So this post is based on the contents of my first speech to my class about skincare routines. It had to be a short talk and so is not very detailed, but it focuses on the basics of a good routine – Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise! You need to be doing these things morning and night. I know it might be the last thing you want to do just before bed, but sleep isn’t called Beauty Sleep for nothing – it’s when our skin recovers from the previous day, but it is very difficult for it to recover if it’s caked in make up and daily grime. It’s also the time when spots prepare to show their ugly heads!
So the first most important step to having clear, great looking skin is to ensure it is clean. Spots and pimples come from pores that are clogged with dead skin cells – (I know it’s gross!) The basic idea to clear skin, is to keep your pores clean. It’s actually impossible to do this with just a regular soap, so you need to use a specialist product that will get deep inside the pore. There are different types of cleansers you can use, and I’ll talk more about these in future blogs. The one I prefer, because it makes my skin feel really clean, is a cleanser that you use as a face wash with water. Don’t tug on your skin when washing it, use warm water to wet your skin and then apply a foaming cleanser – make sure you rinse off thoroughly!
Again, all the big beauty brands make a toner. For young skin, we need a toner that is as natural as possible and that doesn’t contain any alcohol. Great Toners make your skin feel so good – no matter what skin type you are! You use a small amount on a cotton pad and gently smooth over your skin to get rid of all traces of cleanser, dirt and dead skin cells to prepare it for the finishing touch …. moisturiser! Don’t be surprised if the cotton pad is black when you have finished – this is a good thing and shows you that you are really clean now!
Moisturiser is great and adds that extra WOW factor to your face. It also adds vitamins to the skin which makes the face look super healthy. Teenage skin doesn’t need a thick heavy cream – go for something light that is quickly absorbed. If you can, choose a moisturiser with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF), like in sun cream – the earlier we start protecting our skin from the sun’s harmful Ultra Violet rays, the better. It is these harmful UV rays that cause early aging and wrinkles! Not what we want!
I know most people hate the idea of a ‘Routine.’ Routine isn’t usually a word I like either. When it comes to fresh looking skin, however, I love it! Getting into the habit of a daily skin care routine now sets you up for life and let’s face it, if you feel good on the outside you’ll most certainly feel good on the inside. SO TREAT YOUR SKIN RIGHT!
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