This introduction to skincare should give you all the information you need to establish a skincare routine tailored to meet your needs. Skincare routines are not one-size-fits-all and will vary depending on your skin type and lifestyle.
Discovering Your Skin Type
Oily Skin is often shiny and can suffer from frequent breakouts (spots).
Dry Skin often feels tight or rough and can suffer from flaky skin.
Sensitive Skin is often red and can sting when using certain products.
Normal Skin is often soft and rarely problematic.
Combination Skin is when you have more than one skin type, a common example is having an Oily T Zone (forehead, nose and chin) and a Normal C Zone (forehead and cheeks).
Choosing The Right Products
Cleanser is used to clean the skin of dirt and natural oils. If you wear make-up you should consider using a make up removing cleanser such as a cleansing wipe or micellar water. If you have dry skin you should use a cleansing lotion or oil to keep your skin hydrated. Oily skin can benefit from most cleansers however sensitive skin will require a gentle unperfumed cleanser.
Exfoliator is used to remove dead skin cells. Oily skin can benefit from a rougher facial scrub but other skin types need a more gentle scrub. Daily exfoliators are often much gentle than regular ones which is why they can be used daily as opposed to twice weekly. Skin that is very dry or very sensitive is unlikely to benefit from regular exfoliation.
Face Masks are used to improve the quality of your skin. They have many different benefits and are made for all skin types. Peel–Off Masks are great for removing dead skin and blackheads. Clay Masks add minerals and moisturise and Self-Heating Masks open and unclog pores.
Toner is used to restore your skin’s PH balance and prepares it to absorb moisture. Toners are usually suitable for all skin types however sensitive skin may be better suited to a toner with natural ingredients.
Eye Creams are used to brighten or add moisture to your eye area. Their benefits include reducing the appearance of lines around the eyes and should be used by people from as young as age 20.
Moisturiser is used to add moisture to the skin at the end of your routine, it’s necessary for even oily skin although you may consider a lighter moisturiser. You should also seriously consider using day and night creams as they have more benefits than regular moisturiser. Day Creams provide vital SPF protection from the sun and night creams are rich in the vitamins and minerals your skin needs.
Here is an example of my skincare routine: Simple Skin Care Routine For Combination Skin
Working Skincare Into Your Schedule
There are benefits to doing your skincare routine first thing in the morning, the main benefit being that all the cold water on your face will wake you up and the extra time spent getting ready will mean you’re no longer tired and sluggish by the time you get to school or work. Although if you wear make up like me you may not have enough time in the morning to do both. Doing your skincare routine in the evening means you can leave the moisturiser or night cream to sink in and let your skin breathe without worrying about makeup.
Exercise is important for your health but it’s also important for your skin. Regular exercise improves your blood flow giving your skin a healthy glow and breaking a sweat will really help you to unclog your pores not just on your face but over your entire body. It is vital for your skin that you wash straight away after exercise. If your gym contains a sauna you should shower, spend a few minutes in the sauna and then shower again. It’s best to do your skincare routine after you exercise.
Drink more water! Most people do not drink enough water, you should aim to drink 2 litres (8 glasses) of water per day. Drinking enough water will prevent you from getting bags under your eyes and your skin may even look brighter and more radiant. You could also consider drinking green tea, as well as being an effective weight loss treatment, green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that could soothe red areas.
Get your beauty sleep because sleeping is when our cells repair our body including our skin. If you want to get the most out of your beauty sleep then you should aim for 8 hours of sleep every night and take a skin, hair and nails supplement before bed.
Skincare For Your Whole Body
Skincare isn’t just for your face, you have to look after your entire body. Luckily the rest of your body is not as high maintenance when it comes to your skincare routine but here are some of my holistic skincare tips:
Extend your facial to your chest. Because of your hormones you may have oily spot-prone skin on your breast area as well as on your face. This is normal and you can use most facial skincare products on your breast and chest area.
Use a shaving gel. Don’t risk drying out and cutting your skin during your shave when you can just use a shaving gel and finish with smooth skin.
Exfoliate your whole body in the shower. You could use a body scrub or loofah to remove the dead skin cells from your body. You should ideally do this once a week as over exfoliating can cause redness and irritation.
Prevent chapped lips by using Vaseline on your lips whilst doing your face mask, there are also lip scrubs that are kinder to your lips than regular exfoliators.
Finish your shower with body lotion because it’s not just your face that benefits from moisturiser.