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4 Steps to fabulous Skin

Regardless of the type of skin you have, a good skincare routine will help you to keep your skin looking radiant and fabulous at any age. The secret to good skincare is a four-step approach; cleanse, tone, treat and moisturise.

Our skin needs change with age as well as our life situation. For some, pollutants are an issue, for others, sun is a key concern. For younger skin, spots may be a worry whilst mature skin may need extra hydration.

Step 1: Cleanse

The general rule of thumb here is that cleansing morning and evening is ideal. However, if you have dry skin then you may wish to use just plain water in the morning. It’s always important to cleanse skin at the end of the day, to remove any products and make-up you have used that day as well as dirt, oil and dead skin cells which collect on the skin during the day.

A gentle but hydrating cleanser tends to be suitable for any skin type and it can be helpful to choose a fragrance-free cleanser where possible, as these tend to be less likely to cause any irritation to the skin.

Step 2: Tone

This is useful to balance your skin’s ph value. Those with acne-prone skin can use a toner with salicylic acid which can reduce the number of breakouts. Dry skin tends to benefit from a hydrating toner.

Step 3: Treat

This can help to avoid damage from the sun and pollutants and is a great next step to protect the skin long-term.

If you are concerned about the health of the skin around the eyes then you can use an eye cream also. This should be applied very gently with your little finger to avoid damaging the very sensitive skin under the eyes.

Step 4: Moisturise

Next, use a moisturiser. Once again, a fragrance-free product is ideal as these tend to be suitable for a range of skin types and are particularly appropriate for sensitive skin. With a huge choice of options and a dizzying array of ingredients, what should you choose?

Products containing Hyaluronic acid will restore lost hydration and plump up skin.

Ceramides are good for overall skin health and are particularly useful for dry and eczema-prone skin.

Vitamin C: Provides overall skin brightening.

It is a myth that those with oily or acne-prone skin should avoid using a moisturiser. Excessive washing without using a moisturiser can trigger oil production. However, the moisturiser you use should be non-comedogenic, which means it won’t block pores and cause further skin issues.

As featured in Handpicked Harrogate E-Magazine October 2021