Why You Should Be Using Foot Masks

Why You Should Be Using Foot Masks

Summer is creeping up, which means our favourite flip-flops, sandals, and slingbacks are coming out of retirement and back into our regular rotation. Are you ready? Nope.

After a winter of lockdowns and rainy weather, the last thing we’ve been thinking about is the skin on our feet. But – celebrate – it seems like we’re on the right side of the pandemic. The nights are getting longer, and the thermostat is hitting new heights each and every day. We couldn’t be happier! Until we think about cracking out our dry, rough heels for all the world to see…

Why do we get dry skin on our feet?

Our feet are more prone to dryness than other parts of our body because there aren’t as many oil glands there, so the skin isn’t great at keeping itself soft. Throw in daily stresses from walking, running, or whatever else you do on foot, and you’re looking at some unavoidable dryness and rough areas.

  1. No natural moisture from oil glands or hair follicles
  2. Pressure from standing or exercising
  3. Exposure to too-hot water in the shower or bath
  4. Sun damage
  5. Artificial heating in the colder months
  6. Skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis

Let’s take a look at these common causes of dry feet in a little more detail, so you can prevent the problem before it arises.

1. No natural moisture from oil

The soles of our feet are up against it even more than our toes, bridges, and ankles. That’s because the skin here is naturally thicker and has more sweat glands but no hair follicles or ability to produce oil.

2. Pressure from standing and walking

Many of us rely on our feet to get us from A to B. Regular standing and walking is enough to put some pressure on our feet. Throw in running, yoga, competitive sports, and anything else you might be into, and you’re giving your feet a lot to contend with!

Regular movement can cause dry, hard skin to form on pressure points like our heels, big and little toes, and the balls of our feet. These are the areas you’ll want to focus on with your new footcare regime.

3. Too much hot water

You might already know that too-hot showers and baths can dry out your skin. While they might feel great in the short term, steamy soaks suck moisture away, leaving your body feeling dry and dehydrated. Feet too!

If you can bear to be parted with your hot bubble bath or shower, it’s better to wash in lukewarm water. Suppose you’re particularly concerned about dry skin on your body, including your feet. In that case, keeping your water temp in mind could be a game-changer.

4. Sun damage

We’ve all done it. Even the most sun-conscious among us sometimes forget to apply SPF to the skin on our bridges and toes. The skin here is naturally delicate, which means long periods in the sun without the proper protection can cause dryness and premature ageing.

5. Indoor heating

Just like heated rooms can dry out your face and body, they can dry out the skin on your feet, too. If you notice your feet are dehydrated and cracked in winter, it could be a good idea to turn down the thermostat or wear socks at home. Heating systems reduce the moisture in the air, so avoid exposing your toes to these conditions if you’re struggling with dryness.

6. Skin conditions

Another common cause of dry skin on the feet, skin conditions like eczema, can be persistent in sufferers. Still, once you understand these conditions, they can be straightforward to treat with the proper creams.

How to take care of the skin on your feet

You wouldn’t ignore dry, cracked skin on your hands or face. So why let it slide when it develops on your feet? Get ready for sandal season with a regular foot care routine and enjoy feeling proud of every inch.

Cleansing is essential

When you take a bath or shower, you might assume your feet get clean by themselves. Fresh water and lather run over them while you look after the rest of your body, right? Wrong! Well, sort of.

Sweat and dirt can get trapped in dry skin on your feet, which means bacteria and bad smells are more likely to linger. These can turn into conditions like a fungal infection or athlete’s foot. They’re pretty standard and can be treated with over-the-counter or prescription medication. Still, we know you’d prefer to avoid them.

To keep your tootsies healthy and hygienic, be sure to clean them every day, just like any other part of your body. You might like to use a nourishing soap or body wash, getting between your toes and everywhere else with the lather.

Exfoliate every week

Add a weekly foot exfoliation to your self-care regime and get one step closer to the baby-softness of your dreams. You can exfoliate your feet using a pumice stone or foot file; it should take around five minutes if you stay on top of things, so it’s no biggie to add this step to your post-shower routine.

