Ultimate Guide on How to Put Together A Skincare Routine!

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I know that going into the skincare isle can be seriously daunting. I’ve been known to spend hours – yes HOURS roaming up and down, reading hundreds of labels to come out with the same products I’ve already been reluctantly using because I just didn’t know what to get, what would be best for my skin type and concern and not to mention how and when to apply all of these products! From serums to oils, essences to toners, cream vs lotion, I was lost.

While today I am a self proclaimed skincare expert  – thank you very much 😉 and I have an excellent routine that I love and that works…for me.  As a blogger, and a human with changing skin needs and concerns, I do switch up products from time to time, but as for the ‘routine’, I have that locked in place.

My reason for creating this post is mainly thanks to my family and friends. When ever we get together at least one person always asks me about skincare and what they should be using etc. While this is more of a personal thing, dependent on your needs, it’s the routine itself that most people seem to fall short.

Take my sister for instance – sorry sis – she has been using the same moisturizer and face wash since she was a teenager some decades ago. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however she could certainly use a little (or a lot) more beneficial ingredients now that she is that much older. Her skin is very dry and when I call her out on it she responds naively, “But I moisturize everyday!” I have since hooked her up with a well rounded routine and the results speak for them selves. Very quickly her skin looks all round healthier and luminous and she is now taking the proper steps to help fight against aging skin for the future.

So lets get started! I’m going to lay out an easy to follow skincare routine that will give you the results you want and what your skin needs followed by some tips and recommendations to help you choose products that are right for your skin!


Daily Skincare Routine

1. Cleanse
2. Tone
3. Eye Cream
4. Serum (Targeted Treatment)
5. Moisturizer
(if you have oily skin, a serum may be enough hydration for the day)
6. Sunscreen
(Even in the Winter)


Nightly Skincare Routine

1. Remove Makeup
(Micellar water/Cleansing cloth)
2. Cleanse
3. Tone
4. Eye Cream
5. Serum (Targeted Treatment)
(Could be different than day Serum if wanting to address multiple concerns)
6. Oil
(Optional – you can choose to have the oil replace your night cream if you feel it’s too much, or mix a couple small drops in with your moisturizer before applying)
7. Night Cream
(If your day cream does not contain SPF, you can use at night as well. Or choose a more concentrated cream for night use for optimal results)


Weekly Treatment Nights

1. Remove Makeup
(Micellar water/Cleansing cloth)
2. Cleanse
3. EXFOLIATE
4. MASK
(If using an overnight mask, apply after serum and do not apply oil or moisturizer)
5. Tone
6. Eye Cream
7. Serum (Targeted Treatment_-
(Could be different than day Serum)
8. Oil
(Optional- great to add oil on these nights!)
9. Night Cream
(If your day cream does not contain SPF, you can use at night as well. Or choose a more concentrated cream for night use for optimal results)


Using a gentle Cleanser is best

The number one rule of thumb when it comes to choosing a cleanser is to avoid anything too abrasive as it can strip the skin of its natural oils and cause more harm than good. Using a gentle milk cleanser is a great option especially in the morning when your skin is already free of makeup and any other debris that will cling to your skin during the day.

To get a thorough clean in the evening, remove makeup first with a cleansing cloth or my preferred method, Micellar Water and then go in with a cleanser.

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RECOMMENDATIONS:

Darphin definitely makes the best Milk Cleansers on the market! If only using in the morning, you need only the smallest amount to gently lift away any sweat and residual products from the night before. My favorite is the Darphin Refreshing Cleansing Milk as it leaves my skin clean, soft and refreshed.

At night when I am looking for a deeper clean, I use the Darphin Cleansing Foam Gel
with Water Lily as it cleanses the skin thoroughly and neutralizes the drying effects of tap water leaving your skin soft and radiant.


