How To: Build A Skincare Routine



Before you create your skincare routine, it’s important to determine your skin type. The products you select are determined on the way your skin functions throughout different points of the day. You skin type comes with a set of needs that your routine needs to reflect both in the day and night time. Once you become more comfortable with your am and pm essentials, you’ll be able to freestyle your products, since you become more mindful of the changes your skin makes throughout the seasons. So before we get to the basic, start here: and determine your skin type



This can be a cleanser or a face wash depending on the product of need. Both cleansers & face-washes clean your face, however, a face wash is a foaming cleanser while a cleansing lotion/cleansing milk (or simply called “cleanser”) is generally non-foaming as the main foaming ingredient: sodium lauryl sulfate, which is known to be a common skin irritant.


A toner looks like water and acts like water, but it’s packed with so much more. Depending on the toner, it also can contain acids, glycerin, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories. A toner is NOT an astringent- which is what we’ve all been led to believe. They serve different purposes and are created with different ingredients.  Toners help to draw water into the skin, soothe, and protect the skin barrier pH levels. Toners are IMO one of my non-negotiables for my daily routine. They help prime the skin for moisturizer and serum and allow each to penetrate deep into the skin. During my morning routine they help sweep away any excess left over from the previous night products and at night time, help remove any excess makeup that wasn’t cleared off from the cleanser. An astringent is designed to remove excess oil from the face, but end up drying out the skin and cause more problems as they reduce the acidity on you skin and disrupt the pH balance. 6 Reasons You Should Add Toner To Your Beauty Routine.


Moisturizers or emollients are complex mixtures of chemical agents specially designed to make the external layers of the skin softer and more pliable. They increase the skin’s hydration by reducing evaporation. Why it’s important? Your moisturizer sits on your skin the longest! It helps to protect and enhance your skin barrier providing overall even and healthy skin. Read: The benefits of moisturizer.


Serum is a skincare product you can apply to your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing with the intent of delivering powerful ingredients directly into the skin. Serum is made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deeply into the skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. They are great in your advanced skin routine to target specific concerns or boost certain deficiencies. 5 Reasons To Add Serum To Your Routine


Exfoliation is a type of skin therapy that involves removing the outer layer of dead cells by an abrasive material and/or chemical product. Removing dead skin cells via exfoliation rejuvenates your skin and helps to prevent pimples and blackheads, which develop when pores and sebaceous glands become clogged. Exfoliator 101.

Essential Routine:


Cleanser > Toner > Moisturizer


Cleanser > Exfoliator> ToneR> Moisturizer

Advanced Routine

If you’re concerned with signs of aging, large pores, uneven skin tone, redness, or breakouts, an Advanced Routine is your best bet. It includes targeted solutions and/or boosters that build on the foundation of the Essential Routine to address your personal skincare concerns while being compatible with the needs of your skin type. With any targeted solution or booster product, apply in order of thinnest to thickest texture, always before sunscreen.


Cleanser> Exfoliator> ToneR> Serum> Moisturizer


CLEANSER- BALM> Cleanser- FOAM> Exfoliator> ToneR> MASK> Serum> Moisturizer

So now that you know the basic players. Let’s explore a few products to get started. I wanted to select a brand that was easily attainable, effective, and whose products can be expanded upon over time. While you do not need to build a skincare routine of all the same products, Bioderma is a fantastic line to do just that and keep things simple. When you’re feeling a bit more comfortable, feel free to freestyle. For instance, no matter how ever changing my skincare routine gets, I find myself consistently purchasing the Bioderma Hydrabio micellar water to help take my makeup off, and the Hydrabio Brume is my favorite face mist on the market. @biodermafrance is a unisex, simple, high performing line that won’t strain the coinT & get you to the glow. Let’s jump in to their top 5 products. I took about 3 months testing these products out before writing this review to see how the products would interact with combination/oily/sensitive skin.

Bioderma is primarily split into three main lines: green (sebium), pink (Sensibio) and blue (hydrabio). Sensibio is for sensitive skin – (pink cap), Hydrabio is for dehydrated sensitive skin (blue cap), and Sebium is for combination/oily – (green cap).

Because I use a variety of serums and treatments to target my combination/oily skin and oil management. I chose the Hydrabio line, as it is designed for  those that have sensitivity but also need hydration– which if I’ve learned anything about managing combination skin- the goal is not to remove all of your oil but balance it. It works effectively in balancing the skin without my skin ever feeling dry or tight afterwards. Let’s break down a few products to give you an essential routine:

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Cleanser gently removes makeup and dirt from your face without the use of harsh detergents. There’s a reason why this has a cult following. Designed to easily alleviate dryness and dehydration; the micellar water is infused with fatty acid esters and fruit extracts that tone, cleanse and protect the skin’s outermost layer.

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Ingredients
Aqua, Glycerin, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Polysorbate 20, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Niacinamide, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propylene Glycol, Hexyldecanol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Cetrimonium Bromide, Fragrance.

Bioderma Sebium H2O Ingredients
Aqua, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sodium Citrate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Sulfate, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Cetrimonium Bromide, Fragrance.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Ingredients
Aqua, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Fructooligosaccharides, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Cetrimonium Bromide, Disodium EDTA.

Hydrabio Moisturizing Mask is a nourishing face mask that activates a natural restorative process in fighting environment/climate driven disruptions to the face and skin. This mask is like a drink of water for your face; To apply: leave on for 10 minutes then remove any excess product with a cotton pad.

Bioderma Brume Soothing Booster; I am slightly obsessed with this face mist. The Bioderma Brume helps to alleviate irritations on the skin IE: (after hair removal, razor’s use, sunburns, after dermatological or aesthetic actions) and redness. Safe to use multiple times a day as a refresher, a make-up setter, or works effectively in removing the residual of a mask.  The fine mist is balanced in minerals and trace elements and enriched in soothing ingredients. This would be a great AM step 2 toner to prepare the skin for your serum and moisturizer- also a nice face treat for waking up and adulting. 

Hydrabio Serum is formulated with nourishing niacinamide, this face serum works to gently alleviate dryness and dehydration. Use after cleansing prior to moisturizer! This is a wonderful multitasking serum that works great on combination skin as it absorbs quickly. I find that this product leaves the skin very plump and taut, especially nice in the morning before primer making makeup application effortless. 

Hydrabio Gel Moisturizer is a daily face moisturizer that deeply hydrates and boosts a healthy skincare barrier. Also includes a niacinamide and salicylic acid formula, to gently work below the surface to alleviate dryness. This moisturizer rivals many expensive potions I have on my nightstand. Over time it has significantly helped decrease closed comedones and mild adult acne. Additionally, the consistency of the gel moisturizer is slightly weighted, cooling, and has little to no fragrance. When smoothed on the skin, has a very light feel with an immediate surge of moisture surge to the skin. Moisturizer is the one product that is on your face 24 hours a day, so you want to make sure it’s simple, effective, and high performing.

Our skin is not the same everyday and understanding its needs and creating a tailored skincare regime is fundamental. I encourage that you take mindful moments for yourself as you start and end your day, and it is my hope you can use Bioderma as an anchor after reading.  Products available for purchase here in the U.S. at or on Bioderma’s official website: Feel free to expand and organize your products in the variety of ways that will serve you best. Be sure to let me know down below what your current routine is and what you’d be looking to change up. 


+Many thanks to Bioderma for their support in this blog. This is not a sponsored post + products were provided for editorial consideration. These are not affiliated links, I do not receive compensation for product selection. All opinions and thoughts about the businesses featured are my own. I stay true to your weekly followup.