A good skincare routine isn’t just about the products you use, it’s also about your routine itself.
Our beauty experts share the habits it’s worth getting into
Don’t Neglect Your Neck
Here’s the bad news about necks: this area is thin-skinned, exposed to the elements and is more susceptible to gravity’s downward pull as collagen levels wane over the years.
The good news is, just one change can make a world of difference: don’t stop applying skincare at the chin! This doesn’t mean you have to splash out on a variety of neck specific products (unless you really want to).
Simply spread whatever you use on your face as far down as your chest.
The most important product for the neck is SPF, as unless you wear polo necks all year, sun damage is probably behind a lot of the tone or texture issues you may have.
Ultrasun Daily Face Fluid SPF50, offers trustworthy protection, or if you’re sensitive and prefer mineral SPF try Oskia SPF 30 Vitamin Face Cream Mineral Sunscreen, a moisturiser, sun block and pollution shield in one.
Day to day, treat your neck just as you do your face with cleanser, moisturiser and any active treatments like retinol or acid exfoliators.
For a special treat, look to 111Skin, whose Black Diamond Lifting and Firming Treatment Mask, is beloved by A-listers, including Victoria Beckham, and comes in two parts one for the face, one for the neck and chest.
Touch Your Self!
There are plenty of whizzy gadgets and mystical crystal tools out there, but a good oil and your hands can be every bit as beneficial.
Facial massages boost circulation, helping blood supply bring oxygen to the skin for a healthy glow.
It’s also a nice way to build some time into your day that’s calm, quiet and all about you, even if it’s only a few minutes.
Try holistic health and wellness expert Amanda Berlyn’s soothing nighttime ritual:
- Give yourself 15 minutes before bed to ease into a restful state, somewhere you can sit undisturbed.
- Apply a small amount of oil to your hands, inhaling the aroma. Sweep your left hand from right shoulder to centre of your chest. Repeat three times then switch sides.
- Breathe. Notice the aroma embrace you. Inhale slowly, exhale fully.
- Rub your hands together until your palms start to heat up, then cup one hand over each eye.
- Raise hands back to your hairline, moving over the third eye area. Try R&R Luxury Baobab Oil.
Feel Good, Look Great!
A recent Nivea study asked women about their top mood-boosting activities and can you guess what came out at number one? Good old fresh air, with 38% of women saying it was their go-to way to feel great. Speaking to friends was a close second at 37% followed by sleep, exercise and a soak in the tub.
Feed Your Skin
It only takes one look in the mirror after an indulgent weekend to know that what you eat and drink affects your skin.
We’re probably all aware of the things we should go easy on (sugar, caffeine, alcohol), so let’s focus on what we can do a more of instead.
Hydration is a great place to start; drink plenty of water but also eat foods like cucumber, melon, oranges and spinach, all of which are over 90% water.
Now consider your skin’s ability to defend itself from environmental aggressors, like UV light and pollution.
Once again colourful fruit and veg have the edge, particularly tomatoes, red peppers and papaya. These rosy-toned plants get their colour from lycopene, a nutrient with antioxidant properties that helps neutralise environmental damage.
Finally think about nourishing your skin with omegas and fatty acids, which crop up a lot in skincare and are equally beneficial in your diet. Qily fish like salmon and mackerel are packed with moisturising, barrier-boosting Omega-3, as are walnuts and seeds like flax and chia.
Enjoy Skin Friendly Fitness
Whether you like a long walk, Zoom Zumba or pottering in the garden, building some movement into your day is great news for so many body functions.
The most obvious benefits for your face are down to circulation anything that raises your heart rate means more blood flowing to your skin, bringing helpful nutrients and carrying away waste.
A good exercise session can also decrease levels of cortisol, the stress hormone that triggers sebum overproduction, meaning fewer breakouts.
Try to begin any exercise with skin that’s clean and free of comedogenic (pore-clogging) products. If you can go make-up free, then do and consider water-based moisturiser.
Vichy Aqualia Volcano Drop, is ultra-light with hydrating hyaluronic acid and squalane, a lipid naturally found in the skin.
Try to cleanse swiftly after exercise, ideally with water and something gentle like BeautyPie Japanfusion Pure Transforming Cleanser.
If a full cleanse isn’t possible, use a cotton pad soaked in Herbal Essentials Purifying Toner. It’ll clarify and calm.