BE­FORE BED… THE EX­PERTS’ SKIN­CARE ROU­TINES

Three beauty gu­rus re­veal why evenings are the per­fect time for us to tend to both soul and skin

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HAR­LEY STREET DER­MA­TOL­O­GIST DR JUS­TINE KLUK TAKES HER SKIN­CARE (AND A TRAN­QUIL BATH­ROOM) SE­RI­OUSLY.

Cleans­ing is the cor­ner­stone of good skin. Even if I’ve not worn much make-up I dou­ble cleanse at night. I have a fuss-free rou­tine that I’ve per­fected through trial and er­ror, and I don’t like to de­vi­ate. I use Garnier Mi­cel­lar Cleans­ing Wa­ter, £4.99, fol­lowed by Avène Ex­tremely Gen­tle Cleanser Lo­tion, £10.50, which I re­move with large cot­ton pads, partly to pre­vent any wa­ter from mak­ing my hair­line frizzy, and partly be­cause I like to see from the pads that all my make-up has gone. I use pre­scrip­tion retinoids to keep pig­men­ta­tion at bay. Or niaci­namide – I like Sk­inceu­ti­cals Me­ta­cell Re­newal B3 Serum, £105. Oc­ca­sion­ally my head gets turned by some­thing new, but it never de­liv­ers the same re­sults. I’m toy­ing with the idea of in­tro­duc­ing at-home needling, as grow­ing ev­i­dence shows it can help with the ab­sorp­tion of in­gre­di­ents. I do feel some pres­sure to have flaw­less

skin, but I’m only hu­man – and the oc­ca­sional break­out helps me em­pathise with my pa­tients.

My bath­room is my sanctuary, with big win­dows, white walls and green­ery dot­ted around. I’ll light a Dip­tyque or Jo Malone can­dle for an evening bath, though I strug­gle to re­lax so can’t spend hours wal­low­ing. Ame­lio­rate Trans­form­ing Body Lo­tion, £14.50, treats the ker­ato­sis pi­laris (chicken skin) on my up­per arms. I pat it in while my skin is damp, keep­ing the bath­room door shut so the air stays steamy.

The last thing I do is mas­sage Flex­i­tol Heel Balm, £4.99, into my feet and slip on a pair of socks. I treat my­self to a fort­nightly pedi­cure and this cream was rec­om­mended to me by a pa­tient to keep the skin soft in be­tween – it’s bril­liant.

What do you do at the end of the day? Net­flix and py­ja­mas? Both good things, but evenings of­fer an op­por­tu­nity to tend to skin and soul, as Gillian Davies finds out from three beauty afi­ciona­dos…

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