Do you want better skin but feel overwhelmed by all the different skincare steps and the millions of different products on the market? Read on to learn about a simple skincare regime that you can tailor to suit your individual needs.
• Cleanse your skin every morning and night. Even if you don’t wear makeup you must cleanse to wipe away the pollution and oil. Dry skin should use a cream or oil cleanser. Oily skin should use a mild foaming cleanser. No one should be using soap! I don’t care if your mother has perfect skin and has been using soap for years, soap is drying and isn’t good for your delicate face. I love, love, love Cetaphil cleanser, it is gentle, cheap and dermatologists recommend it (available at the supermarket or chemist).
• Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. Choose either a scrub or mask, which ever you prefer. Avoid any scrubs with really big beads that scratch the skin, yes that’s right chuck out that St Ive’s Apricot Scrub! I like Clarin’s Orange one step scrub or Kiehl’s Dermabrasion scrub. If you suffer from Rosacea or are very sensitive try a gentle mask like Ren F10 Smooth & Renew Mask.
• Apply a serum designed for your skins concerns. I believe serums are the most important, results driven step in your skincare regime provided you choose the right one for you. Ask yourself “what do I want to fix about my skin” for example redness, pimples, lines, hydration, pigmentation etc. and find a serum targeted to that concern. Your serum should be applied every day after you have cleansed your skin (before you moisturise). If you are dry you can apply essential oils instead of a serum. A fabulous general serum is Chantecaille’s Vital Essence, I am obsessed, and everyone I put it on loves it.
• Apply an eye cream morning and night, gently on the orbital bone (pat gently with your index finger). The eye area is dry/dehydrated so this is an important step (it’s where you age first). Choose one that is targeted to your concern ie puffiness, dark circles, firming, anti-ageing, hydrating. I adore Darphin’s Stimulskin Plus Eye Cream or Revive’s Intensite Les Yeux but they are a bit of a splurge. If you want a cheaper alternative Murad’s Renewing Eye Cream has a great reputation.
• Moisturise every morning and night. Even if you have oily skin you need to moisturise because the skin is often dehydrated, so go on slap it on! You can choose a light lotion or a thick balm, whatever consistency you prefer. Perricone has some great anti-ageing moisturisers, if it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for me!
• Ok I know I said 5 but I had to sneak one more in! This is the most important step of all. Wear sunscreen (Australian SPF30+) every day. The sun causes 80% of all ageing so use SPF30+ to give your skin maximum protection (4 hours). If you don’t like their thick consistency try Mecca Cosmetica’s To Save Face, it is lightweight and non-whitening.
A quick side note. We are all looking for the miracle cream but remember skincare isn’t the only factor effecting your skin. To achieve great skin you must also drink lots of water and eat a healthy, balanced diet that is low in sugar (sugar causes glycation that leads to the skin prematurely ageing). Fish oil supplements also help improve the skin. Stress also has a negative impact on the skin as it causes hormones to fluctuate. I know stress is hard to manage but at least you know what is causing that sudden breakout on your chin and around your jawline. Try to exercise, get a good night’s sleep and take a day off to spoil yourself, without drinking naughty caffeine or alcohol, I know I am such a kill joy but you will look fabulous!
Everyone has different skin and concerns so please remember that the products listed are only suggestions. Feel free to email me with specific concerns or head to your beautician, a dermatologist, chemist, Myers, David Jones or Mecca Cosmetica. If you are unsure about the products recommended to you by your skin specialist or retail assistant ask for a sample and read some online reviews about the products..