Starting Off: Skincare

Skincare covers any product that you apply to your face and neck that isn’t make-up.

The general idea of skincare products is to keep your skin hydrated, clean, spot-free and healthy!

There are so many skincare products available to you, so it is best to choose your products based on your skin type (and your price range!)

How to find out your skin type:

Remove any make-up, gently apply water and then completely dry your face gently with a tissue.

Now you can have a good look and feel of your skin.

Below are characteristics of each skin type for you to choose which you think relates best to your face.

Dry – no shine to the face, feels dry and perhaps slightly rough

Oily – lots of shine and visible oil on the face, prone to breakouts

Combination – both oily and dry. T-zone (forehead and nose) tends to be most oily with normal or dry cheeks

Mature – fine lines, wrinkles, lack of elasticity

Sensitive – pink in colour and reacts to being touched, products or heat, common in dry skins

Normal – no major skin concerns

If you’re a teen, it’s probably most likely that you have combination skin with an oily t-zone. With all skin types it is vital to keep your face clean and hydrated – use cleansers, exfoliators and moisturisers!

Common types of skincare products:

Cleanser: usually you massage the cleanser into your face and then remove with warm water. This removes make-up and impurities from the skin. (This helps keeps spots at bay!)

Toner: usually you put a few drops on a cotton wool pad and dab onto your face after cleansing. This returns your skin back to its normal pH

Moisturiser: apply this to clean and dry skin. It softens and locks moisture into your skin

Exfoliator: usually you apply this once or twice a week and massage in to your face before removing wi warm water. It removes dead skin cells and brightens up your complexion

Face mask: usually you apply these and remove them after 10-15 mins. They can help clear redness and aid the prevention of spots, or can hydrate your skin

Treatment: e.g. Spot treatments. Often a gel or cream you apply to specific areas of the face to clear up breakouts

There are many types of products out there, but these are the key ones to focus on.

If you are new to skincare, I would recommend using Simple products. For younger and more oily skin types they have “Simple Spotless Skin” products which are fantastic for preventing and reducing breakouts. They are very low cost and are suitable for sensitive skins. You can buy them from most supermarkets and pharmacies so have a look out!

For face masks, Lush is the place to visit. A personal favourite of mine would have to be ‘Catastrophe Cosmetic‘ as it clears spots fantastically fast. It is an absolute must-have!

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