The right skincare routine for you individually will be dependent on a number of factors. This guide has been created to help you understand some of the basics and take you along your way to finding the exact methods and products that work for you. Your skin will change as it ages so remember to revisit and review you routine regularly.
There are three main skin types:
Dry skin often feels tight and flakiness can be quite common. You always feel like you need to moisturise and it can be quite uncomfortably tight after cleansing. Your skin may also be sensitive and therefore you’ll need to avoid perfumed products.
Normal or combination skin is prone to changing behaviours. One day it can be radiant, the next it may be suffering from a huge breakout. Clear skin periods are great but occasional t-zone breakouts aren’t unknown. Unfairly you might also find dry patches and this makes choosing skin products difficult – those designed for normal skin aren’t always right as you suffer from oily and dry patches.
Oily skin may mean you suffer from regular breakouts or just have difficulty making your skin feel dry and fresh. Adult acne is a genuine problem too and it can make keeping your makeup in place all day very difficult. Your skin may always seem shiny and it can be hard to decide whether you should use moisturiser or not as it may cause even more breakouts.
Below is a closer look at some key products for your beauty regime and when you should use them.
You should use skin cleansers twice a day; first thing when you wake up to freshen your skin after the night and then in the evening to remove all makeup. Cleansers designed for your individual skin type are best and those with very dry skin should choose a thicker creamier cleanser.
Toners should be used straight after cleansing to keep the skin feeling fresh and to guarantee every last trace of makeup is gone. Toner should be used in the evening post-cleanse and before you moisturise.
It’s a popular myth that people with oily skin shouldn’t us moisturiser. Every type of skin needs hydration and you simply have to find the one that’s right for your skin. There are oil-free moisturisers on the market and dry skin types can opt for a thick cream-based alternative.
Face masks are a great idea and provide deep cleansing. They’re a leave-on product which result in a more intensive cleanse. A face mask is a great idea once a week and you can find them designed for all skin types. They give your skin the detox it probably needs after a hard week at work!
Exfoliators remove all the dead skin cells leaving the skin looking smooth and completely blemish free. Gentle exfoliators can be worked into your daily routine whilst most intensive, rougher ones should be limited to once or twice a week.