Meet the expert
Nicola Simmons is a Skincare Expert for French beauty brand, Phytomer
Always use a cleanser at night
Cleansing is really important because it not only removes daily grime, but also prevents a build-up of product, which can create a barrier against serums and face creams. This stops all those valuable ingredients penetrating the skin as easily and means your products can’t work efficiently, so you’re effectively wasting your money.
“Start with a creamy cleansing milk to remove make-up quickly without drying out your skin,” suggests Skincare Expert Nicola Simmons.
“To maximise results, once or twice a week really massage your cleanser into your skin for about a minute to increase circulation and give your skin a radiance boost. Simply warm in your hands, then spread onto your face, neck and décolleté and use circular motions with your fingertips to massage all over. Pay extra attention to dry areas, before removing.”
If you’re using a creamy cleanser, this step is important. “Toner will remove any leftover residue and leave the skin feeling fresh and ready for your moisturiser,” explains Nicola. “Toner often gets left out, but it will make the world of difference to your skincare routine.”
If your toner leaves your skin feeling tight or dry, then it’s probably not the right product for you, so try an alcohol-free version instead. Opt for a gentle, non-drying product which will do the job just as well.
“Exfoliation is a must for every skin type, but particularly for anyone concerned with ageing, because dead skin cells accentuate wrinkles and lead to a dull complexion,” says Nicola. “From around the age of 35 our cell renewal slows down dramatically, so to keep skin luminous and smooth, exfoliate at least once a week. This will also help your other skincare products to work better.”
Create some order
The order you use and apply products can make a difference. Start by cleansing, then toning and then apply your eye cream – before your serum and face cream. Serums and face creams are often too heavy for the skin around the delicate eye area. This can cause irritation and puffiness, so applying your eye cream first acts like a barrier against these heavier products. Choose an eye creamthat boosts collagen, and reduces lines, wrinkles and dark circles.
Make hydration your priority
At this time of year your skin may need a little extra hydration to prevent it feeling tight and dry. “Slower cell renewal also results in dehydration, so keep on top of this with a hydrating product to put the moisture back in the skin and plump out fine lines and wrinkles,” suggests Nicola. “Always treat dehydration before ageing, because your anti-ageing products won’t work at their best if your skin is dehydrated.” Remember to massage your face cream right down to the base of your
neck, too, and wait a few minutes before applying make-up.
Anti-age while you sleep
“Overnight, skin regenerates faster and is working to rebalance itself, plus the skin is also a little warmer so it’s the perfect time to use active ingredients for tackling ageing,” explains Nicola. Certain ingredients,such as proven anti-ager retinol, work best at night as they can degrade and lose potency when they are exposed to sunlight.
“Plus, skin-brightening ingredients such as Vitamin C are a good choice before bed as they’ll leave you looking like you’ve had a good night’s sleep – even if you haven’t!” Make sure you really massage night cream into the skin and for an extra treat, use a radiance-boosting face mask weekly.
Creams with collagen-boosting retinol palmitate and hyaluronic acid will target wrinkles while you sleep.
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