5 ways to tailor your skin care routine to your *exact* needs

How To Create A Customised Skin Care Routine

This could be the reason your products have failed to deliver results in the past

InStyle Contributor / July 05 2018

You can select the shade of your clutch and have your initials monogrammed on your iPhone case, so why not customise your skin care regimen? Your skin is one-of-a-kind so it makes sense to have a tailored routine to match.

Cosmetic chemist Ee Ting Ng agrees. She suffered from problem skin for years, but it wasn’t until trying multiple products that she decided to create her own customisable skin care line, hop & cotton. “My journey helped me to understand that everyone’s skin is different, as are their lifestyles and preferences,” she says. “Custom formulating saves you from having to go through a trial-and-error process to find a routine, which can be challenging if you have difficult skin.”

These beauty brands have come up with clever ways to make your new routine feel like it’s just for you. Give your skin the VIP treatment and be your own mix-master with these customisable buys:


Mix and match your entire routine

Each hop & cotton Complete Regime is comprised of a cleanser, exfoliant and a moisturiser with a treatment, a streamlined routine that Ng says is perfect 
for women who feel they never have enough 
time. Using a unique online test where you enter your skin type, conditions and concerns, Ng constructs the formulas. “I take everything into account, including the type of ingredients. It gives us the ability to create what a client wants and needs from their skin care,” she says.

hop & cotton Complete Regime


Treat a specific skin issue

Dior’s new serums
 are designed to work on your individual skin concerns, from lines to oil control. Feeling flushed? Try the Dior Capture Youth Redness Soother Age-Delay Anti-Redness Soothing Serum

Dior Capture Youth Redness Soother Age-Delay Anti-Redness Soothing Serum


Monogram your line-up

We love The Buff’s range of customisable oils, and now the new Jojoba Blemish Elixir banishes spots, too. For a cute touch, you can also have your initials stamped on the bottle.

The Buff Jojoba Blemish Elixir


Blend your own formula

Concoct your perfect serum with Skin Inc’s My Daily Dose Custom-Blended Serum Cocktail. After taking a quick skin identity quiz, three serums will be recommended for you based on exactly what your skin needs.

Skin Inc My Daily Dose Custom-Blended Serum Cocktail


Get your skin analysed

Have your skin evaluated by a specialist and come away with a regimen tailored to your needs:

Visit Dermalogica for a Face Mapping Skin Analysis. The process gives your therapist a chance to form an understanding of your complexion, then fit you with the right products.

Make an appointment for a 60-minute Rationale consultation, which includes a deep cleanse, treatment and also a Skin Scanning analysis, to have your skin examined at its deepest layers.

Ella Baché
Before you book in for a facial, have a one-on-one online chat with an Ella Baché skin expert. When they know all about your skin, they can recommend products and the right treatments for you.

Skin Analysis Treatment

For more skin care advice from the InStyle beauty team, visit instylemag.com.au

If you'd like to customise your hair and makeup routines too, try these four customised beauty ideas.

Do you have a customised skin care routine? What products have you mixed and matched?

Main image credit: Philip Le Masturier
Inset image credits: supplied, @rationale

Hayley has contributed to a range of online and print titles including InStyle and Gritty Pretty