I have been doing some research into what all the steps in my skincare routine actually do for my skin. I have always been cleaning my face and applying products to it that I think work for me but I have never actually known what they do exactly, anyone else have this problem? So I thought I would share the things I found out.
Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist or anything alike, I am just a girl who enjoys skincare and I have done internet research and bundled together what other people have said.
Make-up remover – A product that is used to remove make-up. There are make-up remover wipes, oils and cremes for example. Some people skip this step and remove their make-up with a cleanser. Personally I find that ineffective because you’re essentially washing your face with your own make-up.
Cleanser – A face wash used to remove dead skin cells, oils, dirt and other pollutants on your face. It also helps to unclog pores and prevent skin conditions such as acne.
Exfoliator – It removes the oldest dead skin cells on the outermost surface. This should be used approximately once a week.
Toner – Should be used after cleansing to help finish the cleansing of the skin. It can also provide skin with generous amounts of antioxidants, soothing agents, and vital hydrating ingredients.
Serum – A serum should be used after cleansing but before moisturising. It’s intent is to deliver very powerful ingredients directly into your skin usually targeting specific concerns, such as wrinkles or fighting acne.
Spot treatment – This is a product that helps with pimples.
Moisturiser – A moisturiser is best applied as the last step of you’re skincare, or at least after toning because then you’re skin is primed to receive maximum benefits. A moisturiser is used to give your skin the hydration it requires.
Facial oil – A facial oil is helpful to keep the skin’s vital hydration, and it can be used instead or together with a moisturiser. Typically it is used by people with very dry skin who don’t feel a moisturiser is doing enough. Facial oils do not replace any other essential ingredients for your skin.
Eye cream – A moisturiser for your eye area. The skin under your eyes is thinner and therefore much more sensitive. A regular moisturiser could cause stinging or burning, so a proper eye cream will be milder and fragrance free to be less irritating.
Mask – A face mask is intended to treat your particular skin condition. There are different types of face masks and they each cater to a particular condition. They are best applied after cleansing. (There will be another blog post explaining the different types of face masks and what they do, so keep your eyes peeled for that!)
Face mist – These are typically used at the end of the skincare routine or during the day. They have multiple purposes, including giving extra hydration to your face, it helps control oil production and it boosts absorption of your moisturisers and masks. It also helps with your make-up, it helps to prime the skin for make-up, plus it helps blend, set and revive your make-up.