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7 steps to your best skin

Skincare shouldn’t be a chore, and it definitely doesn’t have to break the bank. Build a skincare routine in 7 simple steps and practise it regularly, to get your best skin. 

Try a few skin treatments at home each week to improve your skin's health and make it look brighter. It’s completely pampering and provides a relaxing slice of ‘me time’ to begin and end the day.

01

Cleansing

Cleansing is one of the most important parts of a good skincare routine. It removes dirt, oil, and pollution and clears the way for the ingredients in your other products to absorb properly.

You should cleanse once in the morning to remove any debris left on the skin overnight. When we sleep, our skin cells rest and repair. When we wake up, waste and sweat stay on the skin. So, we need to cleanse them away so our morning serums and moisturisers work.

 

Cleanse twice at night, especially if you’ve been wearing makeup and sunscreen. The first cleanse helps to whisk away make-up and the day’s debris. The second step will dissolve any leftover pollution, makeup, and waste. It also prepares your skin for the next steps. 

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Here’s a guide to what cleanser to choose for your skin type and how to use it

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Choose a gentle cleanser suited to your skin type. For oily skin, use a gel or foaming cleanser with exfoliating ingredients like glycolic acid to control excess oil. 

TIP: Dry skin types will do well with a cream cleanser containing hydrating ingredients like Shea butter, which has powerful moisturising benefits. If you have combination skin, use a mild, balancing cleanser with gentle exfoliating ingredients like glycolic acid.

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Apply cleanser to your fingertips and gently massage it onto your face in circular motions.

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Using a gel or foaming cleanser? Dampen your skin first with lukewarm water. If you’re using a cream cleanser, you can simply massage the cream directly onto your skin. 

TIP: Pay extra attention to areas where makeup and pollution might build up, like the hairline and the crevices around your nose.

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Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and repeat if it’s your nighttime cleanse. If it’s your morning cleanse, simply pat dry with a clean, warm towel.

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Toning

Toning helps restore the skin's pH balance after cleansing and removes any impurities that might still be lingering on your skin. It’s also another step in prepping your skin for better absorption of the upcoming skincare products. A toner helps to refine pores, brighten your skin tone and smooth its texture. 

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Here’s a guide on the best toner to choose for your skincare routine, plus how to use it

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For soothing and hydration, select an alcohol-free toner. Look for one that contains aloe vera and cucumber extracts, which will calm the skin and provide moisturising benefits.

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Put a little toner on a cotton pad or directly into  your hand. Sweep the cotton pad across your face, avoiding the eye area. Or, if you’re applying straight from your hands, use patting motions with your fingers.

TIP: Some toners come as mists, in which case you can simply hold the bottle 30 cm away from your face and spray it gently onto your skin

03

Serum

Serums are potent formulas designed to address specific skincare concerns, such as hydration, brightening, anti-ageing, or acne-fighting. They contain active ingredients, so they can work a little harder and deliver targeted benefits.

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Here’s a guide on the best serum to choose for your skincare routine, plus how to use it

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Select a serum that targets your skincare concern. It could be dull skin, oiliness, pigmentation, clogged pores, fine lines or something else. Most serums have this written on the label.

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A serum containing hyaluronic acid and vitamins B (niacinamide) and C, will suit all skin types and ages. Essano Happy Skin Supercharge Glow Serum, contains all of these and is a great value buy.

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Dispense a few drops of serum onto your fingertips. Be careful not to massage it into your hands, as this might activate the ingredients before they get to your face.

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Gently pat the serum on your face and neck. Read the instructions first to check if it’s suitable for the eyes. If the instructions say it’s OK, then you can take it up to the eye area.

04

Eye cream

The skin around the eyes is delicate and prone to fine lines, shadows and puffiness. Using eye cream can moisturise and nourish the eye area, reducing puffiness, dark circles, and temporarily minimise fine lines. 

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Here’s a guide on the best eye cream to choose for your skincare routine, plus how to use it

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Choose an eye cream suited to your skin type. If your skin is very dry, opt for a hydrating cream formula. Normal, sensitive, oily and combination skin types can look at gel or serum formulas, which are cooling and soothing.

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Dab a small amount of eye cream onto your ring finger. Gently tap the product around your eye area, including the under-eye and outer corners.

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Moisturiser

Moisturiser will help keep your skin smooth and feeling fresh. It also helps to keep your skin's natural protective layer healthy. It helps to keep skin looking firm and may help prevent the signs of premature ageing. 

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Step by step guide on moisturisers

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Choose your formula. Dry skin types will benefit from using a creamier formula. Oily, combination and acne prone skin types should use a milkier lotion. If your skin is sensitive, look for calming creams or lotions with soothing ingredients like aloe vera.

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Take a small amount of your moisturiser into your hands and massage it in upwards movements over your neck and face. 

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You might wish to apply a second layer, if your skin feels tight and dry, or if you simply like a little more hydration. 

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Weekly treatments

All skin types can ramp up their skincare and pamper time by exfoliating and using a mask once a week. It's like a small facial you can do at home. It can make your skin glow and enhance the effects of your daily skincare routine.

Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and promote cell turnover. You can pick a physical scrub with small grains to gently remove old cells and dirt from the skin. You can also use a chemical exfoliant with fruit acids that naturally dissolve the buildup on your skin. An exfoliating mask that uses clay or algae to draw out impurities is also an option.

 

Follow weekly exfoliating with a skincare treatment mask. Again, choose the product best suited to your skin type.

If you have normal skin, you can pick and choose according to your skin’s daily needs. Dry skin types are better off using a cream mask with lots of moisturising benefits. Combination and oilier skin types would be better using a gentle mud mask.

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Step by step guide on treatments

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Choose your exfoliating product according to your skin type. Normal skin can choose any formula they like. However, dry, sensitive, oily, or congested skin should opt for gentler options. These options include chemical exfoliants or exfoliating masks.

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Apply and use your exfoliant according to the directions on the pack. Always be gentle with whichever formula you use.

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Rinse away and gently dry your skin with a clean, dry towel.

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Apply your face mask according to the instructions and sit back and relax while it works. After leaving it on for the recommended time, you should wash it off. Then, apply your serum, eye cream, and moisturiser as you usually do. 


Tip: If you have very dry skin, try using Frula Skin Rosehip Hydrate and Glow Face Oil for extra hydration. Congested skin types might prefer a spot treatment like Skin Republic Spot Clear Salicylic Acid Patch.

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Sunscreen

Sunscreen is likely the most important product in your skincare routine. Apply it every day, even if you're not swimming or going to the beach. The sun’s UV rays can cause skin damage even in winter and on very cloudy days. So it's super important to protect your skin with sunscreen, as well as a hat and wide sunglasses. You should always seek the shade where possible. 

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Step by step guide on sunscreen

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Always choose a sunscreen that has broad spectrum SPF30+ or higher protection. A water resistant formula is a really good choice.

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Apply it generously at least 20 minutes prior to going  outdoors & reapply at least every two hours.

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Add an extra layer of protection by wearing a hat, shirt  and wide sunglasses, too.

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Remember sunscreen is only a preventative measure - slip, slop, slap, seek & slide!

Last word

By following this step-by-step skincare routine, you're giving your skin the love and care it deserves. Customise the routine based on your skin type and concerns. This ensures that you'll enjoy the benefits of healthy, radiant skin for years to come. Remember, consistency is key, so make this routine a daily habit for the best results. 

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