Our skin is bombarded with increasing amounts of pollutants and emissions every day.
It makes sense to develop a simple routine that can fit easily into every day, and one that will help your skin stay protected from the daily abuse we subject it to. My mother introduced me the three basic stages of facial skincare when I was just 8 years old and it is a routine that I have stuck to for over thirty years now.
Cleanse | Tone | Moisturise
These three simple steps, learned early on, have allowed my skin to remain in excellent condition. Don’t get me wrong, I still suffer from spots and blemishes, but my skin responds quickly and they usually heal and disappear very quickly.
There are literally thousands of skin cleansers on the market today, many containing a vast array of weird exotic plant extracts or ‘miracle’ herb actives. Whilst most of these may smell pretty, the actually ingredients don’t really offer much benefit to our skin.
The best approach is a simple one. A good quality natural based skin cleanser will do the job nicely. Wash your face with warm, but not hot, water. Apply a small amount of skin cleaners to the palm of your hands and work into lather. Apply to your face in small circles, from the neck area up. Make sure you work your nose area well. After, rinse your face with clean warm water and pat dry with a clean soft cotton towel.
Toning is not something that men often think about, but it is an essential part of your daily skincare routine. A good toner should remove any remaining oil, dirt and debris left behind by the cleanser. It will also help to soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin while restoring its delicate pH balance.
A quality moisturiser will form a protective barrier over your skin, but still allow it to breathe. Many cheap moisturisers can actually block your skin’s pores leading to future outbreaks of blackheads, spots and even boils! Not the desired effect.
Apply a small amount of perfume free moisturiser to your face, avoiding the delicate eye area. Work the cream in using light circles with your fingertips. Lastly, wash your hands! Any skincare product accidently rubbed into your eyes can be very uncomfortable. Allow your face moisturiser to absorb fully into your skin before dressing.
Finally, repeat this routine every day 🙂
We will write about exfoliating scrubs in a later post…