If you’ve been dealing with skin issues, it might be time to revamp your daily skincare routine. However, developing a whole new skincare routine might take some research, especially if you don’t know much about your skin type or what ingredients you should be looking for or avoiding. Here’s what you should be researching when revamping your skincare routine:

1. Ingredients: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Knowing which ingredients are most helpful (and harmful) to your skin is important when revamping your skincare routine. Let’s take a look at the best and worst ingredients.

Best Ingredients for Your Skin

Companies use dozens of ingredients in skincare products, and it can be difficult to keep them all straight. Here’s a list of ingredients that are known for being beneficial for the skin:

  • Oats
  • Green tea extract
  • Beta carotene
  • Soy
  • Vitamins C & E

Worst Ingredients for Your Skin

Some of the worst products for your skin contain harsh chemicals that do more harm than good. These are the ingredients you should avoid at all costs when shopping for skincare products for your new skincare routine.

  • Dioxane
  • Formaldehyde
  • Fragrance
  • Coal tar
  • Phthalates
  • Triethanolamine
  • Chemical sunscreens
  • Monoethanolamine/ethanolamine
  • Lead
  • Glycol
  • Mineral oil

2. How to Order Your Skincare Products

If you want your skincare products to be effective, you need to apply them in the correct order.

In the daytime, you’ll apply the following products in the following order:

  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Serums
  4. Eye cream
  5. Spot treatments
  6. Moisturizer
  7. Face oil
  8. Sunscreen

At night, replace face oil with retinol for step 8 and face oil instead of sunscreen for step 9. Follow this daily skincare routine, and you’ll have healthier, clearer skin in no time.

3. Different Types of Skin

Before you start looking for products and ingredients that might benefit your skin, you’ll need to know what your skin type is. Do you have normal skin? Oily skin? Dry skin? Sensitive skin? Or a combination? Knowing your skin type can help you target your skin problems more effectively. The different types of the skin include:

  • Normal – Neither too oily nor too dry
  • Dry – Flaky and rough texture
  • Oily – Greasy appearance and prone to acne breakouts
  • Sensitive – When skin reacts to new products or foods you eat
  • Combination – A mix of dry and oily skin

4. Which Products Work Best Based on Your Skin Type

Now that you know what type of skin you have, it’s time to learn what ingredients work best for your skin type.

Dry Skin: Hemp seed oil, rosehip oil, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, squalene, polyhydroxy acids (PHAs)

Acne-prone Skin: Vitamin C, salicylic acid( BHA), kaolin clay, hyaluronic acid, rosehip oil

Sensitive Skin: Lactic acid or PHA, ceramides, Centella Asiatica (cica), hyaluronic acid, caffeine, CoQ10, green tea extract, niacinamide

Aging Skin: Retinol, vitamin C, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, retinol, BHA, SPF, peptides, ceramides, AHA

Once you’ve determined what type of skin you have, you can start combating the problem with the right products.

Starting Your Search for the Perfect Products

Use these research tips to improve your search for the best products and ingredients for your skincare routine. Knowing which products to add (and which to avoid), how to order your skincare products, what type of skin you have, and which ingredients work best for your skin type can give you the confidence you need to overcome your skincare problems and get the gorgeous skin you’ve always wanted.