Trinny Woodall answers your beauty questions
The beauty of cleansing
Every woman over 35 should have a good routine that cleans the skin, and not just from make-up. Cleaning the skin prepares it for all the products that you usually end up spending the most money on, like serums, “if you don’t polish the floor properly, you’ll get it all dusty. Try to put wax on a floor when it’s dusty, it’s not going to do anything for your lovely floor – the same principle applies,” says Trinny.
Start by using a cleanser that appeals to you and use it to soak in the moment, quite like a ritual. Trinny prefers a balm, like the Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm, and uses this part of her routine to give herself a facial massage, this means lymphatic draining and scissoring – a technique which uses the fingers of both hands to bring oxygen up into the skin.
Cleansing usually leaves a film on top of the skin’s surface which can disrupt the penetration of the products that follow, Trinny advises removing this carefully and thoroughly with a hot muslin cloth before moving on to the next step, the method also works to activate any oils in the cleanser. Then, follow up with a gel cleanser to balance your pH.
Between the epidermis and the dermis lies melanocytes, which become age spots resulting in uneven skin tone. To prevent this, incorporate vitamin C into your routine both internally and externally. If you find that some categories of vitamin C irritate your skin, look for an offering which encapsulates the active to protect the surface of your skin. Garden of Wisdom’s C-Deep Vitamin C Serum is perfect for sensitive skin types.