1 - Use a super gentle cleanser like an an oil or balm based cleanser for clean and hydrated skin.
Cleansing is important. Get it right and you're on to a winner. It's the corner stone of your skin care routine. An oil based cleanser will gently cleanse at the same as hydrating your skin.
As we get older, our skin tends to get more dry, and getting moisture back becomes key.
I am a huge balm fan, and end up recommending this as a starting point for almost all of my customers. (Natural plant oils, no petroleum derived rubbish!)
Most of my ladies prefer the texture of a balm, no tight, stinging feeling and lots of moisture.
And it works on oily, breakout prone skins, as well as dry skinned ladies.
2 - Find the right moisturiser for you
The trick is finding the right moisturiser for your skin - which might sound as easy as finding the holy grail - something that will hydrate gently, and give you comfortable, radiant skin. Look for products that contain natural plant oils that protect the skin's moisture barrier and fatty acids to moisturise.
A cream, balm or face oil -the texture is down to you. Pick what you like, not what works for your best friend! The texture is down to your personal preference and what suits your skin.
Then think about what your skin needs. Dry, menopause, parched skin? Pick a deeply hydrating cream or balm.
Perpetually parched skin, no matter what you use? In that case consider layering a water based product eg a cream first, and then using an oil based product over the top, eg a face oil. This helps lock in moisture for longer lasting hydration, and more comfortable skin throughout he day.
And remember an oil/balm is not just for ladies with dry skin. It can work well on tricky, oily, combination type skin, just look for ingredients that have an affinity with this skin type.
3 - Protect your skin from the sun
Sit in the shade, cover up, use a SPF - it doesn't matter which you pick, or which combination, the important thing is to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB.
4 - Look after the skin around your eyes
The skin around our eyes is super thin and fragile - and it's the first place that those pesky little lines show up. A light moisturiser with pure non irritating ingredients is what I recommend.
5 - Make a face oil your friend
Oils have had a bit of a bad rap in the past, but get it right and a face oil can literally transform your skin. A good face oil can strengthen the skin's barrier function, give you softer, smoother skin and protect against inflammation. It’s all about picking the right face oil. For more about what face oil suits different skin types see here.