When it comes to skincare, it’s not just what you use; it’s how you use it…
Follow instructions. Everyone is different, and our skin certainly has different needs. However, it’s still a good idea to follow instructions the first time you use a product. You can then tweak them to suit your own skin and routine if needs be.
Start with a clean slate. It’s always a good idea to cleanse before applying moisturiser. Make-up, foundation and environmental pollutions make it harder for your skin to absorb a product, and you could end up with congested pores if you pile cream on top. For best results, use a toner after your cleanser, to make sure every last trace of make-up is gone.
Wash your hands first, otherwise you could be massaging bacteria into your skin.
Don’t fully dry your skin before applying some lotions, as many of them lock in moisture best when your skin is damp. Again, check the instructions.
Take your time. Whether it’s cleanser, toner, moisturiser or any other product, a rush job won’t give you’re the results you’re looking for. A quick wipe of cleanser and splash of water won’t get your face properly clean. Slow down and enjoy the feel of your products.
Massage it in. Use circular motions when applying products, to help get the blood flowing and relieve areas of congestion. Don’t drag the skin, particularly around your eyes.
Use the right amount. You know the saying ‘too much of a good thing’? Well it applies to skincare too. Your skin can only absorb so much, so it’s best to start off with a small amount. Overloading your skin can lead to blocked pores, puffy skin and acne.
Give it time. Some products on the market give you instant results, but those results are often short-lived. Our products are designed to nourish your skin for long-lasting benefits. So yes, you will probably see an instant improvement, but the main goal is to give you healthier skin, that can repair itself and look good for years to come, and that takes time.
Use them regularly. Believe me, I’m as guilty as anyone of running out the door some mornings without applying moisturiser. Most of us do it from time to time, but it’s a good idea to have a skincare routine that you stick to as much as possible. That routine should include twice daily cleansing and moisturising, along with regular exfoliation.
Store products well. It’s best to keep natural skincare products out of direct sunlight, to help them to last longer. Most have a use by date of six to 18 months after opening. If they start to go runny, lumpy or discoloured before then, or smell funny, throw them out.
So there you have it! What are your top tips for getting the most out of your skincare? Tweet me @NaryndaSkincare or leave a comment below.