3 skincare products you actually really need
3 skincare products you actually really you need
Extensive Korean skincare trends making their way over to the west has got everybody wondering how many steps do you actually need in a skincare routine? From extravagant (and unrealistic) 12 steps regimens to back to basics routines, but what do you actually need from your skincare? We spoke to dermatologists who gave us some surprisingly stripped back answers.
So the first must-have product that dermatologists recommend is a cleanser. It’s important to effectively wash your face and remove any dirt, makeup, excess oils, dead skin cells and environmental impurities that inevitably end up on your skin throughout the day. This should be done without stripping the skin of essential oils or disrupting its natural, protective barrier. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to feel that squeaky feeling for your skin to be clean. That squeaky feeling is just the cleanser stripping all your natural oils.
Cleansers generally only come into contact with your face for about 30 seconds twice a day, which means it’s more important to have a simple product that works than a fancy one that won’t clean your skin properly. We recommend using cleansers based on your skin type, for example if you have oily skin you should use a cleanser specifically made for oily or acne prone skin.
After cleansing, in both the morning and evening, it’s important to always follow with a moisturiser to restore and nourish the skin. This helps keep the skin’s protective barrier functioning properly and feeling nourished, smooth and soft. Moisturisers are particularly important if you have dry skin as they will help to prevent fine lines and improve the overall appearance of your skin over time.
Just like cleansers, you should be using a moisturiser dependant upon your skin type. If you have very dry skin you should opt for a heavier cream that you may have to apply more frequently. For those with normal skin, use a standardised lotion or light cream and anyone with oily skin should use a moisturising gel that will hydrate your skin but won’t add more oil.
This one comes at no surprise. SPF really is the most important product you can use on your skin so it should be right at the top of your list when it comes to skincare essentials. If you aren’t wearing sunscreen daily then we really can’t stress to you enough how much your skin will thank you in years to come. Sun damage causes premature ageing through age spots, brown spots, poor texture and wrinkles so the more sun damage you can prevent, through wearing SPF, the better your skin will be in the future.
Arguably the most important element of sunscreen is that it helps to prevent skin cancer as well as cosmetic sun damage. Melanoma which is the deadliest type of skin cancer, is the biggest cause of cancer deaths among people in their twenties. So not only can neglecting SPF make you look older than your years, it can cause premature death. That’s why it’s so important to apply SPF daily, regardless of the weather as the suns harmful rays can penetrate rain clouds and even glass windows.