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Read This Before Creating Your Skincare Routine

by Elizabeth Ong on August 08, 2023

The emerging beauty trend known as the "Clean Aesthetic" places a strong emphasis on achieving a natural, radiant glow through an effective skincare routine. However, seeking guidance often results in an overwhelming chaos of "Must-Have" steps, tailored to different concerns and skin types. Thus, we recognized the need for a simplified yet comprehensive guide, specifically curated to demystify each step of a skincare routine, not only offering tailored recommendations for various skin types but also sharing the benefits of each step and the potential consequences of neglecting them.

1. Cleansing and Exfoliation

    Cleansing and exfoliating your skin forms the foundation of a good skincare routine. This step helps remove impurities, excess oil, and dead skin cells, leaving your skin fresh and rejuvenated.

    Recommendations for different skin types:

    • Normal/Combination Skin: A gentle foaming cleanser or gel-based cleanser that balances the skin's pH levels without stripping away natural oils.
    • Dry Skin: Cream or milk cleansers that provide hydration while effectively cleansing the skin.
    • Oily/Acne-Prone Skin: Oil-free or gel cleansers containing salicylic acid or tea tree oil to control excess oil and prevent breakouts.
    • Sensitive Skin: Fragrance-free and hypoallergenic cleansers with soothing ingredients like aloe vera or chamomile.


    • Removes dirt, makeup, and pollutants from the skin.
    • Unclogs pores, reducing the likelihood of acne breakouts.
    • Enhances the absorption of other skincare products.
    • Promotes a smoother and more even skin texture.

    Consequences of Skipping:

    • Accumulation of dirt, oil, and debris can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts.
    • Dull and rough skin texture might persist.
    • Inadequate absorption of subsequent skincare products.

    2. Toner

    Toner is an often underestimated step in a skincare routine. It helps balance the skin's pH levels, tighten pores, and prepare the skin for better absorption of serums and moisturizers.

    Recommendations for different skin types:

    • Normal/Combination Skin: Alcohol-free toners with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid or rose water.
    • Dry Skin: Hydrating toners enriched with glycerin, ceramides, or aloe vera.
    • Oily/Acne-Prone Skin: Oil-controlling toners containing witch hazel, tea tree oil, or salicylic acid.
    • Sensitive Skin: Gentle, alcohol-free toners with soothing ingredients like cucumber extract or chamomile.


    • Restores the skin's pH balance after cleansing.
    • Removes any remaining traces of impurities or makeup.
    • Helps minimize the appearance of pores.
    • Enhances the absorption and effectiveness of subsequent skincare products.

    Consequences of Skipping:

    • Inefficient absorption of serums and moisturizers.
    • Imbalanced pH levels, leading to dryness or excessive oiliness.
    • Pore congestion and increased likelihood of breakouts.

    3. Serum & Booster:

    Serums and boosters are highly concentrated formulations packed with active ingredients that address specific skin concerns such as fine lines, dark spots, or dehydration. They provide targeted nourishment and can deliver visible results.

    Recommendations for different skin types:

    • Normal/Combination Skin: Lightweight serums with antioxidants like vitamin C or hyaluronic acid for hydration.
    • Dry Skin: Rich serums with ingredients such as ceramides, peptides, or oils to nourish and repair the skin barrier.
    • Oily/Acne-Prone Skin: Oil-free serums with ingredients like niacinamide or retinol to control oil production and fight acne.
    • Sensitive Skin: Fragrance-free and gentle serums with soothing ingredients like green tea extract or chamomile.


    • Targets specific skin concerns such as wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, or dullness.
    • Boosts hydration and plumps the skin.
    • Enhances overall skin texture and tone.
    • Provides a layer of protection against environmental damage.

    Consequences of Skipping:

    • Limited targeted treatment for specific skin concerns.
    • Missed opportunity for enhanced hydration and nourishment.
    • Slower improvement in skin texture and tone.

    4. Moisturizer:

    Moisturizing is a crucial step to maintain the skin's moisture barrier, prevent moisture loss, and keep the skin hydrated, supple, and healthy.

