Everyone’s skin goes through ups and downs and it’s inevitable yours won’t always look perfect. When things aren’t looking that great, it’s time to strip back your skincare routine to the basics – cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise. Cut out unnecessary steps and ingredients and keep your twice-daily routine consistent. Drink a lot of water, wash your bed linen and towels every week, and don’t pick at your skin, no matter how much you want to!
STEP 1: Cleanse
The key to clear, healthy skin is to keep it scrupulously clean – but this doesn’t mean overscrubbing it with harsh soaps.
DO: Choose a gentle cream, gel or milk facial cleanser that doesn’t foam, since foaming cleansers strip your skin of its crucial protective layer. If you wear makeup and SPF every day, start with an oil cleanser and follow with a cream one.
DON’T: Use cleansers with SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) – it’s the same harsh ingredient that makes dishwashing liquid foamy.
STEP 2: Exfoliate
Your skin sheds cells all the time, which have to be sloughed off to make sure your products can penetrate properly. You’ll know you’re doing it right if your skin is left invigorated, soft and smooth. If it’s red, tight and dehydrated, step away from the scrub.
DO: Exfoliate once or twice a week with a gentle enzyme exfoliator or even just a clean washcloth.
DON’T: Overexfoliate. If you scrub your skin raw every day, it will never have the time to heal and regenerate itself. Be gentle – and avoid apricot pips! Your face is not a fruit salad.
STEP 3: Moisturise
This is the final step to keep your skin protected and hydrated.
DO: Apply your moisturiser immediately after cleansing or exfoliating, while the skin is still a bit damp, to help lock in moisture.
DON’T: Overdo it and don’t neglect your neck and chest, either.