Customised skincare is building a skincare regime to suit your skin type + skin conditions
Customsied skincare is where it’s at if you want better results from your skincare regime. You want to look at which of your skincare products are actually customised for your skin already and which products need updating pronto! This is because your skin type and condition is unique, just like the rest of you. If you have no idea where to begin, you can take my free online Skin Quiz here
If your skincare isn’t customised to exactly what your skin is needing – you are missing out! There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to skincare (or anything really). I mean, your skin type might be dry (just like mine) but that doesn’t mean we have the same skin. My skin could be more dehydrated and inflamed where as your skin could be suffering from breakouts. See what I mean?
What exactly is Customised Skincare?
Aside from customising your own skincare regime, a lot of brands are jumping on the customised skincare bandwagon and taking it one step further. This is more than your basic 4-step skincare regime. I’m talking DIY serums, like actually making your own ‘custom’ serum to target your skins needs. All kinds of customised skincare treatments from masques to exfoliants are becoming available and in fact when it comes to skincare, right now personalisation is BIG, and really, so it should be.
Do I need it?
In laymans terms, yes, yes you do. You want and need a customisied skincare regime. Unless you’re into premature ageing? What’s that saying? If you’re doing it, you might as well be doing it right? Basically what I mean, with all this latest skincare technology and customisation you might as well be using products that are targeting the skin conditions you have right now and giving your skin exactly what it’s asking for. Gone are the days of just buying products off the shelf in the supermarket and hoping for the best (well I hope so!). These days there is SO much free information available at your fingertips you should be able to get steered in the right direction. Google!
Building your own ‘customised’ Skincare Regime
Customised skincare doesn’t need to be super fancy either! First thing is first. There are two things you need to know before you go on the hunt for some new skincare products.
- What is your skin type?
- What skin conditions are you wanting to treat?
Remember the two are very different. There are 5 skin types and your skin type is genetic. Dry, normal-dry, normal, normal-oily and oily. Generally your skin type doesn’t change. Skin conditions on the other hand are just that, conditions. Most skin conditions can be treated. You need to keep both of these factors in mind when choosing your skincare. If you haven’t already you can take my Skin Quiz here.
If you’re starting from scratch, this is a basic list of what products you’ll need to get your skincare regime started. You’ll be looking at a basic daily range to compliment your skin type and then adding in serum/s, masque/s and exfoliant/s to either again compliment your skin type or to target certain skin conditions.
Cleansers cleanse the skin by removing dirt, make-up & excess oil. If you’re not using a make-up remover or Micellar Water you want to make sure you’re cleansing twice! Cleansers come in gel, foaming and creme based formulas. Your skin type will determine which type of cleanser will be most effective for you.
A step that is often missed but is absolutely crucial. Toning balances the pH of your skin, if your skin isn’t balances guess what’s going to happen? You guessed it, your skin is going to breakout and/or basically just not look and feel it’s best.
Moisturiser is self explanatory really, it moisturises the outer layers of the skin. It’s also a great idea to make sure your moisturiser contains a high-quality, paraben-free SPF, unless of course you wear foundation that contains SPF. Again moisturisers come in different shapes and sizes depending on your skin type. Dryer skins will often go for a more intense creme whilst oilier skins will tend to opt for something much lighter. There is also a difference between your day creme & night creme and really you do need both. Night cremes are usually more intense and some may contain active ingredients only to be used at night – so make sure you’re across this one!
We don’t have as many layers of skin around our eyes and therefore we need to make sure we are using a specific eye creme around this area. Using cremes that are too heavy for this delicate skin will cause more damage than good in the long run (yes wrinkles!). I’ve used the same Eye Creme for over 10 years and it’s still my absolute fav. It’s also on Summer Sale at the moment too!
