Get back to basics with a simple-but-smart skin care routine

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Marie Kondo your skincare with this simple but oh-so-effective routine.
If your skin care regimen is like that of the Kardashians – you just can't keep up with it all anymore! – it might be time to streamline. These five simple yet effective steps are all you need for luminous skin.

1. Refresh with a quality cleanser

A luminous complexion starts with your cleanser. Use twice daily to remove impurities and prepare your skin to absorb the products that follow. Using the right cleanser for your skin type makes all the difference. Oily and combination skins benefit from mild exfoliating cleansers, formulas containing salicylic are great if you are acne prone, while hydrating or cream cleansers work wonders for those with a dry complexion.

2. Exfoliate for a smooth finish

Regular exfoliation is key to remove dead cells that build up on the surface of your skin, causing a dull and uneven complexion. Oily complexions require regular exfoliation (roughly every second day), while those with dry skin should only exfoliate once or twice a week max, to avoid stripping the skin of moisture. Chemical exfoliators such as AHAs and BHAs are ideal for sensitive skins, as they penetrate deeper and are less harsh than physical exfoliators.

3. Don’t forget to tone

Many women skip this step, but toning plays a valuable role in skin care by helping to shrink pores, balance pH levels and remove traces of dirt and make-up that remain after cleansing. Modern toners are more gentle, effective and nourishing than the alcohol-rich toners of old, plus they target a variety of skin concerns and provide a healthy, receptive base for the products that follow.

4. Enhance your complexion with a serum

Serums are the pièce de résistance of high-quality skincare. With their light consistency and high concentration of active ingredients, serums are able to penetrate deep into the skin where they can get to work on brightening, repairing, hydrating and energising your complexion. Look out for a serum containing ingredients that cater to your skin’s specific needs, such as retinol – considered the gold standard in skin smoothing – or vitamin C, which brightens the complexion for a youthful finish.

5. Use a Multi-Tasking Moisturiser

This is the last step in your routine, and serves to hydrate and nourish your skin, while locking-in the benefits of the products applied before it. Moisturiser also provides a shield on the outermost layer of the skin, protecting it from the elements, pollution, and other harmful agents. Select a light and oil-balancing moisturiser if you have oily skin, or a rich and nourishing product if your skin requires some TLC. Make sure your moisturiser includes an SPF to reduce the risk of premature ageing, pigmentation, and other damaging effects of UV exposure.


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Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser 365
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Uso 04 Active Anti-Ageing Serum 480
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