Developing a skin care routine is a highly personalised thing. It depends on your skin type, the time you have available and the budget you have at your disposal; Nevertheless – what would the ideal be? It’s useful to daydream about the perfect routine. It might make you lust for products that are outside of your budget but it gives some guidance. By showing an ideal way of doing things, you can see how close you can get given your own personal circumstances. So without further ado, let’s start with a good daily routine to get into the habit of doing.
Step One: Cleansing. A cold cream cleanser works best here, not least because the richness of the cream can help with brushing sleep from your eyes. Massage the cleanser into the skin and then remove with a hot wash cloth.
Step Two: Exfoliating. There is a strong preference for chemical exfoliation over manual nowadays. Face “scrubs” have a tendency to strip the top layer of skin, whereas chemical cleansers leave this intact while still removing dead skin cells.
Step Three: SPF. Even on cloudy days in winter, SPF should be a part of your routine. You can often find it included with a moisturiser but the individual treatments tend to be the most reliable.
Step Four: Moisturiser. Something light that lets your skin breathe and provides a good base for makeup. If you have acne-prone skin, then oil-free is a good option here.
Step One: Oil cleansers are all the rage at the moment, and they are a fantastic, nourishing way to remove makeup and grime from the day. Massage into skin, add water to lather and then remove with a hot cloth.
Step Two: Your second cleanse should be with something creamier. Cold cream again is a good option but this can mean you run out of product sooner than you’d like!
Step Three: Retinols. Unlike many of the claims of skin care, retinols actually do work – they are scientifically backed to help prevent aging. They encourage the skin to regenerate at a faster rate. Check anti-aging ingredients labels to ensure they’re included.
Step Four: Toner. Using toner more than once a day can be overkill, so keep it in your night regime. There are many types of face toner, so do your research and find one that suits your skin type.
Step Five: Night cream. A good night cream will be rich, loaded with peptides and nourishing Vitamin E – all targeted to help skin regenerate whilst you sleep.
WHAT YOU CAN SKIP
You might be wondering why certain products that are often mentioned have not been given their fifteen minutes in this blog post. Of course, there are all sorts of lotions and potions you can try – but this is about establishing a baseline.
Eye Cream: Eye cream is not necessary if you are following the above steps accurately.
Lip Balm: If you’re drinking enough water (around two litres per day) then you shouldn’t need lip balm unless the weather is particularly fierce. Always examine your hydration levels if lip chapping is a problem for you.
What are your favourite products to use? Anything different in your routine? X