The Ultimate Skincare Masterclass
Discover the best skincare routine for you!
I’ve been working with skins for over 11 years and the most common “skin-problem” I come across is that there shouldn’t be a skin-problem. Skin education needs to be more of a priority.
We just go with what we’re told, never really knowing much about our own skin, skin type, how to care for it – ALL the things.
I’ve put this little DIY Skincare Masterclass together for YOU. To help you learn a better understanding of your own skin, the conditions it’s prone to – and most importantly, how to keep them away!
Enjoy and don’t be a stranger, I’d love to hear from you @nutri.beauty
Love Danielle x
Great Skin is in
and this is what you need to know
Skin. You would think it’s pretty straight forward to look after, but no, that’s not the case at all. I mean once you have the correct knowledge about your own skin and what it actually needs you’ll be fine (for the most part).
The skin-thing can be overwhelming and sometimes we can be so easily influenced to buy products that what our skin actually needs doesn’t come into consideration.
I’ve got your back babe. My wish for you is that you learn about your own skin, your skin type and what conditions it is prone to and learn some skin-things basics. Because when you can embrace your own beautiful natural glow, this confidence shines through, and that is what I want for you Beauty.
By the end of this Online Masterclass you can expect to know:
A little more about your own skin – your skin type & conditions it’s prone to
What a daily, weekly & monthly skincare regime should look like
Some knowledge around product ingredients
How to DIY & treat common (and unwanted!) skin dramas
There also might be something special at the end of this Masterclass for you!
To begin this Masterclass, I suggest you grab:
Big cup of tea/coffee/wine
whatever gets you in the mood!
The Skin Structure
A basic look at the layers of the skin and their functions in relation to skincare.
Top/surface layer of the skin. There’s actually 5 layers of the epidermis but let’s just keep it nice and simple. The cells of the epidermis are constantly shedding and being replaced (kind of ewww). Cleansers and exfoliants help with desquamation, keeping the skin smooth, plump and fresh. This is where our ‘moisturisers’ and ‘cremes’ work their magic to help protect the skin and lock in moisture.
The middle layer of the skin is called the dermis layer. It is here where our skin forms it’s ‘structure’. This layer is made up of Collagen and Elastin which help shape and tone the skin. Serums are designed to target this layer of the skin to help stimulate collagen production etc… which we will get to in a little while.
The hypodermis basically cushions and supports the top two layers of the skin. Its thickness varies depending on the location of the body, like take the eyelids for example, the hypodermis layer is non-existent here all together. As the skin ages, this layer of fat becomes thinner resulting in less padding and increases the risk of skin injury as well.
Skin & Skincare
what’s your skin type?
As I briefly mentioned cleansers, exfoliants & moisturisers work on the epidermis. As well as other products, but your serums & elixirs work on the dermis layers of the skin. Most masques will also target the dermis layers of the skin as well.
In the wonderful world of skincare, it’s important to have some basic knowledge when it comes to the skin structure so you can ensure you are using all the correct skincare products. Don’t worry if you’re already confused because I’ve got some really cool ‘Skin + Glow Guides’ that you can download and save to your phone. Skin Types.
What’s your Skin Type?
Your Skin Type is genetic – this means you are born with your skin type and it actually does not change (although, as we become more mature the skin tends to become dryer due to less sebum production) and it is determined by the amount of oil (sebum) it secretes.
There are only 5 Skin Types and sensitive is not one of them – sensitivity is what we call a skin condition.
So, what’s your Skin Type?
Take my online Skin Quiz below and see where you end up.
Skin & Ageing
Skincare for every age
Just like everything else, our skin ages – this is inevitable. The more we can care for our skin and prevent ageing the better our skin is going to look and feel – for much, much longer!
Of course, it doesn’t ‘just’ come down to the products we use, there are other lifestyle factors to take into consideration. But before we look at products, treatments & specific ingredients, let’s take a look at our how skin ages (YAY…haha) over the decades of our life.
Skin cell regeneration is in tip top shape and our complexion is generally radiant and glowing. In our 20’s our skin is probably at its healthiest and it is what we do during this decade to care for it that will determine how it will look for the rest of our lives! Although our skin is firm and full of collagen and elastin, it is in our 20’s that our skins collagen supply starts to dwindle. You see, we are born with our skins supply of collagen and then once we enter our 20’s we start to lose our supply, that’s why we love serums with peptides!
