lady bits & beauty blog
lady bits & beauty blog
One of the most common reactions I experience when explaining skin care regimes to clients is overwhelming dread when faced with the task of applying all these different products twice a day in the correct order. Ekk!!! Don’t panic, I’m here to tell you all about the perfect skin care routine, why you use certain products, what order they go in and how they work to improve you skin. Because trust me, if you can take the time to care for your skin properly, you will be thanking me for years to come, and after doing it a few times it will be like second nature and you will feel lost if you don’t get to do it as part of your daily routine.
So as a quick overview the ideal order of a skin care regime goes like this…
Cleansing is the first and probably the most important step in your routine. And the main step most people get wrong! It is so so so important to cleanse your skin twice, yep twice!!! The first cleanse, which is best to use a rich oil cleanser will bind and lift away all the dirt, makeup, toxins, excess oils, dead skin cells and old product. I use and solemnly swear by Dermalogica’s PreCleanse Oil, that stuff is the bomb diggity!! It is best to apply before you jump in the shower onto dry skin, then when you get in the shower just wet your hands and rub the oil in to emulsify and then rinse off. The second cleanse is preformed in the shower with your regular cleanser of choice (DO NOT USE SOAP, It will strip your skin of its natural lipid layer and cause a plethora of skin problems) Spend a bit of time washing your skin, like one minute! Research by the International Dermal Institute found that women typically spend about 3 seconds washing their face… THREE SECONDS!!! I’m here to say that that is just not enough. Count your 60 Mississippi’s people, your skin will thank you.
Once your skin is free from the days grime, it's important to exfoliate your skin. This doesn’t have to be everyday but at least 2-3 times per week. Some exfoliators can be used daily, or some only call for once a week so just make sure you check and if your skin is feeling irritated, redder then normal, or tight when you get out of the shower cut it back to once a week. Over exfoliation is just as bad as no exfoliation. So why do we exfoliate? Well in a world that is filled to the brim with toxic chemicals, exhaust fumes, poor quality ingredients in skin products, air conditioning, poor diets, no exercise, less then adequate water intake (everyone pause for a drink) and about a million other things, our skin can struggle to shed its dead skin cells naturally. So naturally we must give it a helping hand. Exfoliating your skin will help to remove the build up of dead skin cells, which will improve cell turnover, improve the tone and texture of your skin, prevent congestion and breakouts and reduce premature ageing YAY!! So people lets get scruba dub dubbing.
Masques are products that help give your skin a boost and really help with specific skin concerns such as ageing (might contain more antioxidants and vitamins), oiliness (might contain clays or some sort of acid), sensitivity (might contain oats or chamomile) etc etc. I find it best to use a masque the same days you exfoliate. That way its easier to fit into a regular routine and a masque will work better if it doesn’t have to get through a build up of dead skin cells #winning!! Its also a really good excuse to have a little pamper session a couple times a week!! One little trick that I do is the days I am exfoliating and masquing is to do it in my night time routine and instead of removing the masque I just put a thinner layer on and sleep in it. You will wake up with luminous skin, ready to take on the day!! (obviously this only works if the masque is a cream one, I’d hate to see what the pillow looked like the morning after sleeping in a clay masque…)
Toning… well this one always gets a few blank stares, followed with why do I need to tone? well, toning happens to be very important. Its main function is to bring the PH balance back to normal on your skin. When you cleanse and exfoliate your skin, it is stripped ever so slightly of its natural oils. So it is important to bring that balance back so we avoid stripping the natural lipid barrier and your skins first line of defence against bacteria, the elements and many other nasties. Toning also opens up the pores ready for your next product to penetrate more efficiently and helps to hydrate your skin. Wowza, thats a lot for one little product!! Back in the day toners used to be very astringent and stripping on your skin, you would apply them to a cotton pad and wipe it over the surface of your skin and see all the dirt that came off (because no-one was double cleansing) these days however they typically come in a spritz bottle and you spray them onto your face and leave them on. A trick that I use with my Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner is to spritz it over my face throughout the day or when I’m travelling long distances by plane or car to keep my skin hydrated and feeling fresh as a daisy.
