Skincare by the numbers: Part 2
How often should you be applying your skincare stages? We continue with our skincare number crunching.
4 - SPF
For a long time we underestimated the true wonder of SPF, but after skin experts got the word out that anti-aging starts with protecting your skin from the sun, attitudes soon changed. Use underneath your moisturiser in the morning, to keep your face nice and protected from harmful rays. Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50 absorbs easily and doesn’t cause breakouts.
5 - Vitamin C
This is another every day must, to be used in the morning to combat the work of dangerous free radicals that make us look older. Skin will look brighter and healthier with a daily dose of bottled vitamin C. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Combination Antioxidant Treatment is one of the top Vitamin C products on the market.
6 - Moisturise
Even if you’re skin’s not the thirsty type, moisturising twice a day has lots of benefits. It ensures skin is kept hydrated, which means your complexion will appear brighter, wrinkles will seem diminished and make-up has an excellent base without the need of primer. Other benefits include skin not feeling tight and itchy (like after a shower), you won’t lose a layer of protection when using drying ingredients like retinoids and salicyclic acid, and acne can be better kept at bay. Dermalogica’s Active Moist has become a cult classic and will leave skin fully hydrated morning and night.
7 - Wash your face
While washing your face in the A.M. and P.M. is advisable, be careful not to over wash. Washing serves as a way of ridding the face of make-up, dirt and grime so is vitally important in the evening, when you should be using a foaming cleanser or specific face wash. However, in the morning it’s best to just use warm water with a cloth. Over washing can give you the opposite results to what you’re after - like breakouts and irritation - so be mindful with your washes! OM Skincare Pure Glow Cleanser is both gentle and nourishing and works on oily and dry skins.