This helps to hydrate and soften the skin so that it can better absorb skincare ingredients in the skincare products that follow. Not all toners are made equal. If you’re looking to even out your complexion and bring back skin radiance, look for a brightening toner like the DrGL® Toner Lightening that has brightening ingredients like vitamin C. Those keen on a thorough anti-ageing routine can try the DrGL® Essence Anti-Aging which functions as both a toner and essence. If you prefer something that addresses your skin type, there are plenty of toners available for different skin types.
Step 3: Moisturise
For those who want a skincare routine that’s simpler, put aside the little extras like serums and masks, but never skip the face moisturiser. This is an important step of any skincare routine. A moisturiser like the DrGL® Moisturiser All Skin Types creates a protective film over the skin, allowing it to go about its daily business, maintain the health of the skin barrier, keeping the skin protected and hydrated all day long. It sounds simple enough. Not using enough moisturiser triggers inflammation in the skin, and that can lead to dryness, itchiness and acne breakouts. If you sleep in an air-conditioned room, you should also use a moisturiser that is richer.
Beyond the Basic Three Steps
Following your skincare routine consistently contributes greatly to having healthy skin – it is more than just having good DNA. If you would like to address skin conditions like sensitivity, hydration, anti-ageing or brightening, you can also add a targeted serum before your moisturiser. No matter the steps in your skincare routine, you must always follow with sunscreen as the last step of your skincare routine. Then, once to twice a month, treat your skin to a face treatment done by a professional therapist. Monthly facials help maintain skin health and allows your therapist to access your skin condition to make sure you’re taking care of it just right.
By Simone Wu
Simone is hooked on the science behind beauty and has been reporting on it for 14 years. The freelance writer was formerly the senior beauty editor at Her World, and beauty editor at Simply Her and The Singapore Women’s Weekly.
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