A beginners guide to upgrading your skincare routine


Today welcomes a new contributor to the Naked Fashions page. Audrey is a skincare nut turned blogger who secretly cares more about her moisturiser than her makeup. She specialises in personalised skincare during the day (and terrible reality TV at night.) Check out her jetsetter tips for mile-high skincare on her blog, Vain Pursuits. Todays feature will be about upgrading your skincare routine!

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Do you remember your first big breakout? I was 13 when puberty first reared its hormonal head - and unfortunately, it decided to rear all across my face. While some parts of puberty were great (I was completely obsessed with my first training bra), teenage breakouts soon became the bane of my existence. Skincare wasn’t a luxury, it was a necessity, and there was nothing fun about it. Drugstore products didn’t work, but I used them anyway. Eventually I started to get smarter, and my skincare did too.

I’m a firm believer that your products should grow up as you do. As you get older, your skincare standards ought to raise as you figure out what works for you. (For me, that also means committing to cruelty-free products & all-natural ingredients whenever possible.) While upgrading is important, buying expensive products that don’t actually work is never a good idea. So how to go about improving your skincare without wasting precious pounds? Here are some staple skincare upgrades everyone should consider.

Perfect your SPF. We all know sunscreen is that thing we’re supposed to slather on daily to look 30 when we’re 50. But if the only sunscreen you have is that greasy kind you used on the beach two summers ago, you’re probably not going to get in the habit of putting it on your face. Do your sunscreen research to find a formula that doesn’t leave a white cast on your face, is fragrance-free, doesn’t sit too heavy, and allows you to apply makeup immediately after without caking. Of course, don’t let finish outweigh perfection! Be patient: the right sunscreen upgrade will provide both.

Get custom moisturiser. Beyond sun protection, moisturizing is the most important part of your skincare routine. While the ingredients in facial cleansers are down the drain as soon as you rinse off, the formula inside your moisturizer gets to sink in all day & night. Some moisturizer ingredients can cancel each other’s benefits, so it’s important for ingredients to target your specific skincare concerns. Invest in a moisturizer that’s custom-blended by experts based on your skincare wants & needs, to end expensive trial & error for good.

Consider adding a serum. While serums are not the most vital step in a skincare routine, they are a highly effective add-on that can help improve skincare in subtle ways. If your skincare system is great but you’re finding your skin a little dull, adding a Vitamin C serum packed with antioxidants can help brighten your overall complexion.

Take the retinol plunge. Adding retinol to your skincare routine can be risky, but it’s worth the jump if you’re willing to put up with some growing pains. Your skin can take up to 12 weeks to fully adjust to a topical retinoid, which means some itching, burning effects ahead. But after you cross that hurdle, you can expect clearer, younger skin, smaller pores, reduced wrinkles over time. A worthy trade-off, methinks. Retinols can get pricey, but they’re a great investment for long-term skincare.

Have you made any skincare upgrades in the last year?