There are tried-and-true ways to properly care for your skin. We advise you about the whole concept of skin routine from the right way to cleanse your face, to the best moisturisers and sunscreens.
Before we start with the proper daily skincare routine, you’ll need to know your skin type. See skin analysis. How you care for your skin is utterly dependent on the type of skin you have: oily, normal/combination, dry, sensitive or sun- damaged. Find out what skin type you have by visiting this page, skin analysis.
Simple is key here. You need to find a good cleanser that your skin responds well to, and stick with it. Once you had your skin analysis we’ll advise you of the best cleanser for your skin type. Avoid bar soaps as they tend to dry out the skin. Soap should only ever touch your skin from the neck down. Choose a moisturising cleanser if you have dry skin or an astringent cleanser if you have oily skin.
Be careful not to cleanse too often. Washing at night should do you. Most women prefer the water method: Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Use a coin-sized bit of cleanser, and then rinse with cool or lukewarm water. You’ll also want to take off your makeup with a proper makeup remover.
In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water is all you need. Never wash your face with hot or cold water (both can cause broken veins). Also be careful about over-cleansing skin.
Exfoliation is the step most people skip in their weekly skincare routine. If you start properly exfoliating your skin, you will notice an almost immediate difference. One of the reasons men’s skin looks more youthful than women’s is because men tend to exfoliate daily when they shave. There are several ways to perform home exfoliation of the skin: Scrubs, chemicals and retinoids.
Scrubs work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion. Exfoliating skin once a week keeps the skin glowing year-round. Make sure you use a gentle scrub with tiny grains. Big grains in cheap scrubs can tear skin and cause more harm than good.
In the hour it takes to get a glycolic chemical peel, you can take off six months worth of dead skin from your face. Mild glycolic chemical peels are recommended every 4 to 6 weeks.
Medicated creams with Retinoids also work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells as well as generating collagen in the skin. Collagen is the skin’s structural fibres. As we get older, collagen fromation breaks down, creating lines and large pores. We consider retinoids to be a miracle skin saver.
It’s not too clear as to the beneficial results of a toner. Some beauticians swear by toners, but many medical skin experts do not. In our opinion, toners are only for copy machines! Toners are meant to remove all remaining traces of oil, makeup and dirt, but a good cleanser should do the job fine, thank you.
A basic law of beauty is that everyone, no matter her skin type, should moisturise. Even if your skin is oily, it will benefit from proper moisturisers. The only exception is those with acne. Moisturisers seal moisture into skin. Your skin will tell you how much should you moisturise. When your skin is tight, it’s calling out for moisture. Be careful not to over-moisturise or and make sure you’re using a proper moisturiser for your skin type or you can clog your pores.
As the skin under the eye is grossly different from that around your face we strongly recommend eye creams. The skin around the eye contains no fatty tissue and is therefore very thin and susceptible to wrinkles. Special eye creams are formulated to “thicken” this area.
All caring medical professionals advise you on sunscreens. Sunscreen is the most important part of your skincare regimen. It is the secret we would pass on to our daughters.
The number-1 cause of wrinkles is sun damage, so it’s important to use sunscreen from your early years on even in winter and on cloudy days. A great trick is to purchase two moisturizers: One for night and one for day that includes UV protection. Don’t use moisturizers with sunscreen at night, the ingredients are not meant to be in contact with your skin all around the clock and can aggravate skin. When choosing a sunscreen we recommend SPF15 for Irish winters, SPF30 for Irish Summers, SPF50 for European holidays and SPF100 for tropical areas.