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Dreaming of a perfect complexion, but not sure where to start? We’ll give you a tip: you won’t find it in the cosmetics aisle in your local supermarket.
To achieve the results you’re after, you need to develop a skincare regime with quality cosmeceuticals. When you really invest in your skin, you start to notice real results.
If you’re looking to establish an effective skincare routine, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we give you the building blocks to finding your perfect skincare regime.
Regardless of your individual skin concerns, everyone needs these skincare products in their kit. These must-haves make up the foundation of every skincare regime and benefit every skin type.
Water alone isn’t enough to remove the daily build-up of makeup, excess oil, bacteria, dirt, and air pollution from your face. Up your game with professional cleansers that leave your skin clean and fresh.
Our favourite cleaners:
- Aspect Purastat 5 Cleanser – This soothing cleanser contains botanicals to protect the skin, while lactic milk extracts help to increase the skin’s hydration for hours after cleansing.
- Skinmedica Facial Cleanser – Pamper yourself with this hydrating foaming cleanser that encourages healthy skin.
- Medik8 Gentle Cleanse – Refreshing and gentle, this foaming cleanser is free of sulphates and soap, protecting your skin’s natural moisture.
Not only will a good cleanser get rid of all the nasties and make your face feel fresh; it will also prepare your skin to better absorb the following products in your regime.
Toner further helps to remove impurities and balance your skin’s pH levels. Toner is generally recommended for those with oily or congested skin, but it’s great for preparing all skin types for any moisturisers and serums that follow cleansing.
Our favourite toners:
- Skinmedica Rejuvenative Toner – Gently refines and rejuvenates the face and neck.
- Dr Eckstein Lotion Vitalising Facial Toner – Essential oils help to smooth and hydrate the skin.
- Medik8 Pore Refining Toner – Minimise your pores with this gentle, alcohol-free toner.
If you’re concerned about going to bed with remnants of makeup or impurities on your skin, an antibacterial toner will give you peace of mind knowing your face is clean and fresh.
If left to build up, dead skin can leave your face flaky and dull. It can also clog your pores and lead to breakouts. Exfoliating removes dead skin to reveal a fresh and smooth complexion.
Our favourite exfoliators:
- Cosmedix Purity Clean – Gentle enough to use every day, this exfoliator stimulates new cell turnover.
- Aspect Cellablation – Use once or twice a week for even toned and textured skin.
- Asap Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub – This daily exfoliator stimulates collagen production and is suitable for all skin types.
Jump on the exfoliation bandwagon to combat a dull, rough complexion and an uneven skin tone.
Moisturiser with SPF
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: UV rays are the number one cause of premature signs of ageing. Everyone wants youthful, radiant skin for as long as possible, and that’s why daily SPF should never be skipped.
Our favourite moisturisers with SPF:
- Colorescience Even Up Clinical Pigment Perfector – This dreamy sunscreen is lightly tinted for a flawless finish.
- Medik8 Hydr8 Day 360™ SPF 15 – Your perfect anti-ageing moisturiser, use this to increase your skin’s hydration levels and protect from UVA and UVB rays.
- Aspect Hydra Shield – Hydrating and nourishing, this lightweight moisturiser is filled with protecting antioxidants.
With so many quality moisturisers containing SPF, there’s no excuse to skip this step in your routine.
If you’re looking to treat specific skin concerns, you’ll need to build on these skincare basics to establish a more advanced routine. For example, those with ageing skin might like to add a retinol serum to fight fine lines and wrinkles, and those with acne-prone skin might like to add a clay mask.
Whatever your skin type or goals, you’ll find everything you need to create an effective skincare regime right here on the Tina Kay website.
Whether you’re feeling like a glowing goddess or you’re mourning your ability to sleep through the night or hold it when you need to pee, pregnancy brings some big (and sometimes uncomfortable) changes. And we’re not just talking about the bump!
While changes in the skin during pregnancy generally aren’t harmful to you or your baby, this doesn’t make them any less frustrating. Learn how your skincare needs change and what skincare products are safe to use during your pregnancy to keep your skin looking its best.
How does skin change during pregnancy?
Hormones, hormones, hormones! If you thought you were hormonal as a teen, pining over posters of Brad Pitt from your Girlfriend magazine, trust us, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Pregnancy hormones and changes in your blood circulation and immune system are notorious for causing changes in the skin.
Pregnancy will generally make your skin produce more oil, which can contribute to the ‘pregnancy glow’ people talk about (when really, you just feel like you’ve washed your face with bacon). Other common skin conditions that you might experience during pregnancy include:
- Stretch marks
- Sensitive/itchy skin.
Around 50-75% of pregnant women experience ‘the mask of pregnancy’ (chloasma or melasma). This is where pregnancy hormones cause hyperpigmentation, leaving you with brown patches of skin on your face (mostly forehead and cheeks). This usually goes away shortly after giving birth or once you’ve finished breastfeeding.
Skincare Ingredients to Avoid When Pregnant
You know not to eat sushi or drink coffee during pregnancy, but what about the chemicals in your cosmetic and skincare products? Here are some of the ingredients you should avoid while pregnant:
- Retinoids – Retin-A and Accutane work wonders for ageing and acne-prone skin, but they should be sidestepped during pregnancy as they’ve been proven to increase the risk of birth defects.
- Tetracycline – An ingredient in a form of antibiotics used to treat skin concerns, tetracycline can affect both mum-to-be and baby.
- Hydroquinone – This stuff is great for lightening your skin if you do experience pigmentation during pregnancy, but you should hold off using it until after bub has been born.
- Toluene – This potentially dangerous chemical is found in a lot of nail polishes.
- Ammonia – Found in most hair dyes, this toxic ingredient can irritate your skin and lungs. Opt for a hair dye formula that is ammonia-free if you’re looking to colour your locks during pregnancy.
The list goes on, so be sure to talk to your doctor about the ingredients you should avoid to be on the safe side.
Bonus tip: If you’re sensitive to smells and prone to nausea during pregnancy, it’s best to avoid products with a strong fragrance. Stick to those with a natural, or non-existent, scent.
Our Favourite Skincare Products for Pregnant Women
Just because you’re pregnant, doesn’t mean you need to give up your skincare regime. In fact, with all the changes happening in and outside of your body, your skin is going to need more TLC than before (and every mum-to-be deserves to be pampered). These are our top skincare picks that are suitable for use during pregnancy.
Aspect Clean and Cream Pack
This economical pack contains the Aspect Purastat 5 Cleanser and the Aspect Phytostat 9 Moisturiser. The cleanser gently exfoliates with non-irritating ingredients to detox and purify the skin, and the moisturiser provides deep hydration to treat fine lines and wrinkles.
Safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, the Aspect Clean and Cream Pack is the perfect solution for maintaining a quality skincare regime without worrying about potentially harmful chemicals.
Sure, having a tiny life growing inside you is a miracle. But let's not pretend it's 9 months of sunshine and rainbows (more like swollen feet and water retention). At least you can keep your changing skin happy with Tina Kay Skincare.