Cleanse, Tone & Moisturize
“The secret to good skin maintenance and radiant, well-hydrated skin is the daily use, morning and evening, of a good-quality cleanser,” says two dermatologists “Don’t cut corners with your cleansing routine! A make sure you are using the correct cleanser and, most important, the texture is most suitable for your skin type, whether that’s a milk, a cream, a balm, or a facial wash.”
If you choose, you can follow up with a toner, which removes any impurities left over after cleansing. The majority of toners are water-based liquids made up of specific active ingredients including plant extracts and essential oils; they’re tailored to tackle a variety of skin types.
Next up is a moisturizer. Even if you have the oiliest skin known to man, moisturizing is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Proper hydration ensures your face is healthy, glowing, and plump and keeps roughness and flakes away.
Massage in your moisturizer
Now that you’ve realized the importance of moisturizer, you need to know how to apply it. To maximize its effect, dot it on and rub it into the skin in gentle, circular motions. This daily massage will reduce puffiness, boost circulation, and energize skin. The upward movement also helps to counter wrinkles and downward!
Make your daily routine a very simple regime
“Stick to minimum products: a good cleanser for removing makeup and eye makeup in one step at night. And keep a face wash in the shower for mornings,” “Then apply serum, moisturizer, and eye cream for a super-quick and effective regime.”
My tip is to always buy two of each product at a time to keep a spare ‘in stock’ so you don’t run out.
Add a serum
A serum ought to be a key part of your routine if you’re able to incorporate one. As serums are lightweight and usually water-based, they sink right in, delivering active ingredients straight into your skin.
Protect your eyes
You can find an eye cream for pretty much every concern out there, but if puffiness is your gripe, be sure to stash your cream or mask in the fridge. That gives it an extra-cooling factor.
If you take one thing from this article, I hope it’s the importance of SPF. I don’t care if you never wash your face again or refuse to moisturize, but please just slap on the sunscreen. It prevents facial brown spots and skin discolorations and also reduces the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness. And if that hasn’t convinced you yet, it slows down the development of wrinkled, prematurely aged skin. Basically, it’s as close to the fountain of youth as you can get.
Take off your makeup at night
“Don’t wait until you’re too tired to remove your makeup and do your skin-care routine.” “As soon as you get home from work, get into your comfy clothes and take your makeup off! It means when it’s time for bed, you can actually go to sleep and not worry about your skin.” Whatever you do, don’t sleep in your makeup. Neither your pillow nor your complexion will thank you for it.
“There are two non-negotiables for me when it comes to skin — no matter how tired or busy you are — always take your makeup off before you go to bed. And always put moisturize in the morning.”
Drink plenty of water
You’ve heard it enough times before but I’ll say it again: Stay hydrated. Stash a bottle of water on your desk to encourage you to drink H2O throughout the day, and add in half a lemon or some sliced cucumber to make it tastier. You’ll notice a radiance to your skin but also a spring in your step with the more water you drink.
Treat yourself to a facial or face mask
Whether it’s an at-home mask or a luxury treatment at a spa, a facial every now and then can rejuvenate your skin and give you time to truly relax and unwind.
Not sure when to go? How often you should have a facial depends on your skin’s needs, I recommend between weekly and [every four weeks], depending on if you are targeting a specific concern like acne or fine lines or as ongoing maintenance.
Avoid face wipes – SERIOUSLY
I understand. You come home late from work or a party, you may have had a drink or two, and the last thing you want to do is stand in front of the sink for 15 minutes and waste precious sleeping time. I get it. However, on the whole, face wipes are the enemy. The chemical-drenched cloths can be incredibly irritating for the skin, and, being packed on top of one another, they are a breeding ground for bacteria. Packets of face wipes might remain on shelves for 18 months on a warm shop floor or bathroom, so they require high levels of preservatives, alcohol, and antibacterial agents to keep them usable, all of which you’re then applying to your skin.
So the next time you go to reach for a wipe remember this!
Don’t over-exfoliate or over-wash your face
Just as face wipes can aggravate your skin, too much cleansing and over-exfoliating are skin-care sins too. Skin is delicate and needs TLC, so vigorous scrubbing will strip the face of its natural oils, either leaving you with a bone-dry complexion or a layer of oil, which your skin has produced to compensate. Be gentle.
That is it for the skincare portion of “Building Your Kit!” Now we get to start with the really good fun stuff.
On a serious note though if you have any skincare questions comment or send me a message!