I talk about skincare a lot on this blog but I often forget that there is people who are only just starting to get into skincare. So this is aimed at the people who are only just taking the time to look after their skin, but aren't sure where to start. I'm not claiming to be an expert, I'm just sharing the things I have learnt through my blog & work in the past.
Whatever your skin type, there should be some sort of routine with your skincare, even if it's very simple. Start with a cleanser, toner and moisturiser, before adding in the extras which you may need. I will suggest one thing though, invest in good skincare, your skin will thank you in the future. I don't mean a £70 moisturiser, but if you're paying lots of money on make up, why not on products which will make your make up look even better?
I'll start by saying don't cleanse with micellar water, only remove make up with that. Step away from the make up wipes as they are deadly! There are loads of cleansers out there to pick from but it all depends on your skin type, so figure that out first. There's cream, gel, balm, oil and milk cleansers to choose from.
A good one to start out with is Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. Liz Earle sell a good starter kit, which includes the cleanser, toner & moisturiser. It's a cream cleanser which is suitable for all skin types, as it deep cleans whilst keeping the skin hydrated. If you suffer from spots, Origins Zero Oil Cleanser is perfect as it really deep cleans whilst helping your spots. For a balm cleanser, Balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm is really nourishing and slightly exfoliating which will be great for normal/dry skin. REN Cleansing Gel is a slightly foaming face wash, great for dehydrated skin. The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil could be used for a pre-cleanse to remove the make up too.
I will note that you don't need to tone, when starting out with skincare. Only tone if skin issues occur, like acne or dehydration.
Two good all-rounders are Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Lotion. The Liz Earle Toner brightens your skin while refreshing and soothing any redness. Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Lotion isn't out in stores just yet, but there is something very similar out. The Plus+ Lotion is perfect for dehydrated skin as it has skin reviving ingredients. Origins Zero Oil Toner would be great to pair up with the cleanser too. Pixi Glow Tonic & Clarins Exfoliating Toner are both very gentle, fruit acid packed toners which keep the skin clear, smooth and even. Both can help acne scars fade out too.
A serum can be something to skip if you want to, as it's not something everyone needs. A good serum will add extra hydration to the skin, so for the winter it might be something to add. However, in the next week or so I will pop up a post about serums & oils.
For day time, it may be a good idea to use a moisturiser with SPF in but in the winter, it's not needed if you're in England. A good moisturiser is key, but make sure you check the ingredients and stay away from mineral oil/parabens. On the ingredients list, mineral oil will either be obviously stated or be called liquid paraffin. A good budget buy moisturiser is Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream, as it's a perfect base for make up. It can be overwhelming when choosing a moisturiser so here is a few to consider. Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser is available in both a tube and a tub, as well as for normal/dry skin and normal/combination skin. Origins GinZing Moisturiser is a radiance boosting gel cream, suitable for all skin types. Jurlique Day Care Lotion is a lightweight moisturiser which would be good for oily skin, who also needs a little hydration.
You don't always need a specific night cream, a richer day cream is also suitable. La Roche Posay Hydreane Riche is a great cream for day & night, it's one I take with me when staying over at friends quite often. If you do want a specific night cream, Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins Cream is one of the best creams I've tried for the night. It's suitable for all skin types and will help rejuvenate your skin over night.
You don't need a mask, but it might be a good thing depending on your skin. There are plenty good masks available in Boots, I just haven't tried any.
If you have acne prone skin, a deep cleansing mask once a week will help clear the spots. Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute mask is a great one which has an overwhelming smell of tea tree oil when you apply it, but it keeps the blemishes at bay. If you need something which is a deeper clean, Aesop Parsley Seed mask is holy grail for many girls and I know from recommendations, it helps clear your skin massively.
If your skin is a little dull, it might be a good idea to use a radiance mask. REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal mask is a mask which contains AHA acid, which will exfoliate the top layer of your skin. It may sort of feel as though you're applying marmalade to your skin, but for before a party or an event, it's a great pick me up.
If you have dry or dehydrated skin (or any skin type), an overnight moisture mask is great. I use these about two or three times a week to help my skin. Origins Drink Up 10 Minute mask & Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask are very popular in the beauty blogger world, however I find that they can be quite overpowering and can often break people out. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight mask is a lovely lightweight mask, as well as Clarins HydraQuench Cream mask.
I hope this helps at least someone!