We’ve gone through a variety of skincare ingredients (azelaic acid, ferulic acid, niacinamide, squalane) in recent editions of Wellness Words to help you understand how to target specific skin issues. This time we're talking about a dynamic duo: vitamins A and C. I believe these two fundamental ingredients belong in every skincare regime.
When I see clients for facials, we always discuss skincare routines as I want to be sure they maximise their homecare programme. Between these conversations and Wellness Words, I find myself consistently referring to products I know will make a difference. So I thought it would be helpful to create a reference section on my website.
We all know about the importance of sleep to allow our bodies to rest and our minds to reset. And I hope you have an evening skincare routine before you head off to dreamland. But have you wondered why certain products are specified for PM usage?
If you look almost anywhere these days, you’ll find ways to “solve” many skincare issues. Whether you want to lighten pigmentation thanks to too much sun, remove the “11s” between your brows that make you look permanently angry or lift what is falling, there seems to be a product or treatment that can “reverse” the ageing process and / or undo damage you may have inflicted on your skin during the folly of youth.
Does any of this ever describe your skin:
Feels rough but still breaks out
Make-up becomes patchy during the day
Fine lines are suddenly more visible
Magazines and the internet abound with information about skincare innovations courtesy of Korea. A big focus has been on the 10-step (or more!) routine that many women there follow on a daily basis.
With so many skincare treasures to use on our faces, I am often asked about the order in which to apply products, the amount to use and whether waiting between steps is necessary. I thought it might be helpful to collate the information, so you have an easy reference point.
We’ve made it through Blue Monday (hurrah!) and while the days really are getting longer (sunset isn’t till 4:27 pm today), chilly temperatures let us know we’re still in deepest, darkest winter.
With all the time we’re spending indoors right now, I find this season to be perfect for supersizing my skincare routine. While I still advocate a basic skincare practice, shortened daylight hours inspire me to apply face masks more regularly and spend extra time on facial massage. I’m also loving the addition of a new product to my routine: facial essence.
Whenever someone asks what I do for work, my response is usually followed-up with questions about pressing skincare needs, such as:
One of the other common questions I’m asked is how often to get a facial.
Whether you are constantly on the hunt for new skincare products and ideas like me or more of a casual trend observer, you are likely to have heard of sheet masks.