7 Favourites: everyday skin care

There are more skin care products on the market now than ever before. It’s a minefield of scrubs, peels, serums, acids, day creams, balancing toners, brightening lotions and much more that can leave you confused and quite frankly, baffled.

Finding your perfect skincare routine can take years. To help make the process easier we’ve picked 7 of our favourite products for use in a different step in your skin care regime.

2533Cleanser | the first step towards clear, radiant skin is clean skin. There’s no point in investing money in the best products if you’re slathering them onto skin that isn’t properly cleansed…
It’s no secret that MAKING FACES loves Jan Marini; founded in California, this innovative company is continually developing and expanding the professional skincare market.

The Bioglycolic® Face Cleanser offers deep, non irritating cleansing that leaves the skin soft and hydrated. What’s better is you do not need to follow with a toner or astringent…any product that simplifies our morning routine is fine by us!
I am yet to find a client of mine who doesn’t love this cleanser.

“Apart from retinoids, the only other ingredient that’s been shown to stimulate collagen and tighten pores is glycolic acid. As an additional immediate benefit, it removes rough dead skin cells to give skin a smoother appearance. “
TeenVogue.com – March 2012

 

6354Scrub | using a facial scrub (no microbeads please!) a few times a week is a brilliant way to administer a slightly more intense exfoliation than a Biolglycolic cleanser can offer.  Use a scrub that contains salicylic acid and you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner!

Salicylic acid penetrates deep into the pore lining (as opposed to most acids which only treat the surface layer of the skin) and breaks down the bond that keeps dead cells clinging together. It helps to promote new cell turnover which leaves skin firm and plump. Salicylic acid’s anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe red and angry skin and is a great addition in the treatment of acne.

We love the St Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Face Scrub which is made with 100% walnut shell powder (much better for the environment) is non-comodegenic (doesn’t block pores) and contains 2% salicylic acid. Plus is smells like apricots – perfection.

 

ord004_theordinary_buffet_1560x1960-ay4d0Serum | the lightweight nature of serums mean that they can penetrate deeper into the skin; delivering active ingredients to both the dermis and epidermis. Regularly using a serum can not only give your skin a firmer, smoother texture; it also improves moisture levels and makes pores appear smaller.

What ‘The Ordinary’ lacks in snazzy packaging they make up for in brilliant products with high performing ingredients. “Buffet” is a multi-peptide serum packed full of anti ageing ingredients that includes hyaluronic acid and Matrixyl 3000 – which stimulates collagen synthesis. A pleasingly affordable price tag makes this our pick of the serums currently available.

 

US300023090_HOURGLASSPrimer | Hourglass continually rank highly on our list of favourite cosmetics brands. Not only do they combine luxury, science and beauty, they create cruelty free, vegan products in the process. The Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is lightweight, oil free and works to hide redness, wrinkles and imperfections while creating the perfect base to ensure your make up stays intact all day.

 

epionceMoisturiser | clinically proven to repair and strengthen the skin’s external barrier, Epionce have used over 20 years of research to perfect their range. Referred to as a ‘cult’ product, you won’t find it in shops as it’s only retailed by aesthetic clinics, spas, dermatologists and plastic surgeons. The Renewal Facial Cream is by far our favourite moisturiser, not only for its anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties but its luxurious feel and gorgeous flowery scent – this is a cult you should definitely join!

 

Daily-Shield-website-356x356SPF | providing broad spectrum protection with the bonus of a glowing tint, the Epionce Daily Shield Tinted Lotion (SPF 50) is perfect for all skin types and will leave you glowing without any of the long lasting damage. Fortified with anti-oxidants and water resistant, if you’re planning a Summer holiday this year, don’t leave without it!

 

Screen Shot 2018-05-09 at 16.37.10Lips | the best £8 you’ll ever spend will be on The Body Shop’s Lipscuff. A lipstick sized stick that nourishes and smoothes, Lipscuff contains a natural exfoliant that will leave your lips kissably soft! Follow with Bobbi Brown’s lip balm with SPF 15 (because lips get sunburnt too) which is specially formulated with wheatgerm, avocado and olive oil for moisturised and happy lip

 

 

 

If you try (or already use!) any of the products we’ve mentioned – let us know what you think in the comments below. Alternatively, if you have a go-to product you couldn’t live without – please share!

Epionce – the beauty of healthy skin

Formulated with potent botanical ingredients, paraben and fragrance free and a proven effectiveness in independent clinical trials it’s no wonder Epionce was voted the best anti-ageing skincare line in the USA. Its popularity is now spreading to the UK where it is one of the most used ranges by doctors and medical aesthetic clinics.

Epionce is one of the specialist ranges we stock at MAKING FACES and we begin by identifying your skin type first, then customising to suit your skin health goals.

