How to build a skincare wardrobe
Your skincare routine is like your wardrobe. Yes, you have your staples that you rely on time and time again, like your go-to cleanser, moisturiser, or SPF, but it’s important to understand that just like seasonal changes call for a change of outfits, the same theory should be applied to your skincare routine. You wouldn’t wear the same clothes all year round, so why use the same skincare?
It’s important to assess your skin and its condition on a regular basis and have products in your skincare arsenal that allow you to adapt your routine to tend to your skin and its needs. With winter, comes changes in our skin and this is the perfect opportunity to switch up your routine and invest in some new skincare. Below is a guide to some great additions to help boost your skincare routine.
It’s essential to have a good cleansing routine to ensure that your skin is clean and prepared for the next step of your routine. Double cleansing is the best method, and this means using a cleansing balm or oil first to break down the dirt, SPF and makeup, and then using a gel-based cleanser to wash your skin thoroughly. It’s great to have a range of cleansers to treat the skin if you notice any changes, for example, cleansing milk for when the skin is dry and a gel for a deep clean and to purify the skin when it's prone to breakouts.
Hydration Boosters & Treatment Lotions
If you feel like your skin is lacking in hydration and is dehydrated, then a treatment lotion or essence would be a good addition to your routine. Treatment lotions help to deliver hydration to the skin, soften and visibly improve the appearance of any texture. These are best applied to the skin using your fingers after you cleanse and before the application of any serums. They also help your serums to penetrate deeper into the skin.
Serums are the stars of the show when it comes to your skincare routine and everyone should be using them. They deliver a high concentration of specific ingredients to the skin to help tackle many skincare concerns. The great thing about them is that they are lightweight, so they are able to penetrate deep into the skin for better results. The key ones to have in your routine are an antioxidant serum such as vitamin C to protect against visible signs of ageing, a hydrating serum to keep your skin plump and hydrated and a retinol serum to help reverse signs of ageing.