Many of us have become overwhelmed with the amount of choice available when it comes to our skin care routine.
Too many ‘concerns’ and too many products are forcing some of us not to even bother at all! But neglecting your skin altogether is not the way forward - let’s take a look at the most basic skin care routine you can adopt to ensure you stay on top of caring for your skin.
Choose a gentle, water soluble cleanser to clean your face and soon your skin will be acting and feeling healthier. Cleansing also prepares your skin to receive maximum benefits from all your other skin care products.
Dirt and oil build up throughout the day on your skin, and removing these before bed will give your skin a chance to breathe and heal overnight. Ideally you should cleanse your face in the morning and night, but if you manage to do it only once a day - make it at night!
Some call it a toner, others call it lotion - either way this second step will prepare the skin to work hard in soaking up that next step of moisturiser. They also ensure your skin is well cleansed, as they remove the last bit of makeup or dirt that you may have missed in the first step.
Choose a toner with skin repairing ingredients to hydrate your skin, and reduce the appearance of pores. It’s best to use a toner after every cleanse.
Now this can be where things get complicated! There are a lot of products on the market promising to do a multitude of things. Choose from some that match your skin type and budget, and try to get hold of samples to try out. If you like the feel of it on your skin and you don’t have a reaction then that’s a perfect choice for you.
It’s best to moisturise twice a day, but if you feel your skin needs it, don’t be afraid to top up your moisteriser during the day.
Looking after your skin externally is not the whole of your skin care routine - you need to nourish your skin from within too! Try to eat healthy, vitamin rich foods and drink lots of water throughout the day.
You can also try out some supplements to top up on the important minerals and vitamins that keep your skin healthy - silica, magnesium and vitamin C supplements are great as all-round skin strengtheners.
We've used Zack Minor's photograpy for this blog post, see more of his work on zackography.com.