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Published on 11 July 2017 by Callie Woodward, Aesthetics Practitioner, updated on 11 July 2017
The skin is the largest organ in the human body and serves as a tough but flexible armour to the outside world so how we look after our skin is essential in keeping it healthy and protected day and night.
The key to a successful skincare routine is to keep it quick and simple, your routine should take you no more than a few minutes so no excuses when waking up in last night’s makeup! Many of us have been guilty of using a makeup wipe before jumping in to bed at night but is this giving your skin any benefits or are you causing more harm than good?
Products formulated for your skin type offer the best chance of giving you the results you want. Whether you want to smooth wrinkles, fade brown spots or shrink your pores, what and how you use it depends on your individual skin type and skin care needs. So where do you start with endless skincare advice and numerous products to choose from?
When in pursuit of the ideal skincare brand you need to look at brands that are built on science. Product ranges should be formulated with ingredients proven to deliver highly effective results with minimal irritation. Cosmeceutical skincare provides you with products that contain active ingredients that are clinically proven to work on correcting the skin.
Your skincare regime starts with your skin type first, this will help to build your perfect skin care solution. A consultation with a skincare expert is invaluable when diagnosing your skin type. Diagnostic tools are used to investigate the root of why your skin is behaving in a certain way and provides you with a detailed plan on how to achieve your results. Once you establish your concerns/conditions, then you have the tools to select products that will benefit you as an individual.
Whether you’re prone to breakouts or simply need to nourish and balance your skin then cleansing is where you need to start. Cleansing is an important process because it removes makeup, dirt and excess oil from the skin. Your chosen cleansing method should remove impurities without compromising the skins natural protective barrier. Cleansing your skin should be carried out morning and evening and is key in preparing your skin for products to follow.
The change in weather, sun exposure, daily stress and pollution are just some of the things that can lead to dry, dull and tired skin. UV radiation can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin affecting health and appearance. Daily use of a sun protecting product will help protect the skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays which can lead to premature ageing. Your sun protection should offer you a broad- spectrum protection and act as an invisible shield from the elements. UV rays are present even on a cloudy day so a daily application of a minimum SPF 30 should be worn and reapplied if you’re exposed for longer than 2 hours.
Hydration is one of the key essential qualities in the skin. It allows the skin to stay in a healthy state, allowing for quicker results, less irritation and adverse reactions to occur. A hydrated skin will also appear youthful and will give longevity to any results you achieve with your skincare. The fastest fix is to start using products containing Hyaluronic Acid. These are the key players in providing the skin with extreme hydration. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance found in all living organisms and can hold 1000 times its own weight in water.
Once you have these basic principles in place then you can start to personalise your routine further. By adding advanced product systems or boosters you can target specific skin conditions or concerns such as acne/pigmentation to achieve your ideal skin goals. Your routine should be continuously evolving to adapt with the needs of your skin. The more you know about your skin the better equipped you’ll be to keep it healthy!
Book a free consultation today and find out what your skin needs by calling 0800 852 1234.