Keeping in mind the makeup and bacteria that live on our faces daily, it becomes clear why skincare is an important part of our daily routine. These days, it’s impossible not to admit that the healthiness of your skin says a lot about you. Good clean skin helps us to look healthier and more replenished. It’s also a bonus if you just love the look and feel of clean skin. To achieve both, the skin needs to be properly taken care of. What a lot of women miss out on is properly washing their face. It seems simple, but there are actually a lot of common mistakes made in skincare by many women. We have some essential tools and tips to keep you in the loop on all things skin care. So for advice on skin treatment, tools to use and how to avoid common mistakes, keep scrolling!
Choose the right products for you
This might seem like a pretty straightforward task but if you’re not paying attention to the products you’re using and how you’re using them, it could get slightly more complicated. Your products form the fundamental basis of your skincare routine. For combination to oily skin, dermatologists recommend you use a face wash with a gel based formula. The result is a deep cleanse, removing all the dirt without leaving the skin feeling too dry. For dry skin, something with more moisture would be more appropriate, to lock in needed moisture, hydrate and soften the skin.
Find a method that works
When it comes to the actual method of washing your face, there are different types of cleansers and products that will require different methods. If you’re using a gel or foam based product, you need to allow this to sit for a while to absorb into the skin and work. As much as you want to get the process over and done with, rushing it doesn’t give the ingredients a proper chance to work on the skin. For a product with a creamier base, you may want to apply it to dry skin and massage into your face first. This will allow for the breakdown of dirt in skin. This method should be done gently with the finger tips. Then to intensify the cleanse you can gradually add small amounts of water to wash off impurities.
Avoid common skincare mistakes
Washing your face immediately after applying the face wash or product is one of the first mistakes many people make. Leaving the cleanser on for a minute or two will allow the ingredients a proper chance to work on the skin. Second mistake many people make is using a washcloth. Damp pieces of cloth are actually filled with bacteria that you may be transferring onto your face. Sounds gross right? Most skincare magazines and experts also say they are a little too harsh for the tender skin on the face. However if you feel you need to use one, baby washcloths are preferable and make sure to use a clean, fresh washcloth every time. If you use face wipes to take off your makeup, your skin care routine shouldn’t stop there. Rinsing off the face is still necessary as face wipes tend to move the dirt around rather than remove it. Try not to use too much hot water on the skin; it can irritate the skin’s natural oils which take away its healthy glow and leaves you with that drying feeling.
Face Wash Tools – Clarisonic
There are many tools you can use for washing the face. Your hands store a lot of bacteria, and don’t cleanse the face properly like many think they do. One of the most popular tools in the skin care world is the Clarisonic brush. These things are costly for a reason but it couldn’t be a better time to go ahead and try one with the harshness of winter fast approaching. You can use this smart little tool for a wide range of skincare necessities from removing make up to deep cleansing facial treatments. To use the Clarisonic to remove makeup, firstly apply a thin layer of oil cleanser to the face. Then use the brush in slow circular motions on the face to clean off makeup. Make sure when using this tool not to apply the oil or cleanser onto the brush directly so it doesn’t affect the bristles. Finish the process by washing the Clarisonic brush gently with soap or even shampoo.
Skincare Tools – Baby Quasar
The Clarisonic brush is one of the beauty tools you could use for a deep cleanse for the face. For other skincare treatments there are some alternatives. The Baby Quasar Plus device is a perfect anti-wrinkle tool you may need to include in your skin care routine. It basically works using four wavelengths of light which penetrate deep into the skin stimulating collagen and elastin. These are what keeps the skin looking healthy and youthful. The size of this tool is another bonus; because it’s portable you can use it anytime. To get the best results using the Baby Quasar Plus, use it by applying gentle pressure on the skin in your target areas. Make sure to move it over the skin slowly so it distributes the light evenly. It will turn itself off after 3 minutes.
Skincare Tools – Dermaflash Facial Exfoliating device
The Dermaflash is a wildly renowned brand for hair removal, dullness and uneven skin tone and texture. The treatment gently removes the outer layer of skin, sweeping away the dead skin cells and any unwanted peach fuzz and leaving you with a brighter and smoother complexion. As it is a cost effective treatment, you can easily use this device at home in 3 simple steps. First prepare the face with the cleanser included in the kit. The next step is to insert a new edge into the Dermaflash device and begin using the device on the face in soft feathery strokes. Finish the treatment by soothing the skin with the hydrating moisturizer also included in the pack. The company recommends using the Dermaflash face exfoliator once a week for the best results. If you’re thinking of purchasing this tool remember to follow the steps and change the edge before each treatment. Charge the Dermaflash overnight and voila: soft luminous skin!
Skincare Tools – NuFACE Mini Facial Toning device
Another facial toning device that can be used for professional results at home. The unit features a smart skin sensor (within the toning device) and a gel primer. The travel size unit is also clinically tested and improves facial contour, tones and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The company recommends treatments lasting from five to 20 minutes 3-4 times a week for the best results. Begin the treatment by washing the face using an oil-free cleanser. Then glide the NuFace over the skin on the natural contours of the face using upwards motions for 5 seconds each glide. After repeating the process three times, remove the cleanser/primer and apply serum or moisturizer. Maintain the treatments regularly to see lasting results.
Face Wash Tools – Foreo LUNA Mini 2
This easy to use and simple looking tool is perfect for a deep cleanse on the face. The Foreo combines sonic pulsations with a brush that is so gentle and soft on the skin. Also it has a larger brush to cover more areas of skin at a time. This tool is an example of a skincare essential you can literally take with you anywhere as it’s small enough to fit in your hand/wash bag, also making it perfect for travel. To use this tool, apply your cleanser onto the face, lightly wet the surface of the brush and use the tool to cleanse. Rinse afterward and repeat twice a day for the best results. When using this tool, its best to stay away from cleansers with a clay, silicone or grainy base… that includes scrubs and exfoliators!
Skincare Tools – Tria Age-Defying Laser
Most age-defying treatments will have you rushing to your salon or clinic for the expensive process. The alternative is to purchase a laser that you can use at home to make treatments as regular as required. The Tria age-defying laser works using continuous penetrating beams of light to rebuild collagen beneath the surface of the skin. After the treatment, the skin’s natural collagen is stimulated to heal the areas. Dermatologists recommend using the laser daily for up to 8 weeks for a few minutes per treatment for the best results. Another similar product we’d recommend is the US-brand ReFa, particularly the ReFa CARAT.
Skincare Products – Gels and Masks
To finish off, here are some must have products we think you should all have in your bathroom cupboards:
- DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (6.7 fl oz.)
- Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser
- One-Step Facial Cleanser with Orange Extract
- Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil
- Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask
- Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask
- Bobbi Brown Skin Nourish mask
- Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque
- Algenist Algae Brightening Mask
- Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask
- Laneige Water Sleeping Mask