Building a Beginner Routine: Steps You Need

Building a Beginner Routine: Steps You Need

Now you know why a routine is important, it’s time to look at the exact steps you’ll need to build a routine.

What skin care routine is best?

The best routine is something you will stick to every day. For many beginners, this means simple is better.

The most basic skin care steps are cleansing, treating, moisturising and sunscreen.
If you’re not interested in designing your own routine and want to get straight down to the nitty-gritty, I’ve created a ready-made beginner routine just for you. For my best recommendations as well as the key tips to routine success, check it out here.

Without further ado, let’s jump into the breakdown of the steps you need in a routine.

The best beginner’s routine

Cleansing Step

Cleansing is the base for the rest of your routine. It removes dirt, grime and oils form the day so your skin is ready to receive treatment and moisturisation. It comes first so that everything you put on your skin afterwards goes onto a clean fresh face. Your cleanser can be creamy, foaming or even a micellar water like I use.

Treatment/Actives Step

Treating includes anything that is in your routine to solve a problem that you have. ‘Actives’ refers to the active nature of the ingredients that interact with your skin. To choose the right products, you first must determine what your major concerns are.

Common treatment steps include:

  • Exfoliation
  • Acne fighting
  • Redness reducing
  • Pigmentation lightening
  • Antioxidants

If you’re one of the lucky few who don’t have any particular skin issues, you won’t need a treatment step!

Moisturising Step

Moisturiser restores hydration, surface elasticity and the natural protective layer of your skin. It should always follow cleansing and actives as those steps can remove your natural protective oils. When choosing a moisturiser, it’s important understand the three different kinds so you can choose what’s right for you.

Sunscreen Step

Sunscreen often falls by the wayside, but it is single handedly the best thing you can do for your skin long term. Everything else you do will be for nothing if you don’t protect your skin from the sun each and every day. Many people feel as though the incidental sunshine they get popping outdoors, or the overcast light of winter won’t damage their skin (spoiler alert: it does). But by making sunscreen the final step of your routine, you can rest assured that no matter what happens that day, you’ll be protected from premature ageing and skin cancer. Check out my routine to see the two sunscreens I use most.

Reminder: if you need help choosing specific products for your skin type and concerns, get a free beginner’s routine with personalised suggestions here.


Now you know everything you need to start building your own routine. Your next challenge is to identify your skin issues so that you can learn what works to treat them. Stay tuned for those articles!

The Skin Careless



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