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What can you achieve with clinic strength skincare?



This is me, no filters, just me with my skincare applied this morning after my shower. No makeup, just skin products.


I've left the image larger than I'd like to show you that even with flaws and imperfections, it is possible to get glowing, healthy, hydrated skin just from applying skincare, with most products costing around the same or less than over-the-counter luxury brands.


Today I have used:


It's about selecting products suited to your skin type and the skin's needs, how and when to apply them, and understanding how long each product takes to work.


For example, Vitamin C contains brightening anti-oxidants and can take up to 3 weeks to see results.


Retinol promotes cellular renewal to create a smoother, brighter and clearer complexion (retinoids remain the gold standard for anti-ageing), but it can take more than eight weeks to show signs of improvement.

Gone are the days when we all just had a cleanser, toner and moisturiser and thought that was enough.


That's not to say, however, that we need multiple products to achieve healthy, glowing skin.


Skincare is so important for several reasons:


Firstly, skincare products protect our skin. They can brighten dull skin, refine skin texture, smooth lines and wrinkles and even reduce pore size.


Selecting the right skincare for our skin types and concerns prepares skin to absorb products more effectively so they work and make a difference.


They enhance skin treatments giving better results, and when combined, they can target multiple skin concerns, treating your skin from inside the cell to the surface.


I will stick to the basics for now but keep looking for further skincare posts.


Cleansers remove makeup and come in a cream, wash, foam, and oil. This helps break down the day's makeup, oil, dirt, and pollution. It’s important to cleanse every morning and evening and to double cleanse in the evening.


Toners - I don’t personally use one as I feel I get all the benefits from my current skincare regime, but depending on the cleanser you use, your skin type will determine whether one is required.


Toners effectively clean and tighten pores while acting as a barrier to prevent dirt from entering them.


Toners can also provide a quick hydration boost and help remove skin cells on the skin's surface.


Apply straight after cleansing and before using any oils, serums, or moisturisers.


It’s important not to use a toner with high alcohol content, as this can strip the skin.


Eye creams come in all consistencies, from gel to cream.


I find the tinted ones provide better coverage for dark circles or under-eye bags and give the delicate area around the eyes a hydrated glow.


Most contain some form of active ingredients, such as retinoids for fine lines and wrinkles.


Moisturisers – My finding is that all skins look better when moisturised and hydrated. Complexions look more even, and lines and wrinkles appear less noticeable.


All skins look better with moisturiser. Some promise more hydration, and it’s important to find the best product suited to your skin type.


Many products with ‘active’ ingredients can also target specific skin concerns.


To get the very best out of your moisturiser, whatever your choice, it’s important to prepare the skin first to allow the moisturisers to do their job, hence why the cleanser choice is so important.


Some products include exfoliators such as AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid).


However, I prefer to purchase these separately as over-exfoliating your skin can cause the barrier function to be altered, change the natural pH balance, and strip the skin too much.


Exfoliators with acids are far kinder to our skin.


Expect to use these twice a week in the evening before bed and before your night cream.


Do we have high expectations of skincare?


We have all got that drawer or box or bag overflowing with skincare products we've bought or had gifted that we open eagerly, find pride of place in our bathroom, give it a good sniff, try a bit on our hand, and begin to use it immediately, wait and watch it to work……. our problem is this, we expect them to work immediately. They don’t. Consistency is key.


A good skincare regime is important at any age, and we’re never too old or young to make a start, make changes and see results.

How to layer your skincare.


AM


Cleanser

Serum for your skin type

Moisturiser

SPF


PM


Cleanser (double cleanse)

Serum for your skin type

AHA (2-3 times a week)

Moisturiser

Night cream with retinol

SPF of at least 30



If you have multiple skin products and are unsure how to use them or when, or if your skin looks a little tired, stressed, and dull, why not book a consultation with a reputable skincare clinic or practitioner?


It may just be one product you need to stop using or add to your regime to make a difference.


We currently offer FREE skin consultations to overhaul your skin.


Appointments are 30 minutes and include samples of skincare suited to your skin type.





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