The Basics: Skincare

Skincare is a vital part of anyones daily routine. You can build up your skincare routine to include a fair few steps, but start of by nailing the 3 essentials - cleanse, tone & moisturise. You can venture in to the world of serums,  oils treatments and masks if you want but they are more of a luxury than a requirement. 

Step 1: Cleanse.
It's pretty self explanatory really - you need to cleanse your skin to remove any makeup but cleansing also helps to remove any impurities from the skin. Impurities can find there way into your pores from pollution or even air conditioning! They can clog your pores and cause breakouts which is never nice! Starting with an eye-makeup remover, like the Garner Express 2in1, first to stop that from being spread around my face before I use a cleanser. I have a few cleansers but my two favourites are the Clarins Water Comfort One Step Cleanser and the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. My top tip for cleansing is always double cleanse. Cleansing the first time removes any makeup you're wearing and the second cleanse will cleanse the skin and pores.

Step 2: Tone.
Toner has a two functions, depending on when you use it. In the 3-step skincare routine you would use it once you have cleansed to remove any excess cleanser that you haven't wiped off and to close the pores in your skin. However, you can use toner to refresh the skin too - this normally works best with a toner in a spray bottle. Other than that, there's not much else too it.. It's just a quick and easy step that helps to completely rid of anything left on your skin, rebalance the pH in the skin and close the pores.

Step 3: Moisturise.
Cleansing and toning will remove some of the moisture in skin but that can't be avoided so we restore that with a moisturiser. Moisturisers are one of the most difficult products to chose because it's really important you find one that will work for your skin. Your skin will fall into one of the following categories: oily, combination, normal or dry - it's important to find a moisturiser that is targeted at that skin type.

If you're skin is dry, you're going to need a more nourishing and maybe even thicker cream; if it's oily you will need something that will help balance that oil and a thiner consistency; normal you will need something that is going to focus on replenishing the moisture and for combination skin, you're going to need a cream that will moisturise the dry skin but without being too much for the skin that isn't dry. Once you've established a good basic moisturiser, you can start to combat other issues like hyper-pigmentation (darkening of an area of skin caused by the overproduction of pigment or melanin). 

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  1. Just discovered your blog and I am so in love, you post some really good stuff which I am enjoying reading! I've been looking for a gentle eye make-up remover and will try out the one you recommend :)