After years of using only a little bit of soap and water and the trusted old Oil of Ulay, most of us now realise that we might have to put a little extra effort into looking after ourselves. Since your skin will be with you for your entire life, it`s important that you take care of it. Obviously it`s easier to maintain your skin than it is to repair damaged skin, but don`t assume it`s too late.
When should I start my skin care routine?
The best time to start your skin care routine is in your teens. However, most of us only start paying attention, once we hit our late 20`s or early 30`s, due to the appearance of our first wrinkles and lines. All of us should seriously invest in a good skincare regime. Makeup can only hide so much and a well looked after skin will make your make up last longer (and you will need less).
Why do I need to do this twice a day?
A morning skincare routine prepares your skin for the day. The first thing to do is to clean and prepare the surface of the skin. Follow with a moisturiser, which is necessary for all skin types. This seals the surface of the skin and protects it from the elements. Cleansing, toning and moisturising your skin will also make your cosmetics look better and last longer.
An evening skincare routine cleanses your skin of make-up and dirt from the air. Your skin works at night to rejuvenate and repair itself. The first thing to do is to clean and prepare the surface of the skin. Follow with a moisturiser to seal the surface of the skin and allow it to rest overnight.
OK, I`ll do it! What now?
There are three basic steps to a good skincare routine, of which you are probably doing two already.
Removes surface impurities, excess oils and dead skin cells that accumulate while your body rests at night. Massage into moist skin and rinse well with lukewarm water. Repeat.
Completes the action of the cleanser by removing any remaining residue, refines pores and tones skin so that moisturiser can be easily absorbed into the surface of the skin. Spray directly onto face or moisten cotton ball and apply, avoiding the eye area. Stroke over face and neck. Let it dry.
A protective treatment that makes your skin look and feel softer and smoother and provides a barrier against the environment. Apply a thin layer to face, avoiding the eye area.
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