Skincare Routines To Tackle Stubborn Problems

 February 17, 2017
Posted by Benjamin Smith

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with your skincare routine and sticking with the same products can mean that you’re not getting the best out of your skin. We’ve put together new routine ideas designed to tackle common skin problems. Try them out and see which best fits your skin.

 

The Basic | Suitable for medium-dry skin

If you’ve never had a proper skincare routine, start here. This covers your basics – from cleansing to exfoliation. If you’re already a skincare addict, skip straight past this one.

Morning:

A picture of toner and other skincare products

Here’s 6 new routines designed to tackle stubborn skin problems

  • Gentle wash with water – a quick splash will do
  • Moisturiser
  • Broad spectrum, high factor sun cream (especially under the eyes)
  • Apply your makeup

Evening:

  • Cleanser – try to use an oil based product to remove your makeup. The oil will keep your skin from drying out
  • Exfoliator – to get rid of dead skin cells. A chemical based exfoliator such as Glycolic Acid is best as physical exfoliators (for example, micro beads) can be very abrasive on your skin
  • Wait 15 minutes
  • Moisturiser – consider combining with low-strength Vitamin C serum (10% of less) to super hydrate and plump your skin. Make sure to check our Vitamin C buying guide first

 

The Dark Circles Buster | Suitable for medium skin

Dark circles can be caused by many things – hyperpigmentation, shadowing and thin skin are the common culprits. Check our guide to see what’s causing yours. This routine is designed to help with thin skin and hyperpigmentation – although it won’t help solve under eye hollows.

A photo of clear, beautiful eyes

A skincare routine designed to reduce the appearance of dark circles

Morning:

  • Gentle wash with a quick splash of water
  • Caffeine eye cream – which will decrease blood flow under the eyes
  • Moisturiser
  • Broad spectrum, high factor sun cream (especially under the eyes)
  • Wait a few minutes to dry
  • A light concealer under the eyes (yellow to correct blue discolouration, peach to correct brown discolouration)
  • Apply the rest of your makeup routine

Evening:

  • Remove makeup – try to use an oil based product if possible, otherwise consider skipping the cleanser step
  • Cleanser – if your skin is dry, try using a non-soap based cleanser
  • Exfoliator – a chemical based exfoliator. If your problem is thin skin, use a high strength retinol cream to thicken the skin. If your problem is hyperpigmentation use a melanin inhibitor such as niacinamide or liquorice extract. Check our dark circles guide for more information.
  • Wait 15 minutes
  • Moisturiser – consider combining with Vitamin C serum to super hydrate and plump your skin

 

The Acne Beater | Suitable for oily skin

Acne sufferers tend to have a high pH level which contributes to breakouts. The trick to managing acne is to control how much oil your skin is exposed to, lower your skin’s pH level and keep your pores unclogged.

Woman with a spot, applying cream

Here’s a skincare routine to keep acne under control

Morning:

  • Foam cleanser
  • pH-adjusting toner – to normalise your skin’s pH level ready for exfoliation
  • Wait 15 minutes
  • First essence to add some hydration and essential oils
  • Hydrating mist to layer on hydration
  • Water based moisturiser
  • Broad spectrum, high factor sun cream

Evening:

  • Remove makeup with an oil based cleanser
  • Foam cleanser (use a low-pH) and rub in gently
  • pH-adjusting toner – to lower your skin’s pH level ready for exfoliation
  • Exfoliate using a BHA (salicylic acid) to unclog pores and calm inflammation
  • Alternate between: Vitamin C serum to calm pigmentation and remove oil, and high strength retinol to reduce breakouts
  • Wait 15 minutes
  • Water based moisturiser
  • Eye cream

 

The Hydrator | Suitable for dry, irritated skin

Keeping your skin hydrated can feel impossible when, after slathering on your third round of moisturiser, it still feels tight like it might crack open. The trick is to use the right cleansers, layer on moisture and oils, and avoid harsh exfoliators.

A woman doing a skincare routine

How to keep your skin soft and hydrated

Morning:

  • Cleansing oil
  • Hydrating toner
  • First essence to add some hydration and essential oils
  • Hydrating mist
  • Water based moisturiser
  • Broad spectrum, high factor sun cream (this will add oils)

Evening:

  • Cleansing oil to remove makeup
  • Low strength Vitamin C serum (10% or less) this will act as a super hydrator
  • Wait a few minutes
  • Thick moisturiser
  • Eye cream

 

The Fountain of Youth | Suitable for medium skin

The best anti-ageing strategy is to use sun cream, keep your skin hydrated and only use products with rigorous scientific backing for their anti-ageing claims. These three elements are the holy grail of anti-ageing.

Fine lines and wrinkles on a man's face

A mixture of prevention resurfacing is best for static lines

Morning:

  • Gentle cleanser
  • Moisturiser
  • Eye cream, containing cooper peptides which make delicate skin more resilient
  • Broad spectrum, high factor sun cream – especially under the eyes

Evening:

  • Cleanse to remove makeupAlternate between:
  • Retinol cream – this will resurface and thicken your skin. Pick creams labelled as 0.5-1% if your skin can take it without too much irritation
  • Vitamin C serum – a super hydrator to plump and moisturise your skin
  • An at home peel – such as Alpha Beta peel, which will resurface your skin more intensely, helping to reduce fine lines

Then:

  • Wait 15 minutes
  • Moisturiser
  • Moisturising eye cream

 

The Puffy Eyes Punisher | Suitable for medium skin

Puffy eyes can make you look like you’ve had a heavy night even if you went to bed early. This routine is designed to prevent swelling and fluid retention as much as possible, both in your evening and morning routine.

Woman without puffy eyes drinking coffee

This routine will keep you looking fresh and well rested

Morning:

  • Gentle cleanser
  • High strength caffeine eye cream (this will decrease blood flow under the eyes)
  • Put an eye mask in the fridge then apply it gently under the eyes, wait 5 minutes and remove (helps to induce lymphatic drainage)
  • Moisturiser
  • Broad spectrum, high factor sun cream

Evening:

  • Cleanse to remove makeup
  • Take an anti-histamine, in case your allergies are a contributing factor
  • Lie on your back to sleep, to help to reduce fluid retention under the eyes
  • Moisturising eye cream

Dr Shah-Desai is an industry leading aesthetic surgeon, offering non-surgical and surgical facial rejuvenation treatments.

As part of your treatment, she also provides a specialist skincare plan to reduce the signs of ageing.

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