Benefits of using a facial Toner

Using a toner after cleansing will help remove any left over oil or debris that the cleanser happened to miss. Your skin will be slightly alkaline after cleansing and most toners will help to balance out pH levels.  

Toners will also sooth, repair, and smooth the skin’s surface all while diminishing blemishes and minimizing signs of redness and inflammation. Toning your skin also helps prep your skin for serums and treatments.

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RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Darphin Intral Toner with Chamomile is an excellent toner for those with sensitive skin or when your skin is in need of some soothing, during a breakout or after exfoliating. The Darphin Refreshing Toner with Banana Tree Flower is the perfect alcohol-free toner for all skin types. It revitalizes and tones for a totally clarified, refreshed feeling.


How to choose the right Serum (targeted treatment)

First I want you to take a good look at your skin. What is the main concern that you would like to address? Is it dark spots, dullness, acne, redness, wrinkles, too much oil? As your serum is formulated to work its way deep into the layers of your skin, it will really target those concerns. ie: If dark spots are your biggest concern; pick up a serum that is formulated for dark spots. If getting super oily during the day is your biggest beef, try a mattifying serum etc.

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RECOMMENDATIONS:

The Darphin Fibrogene Line Response Nourishing Serum could truly for everyone! It moisturizes the skin enough to use alone for those with oily skin, and light weight enough to use under moisturizer for those with dry to normal skin looking for added hydration. It replenishes essential lipid reserves and repairs skin’s natural barrier as it nourishes the skin leaving ultra smooth and silky.

I test a lot of different products on my face from creams to primers, foundations and sprays. Every now and then my skin decides it doesn’t like something and it totally freaks out. When this happens, I pair down my routine entirely, go makeup free and apply only the Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum during the day and paired along with the Darphin Niaouli Aromatic Care Oil at night and my skin is instantly calmed. It is a high potency, soothing serum that helps reduce the appearance of redness and instantly quiet discomforts associated with irritated skin. If you suffer from redness, or irritation, you will absolutely love this Serum!


How to choose the right Moisturizer

A daily moisturizer should target your second biggest concern. Moisturizers do not absorb as deep as serums but help to create a protective layer on the skin while helping to nourish and treat the top layer of the skin. If you really want to focus on one concern, that is fine too. For instance, if you really want to work on fading those dark spots, go ahead and use a serum and moisturizer for dark spots for optimal results. However, if you are also looking to plump up wrinkles you may want to choose a dark spot serum and a hydrating moisturizer formulated for wrinkles.

There is another thing to consider when choosing a daily moisturizer. Formulation. Do you need a gel base, cream base, oil or water base? This is where your skin type comes into play as opposed to skin concerns. More often than not, it will be labeled with what type of skin type it is best for – Oily, Normal, Combination or dry.  When in doubt, rub a sample on your arm to feel the consistency. If you have oily skin you will want a lighter formula that soaks in quickly (usually gel) and doesn’t leave much of a trace behind. If you have dry skin, you will likely need a more concentrated formula, usually in a cream base to help keep dry skin hydrated throughout the day. You get the idea 🙂

You can also use a night time specific moisturizer which will be more concentrated and usually thicker in consistency which wouldn’t be great for day use. If you are just starting to build a routine, using your day moisturizer at night is perfectly acceptable as long as it doesn’t contain SPF. You don’t want that to sit on your skin all night.

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RECOMMENDATIONS:

I am on my third tub of the Darphin Predermine Densifying Anti-Wrinkle Cream so I genuinely recommend this moisturizer for any one looking to plump up the skin, smooth out fine lines and wrinkles help densify the skin. I use this as my night time moisturizer as it is too creamy for my oily skin during the day, however if you have dry skin, you will probably love this as a day cream!

For my day moisturizer, I really enjoy the Darphin Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Cream as it gives the skin a beautiful luminous glow without leaving the skin oily or greasy. It firms the skin and softens wrinkles giving me the perfect canvas for makeup application.


