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    New Year’s Resolution? New Skincare Routine!

    Take action this new year and invest in your skin. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and is constantly changing.
    Skin Care can often seem overwhelming and made to be very overly complicated. So, before you get confused, I thought I’d put together a few tips and main products for healthy skin.

    Below are the 5 steps you need for the perfect routine.

    Pre-Cleanse.

    This stage is often over looked. However, for such a simple step it makes a huge improvement to the skin.
    Use in the evening all over your face and eyes to melt away make up, pollution and any dirt/ grime collected on the skin throughout the day. Apply a small amount of water to emulsify and wipe away.
    This small but essential step ensures your cleanser can effectively target your skin and can really improve congestion and blocked pores. It is brilliant at removing make up too. Just avoid use on false lashes.

     

    Cleanser

    With so many cleansers on the market, it’s really hard to know which is best for your skin.
    With your cleanser it is really important to use something that is PH Balanced. Our skin has an Acidic PH however a lot of cleansers, especially washes, have an Alkaline PH. If you have ever used a cleanser and it’s left your skin feeling really tight and uncomfortable then it probably had the wrong PH for your skin.

    What can then happen is a breakdown of your skin’s protective barrier and an imbalance in bacteria levels. Leaving your skin sensitive, Dehydrated and producing excess oil. Leading to breakouts and textural issues.

     

    Micro Exfoliation

    I am very against granular exfoliators as they remove both dead and healthy skin cells and spread bacteria around the skin. Spreading breakouts and breaking down your skin’s protective barrier.
    It is a much better option to use an AHA, such as Lactic or Mandelic Acid. Or a BHA such a salicylic Acid.
    These acids act like PacMan nibbling away at dead skin cells without harming its protective barrier or spreading bacteria.

    AHA are water-based molecules making them a great option for ageing skins, Dehydration, Textural issues and brightening.
    BHAs are Oil based. The best thing at breaking down oil is oil. So BHAs are fantastic on problematic skins.

    Using whichever is suitable for you or a combination of the two I like to incorporate these products in either daily face washes or toning solutions.

    Weekly mask like options are available but I prefer to combine steps where possible to help avoid an overly long and complex routine.

     

    Moisturisers

    I believer everyone should be using a retinol or some form of Vitamin A in their skin care.
    Vitamin A gets our skin working to the best of its ability, targeting many different functions and improving many concerns. As we age our skin becomes a little bit sluggish and certain functions slow down. The obvious being Collagen and Elastin but also Cell turnover, the process in which our skin shed its dead cells. Our oil and Hydration levels can become imbalanced and sun damage can start to appear.

    Vitamin A and Retinols can get all of these functions working correctly and effectively leaving your skin in its best possible health.

    Vitamin C is a great option for ageing and skins with pigmentation issues. Helping to Hydrate, lighten and brighten and increase collagen. It can also add radiance to the skin. Vitamin C is not recommended for problematic or breakout prone skins.

    Hyaluronic acid can hold its own weight in water up to 1000% meaning its extremely hydrating. Quite often superficial horizontal lines on the skin can actually be caused by dehydration, so incorporating hyaluronic acid can not only rehydrate but smooth the skin texture and brighten.

    Antioxidants are important for maintaining a healthy skin. Helping to protect from pollutants and other external factors that can have damaging effects on the skin.

    SPF

    SPF is one of the most essential steps of a skincare routine and it is the most anti-ageing and preventative step for our skin. Its important to wear SPF all year round as even in the winter months UV rays are always there causing damage to our skin. Broad spectrum SPF contains UVA and UVB. UVB is the “burning” ray causing our skin to burn when exposed to too much sun. UVA is constantly around us. All artificial light emits UVA so we are a lot more exposed. It is also a much longer ray, meaning it penetrates deeper in the skin reaching the layers where your collagen and elastin is produced. 90% of premature ageing is caused by sun damage.

     

     

    Remember Prevention is better than cure.

     

    Blog written by Therapist Rosie

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