Skin care routines for all skin types
Welcome to our guide on skin care routines for all skin types.
During this quick and easy guide to skin care, we will look at all the different types of skin and discuss what is the best skin care routine for you.
I began working as a beauty therapist at 17; after leaving school. Since then, I have without a doubt seen every skin type that there is. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin or even normal skin, caring for your skin is extremely important.
Additionally I have come across many skin routines online that expect you to put an hour or more into your skin care every day. In most cases, this is impossible. In my opinion, our skin care routines are very quick and easy. Although they work just as well. As well as this, they won’t cost you a months wage to follow unlike most posts you will see.
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A quick and easy guide to skin care- All about skin
To begin our quick and easy guide to skin care, we will take an overall look at skin and it’s purpose.
On the whole, skin is the thin layer of tissue that covers the outer body of a person (or animal in other cases.) and also has many functions.
Furthermore, the skin has 3 MAIN purposes, these are;
2- Thermoregulation- Helps to maintain and regulate the bodies temperature.
3- Sensitivity – Our skin also allows us to feel; touch, pressure or even pain.
Quick and easy guide to skin care- Skin properties
Next on our quick and easy guide to skin care is skin layers. As well as having 3 main functions, the skin also has 3 layers.
Furthermore, you can use our skin diagram for reference.
1- The first layer is the outermost layer, this is called the Epidermis. As well as being waterproof, the epidermis also gives your skin its tone. Additionally, the outermost layers of the epidermis has around 25+ layers of dead skin cells. However, these are shed continuously as new ones then take their place.
2- After the epidermis, you will find the layer known as the the dermis. Above all, this is probably the most important layer of the skin, as this is where sweat is produced. As well as this, the dermis is also where your hair grows and also assists in regulating the bodies temperature.
3-Lastly, we come to hypodermis. As above with the dermis, this layer also aids in regulating the bodies temperature. As well this, the hypodermis also attaches the dermis to your body and stores fat.
Quick and easy guide to skin care routines- What causes pimples and blemishes
Moving along in our quick and easy guide to skin care, we will explore what causes our pimples and blemishes.
Although there is no single thing that will cause these, it is important to look at all the factors that will contribute to you getting spots or blemishes.
In most cases, pimples or zits appear when your pores become blocked with dead skin cells or dirt. Occasionally, this can lead to skin infections or inflammation.
As well as this, other factors such as your diet and hormonal changes can also cause excess oil in your skin, this can also lead to blocked pores.
Although in most cases, spots are inevitable, there are however many things that you can do in order to reduce the risk of getting pimples or blemishes.
Quick and easy skin care routine- Other factors that contribute to pimples and blemishes
Touching your faceFirst, touching your face often will without a doubt cause breakouts or spots. Throughout the day your hands will come into contact with a lot of bacteria. Therefore, touching your face will transfer this bacteria onto your skin.
Stress levelsNext we move on to stress. Although in most cases, stress is unavoidable and unwanted, reducing your stress or finding a technique to combat your stress will aid massively in avoiding pimples and breakouts.
WeatherAnother aspect that will contribute to pimples and blemishes, is the weather. On the whole, the change in weather will leave your skin confused and unbalanced skin can lead to breakouts. On the other hand, hot weather can also cause pimples due to sweating.
Menstrual cycleLast but not least, we come to the menstrual cycle. As most women will know, mother nature causes many different hormonal changes in our body, one of the most common being spots and blemishes. Therefore, the most important time to concentrate on your skin care routines is most definitely
A quick and easy guide to skin care- Routines
Up next on our quick and easy guide to skin care I will cover the basics of our routines.
As well as this, I have included some links throughout this post for different skin care products that I recommend for your skin types.
Although the products vary, the routines for each skin type are very similar. Below, I have outlined the terms that you will see the most during our post.
Quick and easy guide to skin care- Cleansing
Fist, we on our quick and easy guide to skin care, we come to cleansing. Cleansing is technically just another word for cleaning. As well as this, you will find that each routine will include this step. However, the products will differ. Furthermore, the purpose of using a cleanser is to eliminate your old make-up, dead skin cells and bacteria from your skin.
Quick and easy guide to skin care- Exfoliating.
After cleansing, we come to exfoliating. On the whole, exfoliating is used to scrub off dead skin cells that are stuck a little firmer onto your skin. As well as this, exfoliating can also help to increase blood flow and circulation.
