Right after learning our type of skin, we should make sure to find our own routine.
Most of us will have the same requirements, but since not all skin types are the same, a tiny variation in the routine can make a visible difference.
The general basic routine includes:
3. Serum or specific area treatment
The above works well with most of us for both morning and evening, but it is not all here.
In the morning you want to use some kind of low and natural UVA/UVB protection before or with your make-up.
Low protection because we want all the vitamin D we can get (mostly and better from the sun), while a high SPF (15 or over) will prevent the skin from absorbing it.
Natural because unlike its synthetic counterparts, it is safe. There are several natural ingredients offering repair and protection against UVA/UVB damage and up to 15SPF.
A sensible exposure to sunlight is vital to good general and skin health.
5. Exfoliating. Each one of us should exfoliate at her own frequency. The frequency of our exfoliations must relate to the speed our own skin re-generates itself.
Removing the outer layer of the skin, made up of dead skin cells, is a ‘must do’ in any beauty treatment, but do it too often and you will end up revealing immature skin with the risk of causing scars and lesions. Do it too infrequently and most of our expensive anti-age cosmetics will end up sitting on the dead cells in the outer layer of the skin.
A good way to start is Cleansing the skin morning and night with very simple, natural and unsophisticated soap such as the old fashion natural and vegetable Marseille Soap. It works very well for all skin types, including children’s and sensitive. Otherwise any SLS and other-nasties-free vegetable soap will do.
Exfoliation: we should start trying it once a week and observe how our skin reacts. If the exfoliation leaves the skin a bit too red and tender, then we should consider doing it more infrequently – let’s say every fortnight or more. In absence of redness and increased sensitivity, we can try it more often, perhaps every 4-5 days.
Exfoliating more often than required will only put unnecessary stress on the cells producing new skin, apart from potentially being painful, and will not bring any extra benefit.
Find the right sync and the process will reveal beautiful new skin cells.
Exfoliation and Cleansing should be followed always with an organic toner before applying anything else, as this is gentle and complex enough to feed the skin what it needs at that moment.
The application of a toner is meant to bring back tone and vitality to the skin stripped of protection by the cleansing/exfoliating process. Nothing does it better than our Organic Toners, wonderfully soothing pure hydrosols with HA and plant collagen peptide.
Then is time to apply any specific product, like an eye serum or anti age-spot product and either let them rest for a few minutes before applying anything else or go straight to the serum and/or moisturiser, as it works best for you.
Always apply the serum/s before the toner dries out, on a wet skin. If it dries out, spray the skin with a bit more organic toner. In our tests we have found that our organic toners greatly facilitate the absorption of a serum thus boosting its action. On top of that, it saves the skin a bit of unnecessary stress from stretching its otherwise dry surface.
Finally it is time for the moisturiser, whose main task is to lock in the moisture and offer some protection against environmental stress.
For those of us who have no time or cannot make the effort to follow a complex routine, there are products which can help. One is our Oil d’Orange. It is effectively an anti-age moisturiser entirely formulated with natural plant oils which can replace a toner, anti-age serum and moisturiser and also provide a low natural filter against UVA-UVB rays.
Let’s never forget that 50% of what goes on the skin is absorbed by the organism, seriously! as is 90% of what we put in our mouth. Applying cosmetics is just a different way of feeding ourselves, a topical way of it, so let’s choose carefully what we feed ourselves!