Everyone has their rituals. We devote ourselves to regular practices meant to enrich our lives, in the hopes of preserving what brings us value. These days, the world of self-care is overflowing with such sacred habits, making it difficult to determine what is worthy of commitment, and what is simply a passing fad. Of this, at least, you can rest assured: the time devoted to caring for your skin will never be time wasted. A good skin care routine will be one of your best and most lasting investments.
However, time devoted to sifting through the surplus of available beauty products – that’s a different story. To simplify things, we’ve put together a guide of how best to care for your skin, including our top beauty products for every skin type. Find the combination that works for you and, you’ll be set to achieve that radiant, healthy glow.
How to take care of your skin?
Alas, when it comes to your skin care routine, there is no one-size-fits-all. Your skin has individual needs, and the products and ingredients for your perfect skin care routine will be tailored to these singular features. With that being said, there are some golden rules you can follow for the most enviable and consistent results (yes, we’re all trying to up our water intake).
What is a good skin care routine for the face?
The skin on your face requires special attention, being not only more delicate but also much more exposed to damage than the skin on the rest of your body. For a stress-free commitment reaping all the benefits, we’ve stuck to a seven-step solution covering the essentials (cleanser, serum, and moisturiser), key supplements (toner and eye cream) and the effortless additions (face mist and lip balm) to apply throughout the day.
Our face is constantly on display, meaning our skin is breathing in all sorts of harmful toxins. To combat clogged pores, acne, and dull complexions, a purifying cleanser twice a day is your facial routine’s fundamental first step.
A flawless merger of science and nature is characteristic of Dr. Barbara Sturm products. This airy and soothing formula will provide precisely the deep clean you need without depriving your skin of its natural moisture. Equipped with natural ingredients of aloe vera and panthenol, your skin will have never been softer.Shop now
Add it to your routine, gift it to a friend – the extremely gentle solution of Sunday Riley’s cult-classic is intended for all skin types. The foolproof option boasts a blend of four plant-based cleansers, including rejuvenating French green clay and rice oil for a healthy and brightened complexion.Shop now
Those after the cutting-edge of skin care innovation need look no further than Professor Augustinus Bader. A biomedical scientist, doctor, and expert in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, Bader’s cleanser is a regenerative fusion of amino acids and vitamins that will leave your skin glowingly refreshed. Watch as the balm melts hypnotizingly on your skin first into a milk, then into an oil.
If you’re looking to elevate a good skin care routine into a truly great one, incorporating a toner as your second step will go a long way. Toning your skin post-cleansing will eliminate any excess dirt and oils, simultaneously tightening pores to produce a more refined complexion. Softly apply with a cotton pad and let sink into your skin.
The singular vision of facialist Amanda Lacey attracts international praise from all the top beauty experts. With alleviating blends of Mint Leaf, Rosemary, and Camphor Oils, this tonic will truly work miracles for skin suffering from redness. Apply topically to heal irritated areas or generally for a clear and blemish-free skin surface.Shop now
Backed by sustainable production processes, Susanne Kaufmann creates skin care equally committed to long-term impacts. The locally sourced ingredients of this pore-reducing tonic will provide your skin a second-round cleanse without drying it out, providing thoroughly purifying and lasting results.Shop now
Meet the most versatile addition to your counter of beauty products for the perfect skin care routine. Integrate a face mist into your daily ritual, bring it with you for a hot summer outing or for that post-workout cool-down. An effortless spritz will deliver instant refreshment.
Attracting with exquisite colour and a divine smell, characteristic of Herbivore products, this organic Jasmine Water spray acts as a face mist and toner in one, infused with enriching Green Tea, Willow Bark, and Aloe Vera. To activate its ingredients and all its antioxidising benefits, be sure to rub this formula into your skin after spraying.Shop now
For skin prone to dryness, this moisturising spray by Susanne Kaufmann lends necessary relief and nourishment. As an added benefit of morning application, the restorative solution re-energises your skin while doubling as a setting spray, keeping your makeup flawless throughout the day.Shop now
More sensitive skin will benefit from this invigorating formula, combining the potently hydrating benefits of Hyaluronic Acid with a calming blend of antioxidants and detox extracts. Perfect for an on-the-go splash of rejuvenation at any time, a quick makeup refreshment, or a substitute for your toner in your morning and evening routine, this multifaceted face mist seems to do it all.Shop now
To support us as we endeavour to age gracefully, serums are our new best friend. Containing a high concentration of active ingredients, a serum can target specific issues our skin may be prone to such as blemishes and fine wrinkles. With this product, it pays to be specific, as different ingredients target different issues.
