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Are those pores on your face starting to get more and more prominent with age? Are unsavoury dark spots ruining your complexion? Do you find yourself being startled and horrified at the dryness on your skin every time you look in the mirror? Don’t worry – it’s a process that everyone goes through as they get older.

While glowing and perfectly hydrated skin may seem like a myth at this point, rest assured you can still obtain it if you stick with a nice skincare routine.

However, creating a perfect routine is the most challenging part. Not only are skincare products extremely expensive, but the typical 10 steps recommended routine also takes a lot of time that you might not have anymore. So below, I’ve condensed some essential steps that can help you get amazing results with both daily and occasional application.

Pro tip: Don’t choose any random products on your own. Instead, you should consult a specialist and understand the type of skin you have: oily, dry, or both. Only use the products that they recommend!

  1. Oil & Water-Based Cleansers
    Oil-based cleansers are usually used as make-up removers and they leave the skin neat and moisturised. However, if you don’t regularly apply make-up, then you can skip these and jump straight into using water-based cleansers. They’re a miracle for treating all skin types. They help remove dead skin cells, smoothen the skin, and detoxify your face. Use a water-based cleanser every day – once at night, and once in your morning routine to get back that glowing complexion.
  1. Occasional Exfoliating
    The great thing about exfoliates is that you don’t have to use them every single day. Depending on your skin type, you can exfoliate every 3 days (for extremely oily skin), every 5 days (for neutral skin), or even just once a week (for dry skin). Exfoliating helps control the sebum production, keeps your skin smooth, and oil-free. It also removes the layer of dead skin cells that are clogging your pores and also enhances the efficiency of the rest of your skincare products! Tip: Use moisturisers with exfoliants as some of these can make your skin dry and itchy.
  1. Daily Toning
    Toners are a daily-use skincare product. They’re light-weight and get absorbed in only a few moments. They rehydrate and reset the pH level of your skin and make the rest of your skincare products more effective – proper multitasking hard workers for your skin!
  1. Vitamin C Effectors
    Vitamin C serums are renowned for getting rid of those pesky dark spots. They even out your complexion and rejuvenate your skin. You’d have to use them daily, but they easily get absorbed within the skin, so applying them is not time-consuming at all. Warning: Do NOT go in direct sunlight after applying VC Effectors! Ever! Make them a part of your NIGHTLY skincare routine.
  1. The Occasional Sheet Mask
    Sheet masks are an indulgence. You don’t have to use them daily (or at all, if you don’t have the time). However, they can certainly help you hydrate, brighten, and rejuvenate your skin. They also make for a relaxing lie-down if you want to elongate your skincare routine for a special night or two.
  1. Mechanical Facial Treatments
    Booking an appointment for a mechanical facial treatment once in a while can totally help you relax and get some amazing results at the same time. You’ll get to have a day out, have someone deliver you a nice facial massage, and get an immediately glowing complexion after your treatment.
  1. Don’t Forget To Moisturise
    No matter the skin type you have, daily moisturising is important. You can pick a moisturising cream or gel depending on your skin situation – if your skin is extremely dry, you will definitely want something more nourishing while just a basic drugstore moisturiser could be enough for normal or oily skin. Use it in the morning and at night as well, when you can apply a thicker layer to and leave it to soak in during the night.
  1. Eye Creams for the Win
    Lastly, no matter how healthy the rest of your face looks, dark circles can undermine the results drastically. This is why applying eye creams for reducing dark circles should be an inherent part of your nightly skincare routine. They take a bit of time to take effect, but you’ll definitely appreciate the results when they start showing!

Remember: skincare is a marathon and most of the time, you won’t see immediate results. Give it some time and keep at it. You’ll start getting that healthy glow and even skin tone back in due time!

Sarah Pelham

Sarah Pelham  

Sarah Pelham is the Beauty & Wellness Expert for Bookwell.com.au, an online platform for instant bookings for hair, nails, beauty & massage appointments. For nearly four years Sarah has worked closely with hundreds of salon owners within the beauty and wellness industries. She has her finger on the pulse of new trends in this growing market // www.bookwell.com.au