Skin changes unfortunately start in our 30’s. Even if you have been taking good care of your skin throughout your 20’s fine lines and wrinkles may suddenly appear – where they never were before! Generally, around and under the eyes and also around the mouth. This is where retinol and vitamin C come into play. Skin starts to become a littler thinner and cell regeneration has started to slow down. This can make our complexion seem a little dull and some extra exfoliation wont go astray!
Those fine lines can start to become deep wrinkles and our skin starts to lose it’s elasticity. Hyperpigmentation will start to become more noticeable and skin redness and rosacea can often start appearing. Our skin also loses its ability to retain moisture (hello Hyaluronic Acid!) and you know how they say life begins at 40? Well not for our skin. It’s now more than ever that we appreciate our serums and what they can do for us!
Skin begins to thin. This is due to the flattening of underlying skin cells. Our skin also begins to sag as collagen and elastin supplies lessen. Although our ‘skin type’ generally does not change, it does become drier as the skin ages. You see this is why it is of most importance that you get onto a good skincare regime ASAP because the earlier you get on top of your glow-know the better your skin is going to look, act and feel in the decades to come.
Step by Step Guides to Love the skin you’re in!
At the very least cleansing, toning and moisturising should be done twice daily. It is important to be using the correct products recommended for your skin type and, also any conditions you might be having a drama with. We will come back to skin conditions soon.
It is also important to ensure you are using both day and night moisturisers because day and night cremes are designed differently and will also contain different ingredients.
Face and eye serums can also be added into your daily skincare regime to suit, of course, I highly recommend using at least one serum.
Serums are designed to work on the deeper layers of the skin. We cleanse, tone and moisturise the surface of our skin to look after it and protect it. When we add in serums we are essentially trying to ‘change’ the skin. You see serums penetrate down deep into the skin to help with a range of conditions (like firming or hydrating) and they contain certain ‘active ingredients’ that help make these amazing changes. It’s super important to remember to use a moisturiser as well as a serum because serums don’t contain any moisture, therefore they do nothing to protect that surface layer.
So whilst it’s a non-negotiable to cleanse, tone & moisturiser it’s also highly recommended to add a serum into the mix as well.
What exactly should a ‘Daily Skincare Regime’ look like?
Now, depending on your skin type and condition. There’s a couple of DIY skin treatments that you want to be covering at least weekly and they are;
Exfoliation – Exfoliation is the process of removing surface layers of dead skin cells. If you’re not exfoliating the skin regularly the skin’s surface will become thicker, pores will become blocked and your other skincare products will not be as effective.
There are different type of exfoliants, for example, abrasive exfoliants – you know the kind with little granules that cause friction between your fingertips and the skin.
Then we also have chemical exfoliants, predominately formulated with AHS’s which essentially dissolve the dead skin cells, excess oil and dirt from the surface layers of the skin.
I usually find oily skins will much prefer an abrasive exfoliant whereas, drier skins can sometimes benefit more from gentle chemical exfoliation. Drier skins are usually finer, which means using an abrasive product can sometimes cause redness, sensitivity and other unwanted skin conditions.
Masques – Let me introduce you to the wonderful world of masques! Masques are designed to work on the deeper layers of the skin (you know where all the magic happens!). You can masque for a range of different skin conditions and you can be using multiple masques on a weekly basis. For example as a general rule for my own skin I will usually masque twice per week – once for a deep cleanse/skin detox and once for a boost of hydration. You can also use masques for skin brightening, nourishing, calming, moisturising, firming – you name it!
Remember for both exfoliating and masquing your skin type and condition will determine which products are going to be best suited for your skin, and also how often you will need to do these DIY skin treatments. Most skins will benefit from at least 1 – 2 exfoliations and 1 masque per week.
I’ll have some recommendations later on that you can look at. Here’s a little ‘Weekly Skincare Calendar’ you can use.
This is where your ‘fancy’ DIY skin treatments come into play. Like you might want to do a deep cleanse and exfoliation with an AHA Treatment or you might want to use a more concentrated serum for a certain amount of time, something like this 8 Week Platinum Transformation Kit
If you have a good consistent daily and weekly skincare regime happening you almost don’t need to do anything extra on a monthly basis – unless of course, you want to take your skincare game that one step further.
Even though my absolute favourite thing to do is to book in for a professional facial treatment – I don’t always (in fact very rarely) have the time. This is where DIY comes into play – again! Follow my step-by-step guide to creating an easy but super indulging facial at home.
