A good skincare routine can be as simple as cleansing, treating and protecting your skin from the sun. But to really maximise the potential of your products, it’s essential to identify your key skin concerns so that you can target your skincare choices.
This way, you can combat whatever your most pressing issues are and really work to improve your complexion. Remember to add in products one at a time though, so you can see how they work.
One of the most common complaints is acne.
Searching for the perfect acne routine can be confusing and stressful. Different people respond to different ingredients, but a strategy of thorough cleansing (double cleansing can particularly help) and regular exfoliation with AHAs or BHA can be a good start.
As we get older, our skin naturally loses collagen and we begin to exhibit fine lines and eventually wrinkles. The most important anti-ageing technique is to use SPF every day, as sun damage accounts for so much of skin ageing.
Retinol is also an important part of ageing skincare, and it can also be combined with antioxidants and rich moisturisers.
Dehydration in the skin is often mistaken for skin being dry, however it’s worth knowing that they are two separate things. If your skin is dehydrated it will often be dry-looking, and can often be itchy and dull. Fine line also become more noticeable.
Dry skin and dehydration are difficult to tell apart — but dehydrated skin lacks water, whilst dry skin needs oil.
Dry skin can be genetic, or environmental damage such as sun exposure or climate. If you notice your skin being unable to maintain its usual moisture level, there are some measures you can take to repair the skin again.
Dull skin is a common complaint for many people, and we’re all always looking for ways to get more of a glow. Whilst lifestyle changes can really help, (such as drinking more water and eating healthily), your skincare routine can also bring out the best in your skin.
Regular exfoliation can help some people keep the glow, as well as having enough moisturising and hydrating products in your regimen. Vitamin C can also have some brightening qualities that can combat dullness.
Those with naturally oilier skin types can often experience excess oiliness throughout the day. Plenty of products can help control this however.
Remember that you should still be moisturising even if your face seems oily, but using products containing dimethicone can help get a matt effect whilst still being moisturised.
Redness is a form of inflammation that can happen in the skin for a variety of reasons — it often happens in those with eczema, rosacea or sensitive skin. It can also be a reaction to a product you’ve used though, so it’s best to check through your routine for possible triggers.
Redness can be made worse by fragrances, harsh products such as a lot of retinols formulas, and alcohol. Instead, you should focus on calming ingredients to reduce the inflammation.
Uneven skin tones can happen in many different ways and can just be genetic. But when you’re sick of evening out your skin tone with makeup and lighting, it’s time to address it in your skincare.
Many people acquire sun damage or age spots over time, but equally uneven skin tone can be due to scarring, or another skin condition. Combatting these things can be frustrating but is made easier by the right ingredients.