Additionally, It is important to note that you should NOT exfoliate every day as you may remove good oils. Instead, only exfoliate 2-3 times per week.
Quick and easy guide to skin care routines- Toning
Quick and easy guide to skin care- Moisturising
Another term that you will come across during this post is; moisturising. Moisturising is equally as important, if not more so than the others. As well as locking in moisture to your skin, it also replenishes the water levels in your skin. As a result, it will help maintain firmness and avoid flaky, dry skin.
A quick and easy guide to skin care- Normal (regular) Skin
To begin with, we will first cover our Skin routine for normal skin. Overall, this is the most tolerant skin type and isn’t usually affected by different temperature. As well as this, this skin type won’t need an intense skin care routine, but will still benefit from our guide.
Without a doubt, it is important to start your routine with a good cleanser. As mentioned above, this will help to eliminate the bacteria and dead skin cells from your body. Additionally, for cleansing normal skin, I would recommend you try NIVEA refreshing face wash gel. Not only does this face wash smell amazing and last a long time, but it is also very affordable and will cost you around £3-£4.
First, wash your face with warm water and Squirt a small amount into you hands. Next, apply to your face and gently rub around your face in circular motions.
Furthermore, you may also want to use an eye makeup remover if you have any waterproof mascara or eye liner. Garnier eye make-up remover is perfect for this.
In order to moisturise your skin, Once again apply small dots of moisturiser around your face and gently rub in until the lotion has been absorbed. For normal skin types, I recommend No 7 perfect and protect. This is usually around £25 but again, this will last you a long time.
A quick and easy guide to skin care routine- for dry skin
Another routine in our quick and easy guide to skin care is our dry skin routine. On the whole, dry skin may present as small, white, flaky skin or cracks in the skin. As a result, your skin may become itchy.
Usually, dry skin is very common in cold weather. As well as this, you become more prone to dry skin as you get older.
Although it may be tempting to scrub away your dead skin, this however will only make it irritated and sore, therefore try to avoid this.
Furthermore, our dry skin routine is very similar to the routine for normal skin, although we have added one more section. Besides this, some of the products have also changed to help eliminate dry skin.
Again, we begin with cleansing. As above, I recommend that you use NIVEA refreshing face wash gel as this is also very gentle. After washing your face with warm water, squirt a small amount of the face wash into your hands and continue washing your face. Next, gently rub into your skin and rinse with warm water.
Additionally, use a cotton wool ball and follow the steps in the last step.
After our toner, we again move onto exfoliating. As we are working with dry skin, exfoliating is extremely important. Besides removing bacteria and dead skin cells, it will also help eliminate your flaky skin. Again, you want to use an exfoliator suitable for dry skin to avoid irritation.
Furthermore, the serum I use myself and would recommend is La Roche-Posay hydrating serum. This normally costs around £22 and will last you a long time.
Next we move onto our moisturiser. Again, moisturiser plays an important part when fighting against dry skin. Moisturiser can prevent things such as; weather and environment from damaging our skin as it adds a protective layer. Overall, we find that the best moisturiser for dry skin is Vitamin E moisturiser from The Body Shop. As well as being our number 1 must have moisturiser, you will also see the difference almost immediately.
A quick and easy guide to skin care- Oily skin routine
A quick and easy guide to skin care- Oily skin routines
Last of all on our quick and easy guide to skin care, we look at oily skin. As the name suggests, oily skin is caused by excess oils on the skin. In order to tackle oily skin, a firm routine is necessary. Often, hormonal changes can often cause these extra oils to build up, and on many occasions this will result in more spots and blemishes.
Beginning again with cleansing, you need to ensure that you remove all of your makeup daily. As with a few factors, makeup can also cause excess oils on the skin. Although you could use the same cleanser as before, I recommend that you use a cleanser specifically designed for oily skin. Again, these are very cheap. The best cleanser for oily skin is this Pure active oily face scrub. This can also be used as an exfoliator.
Next, we again move onto exfoliating. Exfoliating will ensure that you have correctly removed as much bacteria and dirt as possible. Although exfoliating is essential, it is important to only exfoliate 2-3 times per week.
The moisturiser that I would recommend for oil skin is La Roche-Posay Effaclar MAT+ moisturiser for oily skin. This will cost around £17 and is well worth the money.
Quick and easy guide to skin care
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