With the new year in full swing, now is the perfect time to up the game on your skincare, making positive and long lasting changes for ultimate skin health. We have broken down some simple steps that will benefit your skin not just now, but in years to come.
WEAR SPF EVERY DAY
Make a commitment to yourself, rain, hail or shine to wear sunscreen every day. Sun exposure to the skin has damaging effects and results in premature ageing. Using an SPF daily will protect skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, prevent pigmentation, uneven skin tone and loss in collagen. A sunscreen with 40-50+ SPF is best. Layer underneath foundation or wear a tinted BB Cream with SPF on its own.
KNOW YOUR SKIN
Before investing in new skincare or treatments, familiarise yourself with your skin type, ensuring your products are relative to your needs. Your skin will receive the best results from treatments that are targeted to specific concerns. Whether you are oily, dry, combination or pigmented, the first step to invigorating your regime is to identify what is best suited to your needs.
If you are not already using serums, now is the time! Introduce more performance based skincare for results that have longer term effects. Serums are potent solution based formulas, that penetrate the skin and work hard to reverse or prevent varied skin concerns. Serums should be well and truly within your routine from your 20s on.
If you are still familiarising yourself with your skins needs, start with a Hyaluronic Acid serum, which every skin type can hugely benefit from. This offers a deeper level of hydration, to plump, firm and protect the skin.
Skin and hair masks are a great way to boost your regime, and an essential component to achieve good skin and hair health at home. They are easy to introduce and combat a variety of concerns. Leaving a targeted treatment on for the time advised, allows ingredients to penetrate deeper leaving skin and hair healthy and revitalised. Introduce masking 2-3 times weekly and the results will show.
BEAUTY- FROM THE INSIDE OUT
It’s not just what you put on your skin that counts, but how you take care of yourself from the inside. As we age our body’s ability to hold water lessens and in turn skin cell structure deteriorates leading to visible signs of ageing. Adequate water supply is crucial to nourish and hydrate your cells and the best way to achieve this is not only not only by drinking your 2-3 litres of water a day but by ‘eating your water’ in the form of water rich foods like cucumber, watermelon, zucchini and spinach. When you consume water through fruits and vegetables your body absorbs the water content slowly, providing you with effective & lasting hydration. You also get powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, all contributing to healthy and beautiful skin.
Exfoliation is a crucial step to healthy skin. Our cell turnover diminishes as we age, meaning a build-up of dead skin sits on the surface resulting in a congested, dull, and uneven complexion. Introducing regular exfoliation into your regime will support cell turnover and revitalise your skin. Whether using active AHA peels, scrubs or lotions, exfoliation will remove skin build up; allowing serums and moisturizers to penetrate deeper, make up application is easier, and skin looks fresh, clean and luminous. We recommend including exfoliation into your cleansing routine every second evening. Try Cane & Austin’s retexturing pads.
SCRUB YOUR SCALP
A healthy scalp=healthy hair. While shampoos and masks will treat your ends and keep them clean, a hair scrub will work at the core of your hairs well-being by stimulating circulation, ridding dead skin cells and eliminating dirt and product build up. A scrub once a week or every second week instead of shampooing, will prevent a dry flaky scalp and clogged hair follicles, resulting in healthy growth and nourished ends.
Introduce the Double Cleanse into your evening cleansing routine. This approach ensures the day’s build-up of makeup, SPF and grime is thoroughly removed and skin effectively cleansed. This doesn’t just eliminate bacteria and prevent breakouts, but makes way for effective application of evening care products, allowing them to penetrate the skin properly. Wash face gently with a milk, gel or oil cleanser, and follow with a water based Micellar solution. Douse a cotton pad and wipe over your skin- you will be surprised at how much residue your first cleanse may have failed to remove! Regular double cleansing will result in a clear and healthy complexion.
START TAKING CARE OF YOUR EYES
The skin around the eyes is thinner and far more delicate than the rest of the face, and therefore signs of aging show around your eyes first. The best approach is prevention. Eye treatments should be introduced to your regime in your early 20’s, so if you’re not already using eye care, now is the time to start. Eye creams and Serums are specifically formulated to deliver potent antioxidants, hydration, and anti-ageing benefits without causing irritation to this precious area… Start treating now.