Figuring out what's right for YOUR skin can be overwhelming. The variety of products available, online and in stores means that we are bombarded with choice. It's sometimes difficult to know what's best for us.
Here are 20 of the most commonly asked skincare questions answered!
Question: What are the best skincare products for oily skin?
Answer: The best skincare products for oily skin include oil-free cleansers, toners with salicylic acid, lightweight moisturisers, and oil-absorbing masks. It's important to look for products labeled as "non-comedogenic" or "oil-free" to avoid clogging pores.
Question: How often should I exfoliate my skin?
Answer: It is recommended to exfoliate your skin one - three times a week. Over-exfoliating can strip the skin of its natural oils and lead to irritation and sensitivity. If you have sensitive skin, go carefully - once a week is probably enough.
Question: What’s the best way to exfoliate my skin?
Answer: There are two types of exfoliators: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliators contain tiny beads or particles that physically scrub away dead skin cells, while chemical exfoliators use acids or enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells. The issue with physical exfoliators, is that they sometimes have sharp grains, which damage and tear the skin. Chemical exfoliators are typically acids, AHAs, BHAs and PHAs. AHAs like glycolic and lactic acid are great for helping improve fine lines, pigmentation, texture and tone. BHAs like salicylic acid are great for oily or acne-prone skin. PHAs are gentler, so are perfect for more sensitive skins. Likewise, products containing fruit enzymes, like papain and bromelain, are a good option for sensitive skins.
Question: What is the best skincare routine for anti-aging?
Answer: The best skincare routine for anti-aging includes a gentle cleanser, antioxidant-rich Vitamin C serum, a retinoid cream, and a generous layer of SPF 30+. It's important to use products that contain ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, retinoids and peptides to help promote collagen production and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Question: What is the difference between physical and chemical sunscreen?
Answer: Physical sunscreen sits on top of the skin and reflects the UV rays, while chemical sunscreen absorbs the UV rays before they can penetrate the skin. Physical sunscreen is often better for sensitive skin, while chemical sunscreen offers longer-lasting protection.
Question: What are the best ingredients for acne-prone skin?
Answer: The best over-the-counter ingredients for acne-prone skin include salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. These ingredients can help unclog pores, reduce inflammation, and kill acne-causing bacteria. A skincare professional might prescribe tretinoin or adapalene
Question: What should I look for in a moisturiser?
Answer: When looking for a moisturiser, it's important to choose one that is suitable for your skin type and concerns. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and glycerin to help hydrate and strengthen the skin barrier.
Question: How can I get rid of dark circles under my eyes?
Answer: To get rid of dark circles under the eyes, try using a caffeine-infused eye cream, applying a cold compress, getting enough sleep, and reducing salt intake. Vitamin C and retinol can also help brighten the under-eye area.
Question: What is double cleansing and how do I do it?
Answer: Double cleansing is a method of using two cleansers to thoroughly remove makeup, dirt, and impurities from the skin. The first cleanser is an oil-based cleanser, which breaks down makeup and sebum. The second cleanser is a water-based cleanser, which removes any remaining dirt and debris. To double cleanse, apply the oil-based cleanser to dry skin, massage, and rinse. Follow up with the water-based cleanser, massage, and rinse.
Question: How can I reduce the appearance of pores?
Answer: To reduce the appearance of pores, try using a clay mask to help absorb excess oil, exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells, and use a retinoid cream to help stimulate collagen production. It's also important to keep the skin clean and moisturised.
Question: Can I use the same skincare products in the morning and at night?
Answer: It depends on the products you are using. Some products, like sunscreen, are meant to be used during the day, while others, like retinoids, are best used at night. Generally, it's a good idea to use a gentle cleanser, moisturiser, and eye cream both in the morning and at night.
Question: What is the best skincare routine for acne-prone skin?
Answer: The best skincare routine for acne-prone skin involves a gentle cleanser, an oil-free moisturiser, and a non-comedogenic sunscreen. It is also important to use products with ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which help prevent breakouts.
Question: What is the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?
Answer: Dry skin lacks oil, while dehydrated skin lacks water. Dry skin tends to be a skin type, while dehydrated skin can affect any skin type. To treat dry skin, use oil-based products, while to treat dehydrated skin, use products that help to hydrate and lock in moisture.
Question: What is the best way to treat wrinkles without using Botox?
Answer: The best way to treat wrinkles is to use protect your skin with a generous, daily layer of SPF 30+ and to use skincare products with retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid. Aside from wrinkle relaxing injections, there are other in-clinic treatments available that can improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles, skinboosters, microneedling, chemical peel and laser resurfacing are all potential options.
Question: Can I use the same skincare products on my face and body?
Answer: That depends on the products. While some skincare products can be used on both the face and body, others are specifically designed for one or the other. Always check the label and use products as directed.
Question: What is the best way to treat a spot?
Answer: There are a few steps that can help treat a spot and ensure that it doesn’t leave a trace!
Firstly, cleanse the affected area with a mild, non-comedogenic cleanser to remove excess oil, dirt, and bacteria. A water-based cleanser that contains salicylic acid is a good shout.
Apply a specific spot treatment. Look for ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
DO NOT pick or pop! This is difficult for the poppers amongst you, but by picking and popping, you run the risk of inflammation, infection and scarring.
Don’t skip the moisturiser. Choose a non-comedogenic moisturiser to hydrate and protect the skin, especially if you’ve used drying spot treatments.
Question: Can I use natural skincare products instead of synthetic ones?
Answer: Of course, you can use natural skincare products instead of synthetic ones. However, it is important to note that natural does not always mean better, and synthetic ingredients can be just as effective. Always check the label and choose products that work for your skin type. “Clean beauty” is a marketing term. All skincare products contain chemicals, many of which are manufactured synthetically.
Question: How can I treat sunburn?
Answer: The best way to treat sunburn is to not get burnt! Using and reapplying SPF 30+ EVERY DAY and covering your skin is the very best defence. But should you get sunburn, use aloe vera gel, take cool baths or showers and avoid further exposure to the sun. DO NOT pick or peel your skin. Keep your skin hydrated with an emollient.
Question: Do I need a different skincare routine in winter?
Answer: During winter, we’re indoors more often, and when outdoors, the cold, wet and wind can play havoc with our skin. To care for your skin during the winter months, use a heavier moisturiser, avoid very hot showers.
Exfoliate your skin to help remove dry, dead skin cells and consider adding a facial oil into your night time routine.
Your lips, in particular, are likely to become drier and flakier. Don’t forget to moisturise them. A good layer of your usual moisturiser followed by a later of an occlusive like Vaseline can help keep them hydrated and supple.
Question: What should a basic skincare routine look like?
Answer: At the very least, you should be cleansing and protecting your skin. So if you wanted to REALLY strip it back to basics, cleaning your face and neck morning and evening with a cleanser suited to your skin type without drying it out and protecting your skin during the day with an SPF30+.
As a bonus step, add in a retinoid following your evening cleanse.
If you're still not sure what the best products and routine for your skin is, why not book a Prescription Skincare Consultation with a Glowday pro at Glowday.com?
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