The key to good skincare is to keep up the renewal rate of skin with regular removal of dead skin cells that build up on the skin. The cells in younger skin renew themselves every 15-30 days. As we get older this cell renewal rate slows down and may take twice as long making the skill duller and thicker. As we move into our thirties the oil glands in the skin also become less active creating a drier skin.
At its most basic the steps in a skin care routine consists of 3 steps twice per day
- in the morning – cleanse, tone and moisturise
- at night – cleanse, tone and nourish
In addition to a daily routine, exfoliating should be done 2-3 times per week with a mask at least once per week. A salon facial can complement your skin care routine every 4-6 weeks.
These are the basic steps to a good skin care routine and will stand most women in good stead however during the day there is one more step to consider and that is protection of the skin from the sun. This is an absolutely critical step in the fight against ageing and should be worn every day of the year.
As women move into their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond skin requirements change and the ideal skin care routine should be adjusted to fit special skin needs. There are other factors that affect skin including seasonal influences, diet, illness and menopause.
The ideal skin regime for each person is fine tuned to deal with specific needs. Science and technology have created a myriad of special skin treatment options that can be used to improve and protect skin and delay ageing. And of course other than our basic skin care products there are also specialised creams and gels for – the lips, eyes neck.
It is easy to get confused when trying to plan your perfect skin care routine however there are a couple of important steps to help keep it simple
- Know your skin type
- Be aware of the impact of the environment on your skin and the state of your health
- Make simple choices of one or two specific products to treat an identified problem to add to your basic skin routine
Use your beauty therapist to get advice