May Skin Tips

By on May 08, 2017
We continue our skin focus this month and have some great tips to share with you from our skincare expert and therapist, Claire.
 
As well as a monthly facial, it's important to establish a regular skincare routine at home. Your therapist will diagnose your specific skin type and help you choose the best products to use.

 

Dehydrated Skin Tips


Water

As well as drinking water, boost your hydration by eating water-rich foods.
Did you know that Watermelon is 92% water? Plus it is an amazing source of the anti-oxidant Lycopene as well as the amino acids L-citrulline and L-arginine, helping repair and protect the skin.
Cucumber, Grapefruit, Broccoli and Spinach are also great water-rich foods to add to your daily intake. You’ll see your skin glowing in no time!
 

Use Specialist Skincare

Moisturiser isn’t always just moisturiser. The science of the beauty industry has moved on leaps and bounds and there are now ingredients and technologies which hydrate more than ever before.
 

Hot Water

We are big fans of a hot bubble bath but having the water too warm for your showers and baths can actually strip moisture from the skin.
 
If you find your skin easily feeling dry and tight after washing, try turning the temperature down a couple of notches. We would also recommend always washing your face with lukewarm water so that it stays soft and hydrated. Avoiding scalding hot water can also help prevent irritation and calm skin prone to redness, so it will help your skin all round!
 

Get Steamy!

Humidity levels in the air can have a real impact on the hydration levels of your skin. Dry air can take oils out of the skin and leave it feeling lacklustre and dehydrated. Winter weather and air-conditioning are the main culprits.
 
A humidifier might be a great addition for your skin. Using a facial steamer now and then can also help hydrate and plump up the skin and help skincare treatments absorb into the skin.

 

Add Essential Oils!

Dehydrated skin isn’t just about water. Skin needs lipids and oils to keep it looking plump and youthful.
Try adding a supplement to your daily routine to boost the levels of healthy fats in your diet. Omegas 3, 6 and 9 are the building blocks your skin needs to feel hydrated and healthy.
 

Dry Skin Tips


Moisture

Moisturise frequently to lock in moisture and prevent further loss of moisture from the top layer of the skin.
 

Water

Keep your skin hydrated! Drink plenty of water.


Dry Skin Products

Use products specially designed for dry skin


Patting!

Try patting your skin dry instead of rubbing it with a towel.
 

Oily Skin Tips

 

Cleanser

Use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid morning and night. Make sure you target your T-Zone area as oil build up is most common here!


Powder

Powder is a girl’s best friend. The best make-up for oily skin is one that is a powder or mineral-based. Try and choose a make-up that is oil-free and ‘non-comedogenic’, this means it won’t clog your pores! Remember it’s important to remove your make-up every night to unclog pores.

 

Moisturise

Some people believe oily skin doesn’t need moisturising but it’s just not true! Nourish your skin with an oil-free, light moisturiser to help hydrate and protect your skin. We recommend applying a moisturiser after cleansing, starting with your cheeks first and then work outwards.


Face Mask

After exfoliation, follow up with a face mask. This weekly step of the oily skin care tips is very vital too. Those face packs or masks containing Kaolin and Bentonite clay,  and sandalwood are very good for oily skin as these gently absorb excess oil.


Exfoliate

It is imperative to exfoliate oily skin once or twice a week. This is another one of the very important oily skin tips. The excess sebum produced leads to dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, resulting in pimples, acne, whiteheads, and blackheads, and of course a dull-looking skin. To eliminate dirt and dead skin cells and renew your skin’s surface, as well as to keep breakouts at bay, include exfoliation in your skin care routine. Again, be gentle and do not scrub your skin in a harsh manner.
 

Sensitive Skin Tips!

 
Follow the advice of your therapist in terms of the best products to use.


Our recommended tip for sensitive skin is that always keep your skin clean at all times. Sensitive skin can react badly to dirt and dust.
 


If you have any questions about your skin, please pop along to one of our salons and speak to a therapist. They can provide a consultation and expert advice for all your skincare needs.