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Skincare secrets every woman should know

From anti-ageing tricks to dealing with dry or oily skin, here’s the best routine to stick to to keep your complexion healthy and glowing

By Amy Lewis, 12 January 2016
Skincare secrets every woman should know

What’s your skin care routine like? Maintaining a healthy complexion can be tricky, especially when you throw in obstacles like dry, oily or ageing skin.

Even with our unpredictable British weather, wearing an SPF on your face every day can help to protect against lines, wrinkles and signs of ageing

But, if you have the right skin care routine, keeping your complexion fresh and radiant could be far easier than you think.

Try these simple skin care routines and easy beauty tips to make healthy, younger-looking skin yours every day...

SPF CAN PROTECT AGAINST AGEING

Even with our unpredictable British weather, wearing an SPF on your face every day can help to protect against lines, wrinkles and signs of ageing. UV damage can occur even when the sun isn’t blazing, so look for skin care that has a built-in SPF to protect your complexion.

DRY SKIN NEEDS MORE WATER

Dry skin often needs a little help from the inside, as well as from moisturisers on the outside. If rich moisturising oils and creams aren't keeping your skin properly hydrated, it’s likely that you need to drink more water throughout the day, to allow your body to replenish its natural moisture stores.

OILY SKIN NEEDS MOISTURE TOO

Oily skin often goes thirsty due to fears of making it worse, or ‘more greasy’. But, by keeping your skin hydrated using a light, oil-free moisturiser, you can actually help to encourage your skin to produce less sebum (the oil that makes you look shiny) and restore a healthier balance. Using a gentle toner after cleansing can help too.

PRICEY SKIN CARE ISN’T ALWAYS THE BEST

A high price tag doesn’t necessarily mean that a skin care range will work wonders for your face. Instead, it’s better to look at what’s really in the pot by checking the ingredients list, and doing some research into which face cream is best for you. A word of mouth recommendation is always great too, so ask your family and friends about what they use.

DIY BEAUTY RECIPES REALLY WORK

Don’t underestimate natural beauty recipes; not only are they often a cheaper option, but the right ingredients will do wonders for your skin too, without using harsh chemicals. Try mixing up a moisturising face mask using honey and mashed avocado, or a skin exfoliator using coconut oil and brown sugar.

EXFOLIATING WILL MAKE YOU LOOK YOUNGER

Exfoliating once a week will help to boost cell renewal, lift away dead skin cells and leave your skin looking younger and smoother. Use a gentle scrub or exfoliating facial brush to give your skin a deep clean, avoiding the delicate eye area.

SLEEPING IN MAKEUP IS A BAD IDEA

Sleeping in your makeup is always a bad idea, no matter how late you’re crawling into bed. Not only will it lead to blocked pores, spots and blemishes as the product and daily dirt build-up sits on your skin overnight, but it’ll also worsen your lines and wrinkles. If you really can’t face a proper cleansing session some evenings, at least clean away what you can with a gentle face wipe.

APPLY EYE CREAM WITH YOUR RING FINGER

Because your ring finger has the lightest touch - yep, even more gentle than your pinky finger - it’s the best tool for applying eye cream. Skin under your eyes is very delicate, so too much rubbing or pulling can lead to deeper lines and wrinkles. Use a very gentle tapping action with your ring finger to apply eye cream and you’ll get the very best results.

MOISTURISING EVERY DAY IS KEY

The best thing you can do to keep your skin looking healthy is to keep it hydrated. As well as drinking plenty of water, that means moisturising every day. Get into the habit of applying a face cream in the morning before your makeup, and in the evening before hitting bed too. It’ll mean your skin feels supple and is protected throughout the day as well as being properly hydrated during sleep, which is when your body does most of its repair work.

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