Step 1: Cleanse
I don’t have to tell you, getting clean can feel so good. As we go about our days, our skin functions to protect us from dirt particles and pollution, and carries the weight of our sebum and sweat. No matter how oily or dry your skin is, it needs a cleanse every morning and every night before bed. We’ve found a range of products strong enough to leave you feeling clean, but gentle enough to preserve your skins delicate PH balance.
When choosing a cleanser, ensure you’re considering your skin type and concerns. Oily and congestion prone skins may need the added help of exfoliants (like Salicylic Acid or Alpha Hydroxy Acids) to help clear out pores.
For those on the sensitive side, we recommend opting for a cream or non-foaming cleanser to ensure you’re not stripping your skin of much needed natural oils and moisture.
Handy Hint: if you shave daily, a good quality foaming cleanser can double as a shaving product.
Step 2: Nourish
Topical nourishment to the skin means introducing a serum, oil or balm that is packed full of active and effective ingredients, targeting your concerns.
Think of this step like taking a supplement. A lot of money and time has been spent discovering which active ingredients can mimic natural processes that already occur in healthy skin.
Suffering from adult acne or premature ageing? Look for vitamin A or retinol as it will help increase skin cell turn over and encourage the growth of healthy skin cells.
Black heads are your issues? Salicylic acid cleans bacteria from the dermal layer of the skin.
Does your skin look uneven? Vitamin C or ascorbic acid helps to clarify your skin tone by protecting it from free radical damage.
We’ve compiled a big list of skin supplements to get you started. You can pick one or use five. Do what’s right or you’re and your complexion.
Step 3: Hydrate
Just like you, skin doesn’t function well when it’s thirsty. Moisturising your skin is easy, effective and generally feels quite lovely. A moisturising product is always applied directly after your serums, or concern targeting products, to lock in all that goodness and add in a surge of hydration.
While you probably already have a moisturiser that you rely on when you’re feeling a little dry, the wonderful world of cosmeceutical skincare caters to all when it comes to hydrating products.
If you have oily skin, go for something high in hyaluronic acid and that is made up of mainly water-based ingredients. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule that has amazing humectant properties, meaning it helps draw moisture into the skin.
If your skin is on the dry side, go for something rich in fatty acids and oils. It will help your skin absorb your other skincare products, and leave it feeling smooth and comfortable.
Step 4: Protect
Did you know that 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with a type of skin cancer by the time they’re 70?
*Cancer Council Australia.
Newsflash. If you’re out and about while it’s daylight, you need to be wearing an SPF. UVB and UVA rays are not only super harmful to the skin when speaking about melanoma and other skin cancers, they’re also the number one reason skin’s show signs of ageing.
No matter how committed you are to your skincare ritual, sunscreen is a daily must have. The biggest difference between good skin and bad skin is how much exposure it has had to the sun, especially as you get older.
The best news is sunscreen formulas have moved leaps and bounds over the last decade. There’s something for everybody, every skin concern and every skin type.
Available in a range of textures, and SPF numbers, we have you covered for Sunscreens at Monde.