Are you using too many skincare products? Not sure how many you should be using? In this article we go through how many skincare products you should be using.
Skincare has become a huge business over the past few years, with so many new products, brands and knowledge coming through via social media especially, the world is massively on top of their skincare game. Which we love obviously! However, it can also be a little overwhelming not knowing what to actually buy.
How Many Skincare Products Are Too Many?
Here we are bringing you a foolproof guide of the main products you should be using day to day.
Your cleanser is one of the main products you will need. It wipes away all dirt, oils and impurities and can remove your makeup (especially with a double cleanse- one cleanse to remove, another to actually cleanse your face). You will be using a fair amount of cleanser for it to do its job but not too much and it may dry out your skin by stripping your natural oils away. A 50p sized dollop should be the right amount. We recommend DermaQuest Essential Daily Cleanser.
Moisturiser is probably one of the most common products people use on their skin. It is most definitely an essential part of any skincare routine. Here’s why..
A moisturiser works to replenish the water content of the skin either by trapping moisture in the top layer of the skin or replenishing its water content to some degree which is needed for the skin to remain healthy and to prevent dryness.
Moisturising also reduces the chances of skin problems. Using the right kind of moisturiser for your skin can help maintain its balance. When skin is too dry or too oily, many common skin problems like acne start to pop up.
However don’t over moisturise as this could also cause problems and clog your pores leaving your skin with a greasy film. We recommend just a pound coin size morning and evening.
The most common myth about SPF is that it should only be applied in the summer, when the sun is shining and the temperature is hot. WRONG. SPF should be applied every single day, all year round come rain or shine during every morning skincare routine. It is essential to use SPF as it protects the skin against sun damage, harmful UV rays, premature ageing and risk of skin cancer. Many make-up foundations and moisturisers will have SPF built in, however it is much more beneficial to add it separately as part of your morning skincare routine so it can really do its work. SPF should be worn by all skin tones and types. Personally we love the DermaQuest Sheer Zinc SPF 30.
Some people like to take their skincare up a level and add additional products to their routine, especially if they have a concern such as oily or dry skin, ageing, acne or pigmentation.
Serums are similar to moisturisers as they lock in moisture however they have a higher concentration level and larger amount of active molecules therefore penetrating the skin deeper and faster. They’re a much lighter texture too making it the ideal first step in the layering process.
Serum should not replace moisturiser though, rather an addition as you will need to seal the serum to maximise the benefits which is why moisturiser should be the next step.
We recommend the following serums:
Acids are in two groups, AHA's (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHA's (Beta Hydroxy Acids)
AHA's help to exfoliate, stimulate collagen and increase the shedding of dead surface skin cells. Glycolic Acid is an effective AHA that targets fine lines, wrinkles, whilst reducing pigmentation and pore size. It also improves skin texture, skin tone and restores brightness. It's suitable for all skin types apart from sensitive skins.
Another AHA would be Lactic Acid. Again, this improves fine lines and wrinkles, exfoliates the skin, increases collagen production, all whilst also improving skin hydration. This would be most commonly used for those with dry, dehydrated, as well as a great option for younger skins.
BHA's are used to combat oily and acne prone skins, with Salicylic Acid being the most effective to use. Salicylic Acid cuts through surface oils and exfoliates, which is needed to unclog pores and improve your skin's luminosity. It also works best on blackheads and whiteheads and if best used in a targeted way, can reduce inflammation and redness as well as preventing future acne. But be careful not to over use it as it can dry out the skin when not used correctly. With acids, we would advise that you speak with a skincare professional before purchasing and using them on your skin.
Exfoliator should be used 1-2 times a week to remove dead skin cells in order for the fresh layer of skin to come through and give a fresh new glow. It’s important not to over exfoliate as this could dry the skin out and lead to other issues such as acne. Simply incorporate this step after your evening double cleanse.
We recommend DermaQuest Algae Polishing Scrub
Eye creams are used to prevent common signs of ageing. It can lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and minimise puffiness and dark circles. Around the eyes is where our skin is most sensitive and delicate so sometimes it needs that little extra care.
Try the following:
DermaQuest Peptide Eye Firming Serum
DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift
To sum up, everyone’s skincare routine and products will differ as we all have different skin types, tones and concerns. If you are still feeling stuck on what you need then we are here to help and our skincare professionals are on hand to point you in the right direction. Book your online skin consultation and kick start your journey to amazing skin!