Beauty: Meet the skincare superheroes
Skincare is bursting with ingredients to make the most of your skin. Rachel Eve of Stetchworth's Advanced Skin Clinic, and Velvet columnist, explains what they are and why they work
Using hyaluronic acid is like giving your skin a big drink of water. It's known for its plumping benefits as it retains a thousand times its own weight of water. After reaching the age of 40, our own hyaluronic acid rapidly declines so this is a must-have for dehydrated, fine lines and ageing skin.
Total Hyaluronic Acid Filler, £84
Alpha hydroxy acids are chemical exfoliators. Unlike traditional exfoliating 'scrubs’ that use beads or seeds to buff off dead skin, these clever mild acids are able to dissolve the glue which holds dead skin to the surface of our skin leaving a brighter and smoother complexion.
Alumier AHA Renewal Serum, £64.50
Niacinamide (Vit B3)
Niacinamide is an unsung hero in my opinion. Not only will it lighten uneven skin tone from hyperpigmentation, it is also a brilliant antioxidant to protect our skin cells from daily stress, aids collagen formation and helps retain moisture in our skin.
Environ Vita Peptide Toner, £46
Retinoids are a group of various different forms of vitamin A, from fat soluble to acid. Retinol is the most commonly known form. If you want to change your skin, this ingredient is a must. The skin type you have will determine which form/product is best for you, but being the only ingredient proven to make changes to our skin's DNA it is vital to incorporate into your routine.
Environ Skin Essentia AVST Moisturiser, £48-£55
Think C for colour and C for collagen. For an even complexion free of redness or pigmentation, and for an essential part of preventing the skin ageing, vitamin C is a must. Vitamin C is one of the only vitamins we cannot store, so it must be combined as part of your daily skincare routine. It's also one of the most effective antioxidants to prevent free radical attack on our skin.
Alumier Everactive C+E, £149
The two most effective forms are Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe 6. These anti-ageing peptides increase the amount of collagen in our skin leading to a more youthful and firmer skin.
Alumier Ultimate Boost Serum, £69.50
SPF (Sun Protection Factor)
The biggest cause of ageing on the skin? UV exposure. To protect the skin from UV damage and to protect the active ingredients mentioned above from being depleted by daily light, a broad-spectrum SPF is an essential for every day. I recommend a low chemical or even fully mineral SPF which is suited for the most sensitive of skins.
Image Prevention+ Daily hydrating SPF 30, £53
* All products available from racheleve.co.uk
Ingredients to steer clear of…
Petrochemicals such as parrafin wax, mineral oils and petroleum – these create a false film across the skin to lock in moisture and act as a barrier but unfortunately create a ‘lazy’ skin (the skin will stop producing its own natural moisturising factors) and will become reliant on these emollient creams longer term.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a foaming agent found in face washes. It can strip and dehydrate the skin, causing sensitising of the skin longer term.
Rachel Eve Skin Care Clinic
''I am still offering virtual consultations and shipping out products to clients. I've seen some amazing results on clients’ skin since lockdown as people have had the time to invest in their selfcare and are having more make-up free days too.''
* Follow Rachel on Instagram @racheleveskin
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