Rub whatever tool you’ve chosen over your feet in small circles, focusing on dry areas (usually your heels, toes, and the balls of your feet). You could do this to wet or dry feet, but scrubbing after a wash means any dry skin will have softened and should come away quickly.

Choose cotton socks

Cotton is a natural, breathable material that will be kind to your feet and help keep them soft. If your sock drawer is bursting with synthetics, consider switching them out for cotton alternatives to take better care of the skin on your feet.

Use a foot mask to get rid of dry skin

If you’re struggling with dry, cracked feet or want them looking their best for summer, adding a foot mask to your routine can be a game-changer. There are two types of foot mask you might want to try: deeply moisturising foot masks and those which promote skin peeling.

What does a foot mask do?

You might want to use a foot mask if your skin is severely dry or calloused, or just to take care of your already-soft feet! There’s no reason you shouldn’t try this indulgent beauty treatment – foot masks are suitable for everyone.

Hydrating foot masks

Some foot masks are just like those you might use on your face. Made from nourishing ingredients that can help to exfoliate, moisturise, and improve skin’s condition after a few minutes of wearing. You’ll slather the product on, sit for 10 to 20 minutes while it does its thing, then rinse it away to reveal rejuvenated feet.

Peeling foot masks

Other, more potent foot masks contain active ingredients which promote cell turnover. So you’ll wear the product for a period, rinse it away, then watch your skin peel off dramatically over the next day or so.

These foot masks usually come as a kit, including little socks that have been soaked in the formula – think sheet masks for your feet. To enjoy the full benefits of a peeling foot mask, you might need to wear your stylish new socks for an hour or so, so it’s also a great excuse to put your feet up and catch up on your shows!

How do peeling foot masks work?

Peeling foot masks work by using skin-safe acids to dissolve the bonds between live and dead skin cells. So you’ll shed those dry cells like a snake and be left with only the baby-soft skin underneath.

Who shouldn’t use peeling foot masks?

Peeling foot masks are generally safe to use, and they’ll provide excellent results for most people. However, if you have diabetes or you’re pregnant, you should speak to your doctor first. Similarly, avoid using masks if you have any cuts, bites, or rashes on your feet.

The best foot masks to try for yourself

There’s lots of foot care out there, which can make choosing the right products for you a challenge. Good news! Many of our favourite skincare brands make foot masks and peels, so you can buy with confidence and enjoy the same great results you’ve grown used to. But there are also many foot care-specific brands, who make lotions, masks, and scrubs that you might not have come across before.

The BARBER PRO and BeautyPro foot peels are two award-winning masks that remove hard skin and callouses with next-to-no effort. With salicylic acid and botanical extracts, these easy-to-use foot booties should be worn for a maximum of 90 minutes. Your skin will peel away over the next week, so don’t try this the day before your big flip-flop debut!

Explore our foot care collection for more moisturisers, exfoliators, and colourful nail varnishes to complete your summer preparations!

FD Beauty Blog Editor Tries: Lamazuna

FD Beauty Blog Editor Tries: Lamazuna

Have you heard of a zero-waste bathroom? It’s the concept of swapping out the usual bottled shower products for products with plastic free packaging. Enter Lamazuna. This eco-conscious brand create a beautiful range of sustainable, solid cosmetics that are perfect for the zero-waste lifestyle. Here on the blog, we’re going to run through some of our favourite products from the brand!

Just before we jump in, let’s take a look a further look into the brand’s history. Lamazuna was founded in 2010 and set out with an aim to minimise bathroom waste in order to help reduce your overall environmental impact. The products do not contain any water and each solid bar replaces the waste equivalent of two plastic bottles. All of the brands products are naturally derived, cruelty-free, vegan and the packaging is fully compostable thanks to its recycled cardboard and nontoxic vegetable inks. In short, if you’re a fan of brand that keep environmental ethics at heart or know someone who does, these are the perfect little treats.

Now for my favourites…

Lamazuna Palmarosa Solid Deodorant, £7.95

If you’re like me and can’t stand breathing in spray deodorants or the feeling of wet and sticky armpits thanks to roll-ons, you need to try this solid formula. This zero-waste deodorant in solid form features coconut oil to nourish the skin, sunflower wax to leave the skin soft and supple, along with Palmarosa essential oil which eats away bacteria.

