I’ll be honest, there’s lots of things to learn about skincare, and no doubt I’ll find some more things you NEED to know in the future. But here’s a starting point for your skincare journey.
Number 1 (I honestly can’t stress this enough), oily skin does not require ‘drying’. Please don’t go applying rubbing alcohol to your spots or your t-zone! Oily skin requires balancing, which other oils can assist with! Ensure you’re following a typical routine still and use products that contain oils including lemon, lemon myrtle, lavender, rose geranium, tea tree, and patchouli. Jojoba oil can also be great for promoting balanced sebum production.
Number 2, cleansing is non-optional. Your skin does need cleaning, but gently. Oil, cream-based and milk-based cleansers are perfect for this! Oils like coconut oil, castor oil, and sweet almond are great for this, and so is apple extract. All of these work to cleanse the skin, gently removing dirt, toxins and impurities.
Number 3, there is such a thing as over exfoliation. Don’t get me wrong, exfoliating is necessary, but try to refrain from doing it daily! The purpose of exfoliating is to remove dead skin cell build up and stimulate new cell growth. Doing this every single day though is more likely to result in dry skin, especially through winter. Also exfoliating is not a substitute for cleansing, when you exfoliate, you need to do both; cleanse first, then exfoliate (then moisturise!)
Number 4, moisturiser is life. Moisturising is necessary to nourish and hydrate your skin, post cleansing and exfoliating, of course! Moisturisers are usually what contain the highest amounts of extracts (which contain vitamins and antioxidants) which help to nourish your skin and protect it against the elements and free radicals.
And finally, number 5, eye creams are a good idea. The skin around your eyes is particularly fine and delicate which means you need a fine and delicate formula to match. Eye creams are usually thinner formulas which are more readily absorbed and packed with essential nutrients, high in vitamin C as well as extracts like green tea and rosehip oil which help to provide intense hydration and fight the signs of aging. Eye creams can also contain ingredients which are less likely to cause sensitivities.
There you have it, 5 things that you absolutely need to know about skincare! Combining these 5 things form a good, basic skincare routine. If you would like some help or further advice about a skincare routine, please reach out. Of course, all advice given would still be general and if you have any specific concerns you should see your doctor.