A slight dryness and shiny t-zone are perfectly normal and it's this shine (sebum) which contains important natural lipids such as squalene that keeps the skin moist, plump and wrinkle-free for longer.
If you have no obvious skin care concerns then your skin care regime will be dependent on what you are looking to achieve through your skin care, such as radiance or protection, recommendations for your age group and your preferences.
For a refreshing cleanse use a gel or for a gentle cleanse opt for a cream. Toners can rebalance skin and remove excess dirt and makeup.
Choose from non-abrasive exfoliators such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid (sugar cane), lactic acid (milk) and tartaric acid (from grapes), which work by dissolving the top layer of dead skin cells; and abrasive exfoliators, such as jojoba beads, crushed fruit kernel, seeds or sugar, which remove dead skin cells by friction on the skin.
Choose from a lotion or cream moisturiser depending on whether you prefer a lightweight or rich formula.
To add radiance to the skin choose a radiance or skin brightening moisturiser containing ingredients such as vitamin c, licorice, bilberry, grape and blueberry extracts.
To prevent premature ageing look for antioxidant rich formulas containing vitamins C and E, alpha-lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, echinacea extract, pomegranate, and lypocene from tomatoes and polyphenols from grapes which can slow down and improve environmental ageing and free radical damage. Antioxidants are good protective ingredients for daytime skincare.
Mild forms of vitamin A can be used from any age to improve the appearance of existing lines and wrinkles and help prevent premature ageing. If you haven’t used it before, buildup usage slowly, starting with a couple of nights a week.
By Nina Weston
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