Achieving a glowing, healthy complexion can appear to be a complicated and time-consuming process. Given that most of us don’t have a dermatological background, or the desire to spend endless hours in the bathroom, the number of products on offer can seem daunting. When in fact a simpler, more straightforward routine can give you the best results. Not only is it quicker, letting you maximise your time, but it’s also the best way to treat your skin and keep it looking it’s best.
The simpler the routine, the easier it is to stick to and being consistent is the best way to get results. The other major benefit is that it won’t
Step 1: Clean
Clean skin is the basis of everything and the first step to clear, healthy skin. Cleaning your face every day will not only wash away dirt and excess oil – especially important in an urban environment – but it also unclogs your pores. But simply washing your face is not as easy as it sounds. Using just soap and water can dry out your skin, leaving it feeling tight. Paradoxically this causes your skin to produce even more oil than before, resulting in irritation and breakouts. A ph-balanced face wash is better and won’t leave your skin feeling itchy and tight. Try using one that includes a high level of glycerin, such as
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliation is the next step, the one that will really make your skin glow – eliminating dead skin cells, accelerating cell renewal and stimulating your skin’s natural repair mechanism. Since it’s the build-up of dead skin cells that can lead to unsightly razor bumps and ingrown hairs, exfoliating can go a long way to improving the texture of your skin. But exfoliation isn’t only limited to grainy facial scrubs, which can be too harsh for skin, especially sensitive skin, causing damage and irritation. A chemical exfoliant, and a policy of ‘little and often’ is a much kinder way to go. Gently exfoliating everyday using a mild Alpha-Hydroxy Acid, like Glycolic or Lactic Acid, could be a better option for your skin. Many face washes, like the ones from
Once your skin is nice and clean, it’s on to step 3.
Step 3: Hydrate
Keeping your skin well hydrated not only makes it feel more comfortable, it will improve elasticity and help slow down the ageing process too. Using a moisturiser every day makes your skin more supple and resilient, reduces fine lines and gives your skin a much healthier look. Ideally choose one that provides anti-ageing benefits and improves the texture of your skin as well. With active ingredients, like Hyaluronic Acid and the anti-ageing peptide Matrixyl®