Tech­niques to sup­port the skin

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - Tracey Strange

In and out

Ahealth­ful life­style un­doubt­edly shows in your skin. But you could live ex­clu­sively on veges and healthy pro­teins and never re­duce the dam­age caused by the sun. Ef­fec­tive sk­in­care, how­ever, will en­hance the skin’s health and ap­pear­ance. It will en­cour­age the pro­duc­tion of col­la­gen, which works in tan­dem with elastin to give skin its struc­ture, tex­ture and ap­pear­ance. And it will help the gen­er­a­tion of healthy skin cells. All of this leads to a youth­ful glow and a re­duc­tion in the depth of wrin­kles. In the mar­ket for a new mois­turiser for com­bi­na­tion skin? Try Ae­sop’s new In Two Minds Hy­dra­tor ($ 73). Why buy? It will re­store that prob­lem­atic T-zone to a state of calm equi­lib­rium.

Oil up

Oily skin can be prone to over­sized pores, shini­ness and blem­ishes. But it also ages more slowly, staving off wrin­kles and other age-re­lated prob­lems. Genes are a lead­ing cause, but you can also blame fluc­tu­at­ing hor­mone lev­els, preg­nancy, con­tra­cep­tive pills, cos­met­ics and hu­mid­ity/hot weather for gear­ing up the se­ba­ceous glands. Tak­ing care of oily skin of­ten comes down to wash­ing with gen­tle cleansers, avoid­ing hard al­co­hol-con­tain­ing as­trin­gents (which can over­stim­u­late the se­ba­ceous glands) and us­ing oil-free or non-come­do­genic mois­turis­ers and makeup like Clin­ique’s Su­per­pow­der Face Pow­der ($ 62), which won’t clog the skin.

Why buy? It blots oil, evens skin tone and ban­ishes shine.

Night, night

When it comes to the or­der of ap­ply­ing sk­in­care, light prod­ucts go un­der heavy ones. A serum like El­iz­a­beth Ar­den’s Retinol Ceramide Cap­sules Line Eras­ing Night Serum ($ 162 for 60 am­poules) won’t be able to pen­e­trate a heavy mois­turiser or oil, so ap­ply­ing it on top of night cream tends to be a waste. And you wouldn’t want to squan­der a drop of this beauty. Con­tained in EA’s al­most-iconic sin­gle-dose ceramide cap­sules, it is packed with gold-stan­dard sk­in­care in­gre­di­ents such as retinol and skin oils like av­o­cado, sun­flower and olive, to im­prove skin tex­ture and tone. Look out for it on counter later this month. Why buy? It’s a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant-based serum that sup­ports the skin’s ma­trix.

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