Good morning guys! If you caught this post, you’ll know that recently I’ve taken my skincare a whole lot more seriously. Before, my skincare routine would consist of moisturiser (rarely), and that was about it – but with the harsh Winter we went through this past year in North England, the way my skin reacted to the extreme weather (and then the change from that into the heatwaves we’ve been experiencing recently) I knew that it was time to take control of how I’ve been treating myself and figure out options that would actually give my skin the attention it deserves, especially as I’m getting older.
Today’s post is leading off from my Skincare Wishlist that went live back in April. In that post I shared with you guys different products that I had been recommended time and time again, and today I want to talk about the practices that I’ve learnt when it comes down to improving my skincare and maintaining a healthy complexion that doesn’t make me look like I’ve been literally dug up from the ground (I’m laughing right now, but mainly because that’s what I’ve been told that I literally look like before! With my extremely pale skin and dark under-eye bags, it’s quite the sight first thing in the morning!)
Even If It’s the Least You Can Do, Moisturise Daily
This was the one point that was really nailed home to me by everybody that I spoke to. The importance of moisture and moisturiser for your skin, and making sure you’re buying the right type too. That means figuring out whether your skin is normal, combination or oily and then purchasing a cream that supports your specific type. Something that really helps is using a day and night cream, too, as the solutions are balanced especially for your skin during daylight hours and then for the recovery and replenishment your skin undergoes while you’re sleeping at night.
For A Clear Complexion, Exfoliate
Guys, I didn’t exfoliate for like a solid 5 years. The thought of that right now is making me itch – ha! Since exfoliating, my skin is more luminous, it feels cleaner and the actual condition of it has improved vastly. I’m sure you’re aware, but exfoliating rids your skin of the dead skin cells that are sitting on the surface – so when you’re doing that regularly, you’re constantly giving your face a blank canvas of fresh skin and not having the dead cells sitting there for weeks, months (or years in my case) on end.
Depending on the intensity of your exfoliation cream, you could practice this anything from daily to weekly, with the product I’m using I find that twice weekly (usually on a Sunday and a Wednesday) is the perfect balance for me and my sensitive skin.
The Importance of Toning and Cleansing Your Skin
Cleansing and toning was another thing that I never did. I didn’t even know what either of those things did, but now I can’t go without either. When it comes to the end of the day, your skin has been exposed to so many different elements – and whether you’re wearing make-up or not, it has undergone a lot of wear. If you’re not washing your face at night (which I never used to do either), then you need to be so that you can reap the benefits of the hours of recovery you’re about to put in in terms of regeneration and replenishment while you’re sleeping.
A light toner and cleanser is perfect to aid your skin in a deep clean whether that’s at the beginning of the day, the end of the day, or both. For my personal routine, I only tone and cleanse at night – but that’s due more to my time constraints than what I’d personally like to be doing. If you’re like me and suffer with sensitive skin, I found that Burts Bees Sensitive range was the perfect beginning product to figuring out what cleanser does and how it improved the quality of my skin. Now I crave the feeling of literally washing the day off my face nightly and it’s mainly down to how good my skin feels after I’ve cleansed with this product!
I still have a long way to go with my skin, and my skincare knowledge in general, but I’m so excited to learn and I’m enjoying every single lesson that I pick up in the meantime. These three things have revolutionised how I think about my skin, and whether they’re lessons that you’ve been following your entire life or things that you’ve just heard today from me, I’d love to hear what you think of them! Also, make sure to leave any extra rituals that you have for your skin down in the comments below, I’m really interested!
“It’s never too late to look after yourself. Never too late to eat healthily, get plenty of rest, exercise regularly and look after your skin. You’d be amazed at how quickly your skin and body can rejuvenate given the right environment.” – Jana Elston
What skincare rules do you follow?
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