To combat signs of ageing, this blend of Hyaluronic Acid and Purslane, high in Omega-3 fatty acids, is a winning combination, stimulating your skin’s elasticity while preventative properties support the long-term overall health of your skin.Shop now
Notorious for its brightening effects, Vitamin C is at the centre of this serum by Sunday Riley, employing its benefits in full to eliminate dark spots and discolourations on the skin surface. With a wrinkle-free tone and vibrant complexion, your skin will thank you for this one.
Along with proper cleansing, moisturising your skin is the crucial step that should always hold a place in your facial routine. As we age, our skin gradually loses its natural ability to preserve moisture, all the while losing natural hydrators at the hands of daily exposure. When selecting the right moisturiser for yourself, it’s important to consider that not only different skin types, but also different seasons or climates call for varying degrees of hydration.
If you’re one of the lucky ones in a warmer climate – or excitedly preparing for a balmy summer like the rest of us – this lightweight formula by Dr. Barbara Sturm should be the next introduction to your beauty product collection. Normal to oily skin types will be provided with the ultimate coverage without sacrificing any nourishment.Shop now
For dry and sensitive skin, opt for this rich fusion by Susanne Kaufmann, which integrates luxurious Rosehip Oil, Chamomile and Sage to lock in your skin’s natural moisture levels while giving it that extra boost. Producing an even complexion, this moisturiser also acts as an ideal base for makeup following morning application.Shop now
With a loyal following from his breakthrough formulas, Peter Thomas Roth is a mainstay in the world of skin care. For those after a moisturiser with a real punch of hydration, this 30% concentrated Hyaluronic Acid will go above and beyond. Resulting in a smooth and supple look, your skin will be thoroughly replenished.Shop now
The delicate skin around your eyes is very quick to dry out, leading to those pesky fine lines and wrinkles we’d be happy to do without. Both restorative and preventative, eye creams care for this fragile area of skin, but this step of your perfect skin care routine calls for especially tactful application. So as not to stretch the sensitive skin or overload it with too much moisture (resulting in puffiness), softly massage a pea-sized portion of product on your brow bone and about a half-inch below your lash-line.
Swollen eyes in the morning is not exactly the refreshing look we’re aiming for. The skin around the eyes prone to swelling will benefit from Susanne Kaufmann’s cream, which fights dark circles and puffiness, and for even more optimal effect, can be applied as an eye mask once or twice a week.Shop now
Even without a good night’s sleep, a dab of Auto Correct by Sunday Riley can at least give the impression of one. With reduced puffiness, the surface of your skin will instantly appear more energized, and long-term benefits will work to counteract the emergence of pesky crow’s feet.
And now, for the cherry on top. Any skin care routine would be remiss to leave out lip balm as its rosy final touch. Whether harsh winter air or beaming summer rays, our lips are sensitive to the seasons.
Lip balm is a fixture in our everyday routine, so why not opt for ‘The World’s Best’? Luscious and hydrating, a stroke of Lanolips Tinted Lip Balm provides an extra pop to your look, adding a subtle tint to your natural lip. The essential addition of SPF 30 will make sure your lips are protected from ever going dry under the sun.Shop now
Whether it's bitingly cold or blisteringly hot, harsh weather conditions can leave you with sore, chapped lips. Aesop's hydrating balm is enriched with botanical oils to soften and hydrate, while UVA and UVB filters provide a shield from the sun's damaging rays. Carry it in your pocket for instant relief on the go.Shop now
Often rituals lose their meaning, becoming a process of merely ‘going through the motions’ that no longer contribute much to our lives. When it comes to cultivating a facial skin care routine, we benefit from simplicity. Equipped with the combination that best suits you, a skin care routine will no longer be a monotonous habit, but the most cherished practice of your day.
Words: Sara Foster