As skincare continues to become an important aspect of our daily life, many of us still have some unanswered questions. Like every aspect of our lives, if our questions remain unanswered, we can unconsciously take a wrong turn and potentially end up damaging our skin. This article will answer 20 of the most popular skincare questions, helping you make the best decisions for your skin.
How to know your skin type?
The most common skin types are usually described as ‘Dry’, ‘Combination’ and ‘Oily’. Commonly, dry skin is characterised by feelings of tightness around the eyes and mouth as well as patches of flaky skin around the cheek area. Adding on to this, combination skin presents a shine on the nose and forehead and also includes dry patches upon the cheek area. Finally, oily skin is soft and greasy to the touch and gives the cheeks an overly shiny surface.
Do you really need to wash your face in the morning?
Although there is nothing wrong with washing your face in the mornings, particularly when using a gentle cleanser, it can be seen as unnecessary. This is because if you washed your face properly the night before, your skin will still be clean and clear, making washing your face in the morning a bit redundant.
Is a new routine necessary when working from home?
If the Coronavirus pandemic has caused a change in your environment, such as spending a lot of time indoors, it is a good idea to create a new skincare routine to accommodate those changes. For example, if you are using a lot of central heating whilst working from home, you should incorporate a high-quality moisturiser into your skincare routine in order to combat excessive dryness.
What is Vitamin C and how does it benefit the skin?
Vitamin C is a nutrient that is found in the body and can show advantageous effects when consumed as part of a balanced diet as well as when applied topically, such as in the form of a Vitamin C serum. Vitamin C has incredible anti-aging effects as it can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, enhances collagen production and help to create tighter and younger looking skin overall.
How do you apply retinol?
More often than not, retinol is used as part of a night-time skincare routine. This is because this powerful substance removes dead skin cells from the upper layer of the skin’s surface, making you more vulnerable to sun damage. Moreover, it is recommended that you begin applying retinol 3 times a week and then gradually increase the frequency to allow your skin time to become familiar with the product. It is also important that you apply a high-quality moisturiser after using retinol to help soothe potential dryness or irritation. In the morning, make sure to apply SPF30+ to protect yourself from the potential sun damage that retinol can lead to.
Does the way you sleep affect your face shape?
Over time, sleep can change the shape and appearance of your skin. This is because your face is compressed into your pillow every night for multiple hours, which can flatten the surface of your skin and cause wrinkles to form. That is why it is so important to change your pillows every 1-2 years to help enhance the support for your skin.
What should I apply first, moisturiser or SPF?
It is recommended that you should always apply moisturiser first. As a result, this allows the moisturiser to penetrate into the skin before the SPF is applied. Also, SPF should always be considered as the final step in your skincare routine as it is a thicker consistency, so it must not overshadow the thinner products.
Does SPF need to be applied indoors or when its cloudy?
As mentioned previously, SPF is a vital part of any skincare routine and should be the last step, even on days when the sun is not as abrasive. Even in the winter months, dangerous UV rays can still penetrate through clouds, and even windows, making you vulnerable to harsh skin damage, if your skin is not fully protected. Sun damage can lead to dark spots, wrinkles and in some cases, skin cancer.
How can you treat acne and anxiety-induced flare ups?
Anxiety-induced breakouts are very common and our often caused by excess oil secretion brought on by our body’s stress response. The best way to reduce the occurrence of anxiety-induced flare ups is to learn some simple relaxation techniques and practice them when you are feeling overwhelmed. You may also benefit from using BHAs, such as salicylic acid, to help break down the excess oil found in inflamed or clogged pores. Finally, using products containing benzoyl peroxide is a great way to fight against the bacteria that causes acne, helping to keep future breakouts at bay.
How do I get rid of dark circles under my eyes permanently?
Dark circles are very common and are usually a certified sign of aging and a loss of collagen in the eye area. In order to remove them permanently, a combination of clinical and natural remedies should be used. For example, try undergoing a light chemical peel that uses glycolic acid, to help stimulate collagen production and give the skin a glowing complexion. At home, apply a cold compress to the affected area for 10 minutes, both in the morning and the evening.
What will help tighten your skin?
