Monday, 5 January 2015

Skincare Week - The Routine

Welcome to skincare week, for the next seven days I am here to give you the best advice, tips and product recommendations to help your skin recover from the party season. Today I am going to bring to you the 'routine'... what does that mean? Basically, I am going to tell you which order you should be applying your skincare to get it's maximum effect.



Before we get started, when I say "face" or apply it onto the "skin", I must clarify that your face doesn't end at your jaw (well, technically it does) however I recommend you continue your skincare to you neck and decolletage as these areas often show the first signs of aging.

Step One 
The first step in your skincare routine is to wash your face. Face wipes don't count. My preferred method is to remove makeup with a cleansing oil  and a face cloth (any brand/coconut or olive oil will do) then follow up with a good cleanser (not a foaming one). 

Step Two
Toner. No stripping toners with alcohol please. This step is optional, you can use a facial water/spritz, a gentle liquid exfoliant (the serious stuff should only be used 2-3 times a week) or your favourite toner, mine is La Roche Posay Serozinc.

Step Three
Apply your serum. This can be applied all over the face and not in a delicate so and so manner, massage it into the skin. Let this sink in for a few seconds/a minute before applying anything on top of it.

Step Four
Optional Evening Step - Apply a facial oil. Most of you might be afraid of facial oils but don't be, there are some great ones on the market that boost hydration, improve the skins texture and brightens skin. Rub the oil (2-3 drops will do) between your fingers to warm it up then massage it into your skin. If you suffer from very dry skin I recommend doing this during the day as well or mixing a drop of facial oil into your moisturiser.

Step Five
Once your serum and oil have been applied onto the skin, you want to seal this all in with a moisturiser. This is the final step in your skincare routine, you're now ready for bed/makeup.

Extras
- Masks should always be applied onto a freshly washed face
- Exfoliators such as Alpha H Liquid Gold should be applied onto freshly cleaned skin and be the only step in your evening routine for maximum effect
- SPF should always be applied last. If you moisturiser contains an SPF then you can skip this all together but if it doesn't then I beg of you to wear one as applying a broad spectrum is the best thing you can do in preventing premature aging.


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