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Skincare can be complicated. In fact, you could say it is unnecessarily complicated.
Many of us are slaves to a six to eight step skin routine, and a lot of the time these extravagant rituals cause more harm than good. As well as being extremely time-consuming, excessive use of products, which include harsh chemicals, can cause excessive oil production and dryness.
Certain brands insist that the only way to beautiful skin is to invest in their entire product range. Not only does this break the bank, but a lot of time we end up having multiple products that aren’t best suited to our skin.
By stripping back your skincare routine and adopting a simple approach, your skin gets a chance to rest and reset. You will also find you have more money in the bank (winning!) and extra time in the evenings to do the things you love.
Check out our top five tips to strip back your skincare routine.
1) Remove Your Makeup
Removing your makeup is the number one rule to ensure your skin is kept in good condition. We know how tempting it can be after a long day to skimp in this department, but unfortunately, your skin will pay the price. Not only will make up ruin your sheets, but it will also clog pores, cause breakouts and accelerate the ageing process. Luckily the world’s purest facial wipe is being launched in Ireland this month, which makes make-up removal super easy.
Irish company WaterWipes, have created the purest facial wipe around. Containing only three ingredients—99.9% water, Dead Sea minerals and a drop of grapefruit extract; they leave your skin feeling instantly refreshed, hydrated and calm. WaterWipes Facial Wipes are also suitable for all skin types, and don’t leave a yucky residue found in a lot of face-wipes. These wipes won’t make your skin sting, even when taking off the most stubborn mascara and foundation.
2) Sheet Masks
Fun fact! Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend lots of money on your moisturiser. Many moisturisers are full of synthetic ingredients and overuse can cause your skin to become sensitive, dry, dull and interfere with natural hydration. Try ditching the heavy moisturiser’s and replace them with a hydrating sheet mask when your skin needs some quenching.
Sheet masks are basically a sheet fully soaked with concentrated serum, which can consist of many beneficial ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamins. The sheet helps the serum soak fully into your skin and results in a super hydrating boost to your complexion. It’s great to use these once a week and more often if needed.
Exfoliating at least twice weekly is vital for healthy skin, however many of us tend to either skip it or overdo it. Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells to make room for new ones, every thirty days or so. Sometimes these dead skin cells don’t shed properly and can result in dry, flaky skin and clogged pores. Exfoliating is the process of removing these pesky dead cells from the surface of your skin and helps to keep your pores minimised and clear, as well as promote collagen production which keeps fine lines at bay.
Lots of exfoliators contain questionable ingredients like irritating fragrances, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, glycerine amongst others. We suggest keeping your exfoliation as natural as possible, using a homemade scrub.
4) SPF Sun Care
Hands up, who wears SPF every day? Anybody?
We know a lot of people are guilty of forgoing SPF every day, especially in Ireland with our not-so-sunny climate. However, pesky sunrays (even when they are covered in clouds) can still cause a lot of damage to our skin. In your new stripped-back skin routine, make SPF your go-to product every day and you won’t be sorry.
When choosing your SPF, make sure it is both UVA and UVB protective. UVA rays cause skin ageing like wrinkles, lines and age spots, while UVB rays cause sunburn, malignant melanoma and basal cell carcinoma. If you are worried about a cream based SPF causing breakouts or ruining your makeup, there are plenty of handy mineral options now on offer, such as BB creams or mineral makeup with added SPF. Whichever option you choose, ensure your SPF is at least factor 30 and is worn on any exposed skin.
The easiest way to reap the full rewards of your new stripped back skincare routine is by looking after your diet. First off, make sure you’re drinking enough water. When you are dehydrated, your blood can’t flow properly which results in bad circulation and puffy, imbalanced skin. Eight glasses of water a day will help keep your skin hydrated and glowing.
Vitamin A, aka retinol, is the holy grail of healthy, clear skin. As well as being found in fancy, topical creams, you can easily up your vitamin A intake through your diet. On your next grocery shop, stock up on eggs, oily fish, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables, as well as plenty of leafy greens.
For lovely glowing skin, avoid too much sugar and alcohol, which can increase the ageing process and exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea.
WaterWipes Facial Wipes contain only three ingredients: 99.9% water, dead sea minerals and a drop of grapefruit seed extract. To find out more, click here.