I have always been a huge fan of skincare, from suffering with acne to now working with Dermalogica, I’ve certainly learnt a lot over the years. The industry has become huge and whilst sometimes I find myself lost in the ever changing methods, ingredients or routines you have to uphold I have found four key skincare must dos that work for me. Whether these work for other people or not is another question, but I’m just sharing with you my honest knowledge and expertise. Whilst I recommend a lot of Dermalogica products in this post, this isn’t an ad for them and I’m not sponsored I just love their products so much and use them on a daily basis. So, if you feel overwhelmed with the many ideas of skincare, try out my four key must dos.
Visit a Dermatologist
This one is super simple and totally free. Find out your local salon that has a professional Dermatologist and visit, luckily for me theres one five minutes down the road. They do a service called Skin Mapping, its free and it takes about thirty minutes roughly. Skin mapping is only a service that Dermalogica do so make sure to check that your salon is authorised by Dermalogica before you visit. Skin mapping is an analysis which provides insight into your skin’s past and present, and allows the subsequent prescription of a targeted home care regime for a healthy skin future. Your not obliged to buy anything from the salon, they simply recommend products from the brand and tell you your type of skin and the problems occurring. This is extremely helpful as not only is it interesting but now you know how your skin works you can find the right products for your skin type.
I honestly can’t stress this one enough. Its good for both dry and oily skin. For dry, it helps slough away the flaky skin cells that is piling up on the surface of your skin. For oily, it helps de clog the excess build up in your pores. I have combination skin and I notice a huge difference from when I exfoliate to when I leave it for a few days (lets forget I said I missed a crucial step in my skincare okay). Your skin feels squeaky clean and products like the Daily Microfoliant from Dermalogica or the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Smoothing Scrub are my two favourites. I would highly recommend either.
Moisturise (especially after a shower or bath)
Moisturising is so important whether dry or oily skin. It reduces so many skin problems beyond belief. GREAT TIP. If your skin tends to be oily you should look for lotions instead of creams and also it should have an exfoliant ingredient as well. Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you shouldn’t moisturise, your skin needs the hydration more than anything. This is why nowadays products have water as their first ingredient. If your skin tends to be dry, look for a cream. They tend to have a higher oil count then lotions. Moisturisers that contain ceramides and certain lipids (fats) actually help rebuild the uppermost stratum corneum layer of the skin to help it hold in moisture better. Its especially important to moisturise after a shower or bath as all the hot steam has stripped the moisture from your skin causing your barrier to become dry. Products I would recommend are the Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream or the Simple Water Boost Skin Quench.
I always used to hate drinking water as a child and used to find it a chore. Now, water is all I drink (the majority of the time, I’m not an angel) and my skin has done so much better for it. The pure facts behind this is, skin is an organ and just like every other body part, skin is made up of cells. Skin cells are made up of water, without water your skin cells will not function properly or perform at their best. If your skin is not getting enough hydration, like I said above your skin will become flaky and dry. As water is lost in large quantities each day through sweat and pee, you must replace it. DRINK WATER KIDS ITS AS SIMPLE AS THAT.
What are your key skincare must dos?
Sophie Joan xo