Skincare is among the most important things to include in your daily routine.
Eat healthy, exercise and moisturise!
We all want radiant skin. It’s not just vanity: beautiful, radiant, healthy skin is both a sign of and aid to good internal health. After all, our skin is our body’s largest organ!
And yet it’s often the organ we take most for granted. A little bit of attention every day can make all the difference between looking good and looking tired, sallow or old before our time (and with a little bit of care, there’ll never really be a time that we have to look old!).
So get to work! Let’s renew the beauty of our complexion!
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First and most important is to be aware of what type of skin you have.
Dry skin has different needs to oily skin, and mixed skin will need a bit of both; but no matter what your type, you have to start by keeping it clean!
- Cleansing wipes: Many people only use these at the end of the day when they have makeup to remove. Personally, I like the ritual of wiping down my face and hands, even in the morning. Rubbing your skin wakes it up, and encourages circulation in all the smallest capillaries, and so, wiping away the night or the day before is where I always start.
- Warm water: Then it’s a simple rinse with warm water to remove residue, cell debris and fat.
- Soap: This is where your skin type becomes important. It’s essential that you use products that maintain the right pH balance for your skin. My skin is a little on the oily side, so I use Clinique’s Mild Liquid Facial Soap. I find it gives me just the right balance of cleaning my skin without drying it out, as some soaps do.
- Clarifying Lotion: The last phase of cleaning is one that many people skip, but they shouldn’t! The wipes, warm water and soap have opened up your pores, helping them to breath, as well as having nourished and rested your skin. Applying a clarifying lotion now will help to close your pores again, protecting them and ensuring your skin has a tighter, more flawless appearance. I rely on Clinique’s range here too, in this case their Clarifying Lotion for Oily Skin; it’s light enough that I don’t feel it instantly clogs the skin I’ve just worked to refresh!
With our skin properly cleaned it’s possible to move onto the next important phase of our daily routine. Moisturising!
No matter how oily or dry our skin is, a good, regular moisturising routine will help you skin look younger and more radiant for longer.
Now you should be moisturising both morning and night, but your skin needs to be prepared different for these two times. In one you’ll be exposed to the sun’s harsh shine, which ages our skin faster than any other influence; while in the other, we’ll be resting in a cool, dark space – perfect for our skin’s recovery and rejuvenation.
For my own nighttime regime I use Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer for all skin types. (This is starting to read like a Clinique shill post, but other than the affiliate links, I don’t receive any sponsorship from Clinique directly… I’d love to though, as I believe their range is among the very best and more comprehensive there is!).
I’ve also used Nivea Q10 Power Anti-Wrinkle Night Care range, which I’ve found to be very effective, however I do feel their moisturisers are somehow thicker on my skin (they are a touch cheaper too, which could be an important consideration!).
In the day it’s essential that we are not only moisturised, but that we’re protected from the sun! Thankfully, there’s a wide range of moisturisers these days that include a degree of protection. My personal favourite is Superdefense Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 20. It’s light on the skin and easily absorbed, while also containing a boost of anti-oxidants and vitamins to the skin. Once again, there’s a Nivea product that I’ve enjoyed using (more than their nighttime variant this time). Q10 Power Anti-wrinkle for the Day stimulates the production of collagen, which give our skin its firmness, while also providing good sun protection. I will sometimes alternate these two moisturisers by day and find myself more than satisfied with the results.
The Eyes Have It!
Now here’s an extra trick!
We’ve all watched as our laugh lines (let’s not call them “crow’s feet”!!) have spread with the years, and there’s great beauty in that.
Who isn’t glad that they’ve had a lifetime of smiles and laughter?
The skin around our eye contour is thinner and more fragile than the skin anywhere else on our body. Because of this, this region requires a much more delicate treatment.
This skin is so delicate that it’s prone to run low on both elastin and collagen, the body’s natural resources to keep all our skin supple and taught. As a result it’s easy for these wrinkles to form and for those areas to look tired, puffy and drawn. To combat this, I recommend adding products specially designed for the treatment of this area of the face to your daily routine.
I use Sesderma K-Vit Eye Contour Serum. I’ve found it does a great job at minimising bags under my eyes, as well as crow’s feet, wrinkles, and signs of fatigue. Two thumbs up from me! I really encourage you to try it out.
My back-up option option is Ureadin Eye Contour for Sensitive Skin (unforunately, this product does not appear to be available in the US). This has an extra touch of sunscreen too, which makes it ideal for summer and brighter days, as well as its power to reduce bags and dark circles.
When applying either of these products it’s important that you apply it only to the eye contour; I use my ring fingers and distribute it with small taps. This has the added benefit of encouraging micro-circulation to this area too.
So, those are my fundamental skin care tips and the products I use. Have you tried them? Have you found other favourites? I’m always on the look-out for new alternatives and ideas: these are the best I’ve found so far, but who knows what might be just around the corner?