One of the questions I get asked most is what I use on my skin. Many of my friends and clients often jump to the conclusion that I must have a very complicated skin routine to keep it looking as great as it does. Honest truth……. I keep it simple and it changes, depending on the time on the year. Right now I am working on anti ageing because as we know Prevention is better than a Cure right.
When looking at my product range there are 5 key factors I focus on;
- Growth Factors (to stimulate collagen)
- Retinols (decreases fine lines, evens skin color, improves texture, tightens pores, and stimulates blood flow and collagen production.)
- Anti-Oxidants (neutralizes the damage of free radicals in the skin)
- Specialized Product (what is your main concern – pigmentation/ ageing/ scarring/ acne?)
- SPF (always, everyday, whether I am at work or outside)
Now I will show you how I combine these ingredients into my routine:
I love a cleanser that foams (without stripping my skin) and something that is brightening for the day – my favourite at the moment is the “warm Honey Cleanser” from IS Clinical. It has a scrub in that leaves my face looking smooth and bright, great as I suffer from pigmentation, so I constantly have to keep that in check.
This step is so important. Free radicals are formed naturally in the body, but their production is increased by factors such as smoking, sun damage, stress and toxins like air pollution. The resulting damage diminishes the skin’s structural support and decreases its elasticity, resilience and suppleness, leads to inflammation, and is the source of liver spots and poor skin condition. In addition to being the main culprit of wrinkles, free radicals, in essence, accelerate the aging process. Studies have shown antioxidants stop this cellular chain reaction of oxidation by neutralizing free radicals.
If we want to focus on Anti-Aeing we need a moisturizer that will inrease collagen production as well as providing enough hydration to smooth out fine lines on the face.
Daily use of a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher can help reduce aging of the skin caused by sun damage. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun cause more than 90 percent of the visible signs of aging, which include wrinkles, rough patches, sagging, and skin discoloration.
In the evenings I like a cleanser that washes off my make up and leaves my skin feeling sqeeky clean after a long day. I really love Cleansing Complex from IS Clinical or Super Soft Cleanser from Dr Schrameck
These vitamin A derivatives have been proven to boost collagen production (reducing wrinkles and preventing fine lines), speed cell turnover (evening out discoloration and brightening skin tone) and unclog pores (making them look smaller and reducing acne). Ever great routine should always include a retinol.
3. Growth Factors
They promote skin tissue repair and regeneration. They promote the formation of collagen and elastic fibres, which give the skin its softness and suppleness. Synergistic interaction of multiple growth factors with other proteins in epidermis and dermis results in skin repair and regeneration. Growth factors applied to the skin surface penetrate the epidermis and fertilize your skin. For adding Growth Factors into your skin I love Youth Serum & Youth Eye from IS Clinical or Time Control range from Dr Shrammeck
Do you need help choosing the right products for your skin, book in for a consultation and we can customize a homecare routine specific to you.