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Notes On Building Out An Effective Skincare Arsenal

Building out an effective skincare arsenal ❤️

As the largest and most outward facing organ of the body, the skin is susceptible to constant change. Rarely does its state stay the same; at any given moment it may be dehydrated due to the effects of central heating and hot showers, or congested after exposure to pollutants and environmental aggressors. So we need to curate a skincare arsenal of a few different products to provide the skin with what it needs for optimal health. Here is an overview of the skincare products I always like to have on hand.

Gentle Cleanser✔️I like to double cleanse in the evenings to ensure I am thoroughly removing any impurities. I begin with a gentle cleanser, an oil or milk, to break down makeup and SPF.

Active Cleanser✔️For my second cleanse I usually reach for something a little more active with acids or enzymes to penetrate deeper into the pores and sweep away any remaining debris.

Exfoliant ✔️Regular exfoliation is key to glowing skin. I like using exfoliators with gentle acids that work to dissolve the bonds that hold dead skin cells together. Look for a formula that contains ingredients such as lactic, salicylic, glycolic acid and/or gluconolactone.

Serum✔️Highly concentrated and designed to deliver active ingredients deep into the skin, serums are great for targeting specific concerns from brightness to hyperpigmentation. Choose one formulated with antioxidants to protect against environmental aggressors along with active ingredients specific to your concerns. Try retinol for ageing, Vitamin C for brightening and unifying the skin tone, Vitamin B3/niacinamide for refining texture, reducing discoloration and regulating oil flow or hyaluronic acid to boost hydration.

Moisturiser✔️Layering moisturiser on top of your serum is essential for both locking active ingredients in and hydrating the skin. I love using a lighter gel-like moisturiser in summer, and a richer, more occlusive cream in the colder months when a little more nourishment is required.

Sunscreen✔️Using a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30 should form a cornerstone of your daily skincare routine, even when the weather is overcast and, yes, even in winter!

Cream Mask✔️There are many different types of masks out there, from clay to sheet. Personally, I can’t go past a cream mask. Deeply nourishing and easy to use, it infuses the skin with nutrients, vitamins, botanicals and actives.  I am known to wear one in the bath or while responding to emails or cooking dinner. It’s the easiest way to boost the complexion.

Face Oil✔️Facial oils feel super luxurious and can breathe life back into a dry, dull or devitalised complexion. Apply neat for intense nourishment or add to moisturiser, or even foundation, to boost the lipid profile for added luminosity.