If you are one of the lucky ones and have never experienced 'problem' skin, you probably haven't had to endure countless home remedy solutions, inaccurate product recommendations or unsolicited advice. Believe me you've dodged a bullet there! Your skin plays ball most of the time and a combination of soap and water has done the trick up to now, so why change?
When you have problem-free skin, you'd probably prefer to keep it that way! Soap and water isn't going to do the trick forever, so we've shortlisted the absolute basics you need to make your skin happy and keep the premature signs of ageing at bay.Broadly speaking, this routine is for someone with problem-free skin but is looking to fight premature signs of ageing. For a more in-depth skin analysis or product recommendations bespoke to you, take our online skin test
1. Milk cleanser
Keep it simple with a hydrating milk cleanser like Institut Esthederm Hydra Replenishing Cleansing Milk
. The formulation gently cleanses skin of impurities and makeup, leaving it fresh and revitalised. Added desensitising ingredients treat the skin after makeup removal leaving it feeling supple and ready to receive treatments in the rest of your routine.
Another great cleanser for a skincare novice is Mesoestetic Hydra Milk Cleanser
. It's gentle yet tough enough to remove all traces of makeup, oils and dirt from the day without stripping skin. Just apply to the face and neck using your fingertips, massage gently with a circular motion. Rinse with water or remove with a soft washcloth or a cotton pad.Top tip:
If you've been wearing makeup or even just SPF, it's best to do this step twice. First to remove all traces of makeup and SPF residue, second to thoroughly cleanse the skin ready for the rest of your skincare routine.
2. Vitamin C
Free radical damage “ alongside sun damage “ is one of the primary causes of skin ageing. Antioxidants such as Vitamin C are crucial in protecting skin from these environmental aggressors. With regular use, Vitamin C can create younger-looking, firmer-feeling skin. It's a no brainer addition to any skincare routine. Vitamin C is the holy grain of antioxidants!Mesoestetic AOX Ferulic
continues to be a best-seller at Face the Future, once our customer have tried it, they do not want to be without it!Ascorbic acid is present at a high concentration of 15% in Mesoestetic AOX Ferulic, powerful antioxidant qualities are delivered to the skin. Alongside ascorbic acid, 0.5% ferulic acid protects skin's fibroblasts from light radiation and sun-induced inflammation. Vitamin E and peptides in the exclusive protech-cell complex at 1.5% strengthens the antioxidant action by providing skin with protection against harmful light exposure.Proaura Vitamin C Serum with Astaxanthin
combines a high concentration of 20% vitamin C with the latest superstar ingredient of the skincare world, Astaxanthin. This serum provides powerful antioxidant protection. The antioxidant power of Astaxanthin has been clinically proven to be 60 times more powerful than vitamin C, ensuring skin is receiving an exceptionally high level of protection against the prematurely ageing damage of environmental aggressors.Top tip:
make sure you store your Vitamin C products in the dark and ensure the lid is securely closed. This helps to keep the product as effective as possible and avoid any oxidation in the bottle making the product less effective.
3. Vitamin A (Retinol)
Retinol is the technical name for Vitamin A and is an outstanding skin care ingredient when the aim is treating and preventing ageing. Retinol can help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone, increase skin firmness and fight the effects of environmental aggressors.Vitamin A really is a must-have for all skin types and is far more than just an anti-ageing product. Vitamin A is effectively a cell communicator, meaning that it normalises skin function, enhances cell turnover and prevents dead skin cells from hanging around on the skin surface and clogging pores. This makes it great for blemish-prone skin too.Retriderm Vitamin A 0.5% Retinol Skin Serum
is another Face the Future favourite. Retriderm provides Vitamin A with attitude! Due to its unique patent pending protein-rich formulation, Retriderm offers a highly effective alternative to prescription strength retinoids. Cosmeceutical strength retinoids are often ineffective. Retriderm is different. Retriderm delivers a patient-friendly cosmeceutical-strength retinoid with enhanced absorption for increased effectiveness.NeoStrata Skin Active Retinol + NAG Complex
combines 0.5% time-released retinol with patented NeoGlucosamine to further enhance the firming effects of retinol by stimulating collagen production and improving the skin's support matrix.The microencapsulated form of retinol in this product provides superior anti-ageing benefits in a much more stable form. Visible signs of ageing are dramatically improved; lines and wrinkles are smoothed, dark spots are lightened and sagging skin is firmed.Top tip:
If you are new to retinol, it's important to slowly build up usage so the skin can develop some tolerance. Start by using once or twice a week and gradually increase to use every other night. For more information on how you should be using Retinol, read our quick guide
Now this is a non-negotiable
and should be in your daily routine already! Check out our blog on Everything To Know When Choosing an SPF
to give you a better idea of what you should be looking for.Heliocare 360°
is an incredible & unique way of protecting your skin against the complete spectrum of everyday sun derived radiation, to protect your skin against premature ageing.Heliocare 360° provides revolutionary protection to shield the skin's surface from damage and also defend the skin from within with the unique and powerful Fernblock FC. Fernblock FC is an antioxidant that fights harmful free radicals in your skin, protecting collagen and elastin.Heliocare 360 Fluid Cream SPF 50+
is an ultra-smooth, rapidly absorbed gel that is suitable for all skin types. It is also non-¬comedogenic, paraben free and dermatologically tested, delivering an exceptionally high level of protection against the prematurely ageing damage UVA, UVB, Infra-red and high energy visible light.Ultrasun
offer an incredible range of sun protection products with a history of research and success spanning over 20 twenty years. Their advanced sunscreen formulas are suitable for even the most sensitive of skins and with a range of face and body formulas; there is a product in this range to protect everyone in the family.
For everyday face protection, we love Ultrasun SPF 50+ Anti Pollution Face Fluid
, it helps to restore moisture levels, brighten skin, protect against pollution and UV damage. This ultra light, fast-absorbing and non-greasy fluid contains broad-spectrum SPF 50+ protection against UVA and UVB with added GSP for Infrared protection.
5. Hyaluronic Acid
When you know your skin is just lacking something. Feeling like it needs a little fluffing up, just like the cushions on the sofa! Then you need to reach for a Hyaluronic Acid serum.Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide in the body. It resides in the large spaces between our skin cells, where is gets to work doing a number of jobs. Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water
. This means it not only deeply hydrates skin, but it can also retain that moisture for longer to keep skin soft and smooth.
We love Beautycoll Hyaluronic Acid Serum 3.5%
containing low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid, which penetrates skin and binds skin cells to water. This achieves boosted hydration, reinforced skin barrier and improvements in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier
is an intensive treatment serum, clinically proven to increase skin's levels of hyaluronic acid by 30%. Formulated with a high concentration of 1.3% pure hyaluronic acid, long lasting hydration is restored and the appearance of lines, wrinkles and skin texture is dramatically smoothed.This serum is also enriched with a blend of 10% Proxylaneâ„¢ and 2% Licorice Root Extract work together to preserve and support HA levels.This exact routine won't be suitable for everybody! If you'd like a more in-depth analysis or recommendations on the right skincare products for you, take our online skin test
, speak to our skin experts on 0113 282 7744
or book a free consultation
in-clinic with one of our clinicians.Written for you by: Alex, Face the FutureImage source: freepik.com