Skincare for Beginners Part 3: Fancy-ing up the Routine

Aaand it’s Monday again. How did that happen?? Anyhoo let’s distract ourselves with some more skincare talk!

Today’s post is for anyone who wants to up their game in the skincare department. I personally really enjoy beauty things (funny that, a beauty blogger who likes beauty) so I’m interested in all the extras we can do to make our skin look ah-mazing. Others might think it’s a waste of time. Different strokes yo! If you’re also interested in taking your relationship with your skin to the next level, here are some steps you might be interested in incorporating into your routine…

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I wish I owned an emerald green sequinned sleeveless poloneck.

Oil Cleansers and balms
I mentioned these in my last 2 posts (you can read them here and here). I wear make-up every day, so I’m a big fan of double cleansing in the evening. I use an oil cleanser first, massaging it in for about a minute. I then wipe it off with a hot facecloth and apply my normal cleanser before rinsing that off too. This gets all my make-up off and cleans my skin properly without drying it out. I’d highly recommend introducing a cleansing oil or balm into your routine, I found that using one made my skin feel smoother, look more radiant, and my dry patches disappeared.

Products to try:
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter (R140)
The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (R150)
Lulu and Marula Balancing Cleansing Balm (R320)

Serums
Using a serum will really ramp up the benefits of any skincare routine. Serums are generally formulated with more active ingredients than moisturisers, and the thin consistency of the formulae sinks into the skin more easily. You can use these underneath your moisturiser, as applying your moisturiser first will prevent your serum from absorbing properly. Choose a serum promising a benefit that best applies to you. They can firm, reduce wrinkles, brighten, even out skin tone, help fade dark spots or scars, and fight aging.

Products to try:
The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-oil (R140)
The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth (R240)
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (R625)
Dermalogica Ultracalming Serum Concentrate (R850)

Facial Oils

My favourites. Adding oils into my skincare routine made such a big difference! The function of facial oils is similar to serums, they add a boost of skincare benefits whilst being incredibly hydrating. Facial oils are particularly good for treating wrinkles, hydrating the skin, and delivering a healthy dose of antioxidants. Press a few drops into your skin before moisturiser, and soon Misha Collins will be stroking your face at award ceremonies. (The man is a god)

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Products to try:
Naturals Beauty Sweet Orange Wrinkle Banisher (R55)
The Victorian Garden Healing Rosehip Oil (R94)
Ecoproducts Baobab Oil (R106) – Check out Beth’s review here.
Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (R425)

Eye Cream
It would be rude to leave our eyes out of all the fun. The skin around our eyes is super thin, so we need gentle creams that fight wrinkles and dark circles whilst hydrating the area and not irritating it.

Products to try:
NUXE Prodigieux Eye Contour Cream (around R180)
LUSH Enchanted Eye Cream (R195)
Esse Eye and Lip Cream (R260)

Acids
I have yet to venture into this part of the skincare world. Mainly because I’m scared of this…
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However using products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) help to treat wrinkles, improve skin tone, reduce dark spots,  stimulate collagen and firm the skin. AHAs are best for those with dry skin, and BHAs are better for oily skin and those who struggle with acne. BHAs are anti-inflammatory, so they are also best for sensitive skin and those with rosacea. If you’re interested in adding acids into your skincare routine, start slowly and build the concentration up. Too much too quickly and your skin may react. Also remember that acids increase sun sensitivity, so use sunscreen!!

Products to try:
REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate (R480)
Environ Intensive Alpha Hydroxy Gel
Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA (R460)

Fancy masks

I mentioned hydrating and deep-cleansing masks in Part 1. Now that we’ve got the basics down, we can get fancy with other types of masks too. There are so many masks on the market, pick a couple out and see which works best for you.

Products to try:
Sorbet Firming Face Mask (R34)
Skin Republic Collagen Infusion Face Mask (R40)
LUSH The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask (R125)
The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Mask (R180)

Facials

If you have the money, facials are an amazing way to relax and look after your skin. I go to The Village Skincare Clinic in Meadowridge and love all their treatments, particularly the Dermalogica facials (yay for birthday treats!). They always have great monthly specials on, so check out their facebook page here if you’re interested in knowing more.

Have a great week guys!
Love,

Mich

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