How to build your first skincare routine

For the majority of people I talk skincare with on a daily basis, the current goal is to use “less but better”. We are constantly advising each other on how best to streamline our routines so our skin benefits from some consistency. But every so often I receive a message or email from someone who is new to this over-saturated world of skincare and doesn’t know where to start.

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Moisturisers, Eye Creams and SPF 101: What to use, how to use it, when to use it

So, we reach the last few steps of the skincare routine. I’m afraid things get a little less exciting here as me and the ‘creamy’ products don’t have the best relationship. Hopefully you find a few useful tips and product suggestions!

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Treatments 101: What to use, how to use it, when to use it

Part Two of my Skincare 101 series is looking at treatments. If you haven’t seen Part One,¬†which talks about cleansers and toners, head over there first.

These products and routines are suited to my skin type and concerns (normal/dry, acne prone, not sensitive, drastically dehydrated, with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). I am by no means an expert and the products I use are what work for me. Continue reading “Treatments 101: What to use, how to use it, when to use it”

Cleanse and Tone 101: What to use, how to use it, when to use it

I’ve been into skincare for as long as I can remember. I’ve been good at it for about three years. By ‘good at it’, I mean using the right products for my skin, expanding my routine and learning about ingredients.

For me now, a lot of this is second nature, but when my colleague asked me “do you use a toner and what is it for?” I realised it’s not as simple as it used to be in the Clinique three step/ cleanse-tone-moisturise days. Nowadays we have balms, oils, exfoliators, masks, serums, essences (I should admit I have no idea what essences are supposed to do) – the list is always growing.

I frequently get overwhelmed by the products I have, the issues they are supposed to tackle and how on earth I am supposed to squeeze them into only two routines a day!

So, I thought it would be useful both for me and for anyone new to the skincare world to take a look at the types of products I use and how I use them.¬† Continue reading “Cleanse and Tone 101: What to use, how to use it, when to use it”