20 Top Skin Tips
1. Do I Need To Moisturise My Oily Skin?
Do I really need to moisturise my oily skin? Just because your skin has excess oil doesn’t mean it has enough water. It still needs a lightweight moisturiser that can keep hydration levels up. Opt for an oil free moisturiser packed with botanicals to hydrate and refine. Don’t be tempted by teen spot fighting products that can be packed full of artificial colour and fragrance that could aggravate oily skin further. If your skin is feeling tight and flaky why not compliment your moisturiser with oil free Skin Hydrating Booster.
2. Be Sun Smart!
Just because the sun isn’t shining doesn’t mean you’re safe from the UV rays. UV rays are present even on the most overcast days so be sun safe everyday by protecting with a SPF. Make sure you have a broad spectrum SPF to be safe from both UVA and UVB rays. Antioxidant vitamins are vital to help defend skin from ageing free radicals that are generated from UV exposure. Dermalogica uses UV smart booster technology to safeguard antioxidant vitamins C and E until contact with UV occurs when they burst for maximum protection right when and where it’s needed!
3. Too Much Of A Good Thing
Are you getting too much of a good thing? Using more of your favourite product or using it more often than professionally advised isn’t going to fast-forward you to a great skin result. With professional grade formulations your products are packed full of active ingredients so less really is more! Follow your skin therapists guidance on product usage and you’ll not only see better results but find the products more economical!
4. Face Mapping® Skin Analysis
Following the latest fashion trends is great for clothes but is it the answer for our skin? No two skins are the same and even your own skin conditions can vary from zone to zone. So to achieve optimum skin health see your professional skin therapist who can perform Face Mapping® skin analysis to assess every inch of your skin and recommended some hero products to help you achieve red carpet worthy skin. Be a trend setter; don’t just follow the crowd!
5. Patchy Make-up
Do you find that you apply your make-up in the morning and by lunchtime it looks uneven? This could be due to two potential problems. Dry or dehydrated skin is soaking up any moisture it can, even that in your make-up! Rather than a make-up base product with potentially pore blocking ingredients, wear a silicone base product such as Barrier Repair which will even out the moisture content in your skin leaving your make-up to sit evenly all day.
If your skin is oily you may feel that by lunchtime your make-up has gathered in shiny patches. In this case an alternative product with a silicone base including oil absorbing properties such as Clearing Mattifier could be the answer.
6. Chapped Lips
At some stage almost everyone develops dry or scaly lips which can be painful, sometimes red and swollen or even bleed. Exposure to excessive sunlight, dry or cold weather and central heating can cause the skin around the lips to dehydrate and retain skin cells creating the “chapped” look.
Simple changes can prevent most instances of chapped lips. Use a lip balm that contains SPF to protect the delicate skin of the lips. Classic petroleum jelly base lip balms reduce natural skin oils thereby increasing chapping and making the addictive. Avoid artificially coloured, perfumed, and especially flavoured lip balms, which may encourage you to lick your lips, thereby increasing lip irritation. There's no question that chapped lips can chap your style. By taking some common-sense precautions you can dramatically improve your pucker-appeal.
7. Chicken Skin
Have you seen those funny little bumps on your thighs, upper arms, or buttocks? This is a common condition called Keratosis Pilaris resulting from an excess production of skin cells in the hair follicles, which form hard plugs. They can become inflamed, itchy or in some cases, may appear as dry, rough patches. Keratosis Pilaris, also known as “chicken skin” because of its goose-bump-like appearance, affects as many as 80 percent of teenagers and about 40 percent of adults.
Although Keratosis Pilaris can be persistent, a regimen of intensive moisturising twice a day with products that contain nourishing Evening Primrose Oil or Shea Butter will recondition thirsty skin. Regular exfoliation using Hydroxy Acids to help clear plugged follicles will minimise the appearance of unsightly “chicken skin”.
8. When Should I Worry About Ageing?
It’s no myth that prevention is better than cure. Whilst it’s great to start investing in professional grade products once we can visibly see those tell-tale lines begin to manifest themselves, the reality is that our skins are ageing from the moment we’re born. What we are exposed to will influence how rapidly our skin ages so check with our professional skin therapist as individual need will change. In our teens and twenties our biggest weapon against ageing is the daily use of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. In our thirties and forties products packed with antioxidant vitamins will help to keep damage from free radicals under control, whilst moving into our fifties and beyond, the use of skin repairing peptides as well as the renewal benefits of retinol and acid free smoothing technology will help to keep skin rejuvenated and in tip top condition.
