As we approaching the colder days
and leaving behind us our summer memories,
it's time to prep our skin
and strip it back to basics!
Follow our simple guide to skin basics 101,
the must do's and dont's.
STEP 1 CLEANSING
Is cleansing necessary in the morning? The answer is YES, ABSOLUTELY!
Even though you have properly cleansed your skin the night before, you have accumulated overnight other skin impurities such as sebum production, dust, dead skin cells etc
A gentle cleanse is all you need to kick start your day and prep your skin for the rest of your routine. I personally love to use a Konjac Sponge. It's super quick to use: just add water to the sponge et voila. The sponge has a soft texture and while it will gently but efficiently cleanse your skin, it will also boost blood circulation and helps new skin cells production! In their whole range, you can even choose a sponge with added ingredients like charcoal or green tea!
Shop our range of Konjac Sponges here.
While a simple cleansing is enough in the morning, it is NOT the case at night! Double cleansing is a critical step in your evening care. If your wear make up, just think layers of foundations, sweat, dirt, grime sitting on your face. Only an oil cleanser will be able to remove it all followed by a water based cleanser that will ensure any residue left is gone.
What if you don't wear make up, is it still necessary to double cleanse? The answer is YES! It is the only way to remove any oily grimes and sunscreen. The advantage of using an oil cleanser is that it will also protect and nourish your skin.
STEP 2 TONER
Another crucial step in your routine post cleansing is TONER. It will help hydrate and rebalance your skin pH around 5.5 (which is the ideal pH for your skin and that is why using low pH cleanser is essential) and also prepare your skin for the next layers of skincare.
Whamisa original is one of my absolute favorite toner! It has a wonderful scent and if you apply 3 layers each time (or if you know the 7 skin method) it will leave your skin soft and bouncy and it is great for acne prone/oily skin. Shop Whamisa toner here.
STEP 3 Moisturizer
Finding the correct moisturizer for your skin type is probably one of the most daunting step as there are so many moisturizer or products that provide moisture and hydration like sleeping masks or serums to choose from. A moisturizer will plump your skin and help regulate sebum production.
~Oily/ acne prone skin~
Look out for light ingredients such as aloe vera, glycerin or even squalane and avoid heavy ones, coconut oil, lanolin and any petroleum based products.
"Do not apply a moisturizer because it will make you oilier" is a complete myth. Any skin types need hydration!
Using a moisturizer if you have dry skin type is absolutely crucial as your skin lacks in oil production however dry climate, air conditioning or even if you travel a lot can cause excessive dryness. Look out for ingredients such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerin or petroleum based as well as rich oils that will help your skin regain its elasticity and glow for a hydrated and plumped complexion.
Look out for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or vitamin E as well as beta carotene, aloe and safflower oil. Combination skin battles both: dry and oily. Usually the t zone has oily patches while the dryness is on the cheek area. The key is to find a moisturizer that will target dryness and sebum production.
Look out for soothing and natural ingredients such as honey, green tea or chamomile and stay clear from essential oils, fragrances or even alcohol. You should always wash your face with lukewarm water rather than too hot or cold water!
step 4 SPF
Asian beauty is all about prevention so protecting your skin against sun damage is something everyone should take seriously. Sun damage can cause premature aging which increase the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines but more importantly it can lead to skin cancer. So choose a sunscreen you love and apply and re apply, even in the winter as the uv rays still penetrate your skin.
LOOK AFTER YOUR SKIN!!! YOU WILL WEAR IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.