Chosen By The Experts: Top Picks from Dija Ayodele

Chosen By The Experts: Top Picks from Dija Ayodele

Aesthetician, Dija Ayodele founded the Black Skin Directory after becoming shocked at the struggle women of colour experience in finding suitable skincare professionals. Black and ethnic skin needs more consideration due to its tendency for conditions such as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Dija has chosen her favourite exfoliating wash, antioxidant serum, Vitamin C capsules and more! We love her choices and think you will too, read on to find out more

NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash

Achieve smoother and brighter skin with the exfoliating action of this foaming cleanser. Even with 18% AHA, the NeoStrata amphoteric system reduces it's potential to irritate the skin. It's my favourite face wash and I'm always reminded of its power when I take a few days off and come back to it! It really smoothes rough and over keratinised skin.

SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF

Simply great for hyperpigmentation! With regular use of this serum, skin quality is restored and there's a noticeable improvement in tone and texture. This serum is great for daytime use as it also provides great antioxidant protection.

Exuviance AF Vitamin C20 Serum Capsules

The capsule presentation of this Vitamin C serum is genius as it prevents premature oxidisation of the product. It's 20% stable Vit C which is not only a fantastic antioxidant to protect from environmental damage, but also brightens dark skin which can easily look lacklustre.The capsules work well alone or when added to moisturiser, I particularly like to do this on an evening. They are also great for travelling as you can throw a few capsules in your toiletry bag and not have to worry about packing a full bottle of serum.

Medik8 r-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream

This very gentle Vitamin A treatment is great for both Vitamin A first timers as well as veterans. I cut out Vit A whilst I was pregnant and I've gone back to this one to ease my way in.I'm in my mid-30s, with two children and a very busy lifestyle and I find this cream really makes a difference to the quality of my skin. Even if I do very little else skincare-wise, this cream ensures my skin is smoothed, brightened and plumped, without the irritation of traditional Retinol.

Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-Free SPF 50

This high performance broad-spectrum SPF protects against UVA, UVB and Infrared light. For skin like mine that is on the oily side, this SPF is great as it's oil-free, lightweight, antibacterial/microbial and has a matte dry-touch finish.When applied as a base before make up, foundation sits beautifully and skin looks polished. Despite being a mineral SPF, the Titanium Dioxide is in nano-particles so it applies fine on black skin without the dreaded white cast!For all these products and more, shop online now! To book a face-to-face consultation with our professional clinicians, call 0113 282 3300. If you are looking for skincare advice, take our online skin test now and receive personalised product recommendations direct to your inbox!Written for you by: Alex, Face the Future & Dija, Black Skin Directory