26 Feb Your Best Skincare Routine During Lockdown
Now that we can no longer visit our skin care specialist, it has never been more important to have the best homecare routine and to use the most suitable products which will give maximum results.
Ultimately caring for your skin is a very personal thing. As your needs change so will your products. Having worked in this field for 20 years I have seen a lot of changes – mostly for the better with skin care products delivering high tech results. I am a big believer in treating your skin as an organ and if you look after it the rewards are huge. After all, we wear our skin every day. I sometimes see people who think nothing of spending a lot of time and money on a new dress – and sometimes only wear it once! Nothing looks better than skin that is hydrated and glowing. It’s what people see first and when someone says you look great it can make you feel better. I also think we don’t want to look 20 when we are 50 – but it is nice to look 10 years younger. Having said that – often think how many people would have loved to live long enough to have had wrinkles. It is important to love the stage you are at!
Your skincare regime does not have to be elaborate and time consuming. However we can be clever and build our skincare routine into our busy lives. Adopting practices like:
- Exfoliating while your conditioner is on
- Put a mask on during a TV or Netflix programme
Six Key Elements of Skincare
Cleansing is one of the most important steps of any home care routine. Our skin comes in contact with environment pollutants, dirt and other factors which should be gently removed. Cleanse every morning and night to avoid clogged pore,dullness & acne.
There are several different types of cleansers to choose from gel, cream, foam,oil, clay ,micellar, powder & bar. You should be led by your personal choice eg. do you like to use water? Or prefer to cleanse with cotton discs? Which product is most suitable for your skin type?
There are four main skin types normal, dry, oily, & sensitive. Most brands will have a product to suit your skin type.
Toner removes any last traces of dirt, grime and impurities in your pores, which reduces their size. Toner ,when added to your routine can have a positive impact on the appearance of your skin. Using a toner can be a nice way to add active ingredients like retinoids antioxidants and exfoliant.
Serum is usually a gel or fluid substance. It delivers active ingredients to the skin quickly and efficiently they have the ability to travel deep into the skin targeting any imbalances. Ideally use morning and evening under your moisturiser.
Moisturiser – massage in morning and nightly. A moisturiser is meant to keep your face hydrated and to act as a protective layer for your skin. There are several types of moisturisers – emollients, humectants and occlusives. Again a personal choice is often best assisted by your therapist to find your most beneficial one to your skin type.
Eye cream it’s never too late to start using eye cream. I find it’s one big regret a lot of my clients have! There are many creams or gels on the market. The skin around the eye area is thinner than elsewhere and usually shows first signs of ageing. Nowadays because of wearing masks it is often the only part that people get to see – so extra love for your eyes goes a long way!
SPF Should be applied each morning. As per product instructions use one that has broad spectrum uva uvb,ir and visible light HEV. Some sunscreens have a tint which will give an even skin tone and save time having to apply makeup.
There is a lot to choose from and even experienced professionals can find the range on the market overwhelming. So, it is best to seek a therapist advice on a product that will best suit your skin. Usually a good therapist will help you choose a product that will suit your skin needs and fit in with your lifestyle.
So often clients tell me they bought a product on impulse and it doesn’t suit. I’m finding more and more clients are looking to purchase products from trained personnel as in the long run they get products that produce maximum benefits. You can now seek advice from the comfort of your home as I am offering online consultations, no need for high technology it can be done on your phone.
I have had the privilege of being trained in many leading skincare ranges and some which have stood the test of time. Dermalogica, Dr. Hauschka, Julliette Armand offer a wide range of products using the latest technology available whilst remaining safe for your skin. On that note, remember, never lie about your age just let your skincare do that for you.
I hope this will help during these challenging times there is so much to consider when choosing a skin care product so be assured I am available to assist you with any queries you may have.