There are more skin care products available than ever before. From expensive to budget-friendly, whatever your age or skin concerns, there is a product for it. But what should your basic skin care kit look like?
To begin with, you need a good cleanser. Cleansers are essential to remove makeup, dirt and bacteria and create a clean surface for applying other products. Cleansers come in several formulations including lotions, creams, balms, gels and liquid –to-foam. Generally speaking, lotions, balms and creams are more effective at removing makeup. Gels and foaming cleansers work better on bare skin. Choose your cleanser based on your skin type and what you need it to do.
Toners work by removing any residue left after cleansing. If you chose to use a toner after your cleanser, be sure it is alcohol-free. Alcohol is very drying to skin and even oily skins don’t need this in a toner.
Serums work to deliver key ingredients deeper into the skin than a moisturiser does. They come in various formulations, depending on what results you wish to achieve. A serum is applied after cleansing and toning, but before moisturiser.
Moisturisers create a hydrating barrier between your skin and the outside environment. Choose a moisturiser which suits both your skin type and what you want it to do ie: anti-ageing, oil-free etc..
Eye cream is usually lighter in texture than your facial moisturiser and is more suitable for this very delicate area of the face. Apply a small amount along the periorbital bone, that’s the bone you can feel under your eye, using gentle motions. Avoid using eye cream right up under the lower eye. Your lashes can pick up tiny particles of the product which may enter the eye, causing irritation. If you are prone to puffiness under the eyes, a hydrating eye gel rather than a cream is preferable.
An exfoliator, used once or twice a week, will help to remove any build up of dead skin cells and keep your complexion looking fresh and bright.