Healthspan December 21, 2017

Getting the most out of your skincare regime and products can make the world of difference to your daily routine and your confidence.

Supercharge the benefits

Getting the basics right and finding skincare products that work for you is a great start but are you making the most of them? Here are three golden rules to maximise their benefits:

  1. Skincare loving South Koreans are all about the ‘3-second rule.’ After cleansing and toning, start the next phase of your regime a soon as possible (ideally within 3 seconds) to take advantage of damp skin’s ability to absorb better. Similarly smooth a body butter all over as soon as you get out the shower. Amongst other benefits, your products will work harder and skin receives an instant hydration boost.
  2. Apply in the correct order. Haphazardly slapping on your products one after another means your skin might not actually receive the goodness it needs. Rule number one is to apply the most active, thinnest products first. Think targeted treatments, serums and then thicker night creams or SPF day moisturisers. Remember to use small amounts and build up if necessary and always let the products sink in properly before moving onto the next one.
  3. Feeding your skin from within is the way to go if you want your skincare products to reach their full potential. While creams and serums work on the epidermis (the outermost layer) of the skin, the dermis (middle layer of skin) is targeted by nutritional supplements. The result is a regime that truly works deep down and on the surface to leave you with an even, more radiant complexion.

Halt harmful habits

Everyday your skin comes up against a whole host of threats. So what can you do to create a protected, clean base for your skincare routine to work its hardest?

STOP using dirty everyday items
From your phone to your glasses, ordinary items can be hotbeds for skin-harming bacteria. Make sure you have a screen or lens cleanser handy to clean the bridge of glasses, phones and tablets on the go.

STOP sleeping on your side
While we’re on the topic of bacteria, after just one week your pillowcase can contain up to 17,000 more bacteria than your toilet seat! It takes a bit of training but try sleeping on your back, your skin will thank you for it. Also aim to replace pillows and their cases every 18 months.

STOP having long, hot showers
The scalding water can strip away the top layers of skin which can dry it out leaving it rough, scaly and flaky. Turning down the temperature can leave skin feeling smoother and also benefit dry, distressed hair.

Multi-tasking magic

Admittedly most of our skincare products have been designed with specific body areas in mind, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t break the rules now and again to truly get the most out of them. What happens when we suddenly need to bare our pasty arms, shoulders or legs? A tinted moisturiser can double up as a body concealer, try it out on exposed skin for a glow that will match your face and give you an all-over even tone.

Try a targeted topical treatment elsewhere. For example, try a neck cream on knees and elbows to tighten up skin here.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.

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