Clare Oparo, Blogger, Skincerely Clare

Clare Oparo, Blogger, Skincerely Clare


Welcome to Skincerely Clare! A skincare blog for the African millennial who wants to clear acne and dark spots.

How to put together a basic skincare routine

How to put together a basic skincare routine

Y'all know I love listening to podcasts. The Emma Guns Show is one of my favorites. Her interview with Dr. Murad was one of my favorite things in July.

He sounds so great and his sunscreen is amazing. One of the takeways from the interview was - skincare is health care.

It really is. Just like we need to eat healthy and workout regularly, we need to take care of our skin.

Having a skincare routine will keep your skin in its best possible state. So that when something like an eczema flare up or hormonal acne happens, it's so much easier to deal with.

So before you create a routine, what do you need to know?

  • Your skin type and concerns. I'm have normal to dry skin with concerns like dark spots and clogged pores.
  • Your skincare budget. Because adulting means not blowing your rent money on skincare.
  • The common ingredients that address your skin concerns. This way, when you go searching for skin care products, you won't be hood winked. e.g. if you have dry skin with acne, then you know you need BHA and oleic rich moisturizers. 

So what does a basic skin care routine have?

Your morning skin care routine should be focused on protecting your skin. The skin handles a lot of stuff during the day - pollution, UV radiation, sweat etc. So we need to make sure it's in the best possible shape.

Ideally, this is how your AM routine could look

  • Cleanse 
  • Serum ( optional, but a Vitamin C serum would be great for the AM)
  • Moisturize (face, eyes and decolletage)
  • SPF (always)

In the night, your skin care routine is all about repairing and treating. 

  • Double cleanse
  • Exfoliate (not every day, but as often as your skin needs it)
  • Serum
  • Spot treatment
  • Masks (optional but oh so wonderful!)
  • Moisturize (getchu a wonderful facial oil to add to your night time moisturizer)
  • Eye cream


A basic skin care routine has elements of cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and SPF. Create one that suits your needs, budget and lifestyle. 

If you would like a sample routine to clear acne and dark spots, I have one for you. Click here to get it. 

And after you get the routine, you get another freebie. An email series explaining the basics of healthy skin.

Comprehensive, non?

Do you have a skincare routine? Had you ever thought of it as health care? Let me know in the comments.

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