A 5.5 – Step Skin Care Routine That Will Change Your Skin + Personalized Product Recommendations

Are you ready to upgrade your skin care routine? Then, you’ve come to the right place. Today, you’ll learn how to create a skin care routine and choose the right products based on your skin type. Follow these recommendations and see results in four weeks or less.

Below, you’ll find product recommendations for oily, combination, and dry skin types, along with product links and tutorials. Also, feel free to print this tutorial or download it here.

Your 5.5-Step Skin Care Routine

A great cleanser is a crucial part of any skin care routine. Choose creamy cleansers for dry skin and lightweight cleansers for oily and combination skin.

Dry Skin

Korres Greek Yoghurt Cleanser, $15 – $26

Korres Greek Yoghurt Cleanser nourishes skin and removes pore-clogging grime to reveal your freshest skin. This cleanser hydrates dry skin and balances combination skin. However, if you’re prone to breakouts, choose a lightweight cleanser.

Instructions: To use, apply a dime-sized dab and lather. Repeat morning and night. See improvements with continued use. Shop this product here.

Oily and Combination Skin

Natura Siberica, Polar White Birch Cleanser, $8

Natura Siberica Polar White Birch Cleanser / E. Morris

This cruelty-free cleanser uses lactic acid to reduce the appearance of pores and fight acne-causing bacteria. Use this cleanser to balance skin, calm inflammation, and help skin retain its natural moisture while banishing breakouts.

Instructions: To use, massage a quarter-sized amount into skin and rinse. Shop this product here.

Once or twice per week, exfoliate after cleansing. Begin with once per week and work up to twice per week as your skin adapts.


Murad Vitamin C Triple Exfoliating Facial, $79

Murad Vitamin C Triple Exfoliating Facial

Try Murad’s Vitamin C Triple Exfoliating Facial to get professional results after one use. Your skin will look like you just returned from a spa — seriously.

Instructions: To use, apply a quarter-sized dab and massage gently into skin. Leave on 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse. Then, follow with a mask, a toner, and a moisturizer for best results.

Purchase from Murad’s website to receive 20% off your first order.

Kate Somerville Exfolikate, $25 – $88

Exfolikate by Kate Somerville / E. Morris

Exfolikate brightens skin, smooths fine lines, improves texture, and reduces the appearance of pores in two minutes. After just one use, dull skin reawakens. Results improve with continued use.

Instructions: To use, massage a quarter-sized amount into skin, leave on for up to two minutes, and rinse.

Prices range from $25 to $88 and vary by product size.

As of August 7, 2021, Kate Somerville is having a sitewide 30%-off sale. Enter code BNNPFF30 at checkout to receive the discount.

Shop the product here.

Next, apply a sheet mask. Choose a hydrating mask for dry skin and a balancing mask for oily and combination skin.

Dry Skin

Choose hydrating and brightening masks to revive dull, dry skin. To brighten skin, choose products with vitamin C, glycolic acid, and alpha and beta hydroxy acids.

Products: Leaders Insolution Aquaringer Skin Clinic Mask, $4

The Leaders Insolution Aquaringer Mask pumps moisture into your skin in 15 to 20 minutes. See improvements with continued use.

Oily / Combination Skin

For oily skin, choose products that contain tea tree oil or salicylic, glycolic, alpha, and beta hydroxy acids. Although alpha and beta hydroxy acids suit most skin types, check with your dermatologist before using them if you have sensitive skin. However, alpha and beta hydroxy acids work miracles on skin, speeding skin cell turnover while fighting acne and aging.

Products: Leaders Insolution AC Clear Skin Premium Cotton Mask, $5

This mask controls oil and fights bacteria to reduce breakouts. Results improve with continued use.

Toner is also essential for any skin care routine to balance and nourish your skin. But regardless of your skin type, avoid harsh, alcohol-based toners that leave skin dry and blotchy. Instead, choose balancing and nourishing toners for oily and combination skin, and choose brightening and hydrating toners to revive dull, dry skin.

Dry Skin

Products: Fresh, Rose and Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Toner, $45

This non-alcohol-based toner contains rose petals, rose fruit extract, rosewater, angelica leaf extract, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, tone, and nourish skin. With its lightweight formula, Rose and Hyaluronic Toner suits all skin types, but it’s ideal for dull, dry skin and uneven skin tones. With continued use, skin feels softer and pores look smaller.

Oily and Combination Skin

Products: Caudalie Vinoperfect Essence, $54

Although it’s an essence, Caudalie Vinoperfect works like a toner to hydrate, brighten, and even skin tone. It contains antioxidants, grape water, and glycolic acid to speed skin cell turnover and blast wrinkles and acne. See results in two to four weeks.

Next, apply serum.

Dry Skin

Products: Murad Vitamin C Glycolic Environmental Shield Serum, $80

This potent serum is packed with vitamin C and glycolic acid to smooth texture and brighten skin. Consult with your dermatologist first if you have sensitive skin.

Oily and Combination Skin

Products: 111Skin 3-Phase Anti-Blemish Booster Serum, $135

This 111Skin serum contains vitamin C and salicylic acid to eliminate acne-causing bacteria, brighten skin, even skin tone, and help skin retain its natural moisture. Purchase this serum at the Skin Shop to receive a free 111SKIN Radiance Booster Mini – Rose Gold 10ml (Worth $68) and 20% off your first order for most skin care lines.

Allow serum to absorb for three to five minutes, and apply moisturizer. Then, wait another five minutes and apply sunscreen.

Dry Skin

Product: Kiehl’s 1851 Ultra Facial Moisturizing Cream with Squalane, $32

A cult-favorite, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizing Cream contains squalane and glycerin to soften, hydrate, and strengthen the skin’s barrier to help your skin absorb and retain moisture.

Research shows this moisturizer begins working right away. Participants in clinical studies reported the following results after one week:

  • 18% said skin looked smoother.
  • 33% said skin looked softer.
  • 11% said skin looked healthier.

Results vary by person, but most customers say they would continue using this product.

Oily and Combination Skin

Product: Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream Moisturizer, $42

This lightweight gel moisturizer plumps and hydrates skin with three types of hyaluronic acid and skin-nourishing ceramides. With regular use, you’ll see fresher, more hydrated skin. This moisturizer suits all skin types.

Final Thoughts: Maintaining Your Skin Care Routine

Follow these five steps each day, and see skin transform in no time. Cleanse twice per day, exfoliate once or twice per week, and follow with a sheet mask, a serum, and a moisturizer. You can also use other treatments throughout the week, as needed, but check back to see those topics discussed in future posts.

Suggested Links

  • For a DIY cornmeal and honey scrub, see this post.
  • Learn how to get glowing skin with pearl-infused products here.