Lamazuna Solid Facial Cleanser (Dry/Sensitive Skin), £9.50

As a lover for all things in cute shapes, I couldn’t resist this adorable cloud shaped cleanser! This product is perfect for popping in your toiletry bag or displaying on the side. This cleanser features oat flour to cleanse and soften, hibiscus powder for hydration, lavandin flowers for their antiseptic and purifying properties along with arnica montana flowers to help soothe and calm dry and sensitive skin types.

Lamazuna Solid Shampoo Vanilla & Coconut (Dry Hair), £7.50

Who else is sick of their regular shampoo bottle slipping through their fingertips and catching their toes as it falls to the bottom of the shower? I’m with you. However, this lightweight shampoo bar is perfect and compact, made especially for dry hair types featuring coconut oil to cleanse and nourish along with kaolin white clay to soothe. With a delicious coconut-y vanilla scent, what more could you ask for?

Lamazuna Iris & Tonka Bean Solid Pink Cocoa Butter, £7.95

Watch out, this one is a must-have for Spring/Summer! This heat-resistant solid cocoa butter bar is an all-in-one product perfect for using as a facial oil, body butter or even a massage oil. This melts beautifully when in contact with the skin while featuring a heavenly iris and tonka bean scent. I loved this one as it reminds me of my favourite deep, musky perfumes.

Shop Lamazuna products today at Fragrance Direct and take advantage of incredible prices. While stocks last.

Thank you for reading, we hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Come and take a look at the incredible fragrance and beauty brands we stock!

Top Ways To Save Money At Fragrance Direct & Raise Money For Make A Wish

Top Ways To Save Money At Fragrance Direct & Raise Money For Make A Wish

We’re over the moon to be partnering with Make a Wish for World Wish Day on 29th April. Thanks to the fundraising and money saving platform Savoo.co.uk, we’re making it even easier for you to help us support this incredible charity and the life-changing work they do for seriously ill children.

From 19th April to 2nd May, all Fragrance Direct orders made through Savoo will generate a free donation for Make A Wish at no extra cost to you. The donation is equal to 2% of your total order value, so if you treat yourself to that £75 fragrance you’ve been dreaming of you’ll raise a £1.50 donation straight to Make A Wish. Plus, Savoo has even got an exclusive Fragrance Direct discount code to help you save money along the way (6% off all Fragrance Direct orders, valid 25th to 30th April).

The money saving team at Savoo has rounded up all the ways you can save money when you shop with us. Get inspired for your next fragrance order and enjoy your favourite scents for less. Plus, read on to find out how to enter our exciting fragrance giveaway!

Student discount

Students can enjoy an extra 10% student discount sitewide with a valid UNiDAYS account – even fragrances that are already on sale. Treat yourself to a new scent, whether you’re a sweet and floral or deep and woody fan. Simply log in or register with UNiDAYS to verify you’re a student, generate your one-use code and redeem it at the checkout to smell your best without blowing your student budget.

Shop the sale

We’re always updating our sale with lots of fragrance bargains and discounts of up to 70%, so it’s a great place to snag some best selling scents for a fraction of the cost. Expect all your favourite brands like Calvin Klien, Diesel and Marc Jacobs as well as extra savings across make-up, bath and body, haircare and skincare.

Discount codes

We love helping customers like you get the best deal on the best fragrances, which is why you’ll always find discount codes and promotions. Look out for spend and save deals like £10 off when you spend £75 as well as free shipping codes and 3 for 2 on select brands. Find the latest Fragrance Direct discount codes on Savoo or on our Discount Codes & Promotions page.

Free delivery

Save money on shipping – all orders over £25 automatically qualify for free delivery. Whether you’re a Nina Ricci or Ellie Saab fan, get your new fragrance and beauty goodies delivered straight to you without paying a penny extra. Just add your top picks to your basket and choose free standard delivery to save a few pounds on shipping costs.

Free 90-day returns

We’re pleased to operate a no quibble returns policy on all orders. Return your unwanted items unopened and in original condition within 90 days for a full refund. Simply fill out the returns form and send your items back via Royal Mail and don’t forget to keep your proof of postage.

