Ideally you need to find a cleanser that not only removes all traces of makeup, but gives your skin a good deep cleanse as well. I'm a big fan of the double-cleanse; this involves cleansing once to remove makeup, and then again to properly clean my skin. If you have dry skin, look for a creamy or oil-based formula- these will both help your skin to retain moisture which is SUPER IMPORTANT. Oily skin? Track down a foaming cleanser ( I LOVE the Go-To Skincare Properly Clean)- or one which is classed as being deep cleansing - both of these will gently lift off makeup without stripping your skin dry. Weirdly, when oily skin is stripped dry, it's inclined to produce more oil. Combination skin loves gel cleansers, which are brilliant at unclogging pores & getting rid of impurities, while being gentle enough to leave your skin hydrated. Sensitive skin types need to steer clear of lathering cleansers, and opt for a creamy, non-irritating formula; try to find one that contains soothing ingredients such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and evening primrose.
Getting into the habit of using sunscreen every day
SO IMPORTANT GUYS!!!! If you decide to only do one of these seven things- it should be this one. If you don't, you'll regret it in 20 years time- trust me- I do! Wearing sunscreen every day not only protects your skin from skin cancer, but it will help greatly in preventing brown spots and pigmentation, reduce the appearance of blotchiness and red facial veins, & of course- slow den the aging process tell-tale signs of fine lines. If you struggle to find a formulation that works with your skin type (or one that sits well underneath your makeup), try the amazing Coola Makeup Setting Spray. It contains an SPF30, and a host of hydrating and soothing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera and cucumber extracts....all while keeping your makeup intact. PERFECT.
I LOVE face masks, and find that using them 2 or 3 times a week has done beautiful things for my skin. However, it's incredibly important to use the right kind of mask for your skin. Don't choose one on the basis of it smelling nice (I know the chocolate one smells heavenly)- choose one that is going to help YOU. Dry skin needs hydration, I can't recommend the Aspect Skincare Hydrating Mask highly enough. Oily skin benefits from masks that refine your skin, unclog pores, & reduce oil production- look for one that contains kaolin clay. Sensitive skin? Try a mask that has lovely soothing ingredients like oatmeal, chamomile, & shea butter. If your skin is prone to acne, look for a mask that contains plant botanicals and citric acid- these will help to detoxify and clarify.
While we are incredibly lucky to have such a wide range of take home products available to us, there's nothing like going to see an experienced beauty therapist on a regular basis. Skin therapists are trained to work with all kinds of skin types, & recognise what areas need to be treated- & what products will work best for the individual. It doesn't have to be every month (but if you can that would be fantastic!)- every few months will still benefit your skin hugely! My wonderful readers in Sydney, Australia will LOVE the Livindigo website and app; a health & beauty service which makes booking treatments an absolute breeze. Check out the website to see how user-friendly it is- & you'll also be able to grab those awesome last minute deals. You can book in for a facial, a massage, a hair appointment, nail treatments- & so much more. It's fab! New Zealand readers can experience a similar awesome experience through Flossie Concierge, another online beauty booking service which is expanding all the time.
Serums aren't just an absolute treat to incorporate into your skincare routine- they can dramatically change the appearance of your skin, often in quite a short amount of time. Figuring what which vitamins do what can take a little research, but to sum up:
- Vitamin B is ridiculously hydrating, and works as a booster for whatever other products you layer on top of it.
- Vitamin C is an awesome antioxidant, something crucial for all skin types- regardless of age. Antioxidants protect the skin from ageing, fighting off free radicals like nobody's business.
Vitamin A (Retinol) increases the rate of cell turnover, which in turn keeps your skin supple and moisturised. You probably wouldn't need this type of product until your mid 20's, but chat to your skin therapist about it.
Try one of the new moisture balms on the market
These are FANTASTIC!!!!! They are basically super charged moisturisers, which can be used as a quick skin treatment (apply, & tissue off the residue after ten minutes), or as an overnight face mask- just wash your face in the morning before applying makeup. Those of you with extremely dry skin will fall hard for these, and potentially find them suitable as an everyday moisturiser. I love the melting textures, how a little bit goes such a long way (you rub it between your fingers to emulsify the product)- but most of all, how it plumps my skin. Waking up with glowing, plump skin gets a HUGE yes from me! I have tried both of the above new products: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm, & Clinique Moisture Surge Melting Mask Balm- & they're both brilliant- please try!
Thank you so much to my peeps from Livindigo for making this post possible!