Rebecca Treston discusses the products to include for a good skincare routine


Why should I invest in a good skincare routine and what products should this include?

A good skincare routine is fundamental to ensuring your skin’s health. Rather than visit a beauty counter and splurging on cosmetic products, consult with a skin expert who can recommend which skincare products are best suited to your skin’s needs. To best use your skincare products, have a set skincare regime. The most important steps in any skincare regime are to exfoliate, use antioxidants and moisturise, but in general a skincare regime should have many steps, such as:

  • Double cleanse, especially in the evenings. The products you use in your cleansing routine, however, should be dependent on your skin type and condition is and what your skin needs. Those who wear loads of makeup should be using an emulsifying cleanser first, as this will break down any makeup and the oil. Once this has been done, another cleanser that is specific to skin type can be used – for instance, those with acne can use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid, while those who have dry or aging skin should use a cleanser that has AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid). By doing this two-step regime, you are removing the dirt and grime from the skin first, so that the skin can breathe and rejuvenate properly. The cleanser in the second step that should have the active ingredients needed to target the skin’s individual concerns. My recommendation is to only use products that have strong actives such as AHA or Salicylic Acid in the evening after you have been out all day and your skin has been exposed. People that use AHA morning and evening are at risk of drying their skin out, making it a bit tight and tired looking. Night-time is best for stronger cleansers, while mornings it is better to use something light, gentle and refreshing, nothing too strong or too astringent.
  • Choose products with a good level of antioxidants: This will filter out toxins and rebuild some of the cell damage that has occurred.
  • Use a retinol product in the evenings as it is anti-aging, stimulates collagen and helps cell regeneration.
  • Use a good quality hydrating moisturiser. Make sure the moisturiser you use in the evenings has hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C.
  • Pay attention to the delicate eye area: The skin around the eye is very delicate and thin, which makes it very susceptible to aging. Always use a product that has been designed for this area and pat it around the eye, never rub.

Once or twic a week you can do the following:

  • Use a masque – this will purify and hydrate the skin and make it more susceptible to absorb the products you would put on after.
  • Exfoliate: Makeup, daily grime and environmental pollution will make our skin dry, dirty and dull. When we exfoliate our skin, we are removing dead skin cells, and debuting new cells, which will lead to a glowing, radiant skin.

Finally, don’t forget your SPF. 80% of ageing is attributed to UV rays and so this is the most proactive New Year’s resolution you can make to fight ageing. Choose a reputable product that is professionally recommended and remember SPF should be reapplied every 2 to 3 hours, especially if you live in a sunny country, where there is a lot of sun exposure. Also, by wearing an SPF, you will protect your skin from cancer.

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