I am looking to simplify my skincare routine, so it’s time to consult an expert.
The lowdown I am having a Zoom consultation with fabulous skincare curator Michele Squire. Prior to my appointment, I fill out a questionnaire about my routine and take pictures of my face. Michele gets straight to the point. “The older you are, the gentler you need to be with your skin,” she tells me. After the consultation, she sends me a new plan to keep my skin comfortable and hydrated.
Morning: cleanse with micellar water, apply SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic antioxidant serum (adorebeauty.com.au, $218), then finish with the sunscreen and moisturiser hybrid UltraViolette Supreme Screen Hydrating Sunscreen 50+ (adorebeauty.com.au, $45).
Night: cleanse using a cleansing balm, follow with the prescription-only compounded retinoid, Qr8 Tretinoin Cream, formulated with vitamin B3 (qr8mediskin.com, $220), and finish with CeraVe Daily Moisturising Lotion (chemistwarehouse.com.au, $23).
Downtime One very instructional hour with a follow-up in three months.
Results I love the simplicity of my new routine and am looking forward to starting out slowly with the retinoid.
Where to get it Go to qr8list.com. Cost $275 for a one-hour consultation.
At home Try Vida Glow Marine Collagen Elixir (vidaglow.com, $75) as a daily oral collagen booster.
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As soon as I spied Shiseido’s Hanatsubaki Hake Polishing Face Brush (mecca.com.au, $78), I had to have it for the cuteness factor alone. It works for powder and liquid foundations and its unique shape means complete control when buffing product into a smooth, streak-free finish.
How do I get rid of acne on my back?
Just as with our faces, our backs are covered in sebaceous glands and hair follicles that release sebum, which, combined with bacteria and dead skin cells, can clog pores. Try exfoliating with a salicylic body product such as Paula’s Choice Weightless Body Treatment (paulaschoice.com.au, $11).
This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale October 18.