What is a skin care routine?


Published on July 27, 2023, by Astrid

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When we start creating a skincare routine, we often think of products and their functions (cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing...). We try to identify our skin type and adapt the type of products we use. But we shouldn't forget that a routine is above all a moment of care and pleasure, beyond its effectiveness. So before we get into the details of the steps and products that make up a beauty ritual, let's talk about the principles that should guide a good skincare routine.


Caring for your skin: the principles of a good routine

Whatever your age, skin type or beauty concerns, a good skincare routine is, above all, a ritual that follows a few basic principles.

Respect the skin: When we adopt a skincare routine, we show our respect for our skin and our well-being. Above all, it's an act of self-care. Establishing a positive relationship with our skin allows it to play its role as a protective barrier.

Consistency for lasting results: Consistency is the key to positive skin care results. It leads to improved texture, optimal hydration and a healthier appearance. It's important to make your routine your own and easy to follow.

A moment of relaxation and well-being: By creating a soothing atmosphere and using products with pleasant textures and scents, we transform our routine into a moment of well-being and pleasure.

An opportunity to reconnect: By being aware of the gestures we make and feeling the benefits of our products on our skin, we can cultivate a more harmonious relationship with our body.

Visible results: Seeing our skin improve, become brighter, softer or smoother as a result of our regular efforts is a source of satisfaction and motivation to continue caring for our skin.

Exploration and discovery: The skincare routine can be an opportunity to explore new products, techniques or the latest trends in skincare. This allows us to experiment and discover

An evolving routine: Our skin is dynamic and subject to fluctuations due to various factors such as seasonal changes, the environment, stress, age and hormonal fluctuations. Our skincare routine must adapt to the evolution of our skin condition.

The key steps in a skincare routine

The goal of a skincare routine is to give your skin what it needs to stay balanced, healthy, radiant and to strengthen its protective barrier. Whether your skin is combination, normal, dry or oily, certain key steps such as cleansing, toning, exfoliating, moisturizing and sun protection are common. These basic steps can be accompanied by specific treatments for a customized beauty ritual.

Daily cleansing: This is the first essential step, fundamental to removing impurities, excess sebum, traces of makeup and pollutants from the skin. Are you a make-up enthusiast? We recommend a double cleansing. Start with a cleansing milk or oil to remove all greasy makeup and impurities. Then use a gentle cleanser (foam, emulsion or gel, depending on your skin type) to finish the job. Alternatively, you can opt for a quicker, all-in-one cleansing with a gentle cleanser like the Cleansing Emulsion. Include daily, morning and evening.

Toning: Toning involves applying a toner or essence to rebalance the skin's pH. It dissolves limescale in tap water, perfects cleansing and prepares the skin to absorb subsequent products. Use daily, morning and night.

Exfoliate: Exfoliation removes dead skin cells to promote cell renewal and improve skin texture and clarity. Gentle scrubs, chemical peels or cleansing brushes can be used to exfoliate the skin. Use on a weekly basis, once or twice a week.

Treatment: This step addresses specific skin problems or concerns. Treatment can be in the form of serums or specific treatments for mature skin, dehydrated skin, etc. Each treatment is tailored to a specific objective: prevention, hydration, firming, anti-wrinkle, radiance, anti-dark spots, anti-shine, imperfections... The treatment can also target a specific part of the face, such as an eye contour treatment (anti-puffiness, anti-dark circles). It is used as a complement to your daily skin care routine, morning and night.

Moisturize daily: Moisturizing is essential for maintaining healthy, supple skin. Use a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type and condition to nourish and protect. Use daily, morning and night.

Sun protection: Applying sunscreen protects the skin from the sun's harmful rays. Apply daily in the morning.

Additional steps: The use of masks, essences, facial oils, antioxidants or other specific products can complement these basic steps. They can be accompanied by massage techniques, with or without accessories. The key is to choose quality products that are appropriate for your skin type, to be consistent in their use, and to take into account the changes in your skin's needs over time.

Whatever your skin type, implementing a skin care routine requires consistency and patience. Results are generally not immediate, but with regular practice, the benefits to the skin can be remarkable. Looking for inspiration? Le Domaine has created some simple, effective routines for you.

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