When it comes to finding the right skin treatment products for you and mastering your skincare routine, we asked the professionals for some advice…
“I try to keep skin treatment simple,” says nonsurgical aesthetic specialist Dr Tapan Patel. “Think of it like this: at one end, you have a cleanser and at the other end, some decent sun protection. In-between, you can pick and choose products according to your needs. This will vary from person to person, from time to time, but can include an exfoliant, antioxidant serum and a good moisturiser.”
The right skin treatment is all about the timing
Dr Patel also believes that the right skin treatment is about knowing what products work together, how they benefit your skin, and the order in which to use them is very important when selecting the most effective skincare routine for you. “My advice”, he says, “is to pay attention when looking in the mirror and trust your instincts. Never underestimate your skin’s ability to tell you what it loves and hates. If you sense something is too harsh, wait a couple of days then try again.
One thing is certain, your skin is a living, breathing organ that’s self-repairing 24/7. Respect it. You can tell (and feel) the difference between tingling and stinging. If something makes you irritated (retinol needs a fair few days to acclimatise), be prepared to stop for a while and give it another go while helping your skin get in the zone.
Choose the right skin treatment regime for you
My recommended routine is a guide from years of experience. I prefer a ‘less is more’ approach, because I have very sensitive skin that reacts rapidly. Experimenting is key to finding what works best for you. Be aware of how your skin reacts and adjust the quantity or frequency of your skin treatments products to best suit you.”
Your lifestyle matters too
Without a doubt, your lifestyle affects the rate that ageing occurs. “Every cell in your body needs to be nourished and fed with nutrients. Your body needs water, as your liver and kidneys rely on it to help them eliminate toxins. Alcohol and smoking add to the toxins, and also starve your body and skin of oxygen. This has a long-term effect over the years, weakening the skin, which results in more redness, pigmentation, and loss of collagen,” says skincare facialist, Debbie Thomas.
Beauty expert, Jo Glanville Blackburn says, “Don’t just pop on a face cream and hope it works! Focus on what your skin needs most, so you can look your best for you.”
Here are 10 tried-and-tested skin treatment products to keep your skin healthy and protected, while treating specific skincare concerns:
1. Blemish treatment
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, R800 for 30ml is a powerful pigmentation-reducing serum.
2. Deep exfoliation
Gatineau Peeling Expert Pro-radiance Anti-aging Gommage, R472 for 75ml contains the right combination of essential and botanical oils to gently remove dead skin cells to reveal a younger-looking complexion.
3. Quick fix
Clarins SOS Comfort Nourishing Balm Mask, R575 for 75ml is perfect for the time-poor. My skin was instantly brighter, with an intense glow after 10 minutes.
4. Youth elixir
Lancôme Advanced Génifique, R1 130 for 50ml is easy to use, and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling. My skin looked plumper within a few days.
5. Even skin tone
Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C, R1 100 for 4 x 10ml is an antioxidant powerhouse that’s great for fending off pigmentation and for brightening skin, while also reducing fine, dry lines. Simply mix two drops with your moisturiser daily.
6. Skin innovation
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads, R349,95 for 30 are exfoliating pads that clean pores. Some redness can be expected due to AHAs, and remember to apply sunscreen daily when using this product!
7. A moisture surge
Babor Beauty Rescue SOS Ampoule Concentrates, R921 for seven 2ml ampoules are filled with generous amounts of moisture-replenishing serum to refresh lacklustre skin.
8. Redefining mask
La Mer The Lifting and Firming Mask, R3 810 for 50ml truly delivers on its promise to lift, tighten and firm skin. Pricey, yes, but you’ll definitely see the difference, and a little goes a long way.
9. Rejuvenating face oil
Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil, R2 619 for 25ml is ideal for those with dry skin. It’s an indulgent fragrant oil, filled with plenty of plant-based actives that soothe, soften and plump. You only need a small amount- spread over your skin.
10. Skin-prepping serum
Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, R999 for 50ml is great if you want to kick-start your glow when your skin feels a bit dull! It also contains a rich probiotic blend and is designed to work with your serum and moisturiser.