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Friday, February 5, 2016

Skin Obsessed



Hello!
 I'm still here… I haven’t done a blog post in awhile because I've been pretty busy with moving apartments and friends and family visiting last month. But I’v a whole list of blog posts to do this month and I'm very excited about sharing them with you.

As some of you may know I moved to Holland 4 months ago and it’s been a total life change. I don’t speak Dutch so it can be quite difficult. But I'm finding my feet. I've landed myself a great job in a skin clinic working with very advanced and active skin products and machinery. If you follow my social media accounts you will have seen some pictures.

I'm obsessed with skin …. That’s why I started a blog. A lot of people don’t realise that the skin is a living organ and everything we do or don’t do to it shows. Our skin doesn’t know how old it is. It acts on how we treat it. Most people invest their money in expensive make-up and would laugh at the cost of a good moisturiser. That mind boggles me. You can wear all the make-up in the world and use face wipes on your skin every night- but if you care about your skin then you must take skincare seriously.

I have been getting lots of messages lately about what products I recommend to use. I love getting these messages, Ill talk to you all day about skin but everyone’s skin type and budget is very different.

I don’t just love ONE or use one skincare brand over another. I have a few favourites. But the most important thing with skincare is the ingredient list on the product. And this is what I want to share most with all of you. So that when you are buying your products you know what ingredients to look out for.


Hyaluronic acid- Amazing hydrating benefits for dry,dehydrated,ageing skin. It helps maintain our skins natural moisture.

Salycilic acid- PIMPLES SPOTS and skin roughness. This is an active ingredient and really helps remove dead skin from the surface, improving acne breakouts and over production of oil on the skin.

Glycolic acid- Breakouts, Dryness, Pigmentation. This works similarly to salycilic acid- resurfacing the skin to improve texture and appearance.

Lactic acid- Helps with Pigmentation, Dryness, Acne. Skin brightner.

Feluric Acid- Skin antioxidant- protects skin cells from being invaded by free radicals such as smoke,pollution,aircon, weather.

SPF15-30- If your day cream or makeup doesn’t have protection your skin is been attacked the minute you step outside everyday all day. Car fumes, smoke, UV rays- they all attack our skin cells and are the main cause of damaged skin.

Vitamins A,C,E – these are the most active and powerful vitamins in skincare. Vitamin C is the one that is most commonly falsely advertised on skincare. Vitamin C stablises quicky and can loose its function so ALWAYS make sure L-ascorbic is written on the back for maximum benefit.

PEPTIDES- Protein for the skin. Peptides are like building blocks for our skin. They send signals down to the lower layers of the skin to tell certain areas to heal itself or work faster. They repair and and stimulate our cells that are slacking.

Stem Cells-  Plant stem cells can regenerate skin cells and promote growth and the formation of healthy collagen and elastin fibres.

Now, there are LOTS of ingredients in skincare products. But these are my favourite and the ones I really see an improvement with my clients who have all different skin concerns, from acne to sun damage & just general ageing of the skin. Some of these ingredients may be advertised on a lot of products. But what really counts is the quality of that ingredient. The better sourced ingredients are harder to get and produce which makes them more expensive. The products with more high quality ingredients are not found in you local supermarket. They are only available from responsible, reliable skincare professionals. These higher end brands are most likely to be made by dermatologists and doctors, who have a science background.

Here are the products I am using at the moment for my Combination, Dry,oily, sensitive skin.
AM routine. Purify cleanser with salycilic acid & peptides. Ill use either this Image Moisturiser with spf 30 or my new Lycogel camouflage breathable make-up with spf30. Eye gel with vitamins a,c,e. And I just started taking these high quality skin supplements. Omegas for dry/dehydrated skin & vitamin A is the most important vitamin in skincare so this will help maintain healthy skin cells from the inside. Ill discuss these in more detail in the coming weeks.

PM routine. I always do 2 cleanses If I have been wearing make-up, Ill use a pre cleanse oil to remove and lift make-up & products off the skin and then my Purify cleanser. Eye gel to hydrate the skin under my eyes. Ill use this neostrata glycolic acid skin resurfacer instead of a moisturiser every now and then to resurface my skin, especially if I have underlying congestion and spots. Ill use this gel mask or no7 cream mask as my night cream on the nights my skin is lacking that glow. But, majority of the time Ill use my vitamin C image night cream (which is almost gone, I have it 4 and a half months!) 

I prefer to use face cloths to remove my make-up, I feel its thoroughly removed that way and my skin feels its had a good clean. Ill use cotton pads to remove my eye make-up and first cleanse. But these face cloths from primark are fab. Always using a clean one each night.

WEEKLY! I have an advanced Exfoliation peel kit which is the top product, 'hydropeptide'- this has vitamin c and lactic acid so its quite advanced and active. I use this monthly. Ill then use a basic scrub x1 week and Ill use a hydrating mask on my cheeks and a clay base on my T ZONE.


Brands I'm pretty obsessed with at the moment are ENVIRONNEOSTRATA and DERMAQUEST 
Budget Skincare wise; Brands I use occasionally and that I trust are- No7, Boots Botanics, La Roche Posay, Vichy, Products from the health food store.

Take care of your skin!

Lots of love,

Katie

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