Trying to work out what products to use on your face and when to use them can be overwhelming. You only have to walk through the aisles at your local supermarket, department store, or pharmacy to be inundated with skincare choices.
Then there?s the beauty Instagram influencers, Youtubers, bloggers, vloggers, traditional advertising, celebrities, and whoever else wants to talk about it and you want to listen to ? simply writing about it was overwhelming.
So, how do you drown out all the noise and drill down to the nitty gritty ? the best daily skincare routine?
Well, despite the breadth of offering and the seemingly complicated routines the cosmetic industry would have us follow ? serums for this, creams for that ? taking care of your skin doesn?t have to be complicated or expensive. In fact, it can be broken down to the following steps:
Cleanse daily (once or twice depending on skin type)
Moisturise twice daily
Protect once a day, every day
Simple daily skin care routine
First and foremost, you should understand your skin type. Because once you know it, you?ll be able to pick the products that suit your skin. There are five basic skin types that most people fall into:
- Oily skin types are usually shiny and prone to breakouts, blackheads and milia.
- Combination skin types are oily in the T-zone (across your forehead, nose and chin.
- Dry skin types can feel tight, rough or flaky.
- Sensitive types can feel a burning, stinging sensation or other more noticeable reactions with certain skincare.
- Normal skin is none of the above, rarely breaks out and can usually have any type of skin care applied without reaction.
Once you have an understanding of your skin type, you can look for your basic skin care routine products.
Cleansing should be gentle so it doesn?t damage or strip your skin. Cream cleansers are better than foaming as the latter tend to contain sulphates. Also, try to look for a PH balanced product. Cleansing once or twice a day is recommended and you should always clean make-up off your face.
This is probably one of the most important steps in your skin care routine. It?s also where your skin type will be an important factor in your choice. Someone with oilier skin may be better with a light lotion whereas someone with dry skin will probably prefer something thick and creamy. You should be moisturising at least twice a day ? in the morning (and throughout the day if necessary) and before you go to bed.
This is as important as removing your makeup but should only be done once or twice a week. Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells, helping to fight dullness. It?s important to find one that is gentle but still effective. And try to use ones that use a natural exfoliator rather than a manmade material such as plastic.
It?s important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, especially living in Australia. Apply a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen every morning ? even on cloudy days. If your make-up has an SPF, even better, you?ll get additional protection by using the both together.