Cleanse & PrepareCleanse & Prepare
Epionce Cleanse & Prepare products remove skin impurities without disrupting the intercellular lipids and cells that form the natural protective barrier. The cleanse and prepare process is important because it removes makeup, dirt and oil in readiness for the application of leave-on Lytic and Renewal products.

 

Correct & Boost

Epionce Correct & Boost products are proven through rigorous independent testing to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation. The powerful Epionce ingredients have been formulated to avoid unwanted disruption or irritation to the skin. Your skin will look smoother, with a fresher more even looking complexion.

Renew & Fortify
Epionce Renew & Fortify If you are new to the range and wondering which product to start with we recommend one of the Renewals or Intensive Nourishing Cream. They are the cornerstone to good skincare and once you see the improvements in your skin you will start to appreciate why Epionce has become such a popular skincare line. Formulated with a wide synergistic array of proven active botanical ingredients.

ProtectProtect & Prevent
Daily use of the Epionce Protect and Prevent products help protect the skin from damaging UVA and UVB exposure which can lead to ageing of the skin. Epionce sunscreens are formulated for high sun-blocking efficacy while maintaining the most elegant aesthetic qualities – smooth application and no white residue. Ideal for sensitive skin alone or under makeup.

Post-treatment Care
Taking care of your skin following a treatment procedure is important to ensure positive long-term results. Epionce has the answer! Formulated for incredibly sensitive post-treatment skin, two Epionce post-treatment Kits are effective tools for post-procedure at-home care by enhancing the healing process.

Professional Use
The Epionce peels are medically supervised chemical peels available for in-clinic treatment procedures. Each peel system helps improve the appearance of problem and photoaged skin by deeply cleansing pores and removing skin scale while smoothing the skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Talk to Sharon at MAKING FACES to understand which peel is suitable for you. Epionce facial peels from £90.

ZO by Dr. Zein Obagi – The solution for your skin health

It is reported that the average woman will spend over £8,500 on skin products in her lifetime. Cleansers, moisturisers and anti-aging creams make up a large part of this number and it’s often mind boggling to look at the array of creams on the shelves at Boots that claim to lift, plump, create a glow or reduce wrinkles.

Dr Zen Obagi is a world renowned skin health expert who’s life long passion for creating healthy skin led him to create a range of products that have revolutionised skin care. He realises that skin health is a science and like any other science, is not static. Therefore, the need for improvement, expansion, and continuous adjustment is not only essential, but also necessary in obtaining optimal treatment results. What makes ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical products different is that they offer expanded benefits, improved treatment protocol results, broadened margins of safety, economical products, and increased patient compliance by offering the concept of prevention.

By restricting availability of their products to physicians’ such as MAKING FACES, they eliminate patient self-treating without medical supervision and, as a result, restore and strengthen the bonds between physicians and their patients.

From maintenance products such as cleansers and colour correcting creams, to more specialist treatments that target skin problems such as acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and aging; ZO Skin Health is the solution for optimising the true health of your skin.

MAKING FACES asked Emma, 25 and a user of Zo Skin Health products for 3 years how it’s changed her skin:

” I spend a lot of time outdoors and was struggling, particularly during the Winter with wind burnt, dry and uneven skin. Terrified that i’d end up with a face that looks like a leather boot at 50, I contacted Sharon to ask what I could do to improve my skin at a deeper level than just using an intense moisturiser. She explained the benefits of ZO products and how they work and I purchased an ‘advanced anti-aging skin care kit’ which contained different products for both day and night. I noticed a difference in my skin after about 1 week of using the products every day. It looked and felt calmer and I noticed myself needing to use less BB cream and foundation to cover up the uneven, blotchy patches. I am so happy with the difference its made and I feel much more confident in my skin. Off the shelf creams weren’t enough for me and nothing feels as good on my skin now, I only use Zen Obagi.”

We need to make sure we’re getting the most from our skin care regime. If you suffer with a condition that makes you feel self-conscious or want to really optimise the health of your skin, talk to Sharon about what ZO Skin Health products can do for you.

If we’re gonna spend just short of £10,000 on skin products in this lifetime, we might as well look fabulous doing it.

ZO Skin Health by Zen Obagi's night cream bursting with retinol featured in InStyle.

ZO Skin Health by Zen Obagi’s night cream bursting with retinol featured in InStyle.

Zo Skin Health by Zen Obagi's hand recovery cream featured in Harper's Bazaar.

Zo Skin Health by Zen Obagi’s hand recovery cream featured in Harper’s Bazaar.

 

ZO Skin Health by Zen Obagi's Growth Factor Serum & Overnight Recovery Cream featured in Grazia

ZO Skin Health by Zen Obagi’s Growth Factor Serum & Overnight Recovery Cream featured in Grazia