Ahh, should you change skin care products?
This is a topic I get asked about quite a bit. I usually respond with two things:
1. Are you consistent with what you currently use?
2. Are you happy/unhappy with the results?
These two questions are super important for a number of reasons.
The consistency question is the top priority in my opinion. It doesn’t matter what your skin care products claim to do, if you don’t use them then they can’t do the work, can they?
Only when you are consistently using your products – any products – can you make an real assessment as to whether they’re working for your skin.
And by working for your skin, I mean are they doing what you’d hoped they would do. Are they helping to decrease break-outs, are they addressing the hydration of your skin, are they helping with any redness?
If your answer is yes to both the above questions, than you’re excused for the day. Go straight to the top of the skin care regime class and collect your gold star on the way through.
If your answer to question one is “could be better” then I’d love you to set yourself a challenge to cleanse, moisturise and treat your skin twice a week for 28 days. No excuses, just make it happen.
Then you can give me your answer to number 2.
And if that’s still a “no, I’m not happy, could be better” then read on. It might be time for you to explore a little shake up of your skin care routine.
How to choose new products
1. Look at your current offering and work first with what you’ve got. Yes, you may have decided that the overall result is not working for you but maybe it will be ok to hold on to your cleanser or day moisturisers until they’ve run out. I’m never about a wholesale dumping of what we’ve paid good money for.
2. Decide what you’d most like your skin care to do for you. What’s your main concern? That’s how you you’re going to narrow down your product focus and ensure you spend your dollars on products that work for you – not your daughter or your sister or your girlfriend or your mum. Also decide what’s most important to you in a product. Is it its cost? Is it that it’s chemical-free? Is it that it’s cruelty-free? Is it that it’s a salon prescription for your skin.
3. Get advice. Personal recommendations are great but what works for your friends or relatives may not work for you. It may even make your skin worse. If your budget stretches to it, then head to a respected and recommended salon and put a plan in place for your skin care that includes regular facials. A beauty therapist can also help pinpoint particular problem areas you may not even realise exist. Don’t automatically buy the products they recommend. Ask for samples before spending up.
4. Do your research. In stores – boutique-style, beauty counters or budget – you can easily be bombarded by clever marketing and signage. Before heading in store, let your mouse finger do the clicking and search for products to suit your skin and in a price bracket that fits your budget. Read a bunch of online reviews. In store, always ask for samples – not possible generally in a supermarket – but in other places like Priceline, department stores and Mecca Cosmetica yes.
5. Start with the basics. It’s so easy to get caught up in thinking you need a hundred different products to keep your skin on track. You don’t. Yes, I personally get carried away at times (technically it’s my job so that’s ok) but when it comes down it, the essentials I think should be on your basics skin care wishlist are: cleanser, moisturiser, sunscreen, serum, exfoliating product. Every morning: cleanse, apply serum, moisturise and sunscreen (yes to combining a moisturising sunscreen for day). Every night: cleanse, apply serum, moisturise. Every few days, use an exfoliating product after cleansing (granules or an AHA/lactic acid formula). My only other product addition I would include is a good eye cream. I tend to use this around my lips too.
3 skin care ranges to try
I’ve been trialling these three ranges over the past few months*. Each is priced differently but each sets out to do what it claims to. One of these ranges might suit you.
I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to have all your skin care products from the same brand but if you’re new to this product journey then I think that it’s not such a bad place to start. As you get comfortable with certain products, you’ll also get more comfortable with choosing a different cleanser or moisturiser or serum and mixing it up between brands.
This Australian new-kid-on-the-skincare block launched last year. It was created with a vision for organic skincare products that work. It’s a cruelty free range created from highly potent certified organic ingredients – no parabens, sulphates, propylene glycol, synthetic fragrances, artificial colours, petrochemicals, silicones, phthalates, nature identical ingredients, GMOs, PEGs, DEA, TEA, EDTA, MEA, carbomers, ethoxylates or 1,4-dioxane.
What the products do contain are botanicals that help with general and specific skin care concerns. They’re not 100% organic but the percentage of organic products is labelled on each product. All are priced under $29.95. I used a selection of the products from the “ageing concern” category for about a month: Foaming Gel Cleanser ($24.95), Mist Toner ($19.95), Day Cream ($29.95), Night Cream ($29.95) and Rosehip Calendula Chamomile Face Oil ($29.95)
This range is incredibly nurturing for your skin – and accessible. That as well as its transparency in regards to ingredients makes it a winner in my books. You can also buy at Priceline.
I’m yet to meet a Jurlique product I haven’t liked. This Australian-based skincare company has its own farm in South Australia where for 25 years it has grown biodynamic ingredients for its products. It guarantees there are no synthetic chemicals sprayed on ingredients from that farm. This is very important for those with sensitive skin.
This range includes Jurlique’s Comfort Complex which soothes skin sensitivity and enriches skin with cucumber and chamomile. I’m very much prone to redness and used the three products in this range for about a month with success: Calming Mist ($55), Restorative Treatment Serum ($80) and Soothing Moisturising Cream ($85). A starter kit is available for $59.
The Calendula (grown on the Jurlique farm) in these products is key to calming, restoring and soothing skin sensitivity. The formulations are more than 95% natural and don’t contain alcohol, parabens, PEGs, petrochemicals, silicones, formaldehyde donors and artificial colours and fragrances.
I was introduced to this range by my therapist at Endota Spa Rosalie, Katrina. I made a pact with myself at the start of the year that I was going to aim to have a facial every month. I’ve sort of kept to that pact. Last month didn’t happen because of the dreaded flu but I’m back on track. I figure if it’s every six weeks then I’m still ahead of last year. My skin really is showing for it.
This Endota spa stocks a number of skin care ranges but after consultation with Katrina it was decided that HydroPeptide facials it would be – the emphasis with this treatment and products is very much in boosting hydration levels in the skin. That’s something my skin very much needs year round these days – age will do that. I’ve been using the home products for about a month now and they very much have helped in that department. My skin also has a smoothness and brightness to it that is an improvement from before.
Morning and night I’m using the Cleanse ($65), Serum ($190), Power Lift ($120) and Eye. About once a week I’m using the Peel Kit ($99) – two products that work together to offer an in-home version of what Katrina uses in her facials. It’s not an inexpensive range but it will appeal to women who are regular salon-product buyers and looking for a little more from their products.
The key to these products is the peptide technology contained within. The peptides work at a cellular level to increase hydration, smooth the skin and make it more luminous. They work alongside antioxidant-rich botanical stem cells, AHAs and hyaluronic acid for a powerful age-preserving combination.
* These products were sent to me for editorial consideration
Over to you … what’s your skin care regime look like? Are you consistent? Does it work for you?