Free gifts

Who doesn’t love a freebie? We certainly do! Look out for free gifts when you shop our collection or head to the Free Gifts page to see all eligible items. Freebies can be anything from a branded bag to match your fragrance to mini 7ml scents. Your free gift will automatically be added to your basket when you checkout.

Clearance

Snag a real bargain in the clearance sale – packed full of huge savings across end of line stock. From scented candles to DKNY perfume, our clearance sale is a great place to look if you want to grow your fragrance collection on a budget. Once they’re gone, they’re gone so it pays to be quick and snap up a fabulous deal before it’s gone.

Email newsletter

The easiest way to stay up to date with our deals and discount codes? Opt into our mailing list. Scroll down to the footer of our site and register with your email address to join the gang. You’ll be the first to hear about new fragrances, the latest promotions and ways to save money.

Win a Nina Ricci or Giorgio Armani fragrance

Fancy winning a 80ml Nina Ricci Nina Rouge Eau de Toilette Spray or a 50ml bottle of Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum Spray? Head over to Savoo’s Facebook page from Monday 26th April and tell them which you’d love to win and why. Two lucky winners will be picked by the Savoo team on Monday 3rd May. Whether you’re doing it for yourself or a friend, you have to be in it to win it!

More information about the Make a Wish donation

All Fragrance Direct orders made through Savoo’s Fragrance Direct discount codes page will generate a free donation to Make A Wish equal to 2% of your order value. To get involved, simply redeem one of Savoo’s Fragrance Direct codes on your next order. Once your order has gone through the donation will go straight to Make A Wish at no extra cost or effort to you. So not only will you be saving money on your favourite fragrance, you’ll also be giving back to an extremely incredible cause.

The Ultimate Handcare Routine To Banish Dry Hands For Good

The Ultimate Handcare Routine To Banish Dry Hands For Good

If you suffer from dry, cracked hands (whether it happens in winter or all year round), you’re not alone. Having dry skin on your hands is super-common, particularly in autumn and winter, when icy winds and rain strip even more moisture away.

It’s annoying, we know. But there’s no need to make friends with sore, dry fingers and palms – there are lots of ways you can care for the skin on your hands to ensure they stay silky-soft and healthy all year round.

Why do our hands dry out?

What’s the science behind dry skin on your hands? Many of us experience this throughout the warmer months and in winter, so we can’t 100% blame the Great British weather for sore hands. There are a few reasons you might have dry skin here; let’s take a look…

1. Environmental conditions

Most of the time, having dry or cracked hands comes down to environmental conditions, which is why it can seem like a seasonal thing. But why do we get dry hands in winter?

Central heating

Central heating is a big part of why our skin dries out in the winter. Love getting home on a sub-zero day and cosying up by the radiator? We feel you. But sudden temperature changes encourage the moisture to leave our skin, which means dry hands and dehydrated skin in other sensitive areas. Chapped lips, we’re talking about you.

Cold winds

Harsh, cold winds are also great at stripping moisture away from our skin, which is why dryness is more common in autumn and winter. Suppose you leave your fingers exposed to the wind while walking or running outside. In that case, you risk weakening your skin’s natural barrier and causing dry, irritated hands.

Dry air

Humidity is much lower in cold weather. This means the air doesn’t contain a lot of water and is more likely to strip away our skin’s moisture, making us even drier and more sensitive each time we step out.

Besides moving to the Costa del Sol, there isn’t much we can do to control the environment our skin comes into contact with. But there are plenty of ways you can step-up your hand care game when the temperatures drop, minimising the adverse effects of a harsh British winter.

2. Dry hands from washing

If you wash your hands a lot, you’re more likely to experience dryness than you might if you left them alone. Of course, washing our hands is an essential part of everyday life. If you work in healthcare or get them mucky daily, washing your hands might actually be part of your job!

Why does washing your hands make them dry? Each time you lather up, you remove the natural oils that make up your skin’s protective layer. These don’t take long to come back, but if you wash them away each and every time, you leave your hands exposed and more likely to dry out.

Thankfully, many gentler washes and sanitisers can reduce the risk of drying out hands. You can also take steps straight after washing, like applying nourishing hand cream, to counteract soap’s damage.

