Skincare 101: What Skincare Products Do I Need?

skincare 101 products i need in my routine beginner

Skincare 101: What Products Do I Need?

Let’s be honest, skincare can be quite overwhelming. There are so many products on the market with cryptic names, ingredients you’ve never heard of before, and new skincare companies launching almost every other month. Making sure that you choose the right products can be quite confusing and overwhelming due to those exact reasons. Doing your research prior is, to no one’s surprise, very important. But where should you even begin? Company values, product ingredients, packaging, convenience? Yes, those are all crucial pieces of information that will help you create the best routine that’s perfect exactly for you.

It can be hard to navigate and decide what is best for you and your skin concerns, especially if you don’t want to spend lots of money on a professional dermatologist’s advice or expensive facial treatments. But believe it or not, skincare can be quite affordable if you are smart about it and do your research prior to purchasing. In skincare more than anywhere else, less is more and that sometimes comes to even the amount of money you spend on your products. It doesn’t have to be hundreds of dollars because it is not always that the more expensive products actually do a better job. So knowing the basics and the do’s and don’t of skincare is the way to go.

But guess what, it is very doable to build your own perfect routine that is customized to your skin. All you need is a few quality products, and you and your skin will always look your best!

Not only that, but you will also need to carefully learn the best order, time of the day, and how many times a week you should use said product. For some of us, and especially beginners, this all can be quite overwhelming and discouraging. However, learning and mastering anything takes practice. And practice makes perfect! This is true even when it comes to skincare. So, beginner or not, we have created this simple Skincare 101 to help you navigate this complicated world and choose the right skincare for yourself.

Lots of skincare newbies usually reach for either a product from brands that spend the most money on marketing (and are omnipresent on social media, billboards, magazines) or for a basic product that seems easy enough to use. However, most of the time either one of those decisions might not be the best, as a company that has a strong marketing campaign doesn’t necessarily equal high-quality products, and the same goes for simple “easy to use” skincare.

So after reading this and as a beginner, how do I know what skincare products do I need?

There Is No One-Size-Fits-All When It Comes to Skincare

For starters and perhaps to everyone’s disappointment, there is no one magical product that works for everyone - one that targets any and every skin concern fits all skin types and is packed in one single bottle. However, there are products on the market that are quite close to that. Having a stable routine that works and is easy enough to follow is really all you need. Skincare is easier than you think even when it might seem quite overwhelming at first. But once you are half way in, it can become addicting. Because is there a better feeling than having a smooth, clear skin that is hydrated and radiant?

As different products are meant to be used on different skin types and aid various skin concerns, it is important to have at least some knowledge of what you are actually putting on your face. Let’s take a closer look at the steps of an everyday skincare routine and some amazing specific products that you shouldn’t wait to incorporate into it!

Common Skincare Steps

Now, let's look at the most common skincare steps that are easy to follow even for the very first time.

Luckily, most skincare routines will follow the same steps - even if the products differ. And what could be so difficult about learning a few steps that will improve not only your skin but also your life in general? Because if you look good on the outside, it will definitely add a little bit to the feeling good on the inside as well! Now, let’s take a closer look at the exact steps everyone should take when developing their skincare routine.

beginner skincare routine products i need in my routine the feelist

Step One: Cleansing

For starters, everyone should wash their face. From dry to oily skin types, washing your face is very important. This is for an advanced or beginner skincare routine, as cleansing the skin before applying skincare products is absolutely necessary. Washing your face everyday helps remove all the buildup, dirt, and environmental toxins that have ended up on your skin. As you go about your daily tasks and run errands and such, a lot of debris, bacteria, and oil accumulates on your face. This is completely normal and happens to everyone. Also, remember that touching your face is a huge part of it as well. Sometimes, we can’t help it but it is important to try not to touch our face too often during the day as our hands are not always germ and dirt-free. Washing your face is important prior to the application of further skincare, both morning and night. It may seem as unnecessary to wash your face in the morning since you did it before you went to bed but believe it or not, overnight our skin goes through some changes and produces excess oil. This is why it is important to cleanse in the AM and if you don’t, your face can get very oily which leads to clogged pores, breakouts, blackheads, and other uncomfortable issues. As for washing your face before going to bed, that one is quite straightforward. Picking the right cleanser is one step toward success. You want to reach for natural, cruelty-free, and clean beauty cleansers that don’t contain alcohol or any harsh chemicals. Mild cleansers are the best and safest to use twice a day. If you are feeling spicy, you can also look for exfoliating face washes to incorporate into your routine. It’s advised to exfoliate a couple of times a week to get rid of any dead skin cells on the surface of your skin and reveal a clean complexion. However, it is important to not overdo it with facial polishes as they can be a bit irritating if used daily. Our Juice Shot Smoothing Facial Polish is an amazing product to add to your routine if you are a newbie to skincare - start by using it two to three times a week, depending on your skin sensitivity level. It leaves your face cleansed and baby smooth which makes it perfect if you haven’t used exfoliants on your face before. We designed it specifically to not strip your skin of moisture, and leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and hydrated.

Step Two: Toning

Cleansing your face should be followed by toning it. Picking the right toner is important, as your face will most likely be stripped off at least some of the moisture from previously washing it. Toners are great to restore balance and moisture while prepping your skin for the next steps. Toners are also very important if you are trying to even out your skin tone and get rid of sunspots or other discolorations on your face. Toners are amazing for the skin, even though they are often overlooked. Some of the benefits of using a toner are minimizing the look of pores, skin tightening, smoothing, balancing the skin’s pH levels, and retaining moisture. It can also help with discoloration, such as dark sunspots or redness. Look for a toner preferably without alcohol in it, as that will likely strip your skin. Okay, you got the first two steps down. What’s next?

