Undertaking a battle against large stubborn pores, dark spots and skin that is starting to age way earlier than expected is not always an easily won combat. Especially if there are no clues set on what the skin actually needs to be willing enough to cooperate. Rather than going through jar after jar of exorbitant creams with promises to clear up skin once and for all, get to the bottom of the skin’s problem and discover what it needs. Here’s a little help on the way.
It’s only natural that when skin comes of age, pores start to grow bigger. When UV-damage, pollution and the use of makeup that’s been poorly washed away are starting to take its toll on the skin, the end result is sagging pores and uneven skin texture. When this happens, it’s time to start befriending peptide serums, scrubs with round beads and salicylic acid. These key products will tighten and firm skin, dissolve the oil in large pores, break the bond between dead skin cells that clog pores, and plump the skin with a new cell turnover.
Recommended products: NuFACE Smoother Powerhouse Peptide Serum, AMOREPACIFIC Enzyme Peel Exfoliator, Cane + Austin Face & Body Retexture Scrub, Origins Renewal Serum, Kiehl's Precision Lifting & Pore Tightening Concentrate
It’s getting more common that younger adults are victims of early aging skin. The number one reason is often that they overtreat their skin by over washing it or use too many products. The key is to choose a smart skin care routine that consists of less products that are more efficient. Invest in a solid vitamin A (preferably a prescribed Retin-A) that increases collagen production and minimizes fine lines, a zinc infused SPF and an antioxidant-rich serum.
Recommended products: Kate Somerville RetAsphere 2-In-1 Retinol Night Cream, Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47, Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum, Chantecaille Retinol Intense+, Dr.Brandt Lineless Cream
Very Dry & Sensitive Skin
Taking prolonged baths and steamy showers, using harsh soaps or living in colder climates make skin to easily desist absorbing a sufficient amount of moisture. The most effortless things one can do are to limit bath/shower time, avoid using soap cleansers and be extra meticulous using moisture-rich masks, serums and creams. However, dry skin is not just an external problem. If skin is beyond dry, it’s important to start indulging in fatty acids such as fish oil, which is said to be the most effective remedy with its healthy Omega-3 fatty acid EPA.
Recommended products: Skinceuticals Gentle Cleanser, Perricone MD Cocoa Moisture Face Mask, SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Moisturizer, Hum Nutrition OMG! Omega The Great Supplements
It’s already known that how one treats the body is ultimately reflected on the skin. Victims of acne do not just have irregular cleansing habits and a skin with excessive oil production. Unhealthy food and drinks, processed sugars, stress, hormones and lack of exercise are all thieves in the matter. Clearly, adjusting to an active lifestyle and nutrient-rich foods are mandatory. And so should avoiding stress, sugars and using good skin care products also be. Additionally, fish oil can also help prevent the issue.
Recommended products: Agera Microderma System Vitamin C Scrub, Sisley Paris Radiant Glow Express Mask, Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment, Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel, La Roche-Posay Effaclar K(+)
Excessively Oily Skin
Come summer when air is turning humid, this is a relatively bad season for those possessing oily skin. Without further ado, the unappealing sheen is best combated with AHA-products containing glycolic and salicylic acids to deliquesce skin’s oil production. For those who suffer from a super oily complexion, it is best to leave out any moisturizing cream as oily skin tend to function as the skin’s own, natural moisturizer.
Recommended products: Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel, Glytone Mild Gel Cleanser, Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Cleanser
Worshippers of the sun are more prone to face the resurrection of sun-induced hyperpigmentation, commonly known as age or liver spots. The best solution to over-exposure of sun? A great exfoliator that accelerates cell turnover to reduce pigmentation, a vitamin C infused serum to brighten up skin, and obviously a smart SPF cream to protect from further damage.
Recommended products: Neova DNA Damage Control Active Broad Spectrum SPF 43, Kiehl's Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, Skinceuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector, Verso Skincare Dark Spot Fix, Jan Marini C-Esta Face Serum
Under Eye Circles
The problem with tenacious dark circles is that they appear rather easily. From lack of sleep, rubbing the eyes, feelings of stress, and from every skin problem’s common enemy; the sun. The two simplest ways to prevent these unwanted guests are to stop rubbing the eyes since that breaks blood vessels in the delicate eye-area, and start wearing sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection to avoid a weak collagen and elastic tissue. Also, a stockpile of powerful eye creams are indispensable.
Recommended products: Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate, Ole Henriksen Uplifting Transformation Eye Gel, La Mer The Eye Concentrate, Shiseido Future Solution LX Eye and Lip Contour Regenerating Cream, Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm
Written and edited by ISABEL JÄRNSTRÖM
Visual editor ROCCO COLLAZZO