Cleaning, washing and hydrating your visage should be part of your daily routine and should never be skipped. For optimum results and for a magnificent glow, you should begin the routine at night and repeat it in the morning.

An essential starting point is the removal of make-up in its entirety before going to bed. Perhaps you’ve heard it countless times and you may have skipped this part one too many times, especially after a long weekend night, but hopefully this won’t happen again! Not properly removing make-up and letting it sit for too many hours can lead to countless skin problems. This is because the chemicals in the make-up, combined with sweat and accumulated dirt or other impurities, left overnight, are proven to cause pimples, clogged and inflamed pores, as well as excess oil.

Instead of having this happen, it’s best to remove the make-up either with wet wipes or with a gentle oil-based make-up remover, using soft cotton pads. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser or Olay Foaming Face Wash are some great facial cleansing products. Remember that for the removal of waterproof or resistant eye make-up it’s best to use an oil based eye make-up remover that will delicately swipe away the mascara or gel eye shadow without harming the soft tissue of the eyelid.

Following this, a toner and moisturizer can work wonders. You can use some of these nourishing night creams, topped off with anti-wrinkle properties: Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 anti-aging night cream, L’Oreal Revitalift, The Body Shop Wise Woman Regenerating Night Cream.

Extra tip: Be sure to have your pillow case made of silk or polyester and have them changed often, in order to prevent the accumulation of dirt and sweat trapped within the fabric, known to harm both the hair and the skin, causing cracks, irritations and mild to severe breakouts.

Your morning skincare routine

You can start your routine in the shower, using a cleanser to remove excess oil, dirt and bacteria from the surface of the skin and clean the pores thoroughly. By doing circular movements against the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin you will also stimulate blood flow, giving you that special glow all day! Don’t forget to gently exfoliate the lips with a toothbrush and a DIY scrub (sugar, sea salt, honey, etc.).

Cleanser

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser, Biore Skin Recharging Cleanser Olay Foaming Face Wash, etc. are all good depending on your skin type. Remember to always use products that respect the necessities of your skin type or condition!

Toner

Notable products are Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Active Spot Purifying Toner, Nivea Visage Oil Regulating Toner, Olay – Refreshing Toner Normal/Dry/Combination Skin, etc. The toner has the magical ability of balancing the pH of the skin and prepares the face for moisturizing. Different companies offer various features, many aiding the treatment of acne or rosacea.

Moisturizer

The right night or day cream depends on your taste and skin type; everybody needs a good moisturizer for maintaining their skin smooth and silky. The moisturizer prevents the skin against dehydration, cracks and irritations. Plus, the right cream works as a shield against sunlight, if it has UV protection. Always apply the moisturizer evenly, on your face and neck, with a great emphasis on the gentle area around the eyes and lips.

Breakfast

As a closing point, it’s essential to mention that no skin care routine can ever have a maximum effect without a proper breakfast, rich in antioxidants and yummy nutrients which will balance your skin pH, restoring its collagen and radiance.