Your Back To Basics Skin Care Routine
Skincare can be an overwhelming minefield when your skin begins to flare up, or you simply don’t know where to start. Picking the right products and the order that you apply them is essential for building an effective skin routine that delivers remarkable results.
We have broken down the core essentials that we should all be doing daily, regardless of skin type. If you follow these simple steps morning and night, with consistency, you will see a noticeable improvement in your skin texture, tone, and hydration.
Step Number 1: Cleansing
Cleansing is the cornerstone of any effective skincare routine. Throughout the day, your skin produces oils, sweats and sheds dead skin cells – this is all before pollutants and added makeup take effect! All these factors contribute to clogged pores, breakouts and dull complexions. It is essential to cleanse your skin to remove these impurities to keep your skin healthy and radiant.
Finding the right cleanser for your skin type is equally as important as cleansing itself. For those with oily skin, Environ’s Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser is a beautiful foaming formula that uses tea tree, salicylic acid and sarcosine to break down dirt and excess oil without stripping the skin of all-important hydration. Environ’s Hydra-Intense Cleansing Lotion is a nourishing alternative for those on the dry end of the spectrum. Packed full of soothing ingredients, this luxuriously rich cleanser utilises jojoba seed oil and hydrolysed oats to lock in moisture and calm the skin.
To maximise your cleansing step, we would recommend double cleansing to ensure all impurities are removed before you move onto your next step.
Step Number 2: Serums/Treatment
With your skin now beautifully cleansed, it is now time to treat any skin concerns you may have. Whether it is scarring, pigmentation, ageing or acne, this second step is where you will turn to serums. The powerhouses of your routine, serums pack a punch and work wonders for your skin. Below are three ingredients to look out for when choosing a serum:
Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that is present within the skin’s primary layers. As we age, vitamin C levels decline, resulting in a dull, uneven and less firm complexion. Adding a Vitamin C serum to your routine will boost the radiance of your skin, provide a healthy glow, and help to brighten dark spots. Vitamin C is also a great team player that can be used with other antioxidants and exfoliants, such as niacinamide. Environ’s Intense C-Boost Mela-Even Cream is a fantastic option for those struggling with pigmentation due to its super doses of Vitamin C & E that help to lighten and brighten the skin.
Retinol is the most well known derivative of Vitamin A found in skincare but we like to give the skin a briggade of different tyoes of Vitamin A to ensure the best results. Vitamin A is a hero ingredient found in our moisturisers and serums. It really is a hero ingredient as it does so much for the skin such as stimulate collagen and elastin production to help reduce fine lines, stimulates the skins natural exfoliation process to make a smooth skin, increases the skins natural moisture levels to keep the skin hydrated and plump, making it a brilliant ingredient to use across all skin types and concerns.
Hyaluronic acid is the foundation of hydrated skin. A naturally occurring substance in the body, hyaluronic acid can hold 1,000 times its weight in water which leads to plump and deeply hydrated skin. Perfect for all skin types (even oily skin can be dehydrated!) hyaluronic acid is a great addition to your routine to deliver a healthy, more youthful complexion. Environ’s HA Intensive Hydrating Serum is an excellent serum that delivers results and layers well with the other products within your routine.
Step Number 3: Moisturise
Slightly heavier in formulation and texture, moisturisers act as a barrier to lock in all the essential goodness you have applied in the cleansing and treatment steps of your routine. They help to keep the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin) healthy, which goes on to protect your skin from irritants and inflammation, whilst also maintaining hydration in the deeper skin layers. The molecular structure of the stratum corneum includes both ceramides and fatty acids, therefore, it is beneficial to supplement your skin with a moisturiser with these two components.
Step Number 4: SPF
Last but certainly not least is SPF, the most important step in your daily routine that protects your skin from sun damage and reduces the risk of skin cancer. There has been a surgent of lightweight SPF formulations that deliver the crucial broad-spectrum protection that feel comfortable on the skin – no more heavy, greasy formulations! Sun damage is the leading cause of pigmentation and premature ageing, as it increases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Incorporating an SPF into your routine will help to prevent and diminish these skin concerns Heliocare 360 Oil Free Gel SPF 50 is a weightless sunscreen making it perfect for all skin types, that includes UVA & UVB filters and antioxidants to provide ultimate skin protection.
If you would like to discuss what products and routines would work best for you, book in for a skin consultation with Katherine Taylor, who will help you achieve your skin goals.