The lovely Jo of 33Dowanhill gives us the lowdown and some insider secrets on getting that elusive skindeep glow!
In the run up to your wedding it is more important than ever to have a proper skincare routine in place. This will vary for each individual but a simple routine should include cleansing, toning/acid exfoliation, serum and oil/moisturiser. To make it extra fun there is also a specific order for each of these products!
Believe it or not there is actually science backing up the proper order in which to use your skincare products and how to make them more effective. In simple terms this means that products should be applied based on their consistency. Thin products first, and then heavier or thicker ones on top.
Doing it this way means that you allow the active ingredients in each product to full absorb into the skin rather than just sitting on top.
A simple routine would look like this….
Step one – Cleanse
Start with a good cleansing oil or balm. Once in the morning and twice/double cleanse in the evening. Thoroughly cleansing the skin prepares your skin to receive and make full use of the products.
Step two – Toner/Acid
Gone are the days of alcohol based toners (put them down!!!!). Chose something that is suitable for your skin type, I tend to use acid toners (usually glycolic) to help with cell regeneration.
Step three – Serum
Serums are usually usually the lightest formulation and so should be the first thing you put on your face. Serums are amazing. I love them a bit too much to be honest. Serums generally need to be placed onto the skin rather than massaged in and as they are water based they work quickly – so should you to get them applied across your face and neck.
Step four – Oil
Oils are heavenly, fact. Do not fall for the old wives tale about oily skin needing oil-free products. If your skin is oily and you deprive (or worse remove) the oil from your face/routine your skin will over compensate and prorduce more. There are lots of oils out there, ther will be one to treat your specific skincare requirements. If you have time and want to give your routine a little boost, take time to massage the oil into the skin.
Step five – Moisturiser (if you need it)
This is the stage when you should be feeling your skin to see if your product as been absorbed. If it feels like it needs a little more then apply your moisturizer. I have very dehydrated and dry skin, so I use moisturizer on top of oil at night, so that my skin doesn’t feel tight in the morning. Use common sense here, don’t use it if you don’t need it.
Now as I said this is a simple routine and doesn’t include other things like retinols, treatments, eye creams etc. but it should be a good starter guide!
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