Wellbeing Wednesday
Battling lockdown skin? Makeup artist and skincare expert, Simmone Aziz, is here to make skincare simple & help you secure the glow. Simmone has worked as a professional Makeup Artist for many years, picking up tips + tricks on great skin along the way. We’re all spending most of our time at home which can cause havoc to our tried and trusted skincare regimes. From constant central heating to easy access snacks plus a literal pandemic, it’s no wonder our skin is feeling a little sad. If you’re clueless about exfoliation or worried about blackheads, Simmone’s expert tips are here to guide you (and your skin) to clarity.  

What products would you recommend for very dry skin? 

Hydration is key, I would recommend using a hydrating mask. I really like the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration sleeping mask. A dual face oil/serum will also work wonders such as the Odacite All Embracing serum. It’s important that you’re not stripping your skin, so a moisturising cleanser is essential. My favourites are the Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm, Liz Earle Cleanse + Polish Hot Cloth cleanser and the Malin + Goetz cleansing oil. 

 What is the correct order to do your skincare routine and how many products should you use?

 There are lots of options out there but if you’re overwhelmed, I would always simplify your skincare regime. Start with a two-step cleanse and hydrate routine using an exfoliator and a mask a couple of times a week. You should absolutely cleanse and moisturise every single day but if you’re exfoliating or doing a mask, moisturise as final step. Our skin can change seasonally so what and how many products you use are dependent on that.

I’ve got spots all over my face and they won’t go away – help!

 Right, I’d recommend you use the Aesop In Two Minds cleanser because the gel base formula is lightweight, has witch hazel and salicylic gel which target spots.  Using a glycolic pad 2-3 times a week will help smooth the surface of your skin but please make sure to wear SPF on these days. Finally, I’m a big fan of the Bybi CBD booster for calming the skin. Add a few drops into your moisturiser, serum or massage onto bare skin.

What are the best facemasks for sensitive and dry skin?

 My top recommendations for this are: Patchology soothe or hydrate sheet masks, Chantecaille Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask, Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask and the Oskia Renaissance Mask. They will give you a huge boost of hydration without irritating your sensitive skin. 

I’ve got so much excessive oil, what should I do?

 Start your routine from square one. Use a foam cleanser and a lightweight cream with a clay mask once or twice a week. You can use the clay mask as an exfoliator too.

I’m a nurse and the masks we have to wear are congesting and making me breakout!

Firstly, you’re amazing! Thank you for looking after us during these difficult times. Secondly, using The Ordinary Squalene Cleanser or Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel will help. They are gentle and perfect for removing makeup because they melt into an oil. For your second cleanse I’d say to use a cleansing balm. I recommend De Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm which you can massage in before you go to bed and it will calm and repair your skin throughout the night. Products with lactic, glycolic or salicylic acid can also help with congestion. Elemis Resurfacing Facial Pads is an exfoliator without the harshness and The Body Shop have a great Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask.

How do you get rid of persistent blackheads?

 I tackle this by consistently cleansing, exfoliating and purifying my skin. Detoxifying masks are also your best friend when it comes to shifting blackheads that just won’t budge!

How should I treat my acne effectively?

I suggest tackling spots topically so apply your treatments right on top of your acne. My favourites are the Malin + Goetz Sulphur Paste or Salicylic gel. For the occasional breakout however the Kate Somerville’s Eradikate blemish treatment is  a life saver!