Are you feeling exhausted by the endless skincare guidelines out there? Feeling lost in the sea of advice that gets your skincare nowhere? You’re not alone!
The world of skincare is more nuanced now than before, with so many commercialised brands sharing unhelpful advice to boost their sales. But let us tell you, skincare doesn’t have to be confusing or frustrating. It also doesn’t have to be a closet full of products.
So let’s talk about the most common mistakes you might make in your skincare routine. And what you should be doing to achieve an anti-aging, wrinkles-free skin!
You’re probably wondering, “What should my skincare routine include?” Here are the top 3 things you should do when it comes to building up a healthy skincare routine:
Choose brands with ethical value
In simple words, it’s time to do mindful shopping. Supporting brands that have ethical and honest values when it comes to skincare means you’re getting a thoughtfully produced product.
So choose brands that have transparent and ethical brand values!
Understand your ingredients
It’s easy to fall for a product just because it’s being marketed that well. But that’s a recipe for disaster if you’re not studying your ingredients.
Before you put anything on your skin, make sure you read and understand each of them. Do some research into what ingredients work well for you because this is different for every skin type and person.
Products with alcohol and synthetic fragrances can and will usually irritate your skin, so it’s best to avoid them! If you’re using active ingredients such as AHAs, BHAs, vitamin C, or even retinol to deal with fine lines, make sure you’re following all instructions carefully.
On the other hand, focus on using hydration products that have hyaluronic acid as well as antioxidants. At ManukaRX, we’re focused on creating products like the Firming Day Cream, made from hyaluronic acid as well as Manuka oil, giving it an anti-oxidant and anti-aging benefit!
Moisturise every day
This one goes without saying: moisturise your skin every single day. Moisturising creams can deliver hydration beyond the skin’s top layer and leave you with a plump and youthful look.
But when you’re searching for the perfect moisturiser, make sure you’re finding one that’s made to suit your skin type. Here is a simple guide to what kind of moisturizer can suit your skin type:
- Dry skin — oil-based moisturizers, such as the Nourishing Night Cream.
- Normal skin — lightweight, non-comedogenic formulas, such as our Collagen Production collection.
- Oily skin — water-based and oil-free moisturizers.
Now that you know what to do, you’re almost in the clear. It’s time to find out what things you have to avoid at all costs when it comes to your skincare routine!
The line between exfoliation and over-exfoliation is super thin. Exfoliation can take apart dead skin cells and clean your skin. But over-exfoliation can strip away your skin’s natural oils, damage the skin barrier and cause breakouts.
Make sure you’re not going too crazy on exfoliation and stick to a bi-weekly routine. It also goes without saying that you shouldn’t pick harsh chemical exfoliants as they have more drawbacks than benefits.
Instead, pick a gentle and natural exfoliant such as the Rejuvenating Manuka Oil Exfoliant!
Never skip sunscreen
The biggest culprit behind wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and aged skin is the sun. So if you don’t want to look decades beyond your age, protect your skin from sun damage and UV rays with a good sunscreen.
Ideally, use an SPF 30+ sunscreen every 4 hours throughout the day, regardless of whether you’re indoors or outdoors.
Don’t sleep in your makeup
We know how tempting the bed looks after a night out. We’ve been there, wanting to just plop right down and deal with the consequences in the morning…
However, removing your makeup before hitting the bed can do wonders for your skin. It avoids bacterial growth overnight, allows your skin to breathe, and protects you from the chemical harm of makeup.
This brings us to the end of our simple skincare dos and don'ts. Remember, skincare isn’t supposed to be a complex process, and you shouldn’t feel inclined to fall into one because others are doing it too! Figure out what works best for you and stick to it.
More is less when it comes to skincare.