Easy as 1, 2, 3
When it comes to looking after your skin on a daily basis and curbing any unexpected breakouts, a comprehensive skincare routine should be on your to-do list.
Dermalogica has come up with a step by step guide.
Step 1: Cleanse
No matter what your skin needs are, the first non-negotiable step in your routine should be cleansing. The Breakout Clearing Foam Wash is a great place to start for any skin type. Salicylic acid is the hero ingredient here, which is ace at clearing out those pesky little dead skin cells and any trapped oils in pores. Plus, it’s also formulated with eight botanicals such as tea tree oil and lavender oil to soothe skin and put irritation on chill quickly.
Pop a small pea-sized amount in your palms, then use a splash of water to make the formula froth up. Then, rub it lightly all over your skin in circular motions.
Step 2: Deep clean
Now that we’ve got those dead skin cells out of the way, it’s time to exfoliate. This step should be done once to twice a week in order to keep pores *really* clean. After all, a build-up of gunk in your pores is one of the leading reasons why zits pop up on the skin’s surface.
It's important to degunk deep into pores and remove any debris that can turn into blackheads and whiteheads. Not cute. This is where the Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask will come in handy.
Step 3: Tone
Next, it's time to prep your face for treatments and moisturizers. Toners are meant to refresh your skin without stripping it, and prepares your skin to absorb any moisturizing products. The Micro-Pore Mist is a refreshing, hydrating toner formulated with five per cent niacinamide that minimizes the appearance of pores, reduces excess oil, and even diminish the appearance of post-breakout marks. It's gentle enough to be used throughout the day for a pick-me-up whenever you need. Plus, it smells like cucumbers which is a nice bonus!
Step 4: Treat
With so many different skin types and concerns such as blackheads, pimples and oiliness, it’s important to use products that can specifically hone in on these issues and improve the overall health of your skin.
If blackheads are a major concern for you, then the blackhead clearing fizz mask is the way to go. Sulphur and kaolin clay are two super ingredients that know how to quickly and effectively soak up excess oils and take away impurities from your skin, and we guarantee you’ll be addicted to the fizzing sensation once the formula comes into contact with your face. Bonus: this product works in under five minutes. Score!
As for pimples in general, you can’t go wrong with the Breakout Clearing Booster, which features salicylic acid to address problematic spots. The best thing about this spot treatment is that it can be used on both existing and underlying breakouts, and it also contains niacinamide and seaweed-derived extracts to improve skin defence and lock in moisture. And who wouldn’t want that?
Use your finger to pop a light layer over your spots and go about your day. The best thing is that the formula dries clear, so you won’t be left with any white patches.
Step 5: Moisturise
During the day, it’s an absolute must to restore hydration and protect your skin from the harmful rays from the sun, so reach for the clearing defense SPF 30. Whilst UVA and UVB rays are invisible to the naked eye, they’re incredibly sneaky and can damage your skin and even cause it to burn, which is why it’s so important to remember to use a product with sunscreen everyday.
And at night, go with something nourishing (minus the sunscreen) such as the Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion. This product is a no-brainer because it feels incredibly lightweight yet is great at soothing skin, especially while you sleep. If you have oily skin, you can opt for the cooling Aqua Jelly moisturiser instead. This lightweight jelly-based moisturizer has a water-like texture that leaves skin feeling fresh and lightly hydrated. It'll give you that perfect dewy glow, with none of the shine!