Skin Conditions & Solutions
Remember earlier when I mentioned that sensitive is not a skin type? Well, that’s right – it’s what we can a skin condition. There are only 5 skin types and you are born with your skin type and it generally does not change. Skin conditions, however, can come and go and can be influenced by internal and external factors. The good news is that all skin conditions can be treated and most often with the correct skincare products. Let’s talk a look at some of the most common skin conditions and what my top tips are for keeping them away!
- Usually affects oily skin types
- Prone to blackheads and pimples
- Congestion in the T-Zone
- Enlarged pores
- Thick, coarse complexion
- Heavy shine or oily T-Zone
Skin congestion happens when the pore/s becomes blocked with dead skin cells/excess oil and that dead skin and oil hardens to form a ‘blackhead’. This can then lead to blemishes and skin breakouts. Cleansing and (careful) exfoliation are key here to keep the skin as clean as possible. Cleanse twice daily and probably best to opt for a foaming or gel-based cleanser rather than a crème one. Always remove make-up and if you are using a cleanser to remove your make-up remember to double-cleanse!
Weekly exfoliation and a weekly Clay Masque will help to keep the skin clean and clear and prevent more blemishes/breakouts from happening!
- Uneven skin tone
- Dark or uneven pigmentation
- Premature ageing – more prominent lines/wrinkles
- Thick leathery appearance
- Lack of elasticity
(Hyperpigmentation) is the excess production of melanin causing discolouration of the skin. Do you know those brown spots that save suddenly been appearing? This is from previous sun damage, it can take years for sun damage to come to the surface of the skin. Pigmentation can be caused by a few things but here we are talking about pigmentation caused by sun damage. The obvious preventative here is SPF – a premium quality SPF. I really love Smart Shield Protection Crème and I myself use this moisturiser 365 days per year!
Sun damage is difficult to treat and unfortunately, once the damage is done your best bet is to aim to fade the pigmented sun-spots. Please avoid skin-brightening products made with bleach (yes, it’s a thing). Opt for a skincare regime designed to Brighten & Even-Out Skin Tone (the natural way).
Hormone changes can also cause pigmentation, most commonly during pregnancy (yes another wonderful side effect). This is often referred to as the ‘mask of pregnancy’ and can either stick around or disappear once your baby is born.
SPF is your skins BFF. Also include a serum into to regime designed to brighten and even out skin tone. I love Luminous Skin Serum
- Fine, crisscrossed lines especially around the cheek area
- Skin feels tight, especially around the mouth/eyes
- Fine lines around cheek, lip & eye area
- Can affect all skin types, not just dry skins
Skin dehydration is often confused with skin dryness. Skin dehydration itself can lead to other skin conditions including redness, sensitivity and premature skin ageing. Please note that a skin type can be oily and still be suffering from dehydration. Moisturisers don’t hydrate the deeper levels of the skin and oil production also doesn’t have anything to do with skin hydration.
Our skin naturally produces Hyaluronic Acid and it is responsible for keeping our skin hydrated by binding moisture to the skin. However, the older we get the less hyaluronic acid we produce and then, of course, there are also so many factors that influence our skins hydration levels, like; diet, exercise (sweating), air-conditioning, weather, alcohol and even stress. Thank the lord for Moisturising System
Moisturising System is made with concentrated hyaluronic acid which binds moisture to the skin. In fact, I often say if you were to put this wonder product on only half of your face and leave it for 10 minutes or so, you would notice that the side with the serum will appear like it has had an injection of fillers! Because essentially the Moisturising System had drawn moisture from the environment and locked it into the skin.
It’s super important to be using a moisturiser as well because remember the hyaluronic acids job is to bind moisture to the skin, so make sure there is something to bind with!
Hyaluronic Acid every single day & a weekly Moisturising Masque
Fine lines/Ageing Skin
- Lines & wrinkles are more visible
- Skin becomes thinner
- Age spots start to appear
- Loss of firmness & elasticity
It is a fact that all skin is going to age causing fine lines & wrinkles. However, by caring as best as we can for our skin and with the help of some products, we can slow this process down. I have seen skins well into their 70’s that appear better than some skins I have seen in their 50s. The leading cause of premature lines and wrinkles is skin dehydration. We just talked about skin dehydration so make sure you have a good Hyaluronic Acid Serum that you’re using every single day (seriously, your skin cannot get enough!).
