Skincare Routine Essentials

Every effective skincare routine starts with a gentle yet effective cleanser, targeted serum and moisturizing product in their proper order – this allows each one of these products to work their hardest, minimizing irritation while improving absorption.

Foamy cleanser containing salicylic acid and niacinamide will effectively clear out pores and diminish excessive shine, while for dry skin an application containing botanical peptides or hyaluronic acid will nourish and plump up.


As with any skincare routine, beginning with a clean canvas is paramount to its success. Each day your skin absorbs dirt, oil, and pollution particles that contribute to breakouts and dullness; by cleansing regularly you remove impurities while simultaneously unclogging pores so any additional products (such as makeup and sunscreen) applied later can better penetrate into your pores for maximum absorption.

As part of your skincare regimen, it is important to choose a cleanser which fits with your skin type while being gentle enough for its barrier function. For example, oily skin types might benefit from using products with active ingredients like niacinamide or salicylic acid to control oily patches on their pores.

Cleansing before applying leave-on skincare products like serums or moisturizers is especially essential, since antioxidants found in such serums may provide protection from environmental pollutants and UV rays that damage your skin.

Nighttime cleansing is also important because certain physiological changes occur overnight that require a clean surface to occur properly. Missing this step would rob oxygen to the skin and stop its regeneration and repair as needed.


Skin is our largest organ and it takes an enormous toll from UV rays, air pollution and dirt from daily life – contributing to fine lines, wrinkles, uneven tone and dark spots.

An effective skincare routine not only keeps the complexion looking its best, it can also slow the signs of aging while managing certain skin concerns such as dryness or oiliness. While caring for your skin may seem trendy with beauty influencers promoting steaming, jade rolling and masks on Instagram, it is still vitally important to follow basic care regimens to maintain good complexion health.

Cleansing is the cornerstone of healthy skin care and should be performed both morning and night. A gentle cleanser can eliminate impurities and excess oil from your skin, keeping pores unclogged and breakouts at bay. People with acne-prone skin should look for foaming or gel cleansers containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide for fighting acne; those with dry skin types can opt for one with added hydrating benefits such as glycerin, hyaluronic acid or botanical oils for added hydration benefits.

Once the skin is clean, exfoliation is an integral step towards creating a vibrant complexion. Exfoliation removes dead skin buildup that clogs pores and causes dullness; so this step is important for all types of skin. Chemical exfoliants dissolve the top layer of skin; physical scrubs with scrubbing beads/particles work best and should be done two to three times weekly for sensitive or dry skin types, and more frequently up to daily for other skin types.


Moisturizing should be part of any skincare routine to prevent dryness, flakiness and texture irregularities while helping makeup to adhere more securely and look smoother.

Moisturizing should be part of every skincare routine, no matter your skin type. People with oily skin should use light lotion instead of cream in order to reduce oil build-up; those with dry skin must apply thicker moisturizers in order to replenish moisture levels and replenish their supply.

When applying a moisturizing product, it’s essential that it’s applied on damp skin so it is fully absorbed by your body. A quick spray of water may also help those with oily skin as it will dissolve any sebum accumulation that has formed during the day.

Once you’ve applied moisturizer, it is crucial that you allow it to fully absorb before moving onto any other products – particularly sunscreen. Waiting about one minute after applying your SPF allows it to penetrate pores more thoroughly and make an impactful statement about its use. For optimal results, schedule at least an hour each morning and evening to complete your skincare regimen; doing so will leave you with healthy, radiant and flawless-looking skin!


Sun protection should be a daily part of life. Not only can it help prevent skin cancer – including potentially deadly melanomas – it also protects against wrinkles and uneven skin tone caused by sun exposure, while helping scars fade faster with less UVA/UVB radiation exposure.

Sunscreen should be applied daily after cleansing and moisturizer application. Dr. Kassouf advises wearing broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF 30 or higher and applying it often, not forgetting areas like ears, neck and hands which often get overlooked but are vulnerable to sunburn.

If you have oily or combination skin, try using a serum or facial mask before applying sunscreen for optimal absorption. Also ensure to choose a water-resistant formula and reapply every two hours when outside.

No matter your skincare preferences – whether minimalist with just three steps or full-on beauty enthusiast who performs weekly treatments – how you apply your products has an enormous effect on how they perform. Cleanser should come first, followed by serum under moisturizer and then sunscreen – to help ensure they do their jobs!