1. Stick to the basics
Both newbies and pros in skincare should blindly follow the golden rule to stick to quality basic products that work for their skin. Sure, you can always extend your routine with active ingredients, but aside from sunscreen, cleanser and moisturiser are the two things you have to use every single day.
First of all, make sure that you have a cleanser that fits your skin type and is not too harsh or stripping. To know that you’ve completely removed SPF and makeup, you should be using the double cleansing method - cleansing oil or balm, followed by a water-based cleanser. One of the most common misconceptions is that if you don’t go outside you shouldn’t wash your face. Even
if you’re constantly at home quarantining you should still do it.
Let’s continue to moisturiser. Once again, you have to treat your skin according to your skin type and weather conditions. Since we’re transitioning to summer, you should switch to a lightweight moisturiser that is still nourishing. Ladies with acne-prone and oily skin will be obsessed with the Pure Pores Moisturiser, ones with sensitive skin will fall in love with the Formidable Face Cream. If winter took a toll on your skin and you need to boost the hydration we can't help but recommend the Lemon Myrtle + Rose Face Oil.
Even if you don’t go out much, sunscreen is still a must. Quarantine has brought many uncertainties, but this one thing is 100% certain. Social distancing is key, however, short walks in nature can be great for your physical and mental health. That’s why you should always wrap up your AM routine with sunscreen as the final step. All the actives that you use won’t be as effective if you keep forgetting or skipping this step. You simply can’t master your skincare routine if you don’t start religiously applying SPF. So many people forget that the lips also require protection. The Carmex Strawberry Click Stick will hydrate and protect your pout.
Chemical exfoliation is not just a trend, but a necessity for glowing skin. Remove all those dead skin cells that accumulated during winter months and reveal a more radiant complexion by using chemical exfoliation two to three times a week. AHA and BHA acids are a great way to start, just remember to opt for gentle products.
Although you might be tempted to use all the products that you’ve purchased right away, that’s not a good idea. The right way to do things is to introduce one product at a time while making sure that you’re consistent with the use. When using multiple new products at the same time, they can cause irritation or breakouts, but you won’t be able to tell which one is to blame. Feel free to add more to the range after two or three weeks.
bed, don’t forget to do your PM routine first. The best trick to help you avoid skipping on skincare when you’re exhausted is keeping your products next to your bed.
Skincare is self-care, so treating yourself with face masks a few times a week while listening to your favourite music and lighting your candles can be a stress-relief method and a way for you to escape reality. Think of this as your exclusive ‘me time’ and it will give you a hand in maintaining a skincare routine during the quarantine.
This tip is not essentially related to skincare products, but it’s a very important one. You probably already know how hard it is to maintain a daily routine if you’ve been working from home with your pyjamas on and all the Netflix movies calling your name. No matter how challenging it is to stay up late and wake up early, eight hours of sleep can do magic for your appearance. This will also help you wake up more energised and ready to start your AM skincare routine.
The most important thing during these challenging times is to be gentle to yourself. Sparing 10 to 15 minutes a day to pamper your skin is something that you deserve and all that self-love will result with a radiant appearance. Don’t overdo it, you don’t need 20 different products in your routine. Start slow, remember to be consistent and you’ll finish quarantine strong with radiant skin.
Sarah Pelham is the Beauty & Wellness Expert for Bookwell.com.au, an online platform for instant bookings for hair, nails, beauty & massage appointments. For nearly four years Sarah has worked closely with hundreds of salon owners within the beauty and wellness industries. She has her finger on the pulse of new trends in this growing market.