Do you really need to use an Eye Cream?

I cringe every time someone tells me that they just use their moisturizer under and around the eyes. The skin in the eye area is far more delicate than the skin on the face, therefore needs a creams that is more suited for this tender area. Also, as the skin around the eyes is so thin, it is more prone to wrinkles and other types of skin damage making an eye cream absolutely essential to prevent and control sign of aging.

Similar to choosing a serum, choose an eye cream that targets your main concern, whether that be dryness, wrinkles, dark circles, bags or general prevention of aging if you’re lucky enough not to have any serious concerns.

Do you really need to use an Eye Cream

RECOMMENDATIONS:

My under eyes are my biggest problem area as I have very dark circles, puffiness and they are extremely dry…I even struggle with eczema under and around my eyes from time to time so using products that won’t irritate the gentle and sensitive area is my top concern. All Darphin products are created without parabens, are dermatologist tested and are formulated with mostly natural ingredients. I have yet to come across a Darphin product that my skin or eyes have reacted negatively to.

For optimal, long lasting results I use the Darphin Dark Circle Relief and De-Puffing Eye Serum both morning and night. In the morning, I top it off with the Darphin Hydraskin All-Day Eye Refresh Gel Cream and in the evening I follow up with the Darphin Wrinkle Corrective Eye Contour Cream.

Certainly not needed or required to use three different eye creams in one day but I’m extra like that 😉 If I had to choose just one, The Darphin Hydraskin All-Day Eye Refresh Gel Cream would definitely be it! It addresses most concerns and does an absolutely incredible job at keeping the eye area hydrated. (See full review HERE)


SPF Everyday is essential to healthy, youthful skin

 

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We all know by now the damaging effects that the sun as on our skin. Sunscreen should be applied as the last step in your daily skincare routine all year round. If you protect your skin now, you will have far less concerns as the years progress.

RECOMMENDATION:

The Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield SPF 50 is gentle on the skin, won’t cause breakouts, does not leave an oily residue and works as an amazing primer to foundation.


How to use Facial Oils and their benefits

Facial oils have been around for centuries but we have recently been seeing them introduced to more and more brands every year and for good reason. Aside from the luminous glow you will have when using a facial oil, they have far more benefits for the skin. The can reduce wrinkles, conquer pimples, reduce redness, hydrate, protect and brighten your skin…the list goes on.

Any and all skin types can reap the benefits of a facial oil from dry skin to oily. Look for an oil that addresses your particular skin concerns and that suits your skin type. Oils, in my opinion, are the fun part of skincare! They can smell incredible, helping to revive your mood or settle you down for the night. I love to alternate my oils so I always keep a few at hand.

Facial Oils can be used during the day and/or at night. They make a great facial primer for those with dryer skin and help to balance oil production for those with oily skin. If you are new to facial oils, and a bit weary to in-cooperate, start by applying them on nights you exfoliate (more on that below) as your freshly exfoliated face will allow your skin to deeper absorb all the lovely benefits, and you will be amazed at the way your skin looks and feels in the morning.

How to use Facial Oils and their benefits

RECOMMENDATIONS:

These are my absolute favorite facial oils! For those with oily skin and prone to break outs like myself, the Darphin Niaouli Aromatic Care Oil is an absolute must have! Niaouli oil has the same medicinal properties as tea tree oil, but is much more gentle on the skin.

The Darphin 8-flower Nectar Oil is super hydrating and I wake up to the most beautifully soft skin. Also prone to discoloration, the Orange Blossom Aromatic Care Oil is essential for me. It does an amazing job at brightening and my skin has the most gorgeous glow after using this oil.


When and how should you Exfoliate

Exfoliating is A MUST. Dependent on your skin, you should be exfoliating 1 to 3 times per week. Pick a day or two of the week (my preferred days are Sunday and Wednesday) and give your skin a good exfoliating treatment. Exfoliating on the same day(s) every week will help to remind you to do this important step!

