The Knowledge: How to get and maintain perfect skin
Always remove make-up at night. It makes all the difference, helping skin stay fresh.
An oil cleanser such as Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm will dissolve everything - both eye and face make-up. Complicating your routine with a separate eye make-up remover will mean that you're less inclined to stick to it. Oil cleanses oil, so all skin types are fine with it. Also, you have to massage an oil cleanser in - and a brief face massage has its own benefits.
You can use a basic moisturiser - a simple nourishing cream will do - with a powerful serum underneath it. Used daily, a serum will provide the 'action' in your skincare, whether it's designed for anti-ageing or to revive a dull complexion. And, as serums contain concentrated, active ingredients, you don't have to use much to achieve good results.
You should use a moisturiser all year, but tailor it to the seasons. A light, oil-free gel-cream is great for the summer, and a richer cream is good for the winter. If you don't like using rich creams but your skin still feels dry, go for a heavier cream at night. It will go a long way to give you the nourishment you need. Moisturising your neck - even with your normal face cream - and your hands is important, too, as these areas age just as much as the skin on your face.
Conceal and correct
Blemish-balm creams - such as Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20 - are brilliant. They're essentially tinted moisturisers with SPF, but they tend to provide better coverage, and they do away with the need for foundation. As they don't contain silicone, they won't clog your pores, and they will improve the condition of your skin too.
Mud, glorious mud
Applying a deep-cleansing mud or a clay mask is an excellent way to maintain good skin, and it doesn't take long. Mud and clay were traditionally used for blemishes, but don't be put off if you have dry skin, as they are very hydrating, too. They are rich in minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which will unclog pores and nourish the skin at the same time. Also try to exfoliate a couple of times a week too. If you have sensitive skin, there are products (containing fruit acids, for instance) which exfoliate enzymatically and won't irritate.
Don't see facials as pampering treatments - they will work your muscles to help give them a lift, and get rid of toxins. Try to have one every eight weeks - you'll see the difference.