A Basic Skincare Routine For Fresh, Healthy Skin
A Basic Skincare Routine For Fresh, Healthy Skin
A Basic Skincare Routine For Fresh, Healthy Skin

A Basic Skincare Routine For Fresh, Healthy Skin

These are the products you need to help you put your best face forward

Last Updated: November 23, 2021
Contributor: Kristin Rondeau

WHAT IS A BASIC SKINCARE ROUTINE AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

 

A basic skincare routine is a simple set of foundational steps you follow each morning and night to support the long-term health and wellness of your skin. It’s important to follow a basic skincare routine for several reasons, including the fact that consistency and correctly applying high quality skincare products helps you meet your skincare goals and see the best results.

Some additional benefits of following a basic skincare routine are as follows:

  • Regular care and maintenance of your skin helps to keep it in good condition
  • Care for your skin can help prevent the formation of acne and reduce the appearance of premature signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles
  • Prevention is simpler and more cost effective than trying to treat and correct issues (like acne and signs of aging) once they’ve affected your skin
  • Similarly to the way healthy food affects the health of our body and digestive system, using high quality skincare products in our daily routines can have a profound effect on the overall health of our skin
  • You can’t expect to see results and improvements in your skin if you don’t commit to taking care of your face each day
 

Basic Skincare Routine

 

Most skincare experts agree that the common foundational steps in a skincare regimen are to cleanse, moisturize and treat the face. Other critical steps include a daily (yes, 365 days a year!) application of good quality sunscreen products with a minimum sun protection factor of 30, reapplied throughout the day and when spending time outdoors.

Read on to learn more about what a basic skincare routine should look like.

WHAT SHOULD A BASIC SKINCARE ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?

 

When you’re looking to keep your skincare routine simple yet effective, consider three key products in addition to a good quality SPF. Ensure you’ve chosen the right cleanser, moisturizer and treatment product like a face oil for your skin type and to help you reach your additional skincare goals like hydration, relief from sensitivity and balancing oil production.

While some people prefer to use anywhere between 5-10 different products as part of their basic skincare regimen, most people agree that using more products doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to get better results.

One of the key benefits to keeping your routine simple (let’s say five products or less) is that you’re more inclined to learn how to use these products properly and to remember to use them regularly, which is key to seeing results and improvements over time. Not only will you save time and money, you’ll also become familiar with the type of routine that makes the most sense for you, your skin and your lifestyle.

 

Basic Skincare Routine

 

Next, we’re going to discuss the best basic skincare routine for different skin types.

BASIC SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR NORMAL/COMBINATION SKIN TYPES

 

For each skin type, we’re going to suggest products that were formulated specifically for those who are seeking to target certain conditions within their type. Each of our four product lines was carefully blended to include ingredients that are beneficial to different types of skin and to support the overall look and feel of visibly healthy and happy skin.

The line of products we’ve formulated for those who identify with having normal/combination skin is called Glow On. Glow On was created to cleanse, balance and hydrate the skin with a fresh, green and herbal aroma. This line contains three specific products for a full daily skin care routine:

 

normal or combination skin types

 

STEP ONE: CLEANSER

Glow On cleanser: this is an oil cleanser that was formulated to defend your skin from environmental effects that cause dryness or damage while removing impurities. This antioxidant-rich cleanser is formulated with squalane, parsley seed oil and oat extract.

STEP TWO: MOISTURIZER

Glow On moisturizer: high in antioxidants and skin-nourishing vitamin E, this formula deeply moisturizes and helps relieve dry, itchy skin with ingredients like shea butter, camelina seed oil and petitgrain essential oil.

STEP THREE: FACE OIL

Glow On face oil: lock in moisture and defend against environmental stressors with this fresh and herbal blend of parsley seed, squalane and raspberry seed oil.

BASIC SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR SENSITIVE/REACTIVE SKIN TYPES

 

The line of products we’ve formulated for those who identify with having sensitive skin is called Calm-O-Mile. Calm-O-Mile was created to cleanse & hydrate sensitive skin and to help reduce the appearance of redness with a slightly sweet, herbal, delicate and floral aroma. This line contains three specific products for a full daily skin care routine:

 

sensitive or reactive skin types

 

STEP ONE: CLEANSER

Calm-O-Mile cleanser: this is a gel cleanser that was formulated to ease reactive skin and relieve redness while removing impurities. This gentle yet effective formula is blended with blue chamomile, squalane and aloe vera.

