Basic Facial Care Routine

Important: Everyone’s skin is different therefore will react differently to products. The methods I’m going to mention in this post is very generalised and suitable for most people. However it isn’t suitable for all, it is just to give you a guide line.

Everyday Routine (once in the morning and once at night)

Step 1: Clean your face with a face wash or cleanser

By washing your face you will clean away any dirt and make up on your face. This is a very important step and shouldn’t be missed at all especially if you wear make up regularly because dirty skin is just going to give you spots or damage your skin. A clean face will also help the moisturiser absorb better.

  • Method of use : Wet your face with warm water, and gently massage the facial wash onto your face then rise away with clean water.
  • Types : Cleanser/facial wash will come in different forms. There are cream cleanser, foaming cleanser, oil free face wash, hydrating face wash, face wash for blemish…and the list goes on. Each of these will do something different for your skin. So don’t be scared to try out different types the find the right one for you or even change occasionally depending on what your skin needs.

Step 2: After cleaning your skin, it’s time to use a toner

Normally people will get a toner that matches the moisturiser (i.e. the same brand and same collection). The main purpose of a toner is to tighter your pore so that less dirt can get in, help moisturiser absorb better and also to soothe and soften your skin. Again there are many toners that do a range of different things in addition to what I just mentioned, like oil control and hydrating.

  • Method of use : The most common method to apply toner is with a cotton wool (i.e. wet the cotton wool with the toner then apply to face and neck). Apply to your face in an upwards and outwards direction and in circular motion. Avoid the eye areas.
  • Alcoholic Toner : There are toners with alcohol which tones your skin very well, however not everyone can use toners with alcohol because it can dry out the skin. I personally prefer to use an alcohol free toner.

Step 3: Finally use a moisturiser

Moisturiser helps your skin feel fresh, soft and moisturised all day and night. Again moisturisers can come in all sorts, each doing something different for your skin so make sure you use a moisturiser suitable for your skin.

  • Method of use : You need to apply in a circular, upwards and outwards motion, avoiding the eye areas. It’s sort of like pulling your skin towards your hair. However only do this gently because you don’t want to stretch your skin.

Step 4: Apply eye cream

You need to use eye cream for your eyes to help with reducing puffiness and winkles also it helps to keep your eyes young. Some eye cream can also reduce dark circles as well.

  • Method of use : You need to apply in a circular motion around the eye area.

Regular Routines


You need to exfoliate your skin regularly by using an exfoliating face wash (these are face washes with small beads). Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells and excess oil.

  • Method of use : Wet your face with warm water, and gently massage the facial wash onto your face then rise away with clean water. Make sure you don’t rub too hard.
  • Frequency : You should only use it once to twice a week. Exfoliating can cause damage to your skin as your rubbing a rough textured product onto it, therefore you can’t use it too frequent. There are many gentle exfoliators that you can use daily however try not too unless you really need it.

Face Mask

Face masks are a great way to provide something extra to your skin and help clear a problematic skin quicker. Face mask can also help with extra moisture and hydration for dry skin, help reduce excess oil and reduce or prevent blackheads and so on.

  • Method of use : Apply to clean face/neck using your fingers (not the palm), a brush or sponge. Leave for 10-20 minutes the wash off with clean water.
  • Suggested Type : Like all other face products, face mask will come in a large range of different types. I would suggest you to use a cream like masks rather than a “peel off” masks.  Masks that requires you to peel it off afterwards instead of washing it off with water isn’t really that good for your skin because you will to be stretching/pulling on your skin while you’re peeling it off.
  • Frequency : Daily to once a week. It is up to you how many times a week you apply face mask, just use it as many times as your skin requires. However don’t over use if you don’t need it.
  • Tip : Apply a face mask after exfoliating or after a hot shower/bath for the best result.
  • Jo

    omg long post O_O but very helpful. I never do masks anymore coz I don’t have time! lol also, some of them tend to clog my pores and causes spots the next day when I wake up :/ Which masks do you recommend? xoxo

  • Krystal

    It doesn’t really take that much of your time really, just apply it then do what ever else you need to do. You don’t need to lay down or anything.

    You are most likely using the wrong face mask that isn’t suitable for your skin. What type of mask have you tried and what skin type are you?

  • Jo

    Hi thanks for replying to me. I have oily skin most of the time. xoxo

  • hey there krystal! firstly, thanks for commenting on my blog/vlog heh =) I’m guessing you got there through Snark!

    Anyhoo yea that facial routine sounds pretty much like what I do everyday (i used to not do it but once it became a habit it got pretty hard to kick..) except I haven’t gotten around to putting eye cream yet.. I find most of them kinda sting.. =(

    I also try to do a mask once a week and exfoliate once a week too! hee. however, my skin isn’t really good coz I used to pick at my acne during my teens and now i’m left with a scarred face =(

  • Krystal

    You can try using a face mask to reduce oil rather than a regular hydrating mask as those might be giving too much moisture to your skin. I regularly use a hydrating face mask because my skin is oily and dry (oily/combination). I haven’t tried a oil reduction mask before but I have heard that its really good for oil reduction so might help your pores from clogging up. If you do try one, please let me know what you think.

  • Great post! I have a fairly good skincare regime with my Clinique stuff; unfortunately the moisturiser has parabens in it so I’m still looking for an alternative.