Choosing the correct morning routine for your skin type
Choosing the best morning routine for your skin type
Everyone has different skin and it is vital to know how to identify and look after your certain skin type. A morning skincare routine can be something a lot of us skip for those extra 10 minutes in bed. However, you should make your morning skincare routine a priority as it is just as important as your evening routine. Here are some quick and easy routines suitable for each skin types!
- Cleanse using a gentle and hydrating cleanser/facewash. Make sure you are checking the label before purchasing a cleanser to make sure it is suitable for your skin type. Certain cleansers can be milder than others which is crucial to look out for if your suffer from dry skin.
- Apply a serum such as a Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is a type of molecule that is already found naturally in your skin. These molecules serve to absorb water and retain moisture in the skin by trapping water within tissue cells. A serum containing Vitamin B5 will also work well to enhance surface rehydration.
- Next, apply moisturiser. A pretty self-explanatory step for dry skin, however by applying a moisturiser while your face is still damp, you'll lock more moisture into the skin.
- Finally, a pivotal step in looking after all skin types is to always apply your SPF. No matter what the weather condition, applying an SPF of factor 30+ is significant in reducing ageing. If you are suffering with seriously dry skin due to medication such as Roaccutane, your skin will also be more sensitive to sunlight, therefore Factor 50+ SPF will be best for your skin. As well, consider investing in an SPF spray to allow you to top up your protection throughout the day.
- Cleansing in a morning should be an essential step if you suffer with oily skin. Build up of oils and dirt found on your pillowcase can result in clogged pores and blackheads. Using a suitable cleanser will refresh your skin and prepare it for the day ahead.
- Next, it is important to exfoliate oily skin 2-3 times a week to remove dead skin cells and dirt. Ensure the exfoliator you use is gentle on your skin to leave your skin feel soft and smooth. Avoid over-exfoliating as this can can actually result in producing excess oil that your skin is trying to make up for.
- Another step to add into your morning routine, is a hydrating toner. There is a misconception that people with oily skin should not use moisturising products. However, a hydrating toner is important for oily skin as it helps restore the pH balance. Cleansers made for oily skin have active ingredients that help to prevent breakouts, however, they can be aggressive on your skin. While these formulas are great for keeping your skin free from spots, they can leave your skin feeling dry. This is where using a hydrating toner will help bring balance back to the skin. Hydrated skin is happy skin!
- Follow on from toning with moisturising. A gel or water based moisturiser works well for oily skin as these are not too rich. Using a thick or oil based moisturiser will be too much for you skin and leave it feeling greasy.
- The final step in your routine should always be an SPF of factor 30+. For oily skin, a spray SPF will be good for you and it will feel nice and light on your skin.
(Combination skin is characterised as having both oily and dry skin on different areas of your face.)
- Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser that is suitable for combination skin. If you’re struggling to find one, check out CeraVe. They have a large variety of products suitable for every skin type. Using a cleanser suitable for combination skin successfully cleans your skin without drying it out.
- Next, use a mild toner. Depending on how dry your skin is on certain areas of your face, consider applying toner to just your T-zone, as this tends to be where the majority of oil is produced.
- 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 to trap water within tissue cells. A Vitamin C or Vitamin B5 will also work well to enhance surface rehydration in your dry areas.
- Then, use a light moisturiser all over your face. Although certain areas of your skin may be more oily than others, it is still important to moisturise your face, it’s a myth that oily skin doesn’t need hydration! People often mistake oil as hydration. The oil your skin produces is called sebum and is secreted by the sebaceous glands to help maintain the barrier function of your skin.
- Finally, like all morning skincare routines, SPF should be the final step no matter what your skin type. Protection from UV exposure can help to retain the ability of collagen production, protect the skin for sun damage such as skin cancer and help prevent ageing.