Tip: if your job means getting your hands wet often, try wearing gloves to keep your hands clean and dry, reducing the need for washing.

3. Some medical conditions

As well as the weather and washing, certain medical conditions can make our hands dry and cracked. These include diabetes and lupus, which affect how much blood flows to the extremities, and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

If you think you have dry hands because of a blood or skin condition, your doctor might be able to prescribe some more potent hand care products to help look after your skin.

The best routine to wave goodbye to dry hands

Whatever the reason for your dry hands, maintaining a good hand care routine is the best way to reverse the damage and get back to soft and comfy skin. Here are some things you can do to take care of the skin on your hands.

1. Moisturising with a good-quality hand cream

It should come as no surprise that the best nourishing hand creams are a great way to take care of the skin on your hands. If yours are dried-out, smooth on a blueberry-sized blob of hand cream every few hours and after each wash to help them heal.

Make sure you coat the backs of your hands, your fingers, palms, and wrists with cream for the best results, and wait a moment for it to absorb before getting back to your day.

Tip: apply a double-dose of hand cream right before bed to let it work its magic while you sleep.

2. Protect your hands from the sun

It’s so important to wear SPF on your face and hands all year round, even on the days that you don’t think it’s sunny enough. UV rays are super-damaging to the skin, drying it out and causing age spots and fine lines as you get older. Find a light SPF moisturiser and smooth a little onto the backs of your hands every morning to protect against this environmental condition.

3. Use gentle soaps and detergents

Washing your hands and washing dishes with bare hands are two of the most common causes of dryness and irritation. If you do these things often, it’s a good idea to invest in gentle soaps and detergents that are less likely to damage your skin. Mild hand soaps do the same job as their potent counterparts but can help nourish your skin and protect its barrier at the same time.

Tip: if you think dishwashing is your downfall, switch to a mild detergent to protect your hands. Or wear rubber gloves for complete safety!

4. Wear gloves in cold weather

Even if it’s just a little chilly, slip on a pair of gloves to protect your hands from low-humidity and wind. Environmental conditions are the most significant cause of dryness in winter, so stay in control and start wearing your gloves as soon as the temperature drops.

Tip: for even more hand care points, apply a layer of cream before your gloves and let the product do its thing while you get on with your day.

The best hand care products to use all year round

Not all hand care is made equal. While most creams and lotions offer some benefits, certain products are head and shoulders above the rest when caring for your skin and nails. These are some of our favourite hand creams to add to your regular routine…

Tip: keep a hand cream in your bag, next to your bed, in your car, at the office, and anywhere else you might need one.

For more high-quality products, explore our entire hand care collection here.

A final note on caring for your hands

Whether you have dry skin from the weather or work, or you’re simply trying to get one step ahead by adding hand care to your routine early, you’ll find lots of products to suit your needs. Choosing a gentle hand soap and nourishing hand cream and applying your product throughout the day is a sure-fire way to improve your skin’s condition.

Remember our top tips for guaranteed results and enjoy healthier hands and nails to be proud of…

  1. If your job means getting your hands wet often, try wearing gloves to keep your hands clean and dry, reducing the need for washing
  2. Apply a double-dose of hand cream right before bed to let it work its magic while you sleep
  3. Wear SPF to protect your hands from the sun
  4. If you think dishwashing is your downfall, switch to a mild detergent to protect your hands. Or wear rubber gloves for complete safety
  5. Apply a layer of hand cream before your gloves and let the product do its thing while you get on with your day
  6. Keep a hand cream in your bag, next to your bed, in your car, at the office, or anywhere else you might need one
Sustainable Swaps To Make Your Beauty Routine Eco-Friendly

Sustainable Swaps To Make Your Beauty Routine Eco-Friendly

We’re all making gradual changes to our daily routines when it comes to sustainability, whether it’s your tote bag you take to the supermarket or your at-home recycling regime, but what about your beauty routine? There’s so many more things you could be doing, that’s why we’re giving you the low-down on sustainable swaps to make your beauty routine eco-friendly! From Soap Bars to Refillable Fragrance, read on to find out more…

Ditch The Wipes 

So you’ve been using wipes to cleanse your skin pretty much all of your life, right? Don’t worry, we have too! However it’s time to make the swap and ditch those all important cleansing wipes. Not only can wipes clog your pores, they’re not that great with removing your makeup either, allowing leftover residue, dirt, oil and grime to sit on your skin too. It’s now time you look ahead and make the ultimate eco-friendly swap to a gentle cleanser – after all, your precious wipes are made from plastic textiles that pollute our landfills and oceans, so why not make the change today?

