When it comes to skincare, the messages regarding what we should and shouldn’t be doing with our skin are as mixed as a bag of your favourite lollies.
Do we need to be spending money? Do we need to put on 100 different creams to make sure our skin shines?
We have no freaking idea. We’re confused. We’re always confused. So, we enlisted the help of skin doctor, Dr Douglas Grose, the President of Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia and asked him, of all the products we’re buying what’s the biggest waste of time?
Dr Grose told Mamamia before we touched on the stuff that’s no good, let’s ensure we know what works.
“There are products which do benefit the skin that have been well researched. Amongst these are the vitamin A derivatives such as retinol, antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E or alpha lipoic acid, fruit acids such as glycolic and lactic acid, some minerals such as zinc and copper and some peptides.”
He also added the most simple regimes are the best, encouraging us to ensure we’re doing the following:
1. Clean the skin at least once or twice a day
2. Protect skin from the sun every day with sunscreen on all exposed skin
3. Gently remove dead skin cells and debris from the skin every day – exfoliate
4. Moisturise if the skin is dry
And now for the stuff you’re wasting your dollars on.
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“Toners are generally useless. Most toners are astringents containing alcohol in one form or another which acts as a solvent and removes oil from the skin. This makes the skin feel dry and tight, encouraging the use of a moisturiser to replace the lost natural skin oils the toner removed!” Dr Grose says.
“Some toners called bracers or fresheners contain other ingredients to moisturise the skin such as glycerine but that makes them into moisturisers, not toners. If a toner is advertised as being alcohol free then it is a moisturiser, not a toner. Only people with very oily acne prone skin benefit from toners and there are quite low cost versions of alcohol based skin wipes available for that purpose.”
2. You don’t need a moisturiser if you’re using sunscreen
“Applying a skin moisturiser in the morning that does not contain a sunscreen, or first applying a moisturiser, then a sunscreen over the top, is completely unnecessary. Any cream or lotion based sunscreen will also act as a moisturiser. The ‘feel’ of a product on the skin is very important and is part of the formulation process. For sunscreens to work they must form a film on the skin which some people do not like the feel of. Keep trying different ones until you find the one you like the feel of. There are many daily use sunscreens available now which also form an excellent base for makeup.”