Have you heard about self-care for skin?

Prevention, they say, is better than the cure, and as far as our skin is concerned, these are words to live by. “Inhibiting skin-damaging factors is far more effective than trying to treat them once they’ve appeared,” explains Dr Ross Perry, cosmetic skin doctor.

And in a climate geared towards self-care and wellness, it’s only natural that we are shifting from seeking out trouble-shooting skincare solutions to stocking up on nutrient-enriched complexion protectors.

Skincare self-care means adhering to the increasingly popular Japanese ethos of a methodical, mini-ritual routine that allows you to focus and gain clarity. 

Follow these four steps for the ultimate zen skin…

1. Detox & treat your skin

Kick-start a mindful morning regime with a face mask such as vegan brand Bybi’s new Detox Dust. Ingredients including clay and activated charcoal help flush out toxins, leaving skin purified and better equipped to benefit from your day creams and serums.

For a targeted daytime treatment, it’s worth investing in a formula that helps skin retain and reinforce its firmness. Clarins’ Extra-Firming Day Cream SPF 15 has been updated for 2018 with extracts from the kangaroo paw flower, which have been proven to help the skin regenerate. 

2. The power of hydration 

Paying attention to hydration will support your skin’s natural barrier function and help keep it feeling supple. 

Three of spring’s best hydration-rich formulations include Shiseido’s Waso Fresh Jelly Lotion containing elements of the sponge-like white jelly mushroom for hits of hydration; Origins’ recently reformulated Dr Weil Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief & Resilience Treatment Lotion, packed with skin-quenching ingredients including coprinus mushroom; and La Mer’s The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream, containing antioxidant lime-tea concentrate to defend skin against stressors such as pollution. 

3. Night-a-mins

Overnight, vitamin A-derivative retinol can be a potent protector against everything from fine lines to pigmentation. A recent breakthrough in this field is Murad’s Retinol Youth Renewal Serum – a three-pronged formulation that increases cell turnover while optimising the skin’s long-term ability to process the healing benefits of retinol. 

4. Weekly restoration

Treat skin once a week to a sheet mask such as Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask. Follow this with Decléor’s calming and restorative Aromessence Néroli Amara Night Balm, rich in soothing and detoxing chamomile, sandalwood and neroli, which do as much for the mind as they do for the complexion. Beauty sleep guaranteed… 

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