1. Be aware of what products you use on your skin
It’s a shame we can’t trust what is on our shelves and that UK law is very relaxed when it comes to regulating the ingredients in our every day skincare products. I would
encourage you to “look for the logo” and only purchase certified products which are tested and regulated to ensure toxic absence.
2. Know your skin type
Please don’t waste your money! Be sure what your skin type is, before you buy, so that your skin receives the ingredients it needs to function and look its best. Check out the tips below to help you find your skin type.
3. Invest time in a true skincare regime
You do have the time! Morning & evening, completing a full regime with all the following steps, and your skin will thank you for it. Try it!
4. Take time to Cleanse & Tone
Cleansing prepares the skin for other products to penetrate the skin layers easily, removes daily grime and pollutants. Toner is one part of the regime too regularly missed. Toner
is an integral part of the moisturising process, as it boosts skin hydration and removes any last traces of cleanser.
5. If you want to boost natural collagen invest in oil or serum
The addition to your regime that will really help you achieve the youthful look! Oils and serums are made with very small molecules which are able to penetrate the Dermis layer of
the skin, to boost collagen production. Moisturiser and other product molecules are too large to enter this layer of the skin.
6. Don’t skimp on your eye product
7. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
Twice a day at least in the morning and evening will provide constant rehydration for the skin and protect it. Make sure you take a few minutes to massage your moisturiser into the
skin which will encourage absorption and increase blood flow to keep your face muscles toned.
8. Take time to pamper your skin
Take the opportunity to be kind to yourself, 1-2 times per week. Exfoliate your face and body (not advised for sensitive skins!). Lie back and relax whilst your face mask or treatment deeply cleanses and boosts your radiance by removing dead cells which will dull the skin.
9. It’s the dreaded D word, DIET!
Yes, you’ve heard it all before, what you put inside the body affects how you look on the outside. Therefore, I would recommend a (certified) organic multi-vitamin supplement as
well as an anti-inflammatory diet. VERY IMPORTANT- please don’t forget plenty of water is the best way to help the body to flush out unwanted toxins.
10. Help your circulation to boost radiance!
Body brushing and massage are fabulous for skin radiance and will help you to feel energised for a better sense of wellbeing. A perfect excuse to book in with your local therapist!
Find out Your Skin Type
Liz Earle shares her tips to help you identify your skin type.
OILY SKIN Has large pores and shiny skin, especially on the T-zone; skin tends to be thicker, with rough, irregular texture and colouring; is prone to blackheads and spots; is very common in teenagers and young adults.
NORMAL AND COMBINATION SKIN Normal skin has medium-size pores; looks clear, with even colour; feels soft and bouncy to touch; isn’t tight or greasy; not prone to blackheads or spots. Combination skin is similar to normal skin but has an oilier T-zone and may be prone to breakouts there; cheeks tend to be normal, possibly a little on the dry side, especially in winter.
DRY SKIN Has fine pores; feels flaky or rough, sometimes with red patches; feels tight and sometimes irritated after washing; fine lines develop early around the eye area.
SENSITIVE SKIN Has fine pores; tends to be thin and is prone to broken capillaries; flushes easily; is inclined to rashes and irritation; can extend to any skin type but mostly affects those prone to allergic conditions, in particular eczema, asthma and hay fever.
MATURE OR AGEING SKIN May have visible wrinkles and capillaries; skin may be slacker on the cheeks and jaw line; may have a rough texture on very thin areas.
To help you determine your skin type, try this simple test:
Remove any make-up, rinse your face with water, dry with a clean towel and leave for 1 hour.
- Place a single layer of white tissue (peel apart a tissue and it will give you two or three thin layers) over your face and press it over the surface, pushing it into the corners and crevices.
- Leave it for a few minutes, then lift off and inspect the result.
Normal/combination skin: it will stick only to your T-zone.
Dry/very dry skin: the paper won’t stick to any area of your face as there’s little sebum.
Oily skin: the tissue will stick to sebum, pick up oily spots and become translucent.
Extracted with permission from Liz Earle’s latest book - Skin Secrets.