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Most Effective Skincare Tips from Pharmacists & Dermatologists

There is A LOT of skincare advice out there, but how do you know who to trust, and what to try? We’ve collated some of the top skincare tips recommended by both pharmacists and dermatologists, so if they don’t have the answer, we don’t know who will! From avoiding conflicting ingredients in skincare to multitasking and exfoliation; use the tips in this post to help up your skincare game!

1. Don’t use too many products at once

We’ve all heard the phrase “less is more” before, however that doesn’t stop us from wanting to pile on our favourite skincare products all at once. According to the founder of Wall Street Dermatology, product overload can actually irritate your skin and doesn’t allow the products to work effectively. It’s also extremely important to be wary of using conflicting ingredients which you should never layer together. Some of the key ones to avoid are:

  • Vitamin C + AHAs/BHAs
  • Retinol + AHAs/BHAs
  • Oil-based products + water-based products

2. Don’t touch your face

Think about just how many things you touch in a day, who touched that before you and so on… Take your mobile phone for example, how many times do you touch that in an hour? What have you touched before that? The point is, your hands pick up so much bacteria, dirt and oil throughout the day and when you touch your face that’s being transferred to your skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), this tip is essential if you suffer from oily skin, clogged pores and regular breakouts.

3. Hydrate your body as well as your skin

Something you’re more than used to hearing about when it comes to skincare is hydration. For best results, our advice is to work from the inside out. Dermatologist Mona Gohara said “a lack of water means less radiance and more sag,”; no one wants that! Choose hydrating products for moisturisation and anti-ageing routines, and make sure to drink your recommended eight glasses of water a day.

4. Order your products correctly

Leading dermatologist Stefani Kappel knows everything there is to know about layering your skincare products. Failing to do so will result in ineffective skincare, and can even lead to skin irritation. In her post in product layering like a dermatologist, Stefani advises the following:

  1. Double cleanse
  2. Exfoliate
  3. Toner
  4. Apply active ingredients, acids, peptides, retinol and humectants
  5. SPF

5. Wear SPF of at least 30

The founder of Dilmaherbals, Gaurav is a pharmacist – so it’s safe to say he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to SPF. When choosing an SPF as part of your skincare routine, it needs to be at least 30 and with a minimum 4 star UVA protection. Whilst most moisturisers claim to come with SPF, most are only SPF 15, which only blocks 93% of UVB rays.

Wondering what UVB rays are? Let us break it down for you. UVB rays emit more energy than UVA ones, this can cause direct damage to DNA in skin cells which leads to sunburn. The majority of cases of skin cancer are actually down to UVB rays. Moral of the story? Pick a face sunscreen with high SPF.

6. Exfoliate twice a week

There’s often much confusion about how often you should exfoliate – once a week, once a day? According to a leading dermatologist, Renée Rouleau, we should be exfoliating two to three times per week. Anything less is not enough to remove the build-up of dead skin cells, but too much could irritate the skin, especially if you suffer from dry or sensitive skin.

7. Clean your makeup brushes regularly

Hands up if you’re guilty of not washing your makeup brushes as much as you know you should? Yes, us too… To help reduce infection and irritation, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week, eye brushes twice a month and for any other brushes, once a month.

8. Use a silk pillowcase

Over the past couple of years, there has been a rise in the popularity of silk pillowcases. Not only can they help to prevent wrinkles, but also create fewer tangles within your hair compared to their cotton counterpart. According to Laura Dyer, PA-C at Dr. Amy Wechsler Dermatology cotton pillowcases draw in the moisture and product from your face and hair, which can dry your skin and hair out. By sleeping on a silk surface instead, it means that much more of the moisture is kept where it should be, in your skin!

9. Multi mask

Our skin has complex needs, some areas might need brightening whereas others require a bit of TLC to get rid of spots and blemishes. Don’t be afraid to multi-mask! Dermatologists advise using specific products on the areas of your skin that need it, don’t feel as though you have to use a product over your entire face.

10. Vitamin C is your skincare best friend

If we’re talking about our favourite skincare ingredients, Vitamin C has got to be up there. As an antioxidant, it helps to protect skin from the effects of UV exposure, lighten pigmentation, even out skin tone and help the skin to glow. However, according to Dr. Tara Rao of Schweiger Dermatology Group, we need to be mindful of Vitamin C, as not all Vitamin C is created equal. Look for serums containing ascorbic acid, as this is the most active form of the ingredient. We’d also recommend choosing a product enriched with Vitamin C that’s best suited to your skin type and/or concern.

11. Double cleanse

Why do you need to double cleanse? The first cleanse is to remove makeup, dirt and excess oil from the skin and the second cleanse is to deeper penetrate into the skin to address your skin concern. But it turns out that double cleansing goes even deeper than that. According to Harley Street-based therapist, Kate Kerr, it’s about softening the skin to ensure that the other products you use of the skin can be properly absorbed, and therefore they will be most effective.

12. Change your washcloth daily

One of our top skincare tips is to wash your washcloths and muslin cloths daily. Many of us have switched from disposable cotton pads to more sustainable reusable cloths in recent times, however, it’s important to use these in a hygienic way. Once you’ve used the cloth, the warm and damp environment is what allows bacteria to thrive. Do you really want to be rubbing that onto your face?

13. Don’t fully dry your skin before moisturising

Our final tip for today is to avoid fully drying your skin before moisturising. This tip applies to both your face, and your body. Creams and other products help to seal in hydration, so by leaving your skin damp before beginning your skincare, you’re allowing your skin to suck up all the hydration.

If you have any questions about skincare, or the best products for your skin make sure to DM us over on our Instagram @dilmaherbals. We also run a skin myths series over on our IGTV, where we pair with pharmacists and dermatologists to clear up some popular misconceptions surrounding everything skin!