One of the best ways to care for your skin is with a daily routine that addresses your skin’s unique needs. The right skincare routine for your skin type can help keep your complexion looking healthy, hydrated, and radiant—while keeping skin concerns like dryness at bay.
To help you achieve your skincare goals, CeraVe has created simple, yet effective skincare routines for all skin types using our gentle cleansers, non-comedogenic moisturizers, broad-spectrum sunscreens, and more. Our skincare routines feature dermatologist-developed products with proven ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, retinol, and three essential ceramides.
Browse our routines and learn more about how to create a skincare regimen that works for you in a few easy-to-follow steps.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a skincare routine?
Skincare routines are made up of a combination of skincare products that, when used in a certain order, are intended to support a healthy-looking complexion. The main idea behind a skincare routine is that, by using skincare products consistently, you can help your skin look and feel its best. Skincare routines are usually done in the morning and at night, with products being applied in steps—usually from the lightest to the heaviest formulas.
Skincare routines are also recommended by dermatologists as part of their treatment plans for various skin conditions—including eczema, psoriasis, and acne. To browse some examples of simple, yet effective skincare routines, check out our combination skincare routine, men’s skincare routine, and anti-aging skincare routine.
What are the benefits of a daily skincare routine?
Daily skincare can have many benefits, from enhancing your skin’s appearance to supporting long-term skin quality. A consistent skincare routine using CeraVe products can also help support your skin barrier—which is essential for keeping moisture in and harmful irritants out. CeraVe products are developed with three essential ceramides that lock in moisture and help maintain your skin’s protective barrier—which can directly influence how your skin looks and feels. To learn more, visit The Ceramides Difference.
When personalized for your skin type, a skincare routine can also help address specific skin concerns with targeted benefits. For example, they can help hydrate dry skin, minimize the appearance of fine lines, and help prevent acne breakouts. A good skincare routine can also help protect your skin against damage from the sun’s harmful UV rays and keep your pores clear of pore-clogging dirt, oil, and bacteria.
Skincare routines can also leave your skin feeling pampered. For this reason, they are often considered an act of self-care. And lastly, having skin that appears clear and healthy may also help boost your confidence and self-image.
How do I start a skincare routine?
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you’re starting a skincare routine for the first time. There’s a great deal of information out there about which products you should use and when, from exfoliating routines to double cleansing, slugging, and more. However, building an effective skincare routine doesn’t need to be complicated. Dermatologists generally recommend a “less is more” approach to skincare that includes three basic skincare steps: cleansing, moisturizing, and sun protection.
It’s also helpful to identify your skin type and goals when starting a skincare routine. In other words, what are your skin’s natural tendencies and what would you like to achieve from your daily regimen? Based on this, you may choose to add additional products to your routine based on your specific skin concerns. If you have acne-prone skin, for example, you might choose to add a salicylic acid acne treatment like CeraVe Acne Control Gel to your daily routine. Once you find the ideal products for your skin type and skin concerns, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends sticking to a consistent morning and nighttime routine.1
Which skincare products are a must?
Every well-rounded skincare routine should include a few key products. The first product you should use in your daily routine is a non-drying, fragrance-free facial cleanser. The ideal face wash can cleanse and refresh your skin without over-stripping it or disrupting the skin’s moisture barrier.
The second skincare essential is a non-comedogenic face moisturizer. Facial moisturizers work to hydrate your skin and seal in moisture to help prevent dry, rough, or flaky skin. And lastly, your skincare routine should always include broad-spectrum sunscreen (with SPF 30 or higher) to help protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.
Besides cleansing, moisturizing, and sun protection, there may be other skincare products or topical treatments that your dermatologist will recommend as part of a personalized plan. This will vary based on your skin’s needs, however, so it’s important to always consult with a board-certified dermatologist if you have any questions about your specific routine.
Do skincare routines actually work?
When utilized correctly and consistently, skincare routines can help support your skin’s appearance. When building a skincare routine, it’s important to remember that results can take time and you won’t see results overnight. You’ll need a bit of patience and consistency in order to reap the full benefits of your daily regimen.
In addition, it’s possible to go overboard with your skincare routine by using too many products or choosing formulas that are too harsh for your skin. If you experience any stinging, burning, redness, or irritation following your skincare routine, we recommend consulting with your doctor or a board-certified dermatologist. All in all, if you treat your skin gently and choose dermatologist-approved skincare formulas for your routine, it’s possible to enjoy smoother, softer, and more radiant-looking skin.
What’s the difference between a body care and face care routine?
The term “skincare routine” is often used to describe facial skincare. However, the skin on your body also requires plenty of TLC to look and feel its best. This is where a body care routine comes in. These skincare routines focus on supporting smooth, healthy-looking skin on your body. Some of the skincare essentials we recommend for an effective body care routine include a broad-spectrum body sunscreen with SPF 30 and a nourishing body moisturizer, like a body lotion, cream, or ointment. For skincare tips and advice on how to care for skin on your body, head to our body care routine for dry skin.
When should I start a skincare routine?
Today! When it comes to skincare, it’s never too early (or too late) to get started. You can find inspiration by browsing our skincare routine for oily skin or our skincare routine for dry skin. We also recommend using our Skincare Solution Finder to find the best products and daily routine for your skin’s unique needs. Or, connect with a board-certified dermatologist in-person or virtually to get answers to your skincare routine questions.
- “Dermatologists’ Tip Tips for Relieving Dry Skin.” American Academy of Dermatology, 2021.