My skincare routine
When I wake up, I gently wash my face with warm water. I use my hands to splash water onto my face and then my fingertips to wipe away any excess. I try not to rub my face too hard, or scrub it with a cloth, as this irritates my skin. Once washed, I pat my face dry with a soft, clean towel.
Stephanie: “This is a great start. You should wash your face twice a day – usually once in the morning and then again in the evening. Washing your face in the evening is particularly important, so be sure not to skip it! Laura has chosen not to use any product here, but I would recommend using a gentle soap or fragrance-free cleanser for a deeper clean.”
After letting my skin settle, I apply a moisturiser. Protecting my skin from the sun’s rays is important, so I use a moisturiser that has an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30. This protects against sunburn caused by UVB rays. I like to make sure my moisturiser protects my skin against UVA rays too. UVA rays are associated with wrinkles and cause the skin to age more than usual.
Stephanie: “Moisturisers that offer a level of protection from the sun's rays are a popular choice. But remember, these shouldn’t be used in place of sunscreen. They’re useful for brief encounters with the sun, but for longer exposures, make sure you apply sunscreen and stay safe in the sun.”
I like to wear a little bit of makeup but appreciate this isn’t for everyone. When selecting makeup products, I look for those labelled ‘non-comedogenic’ (meaning they don’t block your pores) and opt for choices that are water-based or oil-free.
Stephanie: “These types of products work well for Laura, but when choosing any products for your skin, make sure they suit your skin type.
Also, if you use brushes to apply your makeup, remember to wash them regularly. And, always remember to take your makeup off at the end of the day.”
When leaving the house, I put on a pair on well-fitting shoes that keep my feet cool and dry. When we think of skincare we often think of our face and body, but let’s not forget our feet too.
Stephanie: “This is a valid point. Ill-fitting shoes and lots of moisture may contribute to problems like bunions, athletes foot, blisters and callouses. So look after your feet where you can.”
I usually keep a small bottle of hand lotion in by bag or on my desk at work. If my hands start to feel dry, I’ll apply some lotion to replenish any lost moisture. I usually notice my hands feel drier when the weather is cooler, or after washing them (which I’ve usually done a fair few times come lunchtime).
Stephanie: “This is great. Using hand gels and washing your hands regularly dries out the skin making it prone to irritant eczema. So, keep your hands well moisturised. If the weather is cooler, you could also try wearing a pair of warm, fabric gloves to help keep the cold out.”
After dinner, I tackle the washing up and am always sure to be seen wearing my rubber gloves. If I don't, my hands become dry and chapped!
Stephanie: “Washing up detergents, soaps and household cleaning products can all strip your hands of natural oils that help keep your hands moisturised. Without this moisture, Laura is quite right, hands can become dry and chapped. However, always choose a rubber glove without powder as this can lead to allergies.”
Before the day is out, I jump in the shower. When I get out, I make sure that I dry in-between my toes and while my skin is still damp I use a body lotion to lock in moisture.
Stephanie: “Perfect. As we get older our skin dries out and this is made worse by things like central heating, air conditioning, long-haul travel and using soaps. So, it’s important to moisturise daily. Apply a moisturiser in the evening after a shower or bath for the best effect.”
“Laura is definitely heading in the right direction with her skincare routine. My overall advice for her and to anyone would be to make sure you avoid harsh chemicals and soaps, moisturise daily and protect yourself from the sun’s rays.
It’s important to remember that this is what Laura does day-to-day to keep her skin healthy. But what works for her might not be right for you, so be guided by your own skin and how it feels. If you’re concerned about a skin problem, speak to a Dermatologist for advice.”
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