Skincare secrets

Skincare is one of the most important and vital aspects of beauty, and an individuals skincare regime is one of the most sacred routines any individual will have. No matter what age, or what skin type you are – a skincare regime is necessary!
My mother has constantly drilled into me from an early age that you should always look after your skin, very, very carefully. And to do so, you must have some sort of routine that you always try to stick to.

It is known that a skincare regime is one of the most complex processes in beauty, simply because it has to be something tailored to the individual as everyone’s skin is different – oily, sensitive, combination, dry – and so it needs to be catered to accordingly.

For this post, I interviewed Nicola McCrindle – a qualified beauty therapist who has over 20years of experience in this particular area, from owning


Nicola McCrindle

her own salon, to working for Champneys (***). She is definitely an expert when it comes to skincare secrets, so I asked her to share with me (and all of you) some of her top tips when it comes to skincare regimes.

I thought it would be beneficial if she outlined a basic, general, skincare routine that everyone could follow. She explained that “even the most basic regime should include a cleanser, toner, and moisturiser of some kind”. I’ve always heard so many people talking about the importance of moisturising, but why is it so essential? Nicola explained that from the start of puberty you should always use a moisturiser – in fact you should use 2! Different moisturisers are needed for night and day as they have different purposes. A day moisturiser can be anything, but in her professional opinion Nicola confessed that a day cream is pointless if it doesn’t contain an SPF (sun protection factor) as the moisturiser is designed to protect your skin from sun, air pollution, etc. Whereas, your night moisturiser serves the purpose of replenishing your skin, by rehydrating and rejuvenating skin cells. The older you get, the more specific creams get as product are generated to target different areas such as; improving the elasticity of the skin to decrease wrinkles.
Another key element for a skincare regime is a toner – theres no point in properly cleansing your face if you don’t use a toner to tighten your pores and stop the build up of blackheads and dirt.  Toners are designed to remove perspiration, make up and oil, but is harmless to the skin. Astringents are a stronger version of toner thats formulated using alcohol – these are typically recommended for people with oily skin.

Other beauty products can be added to a skincare regime depending on your skin and what it needs. For example, eye creams are popular among many people, from young people looking to get rid of dark under eye circles, to older people trying to get rid of wrinkles. Nicola’s advise when it comes to eye cream is “use sparingly, using too much product will puff up the eye area”.

Although this routine is advised, its necessary to make adjustments to it, to make it cater for you personally, factoring in your own skin type – for example, I have oily skin. I’ve always viewed it as a curse, constantly looking shiny is such a pain! So I asked for some advise off Nicola on how to make my oily skin manageable.  She shared that “a good exfoliant is needed in any regime, whether they are a light daily exfoliant containing granuals, or a more powerful exfoliant like an enzyme mask. The key to dealing with oily skin is to not over exfoliate – this is because exfoliants strip your skin of it’s natural oil and so your body tries to make more to combat this. It’s best for someone with oily skin to only exfoliate twice a week – at the most!”

Here are a list of suggestions of good skincare brands:
1. Clinique
2. Clarins
3. Elemis
4. Bare Minerals 
5. La Mer 

If you’re after even more suggestions here is a link to a fabulous webpage that may help called ‘The beauty buys the world is obsessed with’

*** Just thought as a little added extra for those of you who love a bit of pampering, I’d include a map of all the Champneys spas in Britain. I’m personally a big promoter of spas, they leave you feeling relaxed, your skin glowing, and they’re just a fun thing to do with family and friends!

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