So you want to start a skincare routine, but you have some questions: How many products do you have to use? What products should you use? In what order should you be applying these products? And what do those products even do? Oh, and not to mention, how do you prevent visual ageing?
Ever wondered what skincare professionals actually put on their own faces, when they're home alone and no one is watching? We did too, so here is a juicy tell all interview with expert celebrity facialist Su-Man, who also has an award-winning skincare range.
Below, Su-Man tells all on her step-by-step skincare guide to use as a blueprint for your own regimen to building flawless skin. Of course, everyone's skin is different, so adjust based on what works for your age and skin type.
We ask Sun-Man what her habitual day and night skincare routine is, in order of application, along with her must have beauty products, this is her response.
"My skincare routine is very simple and I use the same product for the day and night, apart from applying sunscreen during the day. So it’s mainly cleansing, toning, serum, eye cream and moisturiser plus sunscreen (day time only). I also spend 2.5 minutes massaging my face while applying my skincare products, so 5 minutes a day massage is my must- have ritual.
My toning essence is my must have product, because I have super dry skin and this essence gives it an extra boost of hydration. It is also an essential bridge between cleansing and moisturising."
Do you believe applying serum and sunscreen is an important daily routine?
I believe applying serum daily is an important routine, because serum is full of concentrated actives and smaller molecules which allow it to deeply penetrate the skin layer and nurture your skin. Applying sunscreen daily is also important but I don’t always follow this routine strictly. I don’t apply sunscreen when I am out before 10am or after 4pm, because our body needs Vitamin D to keep us healthy.
Should people with oily skin still moisturise? Likewise, should individuals with dry skin moisturise more often?
That’s most definitely! Moisturiser is like the roof of the ceiling, even if you are rich or poor we all need a roof to protect ourselves from environmental aggressors. The only difference is that if you have dry skin you need to apply it more frequently, than people who have oily skin.
Are silk pillow slips worth the hype?
Any products related to sleep are so personal and different to all people. Therefore I don’t think people should follow the trend blindly! I personally don’t like silk pillow slips as they can be slippery and annoying, plus expensive to wash regularly.
What beauty tips do you know now, that you wish you’d known when you were younger?
Sun protection. I grew up on a farm, although we wore straw hats as protection, constant exposure to the sun has a huge impact to skin - hyper pigmentation.
If you could only use one skincare product for the rest of time, what would that product be, and why?
I’ve never believed in one "super product" for all, so it’s difficult for me to just use one skincare product because it won’t work! However, if you insist, I’ll say I can’t live without my rehydrating toning essence. It's packed with hydrating goodies and has higher concentration of Hydraulic Acid which keeps skin plump, supple and hydrated.
Do you take any vitamin supplements to boost your skin from the inside out?
No, I normally have a healthy and balanced diet that brings all the nutrients that my body needs.
What would you use to treat acne scares?
I don’t use anything for acne scares. I believe through massaging the face everyday it encourages blood flow, increases metabolic function and speeds up the healing process. I’ve seen this from my client’s skin. However, it takes time, patience and discipline. For the acne scars, I normally recommend using a daily gentle exfoliation such as my watermelon polish to remove the dead skin.
Are there any specific foods you think can help skin complexion? How important is staying hydrated?
I believe a healthy body should be able to eat everything, however, eating foods low in glycemic index like fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and pulses are better for your skin. The more colourful the food the better.
Drinking plenty of water is the key for revitalised skin. When the skin is dehydrated, you will see much more flow on your skin such as acne and acne scares and pigmentation. So never let your skin dry!
Can you let us in on your preventative aging tips?
Haha... Well like I mentioned earlier, I spend 5 minutes a day massaging my face while applying my skincare products. I then exfoliate twice a week followed by my facial glow rejuvenating mask.
In addition to this, I stretch to wake up my body, rub my ears and scrape my scalp every morning. Drinking a glass of warm water with lemon and honey to cleanse. I make sure I do exercise six days a week, eating colourful foods, sleep well and so on - One thing I’m really good at it is having a good laugh. Laughing has so many benefits and I believe that’s the best anti-ageing tip.
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