You don’t need regular access to a beauty therapist to give your skin the treatment it needs. Most of us, however, simply don’t know the best ways to keep your skin healthy. That’s why we’ve collected the best tips for making the most out of your skincare routine.
If you want to make sure you’re using your products to full effect, then read our tips below.
Know Your Skin Type
Just like there are different types of hair, there are different types of skin. Each one needs different treatments and products to look after properly. Knowing what your skin type really is means that you can get the products targeted directly towards your specific skin.
Here are the different Skin Types:
If you’re unsure what skin type you have, we recommend that you visit a beauty therapist so you can figure out exactly what type of treatment your skin needs.
Were you aware that your skin type isn’t permanent? There are several conditions that can cause your skin type to change, whether it’s weather-induced, age-related, or hormonal.
It’s important that you recognise that your skin type can change, even from winter to summer. This way, you can stay on top of what your body needs, and use the best products for your skin at its current stage.
Throughout the day, your skin gets coated and clogged with natural oils, dust, dead skin, and other pollutants in the air. By exfoliating or cleansing your skin at the end of each day, you’re clearing away that grit off your skin and opening up your pores. Once you’ve done this, the full benefits of your skincare products can work their way into your skin.
While exfoliating your skin twice a day can cause inflammation and damage to your skin, it’s important that you at least use a cleanser at the end of each day to remove any dirt trapped in your pores.
Clean, then Cleanse
If you’re using any skincare products, one of the most important things you can do is to make sure that you’re doing it in the right order. There’s no use exfoliating your skin after you’ve just applied a nourishing cream, because you’ll immediately undo any positive effects the cream was starting to have.
If you’re going to apply any products to your skin, make sure you’re applying them in the right order to take full advantage of your routine. The products you use should also vary depending on the time of day. Typically, your morning routine should be for protecting your skin from the day ahead, whereas your evening routine is designed to repair any damage.
If you’re looking for an evening product to help rejuvenate your skin after a long day, our Good Night Mask is ideal for normal, dry and dehydrated skin.
Look After Antioxidant Products
Antioxidants are notoriously fragile. With that in mind, if you’re using any products that contain them, it’s best that you don’t use many (or any) other products on top of them. The reason for this is that applying any additional products can easily damage the antioxidants in your cream or serum, and stop them from working.
If that happens, then it’ll lose the additional effects and your skin won’t be able to benefit from the antioxidants. Remember to use products how they specify the optimal application to get the most out of them.
Apply your Products in the Right Direction
In case you were unaware, the way you apply your products to your face actually impacts the effect that they have on your skin.
If you apply them upwards, from your neck to the top of your face, you’ll both improve bloodflow and develop a natural glow to your skin.
Alternatively, if you apply your products downwards, you’ll be able to reduce any redness and promote lymphatic drainage.
Don’t Overdo It
The key to repairing your skin and ensuring it is protected from any damage is consistency. Sticking to your routine every day, morning and night, is going to be far better for your skins’ health than doing it once or twice a week and slathering on various creams, serums, and other products.
Applying loads of different products on top of each other actually makes it very difficult for your skin to absorb everything you’ve applied. What you end up doing is wasting most of what you’ve applied. So don’t overdo it.
Focus on applying small amounts across your entire face. It should say on the bottle or tube how much you should apply at a time.
Dot to Dot
When you’re applying creams and serums to your face, there’s no point getting it all over your hands. The easiest way to avoid that, is by using the dot method. Use a single finger to apply ‘dots’ on your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin.
Once you’ve applied those dots to your face, you can spread it out and rub it in with your fingertips. Applying your creams like this will reduce any wastage and help your products last longer. It’ll also help you keep an eye on how much you’re using during your routine, as small amounts dotted around should be more than enough to cover your face.
And those are our top tips for getting the most out of your skincare routine. We hope you’ve found the information useful, and are now ready to give your skin the treatment it deserves!