I believe it is time for a healthy skincare routine, based on the notion that many of us are unsheathing our complexions and giving them a much-needed public airing. People are typically surprised by how consistent and uncomplicated my routine is, but I keep it that way because I believe the skincare business has encouraged far too many people to overdo it with their skin.
Each morning, I use a hot cloth to remove a light cleanser (usually a milk or cream, but I’m not picky about face washes). There’s no need to overdo it or spend a lot of money because you don’t have any makeup to remove — just a little perspiration and yesterday night’s skincare. For smoothness and shine, I almost always finish with an all-over sweep with a reusable cotton pad soaked in liquid exfoliation. My favourite of the new arrivals is Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Wild Rose AHA Toner (£18 for 200ml), but if you’re oily or acne-prone, try Paula’s Choice 2 percent BHA Liquid Exfoliant (£10 for 30ml) instead.
My watch, phone, perfume, and a vitamin C face serum containing some sort of hyaluronic acid are the four items I can’t leave the house without. Vitamin C has a big impact on my poor skin (as well as my uneven pigmentation), and it’s good for people of all ages and skin types. Bright Idea Vitamin C Face Serum (£19.99 for 30ml) from the newly relaunched Bliss is a good and relatively reasonable place to start if you’re new to vitamin C. In the autumn and winter, I would use a moisturizer afterward, but the humidity and turned-off central heating make me feel comfortable enough to go straight to an excellent sunscreen at this time of year.
The One That’s A Serum Day Drops (£20 for 30ml) by Hello Sunday is certainly my most-used this year, but the single most crucial factor in an SPF is your willingness to wear it, so find the texture that appeals to you. That’s it for daytime, save for a slick of lip balm, a layer of self-tan, and the occasional afternoon spritz of something refreshing. There’s no eye cream, no serum clothing, no sticky masks, and no complex cleansing regimens. Each morning, all one needs to remember is to “cleanse, exfoliate, treat, and protect.” It just took me five minutes to finish.