The secret behind Dr Nina’s perfect skin? Her anti-ageing skincare routine, which we are going to share in this post. If you are over 25 and suffer from (or want to prevent) hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun damage and other signs of ageing, then you are in for a treat!
Dr Nina always looks amazing. By looking at her radiant skin you would never guess she is not only in her mid-thirties but also a previous melasma sufferer. Sure, she likes to try for herself the positive effects of the non-surgical cosmetic procedures she offers her patients in her Facial Sculpting clinics. But she also strongly believes that the best way to prevent skin from aging is to begin a correct skincare routine as early as possible.
And be consistent with it.
Skincare for the skin is a little bit like going to the gym. If you go once or twice it’s ok, but if you really want to see results you have to go consistently. Same thing for your skin.Dr Nina
Pair this with regular visits to qualified aesthetics centers, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and protecting your skin from the sun and you have a recipe for keeping your skin healthy in the long term.
Ideally, a professional skin consultation with experts like Dr Nina should be the first step you take when you are serious about starting a new skincare regimen. With so many treatments and anti-ageing skincare products available, it can be quite overwhelming to choose what is best for you. After a thorough assessment of your face and skin, Dr Nina will be able to advise on your skin’s specific needs and, therefore, you will receive the correct products from the beginning.
Anti-Ageing Skincare Routine: Dr Nina’s Best Tips
While Dr Nina advises her clients to always start with a professional skin consultation, there are a few general rules and tips to follow to prevent the signs of ageing and take care of mature skin.
To make sure your skin maintains its youthful glow for as long as possible, you should take some time for your anti-ageing skincare routine twice a day every day. The first time after you wake up and before applying any makeup, and the second time before going to sleep.
Anti-ageing skincare products also vary, depending on whether you apply them in the morning or in the evening. So let’s dig deeper into Dr Nina’s morning and evening skincare routine and also find out which are the products for glowing skin that she uses.
Anti-Ageing Skincare Routine for the AM
In the morning, Dr Nina recommends starting with a salicylic acid cleanser. Salicylic acid is a type of BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) that works by gently removing the outer layer of the skin, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, and also breaking down any superficial pigments and/or dark spots that your skin might be developing.
Moreover, salicylic acid is able to penetrate your pores and break down the oils, which makes it a great ingredient to prevent breakouts, acne, and skin inflammations, even if you don’t have oily skin.
After the cleanser, Dr Nina likes to use a AHA-based toner, this time a lactic acid one. Lactic acid also creates a superficial exfoliation, but milder than salicylic acid. This means that lactic acid can be used even on more sensitive skins without causing irritations.
Step number three in Dr Nina’s morning skincare routine for anti-ageing is L-ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C. Being italian, Dr Nina has a Mediterranean complexion that can be prone to melasma and hyperpigmentation. For this reason, she needs to make sure that new pigment is not triggered in her skin. A solution of 15% concentration of Vitamin C does just that, with the extra advantage of increasing new collagen production, for an extra anti-ageing effect.
After Vitamin C, Dr Nina always applies a serum packed with hyaluronic acid and peptides. If you’re new to serums, choosing the best one for you can be a daunting task. There are many different types that cater to a number of concerns. However, no matter your skin type, the one face glow serum you should try is Dr Nina’s new Face Sculpt Serum.
Combining the expertise of her trusted lab technicians and her 12-year-experience at her clinics in London, Dr Nina has recently launched her very first skincare brand: Dr Nina Skin. Her highly effective Face Sculpt serum is designed for most skin types to provide hydration, fight expression lines, and encourage cell renewal. Its formula is packed with active ingredients, which penetrate the deeper layers of the dermis to achieve immediate glowing skin. In fact, after two weeks of use, 75% of the testers reported younger-looking, glowing skin.
The mission underlying her new skincare line is to complement any skincare regime with top-notch quality products to help her customers on their quest for their best skin yet.Dr Nina
To finish off your AM routine, and prior to applying makeup, Dr Nina always recommends applying an SPF cream or lotion, with broad-spectrum, oil-free and non-comedogenic.
