Skincare is not created equal, and neither are the ingredients in skincare that make it up. A common misconception that comes up in the clinic constantly is the fact that a client is ‘already using’ a Vitamin C, A, Hyaluronic Acid etc when this is recommended to them. That might be true, and I’m not just trying to sell you something more but which Vitamin C is that? L-ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Phosphate or AA2G? Or is it a plant-based antioxidant like Kakadu Plum or Strawberry? There are many variations across different vitamin categories and knowing you’re using the correct ingredient for your skin is key. One version might be better for sensitive skin and another would be better to treat your acne.
Part of my role as a skin therapist is to match the right product and ingredients to your skin, to address your skin concerns. So if you’ve been ‘self diagnosing’ and buying online with educated guesses but not really getting anywhere, it’s time to turn to a professional therapist. Your concerns will be listened to, skin examined, lifestyle discussed, as well as eating habits and medications or supplements taken, and then after a full consultation we can make our recommendations.
My philosophy is natural and organic skincare is better on the skin. I believe that the power of plants, especially combined with potent cosmeceutical ingredients in skincare can really work wonders on the skin. It’s like comparing a fruit and vegetable rich healthy diet to a white food diet. You get so much more nutrients from plants with a broader scope of antioxidants and vitamins. There’s so much more out there than just Vitamins A, B, C and Hyaluronic Acid (to name the bog 4 lots of people just focus on).
While we’re on the subject of plant-based ingredients, do you know where it was grown and sourced? Was it just a standard farm, or a certified organic farm? Is it from Australia or overseas? This can also play a huge role in the quality of the ingredient. For instance brands like Organic Spa must source high quality certified organic farmed ingredients to meet their Australian Certified Organic status. So just using cheap non-organic Ylang Ylang oil (for example) in the formula won’t cut it. You really do get what you pay for so if something is cheap but makes a bunch of claims, think about the level of quality of ingredients in that bottle you’re buying. There’s no way companies can make high quality, active products for $20 or less. Just like food there’s also ethics to consider, I really could go on.
Next time you’re out to find new skincare, ask yourself, does it look quality? Does it have certifications if I want Organic or Vegan or Cruelty Free? Then, if you have a concern that you really want to get fixed, speak to a professional with an arsenal of professional skin, knowledge and experience behind them to help get you the results you’re after.
Want to hear more on this topic? Our IGTV features Belinda discussing this and more, link here. We also make professional recommendations for our clients in our South Yarra and Ulladulla clinics.