As told by FOREO’s skincare expert, Chris Luckham
Hyaluronic Acid is something you see everywhere, and now, due to its many forms and size of molecules, it means we have more ways of receiving its benefits! This miracle aid holds 1000x its weight in water and works as a magnet for moisture. It provides the skin with that pillow-soft and plump feel- only make sure to hydrate a lot while using these ingredients, as they’re pulling hydration from either the atmosphere or from the deepest layer of the skin.
Why not try FOREO’s new SUPERCHARGED™ Ultra-Hydrating Sleeping Mask, which contains Hyaluronic Acid? This rich and replenishing overnight jelly mask calms skin and locks in moisture as you sleep. With 99% of natural origin ingredients, this naturally nourishing leave-on treatment recharges and rejuvenates the skin without clogging pores – so it looks healthy and dewy before the day has even begun.
Summer and sun go hand in hand, but let’s just leave the summer period with no signs of this love affair and keep our skin in as clear of a state as possible! Where do we start? I would recommend beginning with a formula that is ultra-stable and around 5 to 10% potency, then building up to 20 or 30%. The reason why I recommend increasing this in stages is that the skin can at times find this overwhelming and a stinging feeling can occur.
If the skin is very sensitive you may want to invest in a magnesium ascorbyl phosphate serum. Since it’s water-based, it makes a much more welcomed addition to the skin for those with sensitive skin. What texture is best? Serum or Oil? This is down to your preference- for me, a serum feels more comfortable when using it at the correct time of use, in the morning!
Oils are something we naturally create in our skin, so it is more than welcome when we apply this topically! Personally, I would recommend using facial oils before going to bed and let them work their magic during the night. My top tip, however, is to apply the oil a little while before you hit the pillow, as we don’t want to stick to it!
For the summer months, I’d go for dry oil, and here are some of my favourite ones to look out for ingredient-wise (for the calming and regenerating properties, which we all need after sun exposure): apricot, pomegranate seed and for drier skin types, shea butter oil. If reading these names doesn’t make you think of summer skin, smelling them sure will!
Cleansing without over stripping but still powerful enough to remove SPF and makeup is key in summer. Cream cleansers will do exactly that! Apply on dry skin and emulsify with hands or a device, then rinse off /wipe with a clean, warm flannel. Try to go for formulas that work best with your skin (especially for summer skin), and focus on anti-inflammatory properties, such as patchouli oil, Centella Asiatica, or CBD oil.
A great everyday cleanser to try is the LUNA™ Micro-Foam Cleanser 2.0. The unique thing about this cleanser is that it’s a super gentle, creamy cleanser that transforms into delicate micro-bubbles. It lifts away impurities from within pores, to gently purify skin. Formulated with skin-replenishing amino acids and vitamin E to help retain moisture, skin is left soft and healthy-looking. It works beautifully with our iconic LUNA ™ device to remove 99.5% of dirt and oil from the skin.
Bakuchiol offers an alternative for those flocking toward Retinol. This does so by speeding up cell turnover without irritation. This alternative routes back to the use of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It is clinically found to address fine lines, wrinkles, roughness, dryness, and elasticity. Even though it is well-suited for those with more sensitive skin or cautious users, I personally still don’t find it better than anything Retinoic. It’s just great in the industry that we are given options and choices!