March 22, 2013
Make 2013 all about you and your skin. Following the excesses of the festive season and the accompanying parties, it's only natural that skin would look a little dull and lifeless. Not to worry though, this is the perfect time to put together a comprehensive new skin routine that will keep you feeling fresh-faced for the year ahead.
Cleanse, tone and moisturise
We hear it so often that it becomes easy to dismiss, but these three steps form the basis of any comprehensive skin routine, helping to prevent blemishes and reduce the signs of ageing.
Cleansing is important for the removal of make up or bacteria that may have built up throughout the day. A good cleanser will give your skin a really thorough clean, and provides a fresh base for the rest of the skincare routine. Cleansers come in a number of different forms including foam, lotion and facial cleansing wipes for use on the move.
The toning process is easily forgotten, but it's great for refreshing and toning the skin. Toners work by tightening the pores and can also protect skin from the damaging effects of harsh weather conditions - particularly important in the cold depths of January and February. Try to choose a cleanser with added benefits for your particular skin type.
Vitamin E helps to protect the skin
from free radicals, and Aloe helps to build the skin's natural defence against such aggressive weather conditions.
After using toner, remember to moisturise. Moisturiser protects the skin by locking in natural moisture, which is vital in the fight against the signs of ageing. A
good quality face moisturiser
will help to hydrate all skin types. Despite popular belief, people with oily skin types should still moisturise. During the day choose a dedicated moisturiser which is usually lighter in texture and often 'carries' environmental protectors such as antioxidants and SPFs. Complement your day cream with a
to aid the restoring and renewing processes of your skin while you sleep.
Going the extra mile