STEP TWO: MOISTURIZER

Calm-O-Mile moisturizer: this formula gently hydrates dry and delicate skin while helping to soothe, calm and relieve redness. We’ve blended this formula with renewing and mild calendula, apricot kernel oil and geranium essential oils.

STEP THREE: FACE OIL

Calm-O-Mile face oil: soothe and calm the skin with non-oily hydration from evening primrose oil, camellia oil and oat kernel extract.

 

dry or mature skin types

 

BASIC SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR DRY/MATURE SKIN TYPES

 

The line of products we’ve formulated for those who identify with having dry/mature skin is called True Dew. True Dew was created to rejuvenate and hydrate dry/mature skin and to help combat skin-related effects of aging with a fresh, floral, herbal and rose-like aroma. This line contains three specific products for a full daily skin care routine:

STEP ONE: CLEANSER

True Dew cleanser: this is a cream cleanser that was formulated to be effective at removing makeup, SPF and other impurities while leaving the skin feeling supple and hydrated. This cleanser is blended with avocado oil, safflower seed oil and rose otto for a moisture-balancing effect.

STEP TWO: MOISTURIZER

True Dew moisturizer: formulated to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by restoring moisture and elasticity, True Dew is blended with hyaluronic acid, camelina seed oil and helichrysum essential oil.

 

woman moisturizing face

 

STEP THREE: FACE OIL

True Dew face oil: reduce the signs of aging and restore elasticity with replenishing hydration from pomegranate seed oil, prickly pear seed oil and blueberry seed oil.

BASIC SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR OILY/ACNE PRONE SKIN TYPES

 

The line of products we’ve formulated for those who identify with having oily/acne prone skin is called Claritea. Claritea was created to gently cleanse and hydrate while helping to support fresh, clear skin with an herbal, camphorous and medicinal-clean aroma. This line contains three specific products for a full daily skin care routine:

STEP ONE: CLEANSER

Claritea cleanser: this is a gel cleanser that was formulated to clarify pores, reduce excess oil and help ease red or reactive skin, with soothing and balancing tea tree, squalane and jojoba.

 

man moisturizing face

 

STEP TWO: TONER

Claritea toner: this naturally astringent, cleansing and calming toner is blended with mineral salts, tea tree and juniper berry essential oils to help remove lingering traces of dirt, oil and makeup.

STEP THREE: MOISTURIZER

Claritea moisturizer: smooth skin’s texture, stabilize oil production and ease symptoms of reactivity with this clarifying moisturizer blended with raspberry seed oil, elderberry extract and patchouli essential oil.

3 BASIC SKINCARE PRODUCTS EVERYONE SHOULD USE

 

Alongside these foundational products that help support a basic, everyday skincare routine we’ve selected three facial tools and skincare accessories we think help elevate an at-home routine designed to support fresh, clear and healthy-looking skin. Used regularly, these products can support you in your quest for your best skin, ever.

A PURIFYING CHARCOAL CLAY FACE MASK

Detox Mode clay mask: we created this product as an oil-absorbing, reactivity-easing mask to deeply purify and unclog the pores. A clay face mask works by using absorbent ingredients to help draw out from the pores; this can mean dry, dead skin cells, dirt and oil that your skin has attracted during the day and other impurities like excess oil. Ideal for normal to oily skin, we recommend using this mask 1-2 times per week or as needed.

We’ve blended bamboo charcoal to draw out dirt and oil, kaolin clay, a purifying mineral clay that reduces excess oil while gently exfoliating the skin and frankincense essential oil to restore skin’s vitality and replenish moisture.

A SPONGE FOR GENTLE, DAILY EXFOLIATION

Our popular Konjac Sponges, available in bamboo charcoal for oily/combination and yam extract for dry/mature or sensitive are an excellent addition to any skincare routine.

