With so many different brands and products on the market it can be hard to know what to do when it comes to your skincare. Some of us go on the offensive and smother our faces with every product under the sun in the hope that one of them will work some magic.
The following advice should help you get to grips with the skincare world and ensure you avoid unnecessary lotions and potions.
Test ingredients before buying
Using a myriad of products with strong acting ingredients can overload your skin and cause a reaction. To avoid this, ask for a sample of the product before buying it (most brands will be happy to do this) and carry out a patch test to ensure you don’t have a reaction.
Only use what you need
Your skin type should determine your skincare routine, so be sure to use what your skin needs – not what an advert tells you it needs! Here’s a quick cheat-sheet:
Spot-prone skin – use a cleanser that removes oil and dead skin, a glycolic product to unblock pores, a product with salicylic acid to reduce inflammation and an oil-free hydrator.
Normal/Combination skin – use a cleanser, an exfoliator twice a week, an anti-ageing serum containing vitamin B and peptides and a moisturiser with sunscreen.
Sensitive skin – use a cleanser that doesn’t contain sodium laurel sulphate, an unperfumed moisturiser, sunscreen with SPF50 and a weekly enzyme mask.
Use the right products at the right time
- Primer – after moisturiser, before foundation.
- Serum – before moisturiser.
- Moisturiser – before your primer and make-up.
- BB cream – can be worn as foundation or as a primer.
- CC cream – after moisturiser, instead of foundation.
For more information about skincare and professional treatments, please see our Dermatology page.