Dr Justine Kluk top skincare recommendations

As you might expect from a Dermatologist, I am frequently asked for skincare product suggestions. Indeed, this is part of the service I provide for new patients to the clinic when we are planning their skin treatment; combining a tailored selection of prescriptions, procedures and beauty products to create a programme that will deliver the best outcomes. BBC News recently asked me to help break this down into my top skincare ingredients for those who are navigating the beauty aisles on their own and don’t know where to begin. So here they are! My top ingredient suggestions for healthier, brighter and more youthful-looking skin:

Number 1. SPF (sun protection factor). Pick a broad spectrum UVA/ UVB sun protection moisturiser with SPF 30 or higher. UVB protection reduces the risks of sunburn and skin cancer and UVA protection prevents premature skin ageing, dark spots and wrinkle formation. Apply every single morning, come rain or come shine and allow 15 minutes before leaving the house to give the UV filters time to be fully absorbed into your skin. She recommends Physical Protectant SPF30 (Jan Marini)

Number 2. Antioxidants. Examples include vitamin C serums. These neutralise free radicals generated by UV rays and city pollution that degrade collagen leading to loss of skin firmness and elasticity. Vitamin C antioxidants can also help diminish the appearance of uneven skin tone and lighten darker pigmentation. She recommends CE Ferulic (Skinceuticals) which I love

Number 3. Retinol and retinoids. These are vitamin A derivatives that boost collagen and promote cell renewal. When applied regularly to the skin, they improve skin texture and tone, tighten pores, reduce breakouts and minimise fine lines leading to smoother, firmer and brighter skin. They should be applied at night to reduce photosensitivity (sensitivity to the sun) and need to be introduced gradually to reduce side effects e.g. dryness, tightness, peeling or irritation. A pea-sized quantity is sufficient for the face. Add more if you are treating your neck and décolleté too. The most effective ones are prescription ones, when you go for a consultation she will prescribe it for you if necessary. I have started using it of course 🙂 you can also use Retexturing Activator (Skinceuticals)

Number 4. AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids). These prevent the build-up of dead skin cells which increases radiance and gives a brighter, more even skin tone. They can also reduce oiliness and decongest the skin so are great for controlling excess shine and preventing breakouts.

Number 5. Peptides. Did you know that collagen production falls by 1% every year after the age of 25? Peptides, such as matrixyl, stimulate new collagen synthesis and are a great ingredient to look for in eye creams if retinol is not tolerated in the delicate eye area.

Number 6. Hyaluronic acid. This is a powerful humectant, meaning it is capable of holding up to 1000 times it’s weight in water molecules so perfect for plumping dry, coarse, crepey skin. Given its soothing and hydrating abilities, it may also improve tolerability of ingredients like retinol or AHAs which can cause dryness and peeling when first introduced. A great ingredient to look for in your night cream. Time Filler (Filorga) is a great one to use at night and has most of the vital ingredients needed.

So there you have it! You definitely don’t need to go out and buy all of these at once. Start by incorporating one or two ingredients into your daily routine to begin with and add sequentially as needed, or as tolerated by your skin.

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