We all want to look our best. So, when it comes to making sure your skin glows and shows as it should, it’s a good idea to know the things that will make the biggest positive difference. Should you exfoliate or rejuvenate? Cleanse or clean? Moisturise or microneedle? Here are 5 essential tips for your skincare routine that you should incorporate into your everyday.

#1 Be Sun Smart

UV exposure accounts for up to 80% of the visible signs of skin ageing. That’s not to mention the more serious issues caused by sun exposure like melanoma. However, keeping fit outdoors has plenty of benefits, so it’s not feasible to always stay inside. When you do, the best defence is to cover up, apply sunscreen and avoid going out at the times of day when UV rays are their strongest. If its too late and you have sun-damaged skin, choose skincare products high in antioxidants and ingredients such as Curcumin, a protective antioxidant known to increase skin elasticity and decrease pigmentation in UV-damaged skin.

#2 Take Care of Your Skin Indoors Too

While the sun is one of the greatest contributors to skin damage over the course of our lives, it’s not the only factor. Humidity and air temperature remove moisture from your skin and deplete the skins protective barrier function, increasing dryness, redness and flakiness. To combat these effects, when indoors always apply a serum or day moisturiser to keep your skin protected.

#3 Don’t Just Care For Your Face

One of the biggest things people forget is that your skin on the rest of your body is just as important as your face. Include your décolletage in your skincare routine. Your neck and upper chest are one of the first places to show the signs of sun damage, wrinkling and sagging. The skin on your neck and décolletage also produce fewer natural oils than the skin on your face, so is more susceptible to damage. Always recreate your full facial skincare routine on your neck and décolletage.

#4 Keep Your Skin Hydrated

In healthy skin, the face has a fullness that keeps skin tight and wrinkle free. Dehydrated skin loses this property and while there is the same amount of skin, it now covers a smaller area resulting in wrinkles and sagging. In order to re-hydrate the skin, use products that contain lipids such as Macadamia and Coconut oil that work together as a barrier to retain skin moisture and help reduce the signs of ageing. Drinking plenty of water is another simple tip that will not only help your skin, but keep the rest of your body healthy too.

#5 Choose the Best Natural Skincare Products 

There are over 391,000 plant species in the world, each containing over 50,000 different chemicals, so nature has given us a library of 19 billion actives to choose from. With a natural origin and low toxicity, plant actives such as French Lilac (Galega Officinalis) and Wakame (Undaria Pinnatifida) are proven to help reduce the effects of skin ageing and damage, so always choose products with plant actives. 

So, there you have it. The most essential things to think about for your skincare routine. There are plenty of other things you can do to maximise your skin health and reduce the signs of ageing, but these are the ones most important and often overlooked. To receive other skincare tips in your inbox, plus other news and offers from Ellus & Krue, sign up to our newsletter. The emails are infrequent, but always packed with goodness (just like our skincare).

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