There’s not much point spending money on injectable treatments if we’re not doing the basics to look after our skin. There are lots of variables with skin care and it’s certainly not ‘one size fits all’.
Here’s my general advice on day to day skin care. It will vary a bit depending on your skin type and that can be discussed in a consultation.
Step 1: cleanse with warm water to open the pores and a creamy cleanser.
Step 2: this will depend a bit on your skin type but a toner can help balance the pH of your skin. They can act as a delivery system for antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives and even toning acids depending on the needs of your skin. Each type of toner is intended for a different skin issue, so it’s important to use the right kind for your skin concern.
Step 3: Antioxidant serum. These are super-concentrated, nutrient-dense treatments that address specific concerns.
Step 4: consider an eye cream. It’s about maintaining the health and thickness of the eyelid skin. Improving the skin quality in this area early on ensures that the eyelid skin does not easily lose laxity and its smooth appearance later on.
Step 5: consider your skin health and if you need to Apply any spot treatments remembering that they can be inhibited if the come into contact with any moisturiser. This means it’s important to just apply them to the affected area.
Step 6: moisturiser is an important part of your skin care regime. Most experts recommend that the best time to apply a moisturizer is while the skin is still damp, so the sooner you go through applying your serum and treatment, the sooner you’re able to lock in much-needed hydration with your moisturizer.
Step 7: Sunscreen! It’s SO important to keep your skin from being damaged by the sun (even on these gloomy winter days). Up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds! Get it on and protect your skin from sun damage, pigmentation and skin cancers!
Night time routine
This can be a great way to wind down after a busy day and ensure you dedicate a little time for self love and care.
Step 1: Double cleansing is a great way to wash the day away. Buy using an oil based makeup remover to dissolve your makeup and then washing your face again with your usual cleanser. This second cleanse will remove all the excess sebum, dirt and makeup you loosened up on the first step. This leaves your skin fresh and perfectly prepped to absorb your skin regimen. Be cautious about using facial scrubs to exfoliate as these can cause micro trauma to the skin. Gentle enzyme peels are a good substitute.
Step 2:toners and skin boosters.Traditionally, toners take on the role of balancing your skin’s pH level after it goes through makeup, cleansing and exfoliation. There are multiple topical skin boosters available, some containing hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin And give a healthy glow.
Step 3: some people like to use an eye cream to hydrate and protect the delicate skin around the eyes.
Step4: Peels and masks? The skin does most of its repairing, restoring and regenerating as we sleep. Most targeted skin care treatments including prescription medications (tretinoin, acne and rosacea creams), retinol creams, exfoliative treatments (peels and masks) and anti-aging serums (infused with peptides, growth factors and other biologically active ingredients) are better used at night. Remember that serums and creams can cause irritation so be careful not to use retinol on the same night as exfoliative treatments.
Keep it simple and rotate the skin concern you’re addressing.
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