A Quick Fix Skincare Guide

March 30, 2023 Skincare

A phrase we hear often is “I need a miracle, quick fix for…” and while there are very few genuine quick fixes for major skincare issues (these things take time!), we do have a few tricks up our sleeve. If you want to see results fast, consistency is paramount. We suggest entering into a committed relationship with your skincare routine – and if you’re time poor remember to keep it simple. Regular, but relaxed, is a good rule when it comes to skin.

How to overcome…

Dry, flaky skin

It might be one of two things; dryness from a lack of moisture in your skin or flakiness caused by build-up and a lack of exfoliation. Now that’s not a call to go and scrub your face with a high strength, physical and chemical exfoliant like your life depended on it. A gentler, mild exfoliation used regularly will provide the long term benefits you’re longing for. But, a quick fix? We recommend a nourishing physical exfoliant to smooth and soften the skin, and help slough away dead skin cells. LA FERVANCE 100% natural Gommage Extraordinaire happens to be one of our faves, as it’s an effective and hydrating exfoliant. Smooth a luxurious thick layer on like a mask, leave it to work it’s magic for up to 15 minutes allowing the fruit enzymes to get to work, before massaging over the skin with damp hands and rinsing.

Remember that exfoliating too regularly can also cause dry, flaky skin. Avoid disrupting your skin’s natural moisture barrier by keeping it to once or twice a week.

To tackle dryness, follow with a nourishing balm like Eclat Extraordinaire to support the skin barrier, Catarina Barbosa Amalia or NUORI Supreme Moisture Mask.

How to overcome…

Dull, lacklustre skin

Need a little brightening? Antioxidants can protect your skin from environmental damage by neutralising free radicals, and some help brighten the skin. Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) is the go-to antioxidant for perking up dull, tired-looking skin. Nuori’s Supreme C Treatment is the ultimate quick fix containing two individual ten-day treatment bottles. They’re freshly blended just before application for maximum efficacy.

If you find Vitamin C a little sensitising, consider cult-favourite VENN Age Response Compound K Hyaluronic Booster. This serum is supercharged with VENN’s patented form of Ginsenoside Compound K, a key anti-aging active in Panax ginseng with free-radical-fighting antioxidant power as strong as Vitamin C but without oxidation and sensitization issues. In a consumer perception study an impressive 98% agreed dull skin appears brighter.

How to overcome…

A dreaded spot on your big day

So you’ve woken up to a huge pimple on the day of a big event/meeting/date. Resist the urge to pick – at all costs. Remember, this is an inflammation much like a cut or abrasion elsewhere on your body and needs to be treated gently – not scratched and squeezed.

First, wrap an ice cub in a clean tissue and hold gently against the spot to reduce inflammation. It’s old school, but effective. Next, cleanse your skin with a purifying cleanser like Lernberger Stafsing Gel Cleanser or NUORI Vital Foaming Cleanser to eliminate surface bacteria. Follow with a layer of a specialised clay mask like NUORI Clarity Mask. Ensure you choose a detoxifying mask that won’t exacerbate dryness but will help speed up the skin’s natural healing process. This mask from NUORI is our go-to for all skin types. After removing the mask, follow with a toner featuring Niacinimide for additional calming – we love Lernberger Stafsing Toner.

Now for the hero product: apply NUORI Clarity Spot Treatment that features Niacinimaide, glycolic and lactic acids to reduce redness and unclog pores, directly to the spot in question. The rosemary extract and thyme oil further help reduce visible signs of inflammation. The Clarity Spot Treatment can be applied morning and night, and will have that spot retreating in no time. Remember, a little patience and a lot of gentle care will yield the best result and the least chance of scarring long-term.

How to overcome…

Red, Sensitised skin 

It’s important to address what’s causing the redness and sensitivity. Look for ingredients like Niacinamide that will calm and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. VENN Probiotics Cica Complex Biome Booster contains 2% Niacinamide to repair and strengthen skin’s moisture barrier, as well as hyaluronic acid to promote deep, intense hydration and Centella Asiatica (Cica) actives that visibly calm and moisturise sensitive skin.

Keep your skincare routine minimal and try to isolate any products, specific ingredients or lifestyle factors (like diet, alcohol, medication or environmental changes) that may be exacerbating redness.

