Step One | Prep
Prep your skin with a thorough cleanse to keep skin fresh, clean, and healthy. Apply your cleanser in dots on your chin, cheeks, and forehead, and then massage with your face, jaw line, throat, and behind your ears with your fingertips in slow, circular movements. Pay close attention to any trouble areas.
Make sure to double cleanse if you are removing make-up and rinse off thoroughly using lukewarm water when finished. Product residue can result in breakouts, skin irritation, and prevent treatment products from working effectively.
Raw, cold-pressed coconut oil or avocado oil such as Sister & Co Coconut Oil* and Fushi Organic Avocado Oil provides a pure natural alternative to standard cleansers and creates a beautiful cleanse that will leave your skin beautifully clean, soft, and hydrated.
Step Two | Treat
Treating freshly cleansed skin means you will gain the maximum benefits of any products used. After cleansing, use a facial scrub, face mask, and/or toner to treat your skin by balancing, hydrating, or exfoliating your complexion.
Use a gentle, non-abrasive facial scrub to buff the skin and dislodge dirt. Apply a facial scrub onto slightly damp skin, dot the scrub onto your chin, cheeks, and forehead, massaging with gentle, circular movements. Rinse and proceed with a face mask or toner.
For a really deep cleanse that will cure a contested complexion, apply a clay-based face mask to draw out impurities. Use a brush to apply a thin layer of the mask leaving it to set over 10-15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and follow with a swipe of toner or move on to step three.
There are various choices when it comes to toners so make sure you pick one suitable for your skin type and the kind of treatment you wish to apply to your skin. Apply a generous amount of toner to a cotton pad and swipe across your face, chin, cheeks, forehead, and neck, leaving it to dry. If you want more help on deciding which toner is right for you, I wrote this post on toners and their use.
For a manual exfoliation and gentle face mask both suitable for sensitive skin, try the Cattier White Clay Scrub* and Cattier Pink Clay Mask* or Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. The Clarins Toning Lotion With Camomile provides a gentle toner for balancing and hydrating while the Pixi Glow Tonic Beauty Elixir is a more heavy duty alternative for exfoliation.
Step Three | Moisturise
Locking in moisture is the key to maintaining hydrated skin. Using a facial oil or serum will help your moisturiser to be more effective. You can even mix a little of your facial oil into your moisturiser to create a hydrating mix.
Whether you choose to apply a facial oil or serum or not, applying a moisturiser is essential for keeping skin well hydrated. If traditional moisturisers are a little too heavy choose a gel product that is lightweight and fast-absorbing. Apply a little to your face and gently massage into your skin remembering to include your neck and jaw line.
Facial oils and serums worth trying include The Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil*, Vichy Idealia Life Serum*, and Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age*. For a deeply hydrating moisturiser try the lightweight Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep* or the rich Natio Intensive Moisturising Night Cream. For eye creams, the Bee Good Youth Enhancing Lift & Brighten Eye Cream is intensely hydrating.