I began using cleansers when I was 14 encouraged by my mum. She was a firm believer in cleansing, toning and moisturising and never went to bed without removing her make up. She had the most beautiful skin even at 70 and looked much younger than her years. You don't get a better advert than mum's skin! I do try to be good and cleanse, tone and moisturise daily though have to admit that if a very late night I may well skip the cleanse before falling into bed. I shouldn't as my skin then seems to dry out for the next week!! I always promise myself I won't do it again but...... I'm human! In Switzerland I believe girls are encouraged to begin their skin care routines around the age of 12 and they are renowned for having totally gorgeous skin. Anoher little secret of my mum's was not to wash her face in water at all - such soft skin was the result and almost line and wrinkle free.
Remember to drink plenty of water so that you keep hydrated from within too.
Cleansers are used to remove the impurities, e.g. dirt, makeup, oil – it is not to remove the protective layer just the surface dirt. Oil and sweat combine on the skin’s surface to form the skin’s protective mantle – ph balance which averages 5.5-6.5. Cleansers come in forms such as foaming facial wash, cleansing milk (lotion), cleansing cream, facial scrub, exfoliants and eye make up remover lotion. Massage your cleanser into dry skin – balm, lotion or cream, whatever you prefer. Massage using circular movements for a minimum of 2 mins then take a muslin cloth, cosmetic sponge or cotton wool to remove the cleanser and debris from your face and neck with warm water. Repeat until all cleanser has been removed. Then follow with toner.
Toners are used to help remove the last traces of cleanser from your face and any dirt not already removed. They also help to return your skin back to its natural Ph balance. The differences between toners, fresheners or astringents lie mainly in the percentage of alcohol to water found in any particular produce. They all leave the skin with a soothing, cooling sensation and temporary glow. Skin care must be completed with a moisturiser!
Finish your skin care routine by applying your chosen moisturiser. They should increase the water content of the skin, making it feel soft and smooth and also helps protect the skin from harmful stimuli. An emollient is any substance or preparation that softens the stratum corneum by increasing its water content, keeping it soft by delaying the loss of its water content. There are moisturisers to suit all skin conditions: Dry/sensitive, Normal/combination and Oil free for Combination/oily skin. For more mature or very dry skin, try a richer moisturiser. They come in various forms and textures – milks, lotions, oils, day or night creams and clear gels. Moisturisers should spread easily on the skin and leave it feeling soft, not sticky. The formulation that works for you will leave your skin hydrated and balanced, and allow your make up to sit perfectly. Try to include essential fatty acids and omega oils in your diet too, which will help to keep your skin nourished, even in texture and supple from the inside out.