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At some point in our lives, we realise we need to ‘up’ our skincare game. For some of us who pay particular attention to our appearance, who notice the onset of fine lines here and sagging jowls there, we decide it’s time for the big guns. Because while ageing gracefully sounds lovely and quaint, very few can resist the promise of a retextured surface, reduced wrinkles and firmer jawline.
As we enter our thirties, certainly forties, we need more than just the basics of cleanse and moisturise. So we arrive at a point where some of us begin to introduce acids and retinols into our skincare routines. Such as Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Trichloroacetic Acid, Kojic Acid, Malic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Lactic Acid, Ferulic Acid …
But, in most instances, the majority of these acids are simply too harsh, aggravating and drying for our skin. Sometimes we are simply using the ‘wrong’ products. Sometimes we’re not using them properly, in correct sequence. Regardless, overusing these acids and improper sunscreen protection after ‘the peel’ can lead to chemical burns, irritation, inflammation, and scarring.
Definitely not. The most important point to understand is that when we use acids, we are forcing our skin cells to turnover at a rapid rate. This means the outer, older layers are shedding rapidly. So far it might sound great. Our young, raw, immature skin underneath is being forced to the surface. And while we are rejoicing at how youthful our skin looks, it has actually now been fully exposed. To the elements. And the sun. And if we are not wearing the highest possible SPF factor, this young, raw skin is going to become damaged, with not only sunburn, but also pigmentation. It will become sensitive and irritated, and this damage can sometimes take years to reverse.
Side note: the sun is NOT your enemy and NOT something to be feared. The culprit is the extreme exfoliation methods (i.e. acids) that expose under-layers of immature cells which have not completed their growth and journey to the outer layer. Due to these layers not being fully mature they are therefore far more vulnerable to damage from external pollutants and the sun, and this is a major factor in ageing and dry skin.
And for those of you who have travelled the long and winding acid road, who have some residual damage, who simply want to give your skin a break from the forced skin cell turn over and shedding, maybe even repair and reverse the damage, the following skincare suggestions will help to calm and rebalance your skin, whilst taking care of hydration and nourishment.
Each evening, begin by melting away the days’ dirt and makeup and gently massage 2 to 3 pumps of the Lina Hanson Global Calm oil into the skin. The scent of fresh cucumber is especially calming. Using an organic cotton pad or muslin cloth, gently wipe off the oil to reveal cleansed, soft, and purified skin.
LINA HANSON global calm : VIEW
Amplify your cleansing ritual with the gentle 3-in-1 multi-purpose Lina Hanson global face trio to clarify and gently exfoliate the skin, unveiling a bright and soft complexion. Simply pour a teaspoon of powder into your palm and slowly add drops of water to activate into a creamy mousse. Depending on your skin's degree of sensitivity, use less water for more exfoliation. Continue to add more drops of water for a gentler cleanse. Lightly massage the skin and neck and rinse well. (In the morning, simply cleanse with this Lina Hanson global face trio.)
LINA HANSON global trio : VIEW
After cleansing, and now that your face is a clean canvas and thoroughly cleansed, follow with a pump of Global Calm (especially beneficial for stressed skin). Gently rub and warm the oil between your fingertips. Gently massage the oil onto the skin.
LINA HANSON global calm : VIEW
Complete your ritual by locking in moisture and nurturing your delicate eye area and neck. Take a small dollop of the Lina Hanson global treasures balm and gently warm it between your fingertips. Gently pat the under-eye area and use the remainder of the balm to massage the neck and décolletage downwards. Allow the formula to sink into the skin. For dry complexions in extra need of TLC, apply the balm all over the face as a nourishing night treatment.
LINA HANSON global treasures : VIEW
Exfoliation is a necessary and basic step in your skin care ritual, as it encourages skin cell turnover, stimulates the production of new skin cells, and encourages the production of collagen and elastin, the basic building blocks of the skin.