Published: February 10, 2023
While it’s common knowledge that a skin care routine is essential if you want your complexion to look and feel its very best, how do you know which products would be the best ones to add into your beauty regimen?
That’s where Avinichi can help. Keep reading as we explain how to pick and choose the right products to build a highly effective skin care routine that you can count on.
Your Skin Type Will Influence Everything
Before you even begin to browse the various skincare products out there, you need to first determine your skin type. This will heavily influence the formulas you choose for your skin care routine, as each skin type will have its own set of needs.
Here are the four main skin types, along with tips on picking the best products for each:
Dry skin is skin that lacks moisture, and it occurs for a variety of reasons. Whether due to genetics, climate, using incorrect skincare products, or anything else, the surface of dry skin contains tiny cracks that result in moisture evaporating away from the skin at a faster-than-normal rate. This leaves it feeling tight, rough, and itchy, with flakiness often being a common issue too.
If you have dry skin, then the best products for your skin care routine would be rich and moisturizing formulas. You would benefit from occlusive ingredients, such as the plant oils and butters found in the Lift + Tighten Superberry Neck Cream. These will form a physical barrier over the surface of your skin, which will reduce moisture evaporation to leave your complexion soft, smooth, and dewy.
Oily skin is the opposite of dry skin. This is skin that over-produces oils and, again, it happens for different reasons. From genetics to humidity to hormonal fluctuations, various factors can kick the skin’s sebaceous glands into overdrive, resulting in enlarged pores, excess shine, and a greasy touch. Of course, this then contributes to clogged pores, which, in turn, triggers acne breakouts.
The best skin care routine for oily skin will contain products that rebalance the complexion, making it feel less greasy. You should also be adding in formulas that keep the pores clear to prevent the appearance of breakouts.
Salicylic acid, which you’ll find in the Mulberr-E Moisture Infusion Cream in our Phyto Thermal Collection, is a great ingredient for this. It’s a beta-hydroxy acid that removes dead skin cells, calms the look of inflammation, and rebalances how oily the skin feels.
If some parts of your face are oily while others are dry, then this means that you have combination skin. Genetics is usually the primary cause, although stress, hormonal fluctuations, and certain medications can also result in this two-in-one skin type.
The best products for a routine for combination skin are formulas that have been designed for all skin types. This means that they won’t trigger breakouts in your oily areas, but also won’t exacerbate any dry patches on your face.
This may seem tricky to find at first, but there are some great all-rounder products out there, such as the Avinichi Morning Glow. This moisturizer hydrates the skin with lightweight humectants while also providing a skin-loving blend of vitamins and antioxidants.
Sensitive skin is caused when the skin’s natural protective barrier becomes damaged. This leaves the skin more susceptible to feeling irritated when it comes into contact with different substances, be they certain skincare ingredients, household products, environmental toxins, or anything else.
It often doesn’t take much to cause a reaction in sensitive skin, which is why you need to be very careful when picking products for your skin care routine. Look for formulas specifically designed for skin with sensitivities. These will be free of common irritants while containing ingredients that soothe and calm the feel of the skin.
Make a List of Your Skin Concerns
Chances are that many of your main skin concerns are related to your skin type. This means that choosing products that cater to your skin type will go a long way in helping you to reduce the appearance of those issues.
However, you may also have other visible skin concerns that you want to address, meaning that your skin care routine should contain formulas that enable you to do so.
One example of a common skin concern would be the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Although a natural part of the aging process, many hate when these creases start to show themselves. If you can relate, then make sure that your skin care routine contains formulas that diminish the look of aging.
One product that does this well is Avinichi’s Alpha Fine Line Surface Filler. It contains a unique blend of ingredients that enables it to immediately smooth away the visibility of surface lines and wrinkles, giving the face a firmer and more youthful finish.
Other common skin concerns include dark spots, scars, the loss of elasticity, and puffiness. Again, there are so many products out there designed specifically to reduce the appearance of these problems, making it easy to find new additions to your skin care routine.
Decide How Complex You Want Your Skin Care Routine to Be
How long and complex your skin care routine is will be based on your personal preferences. Some people hate fussy routines and prefer to keep things as simple as possible. Others enjoy taking the time to pamper their skin and are more than happy to indulge in a 10-step routine twice a day.
