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Skincare routine: A beginner’s guide

Skincare routine: A beginner's guide

Based on research that I am making up as I go, 85% of you have skincare products and you don’t know how to use them. 10% of you want to start a skincare routine and don’t know how. 4% of you know what you’re doing and won’t share. I am a part of the 1% that is willing to share a guide with those in need. You may applaud my greatness and humble selflessness later.

So, you want to start a skincare routine because it is time but you don’t know what to do. Read on baby girl, I got you! I need you to know that the three most important things are cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. Everything else is just an addition that your skin might need.


Wash your face! Remove your makeup and wash your face! If it seems as if I am yelling at you, good, Because I am. Wash your face!

Seriously though, you need the ingredients in your skincare products to be absorbed by your skin and for that to happen, a clean surface is needed so please wash your face.

General rules

  • Do NOT use makeup/baby wipes to clean your face.
  • Use a cleansing oil to take off makeup, sunscreen and grime from your face.
  • Use a cleanser (after the cleansing oil), that works for your skin type

After cleansing, is the right time to use your sheet masks if you have any.


There are several toners in the market for every need. Seriously, we have hydrating toners, exfoliating toners, brightening toners etc. Whichever one you choose should be used after cleaning your face. Tap a little all over your face (some people use cotton wool and others just prefer to use their hands to reduce waste).

If you are using a toner with Salicylic, glycolic or lactic acid then wait for like 5 minutes after application before applying the next product.

Toners and essences are similar so you can use either one in this step. Not both please, pick one.


These are high concentrations of ingredients like hydrators and antioxidants that increase your skin health as soon as you apply them. Examples are vitamin c for brightening, hyaluronic acid for hydration, niacinamide for dark spots and so o. Whichever one you pick should be used in this step.

Eye creams

These are lightweight creams that testify to scientific genius made specifically for the eye area. There are several eye creams for several concerns, pick the one that suits you and go wild with a pea-sized amount though lol. If you don’t know which one to get, try a hydrating one. More hydration is never a bad thing in my opinion .

Spot treatments

This is the step where you apply your treatments for acne scars, pimples… (hydroquinone, benzoyl peroxide…)

If you do not have any spots to treat you can skip this step.


Everyone needs a good moisturizer. It doesn’t matter if you have oily, normal or dry skin. The criteria for using a moisturizer is having skin. Moisturizers help to trap all the products you have applied on your skin to make the ingredients more effective. Also, it infuses your skin with hydration. Even your boyfriend cannot do this, so get a moisturizer.


This ingredient increases cell turnover while causing your skin to make smoother and less wrinkled skin over time. It takes 4 – 6 months of consistent use to see results, so, be patient and trust the process. You will see some benefits like faded spots and less breakouts though before the grand reveal.

General rules

  • Start slow: A pea-sized amount for your entire face. 1 night a week for the first week, 2 nights a week for the next two weeks the every other night indefinitely.
  • Skip this step if your night cream has retinoids already.
  • Apply at night.
  • If you have sensitive skin, apply a layer of moisturizer 10 minutes before and after applying retinol to reduce irritation.

Face oils seal in moisture. They are sealants/occlusives that stop all the goodness you have applied to your skin from evaporating. They can penetrate moisturizers so you still get the benefits. Oils can penetrate moisturizers but no moisturizer can penetrate oils and that is why the oils come last.

You might enjoy this facial oil review.


This last step is for protection. The sun is not your friend and is out to destroy your good work. Find a good sunscreen to protect your skin.

General rules

  • The SPF in your moisturiser, foundation or any makeup does not count.
  • This step is only for your morning routine.
  • You have to reapply after 2 hours.
  • The minimum SPF you need on your face is 30.
Final step

Makeup or sleep depending on if it is your morning or night routine.

This whole thing might seem complicated at first but it really isn’t if you follow the guidelines.

Remember, skincare should be fun, not overwhelming



Did you find this skincare routine guide helpful? If yes, Please share your current skincare routine in the comments, you just might look back at it one day and be happy for growth.

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(1) Comment

  1. Ayobami Adesiyan says:

    Nice read. Thank you for sharing the great tips and products.

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