Aesthetic Specialist and Skin Care Professional At Face Up for Beauty

We cannot fight against time but we can reduce the effects of time on the skin. Let’s talk about your skincare routine and let’s talk about product ingredients. Where should we start? This is a question we’re asked every day, so let’s begin and remember KISS…Keep It Simple Sweetie!

We are all bombarded on a daily basis with promises of products that will deliver impressive results. How are you supposed to know what works and what doesn’t?

Here at Face Up, we are ingredients geeks and we take the legwork and brainache out of it for you. When I’m researching and trialling a new product, before I even open the packaging, the glasses go on and I’m reading the ingredients small print.

So, let’s take a look at our list of ingredients to look out for and also what to avoid. But, before we start, here’s my number one golden rule I tell all my clients…wear sunscreen!

The absolute non negotiable, best anti ageing product you need to use is a stand alone SPF, specifically for the face, not face and body. By stand alone, I mean not already included into
a foundation or moisturiser.

It prevents ageing in the first place by protecting the skin from damaging UV rays in daylight, yes I said daylight not just sunlight. You need to wear it every day, 365 days a year… if you want to prevent wrinkles, leathery, crepey skin and pigmentation, it’s that simple.

Our two absolute favourites are Elizabeth Arden PRO Total Action Protector 50 and Vitage Skin Defense SPF 30.

So now we’ve covered the essentials, let’s take a look at ingredients that really work.


If your skin concerns are to improve the appearance of wrinkles, increase skin smoothness and improve skin tone, retinoids are a top ingredient for your anti ageing skincare. Derived from Vitamin A, beware, not all retinoids are equal, some are less refined and need a buffer to minimise skin irritation. Only use at night and always, always wear an SPF during the daytime.

Hyaluronic Acid

The name sounds scary but this is naturally present in the body. It can hold 1000 times it’s own weight in water, is essential for skin hydration, and is the main component ingredient in dermal filler injections.

We love Medik8 Hydr8 B5. Think of this as adding extra jelly in your trifle!


Elizabeth Arden PRO range uses lactic acid. Why is this better? Mainly, the body recognises it as it occurs naturally in the body (think post exercise class muscle aching…? Lactic acid) Also, as it’s a smaller molecule, this results in a quicker, more pleasant and efficient delivery of the product into the skin.

For skin smoothing, improved elasticity, these are an essential, what we call, corrector product. Old style AHA’s used glycolic acid which is derived from sugar cane. It’s not new, it’s been around for over 20 years. Yes, you’ve probably seen it advertised in high street brand products but to be honest, they’re a bit behind with technology as it’s a big, clunky molecule that bumps and bashes it’s way into the skin which can often cause irritation along the way.

Vitamin C

Topical application of vitamin C has been found to
increase collagen production, helping skin to appear
plumper, resulting in fewer lines and wrinkles. It also
brightens and tightens the skin and helps repair.
Sounds great!

But it needs to be stable and potent enough to
work. Medik8 CE-Tetra is a lightweight oil serum
containing a potent dose of vitamin C and
vitamin E, which are also powerful anti oxidants
that protect the skin from damaging free radicals
such as pollution, cigarette smoke and UV exposure.

Something to avoid? Mineral Oils

Sometimes called liquid paraffin, paraffinum liquidum, petrolatum, petroleum jelly. Cheap for the manufacturers, these ingredients give a product slip and glide to make them feel more luxurious. However, they form an occlusive layer on the skin, think babies barrier cream for nappy rash, which can cause congestion and lead to breakouts.

Look for products that contain natural ingredients instead, like
lip balms with shea butter or beeswax.

Finally, consider this. Relatively quick results can be achieved by using key products in your home skincare routine. If you have a monthly facial with us, this will be so much more effective if you maintain your skincare at home for the
remaining 30 days each month!

What are you waiting for? We’re here to help. Book for your free skin consultation and let’s get started.
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Aesthetic Specialist and Skin Care Professional
At Face Up for Beauty
48 Babington Lane
Tel 01332 368195