Exfoliation removes dry/dead skin cells that lay on the surface of your skin, clears out pores making them appear smaller and best of all it increases blood circulation, which helps you to achieve healthy, glowing skin that will be smoother and refreshed as newer cells emerge.

There are two types of exfoliators. Chemical and Physical (aka manual). A chemical exfoliator include a variety of percentages of gentle acids to help peel away dead skin, while a physical exfoliator contains tiny little beads or other properties that gently scrub away any debris.

What type of exfoliator is right for you? Follow these simple rules –

Oily Skin – Don’t over exfoliate. It can cause your skin to dry out and produce even more oil. A scrub is best for oily skin, as it helps break up impurities and wash them away.

Normal Skin – Lucky you, you can pretty much use any exfoliator. When using a physical scrub, please remember to be gentle.

Dry Skin – Those with dry skin need to exfoliate the least. Make sure you immediately moisturize after exfoliating to not dry out the skin even more. Better yet, apply a hydrating mask! A gentle chemical exfoliant will assure you don’t over do it with a scrub and will help eat through (figuratively) any dry patches you may have.

Lastly, for all skin types, it is best to exfoliate at night. Your skin is more receptive to other treatments (serums, oils, masks) once you’ve sped up your cell turnover, so your face is prepped for the best results.

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RECOMMENDATIONS:

I highly recommend the exfoliating products from Darphin because they are really gentle on the skin while being extremely effective. A lot of exfoliators can be far too harsh for what we need, doing more harm than good.


Benefits of Face Masks

Face masks help to deliver a concentrated boost of whatever it is your skin is lacking.

Face masks, like exfoliators, are to be done 1-3 times per week dependent on your needs. A good rule of thumb is to apply a face mask on the same days as you exfoliate. Again, it will help you to remember and applying after exfoliating will deliver better results as you skin will be perfectly prepped for maximum absorption.

There are A TON of different face mask options. Sheet masks, peel off, rinse off, foaming, and list goes on and on. So I simply recommend you trying out a few to find out which type is your personal favorite and most importantly choose one that will target your specific concern for that week or day. I love a good anti-aging mask while I soak in the tub, a clay mask when my skin is acting out to help draw out impurities and a leave-on hydrating mask while I sleep when my skin has gotten too much heat. Have fun, get some samples if possible and be amazed at the instant results!

Benefits of Face Masks

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Knock out tired, dry and puffy eyes with the Darphin Eye Sorbet Mask. This cooling eye mask awakens the eyes for a refreshed look. I like to use this at night and leave it on while I sleep when I have to look my best the next day.

Use the Darphin Skin Mat Purifying Clay Mask when you skin needs a good detoxing! It gently draws out dirt and impurities leaving your skin beautifully matte without drying out the skin. Also works great as a spot treatment!

No matter what skin type you have, we all need hydration as it is the ultimate fountain of youth! The Darphin Hydrating Kiwi Mask is an great mask to give the skin an immediate boost of hydration!

Along with immediate results, continued use of the Darphin Stimulskin Plus Serumask, will provide an incredible difference in the appearance of your skin. It will be firmer, wrinkles reduced, dark spots faded and you will definitely have a wonderful youthful glow.


So there you have it! You are now fully equipped to march into the skincare isle with confidence and be on your way to healthier more youthful skin for years to come!

Darphin products are available at Darphin.com and authorized retailers.

Cheers, Victoria! kiss
Beauty Blogger from Vancouver, Canada

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7 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide on How to Put Together A Skincare Routine!

  1. I have really sensitive skin so I don’t stray from what I use too often but some of these products sounds amazing and gentle enough for me to concidering trying something new. It’s time :/

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  2. Do you recommend a hydrating mask or oily skin too? I usually stick with clay masks but I’ve been seeing some masks I’d like to try but I’m worried they will make me more oily or make me breakout.

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