Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Skincare Tips for Beginners

If there is one thing that I am always trying its skincare products and when I first started wearing make up and taking more care of my skin I wasn't sure where to start as the world of skincare can be rather overwhelming. Bearing this in mind, I have come up a few tips for skincare beginners..

The number one tip I have for skincare beginners is finding the right skincare regimen for you and sticking with it. This means finding products that your skin likes and don't react to them. However this is easier said than done because everyone's skin is different and different skin on different parts of the face. Some people have dry skin, some people have oily skin and others have a combination of oily and dry skin. The basic skincare steps are normally cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising.

In the morning and night, the skin needs to be cleaned and the way to achieve this is by using a cleanser. Cleansing is important because the debris from the pores needs to be removed so the skin can breath and so that other products can be absorbed. Cleanser can be applied with the hands however if you wear a lot of make up, I would recommend using a hot cloth to help or a Clarisonic face brush.

There are a number of different types of cleansers such as oils, balms, creams and wipes. My personal favourites are balms or creams because they feel creamy and soft on the skin and are gentle as well. If your looking for a budget cleanser, I would recommend the Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser which cost about £4.99. A great middle range cleanser would be the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish which is very popular in the beauty world. If your willing to spend a bit more the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm is good as well.

Another important step is exfoliating and this is done to unclogged pores. Clogged pores are due to dead skin cells, dirt, oil and make up which get stuck in the pores. This prevents any build up so the skin can breath. Extra gentle and sensitive skin may require extra gentle exfoliating and if you have very sensitive skin, you may need to mix it with your cleanser. If you suffer from acne, you may want to use one with salicylic acid in it. My personal favourites are the Simple Kind To Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub, Clean and Clear Blackhead and The Greatest Scrub of All by Soap and Glory.

One of the most important things to do is moisturise. Something that is often mistaken is that people with oily skin don't need to moisturise however that is never the answer. Even people with oily skin need moisturiser but rather a light oil-free moisturiser. It is rather important to get a hydrating moisturiser so that the skin can trap as much as possible. The moisturisers I love include Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser and Nivea Daily Essentials Light Day Cream.

That has got to be one of the longest posts I have written in a while. I hope you found this post interesting and helpful. I am not a skincare expert and these are just  my own tips and these are the products that work well for me.

What are your favourite skincare products?

Emily <3  

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