Skincare Basics

Everything you need to know about skincare

The most basic skincare routine is as simple as using a cleanser, moisturiser, and sunscreen. That’s a really great foundation.

The truth is that each skincare routine is as unique as the person following it (or attempting to, anyway). But there are thousands of new products on the market, containing seemingly every ingredient under the sun, so its become more intimidating and confusing for a beginner to get started – and for anyone to understand how to create an effective skincare routine that works for them.

That’s where we come in.

As you begin (or continue) your skincare quest, we hope to answer as many of your questions as we can here in this Skincare 101 guide – with the help of research and experts rather than hype. Read on to find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about all the potential skin-care routine steps and ingredients, including what you should keep in mind based on your skin type and any health conditions you may have.

Irrespective of your skin type, you need to follow these simple tips to protect its health and sport a glowing look.

Wear sunblock

Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.

Avoid the sun

Wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses when you’re going to be outdoors.


Keep yourself adequately hydrated.

Wash gently

Wash your skin gently twice a day. Avoid using too much make-up or products that contain harsh chemicals.

Moisturise daily

Moisturise your skin daily

Eat clean & healthy

Eat plenty of fresh and vegetables, and avoid eating junk food, or too much sugar.

Manage stress

Exercise regularly to manage your stress – stress can affect your skin too, and it will give you a healthy glow.

If you’d like personalised recommendations for your skincare routine or want to take it up a notch with an antioxidant serum, get in touch.

We’d love to help you create the perfect, basic skincare routine.

The seven signs of ageing

Beautiful skin is a greater signifier of youth than being free of lines and wrinkles. However, the skin is quick to show the visible signs of ageing. While some of these factors can be reined in with healthy lifestyle choices and a good skincare regime, many of the characteristics of ageing are a matter of genetics.


Fine lines and wrinkles

Fine lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles are the most evident and often most concern-causing signs of ageing for men and women. Wrinkles are a result of the elastin and collagen fibres, which keep our skin firm and taut, weakening. This leads to skin looseness and the result is wrinkles.

Dullness of skin

The glowing, dewy skin of youth slowly fades with age. The result is a dulled complexion due to the depleted moisture levels in the top layer of the skin, which naturally occurs with age. While young skin renews itself at every three to four weeks, older skin is slower to renew itself at every four to six weeks.

Uneven skin tone

Ageing causes the complexion to become uneven in certain places. This may be due to parts of the skin harbouring more melanin than others, or a function of the change in hormonal levels in females. This unevenness can lead to skin looking older than its years.

Dry skin

Young, healthy skin has a high moisture content, leading to a fresh, dewy and radiant appearance. Over the ageing process this depletes as the skin loses its ability to retain the moisture. Older skin is often characterised by dryness.

Blotchiness and age spots

Thinning skin associated with ageing leads to the increased visibility of tiny blood vessels. Age spots or liver spots, which are reddish-brown in colour, are caused mostly by over-exposure to UV rays and become more evident in ageing skin. They produce a blotchy look that contributes to an aged appearance.

Rough skin texture

As the skin matures, changes in texture become noticeable. Skin that was once baby-soft and smooth becomes uneven and bumpy on the surface due to the layers of dead cells and the cell turnover slowing.

Visible pores

Pores become enlarged or more visible with age due to loss of skin elasticity and skin being drawn down by gravity.

skin type uncovered

There are five basic types of skin, and they’re determined by genetics; normal skin, oily skin, dry skin, combination skin and sensitive skin. The condition of our skin can, however, vary greatly according to various internal and external factors.

Skin concerns

A skin condition is something that develops as a direct result of something else, such as hormonal changes, illnesses or lifestyle. They are often temporary and can usually be treated.


Understand the positive effects of each ingredient in the product Learn over time what ingredients work best for your skin type.

Whether you want to soothe redness and rosacea or banish dry skin, fine lines, wrinkles and acne, incorporating the best skin care ingredients is where you should start.

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