How to overcome…

Rough patches of skin

Try an exfoliant like Lernberger Stafsing Volcanic Rock Scrub that has Salicylic Acid as well as Bamboo charcoal, Jojoba beads and Volcanic rock sand to dissolves impurities, removes dead skin cells and smooth the skin texture.

Rough patches could also be a sign of an impaired skin barrier, so tread carefully and treat your skin gently, layering with calming and soothing products like VENN Probiotics Cica Complex Biome Booster.

How to overcome…

Skin looking flaky and dry with foundation

Using a gentle, regular exfoliation like Ipsum Best Skin Enzyme MicroPolish will help buff dry, flaky skin prior to makeup application. It’s also important that you’re priming the skin with a moisturiser or balm that is nourishing enough for your skin type before makeup. Try a thin layer of NUORI Supreme Moisture Mask beneath your foundation, and ensure you regularly clean your foundation brushes with Saint Jack for a flawless application.

If your foundation still appears dry, a go-to quick fix is Manasi 7 All Over Shine in Cristallo. This hero-balm can be applied prior to foundation to boost hydration, mixed with your foundation to eliminate that dry appearance and create dewiness, and even patted on after foundation for added moisture and to create a more youthful appearance. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll be hooked.

How to overcome…

Fine lines becoming more visible

There’s the long way, and the short way on this one. A quick fix for tackling visible fine lines is hydration. La Fervance Eclat Extraordinaire is clinically tested to hydrate the skin for 24h, but equally impressive is its instant, visible smoothing of fine lines and plumping of the skin. The inclusion of 18ct gold imparts the skin with a beautiful lustre and radiance that will have you glowing, bouncing off the appearance of fine lines.

No less impressive is Lernberger Stafsing Overnight Retinol Mask. It delivers intensive hydration, improves firmness and visibly diminish the appearance of age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. A high-performance blend of Vitamin A and Vitamin A boosters; Retinyl Palmitate, Bakuchiol and Algae extract together with intensive moisturisers; Hyaluronic acid, Aloe vera and Biosachharide stimulates the skin’s natural production of collagen.

How to overcome…

Surface bumps and blackheads

Look at your cleanser – and whether you’re removing it thoroughly. Switching from an oil or balm to a gel or gentle foaming cleanser may be called for. We love NUORI Vital Foaming Cleanser and Lernberger Stafsing Gel Cleanser. Both are easily removed with water to leave skin thoroughly cleansed. If you’re loyal to the oil-based cleanser, use a damp cloth to remove it thoroughly. You cannot beat the Japanese made Shinto Towels for this purpose – they’re the softest face cloth you’ll ever use.

Introduce a twice-weekly exfoliant like NUORI Supreme Polishing Treatment that features an enzyme complex and separate powder booster, allowing you to customise the strength of exfoliation for your skin type. A blend of jojoba beads, rice powder and finely grained aloe vera gently exfoliates the skin without causing any irritation in the underlying epidermis.

How to overcome…

Thin, crepey skin

It’s time to boost the skin barrier, big time. You want ingredients that will strengthen the skin like Niacinamide, and Hyaluronic acid and Shea butter to form a protective buffer against environmental damage. Try Lernberger Stafsing SOS Barrier Repair Cream that helps calm, restore and defend sensitised skin, and NUORI Infinity Bio Renewal Night that efffectively replenishes moisture levels, adds plumpness, and strengthens the skin’s barrier function.

Adding powerful collagen and retinol-like ingredients will increase skin renewal. We’re obsessed with these Phyto-Retinol sheet masks from VENN for plumping and firming as the perfect quick fix pre-event.

How to overcome…

Puffy eyes and dark circles

Improving circulation, adding some de-puffing massage techniques for lymphatic drainage and boosting hydration are key here.

Boost your water intake for quick rehydration, and use cooling techniques to de-puff. F Miller’s Eye Oil delivers intense hydration with a cooling rollerball applicator. Keep a Hayo’u Gua Sha stone in the fridge – or run it under cold water – and follow Founder Katie’s techniques for facial massage to visibly improve the appearance of the delicate eye area.

If your skin needs some extra firming, we recommend NUORI Infinity Bio Fusion Serum Eye that is designed especially for the delicate eye area. It has a visible dermo-filling effect that plumps out fine lines and wrinkles for a feeling of immediate lift. The ceramic applicator tip cools and depuffs the area around the eyes and is sure to soothe tired eyes.

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