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Structuring A Skin Care Routine Using Active Ingredients

Making sure you have an effective skin care routine is not easy. Moreover, putting together a skincare routine by using active ingredients may seem like it should be a pretty simple task, but when you actually get down to it, it can get kind of overwhelming. You may be burdened with numerous questions: Does serum go on before or after moisturizer? What the heck is an essence? And should you exfoliate every day?

Having active ingredients in your skin-care routine could mean a million different things. Each skin-care routine is necessarily as unique and individual as the person following it. As you already know, skin care has become trendier and its definition has become wider in scope. At the same time it has also become a little more intimidating and confusing for a beginner to get started.

As you begin your skin-care quest, it is important to determine the right set of active ingredients. If you are interested in slowing down the ageing process and taming your stress-induced acne flare-ups, you may have found yourself losing hours indecisively putting items in and out of your cart.

If you are still unable to pull the trigger out of utter confusion on what’s the priority and what will suit you, we are enlisting some essential tips to advise you on how best to structure a basic active ingredient routine.


Layering simply refers to the order in which the skin care products are applied. To ensure your products are working to their maximum potential, there is one important guideline to stick to, generally speaking, go in order of thinnest to thickest texture. For example, consider using products in the order: cleanser, serum, moisturizer and oil.

Most importantly, remember that in a morning routine, you should always make sure sunscreen is your last step.

The Basic Morning Skin Care Routine:

You do not have to necessarily commit to a 10-step Korean skin care routine when you wake up to keep your skin in top shape. You can always start small with your skincare routine, but before you apply makeup, you should definitely hit the basics such as cleanse, moisturize, and add sunscreen with some active ingredients.

Cleanse: Start with your skin as a clean slate so that the rest of your products are able to do their jobs. Some experts suggest using lukewarm water and your hands to apply a very gentle cleanser with active ingredients in the morning, regardless of the skin type, since there should not be too much gunk remaining on your skin if you cleansed the night before.

Refreshing gel cleansers are ideal options for all skin types as they offer a deeper clean. Try Oriental Botanics’ Aloe Vera, Green Tea & Cucumber Hydrating Face Wash. This is a multipurpose face wash that combines cleansing with skincare to restore your skin to its purified state. Despite its powerful cleansing action, it is gentle on the skin. Its rich creamy lather washes away all traces of impurities and clears the skin so that your skin feels fresh and is revitalized. Packed with skin-hydrating and nourishing botanical ingredients, it instantly eliminates skin dullness and brings out the natural beauty of your skin. This hydrating face wash replenishes the skin’s hydration so that your skin does not feel dry, stretched or scratchy and remains supple after cleaning.

Tone: Even though it is considered as an optional step, a toner preps your skin for the rest of your skincare products by opening your pores. Look for alcohol-free toners with active ingredients like rosewater, chamomile, green tea, or tea tree oil.

We recommend you to try Oriental Botanics’ Australian Tea Tree Face Toner. This facial toner is a vital skincare product for managing the skin’s oil production and replenishing the hydration and minimizing the problems of the acne-prone and oily skin. Its clarifying effect rids the skin of product residues and dead skin cells, clears the pores and refreshes the skin. It has a cooling and calming effect and rejuvenates dull and tired skin. The pH balancing effect of the facial toner helps to improve the condition of the skin vulnerable to breakouts.

Use Serum: Serum is considered as a powerful tool in a person’s skin care routine. Serums are lightweight, almost watery products that absorb quickly to offer potent anti-ageing benefits. As serums are so powerful, you want to apply them directly to your skin so that the ingredients will penetrate deeply.

When it comes to ingredients, look for antioxidant-rich serums. Try Oriental Botanics’ Australian Tea Tree Face Serum. This is a clarifying and nourishing facial serum for restoring the acne-prone and oily skin to its healthy state. It helps to tighten the enlarged pores and reduces sebum overproduction. As a result, your face stays grease and shine-free for a longer time. It fortifies the protective moisture barrier of the skin that helps to keep the skin supple and soft. Its bioactive constituents help to calm the stressed and inflamed skin. The nutrient-rich serum helps in repairing the damaged skin and minimizes further damage.