Sun exposure also plays it’s part here so make sure you’re also using a good high SPF. Most anti-ageing day cremes contain good SPF. Get yourself onto a good Anti-Ageing Skincare Regime and some ingredients to be on the hunt for include; Peptides, Vitamin C, Retinol, Vitamin E, Resveratrol, & Antioxidants.
Every quarter give your skin the Ultimate Transformation – target premature ageing – pronto!
Skin Sensitivity & Redness
- Red, blotchy appearance
- Hot/warm to touch
- Thin & fine-textured
- Broken capillaries
- Easily irritated byproducts
- Commonly associated with dry skins
Skin Redness is most often linked to sensitivity and skin dehydration. Usually, dry skin types with finer layers of skin suffer from redness because essentially the redness you can see is the blood under the surface layers of the skin. Again, Hyaluronic Acid can do wonders for dehydration which can often improve skin redness by a lot. Caffeine found in skincare has been thought to reduce blood flow in the area and therefore reducing skin redness and rosacea as well.
In most cases when the sensitivity is treated the redness will fade if not disappear completely.
Skin sensitivity can be treated by nourishing and feeding the skin with what it’s lacking – hydration & moisture. A skin that has been dehydrated for long periods of time will almost most certainly be suffering from sensitivity also. Try introducing the skin to a Calming and Comforting Skincare Regime and be patient!
Weekly Calming Masque to soothe and nourish sensitive skin.
- Loss of firmness & elasticity
- Sagging skin
- Loss of muscle tone
As we age our skins collagen supplies begin to dwindle. Collagen is what keeps our skin nice and firm, we are born with our skins supply in collagen and then once we hit the age of 22 we start to lose it. If you’re looking for the non-invasive way to treat skin-sagging you need to get a good serum made with Peptides. Peptides ‘trick’ our skin into producing more collagen which will, in turn, increase the firmness of the skin. Peptides combined with Hyaluronic Acid is the combo you want to be on the lookout for! Platinum Tight, Firm & Fill and Advanced Lip & Eye Treatment have you completely covered.
Penetration! Invest in a facial massage tool like a Facial Roller or Gua Sha Stone to help penetrate your serums to where they need to go (down deep baby!)
- Increased blemishes/breakouts
Hormonal changes in the body and lead to skin imbalances/conditions including acne, pigmentation & dehydration. There are certain times in our life when we have increased hormone activity like puberty, pregnancy & menopause. An over-active or under active thyroid can also affect the skins appearance and condition. Make sure you consult with a medical professional if you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance. From a skincare point of view all you can do it help treat the skin condition. Increased blemishes and breakouts are a common side effect of hormonal changes so look at a skincare regime that’s going to Balance & Clear the skin. Ingredients to lookout for include Zinc, Tea Tree & AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid).
Excess oil production can be a real struggle, especially when there’s an imbalance of hormones. Keep excess oil under control by cleansing every day – twice per day and also using a good Clay Masque twice weekly. If oil control is actually out of control you can use your clay masque across the T-Zone even 3 – 4 times per week. Clay masques can be used on the neck, décolletage and back as well.
Apricot Oil – All Skin Types
I’ll tell you a little story, Apricot Oil is how I actually began my journey into the wonderful world of skincare!
I have always suffered from dermatitis and dry skin things and tried absolutely EVERYTHING…
It wasn’t until 11 years ago that this product made it’s way into my life and has been what I like to call a ‘Skincare Staple’ since.
Apricot Kernel Oil is almost medicinal for the skin and no matter your skin type, this jar of golden goodness will deliver goodness to your skin. This can be used is so many ways from an ointment to heal skin things like dermatitis, or in a DIY Facial Ritual for an ‘Apricot Oil Infusion’ (download step-by-step how-to guide below).
The Glow Know
Here are a few little Skincare Guides to help you on your journey to a Glowing Skin. Click to download.
Time & commitment – I believe we all have that beautiful natural glow, sometimes our skin just needs a little TLC to find it. Beginning a skincare regime is like forming any habit, it is not going to happen overnight. Just start somewhere. Start with a simple daily regime (morning & night) that is suited for your skin type and/or condition. Remember it is what you do now that’s going to impact the future of your skin.
I would love to help you get on (or stay on!) the path to a glowing complexion – and in fact, I’d love to give you a little gift to help remind you that self-care is the new healthcare.
Fill out this Glow Q & A and I will send back a personalised Skincare Analysis & Regime Recommendation Guide plus a gorgeous Rose Quartz Gua Sha – just for you, you little Skincare Guru.
(Um, what the hell is a Gua Sha?) Find out here.
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