How to Establish a Skincare Routine | Dos and Don’ts for Beginners

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Hi everyone, I get a lot of comments from people saying they don’t really have a skincare routine or want to start taking better care of their skin and don’t know where to start. Maybe it was a New Years’ resolution to pay more attention to your face or you’re stuck in a rut with your current routine. If any of this sounds familiar, this one is for you.

We all start at different levels; some of you might still be sleeping in your makeup, some of you might go to bed with a clean face but not manage anything more than that. Adapt these tips as appropriate but I’m going to assume we’re starting from nothing. If this is the case, the most important part of any routine is cleansing your face.

If you’re in the habit of falling asleep with your makeup on:


Leave something to remove your makeup by your bed.

Whether this is a bottle of micellar water or even some wipes, removing your makeup with something is always better than nothing. If you’re the kind of person who gets into bed then realises you’re still wearing makeup, you have no excuse if the bottle is on your bedside table.

Skincare routine for beginners

If you remove your makeup but get lazy when it comes to cleansing:


Leave a cleanser in your bathroom.

You’re not supposed to leave beauty products in warm areas like your bathroom as the unstable temperature can make them go off quicker. However, leaving a cleanser in your bathroom is probably a good idea. Especially something quick and easy to use. My preferred cleansing method is a balm, but balms feel like an effort when you’re tired (or lazy). Instead I leave a cleansing oil in my bathroom, just throw some on your face, rub and rinse. Quick and easy when you can’t be bothered. And most of us will be in the bathroom brushing our teeth before bed anyway so you can’t miss it or forget if it’s by your sink.

Skincare routine for beginners
This is a new bottle, the old one was looking grubby. I promise I do use it…

If you want to start using more products:


Get samples

If you’re spending hard earned coin and you’re new to the skincare game you probably don’t know the kind of products you like or what your skin responds well to; ask for samples. Most places will happily give you a small amount to try. Don’t waste your money.


Read or watch skincare routines and copy them

It’s an easy way to start, I’ve watched/ read *insert name here* for ages, they know their stuff, I’ll see what she uses. Take inspiration from people with similar skin types but your skin is different, it might respond differently to products.

With that in mind


Try and implement a new routine overnight.

This is important for a couple of reasons.

  • If you start a new routine and add 5 products overnight, you won’t know what the problem is if you start breaking out or have a sensitivity reaction. If you add products one by one, using each one for a week or two at least before adding something new, you’ll know exactly what the cause is.
  • It’s easier to maintain if you add something one at a time. Lets face it if you’re currently doing nothing or only using one thing, it’s unrealistic to think you’ll maintain a 10 product routine overnight.
  • It’ easier on your bank balance. Skincare can be expensive.

Skincare routine for beginners

If you’re concerned about the money:


Invest wisely.


Buy a tonne of products at once.

It’s always worth starting with a good quality cleanser but you don’t have to break the bank. Cheaper skincare has come a long way in the last 5 years or so. You can get quality products at lower price points now. If you’re planning on investing think wisely about what your biggest issues are. If you have texture issues, buy a good exfoliating serum before investing in a new moisturiser.

Skincare routine for beginners

And finally


ALWAYS buy a quality SPF. And wear it daily.

That’s bigger than looking after your skin, that’s your long-term health.

It’s easy to see skincare as a luxury or pamper products, BUT your skin is your largest organ. It protects you from bacteria, infection and all sorts of other nasties every single day. It’s worth giving it a little TLC in return.


Until next time,



View my dry and dehydrated skincare routine here.

45 thoughts on “How to Establish a Skincare Routine | Dos and Don’ts for Beginners

    1. It makes such a difference on lazy days!

      This one is good for dry skin
      This one has an amazing formula but it’s quite matte so I can’t really get away with it most of the year

      They’re both chemical spf, if you’re not breakout prone a mineral one might be better

      Hope that helps! x

  1. fab post! Loved the tips! I’m so bad for going to bed with makeup on so leaving micellar water next to my bed has been so helpful , so that’s a great tip! I especially loved the one about not introducing too many products at one! x

  2. I do nothing when it comes to skincare and I know that should change. My skin is being so bad at the moment. You’re right regarding investing and getting products. Invest in the quality not quantity. xx corinne

  3. This post has really helped me! One of my 2018 Goals is to look after my skin better. I use a balm already to take off my make-up but will definitely keep some micellear water by my bed for those late nights! Is there a certain brand you can recommend?

