Skin products

Before you can devise the best regime for yourself and give your skin some special care, you need to understand what the main skin care products are designed to do.

The key treatments

From the old soap and water cleansing routine, today’s skincare has evolved into a modern range of products.

Facial washes

These liquids are designed to be lathered with water to dissolve grime, dirt and stale make-up from the skin’s surface.

Cleansing bars

Ordinary soap is too drying for most skins. Now you can foam up with these special bars, which will cleanse your skin without stripping it of moisture. They are refreshing for oilier skin-types, and help keep pores clear and prevent pimples and blackheads.

Cream cleansers

A wonderful way to cleanse drier complexions, they generally have a light, fluid consistency that spreads more easily on to the skin. They contain oils to dissolve surface dirt and make-up, and can be quickly removed with cotton wool.

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Refreshing and cooling your skin, they quickly evaporate after being applied with cotton wool. They can also remove excess oil from the surface layers of your skin. The word “astringent” means it has higher alcohol content, and is suitable only for oily skins. The words “tonic” and “toner” mean that they are useful for normal or combination skins, as they are gentler. Those with dry and sensitive skins should avoid these products, as they can be too drying. Generally, if the product stings your face, move on to a gentler foundation or weaken it by adding a few drops of distilled water (available from pharmacist).


The key function of a moisturizer is to form a barrier film on the skin’s surface to prevent moisture loss. This makes the skin feel softer and smoother. Generally, the drier your skin the thicker the moisturizer you should choose. All skin types need a moisturizer, and one of the most valuable ingredients to look for is a UV filter. This ensures your moisturizer will give your skin year – round protection from the burning rays of the sun.

Eye makeup removers

Ordinary cleaners aren’t usually sufficient to remove stubborn eye make- up, which is why these special products are so useful. If you wear waterproof mascara you will probably need to check that the cleanser you use is designed to remove it.

Special treatments

In addition to a basic wardrobe of skincare products, you can add a few extras.

Face masks

These intensive treatments deep – cleans your skin or boost its moisture levels.

Facial scrubs and exfoliators

These creams or gels contain hundred of tiny abrasive practicals. When massaged in to damp skin, the practices dislodge dead surface skin cells, revealing the younger, fresher cells underneath.

Eye creams

The delicate skin around your eyes is usually the first to show the signs of ageing. These gels and creams contain ingredients to plump out fine lines. They can also reduce puffiness and under-eye shadows.

Night creams

These intensive creams are designed to pamper your skin while you sleep. They can have a thicker consistency because you won’t need to apply makeup over the top.