Remember when you were at school, and your teacher would announce on the first day: “No question is a stupid question!” Well, that applies to this blog, too. Absolutely no question is too silly, and I hope that the following questions below will be able to settle this for you.

Why do I need a skincare routine?

Any routine is good to have. In relation to skincare – it just means that you are looking after and protecting your skin. It also means that you’ll be presenting any skincare concerns such as acne, pigmentation, or ageing, if you are to stick to a skincare routine.

What is a toner for?

A toner is used as a step after cleansing, to remove any makeup/dirt that may be left on the skin. Its purpose is to also hydrate or treat the skin depending on the type of toner that you have. For example – a hydrating toner or an acne clearing, salicylic acid toner.

What’s the difference between a serum and a moisturizer?

Serums are lightweight and contain specific ingredients that target certain skincare concerns. They are considered more “active” than moisturizers. Moisturizers are richer and are applied last in the routine, to lock in moisture and provide hydration to the skin.

What does “non-comedogenic” mean?

As fancy as it sounds, all it means is non-clogging. If someone is acne prone, it’s a good idea to opt for ingredients that are non-comedogenic, so that the skin doesn’t become clogged and can still breathe.

My morning moisturizer has SPF 15 in it, is that enough?

While using a moisturizer with a SPF is a good start, its likely not enough to protect the skin from UV rays. In most cases the amount of the moisturizer applied to the skin is not enough for general protection. As well as that, a lot of times the moisturizers with built in SPF’s don’t offer broad spectrum protection- as in UVA and UVB protection.

What is the skin barrier?

The skin barrier is the outermost layer of the skin and is responsible for protection against environmental damage (UV and free radicals), prevents water loss and maintains overall skin health. Its crucial for the overall health of our skin.

Is it okay to use expired skincare products?

While I hope you wouldn’t eat expired food, the same goes for the skin. Using expired products on the skin can cause stinging, sensitivity or may even burn the skin.

I use my body cream on my face- is that bad?

Body lotions are generally thicker and can contain ingredients that might clog pores or irritate the more sensitive skin on your face. It’s best to use a product specifically formulated for facial skin.

Are sheet masks any good?

Sheet masks are great for delivery quick, but short-term results. For example, they may offer a bright, hydrated effect on the skin, but they are not active, nor strong enough to be your only option to resort to.

What does it mean to double cleanse?

Double cleansing involves two cleansing steps. Generally, the first step involves using an oil or balm-based cleanser to “melt” away at oil and makeup. The second cleanse will involve a gel cleanser for example, that will deliver a good, refreshing cleanse, ready for the next steps in your routine.

I use acne products even though I don’t have acne, is that bad?

Using acne products on the skin without being acne prone isn’t a very good idea. It would be like taking heart medication to prevent heart disease. The ingredients I acne products are formulated with active ingredients, whose job is to cut through oil and eat away at bacteria. This may leave your skin sensitized, and even the opposite of what you want – cause acne.

In conclusion, understanding skincare basics is key to maintaining healthy skin. No question is too silly, from routines and products to SPF and non-comedogenic choices. With the right knowledge, you can achieve glowing skin. Keep asking questions and enjoy discovering what works best for you.