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Keep it Simple: One Size Fits All Skincare Tricks To Master

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Keep it Simple: One Size Fits All Skincare Tricks To Master

If beauty is only skin deep then that’s exactly the right place to start when it comes to looking and feeling good. Caring for our skin isn’t just a matter of vanity, but as our largest organ it needs special TLC to keep it happy. I think of my skin as one of my best friends; we look out for each other and if she’s pissed she won’t hesitate to show it – usually in the form of a breakout on my chin.

We all have different skin concerns and the magic cream that works wonders for your best friend might make you come out in hives. While it’s well worth discovering your individual skin type and the must-have products that work for your acne/dry skin/pigmentation, there are in fact some one size fits all skincare tricks that everyone should follow, no matter what their skin type. Start these skincare mandates now and you’ll be all set for a happier skincare future.

I spoke to cosmetic doctor Dr. Leah Totton, aesthetic doctor and winner of The Apprentice, to discover what one-size-fits-all skincare steps we should all be taking.

Pause and prevent

Prevention is all about planning and prep. If you want your skin to look healthier for longer, then you need to put in the time.

Dr. Leah says, “Prevention is nearly always better than cure. Many of the signs of ageing we see on our skin are due to extrinsic factors such as exposure to UVA rays, smoking, pollution, diet, lifestyle, stress. Making small changes to our lifestyle can make big changes to our skin.”

She also says that the effects are cumulative, so the sooner you start to make changes the better.

Invest to impress

While having radiant, plump and acne free skin is something that can often come down to great genes, (can we swap parents with you Cara Delevingne?) but all of us are capable of investing in a good skin care routine to make the most of what we’ve got.

Dr. Leah says, “I always recommend patients cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize daily. It’s important to keep your skin hydrated so it can function at its optimum skin health.”

Peet Rivko Gentle Cleanser
Peet Rivko Gentle Cleanser

So get your routine in place and stick to it – morning and night. We recommend the Gentle Cleaner and Daily Moisturizer from natural skincare line Peet Rivko all which are made with natural ingredients and suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

Peet Rivko Daily Moisturizer
Peet Rivko Daily Moisturizer
Scrub love

Exfoliating is actually one of the most important things for glowing skin – even if you have sensitive skin, there are gentle exfoliators out there, like Liz Earle’s Gentle Face Exfoliator that can clean out clogged pores.

Dr Leah says, “Oil, pollution and dead skin gets trapped inside your pores creating the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive or spots to proliferate.” Her top tip is not to over do it. “Go gentle on exfoliation and to look out for ingredients such as lactic acid and enzymes.”

Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator
Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator
Drink up

Drinking more water to keep your skin and body hydrated from the inside out is something all of us can do. Up your intake of water to keep skin plumper and less dehydrated. Dr Leah says roughly two litres a day is ideal for optimal health benefits, “plus it can ensure clear skin and stop it drying out.” If you’re looking for the ultimate moisturizer to quench your skin’s thirst from the outside-in then Dr Leah says “Obagi Hydrate Luxe is extra-moisturizing and contains ingredients to keep your skin looking and feeling supple and firm.”

Obagi Hydrate Luxe
Obagi Hydrate Luxe
Protect to perfect

Protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun is a no-brainer. Dr Leah says everyone should cover up in the sun, and should protect their skin with SPF.

“I strongly advise patients to wear SPF products daily under make up. A minimum of SPF30 -50 should be worn. UV has the ability to penetrate the skin even on the cloudiest of days and begin to degrade your support structures.”

Look out for SPF’s that also contain Vitamin C and E for enhanced photo protection. Heliocare Gel Cream SPF50 is a must.

Heliocare Gel Cream SPF50
Heliocare Gel Cream SPF50
Feed your skin

The American Academy of Dermatology have suggested that consumption of high GI foods such as biscuits, sugary drinks, white rice, bread and pasta can trigger a cascade response that can lead to acne, ageing and inflammation. Dr Leah says that by swapping your favourite snack foods for antioxidant rich yellow and orange foods and those that are high in Vitamin A can help keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

“Also salmon and fresh water fish are high in omega 3 and essential fatty acids which your skin needs to keep it healthy.”

They may sound simple but integrating these into your day to day can take time but your skin will thank you for it. For more information about Dr Leah Clinics visit www.drleah.co.uk

—Ursula Brunetti

Read more of MBS’s Spotlight column over here.

  • Tanya

    more reasons to eat well and avoid stress, I’m in!

    • Ursula Brunetti

      Absolutely!

  • 1alwaysnyc1

    These are all great tips. I agree that skincare is cumulative.

  • tpoage

    I would really like to try the cleanser and scrub.

  • Kathleen

    You don’t mention a skin serum. I was wondering how important it really is? Does it depend on ones skin concern(s)?

    • Ursula Brunetti

      I think serums are a great addition to a skincare routine, but I guess most serums are related to skin ageing concerns which is why I’ve not added into ‘one size fits all’ skincare tips. Definitely a great thing to invest in though for protection and prevention.

  • Amber Johnson

    Thank you for this. I’m super excited to try some of these

    • Ursula Brunetti

      The SPF is a must!

  • Brenda King

    Can’t wait to try some of these products (especially the exfoliator).

    • Ursula Brunetti

      It smells lovely as well!

  • Calvin F.

    Good overview of skincare

  • chava zewicky

    Very informative article I got some good tips, thanks.

  • tpoage

    Sounds like some great products.

  • thepittsmn

    Wonderful products.

  • Susan West

    Great article! I have learned alot and will put it to good use.

  • 1alwaysnyc1

    I wish I had known earlier in my life about SPF.

  • Brenda King

    I used to be in the sun constantly when I was younger with no SPF. Now I apply it daily!

  • Julie L

    I completely agree with the skin hydration by drinking water and applying the proper products.

  • Pauline Linares

    Love thr tips!

  • chava zewicky

    I keep it simple and cheap. I love using St.Ives apricot scrub and Neutrogena acne cleansing bar soap.

  • 1alwaysnyc1

    Like so many others my age, I grew up unaware of the damage that the sun could do to my skin. I’ve taught my daughter to wear SPF every day.

  • eric

    I did not know that consumption of high GI foods such as biscuits, sugary drinks, white rice, bread and pasta can trigger a cascade response that can lead to acne, ageing and inflammation.

  • kaarie gillis

    WATER HEALS. I’ve been getting healthier even since I started drinking more of it. I also drink teas that are made with probiotics such as lemon ginger. All the tips on here are great and must follows imo.

  • thepittsmn

    Good tips.

  • Audrey

    Nice products

  • thepittsmn

    I have to say St. Ives is a great product for the price.

  • Angelina West

    This is so awesome! I would love to try!

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