There were 306 million facial cleanser products sold in 2018 in the US alone.

These numbers show how important a skincare routine is to the average person. If these units of facial cleanser alone have been purchased in the US, imagine the unit numbers pertaining to anti-aging products, toning products, creams and other important skincare products.

It can be intimidating working into the beauty aisle of your local pharmacy or supermarket and being overwhelmed by the amount of products than line the shelves in front of you.

But getting into proper skincare isn’t difficult! We break down the best techniques and entry-level products for creating your first beauty routine.

Step 1: Work Out Your Skin Type

When you go through the products that fill the shelves, you’ll notice that each of them is targeted to a different type of skin. The product itself may say for dry skin, for sensitive skin or for combination skin.

The first step in setting up your first-ever beauty routine is to work out what skin type you are.

  1. You have dry skin if your skin often gets patchy.
  2. You have oily skin if you always appear to be shiny.
  3. If you show both of these characteristics, then you have combination skin.

Over and above these types, you can also have other skin characteristics that you need to be aware of.

If you find that your skin is sensitive then this needs to form part of your product selection. You might suffer from acne which means your skin is acne-prone and will also be a factor when purchasing your first products.

Step 2: Knowing The Basics

No matter the skin type, your first beauty routine will need to consist of at least four products.

  1. A cleanser
  2. A serum
  3. A moisturizer
  4. A sunscreen

There will always be beauty regimes that include more than four products out there, some even go so far as having 10 steps. But every single one of these beauty routines will include these four products in them.

There is so much information online, so be careful of what you read and the ‘fly by night’ solutions that you find, some crazy beauty remedies are just that, crazy!

They’re more than enough to get your first routine on the road.

Step 3: Choosing My Products

Now that you have the low down on what you’re shopping for, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of choosing your products.

You’ve got a cleanser, a serum, a moisturizer and a sunscreen that you need to choose. Now, using the knowledge that you have based on your skin type, combine that with a monthly budget that you can afford.

We all know that beauty products can be quite costly, so making sure you know what you’re able to spend is vital.

Your Cleanser

Cleansing is probably one of the most important parts of your first beauty routine. Choosing a cleanser means you need to cover a few things: your cleanser needs to clean your pores, get rid of debris on your skin as well as remove the remnants of makeup left from your day.

Cleansing will be done twice per day, once first thing in the morning and once at night before you go to bed.

Your Serum

The serum you choose will be based solely on the outcome you want to achieve. If your skin type is oily, you’ll want less shiny skin. If your skin is dry, you’ll want to hydrate your skin.

Every serum has a purpose, so make sure you read the instructions carefully. Read which skin type the serum you have in mind is for and make sure that it matches your needs.

You also get serums specially made for the evening, and ones made for the morning. Deciding which time of day you’ll be doing your full beauty routine will assist in making this decision.

Your Moisturizer

The goal of moisturizer is one thing, and one thing alone. It is to protect the barrier of your skin, it will lock in moisture and make sure your skin doesn’t appear dry.

Even if you have oily skin, you still need to use a moisturizer, but look perhaps for a water-based gel option, instead of a cream option.


Yes! Protecting your skin from harmful sun rays is so important. This will need to be done in the morning before you head on out for the day.

Particularly if you have a day job that requires you to be outside for a large part of the day, really focus on this stage of your beauty routine.

If you’re getting sunburnt every other day, you’re overwriting the work that your other products are doing.

Choosing A Brand

Choosing a brand is a combination of two things: you’ll want to shop within your budget and you’ll want a product that fits in with your lifestyle and beliefs.

Offernova is an amazing product that uses all-natural products to create their skincare products if that’s important to you. You should be looking for products that don’t contain too many chemicals or additives, the more natural the better, particularly for your first beauty routine.

Step 4: Beauty Routine 101

Now you have the beauty routine products and information down, you need to know just a few more things:

  • In the morning, you will cleanse, moisturize and use sunscreen.
  • In the evening, you will cleanse, use your serum and then moisturize.
  • Don’t forget to periodically add in exfoliation, this will remove the added ‘unwanteds’ that your daily routine just cannot get rid of by itself.

If you’re looking into anti-aging products, that’s a whole different ball game. Anti-aging products will need to be shopped for separately, but start with your basic beauty routine first, and work your way up from there.

On Your Way to Fabulous

Creating your first beauty routine is paramount to how you’ll treat your skin for the rest of your life. If you start off on the right step, then you’re halfway there.

Remember though, that a beauty routine will only start to show signs of working if you stay committed and keep doing what needs to be done regularly. Missing a day or two here or there can make a big difference.

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