How to choose skincare products that are right for your skin
Caring for your skin is personal. It makes sense that the products you use are tailored to your specific needs – in fact, there’s evidence.
Great skin is not simply a matter of DNA – your daily habits have a big impact on what you see in the mirror. As do the skincare products you use, which should be as individual as your dress sense. Enter Evidence Skincare (E.S.K), a range of Australian-made, evidence-based, cruelty-free products designed to target your specific skincare needs.
“People are no longer looking for products that just smell nice and feel good,” says the brand’s co-founder Dr Ginni Mansberg. “The products need to work for individual needs. Users are becoming better informed and more confident, and expect tailored service and solutions, rather than the one-size-fits-all treatment of yesteryear.”
To help clients discover what products best meet their needs, Dr Ginni developed a results-driven skin quiz – in a matter of minutes, you’ll have a bespoke beauty regimen emailed to your inbox. While no two remedies are the same, here are five common skin concerns and the E.S.K products that might work best for you.
After sunscreen, retinal is the must-have ingredient. According to the evidence, it’s the most effective, least irritating form of vitamin A, binding to skin receptors to stimulate collagen growth and cell turnover, both of which slow as we age. Vitamin C is known for repairing and protecting the skin from sun damage, which prematurely ages the skin.
This is one of the hardest skin concerns to manage. Two things that will improve the chance of getting good results are 1) patience (some ingredients take two to three months to start working) and 2) using ingredients that target multiple de-pigmentation pathways at the same time. Vitamins A, B3, C and 4-n-B all target one of the four pathways.
In order to treat acne most effectively, the actives should not strip, dry or irritate the skin, as this further compromises the skin barrier and sets treatment back. While vitamin A is the frontline ingredient for treating acne, most forms, except retinal, are irritating or ineffective.
There’s no cure for rosacea, only management options. First is the avoidance of the main stressors, which are often sun exposure, extreme temperatures, stress and spicy foods. Vitamin B3 has good evidence for helping manage some of the symptoms, as does vitamin A, which works particularly well for pimples and visible capillaries.
Issue: Dry skin
Concerns about dry skin increase as the weather turns cold and the amount of moisture in the air drops. Management tips include: avoiding soaps that dry the skin; protecting the skin from the cold and wind; avoiding long, hot showers; and applying moisturisers ASAP after showering. Vitamin B3 also has good evidence for repairing the skin barrier.