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If you’ve never committed to a skincare routine, the task can seem daunting. But even if you’re someone who completely dislikes routine, the simplicity of a beginners skincare routine can be flawless.
Give your complexion all the boost it deserves by integrating a few small gestures in your daily grind. You are in for both the short and long-term benefits, and might be surprised by how good it feels! Here are the basic steps to better skin that require only a small commitment.
1. Wash It Away
A good cleanser removes impurities such as makeup, dirt, and oil from the surface of your face, and penetrates the skin deeply to fully clear the way. To reach your #skingoal select a product according to your skin type and needs. Your cleanser should also be soap-free to prevent dryness and irritation caused by stripping the moisture barrier of your skin. For optimal results, opt for double-cleansing, by using a makeup remover wipe and then a cleanser, or by using a cleanser twice. Apply your cleanser in a rapid, circular movement before rinsing, then dab (don’t rub!) a towel to safely dry your face.
The Product: Milky Jelly Cleanser
2. The Ex Factor
Exfoliating your skin may feel like something you can skip, but it is actually the best-kept secret to healthy looking skin. Exfoliation refers to the removal of dead cells on the skin’s surface, allowing the new ones to shine. The result will leave your face smoother and your skin more even, and can also help to prevent breakouts by unclogging pores. Be careful not to over-exfoliate in order to allow the natural process regeneration to take its course. Two to three times a week is a good balance for most, or to be used sparingly if you have a very sensitive skin.
The Product: Clinique Exfoliating Scrub
3. Truth Serum
Consider serum to be a power package of goodness delivered right to your face. These products contain a high concentrate of active ingredients like antioxidants, which deeply penetrate the skin and help retain moisture. Serums are designed to operate on a specific mission, usually with plumping or brightening properties. Products are packaged in small format because you really don’t need to apply much to see its benefits. Use one drop to spread to your cheeks, chin and forehead, then stroke lightly towards the inside out of your face.
The Product: Neutrogena Hydro Burst
4. Stay Hydrated
You get the most benefits from moisturizing your skin. Regardless of skin type, all skins are prone to dehydration, which prevents the skin from looking healthy and accelerates the aging process. Yikes! The good news is that there is a cream for every skin type and condition, which means you must be attentive to your skin specific needs when making your selection. The instant gratification of refreshed and radiant skin is amazing, but we also need to protect the skin for the long run. Sun protection is the most important defence against the signs of aging, so make sure that your moisturizer contains an SPF all year-round. To apply your moisturizer, use a quarter size of products into your hands before spreading your face, from the middle section outwards.
The Product: La Roche Hydra Intense
5. Eye for an Eye
When it comes to skincare, the eyes are a slightly different ground. The skin around the eye area is thinner and more delicate than the rest of the face and tends to be the first place where aging signs begin to show, requiring specific care. The number of different eye creams can be overwhelming, but keep in mind all of them work the same, providing hydration to plump and rejuvenate the skin. In addition, your product of choice contains ingredients to specifically target skin concerns you want to address, such as wrinkles and lines, puffiness, dark circles, etc. Depending on your preference, you can choose a formula for your needs such as a gel, which is a lightweight, cooling moisturizer favoured by oily skins; a day cream, which usually contains active ingredients to reduce signs of tiredness and designed to be worn under makeup; or a night cream, with a thicker consistency and extensive skin repair properties. Note that your eye cream should always be scent-free to avoid irritation. To apply, pat gently around your lids using one or two fingers until completely absorbed.
The Product: Khiel's Creamy eye Treatment