Skincare has always been the most important part of my daily life
From a young age my mother introduced me to all her friends, Elizabeth Arden, Estee Laurder and Lancome
Today, skincare and beauty has the most vast choices you can think of, but the basics always remain the same and for me I always stick my golden rule - the longer it takes to apply my makeup, the longer I will spend removing my makeup - by this I mean the amount of layers I am applying, whether it’s a day time look, or a night time full coverage glam.
Cleansing the skin, is and will always be, crucial to the health of your complexion.
Of course we cannot forget about the sun, and this brings me to my next point. Sunscreen. Protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays is just as important, whether you live in the UK or Sunny Australia where I grew up. Choose a SPF that is meant for the face - non-comedogenic and if possible organic is always best. I will list all my favourite brands at the end
Making the right choice for you is always key when it comes to what brands you want to buy. Don’t be fooled by celebrity endorsements or pretty photo-shopped pictures in glossy magazines.
Number 1 rule - The less ingredients the better. When a skincare products list so many ingredients, the first 4 are the most important, the rest are just fillers to bulk the product, fragrance , dyes and preservatives to prolong the expiry. Choosing a certified organic range will eliminate having to do the guess work.
Number 2 - how long is the expiry? You can easily find this on the bottle/ jar. You know that little symbol that looks like a little jar with an open lid? That will either say 3M, 6M, 12M and so on. I think anything more than 12M steer clear - just think of the chemicals that would be involved. (the numbers refer to the amount of months before it expires after opening) And If you want to go the extra step you can go about writing the date you opened it - this wont apply to your moisturiser, as you will use this more often, but stuff like toner and eye cream can last a long time. Also this symbols appears on ALL cosmetics - skincare, hair care and makeup
Number 3 - Limit your mixing of different brands, this is fine with makeup, but skincare lines are created to complement each-other, and work together If you mix brands, you might use a face wash and face scrubs with both high levels of AHA for example, or a Hyaluronic acid serum that is too thick and blocks your moisturiser from being absorbed Sticking to the same brand, will in fact, be better for you in the long run
Number 4 - You may have heard it all before, but yes diet is all connected to the health of your skin. Different parts of your face are directly linked to your organs, and seeing issues on your skin, can tell you what part of your diet you need to have a look at. For example your forehead is linked to your colon, breakout/pigmentation or concerns here directly relate to your gut health.
Number 5 - Consistency is key. Everything you do, you have to maintain it. Simple as that.
My Favourites Brands, that I use on myself, and in my salon
Dermaplane UK Cliniccare Professional Dermotechnology Caudelie Kate Sommerville