While some people find researching and trying different skincare products fun (I’m guilty!), a large proportion of people do not. Skincare routines can seem daunting and most people would rather just stick to a trusty makeup wipe or water. But skincare doesn’t have to be complex and confusing. Read on for the ultimate no-nonsense cheat sheet to skincare.
Realistically, cleansers aren’t on your face for that much time at all. So it’s really not possible for them to be the all-singing, all-dancing product that they claim to be. The function of a cleanser is to clean your face from makeup, dirt and oil so that your other skincare items actually work.
Opt for a classic, no-nonsense brand. Facial cleansers, like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (£8.99), have been around forever for a reason: because they work. Avoid face washes that have moisture-stripping ingredients, such as sulphates. These will do more harm than good.
This may seem a little complex to be under the concept ‘Basic Skincare Routine’, BUT I really believe this should be a part of every persons’ routine. Treatments are the most customizable part of your routine, allowing you to target any skin concerns.
Acne-prone? Try salicylic acid, such as Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant (£25). Ageing? Try retinols, like The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% (£8). Dryness? Try hyaluronic acid, for example Indeed Labs Hydraluron Serum (£24.99).
Everyone should be using a moisturiser. Yes, even those with oily skin; you just need to make sure it’s ‘non-comedogenic’. Moisturiser is important for protecting, hydrating and soothing your skin and, quite frankly, you’d be silly to skip it.
La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra (£17.50) is ideal for normal to dry skin. Whereas an oil-free moisturiser works better for oily, acne-prone skin, such as Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil-Free Moisturiser (£4.25).
Yes this may be last in the routine, but it is probably the most important part. Use sun cream. Every. Single. Day. Rain or shine.
Facial sun cream’s have come a long way in recent years. They are no longer the thick, oily, white creams that were plastered on our faces as children. A cult favourite is the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Sun Cream Fluid SPF50+ (£16.50). For a much more pocket-friendly SPF, go for Simple Kind To Skin+ Protecting Moisture Cream SPF30 UVA/UVB (£6.99).
The beauty of skincare is that it can be customized to anyone. It can be basic or complex and can be tailored around whatever the skin concern you may have. While the above steps are essential in any skincare routine, it is not an exclusive list and you can adapt it as you wish. Remember that each skincare routine should be unique to that person, there are no blanket rules. Master the basics and learn about your skin before you move on to bigger and more complex things.