We all know about skincare, right? But how much do you know about skin prep? Are the two the same thing?
The simple answer is no, they are not the same thing but they are equally important.
Skincare is something you have to do every single day. It doesn’t matter if you wear makeup or not, skincare is non-negotiable. If you have children, skincare should be something you teach them, just like brushing their teeth. You are never too young to learn how to look after your skin.
Skincare is important for so many reasons, one of which is that it can help to reduce wrinkles. Yes, you read right. A proper skincare routine can make a huge difference when wrinkles start to show.
- Daily cleansing and moisturizing, in the morning and in the evening.
- Wearing a good quality, high SPF sunscreen every single day, even in winter.
- Staying hydrated.
- Following a healthy lifestyle.
- Getting regular facials. These aren’t essential but they can definitely help to protect your skin.
- Finding products that work for your skin type. This might take some time to figure out but it is worth the time and effort. It is also important to remember that your skincare routine will change with the seasons.
There is no such thing as a miracle cream that is going to prevent your skin from aging but if you focus on looking after your skin every day, using good quality products, you will see and feel the difference.
Skin prep is not something that you do every day unless you wear makeup every day. Skin prep is as simple as it sounds, it is preparing your skin for applying makeup. This is an important step before you apply your makeup, you need to get your skin ready. Skin prep, when done correctly will enhance your look and help you reduce puffiness, brighten your skin and even lift where you need a little lift.
How to prep your skin;
- Exfoliate. This helps you to remove any dead cells that are sitting on your face. These dead cells block hydration which can add to your skin looking dull. To exfoliate, wipe over your skin with either a glycolic or lactic acid. This will remove any dead skin cells on your face.
- Hydrate. This involves more than just moisturizing because that forms part of skincare. Hydrating during skin prep can include a super-hydrating face mask that will plump the skin up.
- Massage. Massaging your face will help to boost blood circulation and improve glow and prevent your skin from looking dull. You can use an oil if you have one or a little bit of your moisturizer.
- Apply a primer. Find a primer that works for you and apply it to your entire face.
Between each stage, let the products you are using get absorbed, wait a minute or two before applying the next stage. You will also find that you might need to hydrate more during winter and less during summer, so pay attention to your skin and adjust both your skincare and skin prep routine if you need to.
When you combine a good skincare routine with a skin prep routine, you will notice a remarkable difference in the quality of your skin.