Hi everyone, I get a lot of comments from people saying they don’t really have a skincare routine or want to start taking better care of their skin and don’t know where to start. Maybe it was a New Years’ resolution to pay more attention to your face or you’re stuck in a rut with your current routine. If any of this sounds familiar, this one is for you.
We all start at different levels; some of you might still be sleeping in your makeup, some of you might go to bed with a clean face but not manage anything more than that. Adapt these tips as appropriate but I’m going to assume we’re starting from nothing. If this is the case, the most important part of any routine is cleansing your face.
If you’re in the habit of falling asleep with your makeup on:
Leave something to remove your makeup by your bed.
Whether this is a bottle of micellar water or even some wipes, removing your makeup with something is always better than nothing. If you’re the kind of person who gets into bed then realises you’re still wearing makeup, you have no excuse if the bottle is on your bedside table.
If you remove your makeup but get lazy when it comes to cleansing:
Leave a cleanser in your bathroom.
You’re not supposed to leave beauty products in warm areas like your bathroom as the unstable temperature can make them go off quicker. However, leaving a cleanser in your bathroom is probably a good idea. Especially something quick and easy to use. My preferred cleansing method is a balm, but balms feel like an effort when you’re tired (or lazy). Instead I leave a cleansing oil in my bathroom, just throw some on your face, rub and rinse. Quick and easy when you can’t be bothered. And most of us will be in the bathroom brushing our teeth before bed anyway so you can’t miss it or forget if it’s by your sink.
If you want to start using more products:
If you’re spending hard earned coin and you’re new to the skincare game you probably don’t know the kind of products you like or what your skin responds well to; ask for samples. Most places will happily give you a small amount to try. Don’t waste your money.
Read or watch skincare routines and copy them
It’s an easy way to start, I’ve watched/ read *insert name here* for ages, they know their stuff, I’ll see what she uses. Take inspiration from people with similar skin types but your skin is different, it might respond differently to products.
With that in mind
Try and implement a new routine overnight.
This is important for a couple of reasons.
- If you start a new routine and add 5 products overnight, you won’t know what the problem is if you start breaking out or have a sensitivity reaction. If you add products one by one, using each one for a week or two at least before adding something new, you’ll know exactly what the cause is.
- It’s easier to maintain if you add something one at a time. Lets face it if you’re currently doing nothing or only using one thing, it’s unrealistic to think you’ll maintain a 10 product routine overnight.
- It’ easier on your bank balance. Skincare can be expensive.
If you’re concerned about the money:
Buy a tonne of products at once.
It’s always worth starting with a good quality cleanser but you don’t have to break the bank. Cheaper skincare has come a long way in the last 5 years or so. You can get quality products at lower price points now. If you’re planning on investing think wisely about what your biggest issues are. If you have texture issues, buy a good exfoliating serum before investing in a new moisturiser.
ALWAYS buy a quality SPF. And wear it daily.
That’s bigger than looking after your skin, that’s your long-term health.
It’s easy to see skincare as a luxury or pamper products, BUT your skin is your largest organ. It protects you from bacteria, infection and all sorts of other nasties every single day. It’s worth giving it a little TLC in return.
Until next time,
View my dry and dehydrated skincare routine here.