A Guide To Skin Care

Tuesday, June 23, 2015



If your relatively new to the  concept of a skincare routine or aren't sure what products you need or should have, then this guide will help you understand the basics of what different types of products do, which may help you towards finding your perfect skincare routine.
 
EYE MAKE UP REMOVERS
It's never a good idea to sleep in makeup and the first part of any evening skincare routine should be to remove your eye makeup. The best way of doing this is by purchasing an eye makeup remover which typically come in a liquid or cream form and it's really down to preference which you decide to go for as both with do the same job. Apply the eye makeup remover to a cotton pad and hold it over your eye for a few seconds, this allows the product to penetrate into the make up to dissolve and loosen it off, then wipe across your eye - do not rub!
Repeat the process of holding the cotton pad on your eye for a few seconds and wiping away a couple of times until you are satisfied that all your eye makeup has been removed and the repeat on your other eye.
 
CLEANSERS
Never go to bed without cleansing your face, sleeping with make up on can clog your pores, cause premature aging and cause breakouts. ( make sure you have remove eye make up with eye makeup remover) then apply cleaners to a dry face, avoiding the eyes and  massage into the skin and wipe off with warm water using a face cloth/flannel. Make sure you use a fresh face cloth/flannel ever time, otherwise you are just putting bacteria back onto your face! The best types of cleansers to use are cleansing balms, cleansing creams, cleansing gels and cleansing milk. As I stated in my previous blog, foam cleansers aren't the best as they contain surfactants which can cause breakouts. 


TONERS
Toners are meant to be used after cleansers and are used to bring the PH levels of the skin back to a normal level after cleansing as no matter what product you use it will change the PH balance of your skin. Which is often why when you have cleansed your face you get that tight feeling because the PH balance of your skin has changed. Toners also help to re-hydrate your skin, which in turn will help other products to penetrate into your skin. Toners can come in two different forms a liquid in which you apply to a cotton pad then wipe across your face or a sprits in which you can just spray onto your face.


EXFOLIATING/ACID TONERS
Exfoliating toners/acid toners are becoming something of a must have in the beauty world, so it would seem. Acid Toners/Exfoliating toners are fast replacing traditional exfoliators which usually have micro beads in them. Exfoliating/Acid toners do the same job as a traditional exfoliators but they are much kinder to the skin without the scratchy beads. These are liquid exfoliants which look like toners, as they are in liquid form, but they bring a great deal more than toners. They are applied in the same way - with a cotton pad, swept across the face  but they contain exfoliating ingredients and acids such as AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids; for most skins except very sensitive) and BHAs (such as salicylic acid; better on spotty, oily and sensitive skin types). The point of liquid exfoliants is to remove dead skin cells and get rid of blocked pores, leaving the skin brighter and smoother. However it's important that you do not over do it! Use the exfoliating/acid toner twice a week max and do not leave home without SPF on your face as using acid toners can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage.

SERUMS

serums are highly concentrated fluids the penetrate deep into the skin, delivering nutrients as well as hydration. Serums are best purchased to your specific needs such as; anti-aging, brightening or acne. If you have more than one concern you can layer serums and the apply your moisturiser afterwards on top.

EYE CREAM
Eye creams are formulated for specific eye area concerns they add moisture, address fine lines and wrinkles and help with the appearance of puffy eyes and dark circles. When applying eye cream make sure you gently pat on the cream applying along the ocular bone around the outer edge of your eye.


MOISTURISTERS
Apply moisturisers after your evening cleansing routine to help refresh and hydrate your face whilst you sleep.

MASKS

Face masks are designed to remove the impurities from the skin by drawing them out to the surface and leave your face feeling silky smooth. Face masks are ideally used once a week, although you can do them more regular if you wish

what types of products do you use in your skincare routine? If you haven't got a skincare routine what types of products are you interested in trying out? I'd love to read your thoughts in the comments section below.

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