When it comes to how many steps your skincare routine should consist of, there isn’t a right or wrong answer. However, there are certain essentials that every skin care routine should contain:
Skin Care Routine Essentials
The first essential is a good cleanser. If you don’t start with a cleanse, then any other products that you apply won’t be able to properly penetrate into your skin, making them near-useless. The Avinichi Noni Mousse Cleanser is a great formula for all skin types. It’s loaded with a long list of humectants and plant extracts to ensure that your skin looks plump and rejuvenated after each cleanse.
The second must-have is a moisturizer. No matter your skin type, your skin cells need moisture in order to function in the way that they should.
Finally, there’s SPF. This is something that you should be applying no matter the time of year. The sun’s UV rays are extremely damaging. Not only do they lead to accelerated skin aging in the form of wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging, but they can also cause skin cancer.
There’s one other essential worth mentioning, and that’s an exfoliant. However, unlike the three above, an exfoliant doesn’t need to be used daily – many get away with just a weekly exfoliating session. Exfoliants are the best way to clear your skin of the dead skin cells that build up within the pores. Regularly exfoliating will ensure that your skin looks smooth, fresh, and radiant.
Skin Care Routine Extras
There are so many extras that you could add in to your skin care routine. As mentioned earlier, which you choose will depend on your skin’s individual needs.
First, let’s talk eye care products. Many people use their regular facial products on the skin around their eyes too. There’s nothing wrong with doing so (unless a product specifically tells you not to) but the skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than the skin anywhere else on the face. It’s also more prone to certain skin concerns, such as the appearance of dark spots or puffiness.
In order to deal with these, products that are designed for the eye area, such as eye serums and eye creams, will always be better than regular facial products.
Other extras that you may want to add into your skin care routine are essences and serums. These are lightweight formulas packed with high concentrations of active ingredients. They dive deep into the skin and can really help to transform the appearance.
The best thing about serums is that you don’t have to pick just one. You can layer a few different formulas into your skin care routine, enabling you to target a number of different visible skin concerns at the same time.
Of course, let’s not forget about face masks. Although not a daily product like eye creams, serums, and essences, a weekly masking session can do wonders for your complexion. One of our favorites is the Liquid Lift Overnight Melting Mask. Since this is a leave-on mask, it doesn’t produce any of the mess that some other face masks are renowned for. It’s an incredibly hydrating formula brimming with superfruit extracts, peptides, and vitamins to ensure that you wake up with a renewed glow.
Remember That Skincare is Seasonal
While we don’t want to further complicate things, it’s important to understand that skincare is seasonal. Seasonal changes affect how your skin functions. As a result, its needs evolve as the year progresses, and your skin care routine should reflect that.
During the warmer and more humid months of the summer, natural sebum production increases. For those with dry skin, this is great as it means that you likely won’t need all of those thick and greasy creams that you depended on in the winter. However, those with oily skin who already struggle with excess sebum can end up looking even shinier in the summer. As a result, skincare needs to be even more lightweight and minimal.
The opposite occurs during the winter months. Sebum production slows down, so those with oily skin can relax and go back to their regular skin care routines. Those with dry skin will once again need to break out those thicker and richer products to keep their skin feeling loved and protected.
Always Perform a Patch Test With New Products
Once you’ve found some potential new products to add to your skin care routine, the next step is to test them out on your skin. Even though a product may sound great in theory, there’s no telling how your skin might react to it, especially if it contains an ingredient that you haven’t used before.
This is why patch testing is so important. All you need to do is apply a new product to a small patch of skin on your arm. Wait 24-48 hours and then assess your skin. If everything looks normal, repeat the patch test on a small area of your face. If, at any point, your skin starts to react to that new product, then it’s time to reconsider its place in your routine.
It can be tricky to decide which products are best for your skin care routine, but it always helps to start with the essentials. Once you’ve found a cleanser, moisturizer, exfoliant, and SPF that work for your skin type, you can then build on this by adding in other formulas to target your visible skin concerns. Take things slowly and you’ll soon have a comprehensive skin care routine that you can rely on.
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