Skin Health Magazine Issue #6 / Winter 2018 - Page 15

PHA Gluconolactone with Lactic Acid, a less irritating AHA, to minimise acne scarring and combat blocked pores, while the Murad Age Re- form AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser combines three different acids to thoroughly rid the skin of dead cells which could hinder the penetration of any serums applied after it. sophisticated formulas meant they often left the skin feeling dry and tight. Fast-forward to today and peel-off masks have had a major overhaul, with rubber, clay and gel formulas professing benefits as diverse as renewing radiance and purifying pores. The Skyn ICELAND Arctic Hydration Rubberizing Mask looks like orange slime and sets into a jelly-like film over the skin. Infused with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, it treats the skin to a mini facial; after 20 minutes, simply peel it away from your face to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. And yes, it’s just as Instagrammable as your favourite sheet mask. Switch one acid for a combination of AHAs, BHAs and PHAs Acids make any skin care routine more effective, so what can you do to make a good routine great? Add more acids! By more, we mean a couple and it’s OK to use products that contain a mix of AHAs, BHAs and PHAs, as they all do the same thing just in a slightly different way. By exposing your skin to a broader spectrum of exfoliants, it works harder and has a better chance of staying clear of breakouts and dark spots. The NeoStrata Oil Control Gel combines Switch at-home peels for skin-needling According to Pinterest’s annual trend predic- tions report, saves of pins tagged as ‘derma-roll- ers’ increased by 345% last year, so it’s safe to say the trend for micro-needling is set to go stratospheric in 2018. A long-time treatment in clinics, the act of puncturing the skin with tiny needles is now one of the fastest growing at-home treatments for those wanting to take their routine up a notch. Great for improv- ing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, micro-needling works in two ways. Firstly, it creates small tunnels within the surface of the skin, making a pathway to the lower laye