One of the things you will learn on dermal filler courses is the importance of maintaining a strong skincare regime.

There have been many trends over the years and a great number of myths abound.

Do you remember being told that you should avoid soap on your face? That isn’t necessarily the case, and in fact some of the detergents that are found in soap replacements can be worse for people with sensitive skin than good, old-fashioned alternatives.

Some people also swear off toner after being told that it doesn’t do anything and is just a waste of money. This could not be further from the truth and people with both dry and oily skins need it to help regulate their sebum production.

So what does each stage do?

Cleanse

This stage should clean the surface of the skin and the pores, to remove any substances which may block them. Dirt, pollution and even your skin’s own sebum need to be removed to allow your skin to breath.

However, your skin type will strongly dictate the type of cleanser you should use.

People with oily skins should look at using something soap-based that needs to be washed off with hot water, and preferably a flannel. It should be used after the pores have opened up, so let your skin steam for a while before washing. If you have acne-prone skin an antibacterial wash may help to get on top of it.

Dry skin types should consider a cream cleanser. It’s time to reconsider old-fashioned cold creams, and use these as a cleanser, before wiping off with a cotton wool pad. This avoids using water on the skin which could dry it out more.

Toner

This should remove any dead skin from the pores that the cleanser hasn’t, and therefore will need to be slightly more abrasive.

By removing the top layer of dead skin you are allowing the moisturiser to sink farther into the skin and be more effective. This is even important in people with oily skin, as replacing the moisture in your skin will prevent your skin going into overdrive with sebum production.

It is important to avoid using a toner that is either too abrasive or too gentle for your skin type. This is particularly important if you have sensitive skin, and it may be worth seeking out a toner specifically designed for this purpose.

Moisturising

This is one of the most important stages if you want to avoid long-term damage to the skin and wrinkles.

Finding a suitable moisturiser may take some time, but there is a wealth of options out there for all different skin types.

Even people with oily skins may want to consider the new range of facial oils that penetrate deep down into the skin, to use occasionally, alongside an everyday moisturiser.

People with dry skin may want to use both, using the facial oil first, and then locking in the moisturising properties with a suitable moisturiser.

You can find out more about the importance of a daily facial skincare regime at Livestrong.com.