Love the skin you're in
IF YOU'RE the kind of person who wants to use science to stay younger then, these days, there's so much more choice in skincare.
Once we may have just dipped into the one cream cleanser, and popped a moisturiser on if we thought about it.
But, now, there's exfoliants and serums and an array of goodies that, honestly, can get quite confusing!
If you want maximum active ingredients for your dollar, then try buying a skincare range through a salon or a clinic.
If you're on a bit more of a restricted budget the good news is that skin research is filtering down even into pharmacy lines so you have access to more effective skin products than ever before.
If you're wondering what your basic regime should be, and when you use what, we're here to help.
We asked specialist cosmetic registered nurse Brooke Francisco Newberry to give us a rundown on the basics of a good skin regime.
Use a cleanser, antioxidant moisturiser and a sun protection cream, says Brooke.
She recommends a lactic acid cleanser rather than a mechanical cleanser (something with harsh granules in it) because she says the latter can exacerbate irritation.
A Vitamin C serum, or a moisturiser with Vitamin C in it, will protect against UV radiation, she adds.
It is also anti-inflammatory to reduce redness and irritation as well as hyperpigmentation.
"A good vitamin C serum removes dead skin cells, improving hydration and helping reduce fine lines."
Antioxidants like C are naturally found in the body and are produced by all humans, animals, and plants to protect themselves from the sun and other environmental aggressors.
As for sun protection, look for the highest sun protection factor that you can buy.
Brooke uses a Cosmetix Rescue Balm that she says leaves her skin feeling like silk. (Go to advancedskintechnology.com.au)
"It gives you a nice infusion of antioxidants and it gets rid of dead skin cells," she says.
The balm is a nourishing treatment for sensitive or post-treatment skin.
You can use any special masque that you like but it's probably better to aim for a hydrating one, rather than a clay-based formula, unless you have problem skin.
At the salon
Treatment peels can reduce pigmentation and help provide hydration, says Brooke.
According to Lismore Skin Clinic, micro dermabrasion is also popular right now.
Using a gentle vacuuming system, the treatment removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores to reveal a younger, fresher complexion.
Professional ranges we like:
Suitable for sensitive skin. One of its star performers is Red Alert, a line that provides intense calming relief for people with redness or flare-ups caused by hypersensitivity. Info 1800 242 011 or advancedcosmeceuticals.com.au/medik8.asp.
Uses medical grade ingredients to target premature aging and calm skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. The Vitamin A serum can be used at night to reduce sun damage, improve skin hydration and texture, increase collagen and regulate oil production. During the day, the Vitamin B serum (niacinamide B3) improves barrier function and hydration or the Vitamin C serum calms and protects. Go to advancedskintechnology.com.au/view/storefinder to find a stockist..
Designed to improve the appearance of sun damaged, dull, dehydrated skins, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and oily, acne prone skin using Alpha Hydroxy Acids and antioxidants. Info: asapskinproducts.com.
This range, led by a Professor Emeritus of Dermatology at Duke University Medical Centre pioneered topical vitamin C technology. It uses only pure, pharmaceutical-grade ingredients with proven scientific results. Info:1800 242 011 or advancedcosmeceuticals.com.au.