More product does not equal better skin.
It's tempting, in colder weather to layer on lots of product or thicker textured creams. In fact, there is a strong case to be sparing and include key ingredients rather than multiple serums, HA and a moisturiser on every application.
We often have bathroom cabinets filled with masks, lotions, creams, peels, oils, and serums. It’s incredibly tempting to pile on at least one of each, every day and night because, it’s right there. But more product really isn’t a good thing. Too much product can clog pores (especially if the moisturiser isn't noncomedogenic). Plus, there are certain ingredients that don’t play well together. For example, retinol and other exfoliating ingredients—salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide — should not be used at the same time because they can dry and sensitise the skin.
If you needed to have a skin-care desert island pick, it’s got to be SPF.
Any dermatologist will tell you that sunscreen is THE most important skin-care step because it protects us from free radical damage that can cause skin cancer and signs of premature ageing .
Your neck and décolletage deserve as much TLC as your face.
Dermatologists consider the face, neck and dec, as a part of one skin unit because the décolletage is susceptible to the same ageing signs and levels of skin damage. Thinner skin and fewer oil glands mean this area in particular needs nutrition and protection, just like our faces.
Use the powerful ingredients overnight, whilst the body is naturally renewing itself.
Skin repairs itself overnight, so things like retinol, supercharged serums and moisturisers are best used in the evening. Skin likes consistency and routine, so build up slowly and continue regularly to get maximum benefits from your skincare.
Layer skin-care products from thinnest to thickest in terms of texture.
Think about your skin like a sponge that wants to soak up all of the goodness you’re applying. Therefore, it’s important to first apply the thinnest, water-like products such as an essence or serum and then follow with heavier moisturisers and oils, which help to seal everything in. Oils, in particular, have occlusive properties, which create a barrier between skin and air, so anything applied on top of them is not going to be able to deliver benefits.
Finally, we have to say it, it's your skin's best friend ..... water!
Our skin reflects what goes on inside of our body, if we don't get enough water, our skin looks dehydrated. Dehydration leaves our skin looking dry and dull. Our body requires at least 8 glasses of water daily to remove the toxins and help achieve the glowing skin we want.
Skin is the largest organ of our body and it's thirsty work renewing daily and guarding the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs.
Sadly, coffee and tea don't count as one of our 8, BUT having a glass of water beside them certainly does!