Techniques to support the skin
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.
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.
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.