When starting out in skincare it can be quite overwhelming and tricky to navigate. There are so many ingredients, products and brands that claim to solve all of your skin issues and it’s difficult to know where to begin. Well I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to spend a fortune and you don’t need to spend an hour a day working on your skin, just build in a simple skincare routine and watch your skin transform. Then when you become a certified skincare junkie like myself you may want to spend hours trying different things.
KEEP THINGS SIMPLE
To start off I would say you need to master the basics – cleansing, toning and moisturising. Those are the fundamentals when it comes to skincare! When cleansing you are removing any dirt from the face, then with the toner it will depend on the type of toner you use as to what it helps with. For example, I love to use a toner with Glycolic or Salicylic acid as it exfoliates the skin, removing any excess dirt that cleansing may have missed and removes dead skin cells. There are also other advantages to using these kinds of acids but I’ll save that for another post. Lastly, we need to moisturise the face to restore hydration to the skin. If you really want to get crazy you may even want to include an exfoliation once or twice a week to remove dead skin and promote cell renewal, but if you’re not quite there yet that’s ok!
As mentioned, cleansing is so important to remove makeup or dirt that your face has encountered during the day. When dirt and sebum build up it results in blackheads, textured skin and unfortunately, pimples. The type of cleanser you use will depend on your skin type – there are cleansing oils, milks, foaming cleansers and gel cleansers. If you have particularly dry skin I would recommend an oil or milk cleanser, whereas if you are oilier/acne prone a foaming or gel cleanser is better suited to you. In my case I have extremely oily skin so I love to use something like the REN Pore Normalising Cleanser which is a gel formula. One tip which I think is massively underrated in regards to cleansing is how long you massage the product for – you need to work the product in for AT LEAST 1 minute! Yep, I know that sounds like a hell of a long time but have you ever noticed how incredible your skin feels after a facial? Have you ever wondered why your skin doesn’t feel like that after using your products at home? It’s the simple fact that you haven’t worked that product into your skin for long enough. Try it out you’ll feel the difference!
Double cleansing is a great way to up your skincare game without too much extra hassle – if you wear makeup, I highly recommend this method, it’s exactly what I do. I start off with a cleansing balm or oil to remove my makeup and then I follow up with a gel cleanser to thoroughly clean my skin. This ensures that not only do you remove all of the makeup but you also remove the remaining oil from the first cleanser and any extra dirt that may be sitting on the skin. Think of it the same way as you do when you wash your hair – I don’t know about you but I always shampoo twice!
Some of my favourite cleansers include:
Caudalie – Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil
Dermalogica – Cleansing Balm
Super Facialist – Oil Cleanser
REN – Pore Normalising Cleanser
Kiehls – Ultra Facial Cleanser
Omoravicza – Cleansing Foam
Toning is a step that is often overlooked but it’s so important! Toner is a liquid that not only gives a hit of hydration and helps remove any excess dirt/dead skin. It should be used immediately after cleansing to restore the pH balance and prep for the rest of our skincare. Toners can help with the following:
Oily/Acne Prone-Skin – Look for ingredients including Glycolic or Salicylic acid that helps to exfoliate the skin and reduce inflammation
Dull Skin – Papaya extract and lactic acid are incredible for brightening the skin
Sensitive Skin – Skin calming botanicals are best for sensitive skin, think Rose, Chamomile & Orange blossom
Dry Skin – Amino acids like histidine, isoleucine, leucine and lysine are incredible to deeply hydrate, improve texture and overall resilience of the skin
Mature Skin – Antioxidants like Vitamin C, Retinol and Niacinamide, Hylauronic acid and Rose water are all amazing ingredients for protecting against free radical damage, brightening, reducing inflammation and restoring hydration
Some of my favourite toners include: Pixi – Glow Tonic
Super Facialist - Retinol Reviving Tonic Lotion
Pixi – Rose Tonic
Fresh - Rose Hydration Facial Tonic
Ole Henrikson – Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner
Moisturising is an incredibly important part of skincare! It essentially hydrates the skin and locks in the rest of the skincare you applied. It helps the skin maintain elasticity, improves texture and for those with SPF it provides sun protection. Sun protection should always be applied even if your moisturiser doesn’t contain any, UVA/UVB rays are the number one cause of premature skin ageing.
I’m sure many of you probably already use moisturiser but it’s importance to use one that’s suitable for your skin type. If you have oily skin you definitely shouldn’t skip moisturiser, if oily skin is dehydrated it with only trigger more oil production. Instead you want to opt for a lighter moisturiser perhaps with more of a gel consistency. Whereas if you have drier skin, you’ll need a thicker and more nourishing moisturiser to maintain hydration.
Another great option to include in this step is a facial oil, these should be applied before moisturiser to ensure it sinks into the skin properly – moisturisers have larger molecules so oils won't be able to penetrate the skin once applied. The oil will boost hydration further and give the skin a more plumped and youthful appearance.
Some of my favourite moisturisers and oils include:
Ole Henrikson – C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème
Super Facialist – Retinol Anti-Ageing Night Cream
Pixi – Rose Ceramide Cream
REN – Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream
Embryolisse – Lait-Crème Concentre
Kiehls – Midnight Recovery Oil
Paula’s Choice – Moisture Renewal Oil Booster
Why don’t you start out trying to include these 3 steps into your skincare routine and then you can perhaps think about including serums and eye-creams. Let me know in the comments section how you get on and any products that you’re loving!!
Lots of love