Samantha Jagan

Hey, beauties!

I’m Samantha Jagan, your go-to gal for all things beauty and skincare. As someone who has had the privilege of working with top celebrities around the globe and featured in prestigious magazines, I understand that each of us has unique skin needs. I’ve co-founded a premium salon and have spent years refining my approach to skincare. Today, I’m here to share my personal insights and tips on how you can achieve flawless skin tailored to your specific skin type. Whether you have oily, dry, combination, or sensitive skin, I’ve got you covered with a routine that will help you shine!

Understanding Your Skin Type

Before we dive into the routines, it’s crucial to understand what your skin type is. Knowing this will help you choose the right products and treatments. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Normal Skin: Balanced, clear, and not prone to breakouts or sensitivity. If you have normal skin, consider yourself lucky! This skin type has an even tone, smooth texture, and minimal imperfections. While it may not require as much specialized care as other skin types, it’s still essential to maintain a consistent skincare routine to keep it healthy and radiant.
  • Oily Skin: If you have oily skin, your face often looks shiny, especially in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). You might struggle with acne, blackheads, and enlarged pores due to excess sebum production.
  • Dry Skin: Dry skin feels tight, may appear flaky or rough, and often looks dull. It lacks the natural moisture needed to keep it soft and smooth.
  • Combination Skin: This skin type is a mix of oily and dry areas. Typically, the T-zone is noily while the cheeks are dry or normal.
  • Sensitive Skin: Sensitive skin can be reactive, easily irritated, and prone to redness, itching, and discomfort. It requires gentle care and products designed to soothe.

Skincare Routine for Normal Skin

  • Cleanser:  Use a gentle, pH-balanced cleanser morning and night to remove dirt, oil, and impurities without stripping away natural oils. Look for a cleanser with hydrating ingredients like glycerin or aloe vera to keep your skin feeling fresh and moisturized.
  • Toner: While toner is optional for normal skin, if you choose to use one, opt for a mild, alcohol-free formula. A hydrating toner with ingredients like rose water or witch hazel can help maintain the skin’s pH balance and prepare it for subsequent skincare products.
  • Moisturizer: Choose a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer that provides hydration without leaving a greasy residue. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ceramides to keep your skin smooth and supple throughout the day.
  • Exfoliation: Exfoliate your skin 1-2 times a week with a gentle scrub or a chemical exfoliant (such as AHAs or BHAs). This helps remove dead skin cells, refine texture, and promote cell turnover, revealing fresh, glowing skin.
  • Sun Protection: Protect your skin daily with a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30, even on cloudy days. Opt for a sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection to prevent premature aging and maintain skin health.

Skincare Routine for Oily Skin

Oily skin can be tricky to manage, but with the right approach, you can keep it under control without stripping away essential moisture.

  • Cleanser: Use a gentle, foaming cleanser twice daily to remove excess oil and prevent clogged pores. Look for ingredients like salicylic acid or tea tree oil that help control oil production. My personal favorite is a cleanser with green tea extract – it’s gentle yet effective.
  • Toner : After cleansing, apply an alcohol-free toner with witch hazel or niacinamide. These ingredients help balance oil production and tighten pores without over-drying your skin. A personal tip: I love using a toner with rose water; it’s refreshing and calming.
  • Moisturizer : Even oily skin needs hydration. Choose a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. Gel-based moisturizers are excellent for oily skin as they provide hydration without adding any greasiness. One that I swear by has hyaluronic acid – it hydrates without clogging pores.
  • Exfoliation : Exfoliate 2-3 times a week with a chemical exfoliant like BHA (beta hydroxy acid). This helps prevent blackheads and whiteheads by keeping your pores clear. Remember not to over-exfoliate as it can irritate your skin and increase oil production.
  • Sun Protection : Never skip sunscreen! Use a mattifying sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from UV damage without making it oily. My go-to is a lightweight formula with added antioxidants.

Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

Dry skin needs extra care to replenish moisture and protect the skin barrier.

  • Cleanser : Use a creamy, hydrating cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Avoid foaming cleansers which can be too harsh. My personal favorite has a blend of ceramides and glycerin, which leaves my skin feeling soft and clean.
  • Toner : Apply a hydrating toner with ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid. These ingredients help attract and retain moisture in your skin. I personally love a toner with a hint of chamomile – it’s soothing and hydrating.
  • Moisturizer : Choose a rich, emollient moisturizer with ingredients like ceramides, shea butter, or squalane. These ingredients help lock in moisture and protect your skin barrier. I always opt for a moisturizer with added peptides for that extra skin-firming effect.
  • Exfoliation : Exfoliate once a week with a gentle scrub or a lactic acid-based product. This helps remove dead skin cells and allows your skincare products to penetrate better. A gentle enzyme peel can also do wonders for dry skin.
  • Sun Protection : Use a moisturizing sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Look forsunscreens with added hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid or aloe vera. Myfavorite is one with a slight tint – it evens out my complexion while protecting my skin.

