skincare for beginners

If you're relatively new to using skincare products, not only will you need some advice around the type of products you should be using, but equally as important will be knowing how to apply it. So our Prodermal skincare experts have put together a skincare 101 in the article below to provide some advice on a good skin care routine. We'll give you some guidelines for establishing and maintaining a routine that is effective, yet simple enough that you will be able to follow it day to day (even on those days when you just don’t feel like it). 

Firstly, before we get to the routine, it’s important to understand that there are 3 primary factors that affect your skin:

(1) Genetics: Genetics will largely determine your skin type – dry, oily, acneic (acne prone), genetically sensitive, rosacea, etc. Be aware of your skin type so that you can adopt the correct regime to look after your skin.

(2) Lifestyle: Your choices re food, drink, medications, exercise and everyday lifestyle will also have an effect on your skin. This influences your skin condition, which can include dehydration, premature ageing, environmental sensitisation and cosmetic acne.

(3) Skin care routine: Establishing and maintaining a good routine with the correct products, which takes into account your skin type and skin condition, will ensure a good foundation to skin health.

It is a good idea to consult with a qualified therapist, who will advise you on the brands and products to use for your skin care routine. If you don't have one, Prodermal has experienced and highly qualified therapists on the team, and can assist you with phone, email or in-clinic advice.

Now let’s move onto the recommended routine:

each morning:

  • Cleanse using your recommended cleanser. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Moisturise with the moisturiser appropriate for your skin type. Recommended quantity is about the size of a coin. Spread over your face and neck in gentle upward strokes.
  • Apply eye treatment cream.
  • Apply sunscreen if heading out doors.

each evening:

  • Double-cleansing in the evening is important. First cleanse to remove makeup, dirt, dead skin cells etc.
  • Rinse to remove the cleanser, and then cleanse again using your recommended cleanser to thoroughly clean the skin.
  • Moisturise with your recommended moisturiser, again concentrating on the face and neck areas.
  • Apply eye treatment cream.

once a week:

  • Use a gentle exfoliant to remove the build-up of dead skin cells. This would be done in the evening, after cleansing, and before applying a moisturiser.

Remember, great skin is a habit so establish your routine and see how you go!