Simple tips to help you care for your skin

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It is easy to get overwhelmed by the number of skin care lotions and potions available. There are new, innovative, must-have products available every week, some accompanied by some incredible claims.

With so many different options available, we have pulled together the most sensible advice on what to spend your time and money on.

Expensive doesn’t necessarily equate to better

The powers of an expensive potion, accompanied by some slick marketing and celebrity endorsement, can make products tempting. Before you take the leap understand that while those products may be ideal for some skin there are going to be other products just as good for you that cost a whole lot less.

You really do need to use SPF daily

Dermatologists and beauticians agree – sun really does damage your skin, so daily use of an SPF is crucial. Be time-clever and use a moisturiser and SPF combined – WildFerns Manuka Honey Protective Hydrating Moisturiser with SPF30 provides great protection with intensive hydration and is perfect under make-up or alone. And don’t forget your lips, neck and décolletage.

Night is best

If you are time-poor in the morning, don’t worry about trying to fit too much into your routine. Experts agree that the ideal repair and replenishing time is when we are asleep. Start with a really good cleanse – Rotorua Mud Facial Wash Creme with Lime Blossom is a simple to use product that is renowned for its therapeutic and deep-cleansing properties, plus it will remove light make-up. If you have had a big day, cleanse twice – your skin will thank you for it. Follow the cleanse with some toner and then a good hydrating night cream or serum. The skin immediately around your eyes is more fragile so gently dab on a cream especially designed for this area.

If you have time, treat yourself with a face mask. We love WildFerns Rotorua Mud Face Pack with Manuka Honey as the mud and honey detoxify and  purify while being antibacterial.

More isn’t better

Unless you have the genetic impairment that affects how your skin barrier functions, be careful you don’t keep piling on oils and creams, because you can have too much of a good thing!  Too much can cause your skin to be clogged up and actually slow down the renewal process. As a guide, use the lightest cream you can – this is especially important if you are prone to acne and conditions like rosacea.

Also, be careful with what you combine because some ingredients don’t go well together. The most common is mixing the current hot product, retinol, with hydroxy acids (AHA’s and BHA’s) or Vitamin C.

What is your favourite skin care product?

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  1. MuddledUpMolly 01/12/2019 at 11:06 pm

    My favourite skin care product is definitely my night cream as it is probably the item that I am the most consistent with using. I am not particularly loyal to any brand or product, I just like the idea of my skin being moisturised overnight.

  2. Loucyd3 01/12/2019 at 12:40 am

    My favourite skin care product is goodness everyday cleanser,its not expensive either, it’s so gentle on my skin and is made from all natural ingredients.

  3. Alezandra 01/12/2019 at 12:17 am

    This is such a good reminder to take care of our skin. I sometimes forget to and it’s so easy just to splash water and be done with it. But once we start growing older, skin doesn’t grow back to it’s younger form so it’s best to make sure to do something now, before it’s too late.

  4. Micht 28/11/2019 at 11:41 pm

    I agree about less being more in general. I hardly use anything on my face…but when i do..its a treat of a good cleanser, toner and moisturizer. My moisturzer is oil of olay and some of their creams already have spf. Minimal products and chemicals the better.

  5. dawnblyth 26/11/2019 at 3:40 pm

    Great! Nightime it is then!! I am also running out of time in the morning to get things done. The only skin care routine I have in the morning is my daily go to face wash that I use in the shower. Usually this is just one that I have bought from the supermarket.

  6. SarahBlair 23/11/2019 at 5:53 pm

    Im glad that skincare works better at night because in the morning im in such a rush that I often forget, I love natural products that srent full of chemicals so the ones suggested in the article sound fantastic to me, I would love to give them a try!

  7. Mands1980 12/11/2019 at 12:42 pm

    This was great to know about especially if you don’t have time to moisturise in the morning that night is the best time to do it. But if you have time ensure the moisturiser has an SPF sunscreen in it as it is very important I know my one does that I use. Wild ferns Manuka moisturiser sounds great though as it’s natural and has an spf added to it.

  8. Bevik1971 11/11/2019 at 2:06 pm

    I try and keep it fairly simple for my skin, my sister makes Organic facial moisturizer which I use once at night after cleansing and again in the morning before applying makeup. It has about 4 ingredients, all of which are organic and even an anti wrinkle ingredient (forgot what she said it was) and an SPF!! Winning!! 🙂

    • Jen_Wiig 12/11/2019 at 10:00 am

      Yes yes yes! Love this article. So true how she says that expensive doesn’t always been better… I went through sooooo many “expensive” lotions and potions that were doing absolutely nothing for my skin and then I received a natural nz made night cream and after 2 weeks a notable difference.
      I do most of my skin routine at night so was glad to read that it’s often a better to anyway, because I don’t wear makeup very often its easier at night for me.

  9. Shorrty4life1 11/11/2019 at 10:03 am

    I have two favorite skin products at the moment. Nivea Q10 night cream. Its an anti wrinkle cream I’ve been using for years now and it makes your skin feel so nice at night time. And it smells okay as apposed to other anti wrinkle creams. I also use Garnier face wash in the morning and at night. I find this a great cleanser. Some cleansers cause my skin to react and get pinples but this one is amazing. This article was a great read. Definitely good to know about the SPF needed in creams will definitely be looking into that if I change products at any stage.

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