Your skincare routine for beautiful skin

Since we all have different types of skin there’s no one ‘fits all’ skincare routine so it’s important to find the one that’s right for you. So that you can work with your skin type rather than against it and be rewarded with beautiful skin! If you’re not sure what skin type you have, head over to What skin type am I before reading.

Oily skin care routine

During the day

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser morning and evening. Keep this to only twice a day as while it may be tempting to wash more often than this if you have oily skin. Doing so can actually be a contributing factor in increasing the skin’s oil production.

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Using a toner is essential if you have oily skin more often than not you will also have larger pores so adding a toner into your skin care routine is a win-win. It helps to tighten pores and it removes any remaining makeup so that it doesn’t clog pores.

Use a moisturiser specifically formulated for acne prone skin during the day. When applying allow it to soak in for 10 minutes before applying a SPF product. Choose one that protects against UVA and UVB rays in the form of a sunscreen or foundation.

At night

During the night a moisturiser isn’t required to protect your skin from external factors like sun and pollution as you’re all tucked up in bed. So if you find wearing one makes your skin even oilier when you wake up you don’t need to use one. If you’re finding you’re seeing the first signs of ageing, then using an eye cream just before bed is a great way to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Or if you find your skin needs some extra nourishment (or if you suffer from acne scars) use a lightweight serum.

Add an exfoliator into your skincare routine 2-3 times a week to remove dead skin cells that can get caught in your oily skin and clog pores.

The final step in your skincare routine for oily skin is to use a masque specifically for oily skin 1-2 times a week to draw out and remove oil and impurities. Clay masks are ideal for oily skin.

Oily skin care tip

This generally considered one of the harder skin care types to manage, due to the need to prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause pimples. It is important to try to avoid bacteria as much as possible. This can include using a separate face towel to your normal towel to dry your face and avoid touching your face.

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Dry skin care routine

During the day

For your dry skincare routine, it’s all about locking in as much of your skin’s natural moisture as possible. So choose a gentle cream cleanser as opposed to a gel cleanser. Also make sure it’s not a foaming cleanser as these can strip away the skin’s natural oil layer (acid mantel), while they cleanse.

Using a toner isn’t especially required for dry skin, especially not an astringent based one as this can dry out your skin. If you do like to use a toner (as it can be helpful for removing the last bits of makeup in the evenings) choose a natural hydrosol based toner that isn’t fragranced. Ingredients like Rosewater and Aloe Vera are ideal in a toner for dry skin.

To keep your skin moisturised, apply a moisturiser specifically formulated for dry skin immediately after drying your face (patting your face dry with a towel over rubbing is best). As this will lock in your skin’s natural moisture. Follow up with an SPF product (either in your foundation or a sun cream) after 10 minutes when your moisturiser has had a chance to soak in. The reason it’s best applied separately is that moisturisers are designed to penetrate the skin when applied whereas sunblocks are designed to sit on the surface of the skin.

At night

In the evening using a serum based product or night cream. These tend to be thicker than a moisturiser and are ideal as they give skin extra nourishment. Applying in the evening means you don’t have to worry if it looks oily or how it will sit under your make-up.

For dry skin, you can exfoliate 1-2 times a week and use a moisturising masque once a week. If by chance you’re one of the few that have dry skin and acne using a honey mask will moisturise as well as being beneficial for any spots you may have.

Dry skin care tip

Avoid skin care products that list fragrance or parfume in the ingredient list. As these can contain hundreds of ingredients that don’t have to be listed on the ingredient label that can irritate dry skin.

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Combination skin care routine

During the day

Selecting products for your combination skincare routine can be challenging as this skin type is characterised by an oily T-zone and normal or dry cheeks. The T-zone is defined as your forehead, nose and chin.

As with dry skin and oily skin types, choose a cream cleanser that works with your skin’s natural oil production as opposed to against it. Cream cleansers gently remove oil and impurities without stripping skin that can cause skin cells to produce more oil to make up for what it’s lost.

Using a toner is helpful for combination skin as it can help to tighten pores in your t-zone and remove any of the last bits of makeup at the end of the day. Use a gentle toner with a cotton pad so you can use only in your t-zone avoiding your cheeks.

It’s a safer bet to use a moisturiser for oily skin during the day that is packed with ingredients that prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause acne. Just make sure you choose one that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals that can dry out your skin. Apply a sunscreen or foundation with SPF after your moisturiser has had about 10 minutes to soak in.

At night

In the evenings, it’s going to be a bit of trial and error until you find out what works best for your skin. Some people’s combination skin responds well to wearing a lightweight and nourishing serum at night. Whereas others this will make their t-zone increasingly oilier the next day. If this is the case wear an eye cream or a moisturiser on your cheeks. Avoiding the t-zone can help to keep your face moisturised and takes care of the skin under your eyes.

Exfoliating 1-2 times a week and using a masque once a week is ideal for this skin type. Find one your skin loves that balances out the oil in your t-section without over drying. Manuka honey masks are good for this.

Combination skin care tip

It’s common for people to think they have oily skin when in fact they have combination skin. However, oily skin is usually something that’s in your genes and is all over your face including your cheeks. So a combination skin type is very common.

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