For over 30 years, La Roche-Posay in France has worked with dermatologists throughout the world to develop skincare products that meet their standards and requirements. At the heart of the brand is the unique La Roche-Posay thermal spring water used in each and every skincare product.
TYPES OF SKINCARE
Wearing suncare is important – the level of SPF you require depends on your skin type and the level of
All suncare products are clearly labelled with the SPF and there are symbols to help, such as the UVA circle. The key is to choose suncare that filters both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are strong in the middle of the day, between 11am and 3pm, so this is when you have the highest risk getting sunburnt and therefore have the greatest need for a good level of sun protection.
Sun exposure is also a primary cause of premature ageing. UVA rays cause ageing by breaking down collagen and elastin, which is what gives the skin its elasticity or suppleness. When the collagen diminishes, wrinkles appear.
- Always wear at least factor 30 suncare when exposed to sunlight
- Apply suncare frequently and generously
- Babies and young children should be kept out of direct sunlight
- Choose a suncare that filters both UVA and UVB
The main signs of ageing are wrinkles. A wrinkle is caused by a breakdown of collagen. Collagen gives the skin its structure, and gives young skin that smooth, plumped up appearance. However, collagen diminishes with age.
Moisturisation can help reduce the appearance of wrinkling and helps to plump up the skin with moisture so that it looks younger. It is important to start moisturising from an early age.
Make basic lifestyle changes to stay looking younger, for longer: apply sun protection to help filter UVA rays which cause premature skin ageing.
- Start moisturising from an early age
- Avoid the sun as much as possible
- Apply suncare that provides UVA protection
- Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, is naturally found in the skin and is widely used in anti-ageing skincare products
OILY & ANTI-BLEMISH
We are all prone to blemishes. To some extent, it is down to the skin you inherit but also hormonal changes, lifestyle, make-up – all sorts of factors.
Blemishes can be caused by a build-up of sebum, which is an oil created naturally by the skin. It is important to follow a daily cleansing and moisturising routine to break the blemish cycle.
Keep your skin clean, remove dead skin regularly and moisturise every day, twice a day, morning and night.
- Follow a daily cleansing and moisturising regime to help prevent blemishes: routine is key
- Keep your skin clean from excess sebum
- Take lifestyle precautions to help control oily skin: always shower after exercise, as sweat can block your pores
DRY & DEHYDRATED
Some people are prone to dry skin because of genetics and may have a family history of related conditions.
But water can cause dry skin, too. In some parts of the country the tap water has a high proportion of calcium carbonate – more commonly known as chalk – which strips the top layer of skin and may lead to discomfort.
The most important care for dry skin is regular moisturisation. Moisturise twice a day and avoid ingredients that make the skin feel drier, such as detergents.
There are a lot of different textures so the best moisturiser is the one that suits your skin best.
- Avoid ingredients which make the skin feel drier, such as detergents
- Daily moisturisation is key in caring for dry skin
- Choose the right texture that suits your skin and lifestyle needs
- Avoid washing with tap water that contains a high proportion of chalk, as it can strip your skin
We don’t know exactly why some people are prone to having skin which experiences sudden heat sensations and changes in skin tone. There are many different triggers, and the key is to learning what those triggers are for you and, if possible, avoid them.
It is difficult to address which is why products containing special pigments to cover the skin discolouration are usually recommended. It is very important to wear sun protection because some sun can exacerbate the condition.
- Find your triggers – temperature, food, environment – and, if possible, avoid them
- Always wear sun protection
- Mask and correct with make-up
If you have sensitive skin, it simply means that you should avoid using certain products. If a particular moisturiser or sun care brings discomfort to your skin, you may simply have sensitive skin.
Some people may be more prone to sensitive skin. If so, you are more likely to have drier skin and even normal creams may cause discomfort. In that case you should apply a non-reactive emollient – a physical barrier – to keep out potential irritants.
Trust your skin. If something is irritating it, stop using it.
- Trust your skin, if something is irritating it, stop using it
- If your skin is hypersensitive, apply a non-reactive emollient
- If you have sensitive skin, look for skincare that suits your skin needs