One of the hottest looks for this year is the 'no make-up' make-up look. This style has been growing in popularity since last Summer, and is becoming more polished and refined with each season. While this look is great - it's minimal and requires very few products - it places the emphasis on skincare. In order to perfect this look you need to have a great base to work with. You could grab several different types of primers and foundations to create the perfect canvas, but this defeats the purpose of this look. The focus is supposed to be your natural, radiant beauty. But, if you don't feel confident with your skin, take a look at your skincare routine and see if there's anything you could change in order to improve your complexion.
When it comes to your skincare you should not be taking a 'one size fits all' approach. With so many products out there, all designed to treat different problems, it can tempting just to use whatever products your friends are using or what products have been designated the 'ultimate product of the moment'. While these might work well for certain individuals, there's no guarantee they will work for you. The likelihood is that you'll just end up paying out for a product which does nothing for you, but the worst case scenario could be that the product makes your skin worse, irritates it or even causes more problems. Working out what products suit your skin can sound time-consuming, but really it's time well-spent. In the beginning you may a few mistakes, but once you establish what works well for your skin and which products help your skin concerns, it will ultimately be easier to work out a routine.
There are several different ways you can establish a skincare routine. The first is to work out what your skincare type is and look for products designed to treat the problems associated with that type. For example if you have oily skin, you're likely to be dealing with breakouts, blackheads and blemishes and you'll want products that will mattify your skin. On the other hand if you have dry skin then you'll want to establish a routine which is ultra-hydrating and nourishing. If you have combination skin you'll need to have products in your beauty arsenal which will tackle two problems at once - dryness and oiliness - where as sensitive skin types will need to pay close attention to the ingredients in their products. Working out your skin type is easy, and here is a guide we found helpful. Alternatively you could work out a routine based on your age. Here are some helpful guides for skincare in your thirties, forties and fifties.
The problem with these routines is they may not effectively tackle all of your skincare problems. You may have oily skin but a dull complexion, or dry skin with breakouts, and the products designed for your skin type may not help these problems. To deal with this we are seeing hyper-personalised skincare routines, ones which choose products by skin type, concern and age. Your skin is individual and complex so it's important that you completely personalise your routine, and products like the 111SKIN Space Boosters allow you to do this. They are combination products which simply bring added benefits to the moisturisers you are already using, so you tackle common skincare concerns like dullness and dryness but keep using products which are working for your skin type. The Space Brightening Booster contains radiance boosting ingredients which helps to brighten and even your complexion, and prevent future pigmentation issues, so if you oily, dull skin all you need to is add 1-2 drop of the Booster to your mattifying moisturiser to harness the benefits. If your skin is dry but unhealthy then the Space Antioxidant Booster is for you, it contains a vital boost of antioxidants to boost your skin's health and protect it from environmental extreme. Simply take your favourite ultra-hydrating day cream, add 1-2 drop of the Antioxidant Booster, and you have your own personalised moisturiser not available anywhere else. Similarly, many people find their skin concerns can change with the season. In the winter, many of us suffer with drier skin so the 111SKIN Space Aqua Booster is the perfect for replacing lost moisture and repairing the skin. Again all you have to do is add 1-2 drops of the Aqua Booster to your favourite moisturiser, and it will pep up your skin's moisture levels.
In keeping with the hyper-personalised skincare routine, all the Boosters can be combined and used at once, or used to spot treat certain areas. So if you have two skincare problems, like pigmentation and dullness, you don't have to pick between the two. You can use the Brightening Booster to spot treat pigmentation, and the Antioxidant Booster all over the face to give your skin a health boost.
How do you work out your skincare routine? Do you go by skin type, age or skin concern? Let us know on Facebook or tweet us @111SKIN