We’ve all done it. Gone to a department store and looked at the fancy skincare products, chose one because it has a prettier packaging or because it’s cheaper than the rest, without actually paying attention to what our skin actually needs.
I’m here to tell you to stop doing it this very second. Think about how much attention you pay to buying clothes, your skin is the primary clothing in some sense, with this difference that you can buy new clothes but never a new skin. So pay attention to its needs.
If you have normal skin, you should consider yourself very lucky, because you don’t have to deal with all the skin concerns most people have to deal with. However, you still need to pay attention to your skin care routine to keep your skin as healthy as it already is.
In the mornings, start with cleansing, moisturising and never forget sunscreen.
Your night time routine should consist of : Cleanser, toner, serum and a nighttime moisturiser.
Exfoliate once a week to keep your skin glowing and don’t forget your eye cream.
If you have normal to oily skin, follow the skin care routine mentioned above but make sure that you use water based moisturiser, the oil based moisturisers would exaggerate the oiliness and may cause blocked pores.
If you have normal to dry skin, continue with the routine but use moisturising night masks, moisturising masks and use thicker moisturisers on the dry parts.
Avoid using oil based products all together, these will penetrate your pores causing pore blockage and acne.
Cleanse your face with cleansers meant for oil control. Don’t forget to exfoliate. Use spot treatment gels or creams after your serums before putting on your moisturiser.
If you have problematic skin, consider seeing a dermatologist.
Oils to look for in your skincare that are know to help reduce sebum (oil) :
Grape seed oil, tea tree oil ( for acne), argan oil and eucalyptus oil ( great for acne).
Try using cleansing oils, balms or lotions instead of normal cleanser. These will not dry out your skin and help keep in the moisture.
Use mild toners, since toners will naturally make the skin drier and that’s the reason why it should be used before the moisture. Go for one with no alcohol.
Use thick moistures that are meant for dry skin, If you are suffering from very dry skin use a facial oil before your moisturiser.
Exfoliate with very mild exfoliators, since they can irritate your skin and cause dry patches.
Consider investing in a good moisturising night mask to wake up with a glowing skin. Drink at least 8 glasses of water and don’t forget to use hydrating eye creams.
The best oils to look for: Rose oil, marula oil, olive oil and coconut oil.
before buying any products or make up, ask the shop assistant to get a sample if possible. This way you can use the product for couple of days and see how your skin reacts to it before paying the full price for it.
Clinique is a brand that is hypoallergenic and if you react to any of their products you can take it back.
Use very mild exfoliants and avoid purchasing skincare that contains alcohol.
The best oils to look for: eucalyptus oil.
Last but not least, hydrate your body as well as your skin by drinking your water, don’t leave the house without sunscreen, when moisturising bring it down to your neck because we often forget about our necks but it’s as important as your face.
If you want me to explain any of the skincare cares in more detail or skincare for your body comment below.
Lots of love