What your skin really needs
Removing moisturiser from your regime may seem totally wrong. We’ve been doing it for so many years why stop now?! Some of you will be shocked to hear that actually not moisturising could be the best thing you can do for your skin.
On average 10% of the population actually have dry skin. Most people complaining of dry skin have dehydrated skin that has simply gotten used to having moisturiser applied daily. Our advice is to replace your stable moisturiser with serums and exfoliating lotions.
They are the skincare secret you didn’t know you needed. We have all heard of them and maybe we are unsure whether we should or shouldn’t use them. Serums are highly concentrated, packed full of powerful ingredients that penetrate into the skin due to their small molecular size. Unlike moisturisers which simply sit on top of the skin providing superficial moisture, serums deliver ingredients deep into the skin enabling them to target different skin conditions such as inflammation, acne, fine lines and pigmentation to name a few.
Serums actually do commonly have moisturising properties, containing ingredients that help to boost the natural hydration levels of the skin such as hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Serums can also be oil based depending on what the serum is targeting and how best to deliver the ingredients into the skin. We agree, it can all get a bit confusing but as long as you know what type of skin you have and do a bit of research you’ll be well on your way to choosing what’s right for you! And, yes, serums are much pricier than moisturisers but for good reason, remember they are super concentrated and as you will usually only use a few drops a day they do last.
The low down on our favourite serums
Obagi Professional-C Serum 10%, 15% or 20%
These serums are formulated with L-ascorbic acid (the most potent form of vitamin C) helping to repair and protect the skin from environmental damage. They provide you with antioxidants to help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve dull, uneven skin tone and texture. Immediately absorbing into the skin leaving the skin silky soft. We recommend the 10% for dry, sensitive skin, 15% for most skin types and 20% for normal to oily skin.
SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel
This lightweight gel hydrates, brightens and soothes. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin types formulated with calming botanicals, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid leaving the skin totally hydrated, refreshed and revived. Find it here
SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense
This serum was specifically designed for blemish-prone skin. It is a combination of 2% dioic acid with alpha and beta hydroxy acids preventing blemishes while diminishing hyperpigmentation and reducing wrinkles and fine lines. This targeted treatment also inhibits excess sebum production, unclogging pores and helping to prevent skin darkening from UV exposure. Find it here
Applying your serum the right way
Before you apply your serum make sure you have cleansed your skin and used a toner if you wish. Toning the skin is beneficial in balancing the pH of the skin, it is also recommended for oily skin to help with blocked pores. Once the skin is dry apply 3-4 drops of serum onto your fingertips and dab over the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin and massage in gently. Just stick to your finger tips; we don’t want all the goodness of the serum to be absorbed by your hands. Once the serum has been absorbed you can follow with an exfoliating lotion and of course a good sun protection.
Getting that glow with exfoliating lotions
When your skin is looking dull and feeling a bit rough we often would reach for the physical exfoliant such as a sugar scrub so we can really feel we are getting rid of those dead skin cells. This commonly leads to over exfoliation which can harm our delicate skin. The best and safest way to exfoliate your skin is with exfoliating lotions or serums even. This way the exfoliating ingredients can also get into the pores producing a much healthier glow.
Again when it comes to these types of products there is so much to look out for, but the main ingredients you need to consider is the type and strength of the acids. The most common acids used in skin care are glycolics, salicylic, citric and lactic.
Best Exfoliating Lotions
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturiser
This is loaded with lactic, glycolic, malic, mandelic, salicylic and citric acid plus replenishing actives to aid in cell turnover for a smooth radiant complexion. It also delivers hydration to help strengthen the skin without clogging the pores. Perfect for oily, combination skin. Find it here
Obagi CRX C-Exfoliating Day Lotion
This is one of our most popular lotions containing glycolic acid to help slough off dead skin cells to help diminish hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. It also contains vitamin C to enhance collagen synthesis and increase firmness and chamomile extract to calm
inflammation. Complete with hyaluronic acid this lightweight lotion is suitable for all skin types. Find it here
What about my night cream?
Evenings are when the skin has a chance to repair and replenish. Giving you another chance to nourish your skin with goodies rather than that heavy night cream your Grandma swears by...
The “Holy Grail” of skincare truly is vitamin A. This should be in everybody’s evening regime and if you use it you will know what we mean! Vitamin A comes in many forms all of which have differing effects and strengths. You might have heard of Retin-A or Retinol both of which are types of Retinoids.
Here is what the use of Vitamin A does to your skin:
Slows down the ageing process in the skin
Encourages healthy skin cell production
Stimulates collagen production
Evens the skin tone
Speeds up cellular turnover giving you a healthy glow
Improves blemishes by reducing oil production
When starting off using vitamin A you can experience redness, sensitivity and dry skin until your skin becomes tolerant. To minimise these initial effects the cream can be applied on alternating nights to begin with. It is also important to note that Retinoids should be avoided if you’re pregnant. You can always speak to us for safer options should you want to keep your skin looking as healthy as possible.
Popular evening concoctions
So hopefully you’ve done it and decided to throw away your trusted night cream (or now have a very nice hand cream to use!) and are looking for a replacement. Here are just a few over the counter products that we recommend:
SkinCeuticals Reservatol B E
This night time serum contains pure, stable Reservatrol helping to repair and prevent damage, increases radiance, elasticity and density. This potent antioxidant serum gives your skin the boost it needs while you sleep.
Obagi Retinol 1%
This anti ageing retinol cream helps to revive all skin types. With 1% Retinol and naturally occurring vitamin C it fights the signs of ageing promoting a more radiant and youthful-looking complexion. Find it here
Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum
Featuring a super molecule trifecta of retinol, ferulic acid, and niacinamide (Vit B3) to fight wrinkles, recover the appearance of firmness, and reduce imperfections while you sleep. This time released retinol along with other mighty anti-ageing components enhances the skin from within for a flawless complexion. Find it here
We have various vitamin A products available to our patients, if you are unsure what would be best for you just enquire following the link at the bottom and one of our experts will be happy to help.
Don’t think you can break the habit?
After all that you might still be clinging on to your trusted moisturiser... don’t fret they can be applied on top of serums should you feel your skin truly is dry, as they normally contain an emollient which helps to seal in moisture. Just make sure they are not too heavy and are non-comedogenic.
Hopefully this blog has given you an insight as to what your skin really needs and has inspired you to consider that a change might be what your skin needs. Here at The Aesthetic Skin Clinic and Skinstation we are always on hand for advice. Should you want to speak to one of our experts contact us via our website here