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Skin Care Routine Based On Your Skin Type

August 25th, 2021 | by

Log onto your favourite online beauty shopping destination, or take a quick stroll down the aisles of your beloved beauty store, and you’ll realise that choosing the right skincare products can be complicated enough – let alone choosing the right ones based on your skin type and needs!

Luckily for you, our team here at BoldLyfe consists of many skincare fanatics, who know their AHAs from their retinols, and when to reach for a Gua Sha as opposed to their favourite jade rollers. We do understand that for the average person (read: someone who doesn’t spend their day scrolling through the latest skincare trends on Instagram Reels), the world of skincare can seem incredibly daunting. Somewhere between ingredient labels and application methods, we all find ourselves lost and confused! To add to the complication if you end up choosing the wrong product your skin won’t function at its best. 

So, here’s a quick lowdown on how you can identify and build the best skincare routine that is suited to your unique skin type, and reap the benefits of a regular beauty practice.

But, why do I need a skincare routine in the first place?

A skincare routine is a core part of your beauty regimen. Great skin can begin with good genes, but stressors like pollution and a bad diet can wreak havoc on it.

A skincare routine helps balance your skin, addresses any key issues that you may want to tackle (hello, acne!), and acts as an important slice of “me-time” that you can devote towards self-care, daily. 

So, what are the basics?

To quote the BoldLyfe Beauty Bible, stick to the basic ‘C-T-M’. This stands for Cleansing, Toning, and Moisturising. Even if you choose to be a skincare minimalist and don’t want to incorporate oils, serums, and masks into your beauty routine, you should maintain this three-step practice as it is good for all skin types.

A cleanser helps remove dirt and cleans your pores, while a toner restores your skin’s pH levels by refining rough patches and making it more even-toned, throughout. And lastly, a good moisturiser – ideally one with SPF for the mornings – gives your skin the hydration it needs. 

Alright. Now how do I identify my skin type?

Good question! There are mainly five different categories when it comes to skin types. Here’s a cheat sheet for you to identify yours:

  • Your skin type is dry if it is flaky, scaly, or rough. It can also be dull, red, or tender
  • If you have big pores and shiny or greasy skin, your skin type is oily. You may even struggle with acne due to the excess sebum production
  • If you have a mix of the two – dry cheeks and an oily T-zone – you have a combination skin type 
  • Your skin type is sensitive if it gets itchy and irritated easily, especially after you’ve washed it or applied makeup
  • You have a normal skin type if your skin is balanced, not sensitive, and relatively free from blemishes or discolourations

What’s the next step?

Before building your routine, we highly recommend that you visit a dermatologist or an esthetician – they are trained to help you find the right products and choose the ideal ingredients based on your skin’s needs. It’s best to consult one before adding any new product into your routine, especially if it’s incredibly potent or targeted towards a particular skin issue. 

Got it! So what’s the best routine for my skin type then?

Now that you’ve got the basics down, here is a breakdown of the ideal skincare routine you should follow, based on your skin type. We suggest you keep this list handy for the next time you’re looking to invest in some skincare or drop by your dermatologist’s office for a visit.

Dry skin

For the A.M.:

  • Cleansing lotion
  • Toner
  • Hydrating serum
  • Moisturiser with SPF

For the P.M.:

  • Cleansing lotion
  • Toner
  • Retinol serum
  • Eye cream
  • Hydrating moisturiser

Building a skincare regime for dry skin? You need to grab products that will keep your skin hydrated, so you should look out for the words ‘moisturising’ and ‘hydrating’ in the products you choose. Since your skin lets go of moisture easily, a cleansing lotion won’t strip away the oils you need. Incorporating serums will give you that extra moisture you require.

Oily skin

For the A.M.:

  • Cleansing gel
  • Toner
  • Gel moisturiser
  • Zinc Oxide sunscreen

For the P.M.:

  • Cleansing gel
  • Toner
  • AHA or BHA serum
  • Oil-free moisturiser

If you have oily skin, stick to lightweight, gel-based textures in your skincare routine. ‘Oil-free’ is also a good term to have on your skincare labels, because you want to ensure that you’re not overly hydrating the skin. 

Combination skin

For the A.M.:

  • Cleansing gel
  • Toner
  • Lightweight moisturiser
  • Zinc Oxide sunscreen

For the P.M.:

  • Cleansing gel
  • Toner
  • AHA or BHA serum
  • Lightweight moisturiser

If you have combination skin, you’ll need to incorporate a wider range of ingredients to cater to your mixed skin type. The idea is to not have two different routines – rather, one that incorporates the essentials of both.

Sensitive skin

For the A.M.:

  • Cleansing lotion
  • Alcohol-free toner
  • Scent-free moisturiser
  • Zinc Oxide sunscreen

For the P.M.:

  • Cleansing lotion
  • Alcohol-free toner
  • Scent-free moisturiser

The key for sensitive skin is to keep it simple and stripped down to the basics. So, it becomes important to treat it delicately with non-irritating ingredients – the above is an easy home skincare routine for acne-prone and sensitive skin.

Normal skin

For the A.M.:

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Moisturiser with SPF

For the P.M.:

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Antioxidant serum
  • Moisturiser

If you have balanced skin, you can go ahead and try a wide variety of products, and chances are that your skin will accept them. Since you also don’t need products to target specific concerns, you can keep it simple.

Before you embark on your skincare journey, keep in mind that consistency is key, and that your skin needs time to show results – so keep going with your routine regularly, no matter what! 


Khanak Mehta