Fresh and healthy looking skin is no accident. Beautiful skin can have genetic elements, but for the most part, it’s up to you to maintain and protect the dermal layer. This doesn’t mean you have to spend hundreds on luxury and confusing skin routines.
Read below for some skincare tips to help you to better refine how to care for your face.
The occasional facial and microdermabrasion can give a much needed lift to your visage, so sem-regular treatments are ideal. But looking after your skin is mainly done at home.
Begin by overhauling your cleansing routine. Try to avoid doing it in the shower as it’s easy to end up putting too hot water on your face. And although foaming face wash feels good, many strip away the good oils in your skin, meaning you need a more intensive moisturiser and other products to balance out stripping it in the first place.
Ingredients such as alcohols (especially the denat, SD, isopropyl types) sodium laurel sulfate (foaming agent) can cause dryness and irritation. Instead, try a double cleanse method. A double cleanse involves a pre-cleanser and then a second cleanser. The first cleanser should be denser and fatty to ‘soak’ up and remove debris and makeup – pre-cleansers that are balm or an oil are best. Note: double cleansing with an oil cleanser does not make your skin oily and is great for those with oily skin!
Then it’s time to add some additional products before your moisturiser:
- For dull skin, products that contain vitamin c are recommended, such as serums and masks.
- For aging, retionol is best (but nothing will ultimately vanish natural aging!).
- For hydration, products with hyaluronic acid (HA) are great. You can use a dedicated HA product or find a night crème (for example) that already contains it. HA helps other product ingredients absorb and pulls moisture into your skin due to its water retaining abilities.
- For exfoliation, chemical exfoliants are best, rather than scrubs that contain microbeads or gritty particles. Again, like foaming face wash, it may feel like you’re cleaning the skin ‘better,’ but most people over scrub and it can lead to enlarged pores. Chemical exfoliant products may contain glycolic, salicyclic and lactic acid. Consult a beautician if you’re new to chemical exfoliants so you don’t overdo it and leave physical exfoliation for your body.
The absolute basic or time poor routine is to gently cleanse (may need to micellar water your make up off first), moisturise and sunscreen. From here, add something between cleansing and moisturising: perhaps a serum or alcohol free toner. Mix it up, you don’t have to use the same products every day, especially if you add glycolics, retinols or other peeling products to your regime.
Finally, cap off your new skin care routine with annual skin check visits that map and check for suspicious spots and potential skin changes that may indicate skin cancer. You may also wish to consider mole removal for non-suspect moles or laser resurfacing for other blemishes.