There are variety of different treatments and products that help to improve the skin’s elasticity and tighten the overall surface. For example, ingredients such as aloe vera, contain malic acid, which helps to create plumper and younger looking skin. Moreover, techniques such as lymphatic massage, use specialist tools to increase blood circulation around affected areas, creating firmer skin. Lastly, products such as retinol serums offer incredible anti-aging results, helping more attractive skin to form over time.
How can you remove blackheads?
Blackheads form when excess hair and oil become clogged in an open pore. The most effective way to remove blackheads is by getting a high-quality facial treatment, such as chemical peel. This is because chemical peels, especially those that use salicylic acid, help to exfoliate the skin and unclog affected pores, giving you a clearer and blemish-free complexion.
Do you need to use toners and what are they?
Essentially, toners are products that are used to remove excess oil, makeup and dirt. In reality, toners are not necessary, especially if you are using an effective cleanser, as they can often be led to dryness or irritation. However, it must be mentioned that toners can help to shrink the size of enlarged pores, which is helpful for those with an oily skin type or acne-prone skin.
Is there a DIY treatment for acne scars?
Acne scars, when particularly severe, can often be reduced with a light chemical peel. At Dermoi! we offer the ‘iS Clinical Acne Healing Peel’ from iS Clinical for £115.00. This treatment uses a three-step exfoliation process as well as a clinical level of glycolic acid to increase healthy cell turnover. As a result, new skin cells are encouraged to form in the place of scarred and damaged skin, leaving you with a blemish free complexion.
How can I get rid of dry skin at home?
Dry skin is a very common skin complaint and can often be reduced at home by improving your skincare routine. For example, try using a natural moisturiser that contains no irritants, such as pure aloe vera gel. Adding on to this, wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser to help wash away any dirt or unwanted dead skin. Finally, make sure to exfoliate once a week to help remove excess dry skin and encourage increased cell turnover.
What are the acne treatments to prevent dry skin?
Often acne suffers complain about having dry patches that accompany their breakouts. Luckily, Dermoi! offers the perfect solution. The ‘Osmosis Acne Healing Treatment’ from Osmosis Skincare uses a 2% Vitamin A infusion to restore the quality of the epidermis and allow for complete hydro-lipid balance. As a result, this treatment reduces harsh inflammation and leaves you with a clearer and brighter complexion. Currently, the ‘Osmosis Acne Healing Treatment’ is available for £95.00.
Is it better to use Vitamin C serum in the morning or at night?
Vitamin C serums offer a multitude of benefits when incorporated into both your morning and evening skincare routine. For example, by using a Vitamin C serum as part of your morning skincare routine, your skin is better able to neutralise harmful free radicals that can build up throughout the day. On the other hand, when using Vitamin C serums as part of your evening routine, you can avoid the risk of dangerous photosensitivity.
How can you prevent skin from aging?
Unfortunately, aging skin is a natural part of getting older, but there are some things you can do to help stop your skin from aging prematurely. First of all, apply sunscreen every day to protect your skin against harmful sun damage that can lead to the formation of wrinkles and dark spots. It is also recommended that you use gentle cleansers to avoid unnecessary dryness or irritation, which can cause the skin to become inflamed.
When should I start using anti-aging products?
Many experts advise that you begin using anti-aging products in your 20s and continue to incorporate them as part of your daily skincare routine. This is because this is when your skin begins to show visible signs of aging, so anti-aging products are often used as a preventative measure.
What is the best skincare line?
On the Dermoi! online store, we offer a varied selection of high-quality skincare from an abundance of successful brands. Moreover, we also offer ‘Skin Condition Kits’ which provide a collection of products from various brands that work together to treat common skin ailments. For example, the ‘Goodbye Acne Box’, currently retailing at £99.00, contains Advanced Nutrition Programme’s ‘Skin Accumax’ capsules, Osmosis Skincare’s ‘Osmosis Detox Deep Clean Cleanser’, PCA Skin’s ‘PCA Acne Gel’, Osmosis Skincare’s ‘Osmosis Polish Cranberry Enzyme Mask’ (x8) as well as a £25 Value Facial Treatment Voucher. Therefore, this expansive kit gives you everything you need to tackle harsh breakouts and improve the overall quality of your skin.
Now that we have answered some of your most pressing skincare questions, we hope that you will be better equipped to care and nourish your skin. If any of the questions raised in this article feel like they affect your skin, try using some of the recommended products or remedies to help you achieve your dream skin.
Author: Melody Day