For some, building a skincare routine might mean nothing more than washing your face or applying a bit of moisturiser when you think about, but setting up a proper regime is essential when it comes to maintaining healthy skin that is glowing, radiant and youthful.
However, the tricky bit can be knowing how to put that routine together, and what should be included in it, so to explain further Melissa Wilson practice manager at Skin Inspection shares her guide to building the perfect skincare routine.
Cleansing can be one of the most important steps in any skincare routine as it helps to rid the skin of the dirt, debris and grime that can clog the pores and leave the skin looking dull.
There are many different cleansers you can use, from creams and gels to foams, just try to make sure you don’t use anything too harsh as this can strip all of the good stuff from your skin as well and leave it feeling dry and irritated.
Ideally, you should be cleansing at the start of your skincare routine, and it should be something you do to start the day as well as at night to remove the dirt and make-up that the day has produced.
Toners are not as popular as they once were, but many people still choose to use them. The job of a toner is to ensure that the skin is completely clean after the cleanse and to throw in a few active ingredients.
This might seem a little unnecessary, but it can be great to get rid of residual bits of make-up and can help to refresh the skin and balance its Ph. Just apply a little to dry skin after cleansing and let the skin boosting additives go to work.
Every skincare routine should have a serum in it, as this can provide your skin with the treatment that it needs. Most serums are packed with powerful ingredients that can tackle a number of different skin concerns ranging from dark spots to wrinkles. Depending on the skin issues that you have, you might need to use more than one serum in order to tackle different things.
The area of skin around the eye is particularly delicate and so it needs to be treated with a little bit of extra care. Eye creams have been developed especially for this task and so they can deal with fine lines, puffiness or dark circles without damaging the skin. Just dab a little around the eyes gently both in the morning and at night.
We all need a moisturiser, but finding the right one is sometimes a challenge. They exist to keep your skin soft and hydrated but are now also expected to form a number of other roles as well, including fighting the sings of ageing. You should also consider changing your moisturiser to something heavier and richer in the winter when the skin is more likely to dry out.
The final stage of any daytime skincare routine should be SPF 30 or over. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, or what the weather looks like, this step is not negotiable, as it not only prevents premature ageing, but also sun damage and skin cancer, so it is not something that you can skip. It also does not matter what your skin colour is, as everyone is at risk of skin cancer.
Whether your skin is dry, oily or anywhere in-between, you need to make sure that you choose products suited to your own skin type in order for them to work correctly.