The beauty industry is continuously evolving, with new products hitting the shelves each and every day. Let’s face it: it cane be a minefield sometimes. It seems there’s now a product to treat every condition and skin type, covering the most impressive ingredient range to date.
Whether you’re a skincare enthusiast, or know you need to work on your own routine but don’t know where to start, we’re all faced with mountains of options to choose from.
It can be quite hard knowing where to start, and what products and regimes are right for us. The key is to remember that no two people have the same skin, meaning the products that work for your best friend may not work as well for you. It’s important to evaluate your own skin type and skin conditions first before you buy into brands and products, to ensure you’re using what is right for you (and to see results!)
When it comes to beauty routines, it is often said that less is more, so you only need a few essential products to give your skin the love and care it need. To help you out, here are seven essential products that you absolutely should consider to include in your beauty routine, for the ultimate glowing, health skin results…
The first obvious step in your everyday beauty routine should be a good cleanser. Always start with a cleanser to remove the dirt and grime from the day, choosing one that is gentle enough to not harm your skin, but able to remove any debris or makeup. I tend to use micellar water as a first cleanser step, which removes make up before I then do a proper face wash.
For the face wash step, go for a cleanser that is water-soluble, so that it removes impurities fast. Ideally stay away from any product with soap in it due to soaps being very drying. Soap has a very basic pH level and can make your skin feel parched, so it’s best to avoid it.
Use your cleanser both in the morning and in the evening, to give your skin a good clean and remove oil, dirt or any other debris. Learn to understand your unique skin type first micellar water and cleanser product that is designed to target your main concerns, whether we are talking about acne, oiliness, sensitivity or dryness. Take a look at beauty product review websites to compare products and make your decision easier.
Toners can often be left aside when it comes to developing a skincare regime, but if you want to give your skin the best care it can get, then this should be a crucial step in your routine.
It tends to be down to lack of knowledge why people don’t use them, so if that’s you, here’s what you need to know: toners help remove makeup residue and oils that build up on your skin, but they also work as a prepper for the upcoming treatments you may be using. They refresh and balance your skin after cleansing, so that your night creams can be applied to a squeaky clean base, and during the day, your treatment products and moisturisers can be applied to a fresh base.
After using a toner, you have peace of mind that your skin is ready to absorb any serums or moisturizes you want to put on.
When choosing a toner, go for a gentle formula and avoid alcohol-based products, as they can be harsh on the skin. Choose a product with calming and anti-inflammatory characteristics for optimal results. The key is for a toner that is going to compliment your product range, so make sure it is as natural and calming as possible.
A good exfoliator is crucial for any beauty routine, but do make sure you are not overusing it. Exfoliators are not to be used every single day, as they can be harsh on the skin. Try to stick to once or twice a week and use one that is suited for your skin type.
There are two types of exfoliators you can use: chemical or physical; each being more suited for particular skin types. If your skin is sensitive, chemical exfoliators should be your go-to option, but if your skin is dry and flaky, then a physical exfoliator (the ones with tiny gritty bits in them) will work better. Just be wary with the more scrub type formulas, as you want to avoid the cheaper ones with beads in them. Instead, look for ingredients like active charcoal or tiny natural particles which are great for encouraging skin renewal without scratching the skin.
The chemical exfoliators include products with AHA’s and BHA’s like glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid. Pixi Beauty, Dermalogica, Crystal Clear skincare and Nip & Fab are popular brands to start with if you’re a little unsure!
After thoroughly cleaning your skin, it’s time to hydrate it properly by using a good moisturiser. Dehydrated skin is not only obvious to look at, with larger pores and a rougher texture, but it also means the skin is potentially dehydrated.
Many people believe moisturisers are only to be used for dry skin, but oily and normal skin needs moisturising as well to keep it supple and healthy.
Choose a moisturiser that is suited for your skin type and apply it twice a day, in the morning and evening, right after using a cleanser or exfoliator. Allow the skin to absorb the moisturiser before applying any makeup, to prevent clogged pores.
Sunscreen is the most important, yet often the most neglected product in a skincare routine. UV rays can be very harmful to the skin no matter the season, so don’t leave out sunscreen from your routine during wither time. Hyperpigmentation, clogged pores, dryness and acne can all be accelerated by overexposure to UV rays, so give your skin a layer of protection with a good sunscreen.
Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before leaving the house, right before you start applying makeup, and don’t forget to reapply it as needed throughout the day. Aim for a product with 30 SPF or higher.
Don’t forget to give your lips some well-deserved love as well and invest in a hydrating lip balm. Especially if you wear lipstick a lot, your lips will tend to get very dry and flaky, so you need to come it and help them remain healthy and soft.
Start to get into the habit of exfoliating your lips once a week with a gentle exfoliator and apply lip balm multiple times a day. This should prevent cracked lips from returning, and your lipstick will start to apply more smoothly. Ideally, you should use lip balm before going to sleep and
right before you apply lipstick, to keep your lips moisturised.
Look for a lip balm with SPF in it, to protect your lips from harmful UV rays as well.
To complete your skincare routine and provide your skin with extra care, make it a habit to use a mask around two times a week. Look for a mask that is suited for your skin type and stay away from fragranced ones, as they can realty harm your skin.
The good news about masks is that they usually come in individual one-use packages, meaning you can try out different ones and see which are best suited for your skin. A good mask should leave your skin hydrated, rejuvenated and soft, so don’t settle for any that does less. You can get some great exfoliating masks out there, that when you remove them, your skin will feel ultra soft and have a gorgeous healthy glow!
The products mentioned above are the ones that should not miss from any routine, regardless of your skin type, but if you have some particular issues you are looking to tackle, then don’t forget to include targeted treatments in your routine as well. One example are retinols and hyperpigmentation
treatments, but anti-ageing cremes and blemish treatments are also included here.
Of course, those with worrying fine lines, sun spots, pigmentation, acne and scarring can also look at treatments offered by trained clinics and professionals, who can preform a series of treatments to tackle the problem. Just make sure you have a consultation before, ask for before and after photos, and be sure you are getting your monies worth.