Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Six Skincare Hacks You Didn't Know You Needed

Despite the copious amounts of serums available, a variety of different facial rollers and a brand new must-have ingredient every week, skincare really doesn't have to be confusing. Even the most addicted skincare junkie wants to save time, money and product. So we've listed our top six skincare hacks to simplify and make the most of your skincare routine. And even betterthese hacks will help towards improving your skin too!

Before we continue, these life-changing and time-saving skincare hacks aren't at all about DIY facemasks. So put the Greek yoghurt and turmeric down.

1. Hydrate your base
Whether you're switching up your base for lighter coverage during the summer, or your skin is craving a little more hydration after using retinol for a few days, you're going to want to give this skincare hack a try. We love combining skincare with makeup for a bespoke, multi-use approach to taking care of your skin.When you apply your choice of foundation (we love Oxygenetix) to your makeup brush, add 2 or 3 drops of a Hyaluronic Acid serum, such as Mesoestetic HA Densimatrix, to the brush. As you apply this combination of products, they will seamlessly buff together for a hydrating and long-lasting base.The combination of Mesoestetic HA Densimatrix serum with foundation, gives a more hydrating and sheer coverage - perfect for the summer!

2. Treat yourself to a facial massage

Massage is an indulgent and relaxing way to de-stress, unwind and relax, and facial massage is an incredible anti-ageing technique, but not many of us have the time to commit to a professional facial every month.

Although there are incredible tools such as the Rose Quartz Facial Roller from Image Skincare to help you achieve an effective at-home facial massage, there are also completely free techniques you can use simply with your hands!Facial massage not only stimulates facial muscles, keeping them toned and relaxed, it also helps to bring oxygenated blood to the skin cells. This additional blood flow helps boost collagen production and give a smoother, more rested appearance. Massage is also great for lymphatic drainage and can help reduce the build up of toxins that cause issues such as dark circles and puffiness.

Try it for yourself! Head to our blog, Facial Massage: The Key to Anti-Ageing, for two different massage techniques to get the blood pumping and your complexion glowing.

3. Silky smooth sleep

If you suffer with congested, problem or blemish-prone skin, it's important to change your pillowcase regularly to avoid the spread of harmful bacteria each night you go to bed. But if anti-ageing is your main concern, then you should consider swapping out your regular pillowcase for a 100% silk version.

The Silkskin Beauty Silk Pillowcase helps you make the most of your beauty sleep by helping to prevent wrinkles and allowing skin to breathe naturally, as well as having an anti-static effect on hair.

Silk is less absorbent than cotton, so if you've applied a lovely hydrating face cream just before bed, the product is going to stay put on your face in comparison to the more absorbent cotton. The gentle, delicate and smooth texture of the silk also helps to prevent wrinkles forming on your face if you are a side or front sleeper.

4. Clean your hands

This may seem like the simplest of “skincare hacks but it's probably one of the most important. Cleansing is the first step to healthy skin, but there's no point removing all the SPF, makeup, dirt and pollution from the day if you have un-clean heads! Your cleansing routine should always start with a thorough cleanse of your hands with soap and water, then and only then should you move onto your face.

5. Skincare for your lips

If you suffer from dry, dehydrated and chapped lips, don't worry about investing in yet another product - and you should definitely step away from the old school tin of Vaseline! All you need to do is take your normal Hyaluronic Acid serum onto your lips to improve hydration, firmness and plumpness.

SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier is a corrective serum, which boosts skin's Hyaluronic Acid levels to support skin's matrix, resulting in improved firmness and plumpness.



6. Get the blood flowing!

Exercise is incredibly beneficial for skin health. Whether it's a regular session at the gym or a brisk morning walk to work, the increased circulation improves lymph drainage, which will always be beneficial for skin health. In fact, some yoga teachers actively encourage a headstand before bed! If the thought of some gymnastics before you head to bed frightens you, try hanging your head over the edge of the bed to get a quick minutes rush of blood to the face.

Not sure where to start when it comes to skincare? Speak to our skincare experts on 0113 282 7744, shop online or take our online skin test to receive personalised product recommendations direct to your inbox!

Written for you by: Alex, Face the Future

Image source: freepik.com

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