While we all undoubtedly have different preferences when it comes to makeup and hair choices, there is one universal beauty trait all women can agree on: good skin is the ultimate goal.
Often it seems easier said than done, but in reality there are just a few key things you need to be doing to kick-start your journey to smooth, glowing and youthful-looking skin.
Follow these five rules, and call us in the morning (well, realistically, give it a few weeks to see the changes) to thank us.
#1 / Follow a consistent routine
If suddenly your splash of water and slathering of moisturiser isn’t quite doing for you what it once did, that’s because you’re likely not giving your skin enough of the right stuff - namely a good cleanse to get rid of dirt, grime and oil, a scrub to slough away dead skin cells, and a moisturising session to replenish the nourishment your skin needs.
A simple overhaul of your skin care routine will ensure you’re hitting all the right notes.
Start your morning and end your day by cleansing with philosophy’s purity made simple 3-in-1 cleanser for face and eyes. The hardworking formula will deeply clean pores, removing makeup, dirt and oil that’s accumulated to leave your skin cleansed, refreshed and hydrated.
Now, when it comes to exfoliation use philosophy’s microdelivery resurfacing peel once a week. The two-step exfoliator – which features vitamin C-enriched resurfacing crystals as well as a lactic acid and salicylic acid activating gel – works together to shift those dead skin cells to reveal smooth, soft and radiant skin. We recommend adding this step to your nighttime skin care routine just once a week.
And let’s not forget moisturising. Applying moisturiser at the end of your routine is key to keeping your skin healthy and smooth – a winning combination for a complexion that looks younger for longer. Both morning and night, simply dot philosophy’s renewed hope in a jar on your cheeks, forehead and chin, and massage the formula in upward circular motions over the entire face, moving down your neck to your décolletage, too (your skin doesn’t end at your jawline!). The unique blend of alpha hydroxy acids, hyaluronate and an Asian fruit extract work to refine and rejuvenate skin.
#2 / Switch to silk
It may sound unnecessary, but switching to a silk pillowcase can do wonders for a healthy, hydrated and wrinkle-free complexion. Pure mulberry silk works to not only prevent sleep creases from forming (persistent sleep wrinkles can compromise your skin texture and elasticity in the long run), but the material also helps your skin maintain moisture through the night, as opposed to cotton, which actually absorbs all your skin care ingredients and moisture from your skin.
#3 / Always, always ALWAYS remove your makeup
While you may already know that going to bed with your makeup on is a recipe for disaster, failing to remove it properly isn’t exactly ideal, either. You see, the dirt, grime and bacteria attached to your makeup can clog your pores and lead to congestion, breakouts and a dull complexion. Hence the reason you want to ensure you have thoroughly cleansed skin before you hop into bed. Given philosophy’s purity cleanser has been formulated for makeup removal, cleansing and toning in one, a good cleansing session with it should see you through. If you tend to wear quite a bit of makeup, it won’t hurt to do a double cleanse (wash, rinse, repeat) before moving on to the rest of your skin care routine.
#4/ Don’t forget your sunscreen
If you’re saving your facial sunscreen for hot summer days by the beach, you might want to reconsider. The sun’s UVA rays (the ageing ones) can cause damage even in winter or on a cloudy day (and so can the UVB ones, just so you know), so you should be applying sunscreen year-round. Consistent sun protection isn’t only beneficial for your health, but it can help prevent skin concerns like pigmentation, lines and loss of elasticity. Need we say more?
#5/ Stay hydrated
Ah, the endless health benefits of ensuring you drink the recommended two litres of water a day. But did you know that keeping up with your water intake can have a positive impact on your complexion, too? Think clearer skin, a glowing complexion, and an overall healthier appearance.
Now that your skin is in order, here are 10 rules to follow for better hair.
Do you have any advice for what to do for better skin? Please share with us in the comments section below.
Carli is BEAUTYcrew’s Editor and has been since the site launched in 2016. She is currently on a quest to find the perfect medium-coverage foundation for combination skin, is trying to narrow down her mascara collection to just three, and is embracing the power of AHAs. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.