Looking to take your skin into your own hands? Word of caution: don’t believe everything you read or watch online. There’s a reason we enlist the help of the pros to solve our skin woes. For facial-like results at home, we consulted some of New Zealand’s leading skin experts for their at-home skincare hacks.
“Dermal rolling at home is always my go to! During lockdown I have no excuse not to do it, I aim for three times per week. I do this to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles using my Skinsmiths Derma Roller and applying the Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum. Dermal Rolling helps to boost collagen production for strong healthy, refreshed skin and means my hard working serum can penetrate deeper in to work on those lines too!” Jo – Caci registered nurse
Always use SPF
“When I first started seriously taking care of my skin I felt a bit intimidated by all the self-proclaimed ‘experts’ I saw on social media and the sheer amount of cleansers, serums, creams, oils and other potions available. I didn’t know where to start! The most helpful advice I got from Caci and my top tip is to always use SPF! I use the Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ - it’s an award-winning, silky, lightweight formula that leaves you glowing, not greasy or chalky. Plus, during lockdown I spend more time outside so it’s even more important to apply SPF!” Waiora – Caci registered nurse
Make friends with AHAs
“Lockdown can be frustrating, missing out on your advanced treatments – I love my Microdermabrasions! So as an alternative at home, I use Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, but I leave it on like a mask for 5-10mins. Then, I use my hands to really work it into the skin, especially those congested areas, for a deep exfoliation.” Caitlin - Caci trainer
Invest in an eye cream
“Keep using your eye cream, or start! We are squinting at our phones and watching TV more than ever at the moment, so give the delicate eye area a helping hand.” Linda - Caci Skincare trainer
The power is in persistence
“Lockdown can become a bit of a blur, what day even is it? My tip is to use this time to set-up a regular skincare routine and embed good habits. For example, dedicate certain days of the week to exfoliating, using a mask or dermal rolling. Place your AM and PM skincare near your toothbrush as a handy reminder.” Taryn – Caci trainer
“While tempting, try to avoid staying up too late on TikTok or watching Netflix. Sleep is when our body goes into repair mode, which includes your skin. Aim to get about eight hours shut-eye each night” Linda – Caci Skincare trainer
Eat a balanced diet
“We are what we eat. While in times of stress we gravitate to treats (which is ok!), be sure to balance this out by fuelling your body and your skin with lots of veggies, vitamin C and antioxidants. Smoothies are an easy way to ensure you fill in any nutritional gaps.” Taryn – Caci trainer.
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