Moisturize: Cleansers tend to strip your skin of lipids (fatty acids), so it is essential to pat on a moisturizer after washing your face to replenish what your skin has lost. Grab a lightweight, oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer, depending upon your skin type, since this won’t clog pores. Even gel formulas are ideal because they are so light. Use something that has more hydrating benefits and protects dry skin.

Oriental Botanics’ Australian Tea Tree Face Gel is enriched with active ingredients. This is a fast-absorbing, non-greasy face gel enriched with natural oils and plant extracts for moisturizing and nourishing the skin. It is a non-comedogenic gel that quickly permeates the skin without clogging the pores and improves the condition of the stressed skin. It restores the skin’s lipid barrier without leaving behind greasy residues so that your skin feels soft and smooth without feeling greasy. Rich in nutrients that help in the regeneration of the skin cells, this face gel helps to repair the damaged skin. It helps to protect the skin from oxidative stress due to exposure to pollution.

Protect: SPF is definitely a non-negotiable part of your morning skin care routine. Using a dedicated sunscreen is key for shielding your skin from UV rays, which can lead to burning, wrinkles, skin cancer, etc. For everyday use, choose an SPF of 15 or 30, containing active ingredients. Make sure your sunscreen is broad-spectrum because that means it protects against UVA and UVB rays, both of which are skin damaging.

One of the most ideal skin-protecting sunscreen is the Oriental Botanics’ Aloe Vera, Green Tea & Cucumber Sunscreen SPF 50. This is a broad-spectrum sunscreen enriched with botanical ingredients for superior protection from UV rays and advanced skincare. It protects against sunburn, tanning, and photoaging, and keeps the skin hydrated, soft, and bright.

Your Favorite Nighttime Skin Care Routine:

A proper nighttime skin care routine will work wonders on your skin and maximize your beauty sleep.

  • Take It All Off:

We all had those nights where we get in late, way too tired to even think about washing our faces. Since the mix of makeup, dirt, oils, and pollution that have settled onto your skin during the day can clog pores, it is important to remove them.

Use micellar water with active ingredients and then cleanse it with a lightweight cleanser. Try Oriental Botanics’ Aloe Vera, Green Tea & Cucumber Micellar Water. The deep-cleansing action of micellar water easily rids the skin of heavy and greasy makeup, long-lasting foundation, waterproof mascara, eyeliner, and lipstick and sunscreen without leaving behind product residues or stripping the skin of its natural oil.

  • Layer On Serum:

While not completely necessary at night, using the antioxidant serum from your morning skin care routine can be a great addition. It will definitely help to undo the oxidative DNA damage from the day. In addition to this you can also use face masks and spot treatment products for specific skin concerns.

  • Apply Eye Cream:

Eye cream/gel will protect and nourish the delicate skin around your eyes. The best formula for you depends on your skin type. Someone with oily skin might benefit from a lightweight gel eye cream, while someone with dry skin might benefit from an ultra-luxurious balm.

You can try Oriental Botanics’ Aloe Vera, Green Tea & Cucumber Under Eye Gel. It instantly hydrates and refreshes and helps to smooth the under-eye skin. It soothes, cools, nourishes and protects the delicate skin and reduces dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Moisturize:

You can definitely not afford to miss this one. Think about it: Not only can cleansing be drying, but so can acne and wrinkle treatments. So use a soothing night gel with active ingredients.

We recommend you to try Oriental Botanics’ Aloe vera, Green Tea & Cucumber Night Gel. The hydrating and nourishing gel for nighttime skincare softens and brightens the skin. It calms the irritated skin and helps in repairing everyday skin damage, thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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