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Five Minutes With…
When it comes to your skincare routine and the products you’re using, it’s easy to get confused and wonder whether or not they’re actually working for you. Even more frustrating, you may even be wondering if the routine is making things worse.
For our ‘Five Minutes With…’, we sat down with Emma, spa therapist at theclubandspa on Level 5. We spoke about her advice on some of the most frequently asked skincare questions, as well as learning more leading skincare spa brand, ELEMIS.
What would you recommend if you wake up with dry skin in the morning?
Adding a face oil into your home care routine is a fantastic way to prevent having dry skin. You’ll receive more benefits from using an oil rather than a cream, as it will penetrate right through to the bottom layer of your skin, helping to replenish and condition those vital protective layers. I would always recommend avoiding soap and water to clean your face, as this will only dry your skin out more.
What should you do to protect your skin in the sun?
You should always use at least an SPF30 on your face. My go to product is ELEMIS’ Daily Defence Shield in SPF30. Not only is this product a perfect base for make-up, it also protects your skin from UV rays and from your blue light – meaning your computer, mobile phone and tablet, as all these devises contribute to the aging process.
Should I cleanse before bed or in the morning?
The simple answer is both. I often speak to clients who tell me they don’t need to cleanse twice a day as they don’t wear make-up. But even just walking through Birmingham city centre you’ve picked up so many toxins on your skin, so I’d highly recommend that you have a morning and evening skincare routine.
What are the most important parts to a skincare routine?
It really depends on what your priorities are, but I’d definitely start off by doing a basic, which is a cleanse, tone and moisturise. However, if you’ve got really dry skin, then I’d also incorporate a facial oil. My clients often have the pre-conception that if they have naturally oily skin, then a facial oil wouldn’t be compatible with their skin, but in reality, the oil will help balance out your skin tone.
The versatility of face oils means they can address a number of skin issues. For example, you’ll find oils that can help mattify your skin and oils that help draw out any impurities. For those that are suffering from fine lines and wrinkles there are oils and eye creams to help with those target areas. However, if you are someone who doesn’t really have much of a home care routine, then it’s best to keep it to the basics (cleanse, tone and moisturise).
What’s your ultimate skincare routine using ELEMIS products?
Although I have an oily skin type it’s massively dehydrated, so as a result, I use a number of products from the different ELEMIS ranges, both morning and night. I opt to use the Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm as it leaves my skin cleansed, nourished and renewed for a glowing complexion. I also use the Bio Tech Cleanser as it’s re-energising and helps with my congested skin, as well as the Lavender Toner as it helps balance out my skin tone. I follow this by using Skin Buff – a really deep exfoliation which helps draw out any impurities. I will use this only once or twice a week as it’s a fairly intensive treatment.
Every week I use a Peptide mask and a dynamic resurfacing serum to help tighten the appearance of pores. I love using the Pro-advanced Eye Treatment Serum to tighten any fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area, followed by the Pro Collagen marine cream, which is anti-aging and rehydrates the skin.
How can I prevent aging skin?
A lot of it is down to the products you use, as well as your lifestyle and what you eat and drink. However, in terms of products, then the new ELEMIS Pro Collagen range is ideal if you’re suffering from fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. This clinically proven formulation blends a powerful combination of ingredients, including Padina Pavonica and Ginkgo Biloba, shown to restore your collagen and elasticity.
What’s the best way to handle sensitive skin?
If you suffer from sensitive skin, I’d recommend that you keep the number of products you use to a minimum. ELEMIS has its own sensitive range which includes the Apricot Toner – a calming treatment which effectively tones the skin and helps maintain the pH level, without the use of alcohol or other harsh detergents.
Another fantastic product is the award-winning Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm. This powerful cleanser easily dissolves make-up, daily grime and pollutants for a soft and glowing complexion. However, one of my favourite products is the Papaya Enzyme Peel. This gentle cream exfoliator, ideal for sensitive skins, exfoliates and purifies tired, lacklustre skin. Whilst being non-abrasive, the peel leaves the skin soft, revitalised and radiant.
To learn more about ELEMIS and what products are right for you, visit the experts at theclubandspa on Level 5 of The Cube. If you’re interesting in booking a treatment at the spa, please call 0121 6432200 (Option 1) or visit www.theclubandspabirmingham.co.uk/the-spa/
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