Building Your Own Skincare Regimen for Your Skin Type

What are the skincare regime to look out for in each skin type

By Chelsea Lane
Building Your Own Skincare Regimen for Your Skin Type

Skincare Regime Steps for Oily Skin

When building their own skin care regimen, most young women just try to follow the tips that they see in magazines or skincare tutorials that they see online. While these tips are pretty useful, they won’t really work unless you know exactly what your skin type is.


You see, everyone has a different skin type. Some girls have oilier skin while others are more prone to drier skin. The key here is to know what type of skin you have and base your regimen around it. To help you get started, let’s start with Skincare Regime Steps for Oily Skin:


Oil breeds bacteria which causes acne. This is why it’s important to clean your face as much as three times a day. You’re recommended to use a good cleansing gel that is sulfate free and a little bit drying.

Women with oily skin are usually more prone to getting acne and blackheads because of the excess amount of sebum their skin has. So, here’s a basic regimen that works for oily skin:

1. Cleansing Gel

Oil breeds bacteria which causes acne. This is why it’s important to clean your face as much as three times a day. You’re recommended to use a good cleansing gel that is sulfate free and a little bit drying.

2. Toner

An alcohol-free toner with sodium PCA, geranium, and witch hazel is good after using the cleansing gel. This helps cut off oil but keeps your face moisturized at the same time.

3. Moisturizer

While a moisturizer is needed to keep your face hydrated, it’s important that you use an oil-free moisturizer so that oil doesn’t stay.

4. SPF

Most women have a hard time finding sunscreen because there are not that many sunscreen brands for oily skin. What are recommended would be zinc oxide sunscreens that are natural and antibacterial.

5. AHA/BHA Serum

You use this at night after you wash your face with the cleansing gel and toner. We recommend that you look for anti-acne serums that contain salicylic acid and tea-tree oil.

6. Retinol Serum

Retinol serum is perfect for oily skin because it closes up your pores.

7. Moisturizer

After applying the retinol, put a layer of moisturizer before you sleep.

Skincare Regime Steps for Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, then you have to make sure that your skin stays hydrated at most times. People with dry skin are more prone to skin cracks wherein moisture escapes. Use this regimen if you have that kind of skin:

1. Cleansing Lotion

A good cleansing lotion that’s good for dry skin is essential. You can look for one that is mild if your face can’t take something too strong. Chamomile and milk alpine lotions work really well.

2. Toner

When buying toners for dry skin, you might want to avoid those that contain alcohol of any kind.

3. Antioxidant Serum

Antioxidant serums are very important in preventing break down of collagen which causes cracked skin. We recommend that you look for serums high in vitamin A, C, and E.

4. Moisturizer with SPF

Moisturizers with SPF is really important because they can help block off sun that can dry up skin easily. At the same time, they also retain moisture in the skin. Argan based moisturizers are pretty good for dry skin.

5. Retinol Serum

Just like for the oily skin, you have to use retinol serum after washing your face and using toner at night. However, you may want to look for retinol specifically for dry skin.

6. Eye Cream

You might want to use some eye cream to boost collagen growth. Use the one with peptides.

7. Hydrating Moisturizer

End your nighttime routine with a hydrating moisturizer. We recommend those with ingredients like rosehip, seed oil, cranberry oil, sweet almond oil, and mostly the natural fruit or herb-based oils.

Skincare Regime Steps for Acne Prone Skin

Acne can be really troublesome if you don’t address it right away. We believe that it’s always best to prevent acne from breaking out instead of trying to cure it when it’s already there. This is why you have to make sure that you follow an acne prone skin regimen very diligently so that you won’t suffer from any acne problems. Here’s a good regimen to follow:

1. Cleanser

If you don’t have acne at the moment, you can use a lightweight cleanser for maintenance like Cetaphil. However, you may want to use something stronger if you have acne. Look for an over-the-counter cleanser that has salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.

2. Toner

We recommend that a toner that takes out excess oil is good for acne prone skin (check the toner for oily skin). Get an alcohol free toner and apply it after cleansing.

3. Acne Cream

If you have acne, make sure that you use an acne cream. Over-the-counter pimple creams or prescribed creams, if possible, are good to use after a toner.

4. Moisturizer

Use an oil-free moisturizer so that you can prevent more breakout of acne.

5. SPF

Use a good SPF for daytime outings. It’s recommended that you use zinc oxide SPF.

6. Night Time

You won’t want to put too much on your face when you have acne. So, for nighttime, we recommend that you use your cleanser, toner, acne cream, and moisturizer before going to bed.

Skincare Regime Steps for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is probably the hardest skin type to create a regimen for because you don’t want to use something that’s too strong to the point that your skin will be irritated. At the same time, you won’t want to use something too weak either because it might not work. You need to find the right type of products for your skin. Here’s a good regimen to follow:

1. Cleansing Lotion

First, you start off with the cleansing lotion. You may want to use a very mild cleansing lotion that has no sulfates. Most dermatologists would recommend Cetaphil skin cleansers because this is one of the gentlest you’ll find in the market.

2. Toner

After using your cleansing lotion, you need to put toner. An alcohol-free toner that has anti-inflammatory properties is ideal for sensitive skin. Look for white tea extract, green tea extract, or chamomile in the ingredients. If you can, look for a toner with beta-glucan as well.

3. Moisturizer

Synthetic scents are known to cause strong irritations on sensitive skin. That’s why you should always buy the moisturizers that don’t have scents.

4. SPF

Add an SPF to your regimen so that you can protect your skin from UV rays. Of course, you need to find one that doesn’t irritate skin. For that, you can try a zinc oxide SPF. Titanium dioxide SPF is also effective but not very good for dark skin.

5. Night Time

For sensitive skin, you want to use as lesser products as possible, but be sure that they are effective. So, for your nighttime regimen, just use the cleansing lotion, toner, and moisturizer that we’ve mentioned above.

Skincare Regime Steps for Combination Skin

So, what is the meaning of combination skin anyway? Combination skin means that some parts are oily and some parts are dry.  Basically, you have a little bit of everything.


Now, most girls would be thinking that they have to use two different regimens on different parts of their face. However, there is a way to get the balance in just one regimen. You just have to be a bit flexible. Here’s how to do it:

1. Cleanser

There will be times when your skin is oily and there will be times when your skin is dry. The tip here is to interchange depending on the situation. If your skin is dry at the moment, use cleansing lotion for dry skin. You can use the one we mentioned above for dry skin types. When it gets too oily, you can switch to a cleansing gel.

2. Toner

The usual alcohol-free toner for oily skin will work fine with combination skin.

3. Moisturizer

The key to buying moisturizer is to look for a light and gentle one. That way, it can find the balance of both skin types. We recommend that you look for one with a silky texture and just a little bit of hyaluronic acid.

4. SPF

A zinc oxide SPF will work just fine with combination skin.

5. AHA/BHA Serum

At night, you can apply an AHA/BHA serum (the one used for oily skin) after you use your cleanser and toner.

6. Retinol Serum

After that, you can apply retinol serum-- the one for oily skin

7. Moisturizer

End your nighttime routine by using the gentle moisturizer that you have used during the daytime.


When choosing your skin care products, always consider first what your skin type is. Not all products work for all skin types. The wrong product may even do more harm than good. That’s why you must always build a personalized regimen before you follow any tips and videos you find online. This guide can help you find out what’s best for you.