9. How Many Times Should I Cleanse?
Have you ever noticed that the hair dresser always shampoos your hair twice, and how clean your scalp and hair feel afterwards? Double cleansing isn’t just a tactic used by hair care professionals. For skin that feels as though it’s been professionally cleaned every day, skin therapists advise cleansing twice – both morning and evening. Long lasting and waterproof make-ups, combined with environmental debris and pollution mean that a single cleanse often doesn’t cut it. Using PreCleanse before your second cleanse will ensure that even the most stubborn and pore clogging of make-ups are instantly and easily removed, leading to long term clearer, cleaner and healthier skin.
10. What Not To Wear – On Your Skin
Are you investing in great skin care but still experiencing blackheads and bumps under the surface on your skin? It might be worth taking a closer look at the ingredients in your make-up as these may be contributing to the problem. Artificial colours (known as D&C dyes) commonly used in make-up are well known culprits for causing blocked pores and breakouts, like blackheads on the lip line from highly pigmented lipsticks. Liquid items such as foundations or highlighters may contain mineral oils which hamper the skin’s ability to shed dead skin cells and won’t help if you are prone to milia or whiteheads. Look for make-up that uses natural earth and mineral pigments and of course – remember to double cleanse it off before hitting the sack!
11. Secrets To Holiday Skin
We all want to look at our best when summer springs around the corner. For the body, light daily body brushing towards the heart will kick start the body’s lymphatic system, helping to improve the appearance of cellulite. Combine this with the skin brightening benefits of Exfoliating Body Scrub and your skin will be polished to perfection. For the face, opt for a professional exfoliation no sooner than one week before your holiday for smooth, glowing skin. Make sure to keep the skin hydrated throughout the holiday with your choice of spritz. After Sun Repair is a super soothing treatment for both face and body – keep it in the fridge for the ultimate in cool. Lastly don’t forget to pack enough sunscreen!
12. If I Can’t Feel An Exfoliant Is It Working?
Physical exfoliants work by mechanically removing the uppermost dead skin cells. Whilst these are great at giving that smooth and polished feeling the effect is largely superficial. This is ideal for skins with no particular concerns although not for sensitive skins or those with inflamed breakouts. Some chemical exfoliants will tingle mildly but should not cause you discomfit. Get a professional recommendation to ensure you are using the perfect product for your skin.
For more specific skin concerns chemical exfoliants such as Hydroxy Acid and enzyme based products work by loosening and digesting dead skin cells both at the skin’s surface and from within the pores. This form of exfoliation can be gentle enough for the most sensitive skins, yet effective enough for those skins which can tolerate highly active formulations for the treatment of breakouts, pigmentation and ageing.
13. I’m A Breakout Get Me Out Of Here!
Why do breakouts always occur just before a special occasion? For a rapid 20 minute solution book a Microzone® so your skin therapist can unleash the treatment room toolkit! Blackheads can be extracted hygienically whilst more inflamed breakouts can be treated with professional grade products to help reduce eye catching inflammation and speed up the healing process.
After an at-home solution? Keep away from old wives tales such as toothpaste and alcohol! Flavourings and colours in toothpaste can actually cause breakouts to arise whilst alcohol can strip the skin. Try treating the breakout with a topical treatment product containing Benzoyl Peroxide or antibacterial Sulphur. Concealing Spot Treatment contains a mineral pigment to conceal the breakout whilst Carob Seed Extract speeds up the healing process.
14. Sensitive Skin
Suddenly experiencing sensitive skin? Skin can be susceptible to sensitivity due to a number of lifestyle influences. Harsh winds, UV, pollution and extremes in temperature can irritate the skin’s protective barrier, leaving it vulnerable to invasion from irritants. Your skin may become more reactive to product – even to those products which you use daily. Any illnesses or changes to your medication can have a similar effect, as can a very low fat diet which will deprive the skin of essential fatty acids. It is also worth considering that over cleansing and exfoliating can sensitise the skin and artificial colours and fragrances can cause aggravation.
