We all know how busy life can be, even at the quietest of times, and that’s truer for a busy mum. Everyday routines are usually filled with activity; wake up, get the kids ready for school, make breakfast (more often than not at the same time), drop the kids off at school, go to work all the while making a mental checklist of groceries to buy for dinner. In between all the hustle and bustle, it is difficult to find time or energy for proper skincare, let alone a routine, although, a skincare routine doesn’t need to be complicated or take too much time.
There are just four simple steps to follow in order to give the largest organ of your body the proper attention it deserves. It’s as simple as cleanse, moisturize and apply sunscreen. And there are even products that cover multiple steps, such as moisturizers that contain sunscreen like the one you can get from this shop, so you don’t need to spend time you don’t have with extra fuss. Of course, it’s important to know what each step does so that you can tailor the products you buy to suit your own skin. And it needn’t cost a fortune. There are loads of great skincare ranges like Medik8 which offer retinol-based products at reasonable prices. After all, everyone’s skin has different needs so you need to experiment to find the right products for you.
Step 1: Understanding Your Skin
There are 5 different skin types: Normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive. It is very important to know your skin type before buying skincare products as you may end up with the opposite of what you had wanted.
- Normal skin is not dry or oily and can be used with most skincare products.
- Oily skin often looks shiny and is prone to acne and should avoid greasy or heavy moisturizers.
- Dry skin is often flaky, can feel tight or rough and should avoid the application of moisturizer without being dampened first.
- Combination skin is a mix of oily and dry. Usually the cheeks are dry but the nose and forehead is oily.
- Sensitive skin usually reacts negatively to skincare products especially if they are new.
If you are unsure of your skin type, then there is no harm in asking your local dermatologist before spending money on skincare products, as they can be quite expensive.
Step 2: Cleanse
This is arguably the most important step in your skincare routine. Cleansers remove oil, bacteria and dirt from your skin. This is necessary to get the full benefits of any products you are going to use afterwards, as nothing will obstruct the products from being absorbed by your skin. If you have dry skin, you should use a product that hydrates your skin and brings back moisture. However, if you have oily skin, then you might want to use something like a foaming cleanser, as this will open up any clogged pores.
Step 3: Moisturize
It is crucial to moisturize as your skin loses hydration throughout the day, which can lead to dry or oily skin, resulting in breakouts or skin irritations. How often and the product you will use to moisturize will depend on your skin type, although it is a healthy habit to do so at the beginning and end of each day. Sometimes oily skin is caused by not moisturizing, as a lack of hydration can cause your skin to overcompensate and produce more oil than necessary. For those with oily skin, use products with names like ‘light’ or ‘oil-free’. If you have dry skin you should look for products that include the words ‘nourishing’ or ‘hydrating’. If you have sensitive skin then you should avoid products that use alcohol or fragrances as this will cause irritations.
Step 4: Apply Sunscreen
The sun causes the elasticity of your skin to reduce over time, which results in premature aging, lines and wrinkles. Not only this, but it leaves the skin with a dry, weathered appearance. Sunscreen is one of the most important products that you can use since it protects your skin throughout the day, even if you are not in the sun, since UVA rays still penetrate through windows. When buying sunscreen, or moisturizers if you aren’t excited about having an extra step, you should look for something that contains SPF 30 or higher. Some will say that foundation contains SPF. While this is true, it is almost always SPF 15, which unfortunately does not protect your skin completely.