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Back to Basics | How do I start taking care of my skin?

If you’re here that means you have decided to start following a skincare routine and congratulations on that! However, if you find the information available online confusing and you do not know where to start, fear not! That’s why we are here! Below we answer the question “how to take care of my face?” providing you with a super simple routine to start your journey for a healthier and radiant skin. Don’t forget that consistency is the key to truly impressive results!

Keep it Simple

Forget the complicated routines you’ve seen on Youtube. Start with the basics and once you feel comfortable, you can start adding products.

Step 1: Cleaning

The general rule says that we should wash our face twice a day, morning and night. In the morning, sweat and oiliness are removed while in the evening, dirt and makeup are removed. If your skin is dry, however, try washing your face in the morning with just water.

Cleansing in the evening is also very important. Start massaging lightly with a product in the form of balm or oil to “melt” the makeup. Then, after rinsing it, use a water-based product in the form of foam or gel in order to remove dirt and makeup. Afterwards, you can wipe your face with a clean towel. Look for products with a gentle composition that will not leave your skin dry and avoid compositions that contain fragrances, which can cause skin sensitivity.

Step 2: Hydration

After cleansing, comes hydration – whatever skin type you have. Choose an oil and fragrance-free cream that will deeply moisturize your skin without leaving it oily.

Favorite basic ingredients that deserve a place in your routine:

Hyaluronic acid for very dry and dull skin.

Vitamin C for antioxidant protection and radiant skin.

Salicylic acid to reduce acne.

Step 3: Protection

If we were to encourage you to add a single product to your routine, that is definitely the sunscreen! Choose a product with SPF 30 or 50, which you will apply every morning (even on cloudy or winter days) as the last step of your routine. It is the only way to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.


Once you are comfortable with the above simple treatment routine, you can start adding active ingredients such as AHA, BHA and retinol, as well as other skincare products such as serums and masks.

Maria Printezi

Helsinki '24

I am a student of English Philology and Linguistics at the University of Helsinki.
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