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SKINCARE 101: Stellar formulas for every concern

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We know how important having perfect skin can be, that’s why consider this to be your go-to guide on every niggling problem and the best products to fix it. Now achieving a Zen complexion is just a scroll away.

ACNE / BREAKOUT PRONE

Acne can strike at any age. It can catch you by surprise in your 20s and 30s just when you thought you’d left it in high school. Insulin-growth factors, clogged pores, stress, and an unbalanced diet can all cause overproduction of sebum that causes acne. While exercise and sensible eating can help you need more.

The Expert Fix:

Picking skin care products with the right ingredients is key. Look for products with Benzoyl Peroxide, Tea Tree Oil, Salicylic Acid, Sulfur or Mandelic Acid in them, all of which work by killing bacteria, clearing up oil, and getting rid of dead skin cells.

Get Your Hands On:

The Body Shop Tea Tree 3IN1 (Wash. Scrub & Mask), Neutrogena Deep Clean Blackhead Eliminating Cooling Toner and Acnes Treatment Point Gel.

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PIGMENTATION

As if acne isn’t bad enough, another fallout is annoying red marks that can months to fade. Besides mid-month hormonal fluctuations only make blotchy skin worse. 

The Expert Fix:

To deal with existing hyperpigmentation, try a Vitamin C serum that evens out skin tone. It’s also a good idea to slather on a moisturizer with niacinamide (aka Vitamin B3) to protect your skin’s outermost layer. Then don’t forget sunscreen. Use one with at least SPF 30. The formula should be oil-free but moisturizing.

Get Your Hands On:

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Protect Lotion SPF 30 PA+++ and WOW Skin Science Vitamin C Skin Face Serum.

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ROSACEA / REDNESS

If your biggest skin complaint is rosacea—flushing under the skin caused by overactive blood vessels—know that you’re not alone and there are things you can do to minimize that redness. Stay out of the sun and skip spicy food for starters.

The Expert Fix:

You need to include rosacea-calming skin care products into your beauty regimen. Use paraben-free, alcohol-free, oatmeal-based products that soothe skin. Look for ingredients like Allantoin and Caffeine that constrict blood vessels, reducing redness.

Get Your Hands On:

Avene Anti-Redness Skin Routine Kit and MCaffeine Naked Detox Green Tea Face Scrub.

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SIGNS OF AGING

Some of life's problems can be solved quickly; overgrown brows, a hangnail, but wrinkles are not one of those things. Besides eating an anti-inflammatory diet—less sugar, moderate amount of alcohol and less oil—you need to start using the right skin care products to keep your skin healthy and plump.

The Expert Fix:

The best long-term anti-aging regime includes a healthy lifestyle, daily sun protection, and a targeted skin care regimen. Your best topical weapons are a daily sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and antioxidants. Also look for formulas with Glycolic Acid and Retinol that will de-clog pores and improve cell turnover.

Get Your Hands On:

Kaya Daily Use Sunscreen + SPF 30, Biotique Bio Peach Clarifying & Refining Peel - Off Mask, Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum

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UNEVEN SKIN TONE

Melasma is the term for those brown patches that appear on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin after sun exposure. Hormonal changes and stress can also cause it.

The Expert Fix:

You will need a combination of bleaching products (Kojic Acid or Azelaic Acid), antioxidants like Niacinamide or Vitamin C to prevent future damage, and the right sunscreen. In extreme cases, a a few sessions of laser can work wonders to break up the patches.

Get Your Hands On:

Auriga Melaclear Cream, Dot & Key Glow Revealing Vitamin C Serum Concentrate and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel.

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LARGE PORES

Oh, what we wouldn’t give for a pore-less complexion! When pores are infected or clogged, they expand, especially around the nose where there are more oil glands. Pores may increase in size as skin loses elasticity, but it is possible to make them look less noticeable.

The Expert Fix:

With regular cleansing and gentle exfoliation, sebum is removed from the skin’s surface, resulting in less visible pores. You can also try wearing non-comedogenic mineral makeup that mattifies the complexion to make it look flawless.

Get Your Hands On:

NYX Professional Makeup Pore Filler, The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator and L'Oreal Paris True Match Minerals.

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UNDER EYE CIRCLES

Whether you’re stressed at work, not getting enough sleep or just genetically prone to under-eye bags, dark circles can be a real let-down.

The Expert Fix:

Get tests to ensure you’re not anaemic; low Vitamin B12 and haemoglobin levels can give you dark circles.  Make sure you’re drinking enough water, catching zzzs and popping an antihistamine if you have seasonal allergies. Then try a hydrating eye mask or under-eye gel that tightens the skin.

Get Your Hands On:

O3+ Eye Circle Dark Circles Under Eye Cream and Anatomicals Revitalising Gel Eye Mask.

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SUN DAMAGE

Wasn’t some sun time supposed to be good for you? Actually, whether it’s a tan or an actual burn, any SPF-free sun exposure is bad for you, leaving your skin weathered. Dark spots, age spots, splotchy skin are all by-products of sun exposure and you might not see the effect right away but you will! 

The Expert Fix:

Prevent future pigmentation and sun damage by wearing a UVA and UVB shielding sunscreen, feed your face plenty of antioxidants (think brightly colored veggies and fruits) and avoid prolonged sun exposure. Also start using a brightening product every night after your usual CTM to turn back time.

Get Your Hands On:

Lakme Sun Expert Ultra Matte SPF 50 PA+++ Gel, INLIFE Antioxidants, 60 Tablets with Lycopene, Immune Booster Supplement and LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask.

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