Where to start your skincare routine

ByMarianne Williamson

Where to start your skincare routine

Why is a skincare routine important?

Our skins are under lots of pressure these days from environment pollutants every day like invisible little ninjas trying to attack that vital protective barrier of the skin.   Maybe you are stuck in an office or travelling most of the day and not getting enough fresh air?  Maybe you’re pre-menopausal and your skin just does not want to behave? Suddenly hitting your 40’s and developing spots? Lots of hormonal changes and factors from all ages combined with lifestyle stresses maybe causing havoc on your skin externally as well as internally.   So having a good skincare routine it vital for the skin to protect, repair and hydrate from and all these variables.

Where do I start my skincare routine?

Firstly lets try out something quick and easy to give you a basic idea to determine your skin type:

Take a look in the mirror and have a good look at your skin.  Does it look dry? Then it probably is.  Does it look shiny and oily? Then it is probably oily.  Does it look congested, oily and dry? Then it is probably combination. This is a very basic way to look at your skin. As therapists we are looking at lots of variables on the skin rather than a type. Did you know you can have oily skin but be dehydrated?  Did you know that dry skin can cause spots due to tight pores and build up of dead skin cells and natural oils plugging in the skin, which can give you a false sense of what your skin needs.  Did you know hormonal changes cause sensitivity?  We often see new clients in the salon using products for their skin that are actually having the opposite effect on the skin.  We do see also a lot is younger clients using anti-age products that are really too rich and heavy for the skin.  More demanding skins not having enough active ingredients to target concerns.   How much do you spend on footwear and clothing to cover up the body? Yet an area that is exposed to the elements the face it is something that you may spent less time and money on?

Skincare does not have to be complicated or too expensive, everything is relative.  Make it as simple or as elaborate as you want to make it and we can help guide you in the right direction.  I am a big fan of simplicity, would you rather have a few quality products that you use every day until they are finished and you enjoy? Or rather have the latest fads and products that sit in a drawer after a few weeks when you realise they are not what you thought?   Let the skin adjust to a new routine for a minimum of at least 1 month is a good starting point.  Speaking to your therapist and let them advise you on products, ingredients that is best suited for your needs.  Long term you are investing in your skin and having the trust and bond with your therapist to provide a programme or product routine that is going to work for you.  The most important first stage of your skincare routine is cleansing your skin.  Long gone are the days of just using soap and water on your skin and feeling that tight dry feeling on the skin, which was never a good feeling.  So lets talk about 3 main types of cleansing products:


What are milk/cream cleansers?

Think of a cleanser traditionally and you think of the phrase “cleanse, tone and moisturise”.  Technology advancement in skincare products and cleansing products are not like they used to be. Traditionally you would massage the milky cleanser into your skin and wipe off with a cotton pad.   Many cleansing milks nowadays are also water soluble, which is great if you like the feeling of rinsing your skin with water. You can still use the traditional method but a water soluble product will give you the options to use with water or a cotton pad.  Milks are great for drier and more demanding skin.  A damp face cloth can also be used and is an easy way to remove cleanser.  Cleansing milks are always ideally to be followed by a skin tonic or toner.  It is part of skincare routines that is often missed out.  Look at toners/tonics as a mini treatment on your skin with active ingredients nourishing and treating the skin.   As well as removing any excess cleansing product and make-up that maybe still left on the skin.  Try to use tonics that do not have a high alcoholic content, feeling tight and nippy on your skin is not what you want to be feeling.  But soothing, cooling and refreshed and deep down clean.

TRY: Dr Renaud Raspberry Hydrating Milk

TRY: Dr Renaud Raspberry Hydrating Tonic

TRY: Dr Renaud White Mulberry  Brightening Milk 

TRY: Dr Renaud White Mulberry Brightening Tonic


What is a facial wash?

Facial washes are a great quick application to cleanse the skin and for those that love to have that “rinsed feeling on the skin”.  Washes are popular with teens so it is important to use a product with less alcohol and stripping agents that can dry out the skin too much making the skin sensitive.  Washes can come in gel and foam form that you will add a drop of water and massage into the skin then rinse with water.  Both should ideally feel creamy and hydrating on the skin and in no way the skin should feel tight after.   If you are using water on its own especially in the morning in the shower and you are finding your skin is dry and tight you maybe surprised that most of the moisture in your skin is probably been rinsed away down the plug with the water.  We think water as so hydrating but it alone can cause dryness.   Simple solution to use a small drop of hydrating facial wash that will gently cleanse the skin without upsetting the natural PH balance too much.

TRY: Dr Renaud Raspberry Hydrating Wash

TRY: Dr Renaud Lime Purifying Wash

TRY: Dr Renaud Carrot Radiance Foaming Wash


What is a cleansing oil?

Micellar waters and oils are a fantastic way to cleanse your skin.  Cleansing oil for more demanding skin that instantly soothes and hydrates the skin  from the moment it is applied feeling luxurious yet light in texture.  A quick way to remove eye make-up also without over stimulating the delicate skin area around the eyes.  Cleansing oils can be rinsed with water or a delicate face cloth.  Cleansing waters are a great alternative to using facial wipes by just applying to cotton pads.

Try: Dr Renaud Rose Cleansing Oil

Try: Dr Renaud Raspberry Cleansing Water.


A good cleansing routine will help prepare your skin for the next stage of your skincare routine, exfoliation, masks and moisturisers which we will talk about at a later date. Want to know more about Dr Renaud products, salon facial treatments and how we can help you start your new routine?  We are always happy to help,  call us on: Telephone – 01241 855222

Or book a skin consultation or facial treatment here: https://innerbalancescotland.setmore.com/

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