The med­i­cal and cos­metic con­sul­tant

Health & Fitness - - 3 issues for £3 - Dr An­jali Mahto (cado­gan­clinic.com)

A der­ma­tol­o­gist by train­ing, Dr Mahto’s work bridges the gap be­tween tra­di­tional der­ma­tol­ogy, beauty treat­ments and cos­metic medicine. She spe­cialises in acne, moles and anti-age­ing ther­a­pies in­clud­ing laser treat­ment.

Morn­ing rit­ual: Keep it sim­ple

‘My rou­tine is rel­a­tively quick as I’m usu­ally pushed for time and don’t have the pa­tience to layer a lot of prod­ucts on my skin. I think mul­ti­ple steps with nu­mer­ous skin­care prod­ucts are un­nec­es­sary and can lead to break-outs. I use a foam­ing cleanser in the morn­ing, fol­lowed up by a vi­ta­min C serum,

He­lio­care 360 Gel Oil-Free SPF 50 (£31 for 50ml; ski­no­r­a­cle.com) – it’s taken me many years of trial and er­ror to find a high SPF that won’t clog my pores and sits well un­der make-up – and then ap­ply my make-up. I

‘I don’t spend a for­tune on skin care – I don’t think it’s nec­es­sary. Prod­ucts are all about the in­gre­di­ents they con­tain, not the pack­ag­ing or the price tag.’

blend a mix­ture of Vichy Der­mablend 3D Cor­rec­tion Foun­da­tion (£23 for 30ml; vichy.co.uk) and NARS Pure Ra­di­ant Tinted Mois­turiser (£30 for 50ml; spacenk.com), fol­lowed by NARS Creamy Con­cealer (£23 for 6ml; look­fan­tas­tic.com).’ ◗ Evening rit­ual: In­dulge in prod­ucts ‘I tend to spend more time on evening skin care as I think the evening cleanse is im­por­tant to re­move the mi­crobes, dirt and pol­lu­tion that

our skin has come into con­tact with dur­ing the day. I use a foam­ing cleanser first La Roche-Posay Ef­faclar Pu­ri­fy­ing Foam­ing Gel (£12 for 200ml; feelu­nique.com), fol­lowed by Medik8 Pore Refin­ing Cleans­ing Gel (£18 for 150ml; medik8.com) or Mario Bade­scu Gly­colic Foam­ing Cleanser (£15 for 177ml;

har­veyn­i­cols.com), then BIODERMA Sen­si­bio H2O Make-up

Re­mov­ing Mi­celle So­lu­tion (£10.80 for 250ml; feelu­nique.com) to re­move any last traces of make-up and sun­screen. I’ll fol­low this up with a night­time retinol-based prod­uct. New cells that retinol en­cour­ages can be dam­aged by the sun, so it’s bet­ter to use it at night. I also try to have a healthy life­style, eat­ing plenty of fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles, as well as reg­u­lar ex­er­cis­ing and en­sur­ing I get ad­e­quate sleep!’

◗ Beauty cab­i­net se­cret: Char­coal masks

‘I use clay or char­coal masks maybe once weekly to keep my skin ex­fo­li­ated. I like the Sk­inceu­ti­cals Clar­i­fy­ing Clay Masque (£57.75 for 60ml; sk­inceu­ti­cals.co.uk) and Ori­gins Clear

Im­prove­ment Char­coal Mask (£25 for 100ml; ori­gins.co.uk).’ ◗ Top tip: Get ex­pert help ‘Not all skin­care ad­vice is good ad­vice. Re­ly­ing too much on celebrity en­dorse­ments, rec­om­men­da­tions from blog­gers and pub­lic fig­ures can be a mis­take and leads to many odd fads that can po­ten­tially dam­age your skin. It’s al­ways worth­while dis­cussing is­sues with a der­ma­tol­o­gist if there is any con­fu­sion.’

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