Before hitting the beauty counter, find out your skin type – combination, oily, normal or dry – this will help you settle on the type of products you’re looking for.
Whether you prefer pharmacy products, department store brands or salon-only supplies, Christine says it’s important to be able to trust the person advising you.
Ask lots of questions before purchasing, including how and when to use each product and whether you really need it.
so you’d be better off going elsewhere instead.”
If you’re shopping for a new moisturiser but the consultant wants to sell you a cleanser, toner and eye cream as well, it can be tricky knowing what to do! Especially if they’ve spent a lot of time with you letting you test each product. “Don’t be intimidated,” Christine says. “If someone is pushing you towards products you are not ready to buy, you can just walk away.” Remind yourself that many skincare professionals mix-and-match products from a range of brands and price points to create the ideal routine.
Always use suitable products and never sluice with piping-hot water. “No stripping the skin’s natural barrier, no inflammation and no trauma,” says Christine.
“You don’t need to spend hours on your skin to get noticeable results, but sticking to a daily routine is the key to helping keep your skin healthy,” Christine explains.
“Your skin renews itself every 28 days (later with age), so any new product you use will need at least a month to show its real effect on your skin,” Christine says. “But if you have a major skin concern, such as adult acne, it can take six months to a year, although you will see a gradual improvement along the way.”
Step 2: Apply eye gel/cream to the eye contour area (30 seconds).
Step 3: Apply face cream/sunscreen to the face, neck and décolleté (90 seconds).