If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know I’m a big proponent of the Skinceuticals line of products. The brands ethos is about improving skin health with skincare backed by science, and really couldn’t resonate more with me.
Skinceutical products are based on the core fundamentals of:
1) Prevent future skin damage with antioxidant serums
2) Correct visible signs of aging with specialized treatments
3) Protect with broad-spectrum sunscreens.
The brands products are formulated to correct the signs of ageing, protect skin health and prevent future damage.
Many dermatologists, plastic surgeons and medi-spas – both internationally and locally – are supporters of the brand because their products are formulated to compliment aesthetic procedures.
Just recently, the brand reached out to me asking which three products I’d most like to try. I didn’t for one minute hesitate, as the three beauties below have been on my must-try list for a while now.
Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Antioxidant Treatment (R2250 for a 30ml) – BUY
One of the best things you can do for your skin is to include an antioxidant formula into your skincare routine – especially in the morning.
Considered in the beauty industry as one of the best antioxidant serums on the market, C E Ferulic not only protects the skin from a daily onslaught of free radicals by neturalizing them (free radicals are unstable molecules in the atmosphere like smoke, pollution and UV rays); it also reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles while firming and brightening the complexion. The formula contains 15 % pure Vitamin C, 1% Vitamin E (excellent for replenishing moisture) and 0.5 Ferulic Acid that works to enhance the benefits of both vitamins C and E. You apply 4-5 drops to the face, neck and chest in the mornings after cleansing, before moisturising.
Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 (R2673) – BUY
Sometimes you just need a super nourishing product to cosset and soothe the skin. For me, Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is that product.
This incredibly rich, emollient moisturiser is formulated with a wonderful balance of cholesterol, fatty acids and ceramides – the three things your skin to hydrate it properly. While it’s especially beneficial for mature, dehydrated skin types, it can be used by anyone with a compromised epidermal barrier function because it increases moisture levels and improves elasticity.
I recently had both a peel and a DermaPen treatment (not at the same time, obviously, but within two weeks of each other) and found this moisturiser to be BRILLIANT at soothing my skin which was a little tight, dry and red.
It is THE moisturiser to use after a rejuvenation treatment when the skin’s barrier function is temporarily disrupted, and skin is feeling dry, dehydrated, tight or uncomfortable. Expensive yes, but worth every rand.
Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense (R650) – BUY
By now, we all know we should be wearing an SPF daily.
The issue is that a lot of them are heavy, oily or occlusive and can cause breakouts. I hardly ever suffer with pimples, but when I go to the beach and use a traditional facial sunscreen, I breakout within a day.
SPF’s work in a very specific way, and traditionally there are two types: Physical and Chemical.
Very briefly, chemical formulas absorb into the top layers of the skin and when the sun’s rays hit them, they take that energy and turn it into heat. They’re generally broad spectrum, meaning they protect against both UVA & UVB rays. They are the ones most widely used in facial SPF’s and makeup. They are great, and if you don’t suffer with breakouts, are a fantastic option.
Physical SPF’s are also chemical, it’s just that they’re minerals, namely titanium & zinc dioxide. There seems to be a misconception that these chemicals are thick, pasty and white – they’re not. These days, they’re micronized and work in a fundamentally different way from chemical sunscreens in that they sit on the surface of the skin, reflecting the sun’s rays. They tend to give a lovely reflective, soft focus to the skin and that’s why I prefer them.
The Physical Fusion UV Defense is super lightweight (almost watery) and contains a sheer tint that is adaptable to all skin types. I love the slight radiance it imparts onto my skin. It also has a little ball in the packaging that’s designed to shake up and mix your SPF, because mineral formulas can have a tendency to settle in the packaging. This one sits well under foundation and makeup, is fragrance free and is enhanced with a plankton extract that increases the skins defenses and resistance to UV and infrared radiation. All skin types can use it, but it’s especially beneficial to sensitive or rosacea-prone skins because it’s not a chemical sunscreen. It is my go-to everyday sunscreen.
Learn more about the SkinCeuticals brand by visiting their website HERE.
Have you tried any SkinCeuticals products and if you have, which are you favourite?