Dry and sensitive skin
Sensitive skin is often caused by aggressors and irritants in the environment that damage the skin’s natural barrier function. This barrier plays an important role in protecting the epidermis from bacteria while helping to hold in water. When it’s damaged, however, the skin can become more sensitive and prone to dryness and redness. This is where Hyaluronic Acid can really help to repair and strengthen the barrier, bringing some much-needed moisture and calmness back to the epidermis.
Your routine: Vichy’s Mineral 89 Skin Booster should be the first step in your skincare routine so apply it to freshly cleansed, dry skin. This will help to hydrate the skin throughout the day while protecting the skin from aggressors in the environment. Follow this with a super-soothing moisturiser such as Aqualia Day Cream to keep the complexion looking dewy and fresh for up to 48 hours. Your final step should always be a lightweight broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV damage.
Oily and blemish-prone skin
Oily skin can be caused by a number of things such as genetics, hormones and stress which increase the production of sebum in the pores. While excess oil isn’t harmful to the skin, it can start to congest the pores over time leading to blemishes, open pores and blackheads. If you have oily skin, you may think that adding extra moisture is the last thing your skin needs, but in fact, it can help. If you dry out an oily skin type with harsh ingredients, it will become very dry and produce more oil to compensate. Hyaluronic Acid on the other hand, can help to restore balance as it’s hydrating yet lightweight (holding 1000 times its own weight in water) so it won’t clog the pores or add extra oil to your skin.
Your routine: Start by washing your skin thoroughly with a cleanser such as Normaderm’s Phyosolution Purifying Gel. This will clear excess sebum and impurities from the skin with salicylic acid and glycolic acid – chemical exfoliants that are gentle enough to be used every day. Next, lock hydration into your skin with two to three pumps of the Mineral 89 Skin Booster and a lightweight moisturiser such as Normaderm’s Phytosolution Double Correction Daily Care. This will help to protect the skin’s barrier and control excess oil.
Ageing and menopausal skin
As we age, our skin naturally starts to lose moisture, collagen and elastin which creates sagging, lines and wrinkles to appear. Dryness in the skin can also be caused by hormonal changes in the body during the menopause. While we can’t stop the natural ageing process, we can help the skin to appear smoother and more radiant by replenishing lost moisture with our skincare. This is where Hyaluronic Acid really comes into its own as it creates a plumping effect in the epidermis, reducing the appearance of ageing signs and restoring comfort.
Your routine: After washing your face with a hydrating cleanser, apply a Hyaluronic Acid-enriched booster such as Mineral 89 to instantly plump up the skin and improve the look of lines and wrinkles. Next, help to strengthen the skin’s barrier function and stimulate cell renewaln with a concentrated dose of serum via an ampoule such as Vichy’s Liftactiv Peptide-C. This particular formula also contains multi-molecular Hyaluronic Acid and works to rehydrate and smooth the appearance of the epidermis. If your skin is very thirsty, you can then follow this with a moisturiser suited to your needs. Vichy’s Collagen Specialist Day Cream can help improve the appearance of ageing signs such as a loss of firmness, skin tone and wrinkles. But if your skin dryness is more hormone related, Vichy’s Neovadiol Compensating Complex Day Cream will help to address ageing signs caused by the menopause.
Don’t forget, whatever your skin type, the last step in your routine should always be a broad-spectrum sunscreen. This will help to prevent the acceleration of ageing signs and UV damage. And, if you are unsure of your skin type, head to vichy.co.uk to use our SKINCONSULT AI technology – a skin ageing algorithm that identifies your skin priorities, developed with dermatologists.