Serums are the beginning of the end for you! My addiction to serums is very real, in fact my nighttime regime contains about 6 of them! Yes – you can use more than 1, but you don’t need to. Serums are where all the magic happens, they target the deeper levels of the skin (where our skin loses it’s elasticity etc…) and basically restore goodness. Serums need to be used in conjunction with moisturiser, they go on before moisturiser and actually don’t deliver moisture to the skin, but all the other good stuff. They can be quite pricey, so do your research and make sure you’re getting what you pay for! A few months back I wrote a more in-depth post about Serums & Ingredients and some top tips.
Our skin naturally renews itself every 28 days or so, but the older we get this process can begin to slow down so it’s best to help it a little (or a lot if your skins up for it). Your skins texture and type will determine how often you should be using an exfoliant and whether you should be using an abrasive or non-abrasive one. For example my skin is fine and dry (yay me) so I generally steer clear of abrasive exfoliants because they can irritate my skin and leave it red and patchy. Usually I’ll go for an AHA-Solution or creme-based exfoliant. I can’t turn down a good scrub though, so occasionally I will use something a little abrasive. Oily skins tend to have a thicker texture and love that squeaky-clean feeling you get from an abrasive exfoliant, but don’t overdo it. 1 – 2 per week is plenty. Over exfoliating the skin can open up a whole lot of skin problems for you.
Masques are a great little DIY skin-treat and you can get masques for all kinds of skin conditions! Again, you want to look at your current skin conditions before choosing a masque. If dehydration is what you’re wanting to address your skin probably wont like the feeling of a clay or detox masque because it will be too drying on the skin. Dehydrated skins will opt for something like a nourishing or hydrating masque. Masques usually deliver a ‘quick fix’ or some sort of instant result which makes them popular. I usually masque 2 – 3 times per week for different things, but again just start with one weekly face masque to get you going.
Skincare Conditions + Ingredients
Like I said, most skin conditions can be treated, you can download my Skincare Guide for reference, just screenshot it and keep it on your phone. When you’re customising your skincare regime think about what skin conditions you want to address and then cross-reference with this little guide to see which products with what ingredients you’ll be on the hunt for.
Multi-Masquing – is the new multi-tasking
So I have explained what customised skincare is and I’ve given you a bit of a run down on how to get started with a basic skincare regime and what ingredients you want to be on the hunt for when treating certain skin conditions.
Now, I want to take it one step further and talk a bit about ‘Multi-Masquing’. As usual when it comes to customised skincare IRYNA are one step ahead of the game and have most recently introduced the new ‘Multi-Masquing’ duo to their skincare range. This customised skincare-treat is actually amazing, for all skins too! IRYNA have launched two masques that can be used together – yes, at the same time! This is ‘customsied skincare’ at it’s finest.
So how does this work?
The Pink Clay + Rosehip Masque is designed to calm, purify & nourish the skin. Whilst the Chia + Dragonfruit Masque softens, plumps and deeply moisturises the skin. Look at your skin and which areas need calming and which areas need moisture and plumping. Usually across the t-zone is where we want to soothe & calm the skin. The forehead, around the eye area and cheeks is where the skin could use some extra moisture and plumping! Your skin could be different though, you apply where you need to – this is ‘customising your face masque’. Leave on the skin for 10 minutes and ta-da remove with warm water and follow with your normal routine – and a Gua Sha massage of course!
Girl, if you are yet to get in on the IRYNA-skin-thing you’re missing out!
All IRYNA Skin products are Australian, vegan, free from ALL nasties and developed only with your best beauty interests at heart.
(Ooh and totally safe for mini-me’s as well)
What you need to know
Customised skincare is where it’s at. In fact, it is the only way to go. Don’t buy into ‘it’s working for me, it will work for you’. All skins are different. Do you research and get someone (who knows what they’re talking about) to help you!
Building a basic skincare regime is about customising your products to both your skin type – and whatever skin conditions you wish to target. Remember skin type and skin condition are two very different things! Take my Skin Quiz to get more of an idea on what your skin type is.
Know your ingredients and treat skin conditions with the appropriate products!
‘Multi-Masquing’ is the new multi-tasking, customise your next facial with the latest masques from IRYNA – Australian, vegan, natural skincare.
You glow girl xx