Best ways to treat your skin
Author: Danielle Cauchi Date Posted: 9 February 2021
Toners, moisturisers, serums, masks … These days, there are specific skincare products for everything. Quite frankly, it can become pretty overwhelming trying to fit it all into one succinct skincare routine.
Do we need to use everything every day? Do we need to do the same steps morning and night? Am I applying these products in the right order? Is there a correct order?
We’re putting your mind to rest by cracking down on the best approach to day and night skincare.
Your day routine should wake you up and keep your skin protected from the environmental stresses of the day ahead.
Start your routine with a gentle facial cleanser to wash away any remaining product from the night prior. Refrain from using any harsh or overly drying face washes as this will make your skin more sensitive to the sunlight.
If you don’t have sensitive skin or a tendency to react to fragrances, look for cleansers with refreshing ingredients such as citrus fruits and cucumber to give yourself a boost.
If toner is already a part of your daily routine, now would be the time to apply it. Otherwise, jump straight into your targeted treatments. These include eye creams, serums and acne spot treatments depending on your skins’ specific needs.
Immediately follow this up with a moisturiser to lock in hydration. If you used acne spot treatment, avoid these areas to keep the active ingredients working at optimal capacity.
Before heading out the door, it is imperative to slather on the sunscreen. If possible, opt for a sunscreen with zinc as it provides the broadest UVA and UVB protection.
Your night routine is all about cleaning and treating. This is when you can up the ante with a thorough face wash and nourishing treatments since our body does the bulk of its healing overnight.
Remove your makeup with a dedicated makeup remover and then wash your face thoroughly to get rid of any residual product and dirt, oil and grime build-up from the day.
Next comes your toners and other skin boosters. Depending on how many products you’re using, the rule of thumb is thinnest to thickest. Therefore, you’d start with your mists and toners and finish with your face and eye creams.
Now you can apply any medicinal treatments for acne or rosacea. If your skin is in need of an exfoliative treatment as well, you may want to choose one or the other to stop your skin from becoming irritated. Exfoliative treatments should be used 1-3 times a week depending on how dry your skin is.
This also begs the question, how often is too often when it comes to face masks? Detoxifying/clay masks should typically be used maximum once a week. Hydrating masks or face oils can be used more often depending on how oily your skin is naturally.
Lock in your skin-nourishing goodies with a night-tailored moisturiser or night cream. Don’t be alarmed by their thick texture as they’re specifically designed to be absorbed over the course of the night.