Skin SOS: What Exactly Should I Be Putting on My Face Every Day & Why?

There are two extremes when it comes to skincare: the woman who has it all – every lotion, potion, cream and balm for any skin ailment or condition, and the woman who likes to keep it seriously simple and sticks to cleansing with tap water and slapping on some moisturiser before bed. Of course there is everything in between too. So how do you know what exactly you need to use on your skin every day – and do you even need to use anything at all?

While everyone’s skin is different, and your time and routine is really unique to your situation, there are some ground rules when it comes to caring for your skin. Here I break down the absolute essentials in skincare, and why it’s so important.. Do these, and I promise your skin will thank you now and later.

For Highlighted Hair
The first step is to actually let your colour grow out for a few months. This will give you a good indication of your natural hair colour, and you can embrace ombre look – which is still on-trend! I’d recommend getting a good haircut too, to cut off those damaged and over-treated ends. From here you can simply just keep growing your highlights out as they should start to disappear after a few months. If you’re wanting to speed up the process, you could get some lowlights in a shade closer to your natural shade every 8 weeks until all the colour has all disappeared.

For Lightened Hair
Again, the first step is to let your hair colour grow out for a few months – or until you can see the colour of your natural locks. If there’s a big difference between your natural hair colour and the lightened ends, I’d recommend using some hair colour to tone the lightened ends down and make the difference not as vast. To do this at home, pick a shade that’s 2-3 shades darker than your treated/coloured hair. It’s really important to never go over 3 shades darker than the current hair colour as you could risk not getting the result you want.

Even though it probably won’t be achieved in one step or the same as your natural colour, this will help soften the difference between your re-growth and lightened hair so you can gradually grow all the colour out. Garnier Nutrisse Hair Colours have really great shade indicators on each colour to show you what to expect depending on your hair colour. These colours are also semi-permanent so really do cover over colour really well if you’re looking to fast-track and skip the re-growth stage.

It’s also important to note, that depending on how much you lightened your hair in the past, your hair's porosity, and it's overall health, it may more than one go (over the course of two to six months) to achieve the right tone.

For Darkened Hair
This one is a little more tricky and will probably require the help of a professional – unless you want to just go a la natural and let it gracefully grow out! You need to actually remove the darker colour via a colour remover application to lift the colour out of your hair. It’s really important to know that darker permanent colour cannot simply be removed by adding a lighter hair colour to your hair, this will only add colour and make it harder to lift and remove the colour.

For Greys
So you’re ready to embrace your new natural shade, and let the gray all grow out? This is actually less about adding colour to your hair, and more about letting it all grow out naturally. As gray can vary so much, with all different tones, it’s nearly impossible to match this with a hair dye. If you’re fair however, as in a blonde, you can gradually grow it out and get more highlights and lowlights to blend the colour and help you transition to your natural colour.

Now you are armed with this advice, you can start the process of getting back to your roots - literally!).