Skincare 101

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The better your skincare, the better your makeup...

If you are reading this, you obviously want to improve your skincare routine. Whether you have come for a Bridal trial and we had a chat about what you are doing or you have a particular concern (such as spots, redness, pigmentation, anything) then improving how you care for your skin in a few simple ways could really help. Below is a BASIC routine that by tweaking the products to suit your particular skin type will really help you on your way to well cared for skin.

Good make up starts with good skincare, they really do go hand in hand so this is just a starting off point to help you establish a good routine. You will find you will learn more about your skin as you do this.

1. cleanser

The most important step in your skincare routine.

Whether you are taking off a full face of make up or just washing your face if you use the wrong cleanser it will put your skin on the back foot. For example if you are using a cleanser (or heaven forbid – a wipe!) that is too clarifying it will strip your skin too much of your natural oils then even if you moisturise adequately it will never keep up whether you have a dry, dehydrated, oily or combination skin. 

Personally I love a cleansing balm to really take off my make up because it breaks down all the product on your skin without you having to over scrub. 

Ultimately picking the wrong cleanser can cause sensitivity, dryness or other issues that can cause an imbalance in your skin.  To help you find the cleanser that is right for you think about how your skin feels after you have been in the shower, if it’s tight and uncomfortable then a cream/balm or oil based cleanser will be good for you.  If you find that your skin doesn’t react like this or is more spot prone then a foaming wash, lighter cream/purifying cleanser will be good for you.

2. acid

This step can sound scary but its really not.

Different acids do different things and the one you should start off with is an exfoliant. Ditch the physical ones (a wash with hard scrubby bits in) for an exfoliating toner containing an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or a BHA (Beta hydroxy acid), or both, and this will take off the dead skins cells without scrubbing mercifully at your skin. Think of a traditional toner that you would just wipe over your skin on a cotton pad after you have cleansed. These come in varying strengths so start with a weak one. Start off by doing this 2 times a week, once a day only. Let it dry then move on to…

3. serum

Serum is a precursor to your moisturiser.

It penetrates lower in your skin to moisturise the lower layers so your moisturiser can treat your upper layers. If you have a dry or dehydrated skin this step is a must. If you have an oilier skin you might find in certain months (like the hot summer months) this will be enough for you to moisturise with.  Start with a hydrating serum with hyaluronic acid in to really plump out and hydrate your skin.  This wont add any extra oil to your skin just hydration.

4. moisturiser

This step protects your skin.

This step protects your skin, the more moisturised the better the skin’s barrier and ultimately the better it will age. The skin is the biggest organ in the body so we need to protect it from everyday aggressors and this (as well as this routine) will really help to keep it healthy. For even those who have an oily skin type this is an essential step in your skincare routine. If you starve your skin of adequate moisture it will only produce more oil to compensate. If this is the case for you then an oil free, water based moisturiser is a must. For a dryer skin try using a lotion in the day and a heavier cream or an oil at night so it can really penetrate your skin while you sleep.

For all skin types, an SPF is essential in the day, ideally you would have a separate SPF after your moisturiser but if you feel that is one step too far an SPF in your day moisturiser is better than nothing.

This routine ideally would be done twice a day (with a more thorough cleanse and more intense moisturiser at night and the exfoliant only once a day a couple of times a week to begin with) but if you are new to this and can only do it once a day, night time is always best but please do try to moisturise twice a day.  I promise your skin will thank you!

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Now if you are still thinking, ‘well ok but what do I buy?’ get in touch with me as I always love to talk skincare and I can make personal recommendations on your skin type.

Remember this is bay-sic!! There are so many more steps that you can add to your skincare routine once you get going (like other acids, retinols, double cleanses, spf, eye creams, mists, masks, etc etc) but these can all be quite overwhelming when starting all at once. If you take it back to a really simple routine then you can establish where you need to go next. If you find after doing these steps for at least 3 weeks your skin isn’t any better then adding in another element to your routine may help. If you find you have a particular concern that is not being helped at all by a new routine, go to your GP for advice. Not all issues (like certain types of acne) cannot always be treated topically by over the counter products.

Alternatively, if you are really struggling and want something to help a particular concern then seek professional advice. If it is the run up to your wedding, then maybe now is the time to seek out a facialist who could really help.  A series of targeted Facials for your particular concern can make such a difference and not to mention- extremely relaxing!! 

I hope this has helped and has not confused you! Skincare is a journey and annoyingly can sometimes take a few tries to figure out but you will get there and by doing a routine like this can really help you skin stay healthy.