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Your Biggest Skincare Questions – Answered!

From layering products to when and how to use specific ingredients, we understand that you probably have a few questions about skincare and how to get it right. To make things a little easier, we have chosen some of the most commonly asked skincare questions from our customers and provided answers that will make everything seem a little more straight forward…

Can you use products from different brands in the same routine?

Sales pressure and misleading information have most likely made you believe that you need to use products from the same brand to see results. You may have even been told that adding products from different brands will make other products ineffective, or not work as well as they could. None of this is true! It is perfectly fine to mix and match products from different brands and it can sometimes be essential if you want to get the best results possible as not every brand will offer a full regime to suit your skin’s needs. 

How do I layer different serums effectively?

The great thing about serums is that they can be used and layered together, making them especially beneficial if you have a number of skin care woes that need addressing. When it comes to deciding which to apply first, the rule of thumb is to always start light and layer by consistency. Lighter serums will be easily and quickly absorbed into the skin while heavier formulas such as oils seal in the ingredients and may take longer to absorb. For serums that have more or less the same consistency, apply the one with the most targeted ingredients first. That means applying an antioxidant serum before a hydrating one.  

What ingredients should I avoid when pregnant?

Ruling out toxic and harmful ingredients is especially important while pregnant. Some harmful and common ingredients that you need to watch out for are sulfates, silicons, BHAs and synthetic fragrances. Additionally, you should say goodbye to your high doses of Retinol, Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide over the nine month period as these powerful actives may cause harm to the baby, according to research. 

Which ingredients are best for minimising uneven pigmentation? 

Scars and pigmentation often hang around for a prolonged period which can lead to a lot of frustration and layers of full coverage foundation. Products containing AHAs are a great way to reduce pigmentation and smooth the skin’s texture, both for dark spots and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The most popular AHAs that will take care of uneven tone include Glycolic, Lactic and Citric Acids, which get to work by dissolving the skin’s dulling stratum corneum, the oldest top layer of skin, to reveal the younger, more radiant skin cells beneath. 

Another great ingredient is Retinol which works by stimulating the synthesis of collagen and elastin to reveal smoother, renewed and more even skin. However, it often has drying or irritating side effects so it is best to start with smaller doses to allow your skin to adjust to it.

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