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Get your skin care routine into the natural order of things. There is a reason why doing things in the right order is extremely important. You won’t put your socks on after your shoes! The same goes for your skincare.

Step 1: Cleanser

The first step to your skincare routine is always cleansing. 

Cleansers are designed to help remove dirt, debris, and makeup.

Cleansing in the morning is necessary to remove oil and build up that may happen overnight.

Cleansing at night is equally important, especially to remove makeup. Makeup is composed of ingredients that allow it to last all day, so you must cleanse your face every night before bed to ensure your skin is able to replenish itself.

Step 2: Toner/Astringent

A toner or astringent is going to help rebalance your skin, provide gentle exfoliation, refine your skin, and can help restore hydration.

Astringents play an important role in minimizing the appearance of pores, and help to rebalance the appearance of your complexion.

This step is done prior to applying your serum or moisturizer to help retain the moisture that they both provide.

Step 3: Masks / Exfoliator 

Everyone needs a little TLC, and it’s no different for your skin. Using a mask and/or exfoliator 2-3 times a week is a way to give your skin extra care.

Using a face mask is a way to get professional facial results at-home. Masks help target your skincare concerns by being applied to the skin’s surface to help the beneficial ingredients soak in for a period of time before being cleansed off.

Masks come in different forms, such as creams, clays, sheet, and gels. Creams and gels can help to hydrate, clay-based masks can help exfoliate and remove excess oils, and sheet masks can apply a multitude of skin-beneficial ingredients that can help brighten, hydrate and reduce the appearance of redness.

 with a scrub two to three times a week or using a mild AHA exfoliator, like our Rapidex® Marine Exfoliator with Phyto-Marine Actives, every night for two weeks of the month will help remove surfance dead skin cells. Dead skin cell build up can leave skin dull looking and can contribute to oiliness, problem skin, dry skin, and skin aging. 

While skin exfoliation is a naturally-occurring process, most skin types need the extra help:

  • Aging skin—With age, the natural exfoliation process slows down and causes our skin to look dull and tired.

  • Sun-damaged skin—This type of skin can display abnormal skin texture, including pebbling, deep or excessive wrinkles, large amounts of freckles or other spotty discolorations.

  • Oily/Problem skin—This skin type tends to saturate dead skin cells with excessive oil, making it difficult for dead skin cells to shed off naturally.

  • Dry skin—This skin type tends to let dead skin cells accumulate too quickly which can make skin look dry, dull, and with visible signs of dehydration.

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Step 4: Serum

Applying a serum is often over-looked. Serums are formulated with a high concentration of key ingredients but are lightweight in formula so they can be layered under creams or lotions. This is why they go on before moisturizers, not after. 

You can think of a serum like a vitamin for your complexion: The more beneficial ingredients you provide to the surface layer of your skin the better it will appear.

How to choose a serum? Like your other skin care products, one that targets your specific skin care needs.

Step 5: Moisturizer

Applying a moisturizer is going to help hydrate the surface layer of the skin to help keep it younger-looking.

As we age, the body produces less of its natural moisturizers and production of collagen slows down so we lose elasticity. These are the two factors that keep our skin young-looking. Thus, it’s crucial to keep your skin moisturized. Look for ingredients like Seaweed and Peptides to help restore moisture and improve your skin’s texture.

Even for younger skin, moisturizers help smooth the skin, keeping it younger-looking longer.

Step 6: Eye Treatment

Want to look awake, happy and younger-looking? Then the eye area deserves special attention.

Why? Because the eye area is so delicate, and one of the first areas to show signs of aging, such as crow’s feet, dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles.

People of all ages and skin types can stay younger-looking by adding an eye treatment into their skin care routine. 

Step 7: Primer + Makeup 

Before putting on your makeup, use a primer. A primer will help prepare the “canvas” for makeup for a smoother application.

Makeup should be considered part of your skin care routine. That’s why it’s so important to choose makeup with natural and beneficial ingredients, like Seaweed and Hyaluronic Acid, when applying your basics likes foundation and powder. 

Mineral makeup can provide excellent coverage while enriching your skin with essential nutrients.

What’s in your skin care routine? Tell us in the comments below!

7 Responses

Marcia Wildhorn
Marcia Wildhorn

February 15, 2023

I am 70 years old. My morning skin care routine includes: cleanser, toner, moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer, blush, highlighter, lip liner/lipstick, eyeshadow/contour, eyebrow pencil, mascara, and setting spray.


January 27, 2023

Hello! You are not too young to have a skincare routine. Just remember to not over do it .Only use the basics like cleanser and moisturiser. Have fun!

Kelley S.
Kelley S.

January 27, 2023

This is great information! I’m in my 30’s and have never been shown all the basic steps of skin care. I’ve never worn a lot of makeup and have had pretty good luck just washing my face, but since having my last baby my skin has been a lot more to manage. Now I feel like I have a direction to change my routine! Thank you!


March 28, 2022

Great post! It was very informative and helpful!
You always offered fresh ideas to all readers like me.
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March 28, 2022

Proper skin care is important because our skin is the largest barrier against infection that we have. Since we’re into makeup, skincare is truly a must.

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Levi Armstrong
Levi Armstrong

April 12, 2021

It’s great that you mentioned that a serum is important in your skincare routine since it acts like a vitamin for your complexion. It’s important to choose one that fits your skincare needs to ensure that it provides the right ingredients to beautify or tighten your skin. My mom would appreciate this because she plans on buying skincare products this weekend. Thanks for this.


June 15, 2020

Hi guys! This is a great help! However I am 12 years old and am considering if I’m OLD enough to start a BASIC skincare routine!?!?😭😁

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