Why is it important to have a skincare routine? A proper skin care routine is the only way to achieve clear, dewy, healthier skin. Isn’t that what we all want? Your skin is the largest organ your body has and the largest barrier against infection that we have. It pays to take care of it. Keeping the skin healthy and moist keeps the barrier strong and in optimum condition. Developing a skin care routine is important at every age simply because it can help this organ do its job better and for longer.
Why should you apply your products in order?
If you don’t apply products in the correct order, you will not see the best results from your skin care routine. Great skin is not simply a matter of DNA – your daily habits, in fact, have a big impact on what you see staring back at you.
Seeing a model’s perfect skin in an ad campaign may make you want to buy the product but the first step in a skin care routine is to determine what kind of skin you have. You do know that image has been photoshopped right?
When the lovely lady at the beauty counter asks what products you are using, do you say whatever day cream gets thrown into the shopping trolley or do you have a skin care regime down pat? – consistent action with products equals consistent results.
Seek advice from a dermatologist to determine what type of skin you have: oily, dry, combination, sensitive, normal or mature? Then choose the relevant products that match your skin type.
Get into a ritual
Using your creams in a step by step approach is the only way to see results. Using the latest touted ‘miracle’ cream twice and expecting to see dramatic results just isn’t going to happen, unfortunately. The best way to see results with your skin is to keep coming back time after time, day after day, and sticking with it. In the end, you’ll see far more results with a long-term plan than you will with a week-long “miracle treatment.”
It’s a skin minefield
There are so many types of products out there, and there’s no way to craft the right skin care routine for yourself if you don’t even know what these products do.
Fairly straightforward. Cleansing. Most dermatologists agree it is important to cleanse the face twice daily to get bacteria, dirt and pollutants off your skin. However, there are different types of cleansers that are more ideal for certain types of skin.
The common mistakes people make are using the same product in the morning and at night and not getting a product that is ideal for their skin types. For example, someone prone to breakouts may use a cleanser with salicylic acid only to find it has a reverse effect. When skin is dried out, it increases oil production, which can only make a breakout more prevalent. The best approach would be to see a dermatologist for a skin assessment and a product recommendation that is most suitable for your skin type.
Exfoliating is important, as it helps to take dead skin cells off the surface of the skin and to give your skin a glow, and it shouldn't be done every day but once or twice a week. Many exfoliants contain ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids, or fruit-derived enzymes which help to revive dull skin. If oily skin and breakouts are a concern, try one with charcoal. If your skin is sensitive, opt for an exfoliating mask as opposed to a scrub, which can be irritating.
Serums usually contain antioxidants, which help fight free radical damage. Supercharged with targeted skin care ingredients, serums permit delivery of potent anti-ageing, brightening, tightening and radiance-boosting actives to the cells that need them most. They can also contain anti-ageing ingredients such as retinoids and peptides, which stimulate collagen production. Because they penetrate deep into the skin, these products are great for hydrating dry skin. They are best used after your cleanser, and they can be used underneath moisturiser to treat the skin while sleeping. They are light and fast-absorbing liquids that generally feel silky smooth on your skin.
Our Soothing Serum is specially formulated for oily and combination skin types, to fight spot-causing bacteria while still being gentle on the skin. It is infused with CBD, tea tree oil and aloe vera powder to calm stressed skin.
4. Face Oil
Nutrient-filled face oils help to build a resilient layer for your skin, no matter your skin type. They can be very hydrating, which makes them especially useful for those with dry skin. Argan oil and vitamin E are great for pretty much every skin type and issue. Ideally, add two or three drops to a moisturiser or serum. For acne-prone skin, tea tree oil will work very well and vitamin C oil will help with any scarring.
Our Luxury Facial Oil is a cocktail of botanical oils, infused with the natural soothing goodness which helps to revitalise all skin types.
5. Here comes the sun
Daily and consistent sunscreen use helps to prevent the development of finer lines and wrinkles, textural imperfection and changes the appearance of pores over a long time. More importantly, daily sunscreen use can help to prevent the formation of certain skin cancers.
To help keep your skin looking younger it is recommended using moisturiser from head to toe. The face, neck and décolletage should get moisturised twice daily as should elbows, knees and feet. Your neck and hands should not be deprived, ever!. They reveal a woman’s age before any other part of the body. There are many kinds of moisturisers available for different skin types, but if you really want to keep your skin hydrated, look for moisturisers that contain glycerin, retinol or hyaluronic acid.
