Are you in a bit of a skin care rut? Or are you on a mission to take better care of you skin, but have no clue where to start? Well, you’re in luck because we’re getting back to basics with our guide to great skin all year round. Get ready, get set, glow!
The key to scoring a clear complexion is to cleanse, cleanse, cleanse! Just as you brush your teeth twice a day, it’s vital to give your skin a thorough cleanse both morning and night to wash away oil, dirt, grime and make-up. This will help to clear and freshen up your complexion while ridding it of pore-clogging nasties.
After wetting your skin with tepid water, dispense an almond-sized amount of facial cleanser on your fingertips, and then smooth it over your entire face, avoiding the eye area. Work the cleanser into a lather by gently massaging it over your skin, making sure to cleanse in the corners of your nose and around your hairline. Rinse thoroughly, pat dry, and say hello to fresh, clean skin!
In order to maintain plump, soft, and glowing skin, it’s essential to keep your skin’s hydration levels up with a twice-daily dose of moisturiser. After cleansing in the morning, grab a moisturiser containing SPF sun protection and smooth a macadamia-sized amount of it over your face. Allow it to absorb completely before popping on your make-up – this should take about 10 minutes.
At night, your skin cells repair and replenish themselves, so give your skin a helping hand by applying a rich, deeply nourishing night cream after cleansing. And don’t forget about your lips! A slick of hydrating lip balm will do the trick.
Most of us have various skin issues we need to deal with, so arm yourself with products that are specifically formulated to treat those issues. Got eczema or psoriasis? Soothe your skin with a cream that combats irritation. Frustrated by dark spots? Stop them in their tracks with a serum that targets pigmentation. Got a problem with pimples? Make use of a spot treatment. If you’re not sure how to approach a certain skin issue, it’s worth seeing a dermatologist.
It’s important to thoroughly exfoliate your skin once a week. Why? Because as the days go by, dead skin cells build-up on your skin, making it look flaky and clogging pores – which can lead to pesky pimples and blackheads. After cleansing, whisk away grit and grime by buffing your skin with a facial scrub, using gentle, circular motions. Follow with moisturiser and watch your skin glow!
Use a mask
If you’re not already treating your skin to a luxurious facial mask once a week, start tonight. Not only do masks hydrate, revive and purify skin, they’re a great excuse to take a little time out and feel oh-so-pampered. Be sure to follow the instructions for applying the mask, then sit back and relax while you flick through a magazine or catch up on beautyheaven reading!
When you have a big event coming up, or your skin’s in need of a pick-me-up, book a facial with a beauty therapist. They’ll work their magic and boost your skin so it looks and feels healthy again. Can’t afford to hit the salon often? Don’t fret – just keep up your weekly at-home masks.
Do you suffer from a particular skin issue like acne, eczema or rosacea? If so, it’s a good idea to check in with your dermatologist once a year. This will allow them to track your skin issue, assess whether it is getting better or worse, and discuss the best treatment options for you.
Also, if your skin starts changing in any way – for instance, you notice cystic acne or rashes keep popping up – or if you’d like some help dealing with scarring from acne or blemishes, make an appointment with a dermatologist. They’re the experts for a reason!
What are your skin concerns? How do you look after your skin?