There's a lot of information out there on the ever expanding internet and it can be difficult to decipher fact from fiction. When it comes to skincare, it seems everyone has an opinion, but you're best off with easy skincare treatments your skincare specialist wants you to know about.
Let's face it, of course there are some people out there who have tried and tested numerous products and thus deem themselves beauty experts, but in reality, everyone's skin is different, so what works for one person might cause problems for someone else. Unfortunately we don't all have a skincare specialist on WhatsApp at our beck and call, so it's worth collating expert advice and referring to it when you need to.
The skincare world can be terribly confusing, especially if you've never visited a dermatologist, esthetician, or other skincare expert for advice before. There are so many ingredients with complicated names that are difficult to remember and there are always new, trendy treatments cropping up all over the place that make absolutely no sense – before the Rio 2016 Olympics I thought cupping was something you did with your hands. So I spoke to a couple of skincare specialists in order to find out some easy skincare treatments they want people to know about, because nobody wants to overcomplicate things when it comes to skincare.
1. Remove Your Makeup Every Night
Esthetician Maria Orlova recommends, “Always remove all make up at the end of the day.” Panda eyes aren’t the best look to rock in the morning and it’ll do your skin a big favor by ensuring you’re not going to sleep with potentially clogged pores.
2. Always Wash Your Face Before Bed
In addition to removing your makeup every night, Orlova tells me, “Always wash your face before going to bed, even if you don’t have makeup on. There may be dirt and build-up on your skin you can not see.” Make sure you don’t skip this super simple step!
3. Try A Chemical Peel
Dr. Hadley King, Dermatologist at NYC's SKINNEY Medspa, says that chemical peels are an easy skincare treatment, “SkinMedica's Illuminize, Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels offer great results at different strengths, making it easy to tailor the treatment to the amount of downtime you have.” So if you’ve not tried chemical peels before, it might be time for you to book in for an appointment.
4. Sleep On Your Back
Orlova says, “Sleep on your back, not your side or use a silk pillow cover to help prevent the amount of wrinkles.” It might take some practice if you’re a serial face-down sleeper, but it’s an easy technique to try out.
5. Ditch Moisture-Stripping Products
Be aware of how certain products make your skin feel after using them. Orlova tells me, “Anything that makes your skin feel ‘squeaky clean’ is stripping out all the moisture. Do not use these products!”
6. Clear & Brilliant Treatment
Dr. King says, “Clear and Brilliant is a gentle laser technology designed to fight the early signs of facial ageing.” She explains, “The laser is rolled over the skin, creating micro-injuries that jumpstart the production of collagen. In clinical trials users reported a visible improvement in skin tone, texture, and clarity, all with minimal downtime.”
7. Drink Enough Water
You’ve probably heard the old adage that water is the source of life, so make sure you’re drinking enough water to keep your bod and your skin in tip-top condition. Orlova recommends folks, “Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.”
8. Endymed Intensif Treatment
Although it sounds a little intense, Dr. King tells me that Endymed Intensif technology is a great skincare treatment. She says, “This technology combines microneedling with radiofrequency to stimulate collagen and improve tone and texture.”
9. Use SPF Everywhere
“Always use SPF, all over your body – not only the face!” Orlova tells me. She explains, “Neck and hands especially, anything that’s exposed to the sun. Also, use when indoors because the rays go through the windows.”
Skincare needn't be a mystery, try these easy skincare treatments at home or with your skincare specialist to make the most out of the skin you're in!