CHOOSING THE CORRECT MORNING ROUTINE

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Everyone’s skin is so different, so it’s vital to get to know your certain skin type in order to look after it. Lots of us skip that all-important morning skincare routine (usually for those extra 10 minutes in bed), but you should make this a priority - it’s just as important as your evening routine! Here are some quick and easy routines for every kind of skin type:

DRY SKIN

  1. Cleanse using a gentle and hydrating cleanser or face wash. Make sure you check the label before buying a cleanser, to make sure it’s the right one for your skin. Certain cleansers can be milder than others, which is crucial for dry skin.
  2. Apply a serum like a Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is a type of molecule that’s already found naturally in your skin. These molecules retain moisture in the skin by trapping water within tissue cells. A serum containing Vitamin B5 will also work well to enhance surface rehydration.
  3. Next up; moisturiser. A pretty self-explanatory step for dry skin, but if you apply a moisturiser while your face is still damp, it’ll lock more moisture into the skin.
  4. Last but not least, always apply your SPF. No matter what the weather condition, applying an SPF of factor 30+ is significant in reducing ageing. If you suffer from seriously dry skin due to medication such as Roaccutane, your skin will also be a lot more sensitive to sunlight, so getting that factor 50+ SPF on your skin is best. Also consider investing in an SPF spray, so you can keep topping up your protection throughout the day.
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OILY SKIN

  1. Cleansing in the morning should be an essential step if you have oily skin. Build up of oils and dirt found on your pillowcase can mean clogged pores and blackheads. A suitable cleanser will refresh your skin and prepare it for the day ahead.
  2. Next, it’s so important to exfoliate oily skin 2-3 times a week. This removes dead skin cells and dirt. Just make sure the exfoliator you use is gentle enough to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Avoid over-exfoliating as this can actually generate excess oils that your skin is trying to make up for.
  3. Another step to add to your morning routine is a hydrating toner. There’s a common misconception that people with oily skin should not use moisturising products. But a hydrating toner is super important for oily skin as it helps restore the pH balance. Cleansers made for oily skin have active ingredients that help to prevent breakouts, but they can be aggressive on your skin. While these formulas are great for keeping you spot-free, they can leave your skin feeling dry. This is where using a hydrating toner comes in. Hydrated skin is happy skin!
  4. Follow on from toning with moisturising. A gel or water-based moisturiser works well for oily skin, because they’re not too rich and won’t leave you feeling greasy. 
  5. The final step in your routine should always be an SPF of factor 30+. A spray SPF works well for oily skin, and will feel nice and light while keeping you protected from sun damage.

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COMBINATION SKIN

(Combination skin means you have both oily and dry skin on different areas of your face)

  1. Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser suitable for combination skin. The right cleanser will clean your skin without drying it out, which is key for combination skin! 
  2. Next, use a mild toner. Depending on how dry your skin is on certain areas of your face, consider applying toner just to your T-zone, as this tends to be where the majority of oil is produced.
  3. Use a hydrating serum and focus on your dry patches/the areas you didn’t tone. Using a Hyaluronic Acid serum hydrates your skin by helping trap water within tissue cells. A Vitamin C or Vitamin B5 will also work well to enhance surface rehydration in your dry areas.
  4. After that, use a light moisturiser all over your face. Although certain areas of your skin may be oilier than others, it’s still important to moisturise your face. It’s a myth that oily skin doesn’t need hydration! People often mistake oil as hydration, but skin oil is called sebum and is secreted by the sebaceous glands to help maintain the barrier function of your skin.
  5. Finally, like all morning skincare routines, SPF should always be the final step. Protection from UV exposure can help to retain collagen production, protect the skin from dangerous sun damage and help prevent ageing. So get that SPF on, whatever the weather!

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