This is the first in a new series of The Starting Out Project. Basically, each week I'm going to bring you a post based around a certain topic that's aimed at beauty newbies, young and old alike! This series will run for 10 weeks each Tuesday at 6pm and there are loads of fabulous fellow bloggers doing the same. If you want to find out who is involved, check out the lovely Stephanie of Steph's Inside Voice, who started this wonderful side project.
This first week is dedicated to skincare, probably my most favourite subject of the bunch! Everyone knows I have a particular affinity to looking after my skin, especially seeing as dry skin is impossible to hide under makeup. It cakes, it flakes and it generally looks bad. Fear not, as I have some handy tips for those not as clued up that can be applied to all skin types.
A solid, healthy skincare regime should consist of cleanse, tone and moisturise. There are, of course, a wide variety of serums, creams and lotions that you can also apply at varying stages but I want to keep this as simple as possible.
The main thing I want to hit home about cleansing is to double it up. I want you to clean once and then do it again. Don't worry if you only have the one cleanser, this is fine as you don't need to use two different ones. I choose to because I like to have my makeup removed by an oil or milk based cleanser and then do a deep cleanser with something more creamy. The key to this is the first time you're removing all the makeup, dirt, impurities that sit on the surface of your skin all day (or in the morning) then you go in with a second cleanse to get all the hard wearing grime out. You may break out slightly at first, but don't be disheartened by this as it's a positive thing. It means you're really getting out all the bad stuff trapped under your skin and in your pores. With time and a continuation of your regime, you'll have clear, clean skin that will leave you glowing. If you're stuck with what cleanser to pick up, the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is suitable for all skin types as it was created with sensitive skin in mind.
A step that has the beauty work divided is toning. I can't blame them, it's hard to see the difference when you already double cleanse and use an appropriate moisturiser. I stopped using toners that claimed to change my life in 'x' amount of days and opted for the ones that would exfoliate my face using natural means. Essentially toner helps budge the stubborn dirt and grime you couldn't cleanse out as well as having benefits like shrinking pores, controlling oil production and balancing your skins pH levels. On a purely aesthetic note, toner refreshes your skin, leaving in revitalised and smoother. Deeper down we see that it moisturises and really does aid any disturbances in unbalanced skin. A sweep of an astringent toner on a piece of cotton wool after you cleanse sets you up for the last step. I love the Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner, it's in a spray bottle which you can spritz directly onto your face, saving on those cotton balls!
MoisturiseThis is where we need to put back any moisture that we may have taken out when cleaning our faces. It's vital to chose a moisturiser thats suited to your skin type as people with dry skin especially, like myself, wouldn't benefit from something aimed at those with oily skin, it just wouldn't be nourishing enough. My advice is to pop along to a beauty counter in a big department store and see if you can get your skin analysed if you don't have any clue where your skin lies. It's not always clear cut and the ladies and men that work behind counters for the likes of Clinique or Origins know the signs to look out for. I may be dry skinned, but I also have an oily t-zone (that's the bit that runs across your forehead and down your nose) and slightly reddening of the skin. These are all things to bear in mind when shopping for a moisturiser. It's likely you won't get one that will do everything you need it it, but a basic skin type is a start. You can also mix your creams, creating the perfect combination for your skin. I like to use Dermalex for my red cheeks and cluster of spider veins (only where I need it) and Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream Light all over.
These are the three main areas to follow morning and night, and in no time you'll notice a difference in the quality, texture and look of your skin. Follow this while drinking 8 glasses of water a day and you'll notice a drastic change, and people around you will notice it too. You will have created the perfect base for your makeup, which will sit better on your face and you'll need less of it too. Investing in good skincare is something I'm constantly preaching. You only get one face, better to look after it and reap the benefits in the future.
What are your top tips for a good skincare routine?