With infinite numbers of skincare products promising miracle-like results launched every week, it’s become increasing tricky to figure out which products will truly help a girl (or guy) achieve perfect-looking skin. In between the marketing ploys and the really complicated science, navigating the aisles of Dubai’s beauty emporiums is often as terrifying as hitting Sheik Zayed Road at rush hour in a clapped-out old banger with no air-conditioning. Will we get bullied into expensive beauty buy submission by an over-enthusiastic sales girl with an Alpha-Hydroxy-focused target to meet? Or career headlong into a pile of ‘miracle’ creams we really don’t need, but buy them anyway because a celebrity brand ambassador told us to? It’s a literal skincare car crash waiting to happen.
So who does L’Officiel Arabia turn to when they need to know what they should really be looking for in their quest for supermodel-standard skin? Enter Rebecca Treston. The acclaimed British skincare guru, whose eponymous Dubai clinic boasts a roster of baby-skinned clients who don’t entrust their faces to anyone else, believes that following a seven-step routine and looking out for key ingredients will ensure your skin will stay looking its youthful best.
So, what are these 7 steps? L’Officiel Arabia quizzed Rebecca on what it takes to achieve real-life complexion perfection…
STEP 1: Double cleanse, especially in the evenings:
The products you use in your cleansing routine should be dependent on your skin type and condition. Those who wear loads of makeup should be using an emulsifying cleanser first, as this will break down any makeup and oil. Once this has been done, another cleanser that is specific to skin type can be used - for instance those who have dry or aging skin should use a cleanser that contains an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid).
By doing this two-step regime, you are removing dirt and grime from the skin first, so the skin can breathe and rejuvenate properly. It’s the cleanser you use in the second step that should have the active ingredients needed to target the skin’s individual concerns. My recommendation is to only use products that have strong actives, such as AHA or Salicylic Acid, in the evening after you have been out all day and your skin has been exposed. People that use AHA morning and evening are at risk of drying their skin out, making it a tight and tired-looking. Night-time is best for stronger cleansers, while in the morning, it’s better to use something light, gentle and refreshing, nothing too strong or too astringent.
STEP 2: Choose products with a good level of antioxidants:
This will filter out toxins and rebuild some of the cell damage that occurs in the skin on a daily basis.
STEP 3: Use a retinol product in the evenings:
It’s anti-aging, stimulates collagen and helps cell regeneration.
STEP 4: Use a good quality hydrating moisturiser:
Make sure the moisturiser you use in the evenings has hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C. For daytime, you need to ensure your moisturiser is appropriate for your skin type. We regularly put our trust in a whole range of ‘anti-ageing’ products and blindly apply them to our skin in the hope that they will work, regardless of our skincare concerns. But using the unique technology of CGF, it is now possible to create a bespoke moisturiser that is entirely personal to you and guaranteed to suit your skin. The beauty (literally!) of this kind of moisturiser is that it is created using your own cells, so it’s entirely natural and stimulates your skin’s own ability to heal itself, and is clinically proven to regenerate ageing skin. Due to the personalised and natural ingredients of the moisturiser, there is no risk of allergic reaction. It’s a completely non-surgical and non-invasive product.
STEP 5: Wear Sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY
UVA rays account for 80 per cent of skin ageing so always apply sunscreen to your face, neck (front and back), decollete, arms and hands (the most overlooked area of the skin that ages the fastest) before going outside. You’re in Dubai, remember? Sunscreen is a non-negotiable.
STEP 6: Pay attention to the delicate eye area:
The skin around the eye is ultra-delicate and thin, which makes it super- susceptible to wrinkles and the signs of ageing. Always use a product that has been specifically designed for this area and pat it around the eye, never rub.
STEP 7: Once or twice a week, exfoliate and do a face masq
A masque will purify and hydrate the skin and make it better at absorbing the products you put on afterwards.
Exfoliate with care: Make-up, daily grime and environmental pollution makes our skin dry, dirty and dull. When we exfoliate, we are removing dead skin cells, and debuting new cells, which will lead to a glowing, radiant complexion. But don’t over-exfoliate! Once or twice a week is enough.