MY SKINCARE ROUTINE OVERHAULED – MORNING ROUTINE
As you will recall from a previous post, I am going through an overhaul of my skincare routine, thanks to the friendly people at Kiehl’s. Today I look more closely at a solid morning routine.
Moisturising your face daily is an essential part of your skincare routine. Not only will it will help you look and feel younger, but you will have softer, more elastic skin; and it will keep your skin hydrated. Hydration is the key!
So, can any moisturiser be applied? No. Ensure you use a moisturiser that is specifically formulated for the face and for your skin type. How do you tell your skin type?
Sensitive skin reddens easily and stings or burns when you apply most products. For the other types, the condition of your T Zone (across your forehead and a straight line down to your chin) will help you identify which category you fit into. At the end of the day, examine the area. A matte surface means dry skin, a greasy or shiny zone translates to oily skin, and if your face is just slightly slick, you have normal or combination skin.
The DIY of Moisturising
In order to crack the habit of moisturising, it’s best to do it at the same time every day. I apply my morning moisturiser after I have showered, shaved and applied my toner (see my previous post about the use of cleansers and toners). Also, straight after a shower is ideal as my skin is still damp, so the moisture will help pull the lotion in more easily.
Apply the moisturiser gently, using upward circular motions. This helps to get the moisturiser into the pores. Your skin will begin to absorb the moisturiser almost immediately and typically within five to ten minutes, it will be fully absorbed.
Be sure to either select a moisturiser that contains at least an SPF 30 or apply sun protection in addition to your moisturiser. No matter how much you moisturise your skin, low levels of UV exposure add up over time and cause skin damage. It is reported that the leading cause of skin damage is failure to wear sunscreen.
Let’s get to it then.
Like many guys out there, I didn’t always use sunscreen and now have a few, rather small, dark spots on my forehead. These spots, technically termed hyperpigmentation, are an uneven colouration that is primarily caused by aging and sun exposure.
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution helps address existing dark spots and prevents the formation of future dark spots and other skin discolourations.
I apply my Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution to a cleansed and toned face, before the application of my moisturiser. I give it two to three minutes to absorb into my skin before continuing with my morning routine.
Crunch time. I use Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Moisturiser as it mattifies my skin, thus avoiding a day-long oily shine, while at the same time it reduces the appearance of pores. It contains cinnamon bark extract with an essential oil recognised for its soothing effects and antibacterial properties.
These ingredients also make Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Moisturiser ideal as a post-shave treatment to soothe skin and prevent razor burn. The guys at Kiehl’s tell me that Andy Warhol was a fan of this very product!
The last step in my morning routine is to apply Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard. It offers me intense protection from the harmful rays of the sun, but without an greasy after effect.
Offering much needed high level SPF broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and the energising effect of the caffeine and vitamins C and E, this product really works well for me by ensuring I am not exposed to further pigmentation. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard is SPF 50+, ultra lightweight, non-sticky and fragrance free, so you don’t smell like you are headed to the beach every day.
What daytime moisturiser works well for you, and are you in a regular routine? Share your thoughts below in the comments and on Twitter!
Kiehl’s products are available the following Edgars stores: Sandton, Eastgate, Menlyn, Brooklyn, V&A Waterfront Pavillion; at standalone stores in Rosebank Mall and Canal Walk and at Edgars Cosmetics Gallery in Hyde Park, as well as at the Red Square pop up shop in Clearwater Mall.