Trudi Stander, our Brand Ambassador Development Manager took some time out of her busy schedule to talk to Dr Adri Hofmeister from Eden MediSpa about the importance of a basic skincare routine for the busy on-the-go #BossBabe
With so many new and promising products coming into the market, the world of skincare and beauty can be daunting, even for the modern #BOSSBABE. Time constraints in our busy lives make it even more important to focus on what really matters to skin. “We want to see products of the highest quality with top ingredients at affordable prices,” says Dr Adri Hofmeister from Eden MediSpa in George.
Your skin care routine does not have to be complicated. It needs to fit in with your lifestyle and suit your skin. Here are a few basic recommendations to guide you with your daily routine.
Cleanse: This is the first step in your routine and removes any makeup, dirt or grime that has collected on your face during the day or oil that build up during the night. You may consider taking off make-up and cleansing as two separate steps. Oil cleansers are becoming very popular as they melt makeup away easily without stripping the skin of natural lipids. For example, OptoDerm Deep Cleansing Oil is rich in linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that is often deficient, especially in acne-prone skin.
The new time-saving all-in-one “active” micellar cleansers have become a big beauty trend, especially when dealing with harsh water. OptoDerm’s Micellar Cleanser is a unique soap-free cleanser that contains small microclusters or micelles that instantly scoop up impurities and make-up on the skin.
Apply it to cotton wool and wipe over the face. No rinsing is necessary! The results in a much deeper clean than with normal cleansers. Active ingredients further benefit the skin leaving it nourished and well hydrated, while strong antioxidants kill bacteria in pores, prevent cellular damage and ageing.
You will cleanse, tone and exfoliate, all in one! OptoDerm makes two types of micellar cleansers – one with incredible Witch Hazel extract, rich in catechin antioxidants, like those in green tea and another which contains niacinamide, NAG, and caffeine, ingredients with multiple skin benefits, especially for acne prone skin.
Tone: When it comes to a toner, it is important that you should invest in a product that is specific to your skin type. For oily and acne-prone skins I would recommend OptoDerm Oil Control as it contains both BHA and AHA. Salicylic Acid is an oil-loving acid that gently exfoliates the skin and clears blocked pores, helps fight acne, the appearance of blemishes and for overall better visible skin clarity. This action is supported by the addition of glycolic and lactic acids, both AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids). Additional skin-identical moisturising factors and amino acids support the skins Natural Moisturising Factor (NMF), for optimal skin hydration and nutrition.
Serums: Serums are great at targeting specific skincare concerns, whether it’s a lack of hydration, acne or fine lines and wrinkles. They consist of an extremely concentrated collection of ingredients and may make out one of the more expensive products in your skincare routine. It is never too early to start looking after collagen in your skin. From around age 25, we start losing it at a rate of about one percent a year.
By the time we’re 45, we may have lost up to 20% of our skin collagen! The result is the formation of wrinkles, loss of firmness and skin elasticity. Collagen is a natural type of protein which makes up over 80% of our skin. It is one of the three major components of skin, the other two being elastin and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). It is what provides our tissues and organs with the necessary strength, with elastin providing the stretching abilities. It is a very important structural protein and is found all throughout the body, including muscles and bone – not just the skin.
It also plays a role in strengthening our blood vessels. However, maintaining the collagen in the skin is essential to having healthy and youthful good looks. OptoDerm’s Collastin Serum provides your skin with total collagen care and repair. It contains a safe and pre-activated cellular energy source and numerous active ingredients to reactivate collagen and elastin production in the fibroblasts in our skin.
This includes the essential amino acid building blocks, additional marine collagens & elastin, a potent, proprietary form of copper peptide, three collagen boosting bio-peptides and a new peptide which forms part of the spring fragment of elastin.
Moisturizers: This is the next step in your skincare routine. It is especially important to be aware of changes in season, weather and your environment. Something that worked well during the drier months may suddenly break you out when used during warmer months. Likewise, a light moisturizer that worked well under hot and humid weather might suddenly be inadequate when you move to a place with colder and/or drier conditions.
You may be in a new work environment with air conditioning that dries the air, or under fluorescent lights, LED lights, TV, phone and computer screens that radiate harmful blue light (this is becoming a big factor in skincare now). OptoDerm recently launched a CBD Cream that contains 100mg pure CBD per jar (56g). CBD accelerates cellular turnover in the epidermis, promoting enzyme, filaggrin and ceramide production – all of which are important for healthy skin!
Retinol – PM: There are a few nutrients that skin really needs, and vitamin A is one of them. Whether you get it from your diet, or in a topical cream, the protective and nourishing properties of A, and the nutrients your body uses to make it, lend a hand in keeping skin healthy, firm and radiant.
But…not all retinoids are created equal. When referring to topically applied retinoids, the only two retinoids that your skin can process immediately (i.e. that cell receptors recognise) are retinoic acid and hydroxypinacolone retinoate (available from OptoDerm®). All other forms of retinoids must be converted by skin enzymes into retinoic acid before the skin is able to use them.
Sunscreen – AM: Always last in your morning routine, but certainly not least! No matter the season, applying sunscreen is essential. Dr Adri Hofmeister recommends a factor of at least 50. “Even during the colder winter months, it is important to apply sunscreen regularly during the day.”
To find out why this is our Brand Ambassador Development Managers’ preferred skincare range visit OptoDerm SA website and read more about this proudly South African products.