1. How do I determine my skin type?
Here’s a simple (tried-and-tested) three-step method to help you identify your skin type…
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove all traces of make-up, oil and dirt. Pat skin dry.
- Allow your skin to act naturally for an hour (do not apply any serum or moisturiser).
- Wait and observe how your skin is feeling, behaving and responding from the lack of attention.
- Dry skin: feels tight
- Oily skin: looks shiny and feels greasy, especially in the t-zone
- Combination skin: is oily in the t-zone, but normal on the cheeks
- Normal skin: feels comfortable, with no obvious signs of dryness, oiliness or tightness
- Sensitive skin: feels itchy or looks a little red
Various factors can affect this test (including your age, time of the month and seasonality), but this should give you a good steer on the key need and condition of your skin, so you can choose corresponding products.
2. Which hero ingredient is right for me and my skin type?
- Rosehip: for sensitive, delicate and dehydrated skin. Best suited to 20+ skin.
- Salicylic Acid: for blemish-prone and oily skin. Not age specific (suitable for 15+ skin).
- Hyaluronic Acid: for all skin types, but best suited to 35+ skin showing the first signs of ageing, e.g. fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and lack of elasticity. No age limit.
- Retinol: best suited to mature skin with deeper wrinkles which is beginning to lack elasticity. A hard-core treatment regime to resurface the skin and boost radiance.
- Vitamin C: for all skin types and ages. A targeted range which helps to restore radiance and glow (an ideal choice to mix-and-match with other collections).
If you have various skin concerns, we recommend mix and matching across collections.
3. How can I achieve a gorgeous and glowy complexion?
- Eat a healthy balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, avoiding processed foods – this will ensure you get the right vitamins and nutrients.
- Drink plenty of water as it will help to clear the toxins that build-up in your system overtime and can lead to skin misbehaviours such as spots, oiliness and redness.
- Cleanse daily (morning and night) and exfoliate regularly with a gentle facial polish to help stimulate skin renewal and remove layers of dead skin.
- Moisturise daily with a lightweight moisturiser (if radiance is the priority, we recommend one boosted with Vitamin C or Retinol).
- Wear sunscreen every day to protect your skin (regardless of the weather conditions).
4. How can I minimise the appearance of my pores?
- Avoid touching your face to stop bacteria from getting into the pores
- Apply SPF to avoid over sun exposure (as this can damage pores and make them more prominent)
- Try the double-cleansing method to deep-clean clogged pores and remove excess oils
- Introduce Retinol or a resurfacing acid to increase new skin cell regeneration
- Regularly use a physical exfoliator to help unclog pores
- Avoid illuminating or shimmery makeup to reduce enhanced texture
5. Top tips for getting the most out of your cleansing oil?
We’re often asked if there are specific techniques that should be used when applying our award-winning Skin Renew Cleansing Oil.
As a starting point, we always recommend using it as a first step in your double-cleansing routine to help break-down and remove makeup and daily impurities, but here are some extra tips and tricks.
- Make sure to apply oil to the neck and décolleté (as well as the face), as these are two of the areas which show the signs of ageing the quickest.
- Initially, apply oil directly to a dry face (with dry hands).
- Take the time to massage the oil into your skin using small circular motions (aim to do this for 40-60 seconds) and enjoy the therapeutic benefits.
- Always use warm water to emulsify product.
6. How frequently should I apply Retinol products?
We’re firm believers in using Retinol for 6-8 week periods (a couple of times a year); so, we consider the Retinol+ collection to be a treatment regime.
As it speeds up cell turnover, Retinol facilitates skin renewal and helps rejuvenate the skin, firming and smoothing it along the way. Boosting the cell turnover for longer than 8 weeks can make the skin become thinner and irritated as the cells at the surface are younger and more vulnerable.
Note: when using Retinol, always wear a minimum SPF25. Build-up usage slowly and avoid high summer.
7. Which are the best skincare ingredients for 30+ skin?
As it’s suitable for most skin types and has the power to hydrate, plump and firm the complexion, Hyaluronic Acid is our chosen ingredient for 30+ skin.
BUT… there are a variety of additional ingredients on the market which are hugely beneficial for those in their 30s, including: Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Ferulic Acid, Peptides and Retinol.
Every ingredient mentioned above is featured within our range and has been introduced to target a unique skin concern.
8. What is the difference between day and night creams?
- Allow pores to breathe due to their lightweight consistency
- Are usually boosted with UVA/B or SPF protection
- Prep the face for a flawless makeup application
- Are often enriched with antioxidants to help prevent free radical damage
- Have been developed to work in synchronisation with other beauty products (e.g. primers)
- Are thicker and richer for deep hydration
- Have been developed to help skin recover during the body’s rest stage
- Are often boosted with higher concentrations of key ingredients and actives
- By nature, are slow-absorbing, to gradually penetrate the skin while you sleep
9. What are the best application techniques for cleansing?
Washing your face every night is one of the key steps to healthy skin. One of our favourite techniques is double-cleansing with a hot cloth, which not only removes surface grime and impurities, but really opens up the pores to lift any leftover dirt and make-up residue.
The technique is simple and should not take long…
- Apply our Vitamin C Cleansing Oil (or Rose Facial Oil) directly to the face, neck and décolleté.
- Wet your cloth with hot water – but not too hot, before wringing out any excess. Lay the cloth delicately over your face (allowing the steam to open your pores and help the oil penetrate).
- Repeat a couple of times before massaging the cleansing oil into a milky texture.
- Follow-up with a traditional cleanser or polish to lift and remove any residue.
10. How frequently should I double-cleanse?
Step one melts away makeup, SPF and excess oil, while step two delves deeper to remove bacteria, residue, dead skin cells and pollution.
If you have normal-oilier skin, it could also benefit from a morning double-cleanse (if you are able to commit the time to a two-step process), but those with drier skin should stick to once a day, to avoid stripping the skin of essential moisture.
11. How can Hyaluronic Acid benefit my under-eyes?
So… if your under-eyes need a firming boost, opt for an eye cream infused with this key ingredient and Caffeine – which also helps to revive tired and puffy eyes.
Our Firming Lift & Smooth Eye Cream SPF15 includes both (along with soothing Aloe Vera, minerals and a skin firming tetrapeptide) and has been formulated to strengthen and refresh the eye region.
12. Can I use Retinol if I have sensitive skin?
Regardless of your skin type, Retinol usage should slowly be increased to help the skin adapt. Start by using it every third day for a week, then alternate days for a week. You should start to witness the benefits and be able to move to daily use after two weeks.