  4. Really useful post! I’m guilty of not sticking to a skincare routine despite having various products in my bathroom, I just forget half the time or am so tired that I don’t feel like it. Am definitely hoping to improve my routine this year though and have loved reading this for inspiration x

  5. These are such good does and don’ts. Especially the one where you shouldn’t expect great things overnight a new routine needs to be implemented slowly and like after a month I would say you can see the benefits definitely. Lea, xx

  6. I’m going to have to try and leave something on my nightstand that reminds me to take my makeup off! I’m so bad at it and then I’ll find out I’ve been sleeping my makeup on. Though, I haven’t done my makeup in months now so basically haven’t had this issue for a while. Thanks for these tips, I should really pay more attention to my skincare routine 🙂

    lots of love, Jasmin

  7. These are great advice Sophie. Great post! I want to start using SPF creams. I never really thought about protecting my skin from the sun but I think it’s necessary now that I’m older. So I’m looking to pick something from The Body Shop. Not sure yet.
    I think it’s important to have a skincare and hair care routine and not to compare oneself with others as you have written our skin is different.


  8. This is actually so helpful! I’ve been having really bad breakouts recently and I’ve been looking to fix my routine but I really wasn’t sure where to start. Will definitely be referring back to this in the future:)

  9. These are some great tips. I always start a routine with good intentions but it never last. I’m gonna start leaving things next to my bed and see if it helps

  10. Thanks so much for sharing your skincare tips and tricks! My skin has been playing up recently so I’ll definitely take this advice on board. Great post!

  11. Thank you so much for the tips! I really need to get behind a skin-care routine. I have one – sort of – and it’s really basic, there is much room for improvement This post is going to help!

  12. Hi, these are really helpful skin care tips, I think that the emergency tip about the wipes is a must. I have my products lined up in the bathroom and travel sizes for when away, it took me a while to find the right products though.

  13. This post is everything a beginner needs and more! I only started implementing a skin care routine last year, and it hasn’t gone further than cleansing and moisturising up until this point – although I did recently buy my first ever clay face mask, but I don’t know if that counts as part of a skincare routine? I only use it twice weekly. But I don’t know why I never thought of asking for samples. It’s SO simple, and such a good way of testing products without having to spend any money first – so thank you for the tip. I’ll definitely be asking for some samples on my next shopping trip.


  14. It’s like you read my mind! Just yesterday I was thinking how much I need to revamp my skincare routine this year, i’ve let it slip A LOT and have been spending my money on makeup only, but good skincare is a must too! The only thing I do at the minute is use spf daily and obvious cleanse tone moisturise, but I really need to find products that bring the best out of my skin. These tips are super helpful and have reminded me to get my ass in gear lol! x

  15. This is a really helpful post, thank you Sophie! I’ve only recently started cleansing with micellar water and using Simple night cream. I never thought of using an SPF daily, I associated sun cream with holidays! Thanks for the tip, I’ll keep my eye out for some 🙂 xx

    Bexa |

  16. This is a great post Sophie! We will definitely share this with our community! Skincare can be so overwhelming because there are so many products and it’s difficult to find a routine when you don’t know where to start! Your post is very helpful!

  17. My go to Skincare brand is definitely Simple, fantastic for my sensitive skin. I have however used bodyshop seaweed products which has been fantastic for my slightly oily skin. It’s a fantastic brand from combination skin and I’m always on the look out for a good brand for that!

  18. I literally agree with everything here! Although I didn’t know that you weren’t meant to keep beauty products in the bathroom – oops! I made quite a few of these mistakes when first starting my routine and I STILL don’t wear an SPF so this is definitely a post I would have needed a while back! I get a bit lazy sometimes though and resort back to my makeup wipes but I can always tell when I do by how my skin goes downhill! AlWAYS worth investing in a suitable cleanser.
    Alice Xx

  19. Such good advice! I’m always afraid to try new products as my skin is finicky…thanks for reminding me samples exist for exactly this reason! I’ve gotten good at always wearing SPF, HOWEVER I don’t always reapply during the day! That’s important to remember too!

  20. My mum has always told me to remove my make up before bed. For years and years I didn’t do it and couldn’t work out why I had bad skin. I’ve got to a really good routine over the last 12 months and my skin feels so much better for it. This is a great post X

  21. You posted this at such a perfect time! I’ve recently started implementing a proper Skincare routine and was guilty of doing a few of your Don’t’s (Oops! ) But will refer back to this when I plan on expanding my new skincare collection! ☺️


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