Simple Ways to Improve Your Skincare Routine

I love my current skincare routine but whilst each product may have worked perfectly for me to begin with, there comes a time when your skin is no longer as healthy looking or feeling as before. There are quite a few reasons why this can happen, but there are many ways to address this issue so your skin is consistently glowing, healthy and at it's best throughout the year, without constantly buying new products. What are your main skin issues? 

Seasons

One of the main reasons why the effectiveness of my skincare routine starts to ware off is the seasonal changes. If you don't like changing your routine very often, then seasonally is your best option to make the biggest changes. It goes without saying that an SPF in your moisturiser is essential during the hot months, but during winter you can never underestimate the effect the weather might have; increased sensitivity, dryness, and redness are just some of the effects the cold months can have. I like to add more hydrating products that are thicker and pack a punch that can protect the skin from weather that causes increased sensitivity. 

Masks

If you're not a big fan of masks yet then I hope I can convert you. The range of masks out there give you such a variety of options to find your favourite. The good thing about masks is that regardless of their immediate effects, if your skincare routine isn't quite making your skin the best it can be, adding a mask to the equation might be just the right thing to do and exactly what your skin is looking for. Brands I recommend include GlamGlow, Origins, Botanics, Charlotte Tilbury and Merumaya
Ingredients 

Over time you'll be able to figure out what ingredients benefit your skin, and which ones don't. But there are some essential ingredients that guarantee better, healthier skin, and adding just one product with these ingredients can make a huge difference. Make sure you include the Antioxidants and AHA's (Alpha Hydroxy Acids); I found paying a little pay a little more attention to the ingredients list of my products helped me discover some of them they might not being the right things for my skin. The list includes;
  • Retinol
  • Vitamin C & E
  • Salicylic Acid 
  • Green Tea
  • Glycerin
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Hyaluronic Acid 


Tools

Whilst you might own the best cleansers on the market, the way in which you use them could be negatively affecting your skin. I use a soft haired organic Botanics Facial brush for lightly foamed cleansers, and The body Shop's Facial Exfoliating Brush for a thorough exfoliation (for more info on my Skincare Tools read my skincare tools post here). The most important thing about getting the tools right is balance; if you use a harsh exfoliating brush, always balance it with a soothing cream cleaner and a muslin cloth to repair the broken skin. Anything too harsh can cause breakouts, sensitive skin and prolonged redness. 

What ways have you improved your skincare routine this summer? What do you recommend for achieving the best looking skin?

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