Skincare Routine for Combination Skin

Combination skin requires a balanced approach to address both oily and dry areas.

  • Cleanser : Use a gentle cleanser that can effectively clean both oily and dry areas without causing irritation. A gel-based cleanser works well for combination skin. I prefer one with a hint of green tea for its soothing properties.
  • Toner : Choose a balancing toner with niacinamide. This ingredient can hydrate dry areas while controlling oil in the T-zone. I also look for toners with witch hazel for its pore-tightening effect.
  • Moisturizer : Use a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer. You might need to apply a richer cream on dry areas and a lighter one on oily zones. My personal tip: a gel moisturizer for the T-zone and a creamier one for the cheeks.
  • Exfoliation : Exfoliate 1-2 times a week with a product that combines AHAs and BHAs. This addresses both dry flakes and clogged pores. I like using a mask that contains a mix of both – it’s efficient and saves time.
  • Sun Protection : Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Gel-based sunscreens are a good option as they are lightweight and won’t add extra oil. My go-to has a matte finish which is perfect for combination skin.

Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin needs extra gentle care to avoid irritation and maintain a healthy skin barrier.

  • Cleanser : Use a fragrance-free, gentle cleanser specifically formulated for 2sensitive skin. Micellar water is also a great option. I love a creamy cleanser with oat extract – it’s super soothing.
  • Toner : If your skin is very reactive, you might want to skip the toner. If not, use a calming toner with ingredients like chamomile or aloe vera. I always keep a bottle with rose water and glycerin handy – it’s hydrating and soothing.
  • Moisturizer : Choose a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizer with soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal or ceramides. A personal favorite of mine has niacinamide – it’s calming and reduces redness.
  • Exfoliation : Exfoliate with caution. Use a very gentle exfoliant like a mild enzyme peel, and limit it to once a week or less. I prefer using a very mild lactic acid serum – it’s gentle yet effective.
  • Sun Protection : Use a mineral-based sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These ingredients are less likely to irritate sensitive skin. My go-to is a mineral sunscreen with a light, non-greasy formula.

Additional Tips for All Skin Types

Regardless of your skin type, here are some additional tips that will help you maintain healthy, glowing skin:

  • Hydration : Drink plenty of water daily to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. I always keep a bottle of water with me and aim for at least eight glasses a day.
  • Diet : Maintain a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy fats. Foods like berries, nuts, and avocados are great for your skin. I love starting my day with a smoothie packed with greens and fruits.
  • Consistency : Stick to your skincare routine consistently to see the best results. It can be tempting to try new products frequently, but give your skin time to adjust and see the benefits.
  • Patch Test : Always patch test new products to ensure they don’t cause irritation or breakouts. Apply a small amount on your inner arm or behind your ear and wait 24 hours to see if there’s any reaction.
  • Sleep : Ensure you get enough sleep as it’s crucial for skin repair and regeneration. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. I always make sure to have a relaxing nighttime routine to wind down.

Personal Tips

Having worked with many international celebrities and gracing numerous magazine covers, I’ve learned some valuable tricks along the way:

  • For a Quick Refresh : Keep a facial mist in your bag. It’s great for a midday pick-me-up. My favorite is one with rose water and aloe – it’s refreshing and hydrating.
  • DIY Masks : Sometimes, I love making my own masks at home. A simple mix of honey and yogurt can do wonders for your skin – it’s hydrating, soothing, and gives a natural glow.
  • Healthy Glow : Before applying makeup, use a hydrating serum with a bit of glow booster. It creates a beautiful base and adds a natural radiance to your skin. My secret weapon is a serum with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.
  • Mindful Moments : Take some time for self-care. A relaxing bath with essential oils or a few minutes of meditation can significantly impact your overall well-being, which reflects on your skin. I love using lavender essential oil for its calming effects.

Final Thoughts

Understanding your skin type and tailoring your skincare routine accordingly is the foundation for achieving healthy, glowing skin. By following these personalized routines and using products suited to your specific needs, you’ll be well on your way to a flawless complexion. Remember, everyone’s skin is unique, so it’s important to listen to your skin and adjust your routine as needed. If you’re ever unsure about which products are right for you, consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional.

I truly believe that skincare is not just about looking good but also about feeling good in your own skin. As a professional makeup artist I’ve seen firsthand how the right skincare routine can transform not just your skin, but your confidence and overall well-being.

I hope you found this guide helpful, beauties! For more personalized beauty tips and to stay updated on the latest trends, follow me on Instagram at
Let’s continue this journey to flawless skin together. Feel free to drop me a message or comment with any questions or skincare concerns – I’m here to help! Until next time, stay radiant!


Samantha Jagan