Here’s a few cleansers we recommend – 

Refill Your Fragrance 

You could recycle your perfume bottles or leave them on your dresser as decoration or you could even have them refilled with the original juice to use all over again! Refilling your products is a great way to avoid using single-use plastics so why not purchase the refillable Thierry Mugler Alien Eau de Parfum today and help save the planet!

Use Your Products Up 

This might sound like a pretty obvious top tip but it’s surprisingly useful! If you’ve got a box of makeup or skincare full of half used products, then it’s probably time you dug out your old favourites and used them up! In future, try not to make too many purchases of products you already have, you really don’t need four different eye creams, just use one and purchase another when necessary. Simple!

Try A Shampoo/Body Bar

A soap bar may be small but it lasts much longer than a regular shower gel. If you didn’t already know, we usually tend to use more shower gel than we really need! A standard 200ml showergel last for about a month on average whilst a soap bar may last several months! 

Not only are soap bars cost effective, they’re eco-friendly too! Soap bars are made from raw metals that don’t pollute the planet, with soap bars there’s no waste! With very little packaging too, the bars make the perfect planet-friendly alternative. Whether you’re on the hunt for a shampoo & conditioning bar or a body bar, give them a go today!

Here’s a few soap bars we recommend –

Thank you for reading, we hope you’ve enjoyed this post! Come and take a look at the incredible fragrance and beauty brands we stock!

Improve Self-Esteem with a Skincare Routine

Improve Self-Esteem with a Skincare Routine

This year has been challenging. Lockdown after lockdown has many of us feeling isolated, trapped, and frustrated. Throw in the dark, chilly winter, and there’s never been more of a reason to focus on self-care and wellness.

Sure, there isn’t much else to do. But there’s a little more to it than that. With mental health being tested day after day, taking care of yourself is one of the simplest ways to keep up a good mood and feel like you’re making the most of these unusual times. Working on your skincare routine is an excellent first step! Take a little time out every day to do something good for your skin and check-in with yourself while you’re at it.

Whether you’ve been working on your skincare for years or you’re guilty of picking up random new products every month, it might be time to reevaluate what goes on your face. This guide will discuss self-esteem and confidence and how they’re connected to self-care and wellness. We’ll help you figure out your skin type and share some tips for designing your perfect skincare routine. Finally, we’ll provide a few ideas around how you can make the most of your skincare time, using it to set up or wind down every day.

What is self-esteem?

Your self-esteem is the way you think about yourself. Whether you’re feeling down and doubting yourself or enjoying a period of pride and belief in your own abilities, it all contributes to your self-esteem. If your self-esteem is high, you’re viewing yourself positively, and your health and wellness are likely to be good. If your outlook is low, your physical and mental health can take a hit.

High self-esteem often leads us to take better care of ourselves. If we think we’re worth it, we tend to exercise, socialise, and spend more time on hygiene and grooming. In contrast, low self-esteem can cause us to neglect our health, appearance, and social life.

Can self-care boost self-esteem?

If your self-esteem is low, you might not feel like taking care of yourself properly. Motivating self-care can be challenging, but it’s a great way to improve your self-esteem without too much effort. Self-care doesn’t need to mean a long yoga class or a total diet change either; it can be as simple as taking a shower and watching your favourite show.

Is there a connection between skincare and self-esteem?

A good skincare routine aims to improve the condition and appearance of your skin. But the physical process of taking care of your skin can also do wonders for anxiety, self-confidence, and mood. Figuring out this daily self-care routine is an excellent way to combat low self-esteem.

How your skin looks on the outside can also significantly affect how you see yourself and how you think others see you. Smooth, healthy-looking skin can make you feel more confident and comfortable in your body, a goal many of us struggle with daily.

