Skincare trends have taken the world by storm. With the introduction of TikTok and Social Media growing, more people are becoming aware of their skin and the benefits of skincare. When you first look at starting a routine it can be overwhelming with 100 products and different steps. I want to assure you that it can be simple and quick if you want or need it to be.
Your upcoming big event is a chance for you to feel beautiful, confident and pamper yourself through every step from getting your hair done, to picking out a dress (Check out our gorgeous range of dresses here) and having glowing skin from your awesome skincare routine! Let's walk through the basic steps to a skincare routine and some products you may need/want depending on your skin concerns. Let’s take the confusion out of skincare and make it accessible for everyone.
There are 3 essential products to any skincare routine, you can miss out on lots of steps but at the very least you need these three: Cleanser, sunscreen and moisturizer.
Cleansers - Cleansers are used to remove makeup, pollution, dirt, oil and dead skin cells off your face at the start and end of each day.
Moisturizers- A face lotion that hydrates and softens the skin. Essential in restoring moisture and preventing your skin from drying out.
Sunscreen- Protection from the sun, SPF saves the skin from harmful UV rays. It is the best anti-aging product on the market and stops damage to the skin cells.
If you wish to expand from the 3 essentials, here is a basic skincare routine which will help you to see more advanced results in your skin. Completely customizable to your wants and needs;
Cleanse- Cleanses the skin
Tone- (optional, can be great for oily skin but dry out other ones) Balances the skin’s ph and oil levels
Serum- Daytime serums;
All skin types: Vitamin C to protect from free radicals and brighten
Dry/dehydrated skin: Hyaluronic acid, holds a lot more water in the skin
Oily/acne prone: Niacinamide to control oils throughout the day
Moisturizer- hydrates the skin
SPF- To protect from sun damage and prevent premature aging
First Cleanse- Remove makeup and excess SPF. Balms, milky cleansers and oils break down stubborn waterproof makeup best.
Cleanse- Remove dirt, oil and dead skin cells
Serum or Retinol- Your time for a dedicated treatment product or chemical exfoliation. Here are some skin type specific recommendations;
Acne-Prone/Oily skin: Salicylic acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Niacinamide
Dry/ Sensitive Skin: Ceramides, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5
Mature skin: Retinoids (vitamin A derivatives including retinol) can reduce dark spots, breakouts, and fine lines by increasing skin-cell turnover. Use 2-3 times a week at night.
Moisturizer- A thicker moisturizer can intensely hydrate and repair the skin overnight
Eye Cream- You can apply regular moisturizer to your under-eye area or a dedicated eye cream if you need something to pack more of a punch.
Occasionally your skin can also use some extra TLC, try incorporating the following steps too;
Jade rollers with a non-comedogenic oil to soothe, tone and encourage lymphatic drainage
Face Masks are a concentrated way to treat skin concerns.
Professional Skin Treatments such as Peels, LEDS and Microdermabrasion every few months. These are intense treatments that can give you incredible results.
Bonus skincare TIPS:
Be gentle, avoid over exfoliation with too may strong ingredients
Pricier doesn't always mean better. Focus on the percentage of ingredients and the quality.
Bring skincare products down to the neck, décolletage and over the hands (these areas show the first signs of aging)
Aim to use a product for at least six weeks, once or twice daily, to notice a difference. Although if you have any reactions stop them immediately.
Practice seasonal skincare, you may need to change your moisturizers and cleansers to something more hydrating when the weather gets cooler, and lighter for the warmer months.
Stay away from DIY Skincare! The popular Apple Cider Vinegar Face Masks can burn and cause damage and others cause damage to the skin barrier
A skincare routine is an amazing way to spend a few minutes each day practicing self care and if you struggle with skin concerns, that time looking after yourself can improve your skin. I know since starting a routine I have felt more confident and happy with my appearance!
I hope you learnt more about how to structure your routine and what products to include for effective skin-care. Enjoy the glow in preparation for your big day!
Have a beautiful day xx