Your skincare questions, answered

I recently put out a question on Instagram, and asked you all to submit your skincare questions. So, here I am, answering them for you.

Now I’m not a doctor, and I don’t claim to be one, but I do have a background in skincare so I’d like to think I have an idea of what I’m talking about. Of course, all opinions below are my own, so don’t come for me if you don’t agree. But leave a comment and let’s chat!

How can I look younger?

Oooft, the question we all want answers to. If you’re looking to reduce the signs of aging, I’d recommend a product with vitamin C in, as it not only helps with collagen production, but helps even out skin tone. You could also use a product with Retionol in, but don’t use it alongside vitamin C, because they could potentially clash.

However my number one tip when it comes to looking younger is keeping hydrated! Dehydrated skin can actually have a tissue paper texture, which can look like aged skin.

What are the best brands for oily skin?

Whenever someone asks about oily skin, I always recommend La Roche-Posay. Their effeclar range is incredible, and affordable. I actually use one of their clay masks that helps to mattify, but my sister also uses their face cleanser.

What’s the best placenta cream?

Thank you, next.

Do anti aging creams actually work?

Yes! Well, if you get the right one. Anti aging creams work in a number of ways, but most help to stimulate collagen production or increase skin cell turnover. Collagen is basically the protein in your skin that helps plump it up, and prevent wrinkles. Think of a wrinkle as a part of your skin that doesn’t have any support underneath, collagen boosting creams help with that.

When anti aging products talk about increasing skin cell turnover, the ingredients essentially give your skin a boost that makes new skin cells rise to the top. As a rule of thumb, your age is how long it takes your skin to renew. So as an example, I’m 27, which means my skin takes 27 days to run it’s cycle. A boosting cream will speed up that process, meaning new skin appears quicker, giving the appearance of a younger complexion.

How can I reduce under eye bags?

This is a tough one! Most under eye bags are genetic, and you’re essentially just seeing the blood flow through the skin as it’s so thin. However the best way to reduce their appearance, is to use a product that increases the blood flow. Simple. I’d recommend using something with caffeine in, or something with a cooling sensation.

How can I reduce blackheads?

I have a little routine I like to follow for this. Firstly, I exfoliate my skin to remove any dead skin cells that are blocking my pores. I’ll then either jump in a hot shower, or steam my face so that it opens the pores and softens my skin. From there, I’ll apply a soft clay mask, that acts like a suction cup around my pores, helping to remove the black heads.

I know it’s pretty taboo, but I even apply some gentle pressure to edge the blackheads out after this. Obviously, make sure your hands are clean. And then always apply a toner afterwards to help close your pores, and prevent any oil getting clogged again.

What’s the best beard oil?

I don’t have much experience with this, however I did use a product from Clinique that is an all in one face hydrator, that also conditions your beard! But for a specific beard oil, Jack Black have a good one!

Best tinted moisturiser for men without it looking like makeup?

I’ve used a BB Cream from Filorga for the longest time. It’s some kind of potion that actually adapts to your skin colour, so it looks incredibly natural. I also like the tinted moisturisers from MMUK Man and MYEGO that are more affordable and have a natural finish.

Jack Black or Kiehl’s products for men? What’s better?

I love Kiehl’s products, and their mens range is pretty impressive. They have an Oil Eliminator range that uses NASA technology, which is pretty impressive. Jack Black really excel when it comes to beard products though.

What products can’t you live without?

At the minute, it’s my MALIN+GOETZ Recovery Treatment Oil. It’s one of my favourite products, and my skin freaks out if I don’t use it. I did a full post about it here. I also don’t think I could live without Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream. I’ve been trying the new formula and it’s really incredible.

What products aren’t worth the hype?

Magnetic face masks or those black peel off masks. I don’t think either of them are particularly effective, and for the most part, have a jacked up price because they’re ‘fancy’. I’ve also seen a lot of bloggers loving Weleda Skin Food recently, which I’m not really a fan of. I found it to be overly greasy, and not really do much – but maybe that’s just me.

What products can’t you mix together?

The first thing that comes to my mind is vitamin C and retinol. As they’re both so so active, they can cause irritation and sensitivity. If they’re already in a product together, chances are they’ve been stablised. But be careful if you’re applying a retinol serum by one brand, followed by a vitamin C moisturiser from another. Your skin might flush – I know mine does.

Hopefully you found this post useful – I know I enjoyed writing it!

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