Eye creams, well these little treasures are an often overlooked must have for any complete skin care routine. The skin around our eyes is different to the rest of our skin. It’s much thinner and shows the signs of ageing a lot sooner then the rest of your skin. Now I’m all for the laughter lines but it would be good to hold them off for as long as possible and especially when your taking care of the rest of your skin, the last thing you want is old looking eyes and a a young flawless skin, the eyes are the windows to the soul remember, so best look after those gateways! There are millions of different eye creams on the market these days that all promise different things. I personally use Dermalogica’s Power Firm, its a thick silicone feeling cream that smells delicious (totally an important thing to look for when picking a good eye cream) I like it because its thick but lightweight so doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything and it doesn’t run into my eyes. Eye creams should be applied using your ring fingers; press a bit of cream around your orbital bone starting from the outside corner working your way in, Take it above your eye too, those eyelid need some loving too. Smooth over gently being carful not to drag the skin too much, which may cause premature ageing. Some really great ingredients to look out for in eye creams is Retinol and Vitamin C, which will stimulate collagen (only use at night as retinol will make your skin more photosensitive) and hyaluronic acid, which has the amazing potential to draw moisture from the air and in your skin to plump and hydrate the delicate eye skin.
Serums and specialty products are designed using extremely tiny molecules that can pass the skin barrier and enter the deep layers of the skin where they work to create change in the skin, whether it be pigmentation, ageing, acne, or hydration they are used to target your own specific skin concerns. Generally the more pricey products, they are the worker bees of your skin care regime and work wonders at improving your overall skin health. My personal favourites are Dermalogica’s Retinol 1% and Phyto Replenish Oil. Retinol helps to resurface my skin, keeping it smooth and the Photo Replenish Oil helps keep it hydrated and supple. Who doesn’t want a smooth and supple skin every day of the week??
Moisturiser, the product most people know about!!! It is the product that locks everything in and works its magic on the surface layers of skin. Again their are millions of options on the market and finding the right one for your skin is half the battle (the other half is remembering to use it) but once you have found that perfect cream its like a match made in heaven and will truly complete your routine. Moisturiser goes on last over the top of all your other products to lock everything in and work on the more superficial layers of skin. There are differences between a day time moisturiser and a night time moisturiser so you will want to have a seperate one for each time of the day. Day time moisturisers are generally more lightweight and often contain a sun protection factor, which is ideal. Nighttime moisturisers are usually a lot more rich, this is because at night time your skin repairs itself, it sucks in all the nutrients from your night products and spits out all the toxins and byproducts accumulated through the pervious day and that night (which is why it is so important to wash your face in the morning)
Last but certainly not least is a sun protection factor (SPF). If your day time moisturiser has an SPF in it already then thats a huge bonus. But if not, the last product you would want to put on is a really good quality SPF. Obviously this is to protect your skin from the sun, whose harmful UV rays cause your skin to shrivel up like a prune and age you well before your time. Like the wise ones say a good SPF is the best anti-aging cream you will ever buy! So better to splurge a little more on a good sunscreen than anything else, especially living in Australia and especially if you're living in the Kimberley.
Your routine needs to be morning and night. You don’t need to use all the products every time but there are some that you do! In the morning you need to double cleanse, exfoliate (can be done morning or night, not both), tone, eye cream (optional for day time), serum, moisturise, SPF. Night time you need to double cleanse, exfoliate (can be done morning or night, not both), tone, eye cream, serum, moisturise (or masque, if using a cream one).
So there it is, the ideal skin care routine. Now if you are new to the idea of using skin care and not convinced that you will commit to using all of these products regularly. I would recommend starting with a basic routine and adding onto it as it becomes more part of your regular routine. A basic routine would be to cleanse, tone and moisturise, you can add in the other bits later. I also feel I should mention that I recommend Dermalogica because it is the product rage that I know and love and have used for many years in my clinic. I am not paid to endorse them. There are a million and one different product ranges on the market these days and it’s all about self exploration and trial and error to finding the right one for you. But one last thing that I will recommend is going to go see a professional skin therapist who will be able to analyse your skin and prescribe a product range that is best suited to your individual skin type. It is very easy to damage your skin with incorrect products. If you ever need help, advise or to ask questions, drop me an email, facebook message, Instagram message or text message. I’m happy for my brain to be picked, and if I don’t know the answer. I’ll try my best to find out.
Peace out and Blessed be my lovelies xx