The Perfect Skin Routine
To get that beautiful glowing skin we all want, we need to be taking proper care of it. Key to achieving the skin you have always wanted is finding out what products are best your skin type and skin concern.
Having a proper skin care routine for both morning and evening is important.
We need to do this everyday, think about brushing your teeth, you do this every morning and night to keep them clean and healthy, well it is the same for your skin. Once you have your products that are right for you follow these steps for a daily skin care routine to get the best possible benefits out of your products and skin to match.
Morning - AM
Step 1: Cleanser and Toner
A Cleanser is the first step in every skin care routine. It cleans your skin and clears it from any oils and sweat that may have over produced during your sleep.
Cleansers come in a variety of textures such as milky, gel and foam. Don’t rush this step, slowly massage the cleanser over your face to get all the benefits it has. The overall goal of a cleanser is to hydrate, purify and soothe your skin. If your cleanser is not PH balanced then you will also need a toner as well. We need our skin to be PH balanced so all the products we put on after can be absorbed into the skin properly. A toner helps to hydrate and purify your skin as well as remove any remaining dirt or oil left on your skin. Always use a cotton/bamboo pad to apply a toner.
Step 2: Serum
A Serum is an important step in your daily skin care routine. Your serum goes on after you cleanse and before your moisturiser. It is a light weight product that is made up of small molecules of concentrated active ingredients. With the molecules being small it makes a serum absorb quicker into the skin and can penetrate much deeper than any other skin care product. As this product has a higher concentration of active ingredients it is really going to make the difference with helping your skin concerns. Serums usually come in liquid, oil, gel or light creamy forms
Step 3: SPF Daily Moisturising cream
This should be the last step in your morning skin care routine. A SPF moisturiser will help keep your skin hydrated during the day and protected from the sun's UV rays. We should be wearing SPF everyday during all daylight hours because even if you are not in direct sunlight, the UV rays penetrate through the clouds and through windows.
Also wearing SPF protects our skin from blue light rays that come from our phones and computer screens. These also can cause damage to on a deeper level.
Don’t forget your lips! Always put an SPF lip balm on throughout the day to keep them hydrated and prevent fine lines.
Evening - PM
Step 1: Cleanser and Toner
Morning or night this is always your first step in your skin care routine. It helps clean and clear any make up, dirt, excess oil and any other pollutants your face may have encountered throughout the day.
In the evening, it is recommended to cleanse twice also known to many as the double cleanse. The first cleanse is to remove make-up, radical build up and pollution, the second is to cleanse the skin and really allow the product to work.
If your cleanser is not PH balanced then you still need to use a toner in the evening.
Exfoliant and Mask 2-3 times a week as needed
A couple times a week after we cleanse, we should be adding this step into our nightly skin care routine. We do not use these products everyday because they are usually more intense ingredients that our skin only needs a couple times a week for a good boost. An exfoliant removes dead skin cells and impurities from your skin.
Exfoliators are more intense then a cleanser and they will usually have some form of beading in them to help smooth the skin. We need to exfoliate the dead skin off because if we leave it too long dead skin can clog your pores and create acne. It also helps to promote faster cell turnover which keeps your skin looking youthful and smooth for longer. Facial masks are treatments for your skin. If you have major skin concerns such as dryness or acne, then using a mask 2 – 3 times a week will help give your skin that extra boost it may need to fight these concerns.
Masks contain a higher concentration of active ingredients that are too strong for everyday use. But your skin will need these more intense ingredients to help fight what you are trying to cure. Masks often come in different forms depending on what your concern is.
Step 2: Serum
Your evening serum might be different from your day serum. During the day you may use a more hydrating one and in the evening you want to use one that is going to treat your skin concerns such as acne, wrinkles or hyperpigmentation.
Step 3: Eye Cream
Your next step in your evening skin care routine is an eye care product. The eye area usually shows the first signs of on the face, making your eye creams very important. Starting to use them in your early 20s is most ideal to help prevent fine lines such as crows feet. It is never too late to start, reversing is possible. The skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face therefore we need eye creams because they are formulated for that skin to be able to handle the ingredients. Normal moisturisers are too intense for the eye area and can cause more damage and often that is why people get milias around the eye area. Eye creams are usually a thin cream like texture or gel and are usually very cooling.
Step 4: Night Cream
The last product to put on your skin before you go to sleep is your night cream. At night is when your skin does its best work. It is when your skin cells are renewing, it is when your body is doing any healing it may need and our collagen production is happening. Therefore at night we should be using products to help enhance these processes and encourage our skin to work the most efficiently to get the result we are looking for.
Give it a try and let us know in the comments below how you get on!
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