Skincare 101 Products

Following on from my last blog post I will be recommending some products that contain the ingredients mentioned that will supercharge your skin, protect your dermis and get you glowing again. I will also explain the order in which to apply them.

Skincare regimes have moved on from just cleanse, tone and moisturise. The science that has gone into the skincare industry over the recent years has changed dramatically and the market has become inundated with science based products proven to help your skin. The laboratory has come to the high street and secret ingredients used by dermatologists are available to everyone.

So your morning face; first up is to cleanse your face before applying anything to ensure it is clean before applying products. Then it’s onto antioxidants which is the first barrier to protect the skin from the daytime elements. 

The two antioxidant products I recommend are;

1. Garden of Wisdom (GOW) Vitamin C Serum £10.00 from Victoria Health

2. Clinique Vitamin C Daily Booster, a bit more expensive at £58.00 but it’s lovely and you only need a few drops and the booster comes with four vials. Each vial is seven days worth. As the price point is at the higher end, I would invest in this if you’ve got an important event coming up and you want your skin to look fresh. Perfect for brides to be to prepare your skin for your big day.

From antioxidants you then move onto moisturiser, if you have oily skin then you could skip moisturer as you don’t need it, but if you’ve got combination skin, then use a moisturiser where needed. 

The two products I recommend are

1. For combination skin use an oil free moisturiser. Glamour’s Ex Beauty Editor Alex Steinherr’s Oil Free Moisturiser from Primark has recently launched. Alex has been working alongside top skincare brands such as Creme De Mer for a long time and knows her stuff. I regulary follow her blog called The Sunday Facial. Also this is a great product to wear under makeup as your foundation won’t slide off.

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2. For normal to dry skin try Cerave Facial Moisturiser £12.00 from Boots it does have a SPF of 25

If your moisturiser doesn’t contain sunscreen then you’ll need one. The higher the SPF the better, I always always always….always use at least a Factor 30 but I’m planning on going up to Factor 50 for further protection now I’m in my late thirties, plus I use Glycolic Acid so need to protect my skin due to this.

The SPF I recommend is

1. Vichy Ideal Soleil Mattifying Face Dry Touch Sun Cream SPF 50 £16.50 from Boots. This SPF is not greasy and can be worn over your moisturiser without clogging up your pores. The SPF is designed to be worn over moisturiser. This brand dermatologists love!

Now that’s it for your daytime skincare regime.

Moving onto your evening skincare, remove your makeup but please ditch the wipes. I find them to be quite harsh to your skin and I tell all my bridal makeup clients to switch from wipes and opt for a sensitive eye makeup remover for your whole face. Use a flat cotton pad with the remover, I use a liquid base remover over a lotion or oil based remover. Again it’s down to my skin type as I don’t have dry skin.

After you’ve removed your makeup I quickly wash my face with water. Every other day I use Glycolic Acid. I use Pixi Glow Tonic, £18 from Cult Beauty which brighten and tones my skin by dissolving the bonds binding the dead skin cells allowing new skin cells come to the surface. Essentially it’s an exfoliator and removes the dead skin cells properly rather than a grainy/beaded exfoliator.

It’s up to you what you’d rather use, a Retinol or Glycolic Acid but if you have sensitive skin please do not use.

Its important to understand the difference between the two which I mentioned in my last post.

Glycolic Acid is one type of alpha hydroxy acid and a chemical exfoliant that removes dead skin cells by loosening the ‘glue’ that holds the dead cells to the top layer of skin,” explains Dennis Gross, a dermatologist and founder of Dr Gross Skincare. “Once these dead cells are removed, new youthful cells are revealed.” 

Retinol, on the other hand, is a Vitamin A derivative. It is used to treat acne because it speeds up cell turnover. But it’s also an anti-ager, it offers the benefit of stimulating collagen production as well. This is important, because, as we age, we produce less and less collagen, which can often lead to skin becoming less firm and taut. 

After about 25 years of age you may wish to use both but it’s important if your a sun lover to protect your skin with a high SPF if your using products that break down the upper layer of skin. 

A Retinol products to use is Medik8 Crystal Retinol which retails at about £59.00. Retinol needs to be gradually introduced to your skincare as it can be drying to the skin.