Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Skincare Tips & Advice

Hi everyone,

In this weeks post I'd thought I would share the skincare advice; which I've been given over the past few years, and also a few things that I have picked up myself along the way.

Get Into a Skincare Routine as Early as Possible
The earliest I'd recommend somebody to get into a routine is around mid/ late teens. Also, the earlier you start to get into a routine; the better it will be for the skins overall health.

Have a Skincare Consultation 
By having a skincare consultation you will be able to find out what is current skin type, as well as being able to address any concerns that may be bothering you. Also, by having a skincare consultation you can also find out which types would be suitable for your current skincare needs.

Do Brand Research
I know it sounds a bit daft to look into individual brands, but it will give you an overview of what that particular brand stands for and then from there you will then be able to decide if that brand will fit in with you lifestyle, morals and ethics. A few brands I would recommend you looking into are:- Simple, Origins, Philosophy, Elemis, Clinque, Nivea, Garnier, Kiehl's, L'Oreal, Clarins & Estee Lauder.

Look at Product Reviews
This is also an important step to do, especially if your planning on spending a small sum of money on a skincare product. By researching and looking at product reviews it will then help you to decide whether or not you would like to purchase a certain product. Personally, I do this in a few different ways depending on what it is I'm looking into buying. The tools I like to use are Youtube, reading other blogs, using review sites such as Make Up Ally and also knowledge from the sales assistants.

Try Samples
When you are looking into buying high end skincare, ask the assistant if they have any samples which you can take home and try for a week or two. As this way you will then be able to try the product without spending a penny; and if it doesn't suit your skin type, then you wouldn't have wasted any money buying the full size product.

Have a Professional Facial
By having a facial done professionally every three months you will be helping your skin even more. As by having a facial done by someone who is professionally trained then they will be able to address any of your skin concerns, use products that are suitable for your skin's present condition, and also help to eliminate any toxins when carrying out the facial message. 

Removing Make Up
When removing make up I would advise to only use either micellaire water or a cleansing oil, as it is a more gentle and more effective option than using face wipes. 

After Removing Your Make Up
When you have taken your make up off it'll time to carry out your skincare routine. These steps are cleanse, tone, serum, moisturise.
When cleansing your skin make sure you do this for a good two minutes, as this will make sure that your pores have been cleaned out thoroughly. To remove the cleanser I personally like to a hot flannel, as it has the added benefit of a gentle exfoliation. Also, it might be good idea to invest in a separate cleanser from the one use to remove your make up, as they'll be used to two completely different reasons. For the start of your facial routine I'd look into getting a creamy cleanser, as they are more hydrating to the skin.

Make sure you exfoliate your skin once a week to remove any dead skin cells. Both manual and chemical exfoliators are recommended. Manual exfoliator = Origins Modern Friction; Chemical Exfoliator = Alpha H Liquid Gold or the Pixie Glow Tonic, these are just some examples of which you can get on the market. If you like to do the idea of using both types of exfoliation, then you can alternate them on a weekly basis; as both types are recommended.

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