Finding a skincare routine that works for you

Creating a consistent skincare routine that works for your skin type is an excellent way to boost your self-care. Not only can this help to improve the appearance of your skin and address any unique concerns, but it can also help with self-image and mental health.

Figuring out your perfect routine means knowing your skin type, whether it’s dry, oily, or combination, and understanding your skin care concerns. Maybe you want to keep acne or pimples at bay. You might be trying to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or clear out your pores and smooth out your overall complexion. Whatever you’re shooting for, there are plenty of products that can work for you.

Understanding your skin type

We talk about skin type a lot because understanding yours is the first and, maybe, the most essential step in perfecting your routine. Say you have dry skin, but you’re using products designed for an oily or problem-free complexion. There’s a good chance these washes and serums are making your skin freak out. You need to be using the right products for your skin, catering to its unique wants to get it looking and feeling its best.

  1. Oily – your skin is naturally oily all over
  2. Dry – your skin lacks the natural oils that contribute to softness
  3. Combination – a combination of oily, dry, and normal skin
  4. Sensitive – is easily irritated and can react badly to new products
  5. Normal – perfectly balanced skin

Does one of these skin types sound like you? It might be difficult to tell if your skin is being influenced by environmental factors right now, like cold weather or a lack of sunlight. But think carefully about the way your skin behaves on the whole and head for products that will address your concerns.

Choosing the right products for you

Boost the sense of self-satisfaction you get from your skincare routine when using the products you know to be right. There are many beauty brands with lines for specific skin types. In contrast, others make universal products that can work well for everyone.

The best skincare for oily skin types

Our favourite products for oily skin types help balance out excess to make the most of your naturally hydrated complexion. Oily skin products aim to reduce sebum production, your skin’s natural oil, which means fewer black and whiteheads and a less greasy appearance.

If you have oily skin, use a cleanser to help balance your skin’s oils. Follow up with a hydrating gel moisturiser and a retinol serum in the evening. An exfoliating mask once or twice a week is a great way to stay in control.

The best skincare for dry skin types

Dry skin types should focus on hydration, which means a soft gel cleanser in the morning and evening, followed by a hyaluronic serum and moisturiser in the morning. In the evening, use a heavier water-based moisturiser and a treatment oil or overnight mask once or twice a week.

The best skincare for sensitive skin types

If your skin becomes red and irritated very quickly, you’ll want to take care of it with sensitive products. Use a light cleansing lotion in the morning, then keep it simple with a sensitive-friendly moisturiser. In the evening, a swipe of micellar water and your cleansing lotion, followed by a heavier moisturiser, should work a treat. Your weekly indulgences could be a sheet mask or gel face mask.

Boosting your self-esteem with your morning skincare

Wake up, roll out of bed, and head straight for the bathroom. It’s a cycle many of us follow, but what you do when you arrive can have a significant impact on the rest of your day. Take this time to freshen up by washing and moisturising, sure! But your morning skincare routine also provides an excellent opportunity to check-in. Keep your phone away and take this time to figure out how you’re feeling and settle into your body, ready to take on whatever comes your way.

Using your evening skincare routine as self-care time

Whatever your skincare routine involves, make the most of it to boost your mood every day. While you might feel rushed in the morning, getting straight down to the business of your three-step routine, the evenings are your time to relax.

  1. Light some candles in your bathroom or dressing room to set a relaxing atmosphere
  2. Make a cup of your favourite tea or hot chocolate to sip while you apply your skincare
  3. Take each step slowly, massaging products into your skin for up to 60 seconds to enjoy their full benefits

Your nightly skincare routine is the perfect opportunity to unwind in front of the mirror and check-in with yourself. Whatever has happened that day, setting aside the same short period every evening is something you can look forward to without feeling guilty. Basic hygiene and grooming aside, this time can be an excellent boost for your mental health, which, in turn, can help improve your self-esteem.

Why not try a few minutes of mediation to finish up your nightly skincare routine? Research shows this ancient practice can help reduce stress and anxiety, which means better emotional health to carry you through each day.

Whatever way you choose to care for your skin, make the most of every moment and understand that you’re doing something to care for yourself. If you look after your body well, your mind will often follow, so you can enjoy happier days no matter what the world throws at you.