How to Take Care of Your Skin: Checklist

Applying skincare products in the correct order is a necessary staple in every routine. Moreover, knowing what actives and serums you can mix together can help you achieve healthy and glowing skin. 5-Minute Crafts has prepared a guide where we will tell you all about it.

Morning skincare routine

Evening skincare routine

Combine serums and actives correctly.

Bonus: how to choose serums and actives

AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids): water-soluble acids made from sugary fruits. They help to peel and renew the skin on your face. Usually, such acids are used for age spots, scars, enlarged pores, fine lines and surface wrinkles, and an uneven skin tone.

  • Glycolic acid — reduces the appearance of spots, scars, and wrinkles. It makes the skin more radiant and helps to shrink pores.
  • Lactic acid — gently exfoliates and softens fine lines and wrinkles, which makes it suitable for sensitive skin types.
  • Citric acid — prevents premature aging, exfoliates, and brightens brown spots.
  • Mandelic acid — brightens and lightens the skin.

Beta-hydroxy acid (BHA): gets deep into pores and removes excess sebum.

  • Salicylic acid — helps to improve acne-prone skin.

Other acids include:

  • Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) — brightens the skin and stimulates collagen production.
  • Azelaic acid — helps to fight acne, reduces inflammation, and fades post-acne marks.
  • Ferulic acid — helps to fight free radicals and reduces the signs of aging.
  • Hyaluronic acid — makes skin softer and improves the appearance of fine lines.
  • Oleic acid — has moisturizing, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties that can help psoriasis, eczema, and even seborrheic dermatitis.

More popular actives for your skin:

  • Arbutin — makes dark sports lighter and the skin tone more even, and it reduces the appearance of scars.
  • Benzoyl peroxide — penetrates the skin and kills the bacteria, reduces acne and red bumps.
  • Ceramides — create a protective layer on your skin that will help to retain moisture and shield it from pollution. They help to make your skin plumper, smoother and improve the visibility of lines and wrinkles.
  • Niacinamide (vitamin B3) — helps to treat acne, eczema, and can smoothen the skin’s texture.
  • Peptides — help to improve the skin’s barrier, reduce inflammation and wrinkles, and make the skin more elastic.
  • Retinol (vitamin A) — promotes skin renewal, stimulates collagen production, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and can even reverse some effects of sun damage.
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