“While I’m sorry to admit that good skin is inherently down to genetics, there are things you can do to make unhealthy skin healthier,” says cosmetic doctor, Dr Tijion Esho, whose new Wimbledon clinic opened this summer. “No matter how much Botox and fillers you have, skin quality is key – and the only way to improve skin quality is to invest in your skin.”
Adding new products too often can be harmful to overall skin health, too. “When we experience detrimental skin changes due to trying out the latest faddy ingredient our skin isn’t used to, we don’t always attribute that to our skincare routine,” explains aesthetic facialist, Kate Kerr.
“Instead of tracing our steps and removing whatever it is that’s causing problems, I often see my clients looking for another skincare remedy to make it right. It’s a vicious cycle that you need to break to help your skin.”
But while the cost of seeing a skincare expert might seem expensive, you need to think long-term. “They will give you bespoke, informed advice that you can’t get from doing your own research online,” says Kerr. “They also have the best, cosmeceutical-grade products at their fingertips, which will change the cellular function of your skin to make it act in a healthier way.”
Esho says that you should make your skin a priority before it becomes a problem. “The fact is that people with great skin aren’t seeking skincare advice based on a problem. They know that investment over time is better. Like stocks and investment, it’s all about playing the long game. It’s about maintenance when you already have a good routine and you’re sticking to it,” he explains. In other words: it isn’t your monthly facial that will make the difference, but the advice and product recommendations that you stick to daily.
Chanel Sublimage Les Grains De Vanille, £105
Vanilla seeds from the biodiverse shores of Madagascar have been concentrated into a gentle exfoliating gel. Post-cleansing, skin is prepped and primed to receive the products that follow more effectively.
Paula’s Choice Power Berry Serum, £29
The easy-to-layer formula harnesses the power of research-proven berries and fruit extracts selected for their abilities to protect against invisible environmental aggressors and repair, soothe and revitalise skin.
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Cream, £72
This 95 per cent naturally derived formula is powered by a potent blend of botanical oils, natural butters and the brand’s signature olio lusso oil blend – free from parabens, phthalates and sulfates.
Dr Sebagh Vitamin C Brightening Primer SPF 15, £55
A skin tone-regulating antioxidant, SPF and hydrating, brightening primer in one. Skin immediately appears smoother, fresher and quenched while, in the long term, pigmentation and age spots fade away.
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