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Keeping on top of your skincare in the heat seems to come down to making sure you apply sunscreen but there are other ways to make sure you stay hydrated and glowing that isn't just down to sweat!
Skin guru and therapist Abigail James has shared her best tips when it comes to picking out the best skincare especially when we're so spoilt for choice right now.
There's always a constant flow of new buzz ingredients popping up tempting us to completely revaluate our regime, but the "Queen of Skin" insists there's simple rules to follow and her top tips about how to find the products that work for you.
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Some common questions include "should I be using squalene", "when do I apply hyaluronic acid and serums?" as many often debate whether it's under or over moisturiser.
In a bid to simplify the skincare selection process, Holland & Barrett have launched some new clean skincare ranges including an informative Q&A that displays clear ingredient listings in relation to your skin type on the packaging, and that are developed to sit together within an easy and affordable routine.
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Skin guru Abigail shares her top three tips with OK! Online including everything you need to know from what product to use first, to when the best time to apply it is for the most effective results.
In which order do I apply oil, serum and moisturiser?
“I would always cleanse the skin first, then apply your serum, these are often a slightly gel, or water type texture and the actives are best applied onto dry or just slightly damp skin, an oil may act as a slight barrier for the actives. I recommend Vitaskin Vitamin C Collagen Boosting Serum (£13.50) which contains a blend of vitamin C and omega oils.
“If you wanted to use an oil as well, I would apply a small amount now, then apply your moisturiser, you might like to add a small amount of oil to your moisturiser if you don’t want to apply them separately.
“For an oilier / combination skin I will often recommend using a serum and oil at night such as Q+A’s squalene facial oil instead of a heavy night cream. I find it can sometimes increase the amount of oil within the skin. Whereas a dry, fine textured and mature skin might be able to use all three products. Serums are great to use morning and night on all skin types."
Less is more
“Less can definitely be more if you are starting out with actives, with retinols you need to allow the skin to get accustomed to the ingredients, if you use something that’s too strong too soon then you can make the skin sensitive.
"As a rule, with retinol serums I advise to start applying once every three nights then increase over two week to every night. And I always stress the importance of using an SPF when you are using retinol in your routine. Vitaskin Vitamin A Intense Cell Renewal Oil (£13.50) is a good starter as the retinol content is mild."
What time of day is best for products such as peptides, hyaluronic and retinols?
“Cleansing morning and night is essential. Tonics can be morning and night. Moisturisers can be morning and night. Oils can be morning and night, however my preference is evening. Vitamin C serums can be morning and night but I generally keep them to the day time. Retinols I would usually suggest keeping them to the evening and Hyaluronic, Zinc and peptides are all morning and night”.
How can you visibly spot if your skin is dehydrated or lacking in essential vitamins?
"You can tell if your skin is dehydrated by doing a pinch test. Using your thumb and forefinger pinch approximately and inch of skin on the face (not pulling outwards but pushing in along the contour of the face) if your dehydrated the skin can look a little crepy. A dehydrated skin can also look a little dull and dry and even feel a little taught.
"Lacking in essential vitamins is a little more difficult to spot. Why not try out the Vitaskin Vitamin C Anti-Polution Glow Day Cream (£11.25)."
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