5 Tips That’ll Make Your Skin Care Routine Steps So Much More Effective

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Feel like your skin care routine steps aren’t working for you? Try these 5 tips to make your skin care routine so much more effective.

You’ve bought a bunch of highly-rated skincare products and you’re pretty sure you have the perfect skin care routine — so why aren’t you seeing any progress??

If this is you, the problem probably isn’t your products or even your skin care routine steps.

Sometimes, it’s the little things you’re not doing that are preventing you from seeing the progress in your skin that you want.

These are underrated methods that can instantly make your skin care routine steps more effective and transform your skin for the better.

But before we talk about these tips and methods, let’s make sure you have the right foundation — the 5 skin care routine steps.

(If you want to go straight to the tips, click here.)

What are the 5 skin care steps?

Good skin care isn’t a game of chance. You can’t just apply a bunch of products in any order and expect to see any (positive) results.

Just like a recipe for a delicious chocolate cake, a good skin care routine has specific steps to help achieve the best results.

So, what are the 5 skin care routine steps?

The 5 skin care steps are:

  1. Cleanse: wash your face
  2. Tone: apply a toner
  3. Treat: apply serums and spot-treatments
  4. Moisturize: hydrate with a moisturizer
  5. Sunscreen: protect your skin from the sun (only necessary in the daytime)

Now that we’ve got the basic skin care routine steps down, let’s dive into 5 underrated tips that’ll make your skin care routine steps way more effective.

Tips To Make Your Skin Care Routine Steps More Effective

1. Wash your face for (at least) 60 seconds

I get it. Sometimes you’re in a hurry and you just have to wash your face as fast as you can.

However, if you’re using a soap/ cleanser with active ingredients, washing your face too fast won’t help you see any results.

60 seconds gives the ingredients in your soap/cleanser enough time to start working before you wash it off.

You’ll also find that your skin is looks and feels so much cleaner, leading to fewer breakouts.

The 60-second method was created by LABeautyologist, an esthetician and YouTuber, and it’s been changing people’s skin and their lives!

So, if you really want to see an improvement in your skin, you should probably spare a minute the next time you wash your face.

2. Apply skin care products at least an hour before bed

This next tip will make you reconsider applying your skincare products right before bed.

For most people, sleeping involves tossing and turning at least a couple of times in the night.

All that movement causes you to rub your face against your pillow, wiping off any skincare products that might have not yet absorbed.

This is why a common skin care tip is to sleep on your back, so your products don’t rub off.

But, if you’re like me, there’s just no guarantee you’re going to stay that way throughout the night.

A more effective tip is to apply your skincare products early, at least an hour before bed.

In fact, the earlier you apply your products before bed, the better.

This gives your products enough time to be absorbed by your skin so they don’t just rub off.

If you complete all your skin care routine steps right before bed, all your products and efforts are going to be wasted.

3. Get enough sleep

Since we’re already talking about beds, this next tip is all about sleep.

Your skin care routine steps will be soooo much more effective if you just get enough sleep — at least 7 hours.


Well, the purpose of most skincare products is to help your skin heal and repair itself, right?

But guess what?

Skin doesn’t repair (as quickly) while you’re awake — you need to be fast asleep.

This article explains how it all works.

But in summary, when you get enough sleep, your skin can naturally repair itself. Then, with that extra boost from your skincare products, you can get really, really great results.

If you struggle to get into bed early, check out this post for some really helpful tips.

Related: 7 Foolproof Tips That’ll Help You Go To Bed Earlier Tonight

4. Try an occlusive

If you have dry skin, listen up! This next tip will make the moisturizing step in your skin care routine a lot more effective.

Okay… but what is an occlusive?

Simply put, ‘occlusives are a class of ingredients designed to provide a protective seal over skin and lock in hydration.‘ 

The process of applying an occlusive is also known as slugging in Korea, but many other cultures have used this amazing tip for years.

It involves slathering your skin with a thick product like vaseline or shea butter on top of your other skincare products.

Yeah, I know.

When I first heard about this I was skeptical too. With my acne-prone skin, slugging seemed like a recipe for disaster.

But… it wasn’t.

I woke up with my face feeling and looking softer… with no new pimples!

A friend of mine also used this to repair her moisture barrier. And turns out, slugging can also work for oily skin too! Take a look:

Looks like slugging works for oily skin too!

But don’t just take our word for it. After all, everyone’s skin is different.

So, if you’re still skeptical, here are 2 good reasons to try slugging:

  1. It’s easy

    To try slugging, all you do is apply some vaseline, shea butter, or petroleum jelly to your skin, on top of all your skincare products.

  2. It’s effective

    As hard to believe as it is, occlusives don’t clog your pores.

    Rather, they sit on top of your skin and form a protective barrier sealing in moisture, preventing your skincare products from evaporating off your skin, and keeping dust and bacteria out of your pores.

5. Always use suncreen!

Although this step is part of the 5 skin care steps mentioned above, it’s often ignored. (I did this too!)

However, sunscreen is essential for any daytime skin care routine.

Here are two reasons why wearing sunscreen will make your skin care routine steps work better:

  • If you’re dealing with hyperpigmentation and scarring, sunscreen will prevent your scars and skin from overproducing melanin and getting worse.

    It’s useless to apply products that combat hyperpigmentation if you’re not going to wear any sunscreen.

    (In her video about dealing with hyperpigmentation, Dr. Hani mentions that you should apply sunscreen even if you’re just going to sit by a window. It’s that serious!)

  • If you read the packaging of your skincare products carefully, you’ll find that a lot of them warn you about sun exposure. That’s because many products contain chemicals that are really great for your skin — but make you more sensitive to the sun.

    If you’re using products with chemicals like retinol, benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid, you need to use sunscreen to protect yourself from sun damage.

    Read more about that here.


Sometimes, not seeing progress with your skin care routine isn’t because of the products you’re using or with your routine.

Sometimes it’s the little things you’re not doing that are limiting your progress.

In this post, learn 5 underrated tips that’ll make your skin care routine steps more effective and eventually transform your skin for the better.

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