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It can sometimes feel like there are as many proven and perfect skincare routines as there are beauty bloggers, but the long list of products, brands, and ingredients doesn’t have to be as confusing as it’s sometimes made to be.

Functionally, any good skincare routine can really be broken down into three component parts. And if you understand the purpose of these, you’re on the road to finding a balanced treatment for your skin.

Cleansing

The first step in a personalized skincare routine is also perhaps the most obvious one: cleansing your skin. And finding the right cleanser is all about understanding your skin type. If you regularly deal with irritated or dehydrated skin, a gentle cleanser is going to be a must. But you’ll need to find a balance between gentle and effective. A heavier cleanser may be necessary if you wear makeup. Leaving makeup on overnight or not removing it effectively enough can lead to greasy and splotchy skin.

And while cleaning your face may seem like a simple process, many people should actually be reconsidering the fundamentals of how they clean their face. Be sure to use lukewarm water, as hot water can further dry out your skin, and cold water isn’t going to effectively remove everything from your face. Warm water finds the right balance between removing dirt and grime from your face without stripping out the hydrating oils that your body naturally produces.

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Toning

A facial toner extends the cleansing process by scrubbing up any particles that might still be present in your pores. Toning is particularly important for people who suffer from oily skin and related conditions like acne. Since it serves as cleanup for anything the facial cleanser left behind, it’s also a necessity when you’ve been wearing sunscreen, makeup, or anything else on your face.

But even if you don’t have any outstanding skin conditions, a toner should be a part of your personalized skin care routine. The process of toning can shrink your pores, creating glowing and more radiant skin while also offering an extra coating of protection against particles and contaminants in your environment. Just as important, it helps balance your skin’s pH—a particular necessity as soap typically has a high alkaline pH level.

Moisturizing

A moisturizer is essential even if you suffer from oily skin. Dehydration is actually often the source of oiliness. Due to a lack of moisture on a cellular level, your pores produce more sebum which then creates the oily texture and outbreaks. A proper moisturizer promotes the development of lipids, which are important for maintaining proper hydration at a cellular level. Dehydration can obviously have the opposite effect as well—leading to flaky and scaly skin.

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That’s why it’s imperative to pick the moisturizer that’s right for your skin type. Most people’s skin falls into the category of oily, dry, or a combination of the two. Oily skin requires the use of a moisturizer that doesn’t have oils in it, and dry skin needs a moisturizer that can help seal in the moisture. Using the wrong moisturizer for your skin type could only exacerbate the problem.

A Personalized Solution

The reason that there seems to be a miracle skin care routine for every beauty personality you see is that everyone’s skin is unique. And while the fundamental three-step process is the same for just about everyone, the right combination of products is specific to the unique combination of properties your skin possesses. A personalized skin care routine from Proven will be personalized to your skin type based on the results of an in-depth questionnaire, backed by an extensive database, and engineered following a scientifically-tested process.

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