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  • The Skincare Special: Part 1

    Our resident beauty columnist, Ava Welsing-Kitcher, is ready to answer all your questions.

    Over the past year of this column, you’ve sent in countless beauty questions for me to answer – but the most common topic has undoubtedly been skincare advice. From tackling maskne and adult acne to choosing the best SPF, it’s clear that we all have at least a handful of concerns when it comes to our skin. I’ve rounded up the most frequently asked questions that have been sent in right from the start and debunked them once and for all. First up: hyperpigmentation, fine lines and how to boost collagen.

    By Ava Welsing-Kitcher

    What are the best products for hyperpigmentation?



    SkinCeuticals

    Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment£75

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    If your hyperpigmentation is flat, it’s post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and is the most treatable – but for medium to deep skin tones, it can be stronger and stick around for much longer. Many people reach for vitamin C to fix this, but incorporating tranexamic and kojic acid, alpha arbutin, and gentle AHAs, like mandelic and azelaic acid, into your routine will be even more effective. Skinceuticals’ new Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment and Paula’s Choice Clinical Discolouration Serum will resurface marks over time. Soon to launch in the UK, Topical’s Faded Serum contains niacinamide to interrupt the pigment delivery in the skin. When I’m travelling, Zitsticka’s Hyperfade Microdart Blur Patch offers speedy and strong correction. Lastly, Bea Brightening Serum provides all-round radiance.

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    How do I treat raised hyperpigmentation?



    Supergoop!

    Unseen Sunscreen SPF 30£15

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    For raised scarring, try recurring professional treatments such as micro-needling, laser, and blue-light therapy. Above all, choose a skin expert who knows how to treat hyperpigmentation properly, rather than promising quick fixes. Whichever kind of leftover blemish you have, always be sure to wear a daily SPF, topping up throughout the day if it’s particularly sunny. I love Black Girl Sunscreen for its many variations and nurturing approach to melanated skin, and Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen for its ability to leave no trace of a white cast behind.

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    What are the best ingredients for smoothing fine lines?



    Allies of Skin

    Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment£105

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    Lines are a natural part of the skin’s process, so knowing that we can’t iron out every single one is imperative. The best approach is to care for your skin as it enters different stages, so that it thrives healthily. Retinoids are the gold standard at keeping the skin’s life cycle of shedding and renewing up to scratch and maintaining collagen production (which naturally slows as we age). Medik8 makes some of the best retinoids around – find out why and read my guide to starting retinoids here. Be sure to combine yours with a morning dose of peptides, such as Allies Of Skin Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment, which helps strengthen skin and boosts collagen production.

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    What is the most effective way to boost my skin’s collagen?



    SkinCeuticals

    Ferulic Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum£145

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    I’m more in favour of hardworking ingredients that act as a catalyst to your skin’s own collagen production, rather than topically or orally getting your collagen fix. Many of these products just can’t penetrate deep enough into the skin to make a substantial difference, and it’s a largely unregulated industry. Instead, use daily SPF and vitamin C to protect your natural collagen stores from breaking down due to free radicals, pollution and sunlight. Skinceuticals’ vitamin C range is quite an investment, but so worth it. I love Serum 10 for sensitive skin, Sylmarin or Phloretin CF for controlling oil, and CE Ferulic for ‘normal’ or dry skin. 

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