BACK TO BASICS: Top Tips For Great Skin

Advice adapted from skincare expert Caroline Hirons

If you’re not sure where to start with skincare, don’t stress- It really doesn’t have to be complicated. If you can finesse just the very basics, your skin will experience good health and clarity now and in the long term.

1. CLEANSE YOUR SKIN EVERY EVENING

Never go to bed with without cleansing your skin. If you’ve been wearing make-up or SPF (or both)…double cleanse! It’s important to get this step right- a clean canvas is the No.1 step to healthy skin, and no serum will penetrate without it, so don’t wing it! INÈS Top Picks: iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, Bioderma Sensibio Foaming Gel, Dr Rogers RESTORE Face Wash

2.CLEANSE YOUR SKIN EVERY MORNING

Yes, we are advocates for a morning cleanse too. Don’t rely on your PM wash to carry you into a new day. It doesn’t have to be as thorough as your evening cleanse, but a warm flannel or a gentle milk or gel cleanser will eliminate the nights worth of skin shedding, and prep skin for skincare to follow.

Joanna Vargas Vit C Cleanser, Dr Rogers Restore, Joanna Vargas Miracle bar

3. USE A GOOD QUALITY SPF...ALL DAY, EVERYDAY

30+ or more! Apply daily, particularly if you know you are in for some sun exposure. Don’t rely on the SPF in your make up or tinted moisturiser to cover you. A dedicated SPF solution is required for optimum protection, and always apply as your last step. Products: iS Clinical Eclipse, Suntegrity 5-in-One

4. INVEST IN YOUR SKINCARE

Don’t skimp on your skin- quality matters.

And we aren’t suggesting you spend a fortune on products out of your budget- just perhaps steer clear of cheaper supermarket wipes and creams and take things up a notch.

Our advice- if you can, splurge on treatment serums that offer advanced skincare science and potency- these will give you results.

Products: iS Clinical Active Serum, Shani Darden Retinol Reform, NIOD COPPER

5.PROTECT YOUR DÉCOLLETÉ  

Treat your neck and décolleté as you would your face. They are one in the same. Our neck is an area prone to premature ageing- so make sure it’s included in your daily care.

Extend your creams and serums to your neck and chest- applying in upward motions or invest in a neck specific product.

iS Clinical Neck Perfecting Complex

6. FROM THE INSIDE-OUT

This really is the most important aspect when it comes to skincare. Take an internal approach- a healthy gut equates to healthy skin.

Ensure your 5+ a day, adequate H20 and consider inner beauty supplements or probiotics for gut support.

The Beauty Chef GLOW, The Beauty Chef CLEANSE The Beauty Chef Antioxidant

7. SLEEP WELL

Beauty sleep is no myth- as we sleep our body is hard at work recovering and regenerating- and this includes our skin. Aside from being essential to full body function, the act of sleep is known to be a chief role in a healthy, youthful appearance. 7-9 hours of shut eye a night will play a significant role in keeping premature ageing at bay.

The Beauty Chef SLEEP

8. DON'T SMOKE

Enough Said.

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