What skincare line should I use?
When it comes to your skin, using the right products in your skincare routine is extremely important. But with 182 skincare brands out there, marketing around 25,000 different products, how can you know which one is the right one for you?
Spoiler alert: you can’t (unless you have time to try them all)!
You see, it’s not so much about finding the right skincare line as it is about finding the right active ingredients for your skin type. Someone with sensitive skin will need products with different ingredients to someone with dry skin, for example.
It’s also important to know that there is no one size fits all when it comes to skincare lines. Sometimes, one product form a certain brand will do wonders for your skin, while another from the same brand could do the opposite. So a selection of products from different skincare lines is often best suited for many people (just make sure they are authentic and scientifically proven to deliver results).
As we often get asked this question in regards to anti-ageing lines, we’ve gone ahead and listed what a good anti-ageing skincare routine should look like.
And if you want to find the ideal ingredients, products and skincare line(s) for your own skin, take our 3-min skin quiz. Upon completion, a Skinora skin doctor will put together a personalised skincare programme for you for £10 (which you can later redeem if you purchase a recommended product).
What should a good anti-ageing skincare routine include?
In general, a good anti-ageing skincare routine should be made up of the following product types from one or more skincare lines:
1. An effective deep cleanser with antioxidants
The first step of any skincare routine should be a cleanser that contains antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that naturally protect your skin from free radicals such as dust, pollution and passive smoke. Most often found in foods like strawberries, blueberries and oranges, a good cleanser will contain antioxidant-rich fruit extracts to help clean those clogged pores at the end of a long day.
2. The right toner depending on your skin type
A toner is the second step of a good cleanser and helps remove further impurities that still remain after you’ve washed your face. Toners are also a great way to replenish the skin. They come in all shapes and sizes, and with all sort of ingredients (salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid are two common ones, for example). Again, finding out your skin type is key to knowing which ingredients are a good match for you.
3. Pigment treatment
Hyperpigmentation, also known as dark spots, occurs when the skin produces more melanin in certain areas compared to others. While it’s quite common to develop darker patches as we age (they are usually harmless), many people are, understandably, not a fan of them. It’s only natural then that every anti-ageing routine should include a good product to minimise the appearance of age spots. Wearing adequate sun protection to prevent further skin damage is just as important, however (more on that later).
4. An antioxidant serum
A good Serum (not to be confused with face oil) plays a key part in any skincare routine. Because they’re made up of very small molecules, the skin absorbs them quickly and deeply, forming a barrier that blocks out free radicals. So while an antioxidant cleanser is great at cleaning the dirt off your face, an antioxidant serum acts as an anti-inflammatory and sun-damage repairing shield.
Excessive exposure to sunlight has been identified as the biggest environmental factor causing ageing (around 90% to be precise). The ultraviolet light present in sunlight breaks down collagen in your skin and as a result, it starts to lose elasticity. Sun damage is not to be underestimated, and can also lead to dead skin cells and even skin cancer if a strong enough SPF is not used.
Hence the most essential part of any anti-ageing skincare regime is adequate sun protection for your skin type that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are what causes your skin to tan (and become dry), while UVA rays penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin and are far more damaging.
How can I find the best skincare products for me?
If you’re keen on finding the right skincare lines and products for your anti-ageing skincare routine (or any other routine for that matter), take our personalised skin quiz.
Our skincare doctors will tell you everything you need to know about your skin type. They will also create a unique skincare routine for you, recommending scientifically-proven products from the skincare lines best fit for your skin.
How it works
Take our 3 minute quiz
Start with a skin quiz compiled by our doctors
This assesses many factors to allow us to customise your skincare for a £10 skin analysis fee
Receive your Customised Skin Programme
Our skin experts will determine the best products for YOU according to your profile
Choose your products
Pay only for the products you’d like to keep
Redeem the £10 against anything you purchase
Delivery to Your Door
We will customise your programme each time adjusting to changes in the seasons and lifestyle factors so your skincare is customised for you