Get your skin naturally beautiful for your wedding day – skincare products and how to use them
Yesterday we were joined on the blog by The Organic Make-up Artist on the start of a 3-part feature on how to get your skin naturally beautiful in preparation for your wedding day. Today, Laura is back with the second part, looking at different products and how to use them. Over to Laura…
Hi everyone! Yesterday we looked at the importance of starting a good skincare regime, today we are moving on to looking at different products and how to use them. If you have any questions for me, please leave them in the comments box at the bottom and I’ll try my best to help you.
Products and how to use them
Skincare regimes are a very personal thing, depending mostly on time and inclination. Whether you choose to undertake a full cleanse, tone and moisturising routine or simply give a quick one-over with a facial wipe and a slick of night cream as you get into bed, your skin will benefit.
Choosing skincare products can be a minefield – both for your skin and your pocket, but good skincare needn’t come at a price. Before you embark on a journey into the world of discarded creams and ineffective lotions, I suggest is to find out what type of skin you have. If you are unsure, then do seek advice, most reputable skincare stores have trained specialists who will be able to direct you as to the best products for your skin type (but don’t feel pressured into buying!). I can assure you, this will save you time, money and stress in the long run.
Cleaning is the first step to beautiful skin, removing the impurities and bacteria that build up on the skin throughout the day. There are however, a huge number of different products out there for cleansing, from gels to lotions and wipes to creams, the array is bewildering! This is where knowledge of your skin types comes into play, as choosing the right products will ensure that your skin is cleansed in a way that makes it stay happy.
Different Types of Cleaners – you won’t need them all, just one:
Cleansing Creams, Milks & Lotions
Cleansing creams, milks and lotions vary in their consistency, however essentially are fluid emulsions that dissolve the impurities on the surface of the skin.
Facial wipes have become big business over the past few years and are probably the simplest and quickest way of cleansing your skin. Many wipes sadly contain high quantities of alcohol, which can be drying on the skin; there are however some great organic alternatives out there that have little or no alcohol in them.
Some people still prefer to remove their make-up with good old-fashioned water rather than use a cleansing fluid and this is absolutely fine. Use a specially formulated cleansing foam, gel or wash in order to help prevent your skin feeling dry and tight following washing and to aid the removal of surface dirt. By the way: soap – please don’t even entertain the idea!
Please Note: not all cleansers are effective at removing make-up so it may be necessary to use a separate product to do this.
Toners are applied after a cleanser and help close the skin’s pores, hydrate and remove any remaining traces of cleansers and impurities that are left on the skin. They take a variety of forms; astringents, fresheners and tonics, each suitable for different skin types.
Moisturisers are emollients (something that softens and soothes the skin) that are applied to the skin following cleansing and toning. They help prevent the skin from becoming too dry by hydrating and locking in moisture.
Exfoliating isn’t something that you need to do every day. In fact once or twice a week would be enough for the majority of people. Exfoliation is the process of removing the dull, dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, leaving you with a brighter complexion.
Masks are another once a week product. They give your skin a deep-clean, removing engrained dirt and impurities. There are many available on the market to suit all skin types, however, if you have the time, you can make your own natural (and low cost) face masks using simple store cupboard ingredients. There are a huge number of recipes available online and in natural skincare books.
It isn’t necessary to use all of these products either frequently or at all. As I have said, skincare is a personal thing and if you simply don’t fancy using something, don’t. The one important thing I would say don’t miss out on is moisturiser, this will benefit your skin more than any of the other products.
Skincare Tips To Remember
Don’t feel obliged to invest in a ‘complete skincare system’ from a brand (regardless of that you are told); it is perfectly acceptable to have mis-matching brands and products in your cupboard.
No two skins are the same. Whatever works for you!
My Skincare Routine
My skincare routine is by no means perfect and does vary immensely. I admit to being quite lax on occasion too, especially if I am filming; which frequently results on early starts, late finishes and this is frequently done in the make-up room at some odd moment during the day – usually mid afternoon! The products I use will vary, I like to try new things and although I do chop and change, there are some much loved favourites in the bathroom cabinet.
I have tried to put together an honest outline of my daily skincare routine…
From the off I am going to confuse issues (sorry!). I currently have three cleansers; one exfoliating one that I use roughly once a week (and my partner with combination skin uses most days), one lightly exfoliating, creamy one that I use when I am in the shower and in a rush (perfect those 5am starts) and a liquid one that I use when I have time to spend on my skin. I use any of them based on my schedule for that day.
I love the feeling on toner on my skin, especially if my skin is feeling tight. Once I have cleansed (using my cleanser of choice that day) I simply shut my eyes and give my face a little spritz from above and let the toner fall. I then leave it for a moment or two before applying moisturiser.
If I do nothing else to my skin, I do ensure that I moisturize. I have quite dry skin that has a tendency to be sensitive and prone to being upset by the weather and so I vary the product I use depending on the climate, season and how my skin is looking and feeling.
Once I’ve toned, I apply the moisturiser to my face, avoiding the eye area and also smooth it upwards from my collarbone to chin (the upwards motion helps avoid dragging the delicate skin on the neck which is one of the first areas of your skin to show age). On a good day, I then apply a small dot of eye cream around my eyes.
If I am working or feeling a little lacking in colour I then apply a tinted moisturizer across my face and neck to ‘brighten me up’ and If it is a sunny day, then I mix a little sun screen into the tinted moisturizer for extra SPF protection.
That’s it. In a nutshell, my skincare ‘sort of’ routine!
In My Bathroom Cabinet (currently)
Angels On Bare Skin – £5.95/per100g – Lush
“My exfoliating cleanser, I use this once a week to remove the dead skin cells. I love the way it makes my skin look.”
Cleansing Cream – £14.95 – Dr Hauschka
“My ‘in a rush & in the shower’ cleanser. Smells beautifully of roses.”
Hydro-Calm Cleanser – £18.00 – Ren
“Light and easy to use and smells lovely too.”
Dr Hauschka Facial Toner – £19.51 – Dr Hauschka
“A great basic everyday toner for most skin types.”
Eau Roma Water – £7.00 – Lush
“Fantastic for if my skin is feeling dry and tight.”
Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream – £23.95 – Dr Hauschka
“I use this mostly in the winter or on those days when my skin feels very dry and unhappy for intense but delicate moisture coverage.”
Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Cream – £11.19 – So Organic
“Great every day moisturiser for sensitive skin, lightweight and non-greasy.”
Madara Moonflower Tinting Fluid – £23.00 – Pravera
“This is my life saving product for adding colour and radiance to my skin.”
If you have any questions for Laura , please leave them below in the comments box, and do check back tomorrow for the final part – the countdown to the big day.
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