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Published: Thu March 12, 2015
Categories: Top 5 Advice
1. Get orderly
The basic rules to follow are - Cleanse to remove make up, oils and grime, exfoliate to remove dead skin cell build up and aid skin regeneration, correct with a treatment serum, hydrate with an antioxidant rich moisturiser and protect with Spf 50.
(Make up always goes on last).
The general rule is to apply products from thinnest to thickest. Products that have the most active ingredients such as retinol, glycolic acid, or skin-brightening ingredients go underneath a moisturiser. Follow with products for soothing or moisturising, from thinnest to thickest.
2. Clean out your cupboards
Most skin products have a shelf life of 12 months once opened. If you are unsure contact your product manufacturer.
As a guideline if the product has changed colour, consistency, or begins to smell unpleasant, it's time to renew it. Be sure to store your products in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to help them last. Eye gels and calming serums are ultra cooling when applied straight from the fridge!
3. Be choosey
The more dehydrated your skin, the more reactive it will be to the more stimulating ingredients such as retinols and glycolics. Work to treat the dehydration first with a moisturiser, balm or treatment oil prior to introducing more intense treatment products.
When in doubt seek professional advice to be sure you have the right products for your skin type.
4. Read and Obey
Follow the skincare manufacturer’s application instructions to ensure that you use the correct amount of product. Some products are designed to be used in tiny amounts, may be prohibited for use around the eye area or need to be used at night time. Using your products incorrectly could result in unnecessary skin irritation.
5. Be patient
The skin is the largest organ of the body and therefore it takes time to regenerate and renew. It can take up to 6-12 weeks of using the same products to see results for more chronic skin conditions such as acne and pigmentation.