Skincare Regimen
Skincare Regimen

Skin can be finicky about how it reacts to the environment and certain products. One moment your skin is gorgeous and glowy and the next it’s irritated and acne-prone. No matter if you’re in your teens, twenties, thirties, or beyond, taking care of your skin is of the utmost importance. You obviously want to look good now, but you also want to prepare your skin for the future years too. 

The world of beauty has expanded beyond makeup to include skincare. The pandemic and mask use arguably gave rise to a focus on skin, as women often let go of their full-faced makeup routines. With this, more brands have come out with new and improved skin products to try. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to your routine, keep reading. Here are five ways to update your skincare regimen. 

1. Remember Your Unique Skin Needs Specific Products

You could apply the most expensive products on your face and still have pimples appear. Why? The simplest answer is that not all products work for all people. And the solution doesn’t typically involve adding more products. For most people a less is more approach is best. Your skin needs to breathe, and applying multiple serums, lotions, and tonics can be pore-clogging. Starting with the basics can be beneficial. 

If you struggle with hormonal acne, over-the-counter, topical treatment might not ever help. Instead, you might consider a prescription treatment, like taking a birth control pill. Birth control can help balance your hormones and reduce breakouts. When you make any changes to your routine, give them a few weeks — or even months — before adding something else. That way you can track and see what is really working for you and your unique skin needs. 

2. Change With the Seasons 

Just like you adjust what you wear based on the season, your skin needs some adjustments too. In the spring and summertime, your skin is likely more hydrated than it is in the colder months. Because of this, you can typically just use a light moisturizer or cream. Alternatively, in the winter your skin is probably craving more protection, so a heavier oil-based moisturizer may be your best bet. 

Exfoliation is a great step throughout the year as it sheds buildup and dead skin. However, you may need to exfoliate more in the winter, as dry skin can become more troublesome. Just remember not to exfoliate too often, as this can actually be damaging. Incorporate a gentle exfoliation once or twice per week depending on your skin’s needs. You know your skin better than anybody else, so remember to listen to it and give it the proper TLC. 

3. Focus on SPF

If you’re not already applying sunscreen, go to the store right now to get one. Sunscreen is non-negotiable throughout the year. The sun’s powerful UV rays can damage the sensitive skin barrier no matter if the sun is shining. And while many makeup products and even moisturizers have SPF built in, it’s best to apply a separate sunscreen. This extra layer can help prevent skin cancer and premature aging. 

When selecting an SPF for your face, try to select one that won’t clog your pores. In general, there are two different types of sunscreen: mineral-based and chemical-based. Mineral sunscreens deflect the sun’s rays from your skin. Chemical sunscreens absorb rays, releasing the heat from the skin’s surface. No matter which type you choose, ensure it’s something you will apply daily. Don’t forget to add it to your routine. 

4. Try an At-Home Facial Massage

Another step to add to your routine is a rejuvenating facial massage. Applying pressure to certain areas on your face can rejuvenate the skin, stimulate circulation, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Best of all, this step will help relax you and help ease any stresses or worries. You can do it every night or just a few times a week before you start noticing results. 

All you need for a simple massage is facial oil. You never want to pull or tug on your delicate skin, so an oil helps lubricate the surface. While you can use your hands, it may be more relaxing to use a tool such as a guasha. This tool and technique is based on ancient practices, essentially scraping the face in specific patterns. It’s a simple technique to learn, and you may have even seen some beauty influencers demo it on their Instagram or TikTok accounts. 

5. See a Specialist

If you’re looking for a skin refresh, it may be worth the time and money to see a specialist. Dermatologists and facialists can help determine what products may work best for your skin. A dermatologist can also conduct a skincare check to see if any moles or spots need to be further evaluated. 

When seeing a specialist, it’s beneficial to come in with a list of prepared questions. That way, you don’t forget what you meant to ask during your appointment. If you’re seeing a facialist, ask them what products they are using for you and why. You may be able to buy these products directly from them or research them on your own to see if you’d like to continue using them. 


Updating your skincare routine is a great way to refresh your skin and feel more confident. Just remember that everybody’s skin is different as are their skincare needs. Take recommendations with a grain of salt — unless they come from a certified specialist!