Looking after our skin is so important. Not only do we need our skin to be healthy, it also has a huge impact on our mental health, particularly during the age of social media.
Studies have shown that over half of social media users are self conscious about showing off their natural skin online, while we don’t really need studies to know that. After all, developing a spot can often be enough for us to go into hiding.
There’s so much to think about to ensure you have healthy skincare, from the make-up you put on, to what you eat and drink on a daily basis. Alcohol is one of the most common problems when it comes to our skin, particularly during a period where more people are suffering from alcohol addiction than ever before.
Before you start any skincare routine, you need to ensure you’re looking after yourself properly, so if that means going through an alcohol detox and changing your diet, then that’s the perfect starting point.
Then you can start thinking about your routine. And here are five top tips to get you started…
Determine your skin type
The first step in creating a skincare routine is to determine your skin type. This will help you to choose products that are suitable for your skin and avoid using products that may cause irritation or breakouts. There are five main skin types: normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive. You can determine your skin type by examining your skin and taking note of any issues you may have, such as dryness, oiliness, or sensitivity.
Cleanse your skin
The next step in a skincare routine is to cleanse your skin. Cleansing helps to remove dirt, oil and impurities that can build up on your skin throughout the day. Choose a gentle, non-foaming cleanser that is specifically formulated for your skin type. Avoid using harsh, stripping cleansers that can damage your skin’s natural barrier.
Exfoliating your skin is an important step in any skincare routine. This helps to remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover, leaving your skin looking bright and refreshed. Choose an exfoliant that is suitable for your skin type and use it 1-2 times per week. Avoid over-exfoliating, as this can cause irritation and damage your skin.
Moisturising your skin is crucial for keeping it hydrated and healthy. Choose a moisturiser that is suitable for your skin type and apply it every day, both in the morning and at night. Look for products that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides, which help to keep your skin moisturised and plump.
Protect your skin – the sun isn’t always our friend!
Protecting your skin from the sun is crucial for preventing sun damage, premature ageing, and skin cancer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, even in the winter months. Reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours if you’re spending time outdoors, and wear protective clothing, such as hats and long-sleeved shirts.