05 August 2018

The Skin Series: The 'Power Three'

Skincare can be a fuss. I get that - that's why I did this series. We are taught growing up to 'cleanse, tone and moisturise' but there's so many products on the market that I understand the confusion about where to start when buying skincare.

My skin was good for years - I say good and not brilliant. I had teenage acne, I get hormonal spots - so really, I'm probably like most women. I have what I would call 'normal' skin - I can get a little oily around the t-zone if I've had a long day or dry in the winter if it's very cold. I suppose I never really listened to my skin and what is was trying to tell me until this past year. I feel like I have found my dream trio that has transformed my skin from good to excellent. It's like going from your t-shirt bra into your good push up night out bra - it just takes you to the next level!

I think this is a great combo for everyone but particular for people who have been cleansing & moisturising for their whole life but want to take things up a notch. Welcome to my 'Power Three': exfoliate, serum and moisturiser. It's those two little steps before the moisturiser that have added so much glow to my skin plus it feels smoother & makeup goes on much better.

Exfoliating is key to helping you get a deep cleanse and remove dead skin cells. I've had some bad experiences with exfoliators in the past that have been too abrasive and damaged my skin. Your ideal exfoliator should make you feel like you've had the best cleanse of your life & not strip your skin. Ideally you should cleanse twice a week for maximum results (although I've been known to do it 3 times a week if my skin has particularly needed it if I've been wearing lots of heavy makeup etc). There's two exfoliators I absolutely adore to keep in tip top shape. Firstly, The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion is a great product. It's £18 and as it has Vitamin C in it, it aims to help your skin texture and tone. I found this great to use twice a week as it wasn't too heavy on the skin. My current exfoliator of dreams is Dermalogica Thermafoliant. They describe it as a 'skin polisher' with anti-ageing ingredients. I love this as when it contacts with water it heats up giving you a little bit of the spa at home. I feel this has helped the blackheads around my t-zone a huge amount plus a little goes a long way - a great investment product!

One of the most asked skincare questions I get is 'When do I use serum!?'. To be honest, I love serum far more than I love moisturiser. I actually hate anything in cream formula and use body oil on my limbs! Serum is KEY to making your skin balanced and hydrated. Although I have good skin I realised that my skin was dehydrated - despite drinking litres of water a day! This was causing me to look more tired and baby fine lines were appearing around my eyes. A great all rounder for this anything with hyaluronic acid in it - it will help skin to hold moisture and look bouncy! I've tried and tested lots of versions of this and the best I've found is the Irish brand Pestle & Mortar (I get mine in Avoca). It goes on like a dream and I saw results from it really quickly. I also love BYBI's Supercharge Serum - it's great for day and night. It's light enough that makeup looks great on top of it. A product that I've been OBSESSED with is Skinceutials Phloretin CF. It's an antioxidant serum that I use in the morning. I've been reading up so much more about the damage that pollution can do to your skin and this serum combats it head on. It's expensive but I can truly say I've never seen results like I have from this. It has a range of ingredients (many of which I had never heard of until this serum!) and it balances my skin out hugely. I tried not using it for about two weeks and my skin looked so dull and horrible! It's truly a magic product that has smoothed out and perfected my skin.

In short - there's a million serums on the market. Start out light and work your way up to the big guns! I personally like to use serum morning & night but if your starting out, try it for bedtime and see how your results go!

Moisturiser is the basis of good skincare. Like shampoo, you need to cater a moisturiser to your specific needs. If your skin is dry, go heavier. If your skin is oily, go for a mattifying moisturiser. As I mentioned, I don't love a very sticky moisturiser so I look for lighter formula's that still pack a punch ingredients wise. I love Dermalogica's Calm Water Gel as the formula is so weightless. It's packed with hyaluronic acid and it's great for day and night.

Need a skin update? Try the Power Three: exfoliate twice a week and serum & moisturise daily!