Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Starting Off: Week 1 - Skincare

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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.

Cleanse
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.

Tone
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!

Moisturise
This 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?


42 comments:

  1. Fab post!! Loving reading about everyones routines!!
    I really need to get into double cleansing - my routine is lacking at the mo!!
    If you fancy having a read of my SKINCARE post for #theSOproject check out TheBrunetteSays...
    Lianne x

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    1. Hi Lianne, I will have a quick peek over on your blog. :)

      xo

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  2. such a good post! really want to try pai skincare

    from helen at thelovecatsinc

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    1. It's such a wonderful brand that any product you pick up is going to be worth the investment.

      xo

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  3. I am so bad at trying to keep up a skin care routine, I have been better now I have started using some no7 products, they are really good and not too pricey!!


    JS Beauty & Style

    xx

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    1. I've not tried any No7 skincare products, I might have to look into this. Thank you!

      xo

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  4. Your blog is so gorgeous, such a clean, fresh layout, random sorry but it's so clean and nice haha! I am yet to try origins but only hear good things about it. I also love French skin care :)

    Love Em x

    emtalks.co.uk
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3934124/emtalks

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    1. Hi Em, thank you! I love yours too, I think the B&W makes the photos stand out.

      xo

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  5. Pai Skincare sounds really good, I also want to delve into a bit of Origins :)

    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

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    1. Amy, you'll love it for both Pai and Origins. I've heard good things about the Gin Zing Moisturiser.

      xo

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  6. Loved your blog, I'm so excited to be doing the SO Project :)
    I notice you've got Dermalex in the photo: do you have rosacea too?

    Lex (www.talontedlex.co.uk)

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    1. Hi Lex,

      I don't have rosacea as such, but I do have a little cluster of spider veins (they really only bother me) and I'd heard this helped.

      xo

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  7. Very helpful post for the newbies, Adrienne! xx

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  8. I agree that these three steps are the most important day and night!

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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    1. I figured it best to give people a general roundup rather than delving too deep. :)

      xo

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  9. Love posts like these! Thanks for sharing! :)

    BritishBeautyAddict

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  10. The Starting Out Project sounds fun and I can't wait to see the rest of the posts.
    You mentioned some lovely products in this post and it really made me want to try Pai product. Pai sounds like a lovely brand!
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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    1. Thank you Celina, The Starting Out Project is really making me look into how and why I use products. It's a revelation!

      xo

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  11. Love this idea! Can't wait to read all the other posts and discover new bloggers! Totally agree with the double cleansing!

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    1. Double cleansing is the way forward!

      xo

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  12. Your posts are always amazing, love! Double cleansing and water is definitely the way to go for me! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

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    1. Same, although I need to learn to be better with my own water intake.

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  13. Wow fabulous post. I am agree with you these three are the main three areas for our whole day.

    XX
    CoLaz London

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  14. I will double cleanse from now on! I feel like you are my skin care teacher hahaha!
    Great post as always Adrienne.
    Love yaaa Xx

    Beth x

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    1. Haha, thank you Beth! Double cleansing is amazing, you'll start to see and feel a difference pretty quickly. Love you too!

      xo

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  15. What a great series of posts!
    I'm so bad with my skincare, I barely do anything! I'm not getting any younger so I really need to try harder!

    x

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    1. It doesn't take much. Some nights I'll feel more lazy than others and try and do it quicker but all round it's a good thing to get into a routine of doing.

      xo

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  16. great tips! i suggest taking days off of makeup when you can:) and go easy on foundation!
    erinandkatherine.blogspot.ca

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    1. Great tips Erin, I completely agree with these.

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  17. I've been wanting to try that Dr. Hauschka rose face cream for so long! I used to have the Melissa Day Cream but it wasn't the right fit for my skin type. And yes, can't agree more about the drinking water thing... I struggle to do this some days but it makes such a difference to my skin! This is a great post!

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    1. Thanks Ella!

      I've heard a lot about the Melissa Day Cream, is it quite heavy?

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  18. I musssst try Origins ! Best reviews

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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    1. Origins is such a wonderful brand and their makeup is something I want to try next.

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  19. I love these types of posts! Its always good having a nosey in people's daily skincare x

    www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Me too! I used to be such a skincare beginner and now I feel it's the thing I love most.

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  20. i agree about double cleansing. honestly doing one step really doesn't cut it, especially if you're going to be using foundation reguarly.
    jenn

    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. This is very true, thinking about all the stuff trapped under the surface of the skin makes me feel funny now.

      xo

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  21. Haha, so many men need to moisturize, but don't. I have oily enough skin that moisturizing was an afterthought, all up until shaving started causing after-flakiness.

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    1. This is hugely true, Todd. I make Ross moisturise now when he didn't before. He loves a bit of the double cleanse too. ;)

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