What Does My Skincare Do? Understanding The Products Your Already Own

Face Fit Skincare

Face oils, serums, scrubs, LED light masks – the list goes on. Are you overwhelmed? because we are!

The year is 2020 and there is no shortage of self-care must-haves. With so much outside noise and influencer discount codes encouraging our spending habits, we can guarantee that there may be a few (too many) items in your bathroom cabinet that you have acquired without completely understanding their use and benefits.

A lack of skincare is no longer the issue. Most vanities are well equipped with the latest in all thing’s beauty, which leads us to this.

How much of what you own is because you understand their use?

We help you understand the products you already own, so that you correctly use them and reap the benefits.

  1. CLEANSER

Even the most basic of skin care regimens will include a Cleanser. This integral step in your daily routine cleans away dirt, excess oil, makeup, sweat and dead skin cells which would otherwise clog pores and damage skin.

Cleansing should be done twice daily; Once upon waking because during sleep, we sweat, and our pores expel oil which is why we look shiny when we look at our reflection after a long nights sleep. Cleanse away the excel oil, sweat and sebum.

The second time should be in the evening. Cleansing will help remove makeup, oil and dirt that have accumulated on our faces throughout the day. 

The most common mistake people can make is selecting a Cleanser that is not ideal for their skin type. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to skincare and with a job as important is cleaning the skin, the choice should not be made lightly. Your purchase should be based on an educated decision or by recommendation of an experienced Dermal Therapist.

If you are unsure of what type of Cleanser you should be using, contact the team at Face Fit.

  • EXFOLIATOR

If you consider yourself to be well equipped with Skincare, then we can guarantee there’s an Exfoliator among your long list of accumulated products.

Exfoliation is a crucial part of any skin care routine. In conjunction with daily grime, pollutants and everything else life throws at our skin, we add dead skin cells into the mix. Exfoliators work to both clean the skins surface and remove dead skin cells.

Did you know that any product or device used on the skin to remove dead skin cells is an exfoliator? They come in two forms: Chemical or physical.

Physical or manual exfoliators slough away dead skin cells on the surface layer using mechanical force such as scrubs. Chemical exfoliators chemically break down and dissolve the bonds between the dead skin cells which then become loose and shed away on their own.  

It can be assumed that most Exfoliators in our vanities are of the physical variety. However, physical exfoliants are not for everyone. Unless your skin is quite resilient and healthy, a physical exfoliant can be quite damaging and aggravate already sensitive skin. Therefore speaking to an expert, it paramount when deciphering the right regime for your skin.

  • SERUM

What the heck is Serum? Another expensive product that we apply without truly understanding its purpose (are we right or are we right!?).

This product is a MIRACLE worker! The only product that can cause cellular change in the skin is a Serum. If you have a skin concern, you can bet there’s a Serum specifically formulated to treat it. With a million and one Serums available the trick is to determine which one is for you. If you have purchased yours via the recommendation of a Dermal Therapist, you can rest assured your Serum is specific to your skin but if you took a wild guess, you could have a Serum that targets something completely separate to what your skin displays.

If you are looking for that next level glow and want to up the ante to see visible results, a Serum is the sure-fire way to achieve it. Like Cleansers and Exfoliators, there are countless on the market so once again, an informed decision is paramount to the health of your skin. 

Serums are used AFTER Cleansing and BEFORE Moisturising. They are thinner and more light weight than a Moisturiser and consist of far more comprehensive functions. Typically, Serums have active ingredients that penetrate and treat the skin for various concerns. From hydrators, to antioxidants, anti-ageing properties and more, most Serums are jam packed with agents that treat the skin and perform wonders.

Note: They Should only be prescribed by a Therapist.

  • MOISTURISER

Once again, there is no perfect Moisturiser that treats ALL skin types, so correct diagnosis of the skin will be essential to select the right product. Moisturiser does exactly that; Adds Moisture and regardless of how oily or how dry we may be, everyone needs it.

Moisturisers keeps the skin hydrated, maintains the integrity of the barrier and locks in all the goodness from your Serums and Treatments. Without it, our skin barriers would become damaged and expose our skin to common nasties that create impurities.

Your Moisturiser will depend on your skin type. For drier skin, a richer product will be needed to restore hydration and balance. For oily skin, Moisturising will still be required but a lightweight product will be in your skins best interest.

  • FACE OILS

Recent years have shown Face Oils as the new EVERYTHING. They’ve been seen to remove makeup, cleanse and moisturise the skin but what exactly are they?

Often compared to the likes of Serums, it is important to note that while they share a similar consistency, Serums work to target specific skin concerns and have more beneficial function.

Also compared to Moisturisers, they too can help build a resilient barrier for the skin while adding hydration. They are oil based (obviously) whereas Moisturisers are typically water based. Face Oils as moisturisers are better suited to “oilier” to “normal” skin types. People with drier skin will benefit greatly from a rich cream Moisturiser.

Oils can be a wonderful addition to your collection providing you have purchased a quality product.

  • EYE CREAMS

As we age, something that always finds its way into our bathroom, is an Eye Cream. Perhaps not entirely sure of how it works but Hey, it’s gotta do something, right?

Creams for the Eyes are specifically formulated to be a gentle product to alleviate dark circles, puffiness and put a stop to fine lines and wrinkles. There are some creams that tackle several issues at once, and these contain things like caffeine, glycerine, chamomile, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides.

The under-eye area is the thinnest skin on our body so it’s no wonder the effects of stress, fatigue, dietary changes and age can be more obvious around our eyes. Some of the most common life circumstances can trigger puffy eyes. A formulated Eye Cream will typically have specific properties that combat inflammation and promote drainage (I.e. caffeine).

Note: When applying eye cream, do not apply any closer than the boney orbital rim (outer). The skin is too delicate to absorb the cream.

  • FACE MASKS

Sheet Masks, Clay Masks, Booster Masks, Leave on Masks – The list goes on and we cannot keep up. Easily accessible, Face Masks are fast becoming the ultimate in at-home self-care Sundays and we are here for it! In a saturated market, options are plentiful, so where do you start?!

The right face mask can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. They’re also an excellent way to help pull out impurities.

Just like our Serums, Face Masks are all specifically formulated to target unique concerns. There are masks to help reduce oil, build hydration, minimise pore, heal acne prone skin and so much more. The key is to identify what you want from your Mask. Rather than purchasing a product that someone else recommends, really think about your skin type and what you want from your skincare.

The key is to apply a mask to clean, exfoliated skin so there isn’t anything blocking it from penetrating the skin.

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