Know your skin
Easier said than done. Knowing your skin is absolutely essential before buying any skincare products. You already know your skin type? Congratulations you’re halfway there! Skin types should only be one factor to determine your skin needs, rather than a “box” you must stay in when it comes to choosing products and ingredients. In fact, looking at any disorders that you might have as well as your current skin moods will really overview all your skin’s needs.
Skin types: This is something that we are genetically predisposed to.
Skin condition: The term “skin disorder” or “skin condition” is used to describe various skin problems, from small red bumps on the skin, to widespread rashes. The most common skin disorder in the UK are eczema, rosacea, acne and psoriasis.
Skin moods: They are extrinsic, developed and compounded through the person work/play lifestyle. These skin conditions are seen as miscellaneous anomalies of the skin, and can vary based on many different factors: some that we can adjust ourselves to (diet, exercise, sleep, stress) and some out of our control (weather, hormones, genetics, ageing).
Identify Your Essentials
Identifying your essentials is essential to respond to your current skin needs! Which is why it is essential to cut through the noise of the beauty industry and really focus on what you, as an individual with your unique skin, need. The best way to identify those essentials is to first understand what is the skin’s role throughout the day.
The morning routine is all about defense. Skin needs an adequate shield to protect itself from all the aggravators it will come in contact with throughout the day. Using the correct products will give your barrier function that extra support and make it less likely to become compromised by free-radicals. At night your skin works to repair itself, it needs to be stimulated and nourished to properly to function at its best. Restorative and targeted treatments are best to be used at that time.
Therefore, the skeleton of your skincare regime should look something similar to this
AM: Cleanser (if needed), antioxidant, moisturiser (if needed) & SPF
PM: Make-up remover, cleanser, moisturiser/oil
Using an exfoliant 2-3 times per week is also considered in our opinion an essential step to make sure that the skin is breathing properly no matter what skin you have.
Just remember that a skincare regime shouldn’t be something steady. In fact, our skin varies day to day, week to week, month to month, year to year; therefore updating your skincare regime is essential to maintain a healthy skin. In fact, our skin changes depending on internal factors such as our hormones, weather, stage in life, general health, stress etc.
Lion/ne acts as a personal shopper for skincare, aiming to empower both women and men through unbiased and holistic skincare consultations, cutting through the confusion and clutter that is the beauty industry. They help their clients discover their skin type, their skin’s mood, and appropriate morning and evening skincare regime. They are not tied to any brands or retailers, allowing them to provide honest recommendations on what people actually require for their skin. All their consultations include a ‘skinterview’ and a 360° skin diagnosis using the OBSERV skin diagnostic tool, revealing what the naked eye cannot see.
All Lion/ne consultants are skin experts and qualified within the field. They are up to date with new skincare studies, ingredients, and trends within the exponentially fast-moving beauty industry in order to make the most informed decisions for their clients.
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