For some time we’ve been seeing curious innovations pop up all over the beauty industry that all have one thing in common: the fundamental point of difference is that they’re bespoke to you and your needs. None of us have the exact same skin type or problematic areas, and with infinite combinations of woes it’s increasingly hard to pick up a product off the shelf that’s going to address our concerns. Offering products for oily, dry or combination skin is an outdated approach, with more and more brands understanding that you can be all of those things and more – depending what day of the week (or time of the month) it is. We’ve seen brands already dabble in the area of skin boosting solutions or bottles of product that will help create the perfect match (Clarins Skin Boosters and The Body Shop’s Shade Adjusting Drops are a couple of great examples,) but in 2017 this trend is only going to get bigger. Like creating a recipe for our complexions, the key to success is being able to dial-up or dial-down certain ingredients – and stand out brands like The Ordinary are making this all the more accessible.
This groundbreaking range consists of ten individual and incredibly simple (yet proven
to be effective) serums that start from as little as £4.90; the most
expensive in the range is £12.70. Although they don’t have the most easy
to understand names, descriptions or directions, The Ordinary (read my original feature here) has made
hi-tech skincare affordable and achievable no matter your budget. What’s so exciting is that these little bottles take the ingredients
that make a difference and formulate them in such a way that they can be
added into any skincare regime with ease; you no longer need a dermatologist to help you on your way – all it takes is a little research and understanding of what your skin is craving. If you love the idea of this new beauty movement but aren’t all too sure how to use these little bottles of skin-loving ingredients, here are the three main ways to easily integrate them into your regime.
ADD THEM TO YOUR MOISTURISER
If you’re looking at that bottle every morning and aren’t really sure where to begin, then adding a few drops into your moisturiser is a great way to boost the performance of your existing products without having to invest in a whole new step. Add in the recommended dosage (usually between a pea-sized amount and a couple of generous drops) into a small amount of moisturiser on the palm of your hand, mixing thoroughly before applying it as usual. Just make sure your face cream doesn’t contain any ingredients that will break down your skin booster or cause it to be ineffective (i.e. don’t add a Retinol concentrate into a Vitamin C enriched base as they require different a pH to remain stable.)
LAYER THEM UP
My personal preference is to thoroughly enjoy the application experience and layer up my singular ingredients to ensure they can get to work most effectively. In the morning I’ll start with an essence, massage in a Vitamin C or radiance boosting concentrate, add my serum over the top alongside a moisturiser, finally finishing with an SPF. At night, I always use a Retinol concentrate underneath my usual overnight treatment for a little boost. This may sound like a lot, but if you don’t overdo it (a few drops of each will suffice) then you can easily massage in each layer and prep for the next without overloading skin. This ensures maximum effectiveness and allows each layer to get to work on a slight delay, rather than chucking it all on at once.
MIX AND MATCH DAILY
If you can wake up almost every day and see something completely different in the mirror, then it may be time to get creative. Mixing up your skincare solutions will help you tackle concerns as they arise – so it may be more useful to have a portfolio at your disposal to use as and when you need them. If you’re suffering with blemishes then Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% may help reduce them, while if your skin is looking dull and dehydrated then Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% may be your best bet to inject brightness with a touch of hylaronic acid. A great treatment to use a couple of times a week for gentle exfoliation is Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%, while 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is great if you’re seeing signs of ageing. It’s important to understand your skin will have multiple concerns throughout the week, month and year, so having a ‘one size fits all’ skincare regime won’t provide you with the most benefit.
At first glance this approach to your skincare may seem confusing and intimidating, but once you get to grips with your main concerns and the ingredients that will help, it’s an easy and effective way to ensure your complexion is looking its best – 365 days of the year. Will you be giving bespoke skincare a go in 2017?