Wednesday, 09 September 2020

Back to School Skincare Essentials

The time has finally come. After what felt like an eternity in lockdown, it's time to return to school, college and university. What is usually an exciting time has most likely been replaced with anxiety and stress. Here at Face the Future, we want to help you put your best foot (and face) forward to ease you (or your children) back into what was once normal life. We're taking you back to skincare school and sharing our top recommendations for a simple yet effective skincare routine.

In this blog we'll break it down step-by-step to help you create a basic skincare routine. For a more detailed and personalised list of recommendations, take our online skin test and one of our experts will analyse your skin concerns and create you a personalised regime.

Cleanse

LABthetics Conditioning Milk CleanserLet's start by breaking down the basics, shall we? At the forefront of any skincare routine is a good cleanser. Cleansers are more important now than ever before. Wearing a mask is certainly a must, but it also creates a breeding ground for bacteria on our faces (check out our Maskne blog here), so a thorough double cleanse in the evening is essential.A gentle cleanser such as our favourite LABthetics Conditioning Milk Cleanser works to provide a gentle cleansing action and thoroughly cleanse skin without stripping skin's own natural and protective oils. Formulated with Sunflower oil, Almond oil and Glycerine this cleanser works with the skin, rather than against it.

Tone

Beautycoll Skin Brightening Toner Toners act as the prep work for your skin. They restore skin's natural pH balance, remove any impurities left after cleansing and prepare skin for the application of further products. Beautycoll Skin Brightening Toner is a great, easy to use toner that contains hard working yet gentle ingredients.This refreshing and hydrating toner elevates your skin straight after cleansing. Traditional toners can be drying and strip skin of natural oils, Beautycoll Skin Brightening Toner is an alcohol-free formula with soothing key ingredients including Aloe Vera, Vitamin B5 and Calendula Oil.If your skin feels sensitive or dehydrated after cleansing, the Beautycoll Skin Brightening Toner will immediately soothe and prepare your skin for the application of the rest of your skincare routine.Elevate your skin after cleansing with the soothing and hydrating combination of Aloe Vera, Vitamin B5, Calendula Oil, Sodium PCA and Allantoin. Skin is optimised and prepared for the application of your chosen serums, moisturiser and SPF, as well as providing a hydrated base for applying makeup.

Treat

Your skin is finally clean and ready for some skin-loving ingredients, let's head onto treatment-focused products. This area of your routine can be altered depending on your skin needs and concerns. Let's take a look at some of the ingredients you should look out for.

Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Serum

Dehydrated skin - Hyaluronic Acid is the ideal ingredient for dehydrated skin in need of added moisture. We love Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Serum, which also contains skin-softening Vitamin B5 to give an instant burst of moisture and long-lasting hydration.Dull and uneven skin tone - Vitamin C is the ultimate ingredient for a brightening and protective action against pollution and free radicals. We love LABthetics Advanced Antioxidant Protector 5%, which combines L-Ascorbic Acid and Ferulic Acid to deliver potent antioxidant action plus anti-inflammatory properties to protect skin from the damaging effects of free radicals, as well as stimulating natural collagen production.Image Skincare Clear Cell Restoring Serum Oil Free

Oily skin and blemishes - Salicylic Acid is the go-to exfoliating acid for congested and blemish-prone skin. Try Image Skincare Clear Cell Restoring Serum Oil Free, which helps to regulate sebum production and deliver lightweight hydration without clogging pores.Sensitive skin - Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, improves skin's natural repair process by enhancing skin's barrier function for a healthier skin tone and texture. We love LABthetics Restorative Serum, which combines 10% Vitamin B3, 1% Vitamin B5 and 1% Zinc PCA.

Moisturise

Mesoestetic Hydra-Vital Factor K

It is so important to moisturise everyday as it seals in all the products and keeps skin hydrated and youthful. Moisturising is especially beneficial if you are prone to blemishes and wrinkles.Mesoestetic Hydra-Vital Factor K is a fantastic moisturiser and a favourite here at Face the Future. It is specifically formulated to return smoothness and elasticity to dry skin. The exclusive formulation maintains hydration within the skin by restoring the hydro-lipid layer, ensuring the protection of skin against external aggressors and free radicals responsible for premature ageing.Suitable for all skin types especially those suffering from dryness and sensitivity, this unique formula helps to keep skin hydrated for 24 hours by creating a protective film, which prevents trans-epidermal water loss.

Protect

Damaging UV rays never takes a break, so make sure to protect your skin from the signs of ageing caused by sun damage every day with Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-Free SPF 50. This oil-free dry touch sunscreen is clinically proven to protect against UVA and UVB rays. It also provides powerful antioxidant activity thanks to Fernblock® FC.Heliocare 360 Pediatric Mineral SPF 50+

The younger you start using SPF, the better it is for your skin and your future self will be thankful. Sunscreen keeps you looking young, as the number one cause of ageing is UV rays.Sending your child off to school? Pop Heliocare 360 Pediatric Mineral SPF 50+ in their book bag so they can get used to applying (and re-applying) sunscreen daily.

Mask

Mesoestetic Post Peel Crystal Fiber Mask

There are so many options when it comes to masks. You can get clay, gel, peelingall sorts of textures and formulations. For someone who is just starting out in investing in his or her skincare routine, let's start with the basics.Restore optimal levels of skin moisture and elasticity to the skin with Mesoestetic Post Peel Crystal Fiber Mask. This sheet mask delivers an instant and continuous hit of hydration, whilst also enhancing the cell renewal process, and restructuring skin's hydrolipidic film.

Hand sanitising

Clinisept Plus

Of course recent events have emphasised the importance of on-the-go hygiene, but traditional hand sanitisers can leave skin feeling dry, sore and cracked. Clinisept Plus uses the latest anti-microbial technology to gently disinfect skin without any stinging or irritation as it has a skin neutral pH. Clinisept also contains no alcohol, parabens, lanolin or oils, it is fragrance and colourant-free and does not stain skin.

This is a must-have for everyone returning to school, college or university. Clinisept+ has been rigourously and independently tested and proven to be highly effective in killing all enveloped viruses, including Coronavirus, in under 15 seconds.

Ready to graduate from skincare school and start your skincare routine? Shop all these products and more at Face the Future. For a detailed and personalised skincare regime, please get in touch with our team of skin experts on shop@facethefuture.co.uk or complete our online skin test.

Written for you by: Sanah, Face the FutureImage source: freepik.com

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