Don’t over moisturise. Skin feeling tight and flaky? This points to dry skin build-up on the surface. Rather than adding extra cream to try and rehydrate, use a gentle scrub to remove it. Then your cream will hydrate the new cells, rather than the dry cells. Use Dermalogica Daily Clean Scrub, R590 for 120ml, once a week.
Wear a sunscreen. At least 80% of lifetime sun exposure is incidental. Just walking to your car, sitting by a window and driving around will give you unnecessary sun damage. Sun exposure is the number 1 cause of ageing, so it’s smart to wear a moisturiser with SPF 15.
Take the skin cream test. Many creams are so heavy that they clog skin. To see if your cream is right for you, apply it over your face and wait five minutes. If you can still feel the cream on your skin, it means that it didn’t get absorbed and the rest is sitting on the surface clogging pores. Lighten up for healthier skin.
Up your night-time routine. Skin repairs itself most effectively at night, but your night-time routine doesn’t have to be done just before you hit the bed. Wash your face when you get home from work, or even after dinner. Washing off the day’s dirt and grime, and moisturising, will start the renewal long before you sleep! It’s also a good idea to deep clean pores with a facial treatment mask at least once a week. We can’t live without Theravine Purifying Herbal Mask, R357 for 50ml, with green clay and grapeseed oil for the deepest clean!
Avoid greasy hand creams. Especially if you’re prone to breakouts. You’re more likely to apply hand cream before bed, but if you sleep with your hands near your face, you might be getting spots because the cream may be clogging pores. Newly repackaged and non-greasy is Epi-Max Hand Cream, R47.95 for 75g.