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Essential Skincare Tips For Gorgeous, Glowing Skin

For most ordinary folk getting our morning routines are tricky enough, without having to remember a complicated skincare routine. Unlike celebrities, most of us don’t have a dermatologist on speed dial or a daily facial locked into our diaries, so it’s important to work with what we have. Luckily, we have the scoop on the best things you can do to ensure your skin is healthy and radiant.

Remove Your Makeup

If clogged pores are what you’re looking for, by all means, don’t wash off your makeup. But if you’re wanting beautiful, radiant skin, one of the best things you can do for it is to cleanse your face of makeup before hitting the hay.

Wash Your Face

While the jury is still out on how often to wash your face, the fact remains that cleansing is still an important part of any skincare routine. Because over-washing can lead to irritation and a lack of moisture, a common-sense approach is better than any hard rule: Always wash your face after a workout to prevent breakouts, and in both the am and pm. 

Exfoliate Weekly

A little skin scrub doesn’t go amiss, in fact, according to dermatologists, you should be exfoliating your skin at least once or twice a week to rid yourself of dead skin and usher in healthy, glowing skin.

Sleep and Water Are Key

The rule is eight to eight: eight glasses of water and eight hours of sleep. If you want your skin to be hydrated, drinking plenty of water is a key ingredient. Water keeps skin cells hydrated, so if you’re not drinking enough, this can lead to dry and dull-looking skin. When you’re sleeping your body and skin is in repair mode, rejuvenating and regenerating. Getting in eight hours of sleep does wonders for giving skin a healthy glow. Another helpful tip is to use a silk pillowcase to relieve the pressure from your face, reducing the risk of creasing.

Order is Important

Make sure you use your skincare products in the right order! If you apply them in the wrong sequence you won’t get the full benefits and your effort will be in vain. The magic order is: makeup remover, cleanser, exfoliator or toner, treatments i.e. acne spot treatments, serums or mists, eye cream, moisturiser, oil, SPF. Another important tip is not to use a makeup remover as your cleanser, or vice versa, you must use both. Many cleansers can’t take off concealer or foundation completely, especially around the eyes and nose, so a two-pronged approach is very necessary.

Here’s how to create the perfect skincare routine according to beauty experts.

How to remedy stressed skin according to an expert

Stress can wreak havoc on our health and unfortunately, own skin’s not immune to stress. Here’s how to remedy stressed skin according to a skincare expert.

If your skin has been causing you grief over the last few weeks, you’re not alone. Emma Hobson, skin expert and Dermalogica’s director of education Asia Pacific, admits she’s been busy fielding phone calls from friends and family asking for advice on an array of skin concerns. “Everyone seems to be breaking out at the moment,” Hobson says.

According to Hobson stress has a pesky way of showing up on our skin. “It’s a challenging time for everyone,” Hobson says. “It’s a stressful time and we know that the moment your skin gets stressed it gets into trouble.” Unfortunately, stress on the skin can trigger a vicious cycle, explains Hobson. “When your skin is bad and you look in the mirror you just don’t feel happy and that can cause more stress.”

There are a number of ways that stress can make itself apparent on our complexions, explains Hobson. “You can get a lot of side effects of stress on the skin,” she says. An impaired barrier function is a sign that skin is suffering and can lead to a whole host of problems. “Increased sensitivity, breakouts, dehydration, premature ageing, puffiness and dark circles are a few of the things you might notice,” Hobson says.

Hobson believes that our increased exposure to blue light – which emanates from devices including computers, smartphones and tablets – could be contributing to skin flare-ups. It’s true that many of us are spending more time in front of various screens than normal, which could, according to Hobson be impairing our skin’s barrier function and exposing us to more free radicals. “Our skin is taking a bit of a hit at the moment.”

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to remedy common skin problems if your skin is bearing the brunt of stress, says Hobson. “A really good skincare regimen is vital right now as being able to support your skin with the right products is going to make a huge difference,” she explains. Cleansing is the pillar of any great skincare routine, and while it might be tempting to skip your twice-daily cleansing ritual if you don’t wear much make-up, Hobson advises against making this common mistake. Hobson is a firm believer in the double-cleansing method regardless of whether you wear make-up or not. “Cleansing is more important when you have a disturbed barrier. Don’t skip it just because you’re not wearing make-up.”

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And while winter is on the way and most of us are indoors more than before, Hobson says now is not the time to skimp on sunscreen. “Quite a few people aren’t using their sunscreens as often as they should be. We still actually need to protect the skin with sunscreen,” she says. “You need to be screening free-radicals and blue light; plus we are still going outside.” Hobson says many of us are working close to windows which means that harmful UV rays are still hitting our skin. “We mustn’t forget about defending our skin with an SPF.”

If your complexion is missing your regular professional skincare treatment, Hobson says there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be doing great DIY treatments on your skin at home. “There are different things you can do. You can even have a therapist do an online skin consultation and online DIY classes on how to look after skin.” Hobson says a great at-home peel – her favourite is Dermalogica’s Rapid Reveal Peel – is one of the closest things you can get to a professional treatment. “Your skin will glow, it improves hydration, texture, discolouration and relieves breakouts. A good professional peel at home will improve the health of skin.”