Step Three: It’s moisture time!

After toning, comes bringing moisture back fully to your skin. Moisturizing is probably one of the most important steps in your routine. Picking the right products is critical as there are so many on the market. On top of that, most moisturizers are meant to target different skin concerns - some are anti-aging, some breakout fighting, and some are light or heavy in consistency.

Knowing what is best for your skin and also what kind of products you enjoy putting on your face is important. If you enjoy the smell, feel, or like how the packaging of the product looks, the chances of you continuing and enjoying using it are much higher, are we right? Plus, knowing deep in your heart how beneficial the product is on top of that, will make the whole experience fun and something to look forward to. There are various kinds of moisturizers out there. You can choose from creams, serums, oils, hybrids, and so on. If you feel confused as to what to reach for and purchase, keep reading, please. The very last step in everyone’s skincare routine is sunscreen. Protecting your face from the sun is extremely important, whether you live in a place where the sun is always shining or somewhere where you don’t get to see it as often.

We cannot express more how important moisturizing your skin is. Especially for a beginner skincare routine, please remember that your skin needs hydration to simply just function properly. Moisture is needed for our skin to get rid of toxins and be able to maintain necessary skin cell nutrients. Hydrated skin equals healthy and happy skin that is fully functional to fight germs, bacteria, and other outside elements and irritants. On top of that, moisture keeps wrinkles and other signs of aging at bay as well as breakouts, dry patches, flakiness, and other skin conditions.

At The Feelist, we have two amazing face products that can help you target any potential skin concerns, starting with acne to aging. Our Most Wanted Radiant Facial Oil is a holy grail for anyone with sensitive skin that is looking to find a product that helps with acne, doesn’t dry out the skin, protects, and deeply hydrates. When you suffer from excessive breakouts, it is difficult to find a good product that doesn’t clog pores, isn’t too heavy but at the same time is heavy enough to penetrate the skin and provide enough hydration.
Our Total Package Youth Protecting Serum is another one of our amazing products that helps lock in the much-needed moisture while providing a number of other benefits to the skin. So even as a beginner (or an advanced skincare junkie) now you know two great products that would not only look amazing on your vanity but also will do all the work for you in your everyday skincare regimen. So, remember how we said there aren’t any one-fits-all products? Well, these two are pretty close to it! Now, moving on to potentially the most important step of them all.

Step Four: Don’t forget SPF!

Using sun protection is so important. It should be the last step in everyone’s skincare routine for the following reasons. It helps prevent aging, maintains the appearance of your skin, fights age spots and wrinkles, protects against sunburnt, and most importantly - skin cancer. If these are not good enough reasons to start using SPF on your face right now, then we don’t know what else is. When getting sunscreen for your face, please remember that the minimum SPF that is recommended by experts is at least 30!

most wanted radiant facial oil skincare products i need in my routine

Benefits of a Skincare Regimen

You have most likely heard how important skincare is before, and if you read this far, now you know why. However, let us give you a few more reasons why it is so essential to take care of your skin, whether you’re a beginner or not. Because whether you are a newbie or a professional, there is always room for improvement.

So, let’s begin with what might happen if you don’t take proper care of your skin - aka, you don’t wash your face, moisturize, and use sun protection. All of that can severely damage your skin barrier. And what does this all mean? Let’s start with what your skin barrier actually is because that will make the whole thing easier to understand. The skin barrier is the top layer of your skin and its main function is to protect.

It is basically like a wall that protects against all the harmful elements that we do not want entering our bodies. It is an incredibly important part of our anatomy and thus essential to be paid attention to. If your skin barrier is damaged, it may lead to flaky or dry skin, rough patches, discoloration, itchiness, sensitivity, inflammation, acne, or skin infections. There are various ways how to prevent and treat damaged skin barrier. In this blog we go more in-depth on how to care for your skin and why it is so important.

The number one side effect of damaged skin barrier is dryness and flakiness of the skin. This can happen to both people that have dry skin as well as the ones with more oily skin. Once the top layer of your skin is impaired, the flakiness can lead to breakouts,

wrinkles, and more severe issues. Those issues can be developing life-long skin conditions, premature aging, or extreme sensitivity to the sun which can lead to skin cancers.

Some of the precautionary steps you can take to treat dry skin are picking the correct products that are full of nourishing and healing ingredients. Because healthy skin equals happy skin and who wouldn't want to look radiant?

So next time, you ask - how do I know what skincare I need? Remember that it’s easier than you think, and less is more. Although there isn’t one universal magical solution, choosing clean, plant-powered products that are made to be gentle and hydrating is the best starting point. At The Feelist, we care about your skin as well as the planet. Our products are cruelty-free and made from clean, high-quality ingredients that are easy to use even for the very beginners.

To get the best out of both worlds, we recommend looking into our Power Couple duo, which includes the Most Wanted Radiant Facial Oil as well as the Total Package Youth Protecting Serum. These two products combined are truly life (and skin) changing! For the best results and to get the most dryness prevention possible, here is how to combine these two products together. Begin with 5-6 drops of our Total Package Youth Protecting Serum and follow with 3 - 4 drops of our Most Wanted Radiant Facial Oil. This is easy enough to incorporate into every beginner skincare routine and guarantees amazing results! (We have the before & after images to prove it). To sum it up, please remember to always use SPF, as it is the most important step in anyone’s skincare routine - especially with the summer months quickly approaching.