A simple step-by-step
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Hello, I’m Paula Begoun, founder of the skincare line Paula’s Choice, and I’m back with my next column as the Marie Claire Skincare Master. In my columns I will de-bunk skin myths, let you in on skincare secrets and tell you exactly which ingredients the skincare industry is currently obsessed with and why.
Knowing the right products to use and putting together a brilliant skincare routine can be a daunting task. The sheer number of options, figuring out what you need for daytime versus nighttime, determining order of application, and how many products you should be using is just confusing. I’ve done the hard work for you. I’ve compiled the list for you. These are the products you need to use to achieve beautiful short and long-term results no matter your age or skin type.
Skincare routine in order of application
Step 1: Cleanser
Everyone needs to start with a gentle, water-soluble cleanser. If you wear heavy makeup and sunscreen, use a makeup remover and follow with your gentle cleanser.
Step 2: Exfoliator
Next, apply a leave-on AHA (5% to 10%) or BHA exfoliant (0.5 %to 2%) every day or every other day based on how your skin responds. This is a game-changing step to resurface and smooth skin in ways no other product can.
Step 3: Moisturiser with SPF
Every morning, the last step is a daytime moisturiser with an SPF 30 or greater. Sunscream is not optional. You cannot prevent aging or have even-toned, radiant skin without protecting it year-round from sun damage, which is really about daylight damage.
4. In the evening, after repeating steps one and two (cleansing and exfoliating), apply a nighttime moisturiser loaded with skin-restoring ingredients and antioxidants. It can even be use around your eyes.
Skincare routine for your skin type:
It’s so important that the texture of your products suits your skin type.
Skincare routine for oily skin
If you have oily, blemish-prone skin, only use products with a liquid, gel, or light serum texture to nourish and repair skin and prevent clogged pores.
Skincare routine for dry skin
If you have dry skin use richer, softening creams.
Skincare routine for combination skin
If you have normal to combination skin use thin lotions or light creams.
You also might want to add products to the above routine depending on your skincare concerns. For example, if you have acne, rosacea, extremely dry or oily skin, advanced signs of sun damage such as skin pigmentation, a rough uneven dull surface etc. This is fine, as long as the basis of the skincare routine follows the above steps.
If the skin around your eyes is drier the skin on your face, add an eye cream. If you’re using liquid or light serums on your face they might not be soothing enough if your eye area is very dry. During the day don’t forget to apply suncream around your eyes and wear sunglasses when outdoors.
Skincare routine – things to avoid
Well formulated products should contain lots of antioxidants, replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients. Almost all of these vitally important ingredients break down with ongoing exposure to air. Every time you use a product in a jar, you take the lid off and expose it.
Whether the fragrance is from plant extracts, essential oils or it’s synthetic, fragrance causes irritation, which is awful for your skin. Scary, but true. Even if you don’t see or feel the irritation on skin’s surface, the damage is silently occurring below and will lead to skin problems and signs of aging in the years ahead.
Harsh or abrasive scrubs
These are your really rough facial scrubs. They cause micro-tears in skin and breakdown the skin’s surface protection, making skin more susceptible to environmental damage. Stick to you fruit enzymes and chemical exfoliants.
Stick to this routine and watch your skin go from strength to strength.