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Six rules of skincare

Wednesday, 16th August, 2017 6:02pm

Seasonal style comes and goes but skincare is the foundation of looking great.

They say that skincare is essential and makeup optional – and I am inclined to agree with that.
There is nothing better than fresh dewy skin as a blank canvas for all the colour and vibrant pigment that I spoke about last week.
There are six basic rules that I think make great skin from a routine perspective and I am going to share them with you. 
• Never skip the double cleanse or balance: Tempting as it might be to use a quick cleansing wipe, it is much better to remove your makeup using a cream product and then to use a gel or foam to clean the skin.
Toning is a great step to freshen the skin if you are oily, or live in a hard water area. Balancing lotion or softening lotion is nicer and more comfortable for the skin. Even rose water can be used as it isn’t especially astringent.
• Use the correct product for your skin type: It is all very well a brand having a one-cream-fits-all attitude to skincare but studies show that you must choose skincare that is relevant to your skin type which may be oily, dry, sensitive, acne prone or combination.
Many people wrongly diagnose their own skin so it is worth having a consultation with a professional as they really have your best interests at heart and if the products work, they gain a customer for life.
• Exfoliate: There is absolutely no point whatsoever in investing in skincare to just apply it and have it sit on dead skin. The exfoliant doesn’t have to be a scrub there are AHAs and fruit enzymes that will help cell turnover. 

• Be versatile with your moisturiser: As the seasons change, your needs for moisturiser does too. There has been a recent trend in eliminating it completely but I think if you are not overusing it, it is completely fine.

• Use a face mask: We are all busy but face masks are such an essential step in a good routine. You can apply them and forget about them until they need to be rinsed off. If you are busy, you can multi-task wearing most of them. You can also set yourself up with a multimasking session where you target different skin care concerns by using a different face mask in different areas of the face. 

• Protect your skin: I know I am like a broken record about SPF but we now know that sun causes not only skin cancer but also ages the skin rapidly. Who can forget the scene in ‘There’s something about Mary’ where the over-tanned women has wrinkles everywhere, there was nothing inaccurate about this.
La Roche-Posay’s latest finding in its ‘Life with Acne’ survey series has revealed that one in five (21%) adults admitted to intentionally exposing their acne to the sun during hot weather, to clear an acne break-out.
La Roche-Posay dismisses the myth that the sun’s rays can help clear the skin, with studies showing that UV exposure worsens acne by over-drying the skin and causing hyper-activation of the sebaceous glands.
Despite this, a further one in six (16%) believe they are more likely to suffer from a break-out because of applying an SPF. One in ten (10%) adults also admitted to going without the use of SPF protection to help clear blemishes and pimples, with those aged 18-24 most likely (15%) to do this.
This research from La Roche-Posay coincides with the launch of the latest product within its Effaclar range for acne, oily and blemish prone skin – EFFACLAR DUO (+) SPF 30.
Combining the efficacy of award-winning, anti-imperfection formula, along with added SPF 30 protection, it works to treat and heal blemish-prone skin, while shielding it from the adverse effects of the sun’s UV rays.

One of my favourite skincare items:
For skin in need on some instant radiance, I love Guinot Newhite Masque Révélateur Lumiere (Instant Brightening Mask), seven sachets, €86.50.
Formulated with Melanoxyl to slow the production of UV-induced melanin and reduce initial levels of melanin in the skin, it also contains stabilised Vitamin C; which helps lighten skin by inhibiting tyrosinase, which causes tanning. It protects the skin from free radicals and boosts collagen synthesis.
This mask visibly reduces the appearance of dark spots, while repairing skin to reveal a clearer, even-toned and more translucent complexion. It can be used as an individual treatment or as a seven-day brightening treatment course. It is perfect after the summer. 

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