In the skincare business, it can be quite daunting, that is why we are (always) here to guide. And we completely understand your predicament; with practically tons of innovative products introduced into the market every week and another “must-have” ingredient being found, it can be difficult to determine what products you really need, and what is just a trend.
Here’s our brief guide to your search for the perfect skin.
Get to know your skin type
Understanding your skin type is the most important thing you can do for your skin. If you are ignorant or poorly informed, you could damage your skin’s natural balance by using the bad products and trigger discomfort, inflammation, breakouts and even early ageing.
Oily, acne-prone, dry, sensitive, and mature skin are the most common types of skin; it is also important to note that you can be more than one type and it can change over time or through the seasons, so always listen to your skin.
Exfoliation helps to remove the dead skin cells gently and helps grow new skin. Sometimes the exfoliators can be harsh for the skin, particularly those that come with rough granules. The use of abrasive exfoliators can cause discolouration and scarring of the skin. Hence the use of mild exfoliators and their use once or twice a week is important.
Glycolic pads can also be used. They are cheap and readily available in a drugstore. They help cleanse pores of your skin without being harsh. Remember, even with a mild exfoliator, don’t over-exfoliate as it can also trigger breakouts, and make your skin dreadfully dry.
Never underestimate the power of moisturizing. Keeping your skin hydrated with quality products will ensure it stays glowing as it helps to restore the pH levels of your skin, thereby replenishing and refreshing it. It also battles skin problems such as flaccid, dry skin and nourishes from within.
Make sure to choose your moisturizer by type of skin, i.e. dry, oily, or a combination. The right moisturizer is necessary for healthy skin, with the right ingredient and formula. For example, if you have dry skin, then use a creamy formula moisturizer as opposed to a gel formula for oily and acne-prone skin. In your skincare routine, you can include moisturizers with hyaluronic acid or niacinamide for anti-ageing formula.
Know how to layer
If you don’t use your skincare products in the correct order, you may be limiting full absorption of the ingredients, which means that they can’t be as effective. The general rule is to first add the light creams. Give your skin time (at least a few minutes) to absorb the product before you switch onto thicker creams to prevent piling (those tiny little balls you get after using too much product).
Do not use too many skincare products
When it comes to skincare, sometimes less is more. Therefore, if you use excess moisturiser, the product is likely to pill or block your pores. It’s also an overall waste of the product.
Don’t skip on sunscreen
Sunscreen is a beauty tip everybody swears by and dermatologists stress it. The routine use of sunscreen keeps your skin safe against the harmful effects of sun exposure. The early signs of ageing, dark spots, uneven skin tone and sunburn are caused by sun damage. But even if you’re sitting at home, or it’s winter or cloudy, applying a good sunscreen is mandatory.
Don’t use expired products
Beyond their expiry dates, hanging on products is a big no-no: it’s bad for you. Unfortunately, your favourite beauty products may harbour bacteria (especially when you apply them often), which can cause infections and discomforts.
After a while, products can contain harmful toxins which can be harmful to your health and skin. As a general rule, if you can recall when you bought your face cream, lipstick, mascara or eyeliner, get rid of it!
Eat and drink with your skin in mind
No matter how many great skincare products you slather on your face, if your diet sucks, it will tell badly on your skin. To get that glow you need to supply your body with vitamins and minerals that enhance beauty, make sure you’re taking the diet.
You also need to make sure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day – it’s no brainer for skincare. When you ask any model what their biggest skincare secret is, it’s always a matter of staying hydrated and drinking lots of water. If you don’t drink enough water it can make your skin look rough and highlight fine lines (you should aim for at least 2 litres a day).
The above are basic skincare routines which will change your skin. Understand that no product can produce instant results and turn your skin in a magical way. It takes time for that to happen.