Following a basic skincare routine is the first step to the healthy skin, and healthy skin is your best accessory.
The basic skincare routine should be performed daily. It should be simple and pleasurable and should not be time-consuming. More advanced specialised skin treatment can be easily incorporated into your basic skincare routine.
The basic skin care routine should be performed morning and evening and the typical steps are the following:
AM STEPS PM STEPS
Moisturising Night Cream / Specialised Skin Treatment
Broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA & UVB)
Exfoliation should not be part of your daily skincare routine as daily exfoliation can lead to skin damage and skin irritation and may contribute to skin ageing. Exfoliation once or twice a week is usually sufficient.
Protection from ultraviolet light (both UVA and UVB) is critical for any skincare routine. A good broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen should be applied on top of your moisturiser as a final step of your AM daily skincare routine. Using hybrid skin care products with added UV filters like a BB cream can be convenient and time-saving.
The steps of the basic skincare routine should be adjusted to fit your skin type. It is very important to determine your skin type before you settle into a skin care routine that is best for you. You also should keep in mind that your skin type may change with the season, diet and age. In particular, in winter skin tends to be drier, while during menopause skin type changes to dry. For example, adding more fats to your diet will affect the dry skin type beneficially thus making it normal. You should be aware of the changes happening to your skin and adjust accordingly your daily skincare routine.
However, if you are noticing signs of premature ageing like stressed, tired or dull skin, skin pigmentation due to excessive sun exposure, dry, patchy or rough skin etc. the basic skin care routine as such is usually not enough. Therefore, a well-selected skincare product with scientifically proven active ingredients should be added to your daily skincare routine in order to address a specific skin concern. However, the benefits of the products for specialised skin treatment depend on how you integrate them into your basic routine.
In particular, applying a product for specialised skin treatment to non-cleansed skin prevents the proper penetration of active ingredients. If you apply it after your moisturiser, this can also reduce the penetration of the active ingredients because some moisturisers have occlusive properties and they stay on top of the skin forming a protective layer.
The best time to apply products for specialised skin treatment is on well cleansed, thoroughly rinsed and gently patted with a soft towel skin, i.e. when your skin is clean, warm and slightly moist.
We also recommend applying these specialised skin treatment products at night as while sleeping the skin repairs itself, produces new collagen and boosts the blood flow and thus the skin metabolism can make the most of the active ingredients from your product for specialised skin treatment.
Since many of the products for specialized skin treatment have moisturising ingredients, you can forego applying moisturizer on top. However, if you feel that you need additional moisturizing, wait a few minutes until the special treatment product is fully absorbed into your skin and then proceed with your favourite moisturiser.