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How to Keep Your Skin in Top Condition

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Everyone wants perfect skin but with our busy lives, our daily skincare routines are often a case of a quick wash with soapy water and slapping on some moisturiser. However, different skin types require different levels of care. Here are the five golden rules of any skincare routine:

Choose gentle skincare products

Although this goes without saying, you should always choose gentle skincare products. While many of us may reach for a standard bar of soap, it can irritate the skin and cause our problem areas to become, well, more problematic. For example, harsh chemicals can dry out skin or even irritate it to the point where it overcompensates and starts producing even more oil.

Look for fewer ingredients

Cleansers, face washes and moisturisers with a long list of ingredients can mean bad news for your skin, as there’s more chemicals that could cause irritation. Generally, the fewer ingredients in a product, the more natural it is. Take the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant wash, for example. Available from Pure Beauty, it contains natural rice extract, enzymes and acids, as well as liquorice, aspergillus and grapefruit extracts. It’s perfect for smoothing and soothing your skin.

Always remove your makeup before bed

We all know we should do it, but how often do we snuggle down in bed to realise we haven’t taken our makeup off? Sleeping with your makeup on can cause problems with your skin, clogging pores and causing those pesky breakouts. No matter how much you want to stay in bed, if you want a flawless complexion, you should always wash away your makeup with a gentle cleanser. Apply a hydrating moisturiser before going to sleep too.

Stay hydrated

Of course, some of how our skin looks is controlled by what we eat and drink. Dehydrated skin can make your complexion look dry and flaky, so make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water each day. Try to keep your coffee consumption to a minimum too, as this can dehydrate you further and make your skin look lacklustre.
Think you can handle the dehydration? Don’t forget that it can make fine lines and wrinkles more prominent!

Pat your skin dry

So you’ve washed your face and completed the first step of your skincare routine. You reach for the towel and rub your face dry — STOP! By doing so, the friction of the rough material is actually damaging your skin. Instead, use a soft, dry cloth and gently pat your skin dry.

 

How do you keep your skin in top condition? Do you have any tried and tested skincare tip to share?

 

*This is a collaborative post.

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57 responses

  1. I look after my skin a 100 times better than I used to when the adult youngsters were small. The fact of having 4 youngsters and the internet age hadn’t really taken off then made it harder to have the time to spend browsing with ease, what was what.

    I do have a daily skin routine with Elemis and Dermalogica products. I also do a weekly at home face peel. I have facials at my hairdressers about 3 times a year also. 2 of around our holiday time, before and after the hols.

    People say my skin is fab, smooth and I don’t look my age, which I don’t. I also do facial yoga everyday, which basically is no recovery or cost skin exercises to keep the years and wrinkles at bay. Google it if you want to know more. It works.

    I think it gets easier to do if your organised once the youngsters are older. They still have demands and the role of Mom just changes however you do have more time to focus on making a routine and sticking to it. It doesn’t take that long once your in the habit of.

  2. I don’t drink anywhere near enough water! I really should, I just seem to go a whole day without even thinking about it! Must try harder!!! xx

  3. I really try to make sure I drink as much water as possible and moisturise my skin to keep it really hydrated! x

  4. Until last week I had no skin care routine but I’m proud to say that I have finally been taking my make up off every night with a moisturising facial wash!

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