    Recommendations for different skin types:

    • Normal/Combination Skin: Lightweight, non-greasy moisturizers that balance hydration without adding excess oil.
    • Dry Skin: Rich, creamy moisturizers with ingredients like shea butter, ceramides, or oils to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin.
    • Oily/Acne-Prone Skin: Oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizers with ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin for lightweight hydration.
    • Sensitive Skin: Fragrance-free and hypoallergenic moisturizers with calming ingredients like oat extract or aloe vera.


    • Applying a moisturizer:
    • Locks in moisture and prevents dryness.
    • Improves the skin's elasticity and suppleness.
    • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
    • Creates a protective barrier against external irritants.

    Consequences of Skipping:

    • Dehydrated and dull-looking skin.
    • Increased risk of moisture loss and dry patches.
    • Premature aging signs may become more prominent.
    • Weakened skin barrier, making it more susceptible to damage.

    5. Sunscreen:

    Sunscreen is an absolute must in any skincare routine, regardless of skin type or weather conditions. It shields your skin from harmful UV rays and protects against photoaging, sunburns, and the risk of skin cancer.

    Recommendations for different skin types:

    • Normal/Combination skin: Look for broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPF 30 or higher.
    • Oily/Acne-Prone skin: Choose lightweight, non-greasy formulas for daily use.
    • Dry skin: Consider additional features such as water resistance or tinted options for added convenience.
    • Sensitive skin: Use mineral sunscreens instead of chemical sunscreens, as they are gentle, non-irritating, and do not penetrate the skin.


    • Protects against UVA and UVB rays, preventing sunburn and long-term sun damage.
    • Minimizes the risk of hyperpigmentation and dark spots.
    • Helps maintain a youthful and even complexion.
    • Reduces the chances of developing skin cancer.

    Consequences of Skipping:

    • Increased risk of sunburn, premature aging, and sunspots.
    • Higher likelihood of developing fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.
    • Greater susceptibility to skin cancer.

    Following a consistent skincare routine tailored to your skin type is essential for maintaining healthy, radiant skin. Cleansing, toning, using serums, moisturizing, and applying sunscreen form the core steps of an effective routine. By choosing the right products and adhering to these steps, you can achieve improved skin texture, a more even complexion, and a youthful glow. 

    To target your specific skin concerns, you can consider incorporating these products into your routine as well.

    6. Mask

    Incorporating a mask into your skincare routine can provide targeted treatment for various skin concerns, such as hydration, brightening, or deep cleansing. Masks are a wonderful way to pamper yourself while rejuvenating your skin.

    Recommendations for different skin types:

    • Normal/Combination Skin: Clay-based masks to balance oil production and refine pores.
    • Dry Skin: Hydrating masks with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, honey, or avocado to replenish moisture.
    • Oily/Acne-Prone Skin: Charcoal or tea tree oil masks to absorb excess oil and clarify the skin.
    • Sensitive Skin: Gentle and soothing masks with ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, or oatmeal.


    • Incorporating masks into your routine:
    • Provides intense hydration, nourishment, or purification, depending on the mask type.
    • Improves the appearance of pores, fine lines, and texture.
    • Brightens the complexion and enhances radiance.
    • Gives a temporary boost to your skincare routine for visible results.

    Consequences of Skipping:

    • Limited targeted treatment for specific skin concerns.
    • Missed opportunity to address immediate skincare needs.
    • Slower improvement in skin texture, radiance, and overall appearance.

    7. Hydration Mist:

    Hydration mists are refreshing sprays that provide an instant burst of moisture, making them a versatile addition to any skincare routine. They help hydrate, revitalize, and prepare the skin for better absorption of subsequent products.

    • Normal/Combination Skin: Hydration mists with lightweight formulas and ingredients like rose water or cucumber extract.
    • Dry Skin: Hydrating mists enriched with glycerin, hyaluronic acid, or botanical oils for intense moisture replenishment.
    • Oily/Acne-Prone Skin: Oil-free mists with mattifying properties containing ingredients like witch hazel or tea tree oil.
    • Sensitive Skin: Fragrance-free and alcohol-free mists with soothing ingredients like chamomile or green tea extract.