Derived from vitamin A, retinol is a powerful antioxidant and hyaluronic acid is the cornerstone of great skin care. Ingredient fads come and go but this is a keeper. Hyaluronic acid can keep your skin glowing. #winning
The Ultra Hydrating Moisturiser is full of natural hydrating factors to keep skin hydrated. It will keep your skin balanced without clogging pores and causing congestion in the skin.
Although the main job of your moisturiser is to keep your skin hydrated, you can also opt for one that contains targeted ingredients to address issues such as dull, sun-damaged or ageing skin. This is a great way to get a little boost of extra care from your moisturising step, to give your skin the support it needs to glow.
Our Regenerating Collagen Moisturiser is supercharged with Matrixyl 3000, which is scientifically proven to stimulate collagen production in the skin and help fade the appearance of fine lines. Hydrating ingredients like aloe vera juice and vegetable glycerine also work to keep your skin plump, dewy and hydrated.
Slathering on quality night cream before you go to sleep can lead to clearer, smoother skin. At night is the best time for your skin to repair and rejuvenate. You are looking for a cream that fights dullness, dryness, lines, pores & uneven skin tone. If you get your 8 hours of beauty sleep and your firming, anti-wrinkle or acne-fighting cream has done its work for you, you could wake up with near-perfect refreshed skin and have the complexion of your dreams!
Chemical peels remove the outer layer of the skin, which means they tend to go deeper to remove excess dead skin cells than exfoliators. They usually contain glycolic, salicylic or lactic acids. Use it once every two weeks, but avoid these if you are prone to rosacea and eczema. Don't not use it every day. Chemical peels tend to be more intense and typically are done by a professional, but there are also at-home DIY peels available to address things such as acne scars, wrinkles, sun damage and hyperpigmentation.
Toner can be used after a cleanser twice a day to remove excess traces of makeup or other residues from the skin. Toners shrink pores and restore skin to its natural pH balance. This is important because when our pH levels are thrown out of whack due to soaps and chemicals in cleansers, oil production increases, causing a cycle of breakouts. Those with sensitive skin should use an alcohol-free toner.
9. Face Mask
There are many different types of masks on the market, ranging from hydrating to drying and even brightening, which makes them useful for all skin types. Done weekly, you’ll see a change to the skin, and breakouts will have a chance to dry up and heal. You can also use soothing masks on the cheeks and then a clarifying mask on the forehead, chin and jawline. It’s okay to mix it up. The key is to apply a mask to clean, exfoliated skin so there isn’t anything blocking it from penetrating the skin.
10. Eye Cream
Eye creams tend to be formulated for specific eye area issues such as puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles. There are some creams that tackle several issues at once, and these contain things like caffeine, glycerine, chamomile, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides. Eye creams are specially formulated to penetrate the finer skin around the eyes. They can be used once or twice a day, but look for retinol or peptide eye creams to use at night, as they stimulate collagen production.
Our Correcting Eye Cream is packed with plant extracts like green tea extract, raspberry and fig extract. Perfect for targeting dark under-eye circles and fine lines.
Make skin care part of your daily routine to get your glow on
Starting a habit is always the hardest part, but once you see results, it gets a lot easier. If you see your skin getting clearer, brighter, firmer you will want to keep those good results going.
Other good routines will follow suit
A skin care routine is about much more than what you put on your skin every day. Eat well and drink lots of water. This is why we believe in a system: one that looks at skin care as part of a whole system of health and well being. A holistic practice. You are what you eat. What you put on your face matters and impacts the ageing process.
If you establish a good skin care routine for acne-prone skin and start seeing results, chances are that you’ll want to keep the good times rolling and it may kick-start other healthy habits, too. You may start taking your bedtime routine more seriously, work out more, or start eating healthier. If you notice your fine lines are diminishing and you are enjoying getting compliments about how good your skin looks chances are you will stay on track with your bespoke skin care routine. A skin care routine can be a “gateway drug” to a healthy lifestyle, which in turn will benefit your skin even more.
“ I hate my glowing, dewy plump skin”, said no one ever!