The most effective skincare productsby Dr Ros Debenham
Lots of people are re-evaluating their skincare regimes this year. 2020 has given us a lot of time to think about what changes we can make to feel better.
While a multitude of high end and supermarket lotions and potions are available, this article will tell you the specific ingredients that will actually help you to get visible results.
Healthy, youthful skin is within reach at any age. It’s simply a case of understanding your skin care and looking for the active ingredients that are the powerful wrinkle fighters, not just picking a regime of cleanse, tone and moisturise. The real three step skincare you should use for anti-ageing are: Retinol, Antioxidant and Sunscreen.
Why should I use Retinol?
This is your most powerful ally in the fight against premature ageing. Retinol sweeps away the dead, dull cells. As a result your skin gets brighter and you'll stimulate repair and collagen production at the deepest level.
In effective concentrations, Retinol may cause redness and dryness so guidance from your therapist clinic is important and must be sought.
Why are Antioxidants important for skin?
These stimulate collagen production and boost cell repair, as well as being superheroes against free radical damage. Free radicals are formed when you are exposed to UV rays, air pollution, stress, alcohol and smoking etc. Unless your skin is supported by antioxidants, collagen will not be replaced sufficiently and you'll start noticing wrinkles and saggy skin.
Do I have to use a Sunscreen?
We’ve all heard it a million times but the easiest way to protect your skin from premature discolouration, sagging and wrinkles is to wear effective SPF every single day. By this, I mean SPF that protects against UVA, UVB, HEV and IR-A rays from the sun, computers, mobile phones and remote controls. Products that also contain fractionated melanin (bleached melanin) give extra, natural protection.
So where should I start with clinical skincare?
A typical regime for someone with normal skin would be:
- Exfoliating Cleanser or Exfoliating Polish and Complexion Renewal Pads (the Getting Skin Ready ZO protocol)
- Daily Power Defense as your antioxidant with a small amount of Retinol
- Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 50 with a lightweight, sheer, matte finish
Once your skin is accustomed to this you can add in Growth factor and ask which of the stronger Retinols will be right for you.