Since Megan Markle’s emergence from the Regal Rolls Royce wearing almost as little make up as her fresh faced and beautiful mother, Doria we have been asked and asked and asked again….”.How do I get my glow on”?

A question which has been repeatedly asked of us following the Grammy’s, the Oscars and the Golden Globes! Fresh faced and natural, barely there make up is everywhere and how to get the look is on everybody’s minds.

And it’s not a simple answer.  But skincare and your skincare routine lies at the very core of what you want to achieve.

To start…. you should be asking yourself….”what mood is my skin in?”

Yes, you read that right! I did say “mood”.

Juliette Armand , our Skincare Brand of choice, believe our skin is constantly changing moods. We don’t really believe anybody has one definitive skin type that stays the same all year round. Its moody, just like me and you. But you can attempt to decipher its mood and also target its “problem areas” e.g. acne, dry patches, pigmentation areas, acne scarring, broken capillaries….the list goes on!

It would be madness to attempt to explain and treat every skin condition in one blog post so instead we are going to share our skincare routines with you all in an attempt to give you a helping hand.

The products you use and more importantly their active ingredients will and should vary depending on your skin’s mood and what you are aiming to achieve but the routine should be kept simple and repetitive.

First things first – Cleanse…..and then cleanse again!

Your skin is an organ…respect it…inside, outside and on top.

Cleansing is vital, even if you do not wear make up every day. This is one of the most common mistakes we hear from people….”Well I don’t wear make up every day so I don’t wash my face with product every day!”

A good cleansing routine removes all the grime, dirt, micro organisms your skin comes into contact with on a daily basis. This gives your natural glow a real chance.

I like to cleanse twice, particular if you wear make-up. The first cleanse removes your make – up, the second cleanse gets into the nitty gritty and really cleanses the skin properly.

A foaming cleanser is good for oily or blemish prone skin.

A non foaming or gel cleanser is good for sensitive skin.

Cleansing milks are more suitable for dry/flaky skin

If you suffer acne I would aim to use a cleanser with active ingredients like the Juliette Armand Clarifying Cleansing Wash which contains canadian willow herb to combat acne causing bacteria.

Micellar waters are good when no water is available but I would not recommend a micellar water every day as your main cleanser, maybe stick to using it as a second cleanse after make up has been removed with a cleanser and water.

If you use face wipes………..THROW THEM IN THE BIN NOW!!! And then go to confessions!

Face wipes can lead to skin sensitivity and they never ever clean your skin properly. They can be useful as a quick, on-the-go solution if you are at the gym etc…but they should NEVER have a place in your daily skincare routine!

Exfoliation is a very important step in your skincare routine. Exfoliation (or Peeling) of dead skin cells is the key to your subsequent serums and creams performing better. Their active ingredients can penetrate deeper and perform better when the dead skin cells have been removed first. Even the most expensive creams with the best active ingredients, when used on skin that hasn’t been exfoliated, will only lend themselves to making “dead skin feel nice”. Your “glow” requires exfoliation. Exfoliation/peels should be kept to once or twice a week depending on the strength and type of active ingredient you are using and an exfoliator should always be chosen based on your personal skin type and skin condition… type is most definitely NOT for all!!!

A serum should be the next thing you reach for.

Serums are lightweight and will penetrate the dermal layers easily and absorb super quick as most are water based so they are generally applied before your heavier creams.

A mask is an optional extra that you can add in every now and again but is not essential on a daily basis.

Moisturiser is your next step and moisturising helps the upper layers of the skin maintain elasticity and flexibility. It can improve the quality of your skin and some moisturisers also contain your SPF which you should be wearing daily regardless of whether the sun is shining!.

Moisturisers and serums should be chosen again based on their active ingredients and what these ingredients will do to help your skin mood or skin conditions.

When choosing a serum or a cream you should pick one that contains active ingredients which will help combat your specific problem areas or improve on your skin type.

The following skin conditions are the most common and usually benefit from the ingredients we have listed below.

Anti – Ageing – you should be using a product containing antioxidants e.g. Vitamin C and Vitamin A e.g. Juliette Armand Retin C Serum.

Dry Skin – you should be using products containing hydrating ingredients e.g. hyaluronic acid, vitamin E…. e.g Juliette Armand’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

Oily or Acne prone – you should be using products with ingredients such as Canadian willow herb, retinol (or Vitamin A} but this should always be introduced to your skincare routine gradually as it has the potential to cause a reaction on introduction.

You only need to use a very small amount of each product and in doing so your products should last you quite a while so you wont mind investing in them if you are using the correct amounts…. We have given you an example of how much of each should be used below;

Getting a regular skincare routine in place is the very first step you should be undertaking to get your glow on. No matter what routine you begin, you can expect any new skin ingredients to take a month of use before results are evident.

Leave your skincare beside your bed so you will remember to do it before you sleep and when you wake up and always remember to thoroughly cleanse your night time skincare away before applying your daytime product of choice.

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Andrea & Breda