With the popular Korean 12-step skincare routine and a new tempting skincare product launching every other day, it is really a task to tell which skincare steps are truly essential for you. It is even tougher for the beauty beginners to commit to a skincare routine that is essential for them. Let’s make it easier for you.

If you are beauty beginner who has made it their resolution to take skincare seriously starting this year, buckle up as you are going to learn something very valuable today. We are putting all the confusion to rest and laying out the five basic skincare steps that every skincare noob should start with and every skincare obsessed should swear by.

From cleansing to SPF, here are five must skincare steps that you should never skip on from your skincare routine.

 

01. Cleansing

01. Cleansing

Yes, of course, you wash your face every morning but that’s not what we are talking about here. Washing your face with soap and water is not a healthy skincare practice.

Begin by using a face cleanser that is apt for your skin type. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, get a face wash that cleanses oil with dirt and impurities. If you have dry skin, get a moisturising face wash and if you have sensitive skin, get a gentle face wash that doesn’t irritate your skin.

Also, it’s a two-step process. Before you cleanse your face with a face wash, make sure you wipe all the sweat and dirt from your face with a facial wipe. Cleanse your face two times a day for healthy skin.

 

02. Exfoliating

02. Exfoliating

Exfoliating is a skincare essential that helps you get rid of excess oil, dead skin cells, deep settled oil and dirt and helps you achieve smooth and spotless skin. It unlocks brighter and glowing complexion and is an unmissable step for healthy skin.

Use a gentle scrub on your face at least twice a week to get rid of all the impurities like dirt, oil and sweat from your face. If you have oily skin, you should exfoliate thrice a week for clean and clear skin.

 

03. Toning

03. Toning

Even after cleansing, traces of dirt, sweat and residue from oil-based products can remain on your skin. Also, cleansing and exfoliating open pores which can invite bacteria and lead to acne.

Toner contains active ingredients that cleanse your skin thoroughly, gets rid of bacteria and helps balance the pH levels of the skin. Thus, toning is an absolute must after cleansing, especially for oily and acne-prone skin.

After cleansing your face, take some toner on a cotton pad and glide it all over your face. Use it twice daily.

 

04. Moisturising

04. Moisturising

Your skin loses its moisture when you cleanse and exfoliate your face. Thus, it’s necessary to moisturise your face after cleansing. Whether your skin is dry or oily, sensitive or normal, moisturising is an important part of a skincare routine that should not be skipped.

Pick a moisturiser that works for your skin type, for example a rich, hydrating one for dry skin; a non-comedogenic and lightweight cream for oily and acne-prone and a soothing one for sensitive skin. Moisturise your skin twice a day without fail.

 

05. SPF

05. SPF

From premature ageing to dark spots and tanning, radical damage is the main cause for umpteen skin woes. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen thus becomes one of the most important skincare basics.

Sunscreen saves your skin from harmful UV rays which can cause premature signs of ageing, sunburn and pigmentation. It also helps protect your skin from something as serious as skin cancer.

After applying your moisturiser, slather a small amount of SPF 30 or more on your face and neck. Do this every morning and reapply every three to four hours to protect your skin from sun damage.