You can spend 100’s of Rands on make up and still be frustrated with the end result if your canvass (your skin) isn’t in a good condition. Some lucky individuals are blessed with a genetically beautiful flawless skin, but most of us need to put in some work – and a couple of good quality products.
Below are my steps to the essential skin care – focussing on ANTI-AGEING.
Your products can look a little different if you are working towards targeting a more specific skin care concern like adult acne or hyperpigmentation for example. Check out my blogs about acne and pigmentation.
I am also just looking at the ESSENTIALS today – there are quite a bit more that you can do at home like exfoliators and masks – but more about that in another blog 😉
So here are my top skincare must haves for a busy mom!
Essential Morning routine:
Step 1: CLEANSE PROPERLY
Make sure you cleanse your skin every morning and every evening with a MILD cleanser suitable to your PREFERENCE (gel/foam/cream/oil/liquid water based cleanser etc) and SKIN TYPE (oily/dry/combination). I currently use the Gentle Foaming Cleanser from Theravine (Available at salons or get in touch with me) retails for R298. I also quite like the Loreal cleanser: Pure Clay detox face wash. R88
What do I look for in a cleanser? Not expensive (it really doesn’t have to be); gentle yet effective and I prefer a foamy gel in comparison to a cream.
Step 2: USE AN ANTIOXIDANT as your serum for the day. Antioxidants have antiageing benefits as well as being super important to fight harmful free radicals during the day. I am currently using the brilliant Phloretin CF from Skinceuticals. Thanks to my friend who was generous to give this as my 40th birthday present!
Step 3: USE A GOOD MOISTURISER on your face and neck. I currently enjoy the Nourishing and Firming Day cream from Theravine for the DAY and the amazing moisturizer from Lamelle, Dermaheal Cellular Repair Cream.
Optional extra: Use an eye cream – check out my blog about eye creams here.
Step 4: USE A GOOD QUALITY sunblock every single day – check out my blog about sunscreen here and here. My personal favourite is Heliocare. – either the SPF50 Gel or the SPF Tinted (this replaces my foundation on most days now because it is so quick and easy!) Check out my blog on make-up tips for a busy mom HERE.
Essential Evening routine:
Step 1: CLEANSE PROPERLY
I start by cleansing off my eye make up. I love this water based cleanser from Garnier – retails for R80. Bioderma also has one, but is more expensive – retails for R230. Then I cleanse as in the morning routine.
Optional extra: Tone if necessary (not essential), sometimes necessary if you wear a lot of make up to ensure your skin is squaky.clean! You want it to be clean for your evening serum/cream to penetrate.
Step 2: USE AN ANTI-AGEING SERUM
So this might look different than your morning serum. At night it is a good idea to introduce anti-ageing ingredients like Vitamin A (MY FIRM FAVOURITE – it is one of the most well researched and proven anti-ageing ingredients!) or anti-ageing PEPTIDES or GROWTH FACTORS or even exfoliating ingredients like alpha and beta hydroxy acids. I currently use Retacnyl (on doctor prescription) but only one evening per week (Retinol is very active and the skin will initially peel upon starting usage). On other nights I enjoy the Collagen M/P Serum from Matriskin for its amazing anti-ageing benefits due to anti-ageing peptides.
Option extra: Use an eye cream – check out my blog about eye creams here.
Step 3: USE A GOOD MOISTURISER – Same as morning routing.
Please feel free to email me your questions about your skin care routine!
Love Helene xxx