The Handbook
The Handbook

Let’s face it, looking after your skin correctly is super important, which is something Skin Experts Dermacare Direct know a thing or two about, so we reached out to co-founder Andrea to find out exactly what we should be doing. Dermacare Direct was launched to inform, educate and advise clients about a wealth of skincare concerns, and offer a range of advanced skin care products and devices to address these in order to obtain, maintain and enhance optimal skin health at home. So if the onset of winter is making your skin so dry it’s hard to crack a smile, or if you’re spending more time in the mirror noticing the appearance of lines and wrinkles then, read on dear Handbooker.

First of all – how cold is it? Brr! Now that winter has officially arrived, what’s the best way to combat dry skin this season?

In winter, swapping to a richer moisturiser is the best idea along with applying a Hyaluronic Acid (HA) serum underneath it. What’s more, you should definitely be exfoliating your skin regularlybecause this will increase hydration and allow the active ingredients to penetrate into deeper layers of skin.

Noted – thanks! So, where a good skin care routine is concerned, what’s the very least people should include?

In my opinion, there are three essential products everyone needs to include in their daily skincare regime; Vitamin C, sunscreen and an exfoliating product! It’s super important for people to applya good quality, high factor sunscreen (at least SPF30+) daily,and this should be abided by even in winter! Where exfoliating is concerned, this helps to remove all the dull,dead skin cells and encourages growth of new ones, so it is very good for things like improving elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as opening up your pores. It is also great for helping to fade acne scarring.

Why Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is a powerfulantioxidant and a great addition to your daily skincare regime, because it helps to reverse the signs of natural ageing caused by free-radical cell damage from the sun and the environment.

Is an SPF good enough just to be used in foundation?

No, because an SPF of at least 30 is recommended and the foundations would be unable to provide this. A good advanced sunscreen like Heliocare would provide the protection required against UV and environmental damage.

On the topic of anti-ageing, which are the best creams?

Well, as of yet there aren’t any magic all-in-one miracle anti-ageing products(we wish there were!). But there are loads of different anti-ageing ingredients which can be included in your skincare regime to address skin ageing. You can apply the following; Vitamin C, an Exfoliating product, Retinol, Peptides, Growth factors and HA serum; all of those have been proven to slow down the ageing of skin. So, there’s hope yet!

What about anti-ageing supplements…any miracle cures yet?

I’d have to say collagen supplements– our fave is Rejuvenated Collagen Shots – A high strength blend of skin firming active anti-ageing ingredients in the form of a drink will help you achieve firm, plump and healthy skin.

How about facial massages? We all love them, but do they give notable results?

Well massaging boosts circulation and increases product absorption, as well as encouraging collagen production. So, in a word, yes! Facial massages give you a lift, and give a natural glow to the complexion. We love the PMD Clean device.

Would you recommend using an eye cream or does a normal face cream do the same thing?

I would advise using a preventative eye care treatment from as early as your twenties. In your thirties, the first visible signs of ageing begin to appear (yes, we know!) So, actually using an eye cream daily, or even twice daily, can help keep the skin elastic and prevents collagen loss around the eye! Using a normal moisturiser around the eye isn’t your best bet as the skin around your eyes is much thinner, so it is prone to irritation and may cause milia around the eye area from using rich moisturising creams. It’s important to use the correct eye products because in your thirties, you are more likely to have specific eye area concerns like dark circles, fine lines and puffiness that would require eye products specially formulated with ingredients to target those concerns.

What are common skincare mistakes that people make?

Not applying a sunscreen daily even in winter, and not exfoliating regularly/daily.Oh, and not getting the right skincare advice, but that’s what we’re here for!

Finally, let’s talk scars – does silicone gel work for scars or is there a better treatment?

Medical grade silicone is the only medically proven ingredient to work on scars. It’s used by dermatologist’s and plastic surgeons all over the world.

How about ingrown hair scars?

Exfoliating (removing the upper layers of dead skin) is key to managing ingrown hairs as well as mild scarring. Daily use of a cleanser containing glycolic acid or salicylic acid is particularly effective.

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