What are the skincare rules you should never break? We asked Hayley Carr AKA London Beauty Queen to give us a tutorial in the laws of looking great, and she came back with some really helpful tips that are easy to fit into your daily routine.
“Looking after your canvas is the most important part of any beauty regime; you can primp and preen on the surface, but if you don’t create a healthy base beneath your efforts will be in vain. If you want to create an effective skincare regime but you’re not sure where you may be going wrong, here are the five skincare rules I personally believe you should never break.
- NEVER COMPROMISE ON SPF
One of the biggest causes of ageing is sun exposure, so using a daily SPF is absolutely essential if you don’t want to end up looking like an overcooked prune. Although many moisturisers and foundations now include a basic level of sun protection, it’s always a good idea to top up with a lightweight SPF – even during the winter months. If you can delay or stop those signs of ageing by applying your SPF under makeup every day, why wouldn’t you?
- ALWAYS DOUBLE CLEANSE
The reason I’m such a fan of the double cleanse is because the first round doesn’t always get rid of all that dirt and grime. Generally speaking, I wear a lot of makeup and use a lot of skincare products – so my cleanser has to work hard to remove it all at the end of the day. My first cleanse removes the makeup and dirt you can see, but the second removes it from the lower layers that you can’t; the result is squeaky clean skin that’s ready for my night creams. If you don’t completely remove all traces of makeup (or worse, all traces of cleanser,) then this could cause irritation, breakouts or blocked pores.
- EMBRACE A GOOD NIGHT CREAM
Although you can use any number of your ‘daytime’ formulas during the night too, the main difference is that night creams are saturated with ingredients that work best over a longer period of time while the body is resting. The skin can focus on absorbing the goodness, rather than protecting itself from environmental aggressors, and do so without the interference of makeup; night creams can help replenish the skin and work on those signs of ageing, without you even being aware. If you don’t use one it’s a wasted skincare opportunity!
- DON’T OVERDO IT
Overdoing it can be just as damaging (sometimes more so) than under-doing it, so be cautious and don’t feel like you need 13 steps in a regime for it to be effective. Super rich creams that are designed for someone ten or twenty years your junior or senior are not only a waste of money, but they could overload your skin and cause irritation; similarly, using too many exfoliators or acid toners can cause your skin to overcompensate by producing excess oil. Do your research and keep it simple; a good face mask may be all you need.
- LISTEN TO YOUR SKIN
Rather than worrying about what you should and shouldn’t do or be using, it’s important to listen to your own skin and identify the areas of change; if you notice a textural difference over time, or the appearance of fine lines around your eyes, then it may be time to up your skincare regime and start reaching for the more hardworking ingredients. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you should or shouldn’t be using something – instead listen to what your body is telling you.
Do you have any additional skincare rules that you think we should never break?
May 18th 2017 - by @CollectPlus