Part of the reason the konjac sponge is so valuable in skin care is because it’s gentle enough for use on even the most sensitive skin. The fibre is ground down to a fine powder, is then infused with extracts that are beneficial for healthy skin and then formed in a mold to create a round, malleable sponge with a natural cotton string. When you first open the konjac sponge, you’ll notice it’s very firm. It takes a minute or two of constant saturation under running water for the sponge to soften and become ready for use, and though it will dry out between uses, it will never return to its original hardness.

These 100% natural vegetable fibre sponges are effective at gently cleansing and buffing the skin, helping to support the skin’s ability to defend against dehydrating environmental effects. The best part? Once your sponge is ready to be replaced, you can simply place it into the compost bin as it’s 100% biodegradable.

AN ALL-PURPOSE NATURAL BALM

Strong Balm: this dual-purpose balm was formulated as a lash and nail salve, with deeply nourishing calendula, renewing myrrh essential oil and softening St John’s wort to help promote a smooth appearance. This balm can be gently applied onto eyebrows, eyelashes, nails and cuticles to encourage strengthening and growth. Bonus: in a pinch, you can use this versatile balm as a makeup remover and to treat dry, chapped lips.

OUR TOP 3 BASIC SKINCARE TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR BEGINNERS

 

When it comes to basic skincare routine steps, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the information out there. Our best suggestion for a basic skincare routine for beginners is to start small and add products as you learn more about them and decide on your ultimate skincare goals. Here are a few informal rules we like to follow:

  1. Less is more. While some people tout the benefits of a 10+ step skincare routine, others largely agree that ensuring you’ve covered the fundamentals like cleansing, moisturizing and treating the skin is what’s most important. Adding additional steps like serums, eye creams and face masks has many benefits and purposes for the skin, but when deciding on priority items, start with the basics.
  2. Introduce new products slowly. Rather than starting a brand-new skincare routine all at once, we suggest adding new products one at a time. This way, should you experience any irritations or sensitivities, you’ll have an easier time in determining which products or ingredients may be the culprit, and you can adjust accordingly.
  3. Don’t believe the hype. Rather than racing out to buy each of the new products that are trending on Instagram or Tik Tok, trust yourself to do your own research and choose the right items for you. It’s easy to be influenced by what others are saying, doing and using as part of their routines, but you know yourself (and your skin!) best.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SAJE SKINCARE PRODUCTS

 

If you’re curious to learn more about Saje skincare and the products we’re recommending as part of our basic skincare routines, check out the articles below:

 

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There’s nothing routine about the benefits of a good skincare regimen.

— Dr. Ava Shamban


Kristin Rondeau
Contributor
Kristin Rondeau
National Educator
Naturally curious and a passionate advocate for a plant-based lifestyle, Kristin’s goal through education is to invite us into reflection and contemplation in deciding what wellness means to each of us individually. A former Torontonian now based out of Vancouver, Kristin is an avid student of crystal energy work, breathwork, meditation and aromatherapy, with a deep-seated affinity for houseplants and exploration of the West Coast.
Glow On Oil Cleanser
FOR NORMAL TO COMBINATION SKIN
$22.00
Glow On Moisturizer
FOR NORMAL TO COMBINATION SKIN
$36.00
Glow On Face Oil
FOR NORMAL TO COMBINATION SKIN
$40.00
Calm-O-Mile Gel Cleanser
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
$22.00
Calm-O-Mile Moisturizer
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
$36.00
Calm-O-Mile Face Oil
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
$40.00
True Dew Cream Cleanser
FOR DRY TO MATURE SKIN
$22.00
True Dew Moisturizer
FOR DRY TO MATURE SKIN
$40.00
True Dew Face Oil
FOR DRY TO MATURE SKIN
$44.00
Claritea Gel Cleanser
FOR OILY TO ACNE-PRONE SKIN
$22.00
Claritea Toner
FOR OILY TO ACNE-PRONE SKIN
$26.00
Claritea Moisturizer
FOR OILY TO ACNE-PRONE SKIN
$38.00
Detox Mode
PURIFYING CHARCOAL CLAY MASK
$30.00
Strong Balm
LASH & NAIL SALVE
$22.00