So, you have steadily followed your skincare routine for the last few months and your skin is feeling healthy and strong as you have mastered the cleansing, toning and moisturising process; and you have learnt to always apply SPF on the daily. Now, you’re ready to step it up and wondering what the next step must be to elevate your skincare regime?! If you haven’t heard, it’s something called ‘active’ ingredients and here’s how to introduce these skin-changing actives into your daily routine…
First, what is an active ingredient?
If your skin conditions or concerns are along the lines of pigmentation, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, dryness or you’re showing the visible signs of ageing, you may want to visit your closest dermaviduals clinic to find out if it’s time to add active ingredients into your skincare routine.
An ‘active’ is found in a skincare product that holds a certain percentage of an ingredient that has been scientifically proven to change the skin in some way and therefore can assist your skin concerns and conditions. Some examples of active ingredients that can be found in the dermaviduals range include antioxidants such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B are also regular active ingredients that are used in our customised serums, moisturisers and masks.
All dermaviduals actives are tailored to your skin’s needs and concerns. As no two people have the same fingerprint and no two people have the same skin, we require a tailored solution from a dermaviduals skin treatment therapist, following an advanced skin consultation and analysis, who can accurately prescribe according to what our skin requires.
dermaviduals experts take the guesswork out so you don’t feel overwhelmed… after all, we have over 40 serums in our Mixing Bar!
So, how do you introduce active ingredients into your skincare routine?
First of all, put your hands up if you buy new skincare and you get a little too carried away and go overboard with the whole usage process. Don’t worry, we have all been in that situation; especially when you’re opening up your new dermaviduals products!
When introducing actives into your routine, it’s important to:
Patch test if required
Patch testing ensures the active ingredients recommended will not cause an interaction to your skin such as redness, bumps or invoke itching. We recommend patch testing behind your ears if you have reactive or sensitive skin.
Understand that your skin may go through a ‘transitional phase’
You may have heard the terminology ‘skin ‘purging?’ This may occur when a new product is introduced to your skincare routine, where your skin may experience a transient shift in the texture, colour or secretion. Don’t be alarmed, as this is completely normal; as the skin cells learn to process the information from the actives they have received. Of course, if any discomfort arises, discontinue use and consult with your dermaviduals skin treatment therapist.
Always use SPF
No matter what products you use on your skin, if you don’t complete your skincare routine with the application of an SPF product (we recommend the dermaviduals suncream SPF 15), then all the hard work your products are doing for you underneath the surface become null and void.
Remember that consistency is key! You will not get immediate results, however, patience is key when you’re waiting for the long-term benefits of the active ingredients to be seen! Trust the process.