Look after your skin
You’ll wear it everyday for the rest of your life.
Are you serious about looking after your skin?
Then a good skincare routine should be your new best friend.
Just think about what happens to leather shoes without being conditioned.
Hopefully you’ll see where I am heading with this, after all the last thing you want is your skin looking like toughened, tanned cowhide.
The point, your delicate skin needs regular care and protection, to keep it fresh and youthful.
It’s a fluid dynamic river of shifting conditions, that is influenced by emotions, environment, diet and lifestyle.
Below I’ll walk you through the holy grail of your skincare routine, to ensure optimal penetration of those active ingredients.
SKINCARE ROUTINE GUIDE
Before you begin, I advise determining your skin code, which will be the first step in your skincare routine.
START WITH A FRESH BASE
Cleansing your skin to remove surface dirt and oil, allows beneficial ingredients to absorb more effectively.
Moist and warm equals absorption, so if your skin is warm it will absorb what you put on it much more efficently, and active ingredients penetrate better when they are dissolved.
But CAUTION do not wash your skin with hot water, excessive heat can accelerate skin ageing.
GET THE GLOW
Exfoliants help to break down the build up of keratin, again this will help ingredients penetrate deeper.
If you love the idea of exfoliating but don’t know where to begin? Then head over to my glossary of articles on exfoliation, designed to help you reveal luminous, glowing skin.
MOISTURISE & HYDRATE
Moisturising is a really important step of your skincare routine.
A good moisturiser will be formulated with ingredients, especially selected for your specific skin type.
Oily: Avoid heavy oily bases, an oil-free or mattifying moisturiser is ideal for this skin type.
Combination: Balance is key, so avoid adding anything excessively oily which will only add to shiny areas, a light weight lotion is ideal.
Dry skin: A cream cleanser rich in omega oils is great for treating a dry skin.
Sensitive skin: You want to calm, soothe and remove inflammation, so avoid irritating ingredients such as alcohol, fragrances, dyes, and preservatives.
SERUMS AREN’T A GIMMICK
Serums are often water based for instant absorption, the active ingredients of these potent formulas penetrate deep into the cellular layers.
SLIP SLAP SLOP
As silly as it sounds these three simple steps could just save your life.
You need to let sunscreen be at the top of your daily skincare routine, to prevent sun damaged skin.
And remember, even on the cloudiest of days ultraviolet light is extremely strong, so make sure an SPF is your year-round beauty bag essential.
YOUR EYES ARE WINDOWS
The skin around your eyes is thinner then anywhere else on the face, 2 mm to be exact.
This is why you want to treat them like the delicate things they are.
Use a specifically formulated eye cream as part of your skincare routine, and no rubbing or pulling here.
Adding a cream won’t make you immortelle, but it will certainly give your skin a healthy boost, working wonders while you sleep.
The time you sleep is the time your skin revives, this is when the skin does the bulk of its repairing, regenerating and restoring.
Therefore night creams are focused on moisturising and recovery, containing slow absorbing ingredients that are designed to penetrate over the course of several hours.