When it comes to the secret of perfect skin, everyone has a different opinion about the best skincare routines and tips. We’ve asked some of the leading experts, artists and beautiful people for their tips, so you can have the best advice on how to get that flawless look.
Lifestyle Maven, Blogger
Keep it Simple
If all the skincare products out there seem a little overwhelming, then it might be time to just keep it simple. Start out with a cleanser and moisturiser that will be gentle on your skin, then build up a routine of products that will target your specific skin issues without clogging the pores. Light layers tend to be more effective than thicker creams, which are often too greasy and can encourage breakouts. Steer clear of harsh products, especially as part of your daily routine, as they can make the skin dry and irritated.
Exfoliate for Longer
Rather than pressing down harder on the skin for a deeper exfoliation, simply exfoliate for longer! Scrubbing your face or using too much force when applying an exfoliator is harmful to the delicate skin of the face, which can cause irritation and ageing over time. Instead, apply an exfoliator once a week to keep the skin glowing, and simply extend the session slightly if you feel that your pores need a deep cleanse.
365 Days a Year
We’re constantly told that we should be applying sunscreen to protect our skin, but how many of us apply it every day of the year? It’s not just a fair-weather friend, only to be applied on sunny days or trips to the beach. Rain or shine, wear sunscreen 365 days a year. Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than trying to repair the damage later. Choose a facial sunscreen that is free of mineral oil, which can clog the pores and cause heat rash.
Much as Roald Dahl suggested it happens with good thought, a healthy diet shows on your skin, making it radiant. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, oily fish and nuts will nourish and protect your skin, repairing it and improving its appearance. Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and omega-3 fatty acids are essential to the maintenance of that barrier. Pop some flax seeds on your salad, or even a handful of walnuts, and your skin will thank you for the boost in its ability to retain moisture.
Convenience is Key
The easier something is, the more likely you are to do it, which is why it’s good to think about the most convenient place for your skincare products. For example, keep a little case with lip balm, cuticle oil, and hand and foot cream beside your bed. This will make it easier to work into your daily routine, helping you wind down for the night and ensure you look primped and preened at all times.
Crush With Eyeliner, Blogger
Quality Over Quantity
You might be tempted to think that a £2 own-brand moisturiser will be just as good as a £50 big name brand, but think again. When it comes to skincare, you definitely get what you pay for, so opt for the best that you can manage on your budget. This is because cheap products tend to have more artificial ingredients that can irritate the skin, and less active ingredients that target specific problems. Try and keep it as natural as possible, and your skin will glow.
Wipe On, Wipe Off
Always, always remove your makeup at night. Sometimes it can be a chore when you’re really tired, and we’re all guilty of forgetting after a night out, but neglecting to take your makeup off will soon show on your skin. It blocks the pores and causes wrinkles, especially in the delicate under eye area, undoing all the good work of your skincare regime. For nights when you really can’t face it, keep some face wipes by your bed so you can just quickly wipe it off and then cleanse properly in the morning. You’ll notice the difference, promise.
Using an exfoliator at least once a week can give your skin the revamp it needs. Don’t be afraid of exfoliating if you have sensitive skin, you shouldn’t be pressing down hard on this delicate area anyway. Exfoliator sweeps away dead skin cells and reaches deep into your pores, leaving the skin renewed, soft and radiant.
Models, makeup artists and beauty gurus carry a bottle of water everywhere they go for a reason. Beauty comes from within, and nothing detoxes and hydrates your body more than drinking plenty of water. Green tea and juice count as well, but try and make sure that you are getting plenty of fluids that don’t contain caffeine. Oh, and food counts as well, so someone grab the cucumber sticks!
‘Beauty sleep’ is one of those phrases we use without even thinking about it, but there’s definitely truth in the idea that sleep is an important part of your beauty routine. Everyone needs different amounts, but you’ll soon start to see it on your face if you aren’t getting enough. Banish dark circles, blemishes and dull skin, simply by getting enough hours of quality sleep every night.
Dr Hadi, Dermatologist
Sleep On your Back
As we age, our skin begins to thin and lose its elasticity, leading to sagging around areas such as the jaw and neck. Sleep is important to allow the cells in our skin to regenerate and reduce hormones such as cortisol that are responsible for skin thinning. Sleeping on your back can help to protect your skin as it undergoes this important repair work, preventing the skin from being pulled and creased during the night.
It might feel like a few cigarettes aren’t going to do your skin any harm, but smoking dries out the skin, removing the moisture that makes it look plump and full. This may just lead to drier, more blemished skin after a heavy weekend when you are younger, but as you age this lack of moisture will increase the number and depth of lines and wrinkles.
Cover Up On the Beach
Applying sunscreen is a must, but if you want to prevent age spots and other negative effects of sun exposure you might be better to cover up completely. Staying in the shade and using protective clothing will always be more effective that sunscreen alone. This is especially true for the hottest part of the day, when covering up is the only way to protect delicate skin that ages more quickly.
Discover Active Products (Facial oil, anti-ageing)
The quality of ingredients is always an important factor to consider when you are deciding which skincare products to invest in. Active ingredients such as vitamin C and retinoid repair damage to the skin, and prevent more from occurring. Our skin suffers the most from environmental stresses such as sunlight, pollution and smoking, which deplete vitamin C in the skin. Using a facial oil that contains this active ingredient will help the skin to regenerate and remain healthy. Similarly, anti-ageing products containing retinoid visibly reduce the signs of ageing, reducing fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Active ingredients ensure that you will get real results from your skincare.
Sara Raeburn, Makeup Artist
Cleansing is the foundation of any good skincare regime, and if you turn it into a ritual that you do morning and night you’ll soon see the results. It’s not just about removing makeup and dirt, it also removes dead skin cells and readies the skin for the next step in your routine. By washing your neck and décolletage, as well as your face, you will ensure that all of your targeting skincare products are as effective as possible.
Layer, Layer, Layer
Fine layers of products that deliver active ingredients to the skin can have an amazing impact when it comes to targeting specific problems and improving overall appearance. Using an oil or a serum before you apply your moisturiser will act as a power shot to the skin, giving it an instant boost. Not only will it improve texture and clarity, but it also provides the perfect base for your moisturiser.
Using different moisturisers for different parts of your face can help ensure proper hydration of drier areas, without clogging the rest of the skin. This is especially true in winter, when your skin is transitioning from the extremely cold weather into hot and dry offices. Seasonal conditions can affect your skin in different ways, leaving the forehead and cheeks drier, and the nose and chin slightly oilier. Give drier patches a little extra protection with a richer moisturiser, but use a lighter one on areas that tend to need less hydration.
Focus on Eyes
Eyes are the first areas to show the signs of ageing, with dark circles and fine lines detracting from otherwise youthful looking skin. I advocate using eye cream in the morning, because when it is used at night it can make the eye area puffy. Gently tap the product around the eye to avoid applying too much, and ensure that you don’t pull the delicate skin.
Repair and Relax
Women are constantly on the go, and it can be hard to take time out of our hectic schedules. It’s important to treat yourself and your skin to some repair and relaxation time, and, for me, the perfect time to do that is when applying a face mask. Take 20 minutes out of your schedule once a week and your skin will soon be glowing.
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