By Julie-Ann Sherlock

Let’s face it, we all want healthy, glowing, and youthful-looking skin. But with so many products and conflicting advice, it can be challenging to know how to achieve it. You can spend hours wading through TikTok seeking the right skincare routine, paying out enormous amounts for products and still not give yourself the baby-fresh face you want. AGGGHH! 

Reign in the fear; I can simplify it all. When you have the skin you dream of, send me money, eh, I mean, thanks in the comments. 

Effective Skincare

Having great skin starts with understanding your skin type and specific concerns. Is your skin oily, dry or a combination of both? Do you have acne or fine lines? Once you’ve identified your type and issues, you can tailor your skincare routine to best address them.

This is why my first bit of advice is to talk to a professional. Get a dermatologist or expert to analyse your skin and tell you what it needs to keep it healthy. Sure, this may cost a little initially. However, in the long run, you will save by not wasting money on inappropriate products or treatments for damage done.  

Getting Into A Routine

Creating a consistent routine is vital. Daily habits such as washing your face and applying moisturiser may seem small, but they add up over time and can enhance the health and appearance of your skin and your mental health!

It doesn’t have to take long. Some recommend multiple steps, but you should be good if you follow the three biggies of cleansing, moisturising and sunscreen. 

Cleansing: Get That Healthy Glow

Cleansing is the foundation of any effective skincare routine. Without proper cleansing, dirt, oil, and impurities can build up on the skin, leading to clogged pores and breakouts.

When choosing a cleanser, opt for a gentle, non-stripping formula that won’t disrupt the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Depending on your skin concerns, choose one with additional benefits like hydration, brightening, or acne-fighting ingredients.

If you wear makeup or have particularly oily skin, you should double cleanse using an oil-based cleanser or micellar water to break down makeup and impurities. Then use a water-based cleanser to remove any remaining traces of dirt and oil.

Here are some cleansers for different skin types:

  • Normal to dry skin: Cream or lotion cleansers
  • Oily or acne-prone skin: Foaming or gel cleansers
  • Sensitive skin: Fragrance-free, gentle cleansers

Remember, consistency is key. Aim to cleanse your skin twice daily, in the morning and evening, and follow up with a moisturiser to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

Moisturise For A Youthful Appearance

Moisturising is an essential step in any skincare routine. It helps to replenish the skin’s natural hydration, keeping it soft and supple. But with so many moisturisers out there, how do you know which one to choose? 

Here are a few things to consider:

Skin Type: Choosing a moisturiser appropriate for your skin type is crucial. If you have dry skin, you’ll want a thicker, more emollient cream to provide deep hydration. Oily skin needs a lighter, oil-free lotion that won’t clog pores. And if you have combination skin, you’ll want to find a moisturiser that balances oil production while still providing hydration.

Level of Hydration: How much hydration your skin needs also depends on your skin type and concerns. Some moisturisers provide a light, everyday hydration, while others offer a more intense, deep hydration for extra dry skin. Look for moisturisers that list their hydration level on the packaging, or ask a skincare professional for recommendations.

Application: When applying moisturiser, be sure to use an adequate amount and massage it gently onto your face. Use an eye cream to help fight against crows’ feet, and remember to include your neck, chest, and hands, as these areas can also show signs of ageing.

With the right moisturiser, you can achieve a youthful, radiant complexion that looks and feels healthy.

Trust Me On The Sunscreen

Sun damage is one of the leading causes of premature ageing and skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen daily, even on cloudy or overcast days, is essential to prevent these harmful effects. 

Be sure to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect against UVA and UVB rays with a minimum SPF of 30 or higher if you have fair skin or are spending extended time in the sun.

It is best to apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside and to reapply every two hours and immediately after sweating or swimming. And remember to protect your lips with a lip balm containing SPF.

By incorporating these protection strategies into your daily routine, you can reduce your risk of sun damage and maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin.

Yes, you can add other steps, such as exfoliation, using a serum and face masks, but as long as you can get these basics right, you can battle the wrinkles and have fabulous, healthy skin.