According to beauty writer and host Sali Hughes, establishing a skincare routine is a lot like getting dressed.
“I think it’s like the jeans, the white t-shirt, the right white panties, the right sports bra – you just need your basics that work,” says Hughes, who has amassed 207,000 followers. Instagram followers thanks to her. -nonsensical advice and product recommendations.
After noticing how confusing skincare was becoming for consumers, Hughes (47) decided to partner with an affordable beauty brand Revolution on its first line of products.
She says buying single-ingredient skincare is like “walking into a restaurant, ordering dinner, and asking a waiter to drop a load of products on the table in front. [you] and saying, ‘Make your own dinner’. It should be simple, you shouldn’t have to do the work,” she says.
Hughes has done the job in terms of effective formulas – but she’s not insisting that beauty enthusiasts use every item in her six-piece range for the best results, which many brands often claim. “If a brand tells you that you have to use the full range for it to work, then walk away, because the products aren’t good enough to stand on their own,” observes Hughes.
You also don’t necessarily have to shell out for premium brands – even the most potent ingredients can be found in reasonably priced products – nor do you need to spend more than five minutes in front of the mirror to do the job.
Here, Hughes breaks down the essentials of a simple daily skincare routine…
The first is the cleanser, which is divided into two categories: morning and evening.
“You don’t need a morning cleanser with mega cleansing abilities because you’re just removing a little dust, a little sweat, a little skincare from last night,” says Hughes, who prefers a gel or cream formula that can be rinsed off. or removed with a damp flannel or reusable cotton.
Sali Hughes Clean Sheet Morning Cleanser, Skin Care Revolution
For the evening, she recommends a cleansing balm, which acts as “makeup remover and sunscreen.” Massage it on your face, add a little water, it immediately turns into milk and washes off with a flannel.
And while many skincare professionals advise against foaming face washes that can dehydrate the skin, Hughes isn’t so prescriptive: “The most important thing about cleansing is that you do it. In fact, many people love a foaming cleanser. Personally, I don’t think it’s the best thing, but if that’s what you need to clean yourself up every day, you do it.
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Rather than a scrub that physically removes dead skin cells, a chemical exfoliant containing acids such as lactic, malic, glycolic, salicylic (or a mixture) works below the surface to increase cell turnover and improve skin luminosity. skin.
“Dip a washable cotton ball in this and sweep it all over,” Hughes says. “I am a daily exfoliation [fan]. If you are not, you can use it less frequently, say once or twice a week.
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Often lighter in texture than moisturisers, serums are formulated with powerful active ingredients that provide skin benefits along with hydration – often in the form of hyaluronic acid – and can be applied morning and night.
In terms of serum formulas, Hughes says, “Vitamin C is the most important ingredient for me. It is excellent for luminosity and antioxidant protection.
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The last step in your morning routine, sunscreen is essential to protect your skin from harmful (and wrinkle-inducing) rays, no matter how bright the sun is.
“SPF isn’t about the weather, it’s about how much time you spend outdoors,” says Hughes, who tailors her sunscreen based on how much time she’ll be outdoors. “If I spend a lot of time outdoors, I use a dedicated sunscreen from a sun protection company. If I don’t spend a lot of time outdoors, I can use an SPF in my makeup. If I spend some time outside, I can use a moisturizer with an SPF.
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Used at night (never in the morning) in conjunction with a daily SPF, vitamin A derivatives such as retinol and retinoic acid stimulate collagen production and increase cell turnover, which means they target the signs of aging and can help reduce acne scars.
“I’m on a prescription tretinoin [retinoic acid] user,” says Hughes. “So what I do is I use vitamin C [serum] in the morning, then a day cream, and then in the evening I don’t use vitamin C, I use tretinoin.
These powerful ingredients should be used with caution, however, as they may cause irritation, redness, or flaky skin at first. Start with a low concentration such as 0.1% or 0.2% and work your way up to higher doses once your skin has acclimated.
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After your morning serum or evening retinol, the moisturizer will leave your skin hydrated and healthy. What should a good moisturizer contain?
“Hyaluronic acid, of course,” says Hughes, of the ingredient that draws water into the skin and an emollient (moisturizer) like ceramides. “I’m obsessed with ceramides for your skin barrier, they’re great under makeup too.”
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