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Friends and family often ask me what skin care I would recommend they buy-and since Christmas is coming up, I thought I would put together a list of recommendations of products that I trust which you can ask Santa for 😉
- Top of my list is always SPF-I know I hark on about the importance of SPF but this truly is the single best thing you can do to protect your skin. I will write a more detailed blog on SPF in the New Year but, in summary, it needs to be SPF 30 or above and it needs to be worn daily throughout the year! My favourite SPF is Heliocare Oil-free Gel SPF 50 –It is very light (I especially hate the heavy pore-clogging SPFs as they are so thick and greasy), it doesn’t cause spots and best of all it is available on Amazon Prime!! (Usual cost between £25-30)
- Vitamin C – This is where it pays to spend a little extra. Topical vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant which targets free radicals that contribute to skin ageing. Many cosmetic brands claim to have Vitamin C in their creams and lotions but the percentage that actually reaches your skin is very minimal. Therefore, it is best to use a pure Vitamin C in order to optimise the amount that your skin absorbs. My hero products are SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF. These are both Vitamin C with additional antioxidants and are truly fantastic for neutralizing free radicals , leading to brightening of your complexion as well as stimulating collagen production. They are priced between £130-150 but you need only 5-6 drops on a daily basis so a little goes a long way.
- Retinoids: Again, these is incredibly important in maintenance of skin health as well as improving the signs of ageing. A simple entry into the world of retinoids is La Roche Posay Redermic. – It is generally well tolerated and is sensibly priced under £30. Other options I recommend are SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3% or Obagi Retinol 1.0. Remember, not all retinoid-based products are created equally so a stronger percentage on one brand does not often equate to the same percentage on a different brand (just to confuse us even more!).
- In terms of body lotions, my favourite for dry skin is Ameliorate Body Transforming Lotion. This is by far the most effective moisturiser I have ever used and does genuinely transform dry bumpy skin into a thing of beauty! Again, it is available in Boots and is under £25. Another excellent body moisturiser is Aveeno.
- A little left of field but a moisturiser I adore is Udderly Cream. This is often what I recommend for my patients on chemotherapy who experience the very dry skin associated with some of the drugs. I was given a sample by the company who make it several years ago at an oncology conference in the US and I am a total convert. I use it throughout the year and have bought it for lots of my family and friends as well who all now rave about it too! You can get it on Amazon and it comes in a big tub for under £10 which means I never feel bad about slathering it on!
I hope this has been useful in helping you decide what to ask for in your Christmas stockings this year -Remember, as much as the more beautiful creams look amazing on your bathroom shelf, they are often either not as effective or contain lots of fragrances that may irritate your skin. Simple skincare is usually best!