Self Care: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Skincare Routine

Let’s face it: most of us like the idea of a slap on your moisturiser and away you go kind of day. With fewer hours for leisure and more of our time spent at work than ever before, finding a spare minute to navigate thousands of skincare products, all while making ourselves look fresh and radiant, is hard to come by. 

Unsurprisingly, not only is skincare self-care, but it is a bit of a science. Applying the right product at the right time can be your golden ticket in your hour of need. Don’t worry, though. Here is our guide to getting the most out of your skincare routine:

Know your skin type

Standing in front of the beauty shelf is a bit of a minefield, especially if you don’t really know what you are looking for. Many of us will come up with our own conclusions about what skin type we have, despite never having any real confirmation to back it up. But, guess what? Knowing your actual skin type makes the whole selection process much more straightforward. 

Taking the time to find out what your skin needs will pinpoint better products that can do wonders for your skin. You may have:

  • Combination
  • Oily
  • Sensitive
  • Ageing
  • Dry
  • Acne-prone
  • Normal

Whether you seek out a beauty therapist or indulge in an online test, there are quick ways to get your skin type diagnosis. 

What’s more, skin types can change as you age due to anything from your hormones to the seasons. So never be afraid to check for an update on your skin – it may save you some money in the long run too. 

Unleash your inner cleansing queen

Wandering around through your city streets, your skin is the first place that pollutants and free radicals attack. Dirt and grime clog up your pores and left alone, you will face breakouts and potentially oily skin. 

That’s where a good, gentle cleanser comes in. Don’t be fooled into thinking that simply applying a dash of cleanser to your face is enough, either! Cleansing the areas where you have the most pores, such as your T-zone and nose, will wash away dirt and oil more effectively. 

After, when you apply your other skincare products, they will be able to penetrate deeper into your skin without going face to face with any debris left behind in your pores. 

Utilise damp skin

Your body is made up of 60% water, and your skin thrives when it is suitably hydrated. That’s why the beauty expert’s mantra, “apply moisturiser or body cream while your skin is still damp from the shower”, is thrown around so often in the biz. 

Although that’s all well and good, it’s easy to neglect your face in the process. According to dermatologist Dr Engelman, it’s essential to “apply skincare products within one minute of cleansing or getting out of the shower.” Want to know why? It all comes down to how water evaporates from your skin and takes all the precious moisture away into the air. 

Applying moisture-locking skincare products to your skin as soon as possible is the key to a successful skincare routine. 

Embrace exfoliation

Complexions dull naturally over time. Cellular turnover slows down, and your skin struggles to exfoliate as regularly as it once did. What’s more strange, this can start to occur in your early 20s, so making sure you add exfoliation to your skincare routine a few times a week will give you a radiance boost in no time. 

Whether you use a serum, specially formulated pads or wipes, exfoliating two to three times a week will remove any superficial dead skin cells that are preventing your other products from doing their magic. 

Don’t neglect sunscreen

The sun is a life-bringer, positivity restorer and fills you with warmth. Beautiful. The flipside is the harmful UVA and UVB rays the sun pumps out on a daily basis that can play havoc with your skin and speed up signs of ageing if left unprotected. 

From fuelling fine lines and wrinkles to appear to blotchy skin, the sun can leave lasting marks on your body that are hard to reduce once they are there. 

Alongside your daily serum and face cream application, adding a layer of sunscreen into the mix will give you a healthy, glowing complexion. Apply your hydration-boosting layer of serum first, followed by your favourite moisturiser or cream and then finish with a generous coating of sunscreen to give your skin everything it needs to get you through the day. 

If you want to go a step further, take a wander through Harley Street to find out what non-medical procedures can help restore your skin. Whether it’s one of London’s Botox treatments or getting top-notch advice, the world really is your oyster when it comes to long-lasting skincare.

Mix up your routine

Fresh-faced morning routines aren’t supposed to look like your pre-bedtime ritual. After all, everything you do as part of your morning skincare routine is for protection, whereas nighttime is about repair. 

Treating your skin to an antioxidant-rich serum paired with a hydrating moisturiser and sunscreen will give your face everything it needs throughout the day. Nighttime is all about encouraging cell regeneration and supporting collagen production. So before bed, opt for a retinol-based or vitamin A-rich product. 

Giving your skin ample hydration throughout the night will optimise how your skin navigates changing temperatures and blood vessel dilation as you sleep. 

Always remember that skincare is self-care. From taking the time you need to understand what works best for your skin type will leave you feeling fresh and radiant in no time.


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