Cleansing, Toning, Moisturising | What Are They & How Do We Use Them?

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Friday, March 03, 2017

Looking after your skin is so important. Not only does it keep you looking healthy and refreshed, but you can prevent spots and blemishes, you can create a better base for your make up meaning you use less and the best reason of all, it keeps those wrinkles from occurring too soon!

However, it's all good and well telling you all to have this skin care regime in place and buy all these fancy shmancy products, when you don't know actually how half of it works and what it is doing to your skin.

There are 3 main steps to maintaining a good skin care routine and these are, as the title says, Cleansing, Toning and Moisturising.


Cleansing



What is it?


This is a broad term used to describe the action of removing any makeup, dirt, oil etc from your face. The products this includes are face wash and cleansing lotion

A face wash is more known for being a 'foaming cleanser' and because of this quality it is used to get deeper into your skin and cleaning out your pores.

A cleansing lotion is used to remove any excess make up and oil, it gives a much deeper cleanse that a face wash so it is advised that you should use both. As it is an oil-based solution, it is argued that using oil to remove oil is actually the most effective method.

It is important to not just get any cleanser, but get one that is suitable for your particular skin type. Do shop around!




How do we use it?


Firstly use your cleanser with a cotton pad to remove as much make up and dirt as you can. You do not need to wash this off.

Then use your face wash to get deeper into your pores to remove the excess and rinse that off with warm water.







Toning





What is it?


To complete the cleansing process, we will finish with a toner to remove any makeup or dirt that has managed to cling on to your face even after the face wash and cleansing lotion.

Unlike the cleanser, a toner is a water based product. It is used to tighten the skin, balance your pH levels and reduce oiliness and the size of your pores.

Once again, ensure that you buy a toner that is designed to meet your needs especially if you have sensitive or dry skin.

How do we use it?


Using a toner is very similar to a cleanser. We follow the same process by using a cotton bud to apply a generous amount of the product to your face.



Moisturising




What is it?


I know we all know what moisturiser is, but do we know how important it is? It probably is the most significant and effective part of this process.

Throughout your life you will try countless moisturisers in search for that perfect one. Some of you might have been lucky enough to have already found it, some might never find it at all. But keep looking! Generally speaking, the main properties you need to look out for in your moisturiser are: good SPF, the ability to keep the skin hydrated and improve and prevent dry skin from appearing.

It is also beneficial to use a moisturiser with an anti-ageing formula, to prevent those wrinkles from appearing prematurely.


How do we use it?

You must not skip this step, I repeat, DO NOT SKIP. Twice a day, every day you should be applying your moisturiser to clean, dry skin.

Apply a small amount onto your fingers, warm it up by rubbing it in between your hands and use it on your face. Ensure you

In the evening apply a generous amount before bed so that you can leave it to soak in over night. It's totally okay to look like a grease-ball in the comfort of your own your home BTW.



I'm not saying these are the only steps to follow, as there are so many other skin care products that we all need and use. However, these are my 3 main do or die steps. They are the most important to me and I believe that if you were to follow this regime religiously you will find yourself with a much healthier, natural glow in no time!



What are some of your favourite skincare products? 






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