How to supercharge your skincare
We’ve ruined enough omelettes to know that ingredients alone don’t make a meal. And there’s need for technique in skincare, too.
1Use3Putthe right amount
It’s less than you’d think. Look at a R1 coin – that’s how much of any cream you need for your entire face, says dermatologist Dr Jeannette Graf. Cut that in half for an eye cream. Two pumps of a serum and oil does the trick, and even less of retinol – a peasized dollop is all you need. Anything more risks irritating your skin.
2Know4Stickhow to apply
“Rubbing products into your hands first is a waste,” says Dr Graf. “Put a drop on your fingers and place directly onto your face.” Moisturisers and anti-ageing ingredients penetrate damp skin better than dry, explains dermatologist Dr David Bank.
But always put retinoids on dry skin.“they’re water soluble; if they run into a moisture patch, they absorb too deeply and cause irritation,” says Dr Graf. Order matters, too: unless you’re sensitive, anti-ageing formulas should go on first, followed by your moisturiser and sunscreen to seal the active ingredients into the skin.
on a peel
“Exfoliating can help skincare products penetrate 20% better,” says Dr Graf. “Use a glycolic acid peel twice a week or, if you’re acne-prone, apply a salicylic acid one every night.”
“You’ll need two to three months of collagen building to see a change in lines and brown spots. For acne, it’s eight weeks, since it can take that long for a clogged pore to become a spot,” explains Dr Bank. “But if a moisturiser doesn’t improve dry skin within 72 hours, go for a richer one.”