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How do I know if my skin routine is right for me?

If you skin is looking glowing and healthy and you have no skin problems, irritations, flare ups or inflammation, then it is probably fine.  However, I would recommend converting to natural or organic skin products that are free from synthetic chemicals.  This is because skin is the largest organ in the body and it absorbs chemicals into the blood stream through the skin, as demonstrated by skin patches used to deliver drugs.

However, if you are experiencing any problems with your skin then you may need to change your skin routine and probably your skin products too. Firstly, give your skin a break. If you are sensitive to a product you are currently using and start using a new product immediately, you may mistakenly think the new product is causing sensitivity too.

So do nothing but cleanse with warm water and a soft cloth for a week and then patch test a new product before using it on your face. To do this, apply a small amount on the inside of your elbow or behind your ear. Leave for 24 hours and check for any signs of irritation such as redness, itchiness or a rash. If you have no reaction, then apply to your face as directed. If you have really sensitive skin, then wait a week after trying one new product before introducing another.

Everybody’s skin is different, so you need to find a solution that will fit in, not just with your skin-type but with your lifestyle. It can be difficult to get an unbiased professional opinion on which products you should use, as most beauticians, certainly on beauty counters in shops are there to promote their own goods, and your local beautician will have her own favourites too.

Look for quality, honest, natural skin products that are transparent about the quality and their ingredients.  Word of mouth from friends who have similar skin types to you are also helpful. Some brands also make small trial sizes, allowing you to test a variety of products to find the right ones for you without splashing out on the full sized products.

Read the labels and look at the ingredients.  Unfortunately there are currently no laws about the labelling of products ‘natural’ and ‘organic’.  Manufacturers are allowed to call themselves ‘organic’ with just 1% organic ingredients, and the remainder could be full of synthetic chemicals.  The Soil Association, amongst others, is lobbying hard to get this changed.

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