Your ultimate skincare guide

Your ultimate skincare guide

Soap and water just won’t cut it – it’s time to step up your skincare regimen.

 

Written by Cher Petersen

 

As your body’s largest organ, your skin deserves some daily love and prioritising, wouldn’t you say? Here’s our guide to looking after the skin you’re in – every day.

 

Kickstart with a cleanse

It all begins here. Starting and finishing the day with a fresh face is vital. Washing your face at the end of the day reduces the chance of dirt and pollution soaking into your pores overnight, so use a mild foaming or gel cleanser before bed to clear your skin of surface oils and dirt built up during the day.

In the morning, a quick cleanse and rinse off will awaken and revitalise your skin, prepping it for the products that follow. Be careful of over washing – you don’t want to strip your skin of its necessary natural oils.

 

 

Mend it with moisture

The key to glowing skin is hydration – both internally and externally. Moisturising helps preserve your skin’s natural moisture levels and tackles any threats to your skin’s barrier. In the morning use a moisturiser that contains at least SPF30 to shield against harmful UV rays.

Remember that sunscreen isn’t just for direct sunlight – incidental sun exposure while running errands or driving adds up and damages your skin. Incorporate a night cream into your regime too, which helps to nurture and repair your skin overnight.

 

Don’t hate, exfoliate

Maintain a brighter, smoother, softer complexion and prevent unwanted breakouts by exfoliating twice a week to remove dead skin cells and surface build-up. The type of exfoliator to use depends on your skin type – dry, oily, sensitive or prone to breakouts, for example.

There are plenty of options on the market, but if you find the variety too overwhelming, speak to an in-store consultant or book an appointment with a dermatologist. Exfoliating works best at night (following cleansing and before moisturising) as the rest period allows your skin time to recover, meaning you wake to supple, smooth skin in the morning.

 

Show off with serums

Pump the brakes on ageing by incorporating a serum or two into your skincare routine. Trust us, they’re game changers!

Air pollution, cigarette smoke, industrial chemicals and UV rays all contribute to damaging our skin over time; an antioxidant serum helps to reduce this type of damage and can be applied in the morning (try Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Q10 or niacinamide) or at night (retinol for those 30 and up) before moisturiser.

 

 

Block the breakout

Spot treatments are an essential addition for anyone who experiences breakouts or who has acne-prone skin. At the first sign of a breakout, or to prevent pimples from surfacing, apply a spot treatment that contains salicylic acid or tea tree oil, which will target the site of the pimple deep within the skin.

Make sure to only apply spot treatments to the affected area as some tend to dry out the skin.

 

When it comes to skincare, consistency is key… commit to a daily routine and watch your skin glow all year long.

It’s best to consult a skincare professional or dermatologist if you are unsure about certain ingredients or treatments.