In my day it was oil of Ulay that women would slap on their face, but nowadays skincare isn’t that simple. There are so many different lotions, potions, creams, serums, washes scrubs and masks, it’s all very confusing, but fear not, here’s Northern Life’s guide to keeping skin simple…
A morning skincare routine is not only an opportunity to rid your skin of any dry, dead skin and dirt, but also a chance to prepare your skin for the day ahead. Cleanser Begin the day by washing your face with a gentle facewash – while you may think that moisturiser is the only skincare to return moisture to your skin, a face wash can actually be one of the most hydrating steps in any skincare routine. It will help remove any excess oils, dirt or makeup from the skins surface leaving a nice base for your following product. Cleanse twice a day. Your morning cleanse can be lighter than your evening cleanse as you’re just removing your nightly skincare and sweat.
If you suffer from dry skin then you may wish to use a serum – this can help to seal in moisture and prevent it from escaping. Find a serum that contains hyaluronic acid; this draws moisture into the skin and stops it from leaving your skin again – perfect for maximum hydration.. A serum delivers a concentrated shot of active ingredients directly to your skin and provides a range of essential nutrients to treat various skin concerns.
Twenty years ago, toners used to be filled with alcohol and left the skin feeling uncomfortably astringent, however nowadays with more science going into skin care there area lot of different types. Some can deliver extra moisturiser or antiseptic formulations to help different skin concerns.
Next, apply a quality moisturiser with reliable SPF protection to prevent sun damage throughout your day. The sun is always emitting UVA the ageing UV! And it is not just the sun that emits these rays, computer, phone screens and lights all release small amounts of UV. Your SPF should be the last step in your skincare regime. Think of it as your skin’s final coat of armour, protecting it against environmental aggressors, pollution, UVA and UVB rays.
An evening routine is a perfect opportunity to wash your face and remove cosmetics and dirt build-up – while also topping up your skincare products to refresh your skin throughout the night.
If you choose to wear make-up throughout the day then removing it should be your first step in the evening routine. If you’re worried about your remover stripping moisture from your skin as well as makeup, look for a makeup remover with coconut as an ingredient as this is known to put the moisture back into your skin.
Once a quality make-up remover has been used, you can then move onto a facial cleanser to remove any residual make-up and any dirt, pollution particles or oil build-up from the day. In the evening your cleanse should be more in depth and thorough. You should cleanse your skin until it’s clean. If you wear makeup then try using a separate eye and face make-up remover, then double cleansing. The first cleanse is to eliminate any dirt and debris on the surface of the skin and the second is to cleanse the skin thoroughly.
Eye cream is designed to specifically target the area around the eyes with the correct moisture levels while minimising the appearance of fine lines or dark circles. Formulated to have smaller molecules to penetrate in the thinner skin around the eye. Products containing Hyaluronic acid or caffeine can give the appearance of less fine lines and puffiness.
Night cream will likely be heavier than the moisturiser you use on a daily basis – this is fine as it will sink into your skin and help it to repair and recover while you sleep. Choosing a night cream is a great opportunity to find one that offers additional benefits such as anti-ageing properties.
Switch it up
Another way to switch up your routine is by using a mask once a week. There’s a mask for just about any skincare concern you can think of so whether it’s hydration you need, or if pores and oiliness are your woes then a mask can be the answer you’re looking for.
Exfoliating can make sure that you get rid of any dead skin cells that have built up, but make sure that you don’t do this more than twice a week to prevent your skin from becoming raw and irritated.