Whatever your skin type, age, lifestyle, genetics, whether you love make-up or never wear anything more than a quick smear of lipstick on the occasional night out, a basic skincare routine is essential.
And, despite all the vast range of products, this is what we all need to do:
- Cleansing — Washing your face.
- Toning — Balancing the skin.
- Moisturizing — Hydrating and softening the skin.
And, with any skincare routine, products are used in in order of consistency — from thinnest to thickest. For example, cleanser, toner (if you use it), serum, and then moisturizer.
Our skin comes in contact with environmental pollutants, dirt and other factors each day that should be gently removed. Wash morning and night, to avoid clogged pores, dullness and acne. The right cleanser for your skin won’t strip essential, healthy oils.
The original was an alcohol-based product that was used to dry up oily skin and remove any leftover dirt following cleansing but toners have evolved. Think of them as supplements — these thin liquids deliver an extra shot of nutrients, helping the other products in your regimen absorb better, while still balancing your complexion. Toners should be used after cleansing and before putting on anything else.
The most basic function of a moisturizer is to hydrate and soften the skin. It’s probably the skincare product that most people use, and will definitely vary according to skin type and time of day.
There are lots of other products – scrubs, serums, oils, eye creams, sunscreens – and they all have their place, but the three basic steps are key.
Apply with cotton wool or washed hands. The products should glide on, if you feel that you are tugging at the skin at all, just stop.
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