My clients are always asking me “What’s new?” and “Is there anything else I need to be using?”. You may be surprised that often the answer I give them is no. Skincare can be as complicated or as straightforward as you like, but the one thing you need to learn (despite what cosmetic companies tell you) is that less is often more. Key ingredients are the most important things in your regime. The potency and how you use these ingredients will also impact on the results you get.
Cleanse, rinse and repeat
I can’t stress enough the importance of a good cleanser. You wouldn’t go to bed without brushing your teeth so don’t ever skip your daily cleanse. A cleanser should be used twice a day, morning and evening.
Squeaky clean? No thanks! As much as we love that feeling of being freshly scrubbed, your skin will not thank you for it. Despite what you’ve been told a cleanser should not foam or bubble up. Why? Because this means it contains emulsifiers. Emulsifiers are present in products to separate oil and water, used most commonly in washing up liquid to slide grease straight off your finest china! This, my friends, is not what we want to do to our skin. Stripping our skin of its natural oils will only send it into panic mode. Even a naturally heavy oiled skin will not learn to regulate itself if you mechanically fix the problem.
Try: Dermaviduals DMS Cleansing Milk. It’s free of emulsifiers, preservatives and fragrances. As organic as skincare gets!
Don’t forget your alphabet
The Jackson 5 had it spot on – A, B, C easy as 1, 2, 3. Almost anyway…
Vitamin A is important for all skins as it helps to regulate and correct our failing skin functions.
As we age our cellular proliferation slows down. This can cause dull, tired looking skin with clear fine lines and wrinkles. Being younger isn’t much fun either; younger skins, particularly acne prone, shed too quickly meaning pores clog and hair follicles become a breeding ground for oil, bacteria and dirt. Vitamin A ‘normalises’ your skin and should play an important role in your regime.
Vitamin A is mostly used on an evening. It can leave the skin flakey and dry when first introduced but this will subside as your skin adapts.
Try: For young skins, try DMK Revise A, or Retriderm 0.5% on a more mature skin.
Vitamin B complexes are responsible for a number of functions in the body. Vitamin B3 in particular has been shown to improve dermal hydration and improve moisture in the upper most layers of the skin. A deficiency in vit B can contribute to dry skin and dermal problems such as eczema.
Supplementing your diet with vitamin B is a great way to introduce it into your daily routine. If, like me, you don’t like popping back the pills, supplement drinks may be just up your street. Oral capsules are only partially absorbed into the body and large quantities would need to be consumed in order to get the same nutritional content in some liquid drinks.
Vitamin C is Mother Nature’s gift to your skin. This natural antioxidant provides sun protection and defence against free radicals (sun, wind, pollution) to create a barrier and prepare our skin. Vitamin C comes in many different potencies and using the correct strength, when applied topically to the skin, will penetrate to be delivered to our communicating cells.
The only skin that should avoid this vitamin is one of heavy inflamed acne.
Top it off with an SPF
It’s hard to come and see us in clinic without hearing us talk about sunscreen and I’m not about to stop now! No skincare regime, however simple, would be complete without a broad spectrum SPF. In winter you can relax on the protection level a little. I prefer to use something a little lighter in the cold season but one that still offers a good amount of hydration.
If you have a long and complex regime, you’ll probably find you see bigger improvements with a simple regime that includes these essential products than a larger one without them. For more advice on putting together a simple yet effective skincare routine, speak to one of our experts on 0113 282 3181.
Written for you by: Emily, Face the Future