“I want to tell women: Don’t give up on yourself. So you make a mistake here and there, you do too much or you do too little. Just have fun, smile, and keep putting on lipstick.” Diane Keaton
I’d also like to add, keep cleansing.
Getting back to basics with skincare should start with cleansing.
Cleansing, the easiest and most simple of skincare routines is often the one that we forget or that we take for granted.
It’s too late or I’m too tired is easy to say. I’ll be more thorough in the morning, yet another reason to avoid the five minutes it takes before bed to cleanse and nourish the skin.
Cleansing, as a routine is one that I have grown accustomed to and one that I try and be vigilant with. Some evenings, the thought of the cleansing process is all too much; I want to curl up in bed and forget all about skincare and routines. Waking up in the morning full of regret, not to mention sad mascara dripping eyes, is the flipside to my laziness.
Removing the day’s pollution and grime allows the skin to breathe and rejevenate. Cleansing not only avoids dull and clogged skin but also removes dead surface skin cells, stimulates circulation and prepares the skin for nourishment.
How To Cleanse
Never over cleanse, especially if skin is dry or dehydrated. Twice a day is sufficient.
After removing eye make up lather up the cleanser with a small amount of water and massage over the face and neck in small circular movements. This is the time when the Clarisonic brush is very beneficial.
Rinse the skin clean of any product residue.
Follow cleansing with a toning routine.
I use a particular cleanser from Darphin. A French brand that was recommended to me by my local pharmacist many years back and I am still to find another cleanser that I prefer. This cleanser is gentle, soothing and combats any redness that may occur. Using this cleanser has become a ritual that I have come to enjoy and I always feel that my skin is well prepared for the products that are to follow.
The basics of skincare can escape us; it is easy to sideline the importance of small steps in a long term programme. We become seduced by the “new kids” on the block and forget that without the essentials, the daily care, the more advanced treatments cannot begin to be effective.
Before anything, cleansing is everything…xv
Darphin Intral Cleansing Milk
how are you finding the serums ?
i am really starting to feel and see the benefits of the vitamin c serum.
my skin has been a little irritated and dry during the initial few applications but i am persevering and now suddenly i can notice a difference; the skin is smoother, brighter and more receptive to the hydration creams.
image of diane keaton, google