The Skin Care Edit
“How can I improve my skincare regime ?” is something I get asked about A LOT, so I thought I would take the time to share a few tips.
Make-up is such a feel-good factor for a lot of us, and there are some really wonderful products on the market at the moment. However, in truth, the biggest thing you can do to compliment your make-up is really get to grips with tailoring your skin care routine. It’s a similar balance to diet and exercise and the whole skincare and make-up regime work well to complement each other.
I hear “My skin is really oily” so often, but then when I come to cleanse and tone my clients' skin before make-up application, I can feel that the skin is actually really dehydrated. Personally, I am in the combination skin category, so I thought I would wizz you through my skincare routine and share some tips.
In my early 20's I probably got away with murder regarding my skin, however as I got into my late 20's I really started to notice a few changes; those fine lines that definitely weren’t there before and the rosacea that seemed to creep out of nowhere! I was very aware I needed to up my game with my skin care, so after a LOT of research and a couple of really detailed thorough to set me on the right track, I felt a big improvement in my skin.
Currently my overnight skin care looks like this:
Double cleanse with an cleansing balm or oil
2 Serums layered
Finished with a deep intensive nourishing night cream
Would you believe me if I said I cleansed my combination skin with a cleansing oil or a cleansing balm? At the moment, I tend to change it up between the Frances Prescott tri balm or the Caudalie cleansing oil. I always do a double cleanse to get rid of any last traces of make-up. My skin always feels nourished afterwards but never dry or itchy. For those of you who are concerned about delicate or irritated skin, the La Roche-Posay toleriane softening foaming gel wash is so incredibly gentle. I recommend this a lot to clients with sensitive skin and its always a hit.
I like to tone with the Avene thermal water mist. I mist this all over my face and then sweep off with a cotton wool pad. This is such a gentle product containing simply nothing other than thermal water. Four times a week I tone with The Ordinary glycolic acid 7%.
Glycolic acid gently exfoliates the skin helping refine your skin texture …. Honestly this product at £6.80 is a GAME CHANGER! This gives my skin that beautiful texture you feel after a facial. However I did have to build up to using this, I started using it every other day at first.
I then add two serums, and like to try and leave 5 minutes in-between applying them. The first serum I start with is a hyaluronic acid serum, and I either use the La Roche-Posay hyalu B5 serum or The Ordinary buffet serum. Hyaluronic acid effectively plumps the skin and, in doing so, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improving skin hydration and texture.
Vitamin B5 helps improve the skin's natural repairing process and helps stimulate repair of damaged skin. Think of this step as a real powerhouse aid to injecting that moisture back into the skin.
I then add The Ordinary's granactive retinoid in squalane 2% on top of the first serum, which is an oil-based serum so it has to be the last serum you apply before your moisturiser. Retenoids (otherwise known as vitamin A) work by increasing your cell turnover and removing any old ones. They also help stimulate collagen, smooth out fine lines, and correct pigmentation. I have found the biggest benefit for me has been the fact that this has really helped diminish the redness I encounter with the rosacea.
My eye cream of choice at the moment is the Dermalogica power firm eye cream from their age smart range. I find it is so rich you only need the tiniest amount.
Lastly I apply a good dose of Demalogica’s age smart rich repair cream. I only use this at night as the consistency is so thick, by the morning my skin feels so soft and nourished.
I do try and use a masque once a week to keep on top of the oil control. I really like the Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque. I mainly use this on my t-zone.
My general tips are:
Definitely spend the time researching products suitable for your skin, more often than not the best ones are not the ones that have a huge marketing campaign behind them.
If you are really unsure what your skin type is then book in for a facial and get a thorough skin analysis and a plan put in place. Regular facials can be pricey but with the right plan you can get it right at home. For all my local clients The Beauty Lounge in Whitstable have some wonderful facials on their treatment menu.
Give it time & persit! You will see a benefit immediately but it may take a few months before you see a real change in the tone and texture of your skin.