Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Beginners Guide to Skincare

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? Chances are yes, you did know that. Do you treat your skin with the level of care that you should treat the largest organ of your body? Probably not. Don't worry! Most people that I have come across that don't have a proper skincare routine in place have said that it is because they just don't know where you start. We are bombarded with advertisements from beauty brands claiming that their products will cure all of our skin woes and even address the ones that we didn't know existed until they told us about them. There are so many companies and products out there which can make the search for perfect skincare daunting and bewildering if you're not entirely sure of what you need. 

Fear not, I am about to share with you the basics of skincare along with my tips on how to find the perfect routine for you and for your skin.  Let's start with what you need to be using in the first place. 

Cleanser and Toner - Ones which are suitable for your skin type. Please don't skip toner, it is designed to get the pH of the skin back to normal after cleansing, it helps to close the pores and completes the cleansing of your skin. Would you shampoo your long hair and then not condition it? If you don't think that you would do both steps then buy an all in one! You can get cleansers which have built in toners too.

Exfoliator - Something which so many women don't do. Try and do this once or twice a week, it gets rid of the dead skin cells and so can help with dryness of the skin, it clears pores and so can diminish pore size and it helps to give you better absorption of your serums and creams - so you'll get more effective benefits from them! 

Eye Cream - The skin around the eye area is 10x thinner than the rest of the face. Using your normal moisturiser around that area will contribute to puffiness because the richer products will absorb and lie under the skin. Ew. Using a cream or gel specifically for the eye area will not only hydrate the area but it is going to protect it. Think of your eye product as a barrier from everything else, so apply this first. Also, when applying follow the bone of the eye socket - never take the cream higher than this and certainly don't apply to the lids. Your skin is clever - it will absorb what it needs in these areas. 

Serum -  Your skin has many layers and your moisturiser can only get so far, serums are designed to penetrate deeper into the skin and work on your concerns from there. Whether it be lines and wrinkles, radiance, sun damage, dehydration - there is a serum out there with your name on it. Apply after your eye product and before your moistutiser and you'll get maximum benefits.

Day and Night Cream - Why do I need two separate creams, can't I just use the same one day and night? You can, but you'll find better results in your skin by using one specifically for the day (with an SPF!) and one specifically for the night. This is because while we are awake and wile we are asleep our skin requires different things. Our skin renews itself more while we sleep so a specific night cream will aid cell renewal and help to get your skin looking totally gorgeous in the morning - it';s not called beauty sleep for nothing!

Now that you know what you need, it's time to go shopping - yay! Before you reach for your purse though, take a trip around the beauty hall in a department store, stop at a few counters and ask for a skin consultation, take their recommendations on board and take a note of what they suggest but make sure that you stop at a few to make sure that you are totally happy with what you buy - you want to be sure that you will use it because it won't help your skin in the bathroom cabinet unused!


  1. Oh I had no idea that skin around the eye is 10x thinner, that certainly explains why my dark circles are so difficult to disguise! Thank you for sharing!

    1. It shocks a lot of people! It does explain a lot though :) x


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