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As tempting as it is to copy our best friend or work colleague’s skin care routine, the quest for your best skin should start with getting to know exactly what type of skin you have, what you should look for, and what you should avoid when developing a skincare routine to suit your individual needs and concerns.
Dry, sensitive skin?
This is one of the most common skin types, and is most often caused from not having enough water in the epidermis layer of your skin, however a daily routine can make a huge difference.
Cleanse: Use a creamy, soap and fragrance-free cleanser before going to bed and rinse with cool water.
Moisturise: Particularly important for dry skin, you want to moisturise at least two times a day. Look for ingredients such as coconut, avocado, sunflower, olive, almond or jasmine which are ideal for increasing moisture levels of the skin.
Exfoliate: Exfoliation helps get rid of any dead skin, allowing your skin to absorb your moisturisers more effectively. Aim to exfoliate every one to two days.
Recommendations: Age Perfect Cleansing Milk, Pure Clay Red Algae Exfoliating Scrub
Another extremely common skin type; oil prone skin can come from excessive sebum produced on the face which can create an oily shine and may lead to blocked pores.
Cleanse: The ideal oily skin cleanser needs to be a balance between gentle, hydrating, and effective. It’s recommended to cleanse every morning and night with key ingredients like koalin or lemon and rinse with lukewarm water, not hot or cold.
Moisturise: Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you don’t need any more hydration and skipping moisturiser. Instead use a lightweight moisturiser, particularly one with hyaluronic acid or retinol that aims to reduce pores and mattify your skin.
Serum: This might sound like an odd step to add more oil to oily skin, but doing so can actually help reduce excess sebum to create a balanced, radiant complexion.
Recommendations: Pure Clay Eucalyptus Purifying Cream Wash, Revitalift Filler [HA] Day Cream, Age Perfect Intense Nutrition Serum.
Unfortunately for a lot of us, blemish-prone skin doesn’t leave us when our teenage years are over. Although there are hundreds of acne treatments out there, the key to combating acne is a good and consistent skincare routine.
Cleanse: A morning and evening gentle cleanse is super important for blemish-prone skin, and double cleansing (cleansing twice each time) is even more effective. Search for ingredients such as salicylic acid (BHA), activated charcoal or sulfur.
Exfoliate: Exfoliating two to three times a week with a scrub will help rid your skin of built up bacteria in your pores that your daily cleanses may have missed.
Micellar Water: Although every skin type should always be removing their makeup before bed, this is particularly important for those of us who experience acne. The prime time for your skin to fight acne is while you’re sleeping, so removing makeup with a natural remover such as Micellar Water, is great for unclogging your pores.
Recommendations: Pure Clay Charcoal Detoxifying Gel Wash, Sugar Scrubs Purifying Scrub, Micellar Water.