How to Build a Skincare Routine Fitting for Your Skin Needs

Medically reviewed by Sue Kua, MD · Dermatology

Written by Fiel Tugade · Updated Oct 11, 2022

    How to Build a Skincare Routine Fitting for Your Skin Needs

    With thousands of options available, people are on the lookout for the best skincare products. What’s the best way to determine what your skin needs? This article shares how to build a skincare routine that is fitting for your skin goals.

    How to Build a Skincare Routine

    Stepping into the world of skincare demands that you learn and read more about the ingredients and uses of different products. You’ve heard of the benefits of aloe vera, vitamin C, and retinoids for the skin. But, how can you make these products effective and efficient for you?

    According to dermatologist Dr. Shilpi Khetarpal, learning how to build a skincare routine should start from understanding what your skin needs.

    Each person has a particular skin type, with different concerns to address. Knowing your skin type whether dry, oily, or acne-prone can help you better identify what your skin really needs. Aside from that, you can also take into consideration your skin goals. This can be helpful so that you know what to expect from the products you incorporate into your routine.

    A good skincare routine should not be too complicated for a person to follow. An easy morning and nighttime routine can help you protect and repair your skin and can also help you achieve those goals.

    How to Build a Skincare Routine for Daytime

    In the morning, it is important that you have these three key products with you.


    Upon waking up, cleanse your face with a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser to remove all the dirt or residue. Starting with a clean face can help the skin absorb other products better.

    Using your fingertips, gently apply the cleanser in a circular motion. Finish by thoroughly rinsing the cleanser from your face and gently patting your skin dry with a face towel or a soft clean cloth.. Be mindful not to scrub your skin as it can lead to irritation and inflammation.

    Cream, oil, serum

    If you are applying a serum or a pimple fix, you should do so immediately after cleansing. Afterwhich, you may proceed with dabbing your skin with some moisturizer. Moisturizers keep the skin smooth and hydrated. Applying it to slightly damp skin can help seal in moisture.


    Wearing sunscreen is a golden rule in skincare. Whether it is cloudy or cold outside, it is best that you layer up with at least SPF 30. This is to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Choose a sunscreen that is not too sticky so that you can reapply every two hours.

    Some people may also consider inserting a toner in this routine as it helps to wipe away residue. You may choose a toner containing hyaluronic acid, which increases hydration and locks in moisture. Rosewater and green tea are some key ingredients that can help soothe irritated skin. Additionally, vitamins E and C also aid in fighting free radicals. Make sure to apply your toner with clean hands after washing your face.

    How to Build a Skincare Routine for Nighttime

    At night, you need to deep cleanse your face to remove all the dirt and makeup you applied for the day. Your routine is somewhat similar to what you had in the morning. But, the focus is more on cleansing and repairing the skin.

    Here are some products you can use:

    • Makeup remover
    • Gentle cleanser
    • Toner (optional)
    • Night cream and/or moisturizer

    Dr. Khetarpal suggests that you work with a night cream containing tretinoin, retinol, or adapalene to help build new collagen. Layering it with a ceramide or hyaluronic acid moisturizer can also seal in the moisture your skin needs throughout the night.

    In addition, avoid stressors like smoke, irritants and stress to keep your skin looking healthy. Remember, each individual has different skin type so when in doubt, consult a specialist so they can advise you on the proper regimen for the proper skin type.

    Key Takeaways

    Learning how to build a skincare routine fitting for you is important in maintaining good skin health.

    You do not need much as too many products could irritate your skin more. Dermatologists suggest that you apply the products in their proper order as it has an impact on how well they work together.

    Learn more about Skincare and Cleansing here.


    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

    Medically reviewed by

    Sue Kua, MD


    Written by Fiel Tugade · Updated Oct 11, 2022


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