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3 Steps for an easy Skincare routine

A simple skincare routine

If there is one thing that is certain during this uncertain time that we are living in right now, it is that taking care of ourselves should no longer be considered a luxury. Skincare should be a necessity, especially now. 

Over the last few years the skin care industry has boomed. For us as the skincare professionals this is exciting as we get to experience new technology with new ingredients and formulations. However for a novice, this can be very confusing and overwhelming.

Today we will focus on a basic skin care routine. Remember that everyone has different skin types, different skin concerns and goals. So, if you are in any way unsure of how to put together a basic skin care routine for yourself, this is the guide for you.

YOUR DAILY ROUTINE​

When putting together your first skin care routine, keep it simple as you are then more likely to stick to it. Expand on your routine as you see fit once you are comfortable with the basics.

Your basics skincare steps:

Step 1: cleanse

It is advised to cleanse your skin twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Cleansing your skin in the evening is the most important and should never be skipped. This is to remove makeup and skincare products that have been applied in the morning as well as excess oil, sweat, pollutants and dirt that has accumulated on the skin during the day.

For oily combination skins, a gel or foaming cleanser is advice.

For dry and mature skins, a cream cleanser is recommended.

Cleansers should have minimal ingredients and preferably be fragrance free to avoid any possible irritation.

Step 2: Moisturise

Next is a moisturiser. A oil-free, fragrance-free moisturiser is well tolerated in most skin types. You can also simultaneously address specific skin concerns by finding a moisturiser with additional ingredients to target your specific needs.

Regardless of the skin type you have, it is of utmost importance to use an moisturiser. Oily skins should opt for a light weight moisturiser while dry/mature skins can opt for a more rich creamy moisturiser.

Some important ingredients include but are not limited to:

  • Hyaluronic acid: Restores los hydration and plumps the skin.
  • Ceramides: Strengthens the skin barrier and provides overall health.
  • Vitamin C: Brightens the skin and provides antioxidant protection.

*Optionally you can have a different moisturiser for the day and evening. AM moisturisers protect the skin against free radicals whilst a PM moisturiser repairs the skin.

Step 3: Sun Protection

Sunscreen is our first line of defence and protection against skin cancer. If you are not following any routine, sunscreen should be the most important.

Sun protection with a SPF 30 should be applied daily.

There are two options to sun protections:

  • Chemical base: protecting the skin against UV rays by absorbing them. It relies on ingredients such as octocrylene or avobenzone.
  • Mineral base: it works as a shield, blocking the sun rays from penetrating into the skin. Ingredients include: zinc oxide or titanium oxide.

Additional steps to add:

Once you have become acquaint with the basic routine you have the option of adding steps.

  • Toner (after cleanser before moisturiser
  • Exfoliation (after cleanser, before toner, only 2-3 times a week)
  • Serum (before PM moisturiser)
  • Mask (once a week after cleansing)

Important tips to remember:

As you develop your skin care routine, remember that that less is more. When starting with a new routine, give your skin at-least 2-3 months’ time to adjust to the product before throwing it out, thinking it doesn’t work for your skin. As many things in life, stay consistent in your routine. Last but not least, trust the process.