To help soothe and reinforce the skin’s natural defences look for products containing anti-inflammatory Ginger and Bisabolol, as well as barrier repairing silicones and Evening Primrose. For times when skin needs that extra shield against the environment, Climate Control is fantastically healing for both face and lips.
15. Pregnant – Help My Skin’s Gone Mad!
Don’t panic if you are pregnant and your skin has become super-sensitive, developed brown patches or thinks you’re a teenager again! There seems to be a commonly-held misbelief that your skin glows during pregnancy. Hormones are the culprit for all of the changes to the skin during pregnancy. It is worth remembering that these should normalise once your baby is born. The best thing you can do is to support the skin during pregnancy and minimise the impact these changes may have.
Firstly it is important to wear an SPF a minimum of 15 everyday as the skin will be prone to developing brown patches or the “mask of pregnancy” when exposed to UV light. Avoid harsh acne products designed for teenage skin. Instead use a range designed for adult breakouts to clear impactions and help hydrate the skin. Don’t use hot water on your skin which will further dry and irritate. Look for ingredients such as Oats and Evening Primrose to sooth, repair and condition skin.
16. Tired Eyes!
Our eyes are a strong communication tool and are often referred to as ‘the windows to the soul’. However there are some communication signals that we are less than happy for our eyes to reveal such as stress, fatigue and ageing. We would much prefer that they told everyone that we are youthful, vibrant and healthy.
The skin around the eyes is thinner and produces less oil, therefore requires a specialist product designed for their specific concerns. Take care to use cooler water when removing eye make-up, and don’t be too heavy handed with this delicate skin. Look for products that contain an SPF for daytime use, and wear large sunglasses to protect the delicate tissues from the ageing effects of the sun. Dehydration can lead to fine lines and puffiness, so use a hydrating cream specifically formulated for the eyes.
17. Will My Products Stop Working Once My Skin Is Used To Them?
The thought that products will stop working once the skin has become used to them is largely a myth. The reality is that as a complex living and changing organ the needs of the skin and the challenges it faces can change due to various influences such as climate, diet, hormones, and even medications. Provided that you are seeing results from your products there is no need to entirely change product. However you may find that at certain times of the year such as during winter, or when the skin is experiencing a specific condition such as break outs that it can be beneficial to change your routine a little to ensure that all skin conditions are addressed. Ask your skin therapist to prescribe the solutions that would best boost your skin results.
18. Ingrowing Hairs
Most people who practice some method of hair removal will at some point experience the distress of ingrowing hairs. Ingrown hairs form when hairs curl back and re-enter the same follicle and can cause inflammation and even infection as the body attempts to deal with this perceived ‘invader’. To help reduce the risk of ingrowing hairs regular exfoliation will help to lift dead skin cells which may be trapping the hair. Products containing salicylic acid such as Post-Shave Balm will gently exfoliate whilst maintaining moisture levels for skin health. When shaving, be aware that shaving ‘against the grain’ can encourage ingrown hairs so always shave in the direction of the hair growth first. Finally, try to avoid traditionally alkaline shaving mediums which can contribute to shaving rash – not a great look when combined with ingrowing hairs!
19. Nocturnal Repair
Your body has a natural 24hr biological rhythm that controls your metabolic processes night and day. The skin is no exception. During the day its top priority is to protect and shield against environmental factors, not least the sun’s UV rays and pollution. At night when there is some respite from daily demands the skin produces less protective barrier and spend more time repairing and regenerating. Maximise skin benefits by boosting your night time regime with nourishing, skin replenishing oil, and if your skin needs it super charged vitamins and peptides to target signs of ageing. Try Overnight Repair Serum for a truly restorative experience.
20. Turkey Neck
Keeping skin looking radiant and youthful does indeed extend to the neck! Neck, along with eyes and hands, are a dead giveaway when it comes to age. This delicate skin is often neglected as we focus on the face. Frequently sprayed with fragrance, it can also become sensitised and pigmented as it catches the sun. Ensure you apply your moisturiser to the neck to reduce that wrinkled turkey look, and always ensure you use a minimum of SPF15 daily.