September 06 2013

Screen Shot 2013-04-17 at 12.31.33 PM

By James Vivian aka the Travelling Peelsman and dermal therapist to the ‘Who’s Who’

Cleansing. Toning. Moisturising. 

You might not think about them very much but these three steps are the foundations of healthy skin. As well as cleaning and rehydrating the skin, cleansing, toning and moisturising prepare your skin for the application of secondary skincare products, treatments and cosmetics. If you scrimp on the basics, the initial results you see from applying serums, skincare treatments and cosmetics might look great at first, but can quickly dissipate or may not work as effectively as they should. Just like priming a canvas for a beautiful painting, you need to prepare your skin to create a beautiful complexion.

You know how it is, it’s late, you’re tired and all you want to do is go to bed. You drag yourself to the bathroom, grab a dollop of cleanser, swipe it on your face and follow up with a brief splash of cold water. You think about using toner but you decide to skip it and go straight to your anti-ageing serum before slathering on your moisturiser. After all, the serum is the product doing most of the work – right?

Wrong. What you may not realise is that taking shortcuts on the basic steps of your skincare routine, affects the performance of other products you might be using.


It would be a shame to let beautiful skin potential go to waste, so lets revisit the basic cleanse, tone, and moisturise routine to make sure your skin is getting the love it deserves.

Cleanse  To make the most of your cleanser, start by washing your hands. Not only is it hygienic but it allows your cleanser to focus on the dirt and oil on your face, not on your hands. Blend the prescribed amount of cleanser with some water and massage into your skin, focusing on any areas that are rougher in texture or feel like they need extra cleansing. Continue for at least 60 seconds before rinsing thoroughly with cool to tepid water.

* If you’ve been wearing makeup, repeat the cleansing process again before gently towel drying your skin.

Tone – Make the most of your toner by saturating a flat, round cotton pad with water and squeezing out the excess before applying the prescribed amount of toner. By adding water first, the cotton pad will absorb less of your toner, meaning more toner makes it onto your skin. Wipe the cotton pad across your face, focusing on any areas that are rougher in texture or feel like they need some extra care.

Moisturise – Apply moisturiser to skin that is still slightly damp. This assists the moisturiser to penetrate the skin while also allowing the product to glide more easily across the skin’s surface, meaning less product is required.

Using the right products
Now that you’ve taken a refresher course on basic skincare, it’s now time to ask yourself whether you have the right tools for the job. Correct technique can only take you so far. Get in touch with your skincare professional to ensure that the products you’re using are suitable for your skin. Many of us self-prescribe due to convenience, price, brand reputation and recommendations, however, the wrong product could render your time and money useless. The road to skin-haven is paved not with good intentions, but with good, suitable products.