Skincare FAQ with Nadia from Beyond Medispa
We recently asked our skincare expert Nadia from Beyond Medispa (Harvey Nichols) to answer some of our most frequently asked questions on skincare!
Q: When should I start using anti-ageing products?
A: I get asked this a lot! When you hit your 20s, your collagen production decreases quite rapidly, so I would say from 25+. Introducing one anti-ageing product into your routine at this age will help to decrease signs of ageing down the road.
If you haven't started using anti-ageing products and you are in your 30s or 40s+, you may want to look for something a bit stronger.
My top tip on anti-ageing products: If you are wearing mascara, when you remove it you are rubbing the sensitive skin area around the eyes, which can cause fine lines. I recommend using a light eye cream - perhaps a gel or a hydrating cream in the evening after removing mascara or eyeliner.
Q: What is Vitamin C and how should I use it?
A: Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant. It is available in different strengths and textures, some oil based, serums, face masks and creams. Vitamin C boosts the skin and gives skin a natural glow.
All skin types can use Vitamin C, even sensitive skin if you use a lower dose. It may tingle slightly depending on how pure the Vitamin C is - this is normal!
You would use Vitamin C daily - you can use morning or night, or both! I recommend my clients apply Vitamin C in the morning. This is because if you apply Vitamin C under your SPF, the Vitamin C can work to enhance the SPF by up to 95%. This means an extra boost of free radical protection.
Q: What is Retinol and how should I use it?
Retinol is Vitamin A for the skin and comes in all different forms such as serums, creams and oils.
Retinol is great for treating an uneven skin tone, acne scars or fine lnes/ signs of skin ageing. It is the best product you can use for anti-ageing.
I always recommend my clients use retinol in the evening and wear a good quality SPF in the day. Usually retinols come as a serum, so you would therefore apply this as part of your skincare routine under your moisturiser.
Retinols come in different strengths, from 0.25 all the way up to prescription strength. Of course, I always recommend talking to your skincare advisor before using a stronger retinol on your skin. It's a good idea to start with a low dose, e.g. 0.25, and increase slowly as you learn how your skin is reacting to the retinol.
If you are treating acne scars, you can start using retinol from the age of 17-18 depending on the type of scarring.
Q: What is Glycolic and how should I use it?
Glycolic is a type of AHA Acid that helps to microexfoliate the skin. It is great for all skin types, except for really sensitive skin. Glycolic is a great solution for anyone with larger pores, wanting to tackle anti-ageing or anyone with very oily skin.
Glycolic can come in all different forms such as a cream, serum or pads.
How often to use Glycolic acid varies depending on what product you are using. If you are using a glycolic exfoliator, once to twice a week is fine. If you are using it as part of an intense skincare routine you can use products such as glycolic pads as part of your nightly routine.
What are the signs of sun damage and can it be reversed?
The signs of sun damage are usually darker pigmentation areas across the skin. There is also a type of pigmentation which is hormonal and often confused with sun damage.
Sun damage is 100% reversable! Wear at least an SPF 30 everyday - even if it is raining.
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