Anti-Ageing Skincare Routine for the PM
Dr Nina’s afternoon skincare routine to fight ageing also starts with a salicylic acid cleanser, followed by a lactic acid toner. However, she does not use Vitamin C nor SPF in the evening.
Instead, on most evenings she uses face serums packed with AHA to treat her skin with some really nice exfoliation during the night, when the skin is more receptive. Once a week, she also applies retinol to promote new cell proliferation and also to break down any pigmentation. Because retinol is quite a strong ingredient, which might cause irritation, she recommends starting to introduce it once a week and give your skin time to get used to it.
Finally, and also once a week, Dr Nina likes to use an enzymatic peel with around 10% lactic acid to give her skin that extra exfoliation boost, so when she wakes up in the morning her skin is radiant, soft, and generally looks great.
Anti-Ageing Skincare General Tips
Now that you have an idea of which kind of products Dr Nina uses for her AM/PM anti-ageing skincare routine, let’s move on to some other practical and general tips you could apply in your daily life to take care of your skin.
How To Keep Your Skin Young
- Always wash your face in the morning and in the evening, avoiding face wipes.
As we have discussed, Dr Nina recommends cleansing both in the morning and in the evening. Washing your face properly twice a day allows you to – in the AM – remove the active ingredients applied during your night-time routine, and – in the PM – to remove pollution, dirt, and every trace of makeup.
- Never rub the eye area.
This can cause you to lose lashes and cause skin trauma in the delicate eye area. When using eye makeup remover, try to rest the soaked cotton pads over closed eyelids for a few seconds before gently sweeping away your makeup.
- Avoid using manual exfoliators on the skin, such as any rough beads or pumice.
These kinds of products tend to be very harsh and can cause little traumas in the skin called microdamage. That’s why it is best to use products that delicately and gently dissolve dead skin, like the AHAs Dr Nina uses. Salicylic, glycolic, or lactic acid are perfect to get rid of any dead skin cells and grime, without irritating the skin.
- Always be gentle when drying your skin.
Pat skin dry, gently, with the softest, clean towel you can find. Do not rub or use anything rough to dry the skin as this can damage the skin’s surface.
- Choose the right ingredients for your skincare products.
Look at the quality of the ingredients used in your skincare products. Avoid heavy or highly perfumed face products that are not specifically stated as non-comedogenic, especially if you use them in your evening routine. During the night time your skin needs time to breathe and repair, and these sorts of products can clog pores, causing breakouts and preventing the active ingredients from your chosen products from penetrating the skin.
- Apply products properly.
Use fingertips in an upward motion when applying skincare products to your face, do not drag the skin downwards as this can cause stress on the skin and doesn’t support elasticity. Using this motion also helps with fluid build-up in the face.
- Pay attention to your pillowcase.
Did you know that the type of fabric for your pillowcase can make a big difference to your skin? Invest in a silk pillowcase, and ditch the cotton ones as the cotton will crease the skin and can create vertical lines, called the sleeping lines. Finally, make sure to change your pillowcase as often as possible. Sweat, dirt and bacteria from your hair can cause breakouts and acne. Tie your hair up while you sleep if you can.
- Never skip sunscreen during the day.
Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen cream or lotion with SPF of 30+, even in winter and on cloudy days. No matter the season, UV rays are never good for any skin types and can cause premature ageing and pigmentation. In fact, even if you stay indoors all day, you should always wear SPF as the UVA rays can penetrate through the windows, and even the lights from computers and tablets can age and worsen skin pigmentation.
Anti-Ageing Skincare Routine: Final Thoughts
Dr Nina is passionate about enhancing a patient’s innate beauty. Her philosophy is ‘less is more’ and she loves to make subtle aesthetic tweaks that lead to excellent, yet natural, results. However, good skin always starts with a good anti-ageing skincare routine, which is the foundation for every other treatment.
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