The Importance of a Good Skincare Routine
Creating a good skincare routine is so important in order to maintain healthy, happy skin for life. Being consistent is the key to achieving this, I hope this blog will help you understand the importance of a good routine and get you on the road to beautiful, radiant skin.
DAILY ROUTINE ESSENTIALS
Even if you only have 10 minutes it’s all you need for freshly cleansed skin twice a day. It’s a good place to start your basic skincare routine (morning and evening).
A good cleanser will remove from your skin dirt, impurities and make-up without leaving your skin dry.
It will prepare your skin for the further steps in your skincare routine, products like your moisturiser, serum etc will work better.
We love Academie Scientifique de Beaute’s Aromatherapie Make-Up Removing Milk and Dermaceutic Advanced cleanser (see shop)
To tone or not to tone? It’s a personal preference, toning can help remove excess oils and dead skin cells. It’s great to help refresh skin.
We love Academie scientifique de Beaute Aromatherapie Tonifying Lotion (see shop)
Boosters and Serums
Does your skin need a little extra help? like boosters and serums! These little skincare must haves are targeted products that contain active ingredients to boost your skin and give it more of what it needs. Especially in winter time your skin needs extra nourishment and protection from oils to serums. For example, I love to use Dermaceutics Tri-Vita C30 serum (see shop) under my SPF every day. Its full of anti-oxidants to help protect the skin from external pollutions.
Moisturising is extremely important in any daily skincare routine.
A moisturiser will help protect your skin from losing moisture (keeping it feeling supple and plump!). A not-so-great moisturiser? Will likely leave skin still feeling tight and dry, and breakouts happen as your skin tries to adjust. Look out for ingredients like Vitamin E, Glycerin, Hyalauronic Acid, shea Butter. I love Dermaceutics Hyal Ceutic and Regen Ceutic as well as Academie Hydra-Protective Cream (see shop).
It’s important to protect your skin from both types of UV exposure: UVB rays cause sunburn and play a key role in developing skin cancer. UVA rays cause skin damage that leads skin aging and wrinkles. A sunscreen’s SPF number refers mainly to the amount of UVB protection it provides. The importance of SPF is for the overall health and appearance of your skin. Wearing an SPF every day is a crucial part of your skincare routine, and without it, you are exposing the skin on your face to unnecessary damage from sun exposure. Products like Dermaceutic Sun Ceutic and KCeutic are fantastic SPF 50+ as well as Heliocare 360 brand of SPF’s they are amazing (see shop for more details)
Exfoliate x2 weekly
Exfoliation is simple and easy, it all depends on how you choose to take care of your skin, and which technique you apply in your skin care regimen.
Here are a few ways exfoliation works in your skin’s favour:
- Eliminates stubborn dead skin cells and flakes from the skin’s surface
- Leaves the skin soft, smooth and clean
- Stimulates blood supply
- Brightens the complexion and refines the skins texture
- Helps reveal new skin under the dead skin cells and flakes
- Gives the skin a natural rosy and dewy glow
- Enhances your skin’s overall health and natural radiance
The main benefit of a face mask is that it is a concentrated, focused, booster treatment. Your regular cleansing and moisturising routine suits your general skin type and condition. Using a face mask addresses one particular concern i.e. dry/dehydrated skin, oily skin, ageing skin.
Incorporating a face mask into your weekly routine can be very beneficial not only to your skin but also to your mental health, this time can be a great moment for self-care and stress relief. Stress is a major cause of skin issues and triggers breakouts due to the release of the stress hormone cortisol. So whether it’s listening to your favourite music, watching TV, having a nice bath or just allowing yourself to be still, your skin and mind will thank you for it.
Moisturising your skin is important to help prevent breakouts and dryness. When your skin is dry and irritated, it can actually cause breakouts and acne. By moisturizing your skin, you can reduce your chances of any skin problems arising. Facial moisturisers help balance your skin’s complexion and prevents acne breakouts. And moisturising isn’t just for women — it’s an important habit for men to incorporate into their daily routine as well.
MY TOP SKINCARE TIPS
- Use the correct cleanser for your skin type.
- Layering your products.
Layering your products will enhance your morning and evening skincare routines, ensuring you skin is getting all the nourishment and protection it needs. For example, apply Vit C serum, Moisturiser and then your SPF, giving your skin the perfect start for the day.
- Moisturise both day and night.
- Don’t touch your face – It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses. We know only too well the latter.
- Hydrate inside and out.
Hydration is so important. Choose products that have hydrating ingredients i.e. Hyalauronic Acid and drink around eight glasses of water a day.
- Avoid direct heat exposure.
Watch out for the sun but also getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown.
- Exfoliate at least 2 times per week.
Choose a product that suits your skins needs and don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
A balanced diet is important, but there’s other ways to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin (think vitamin C serum!). These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage. The best time to apply them is right after cleansing so that your skin can soak them in, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.
- Clean your makeup brushes regularly.
To fight infection wash your makeup brushes once a week.
Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
- Wear sunscreen 365 days a year — rain or shine, indoors or out.
- Simplify your skincare routine.
Find products that you know work for you and keep them at the core of your routine. Need any help get in touch with me firstname.lastname@example.org
Get regular 8 hours sleep per night. If you have trouble sleeping, or have interrupted sleep patterns this can play havoc with your skin. Try some meditation before sleep and it may help you drop of into a nice slumber.
- Facial Massage
Why not try to do an at home facial massage, the benefits are huge. Increased blood flow to the skin, increases the removal of toxins, relaxes tense facial muscles, improves skin texture. Its worth a go.
If you need any further advise on your own skincare regimes or are interested in any salon treatments, get in touch today!