THREE STEPS TO PERFECT SKIN
Think the more products you use, the better your skin will be? Guess again. Here’s how to do more, with less…
Streamlining your skincare routine doesn’t have to mean sacrificing that Insta-worthy glow. In fact, as Dr Sarah Shah explains: ‘The skin is a self-regulating organ and actually needs less help than we think it does.’ So, with that in mind, we talked to some of the industry’s biggest skincare experts, and it may surprise you to learn that there are multiple steps in our beauty regimes that we just don’t need (here’s looking at you, Korean beauty, with your mind-boggling 17-product line-up). In fact, some rituals do more harm than good. On our perpetual quest to save you time – and your hard-earned cash – here’s the essential things you should do to scale back your routine…
Master the non-negotiables
First things first: determine what you really need. While skincare isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation, there is one product every skincare expert will tell you is a must... a cleanser. ‘The best way to clean your skin is with consistency – use a soft and calming cleanser, like (1) NIVEA Daily Essentials Micellair Skin Breathe Micellar
Water Sensitive,’ advises Elizabeth Rita, NIVEA’S celebrity make-up artist working backstage at The Voice UK. This all-in-one wonder product is gentle, yet hardworking, removing make-up while cleansing and refreshing skin. Best of all, it leaves zero residue. For combination skin types, try (2) NUXE aquabella Micro-exfoliating Purifying Gel, £12, which is formulated to cater for those with oily, dry and dehydrated patches. Your other must-have is an SPF. Protecting skin means less money and time will be spent on curing sun damage in the future. We are fans of (3) NIVEA Sun Uv Face Shine Control SPF50 – a non-sticky formula which absorbs excess oil, leaving skin with a matte finish.
Go easy on acids and oils
‘My clinic is full of women with blocked pores because of the trend for moisturising and cleansing with facial oils,’ reveals Dr Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist. While the oils themselves won’t cause spots, per say, it’s best not to overuse them. ‘They tend to sit on the surface, which slows down our skin’s natural moisturising processes and also prevents the natural oils from flowing,’ says facialist Kate Kerr. Never use oil in place of moisturiser. The reason being is because our skin requires both oil and water. All moisturisers deliver these two ingredients to skin, whereas oils only provide oil. Mix a few drops in with your moisturiser once a week. We recommend (4) Elemis Superfood Facial Oil, £38.
Dr Barbara Sturm has observed similar acidic results: ‘I see too many women going overboard with at-home acids and peels. This allows pollution particles to penetrate through your skin barrier, because its lipids are compromised and healthy skin cells are removed. Remember that acids speed up cell turnover, but you don’t have an unlimited supply, so they won’t keep replacing themselves endlessly. Try to use physical exfoliators [scrubs] instead if you want to counteract dullness. They only remove dead skin cells, leaving healthy cells intact, so that you’re better protected against pollution. Try (5) BYBI Beauty Prime Time Facial Polish, £24 – but only once a week, as over-exfoliating will upset your skin’s natural balance and send oil production into overdrive.’