A hot topic many of my clients want to know, is what are the best skin care products.
My professional advice is always the same, you need to ensure that you have a good daily beauty regime, in order to keep your skin healthy.
The best skin care products
Cleansers help to keep skin free from impurities, if you’re not regularly cleansing your skin, dirt can clog your pores, which can lead to congestion and breakout.
In saying that, it is also possible to over cleanse your skin; over scrubbing with astringent cleansers, can damage you’re skin’s barrier function.This will knock your skin off balance, causing inflammation and dryness, so your skin is less able to hold moisture.
The best cleansers are gentle and natural; they leave the skin comfortable and supple without clogging pores.
For further information about cleansers, you may find our article how to wash your face useful.
There are two types of toner; the first for oily skin is essentially a solvent:
Oily Skin Types
If you suffer from oily skin, then a toner may be your new best friend.
Simply because they are the best skin care products, for helping to break down the build up of sebum on the surface of the skin.
These products are usually marketed as astringents, for their pore minimising and skin clearing effects.
The word astringent, means that a product has a high alcohol content level.
Unfortunately what is really happening is that the ingredients are stripping the skin, this causes underlying sensitivity and inflammation, which can cause the pores to dilate.
So it is just a temporary effect, it is not possible to permanently close pores
Normal to dry skin
The second type of toner is for a normal or dry skin, these formulas often contain emollients and hydrating compounds.
Ideally they should contain natural botanical ingredients, such as Allantoin and Humectants.
All of which are hydrating, soothing and gentle on the skin.
To complete your skin care routine, a moisturiser is going to be key, which you can read all about here.