I’ve started a new IGTV Live Series where I’ll chat each Tuesday lunch time about a topic that I get a lot of questions about. First up: my skincare routine. More than anything, this something that I get loads of DMs about.
If you miss any of these Lives, it will be saved to my IGTV channel to watch later.
A reminder about what I’ve previously discussed about my skincare routine:
1. One of the biggest myths about skin is that injectables change the texture and feel of it. They don’t. I’ve never hidden the fact that I get Botox. I’ve done so (two-three times a year) since the year I turned 40. And the year I turned 50, I got .5ml of filler in each of my cheeks. I haven’t had filler for two years now. I’m now 53 and I like the way these treatments give my face a fresh look. What they don’t do is change the condition of my skin. I know it’s not for everyone and that’s ok.
2. The condition of my skin is thanks to a combination of wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun from a very young age and having a consistent skincare routine since the age of 18. I upped that routine the year I turned 30 and actually committed to night-time cleansing. I KNOW! Future self is very happy.
3. I invest in seeing a trusted skincare therapist every month for a facial treatment to suit exactly what my skins needs at that given moment. Usually it involves microdermabrasion, a mask and LED light therapy. It’s important to find someone who has the knowledge to treat your skin specifically to your individual needs, not just in a cookie-cutter, “how much product can I sell?” approach.
4. I’m not currently sponsored by any skincare company.
5. All the products and treatments in the world will mean nothing if you’re not consistent with your daily at-home routine. Make it a habit! It’s never too late to start. The number of products I use may trigger you. HAH. Even if you bring your routine back to simply cleansing and moisturising twice daily and wearing sunscreen every day, your skin will love you back. The key is consistency.
6. The below video runs through my morning, nightly and weekly skincare routine. I’ve got dry, hyper-sensitive perimenopausal skin I work to keep the skin calm, hydrated and balanced. If the balance gets tipped even slightly, I experience flakiness and redness … and from time to time, perioral dermatitis.
7. The temptation can be to throw ALL the active ingredients at your skin – retinol, chemical peels, vitamin serums – but my advice is DON’T without professional advice and/or skin patch testing. It can be too much for your skin and you could end up spending a long time getting your skin back in balance.
Products or people mentioned in the IGTV video who help with my skincare routine:
Sally Williams – my skincare therapist
Morning skincare routine (in order of use/application)
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (two-three times a week)
Lanolips Golden Dry Skin Salve (on lips overnight)
Weekly (or whenever I feel like a lift)