Great skin is the foundation for perfect makeup. Whatever your skin type, follow our four skincare tips to ensure healthy, young-looking skin.
Resurfacing and Cleansing
Throughout the day, makeup, dirt and dead cells build up on the surface of your skin. A deep cleanse once a week will leave your skin feeling healthy. For best results try a facial steam to open up the pores first to ensure a really deep clean. To rid your skin of daily grime, a lighter revitalising cleanser will help you feel fresh. Modern cleansers often contain anti-aging and anti-oxidising ingredients so are the ideal basis for your skin care regime.
Microdermabrasion is also a popular technique for skin renewal. Small particles in the cleanser will resurface your skin, smoothing out any wrinkles. If you have sensitive skin there are plenty of hypoallergenic products on the market to choose from. Various peels and other acne treatments can also help keep your complexion looking bright and clear.
Toners help close the pores in your skin, leaving it feeling more refined and presenting a barrier for dirt. After cleansing or removing makeup, the protective layer of skin known as the ‘acid mantle’ can be washed away. Toners help restore this layer and also rebalance your skin’s pH.
Moisturising and Correcting
The skin is a living organ that needs constant nourishment. Daily rehydration with a moisturiser or anti-aging cream will help keep your skin looking young and prevent wrinkles.
Which product you choose depends on your skin type. For those with dry skin, a night cream or serum is best. For oily or combination skin, lighter creams are available. Specialist moisturisers can help lift your skin and leave it feeling firmer. Don’t forget to apply a light moisturiser before putting on makeup. It will help protect your skin during the day and make the cosmetics easier to remove.
The sun, pollution and dirt can all take their toll on your skin so it is important that you protect it from the elements.
The sun is the biggest factor in skin aging. To prevent premature wrinkles and keep your skin young and healthy use a sun block to stop the sun’s harmful UV rays from penetrating. Always look for sunblock that protects against UVA light as this is the most damaging. Unprotected skin can burn, leading to dryness and peeling. In extreme cases, overexposure can lead to skin cancer or melanoma.
Developing a daily skincare routine is important and if done correctly will leave you with a glowing complexion.