To take care of your skin, especially in the transition months, is always so tricky. Cold months always dry out my skin, and I always find it very difficult to build the right daily skin routine to fix that.
We are told on a daily basis that this and that product and routine will give us the complexion of our dreams. But with all the overwhelming information constantly being fed to us, where do we begin? That’s why this time, I went to a sk:n clinic in Bournemouth to have a skin test done and finally figure out what products I’m supposed to be using.
I always thought I have a very dry skin type, and what I found out is that it is actually a combination skin type. My forehead is perfectly balanced, but everything else is just a mixture of dry and oily parts. How funny is that, all this time I have been buying products for dry skin.
So, to build a daily skin routine that will hydrate and nourish your skin, you don’t need to invest in 13 products, but you should follow these steps:
FIRST OF ALL, WORK OUT YOUR SKIN TYPE
For most of my life, I have thought my skin type is dry. I was wrong all this time, so perhaps it’s now time for you to visit a professional and find out exactly what your skin is like and therefore what it needs the most. Sk:n has clinics all over the UK, check out their website to find the nearest one.
If your skin is combination, get products that include:
– Hyaluronic acid – hydrating
– Vitamin E – nourishing
– Vitamin C – protecting (antioxidants)
Avoid products with:
CLEANSE – DAY & NIGHT
Now you know what ingredients each product should have and which to avoid. You should have also worked out if you need a good quality milk, cream, balm-based cleanser.
So first of all, make sure you cleanse your skin in the morning and also in the evening. It is so important to get rid of all impurities and dirt from your skin before the next step.
I am using sk:n Vitamin Rich Cleanser it is cream based and really gentle. My skin is so soft after the use. I would definitely recommend it.
MOISTURISE – DAY & NIGHT
Proper hydration is the key to a healthy, glowing and plump looking skin. It doesn’t matter if your skin is oily, you still need to moisturise it.
Now you know that after cleansing, you need to apply a moisturiser, but don’t just rub it in, use circular movements. By massaging a moisturiser in your skin, you will boost the blood circulation, and your skin will look even more glowing.
I am using a day and night moisturiser from sk:n. sk:n Age-Delaying Cream – younger skin during the day, and sk:n Treatment Cream – mature /sun damaged skin during the night. I also apply sk:n Brightening and Firming Eye Cream in the evening around eyes. If I wouldn’t have taken the skin test, I would never know that my skin around eyes is even drier than in other parts.
Most of the people skip this step, but it is so vital!!! It doesn’t matter if it’s winter or summer, you need to protect your skin from UVA damage every day. Applying a sunscreen to protect the skin from UVA and UVB sun damage is so important. This always comes last, just before you apply makeup.
I am using a factor 30 or 50 for my face. I was told by a sk:n clinic expert that I should not be using anything less than that. When I was at the clinic, they applied a sunscreen to half of my face and nothing to another half, then they showed me how it looks under the UV light that shows everything (honestly too many things). The part of my face that had the sunscreen applied looked well protected, you could clearly see that there was a layer protecting the skin and the other half was completely exposed. I guess like many of us, we all underestimate the power of sunscreens, but believe me if you buy the right one (make sure it has the UVA and UVA protection) it makes a huge difference.
Overall my skin has gradually improved after following these steps. I would definitely recommend the skin test to anyone, not even that you find out the actual type of your skin, but also what ingredients to avoid and what to include in your daily routine.
What is your daily skin routine?