Lockdown. We’re all in it. And I’ve been taking the current lockdown situation surrounding us as an opportunity for indulging in some self-care, starting with my skincare.
It can be difficult to work out what your skin actually needs, and what is actually just a fad. Here are a few little tips to help you get any skin concerns under control, and make the most of any products that you choose and to use. Dry, flaky, sensitive, the list goes on…
As mentioned above, there are a few different kinds of skin type. And over the years you skin type will change. In fact, your skin type can change between weeks, hormones, sun exposure, stress levels, and depending on what you’re eating.
When you understand your skin type, you are better equipped to be able to look after it. There could be something that will set off your acne, or leave your skin angry and irritated. If you know the trigger, you can begin to avoid it. Or if it is something delicious, then have it in small doses. It could be that you have ageing skin, and wish it was a little tighter, there is only so much cream or serum can do, so maybe a facelift is the ideal solution.
You are likely to hear about oily, dry, combination or sensitive skin the most often. But the chances are quite likely that you have a combination of those. For extra tips on finding your skin type, check this article.
The reason that so many people have full skincare routines is layers. This is because no cream can manage your skin by itself. Unless you are one of those has been blessed with particularly happy and clean skin. In which case, congratulations!
The general rule is that you should apply lightweight formula first so your skin can soak it in, then you follow this with your thicker creams. Try to leave around five minutes for each to soak in, you can avoid piling, and you can make the most of each of the formulas.
Here is a short and sweet list of roughly how your skincare sequence should be. Of course, not everyone will use every product. But in general, your morning routine will be about protection from pollution, the sun, and other elements. And in the evening it will be those deep treatments like retinol.
Gentle Cleanser – to start the day clean and refreshed.
Toner – they aren’t as harsh as they once were and can act for us in a massive delivery system for vitamin B, antioxidants and toning assets. Each type of toner is intended for a different skin issue, so make sure you get the right kind for you.
Antioxidant serum – these are superconcentrated and nutrient-dense. And they again will address specific concerns, so it’s better to keep them as close to the skin as possible.
Eye cream – everyone should apply eye cream at least every night, if not twice a day. You are looking to maintain the health and thickness of the eyelids and the surrounding eye skin. Consistency is key.
Spot treatment – depending if you are treating acne or just a little break out will determine the style of spot treatment you’re going to need. Remember the acne treatments can dry your skin so only apply where is necessary.
Moisturiser – everyone needs moisturiser even if you have oily skin. Your skin does have its own natural lubrication system, but it really could do with some help. Many of us need extra hydration, and this is the perfect way to inject it. Something to remember here is to skip the areas that you have just added acne spot treatment to, your moisturiser may interact with ingredients, and it might not be as effective.
Sunscreen – should be the very last step in your daytime skincare routine. Ideally, you need to use a physical or mineral sunscreen, because a chemical sunscreen will need to be absorbed into the skin to be effective. So applying this after your moisturiser is going to delay the impact. For physical sunscreen, something with Zinc will provide the broadest range of protection for your face.
The nighttime routine is shorter, but this is where all the heavy heating treatments come into play.
Double cleanse – this is where you get rid of oil, grime and makeup. Use an oil cleanser first, to dissolve makeup and that and then use a regular cleanser to finish off.
Boosters, toners and essences. Mists, beauty waters, hyaluronic acid, serums – anything designed to be hydrate goes here. These are all lightweight.
Eye cream – here is the second application of that lovely eye cream.
Peels, serums, and creams – your skin does most of its repairing in the evening, so this is why you use the targeted skincare treatments.
If you have dry skin, here is where you add a hydrating mask or face oil. They’re quite mild and can be used as often as you need.
And finally your night cream, night moisturiser is thicker, heavier and is designed to be observed over several hours. This is why nighttime is perfect.
And of course, finally, make sure that you’re drinking enough water to support your skincare routine.