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FAQs

Common skincare questions

If your skin is flaky, rough and feels constantly dehydrated, then you probably have dry skin. Dry skin is usually caused by damage, from the sun, from the cold or the wind, or from products with harsh ingredients that have caused irritation.

It might sound contradictory, but exfoliation is just as important for dry skin as it is for oily skin. It helps remove dead cells leaving the skin underneath more receptive to hydration. Avoid products that contain alcohol and look for products that contain hyaluronic acid, natural AHAs and niacinamide. Try Rebalancing Skin Serum for gentle exfoliation, use it before applying Millionaire Melting Magic and finish off with the Daily Moisturiser and Eye Cream which penetrates, moisturises and plumps the complextion.

Do you have blackheads or enlarged pores? Does your skin often look shiny, or sometimes greasy – and are you prone to breakouts? Oily skin is often caused by a slight hormonal imbalance that leads to too much sebum being produced. Avoid highly fragranced products or ones that contain alcohol and stick to light creams and gentle cleansers.

It most certainly can. Air pollution, smoke, fumes and chemicals can all build up causing damage and making skin look dull and lifeless. Use a gentle moisturiser like City Defence Moisturiser daily. It’s rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and niacinamide which can eliminate the build-up of pollutants and even out skin tone. Vitamin C is also a natural UV protector.

Regular exfoliation helps to get rid of dead cells and allows your skin to renew itself from within. Keep your skin clean and use a broad spectrum UVA protector all year round. A healthy diet is important and using products that contain antioxidants, Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid can also help. Take a look at the products in our Peptide Pro 3-Step range – they’re suitable for all skin types.

Exposure to the sun is the most common cause of skin damage and premature ageing. It dries the skin and can make your skin tone look uneven. It also slows down the renewal of new cells and can cause pigmentation, dark spots and damage to collagen and elastin. Use a broad spectrum UVA protector all year round and if you have suffered sun damage, products that contain Vitamin C, AHAs and antioxidants can help.

Everyone ages, this is a fact of life, but you can minimise the effects of ageing and skin damage, helping you to look years younger than your birth age by treating your skin with care. As we get older, our skin renews much more slowly so exfoliating really does help. You can also replenish your skin’s natural ingredients with niacinamide, peptides and hyaluronic acid and limit future skin damage with antioxidants like Vitamin C and E. Protection from the sun is vital – use a broad spectrum UVA protector all year round. Don't forget the key ageing factors. Stress, Lifestyle choices and poor diet. Get these right and you won't look your age.

Vitamin C is an excellent skin brightener and helps us produce collagen which provides support for our skin. It’s also an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory so it’s a really valuable ingredient in skincare. Our Super Vitamin C range contains peptides and antioxidants which protect the skin and help to improve its natural texture.

Hyaluronic acid is a fantastic skin restorer – it helps skin hold in moisture and strengthens it. It releases antioxidants, helps to prevent environmental and sun damage and soothes the skin. And it’s suitable for all skin types – bonus!

Acne is the medical term for spots. It can range from blackheads and whiteheads forming bumps under the skin, to spots becoming more inflamed and pus-filled. In extreme cases, deep red spots can form and these can cause scarring. Unfortunately, it’s a really common problem, a lot of us suffer from it and it doesn’t always go away when we get older. It can be caused by hormones (particularly at puberty), or genetics, so you’re more likely to suffer with it if other people in your family have too.

Avoid thick buttery creams, and ideally go for skin loving light gels and serums. Ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, zinc, tea tree oil and niacinamide can all help, as can ferulic acid and retinol. BHAs are great for soothing acne prone skin and can reduce enlarged pores. Thyme oil is an excellent anti-bacterial and, along with Vitamin A, is a known ingredient for relieving acne flare-ups.

My 5 Minute Wake-Me-Up contains ingredients that control oil production and relieve acne flare-ups. It evens out skin tone, reduces pores and Vitamin A and chia seed give skin a lovely healthy glow. It’s a brightener and an oil control in one. Millionaire Melting Magic contains AHA fruit acids and glycolic acid – both help to sluice away dead skin and minimise acne eruptions. For gentle exfoliation and hydration, use my Rebalancing Skin Serum – it soaks up excess oil, rebalances PH levels and encourages healthy cell production.

Not yet, but that is something that’s planned for the future. At the moment, demand is so high in the UK that I’m concentrating on my customers over here.

Peptides

Peptides work by stimulating our skin to produce new collagen. Collagen is what keeps our skin looking smooth and firm but it deteriorates as we age, so producing more minimises wrinkles and fine lines and gives us a fresher, more youthful appearance.

Hyperpigmentation

Dark patches on the skin are known as hyperpigmentation. They can be caused by age, diet, hormones and hormonal changes, a build-up of pollutants and most commonly, sun damage. Hyperpigmentation is more common in darker skin tones and can be stubborn to get rid of, although you can brighten the skin and minimise the appearance of pigmentation.

Vitamin C is a great natural skin brightener and niacinamide (Vitamin B3) also brightens skin and calms inflammation. Glycolic acid penetrates and encourages new cells, and rosehip oil is high in Vitamin A and helps with discolouration. Liquorice root extract has an active compound called ‘glabridin’ that helps to diminish the appearance of dark circles, discolouration and age spots. You’ll find these ingredients in the products in our hyperpigmentation range.

Use a gentle exfoliator 3-4 times a week. By removing the dead skin cells and using skincare products that contain gentle vitamins and amino acids, you can reduce the appearance of pigmentation and make your skin look brighter.

Use a good broad spectrum UVA protector and a moisturiser containing Vitamin C. This will protect elastin and collagen from sun damage, pollution and environmental damage. City Defence Moisturiser is superb for reducing skin damage and preventing further unsightly patches.

Dark Circles

Dark circles can be caused by fatigue but also by age, skin colour (darker skin tones are more prone to them), dietary or environmental factors. They can also be caused by allergies or eczema or they could simply be a natural shadow from having deep set eyes.

Vitamin C is a natural skin brightener and niacinamide (Vitamin B3) calms inflammation. Vitamin E helps to lighten dark shadows and encourages cell regeneration. And Chromabright is a patented active ingredient that reduces melanin production, brightens the skin and lessens the signs of ageing. You’ll find all these ingredients in our dark circles products.

Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and try to keep your diet healthy. Cut out excess salt and alcohol if you can because they can dehydrate you. Use a high factor SPF under your eyes to protect them from sun damage and wear good quality sunglasses when you’re out, even if you don’t think you’re sensitive to sunlight.

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