7 Skin Health Questions Answered
Achieving your optimal skin health doesn’t need to be complicated, and we’re answering 7 of your most frequently asked skin health questions to inform and empower you when you’re creating your skin ritual
1. What’s the difference between an essence and a serum?
Think of your essence as a skin booster, an added layer of hydration for the skin post-cleansing and prior to your serums, moisturisers and richer products. Essences are often more watery in texture (due to smaller molecule size), and they enhance the penetration of products to follow
Serums offer a more targeted ingredient profile, supporting anti-ageing or inflammation, and will be pressed into the skin after an essence and before a moisturiser or sunscreen. Essences and serums work hand in hand for healthy, glowing skin
2. Should I be double cleansing?
When it comes to double cleansing, the answer depends on your preferences and your skin type. If you wear sunscreen and other products daily, or find you lean towards combination or oily skin, a double cleanse in the evening will ensure the skin is cleansed and purified for your evening skin products
Dry or normal skin types may not require a double cleanse, and ensuring you gently move your cleanser around the face for at least 30 seconds will also maximise your results for a single or double cleanse. In the interest of protecting and supporting the skin’s microbiome, excessive cleansing should always be avoided, so start slow
3. What’s the difference between a chemical and a physical sunscreen?
A physical sunscreen will often include zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the active ingredients, sitting on your skin and reflecting UV rays. Chemical sunscreens have chemical actives to protect your skin from sun exposure, which are absorbed by the body, allowing you to effectively convert UV rays safely. The sunscreen that’s best for you is the one you wear every day, so the choice is yours. Physical sunscreens such as SPF50+Facial Sunscreen are often the best product for sensitive or easily irritated skin, while chemical formulas may offer lighter textures for oily skin
4. Do I need to use a moisturiser and an oil?
A moisturiser is a must-have for all skin types to hydrate, soothe and smooth the skin while boosting it with skin-nourishing ingredients. For dry skin types, topping your skin with an oil is the perfect way to lock in your moisturiser benefits, add a glow to the skin, and reduce trans-epidermal water loss across the day – ideal for cooler weather. It’s not essential to use both, but trapping and promoting hydration and moisture in the skin is a critical part of maintaining skin health long term, so an oil can make a great addition to your routine
A simple yet effective skin health ritual doesn’t mean you sacrifice high-performance ingredients, and often, less means more for your skin
5. Why do I need to cleanse my face? Why not just water?
While better than nothing, water alone doesn’t have the ability to effectively clean the skin on a daily basis. Removing sunscreen, daily skin products or even makeup relies on cleansing agents within formulas to gently loosen product buildup or excess sebum on the skin, which H2O alone can’t do. Used in conjunction with cool or lukewarm water, a cleanser is an important first step in your routine
6. How often should I exfoliate my skin?
We recommend exfoliating your skin 2-3 times a week, starting with once a week and building up depending on your skin’s response. A physical (also known as manual) exfoliant with a scrub texture such as Cleansing Facial Scrub suits this schedule, while a chemical exfoliant (such as alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acids) pose more risk of sensitising skin, as they exfoliate at deeper levels of the skin
In general, exfoliation promotes skin circulation, textural improvements and a brighter complexion
7. How do I best layer my skincare?
Look to the textures of your skincare as a guide to layering – post-cleansing, apply your essence to damp skin, and wait a few moments before you apply your serum and/or moisturiser and finally oil as your skin requires. Wait until these have absorbed before going in with your sunscreen to maximise protection and reduce movement or slippage of that SPF product