    • Provides an instant boost of hydration and relief throughout the day.
    • Soothes and calms the skin, reducing redness or irritation.
    • Preps the skin for better absorption of serums, moisturizers, or makeup.
    • Revitalizes and refreshes the complexion, giving a dewy glow.

    Consequences of Skipping:

    • Reduced hydration and moisture levels in the skin.
    • Increased likelihood of dryness, especially in dry climates or air-conditioned environments.
    • Limited prepping and priming of the skin for subsequent products.
    • Missed opportunity to revitalize and refresh the complexion throughout the day.

    If all the recommendations and considerations above are still too stressful, and you would like a one-stop solution for an easy daily routine, consider SOLYPH’s All Star Essentials Collection! Built to accommodate all skin types and especially support an active lifestyle exposed to dirt, sweat and pollution, our range is even organic, sustainable and clinically tested.

    6 Natural Products to Form a Well-Rounded Routine

    Take off smooth, cleanser

    A hydrating formula that makes removing sweat, sebum and make up a breeze! Made from a phytoncide-rich base water to take off all impurities, while leaving behind fresh and supple skin. Also enriched with Green Tea extract that purifies and protects the skin from pollution.

    ✓ Soothes and Hydrates

    ✓ Protects from pollution

    Time out refresh, essence mist

    A bottle of pine fresh essence, inspired by the age-old practice of forest bathing. Made with Pine Leaf extract that soothes and heals tired skin, plus Aloe Vera and Mushroom extracts, this power-packed formula comes as a mist so you stay hydrated even on-the-go. Also contains Probiotics to boost skin immunity.

    ✓ Soothes and Hydrates

    ✓ Boosts skin immunity

    Level up higher, serum

    A smoothing serum that visibly boosts skin immunity and elasticity. Concentrated with Active Hyaluronic Acid, Phyto-collagen and Adenosine that deeply penetrates to plump the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

    ✓ Lifts and firms

    ✓ Deeply hydrating

    ✓ Improves complexion

    Ready, set, glow Moisturizer

    A day and night, multi-action moisturizer for luminous glowing skin. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Oil, and Shea Butter that locks in hydration and Probiotics to strengthen your skin's immunity.

    ✓ Creates moisture balance

    ✓ Replenishes and renews

    ✓ Boosts skin immunity

    Face the Wild Suncream (SPF 50 PA++)

    Packed with Pine Leaf extract, Chamomile and Aqua Active H, our hydrating formula glides effortlessly on the skin, perfect to be worn alone or under makeup. Plus, it is enriched with Green Tea and Probiotics to improve skin health.

    ✓ Soothes, hydrates and primes

    ✓ Immediate sun protection

    ✓ Water and sweat resistant

    Keep calm meditate, Sheet Mask

    A revitalizing cellulose mask that makes for an instant pick-me-up! Each premium organic Tencel sheet is soaked with a concentrate of Aloe Vera and Pine Leaf extract to soothe damaged skin, vitamin-rich natural ingredients to recharge the skin, Rice Bran to brighten dull complexion and Hyaluronic acid and Probiotics to boost skin immunity and regeneration. The addition of Adenosine and amino acids also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines.

    *Includes 5 individual sheets

    ✓ Recovers and rejuvenates

    ✓ Promotes skin regeneration

    ✓ Brightens complexion

    SOLYPH skincare is suitable for all skin types. However, skincare routines can vary based on individual skin types and concerns, and it's always advisable to consult with a dermatologist or our skin care professionals for personalized recommendations.


    Due to the natural formulation of our products, the scent may change over time. The products, however, are still safe to use and perform at their full potential.

    SOLYPH products do not contain perfume or artificial fragrances that could cause allergic reactions, hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Our products are gentle to the skin and suitable for sensitive skin.


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