5 most asked about skincare questions

It really is no surprise people get confused, as skincare is science. 

The reality is, Google is used for questions every day, especially in the skincare space. It really is no surprise people get confused, as skincare is science.

That’s why when it comes to skin and skincare, it is always the best option to get your skin assessed and treated by a professional therapist and not get lost in an internet spiral!

We chat with one of our skin therapists Victoria about her most asked about skin questions, to give you the answers from experts you can trust.

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What is your favourite in-clinic skin treatment and why?

At Nicola Quinn, we offer many industry-leading skin treatments, but if I had to choose my pick would be the O Cosmedics Pro Dermal Planning Peels and the Dermaplaning Facial. Each results driven treatment offers many benefits for targeting your main areas of concern.

The O Cosmedics Peels are based on medical strength actives, enzymes and acids, these treatments offer intense skin changing results to regain skin youth, health and radiance are all suitable for all skin types. O Cosmedics has a wide range of enzyme peels from entry level to advanced, but one of my go-to peels would have to be the Bio-White Peptide Peel. It suits all skin types and with a high strength of Vitamin C, it is incredible for pigmented, dull, and uneven skin tones. The peel also includes Vitamin B3 which give the skin a hydration boost, helping to repair the skin barrier.

I love pairing the O Cosmedics PDP Peels with Dermaplaning, a very popular procedure, which removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells, helping to open the pores to allow the peel and other products to penetrate deeper down into the other layers of the skin, leaving it immediately smooth, fresh, and glowing. This method of skin rejuvenation removes 1 to 2 weeks’ worth of dead skin cells, revealing a fresh, radiant complexion and as a bonus is the perfect way to get rid of fine facial baby hair. This makes all the difference as your aftercare/homecare products will sit beautifully on the skin and a bonus is when applying makeup, it will look flawless!

Our consultation with our clients involves deciding which peel is best for their individual skin concern to ensure the very best result.

What is the biggest mistake you see people make with skincare?

Failing to wear an SPF (sun care) for sure! Especially living in New Zealand, where the sun is so damaging to our skin. There is a common misconception about the use of SPF and the importance of wearing it daily. What we see happens when this is neglected, is that as time goes on, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles start to form due to the sun damage breaking down the collagen and elastin.

A good quality SPF for your every day (and my favourite) is the O Cosmedics Mineral Pro, tinted or non-tinted. This SPF30+ is suitable for all skin types, and has benefits of healing, is anti-inflammatory, slows down cell ageing and protects collagen and elastin from breaking down.

Always check the factor of your SPF as well. Believe it or not anything higher than an SPF 30 is a chemical to your skin, which causes your skin cells to turn into free radicals (this means your skin cells freak out and go crazy, stealing good nutrients from healthy skin cells).

A good SPF like the O Cosmedics Mineral Pro is key for the best anti-ageing effects. We all want that younger looking appearance so the best way to achieve this look is to wear it daily and reapply, when need be, like for example if you have been working out or have been for a swim at the beach.

Mineral Pro SPF 30+ is a daily moisturiser that provides broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection. This lightweight fast absorbing formula dries to a clear finish. It also contains antioxidant resveratrol a skin conditioning peptide and a delicious vanilla fragrance. 

What are your can’t-live-without skincare products?

I can’t live without O Cosmedics Pure Age Defiance Serum and O Cosmedics B3 Plus Serum! O Cosmedics Pure Age Defiance is perfect for all skin types looking for super hydration, calming and soothing, youth and radiance. You can use this serum each day and with only needing one pump it will last ages. We call it Botox in a bottle and the reason for this is the ingredient Snap-8, which relaxes muscles topically and evening out fine lines and wrinkles. The serum also helps to restore skin barrier function, so a great alternative to Botox.

Another product must have is the O Cosmedics B3 Plus Serum. It helps to improve the skins immune system, treats acne (this is super good for mask acne – a problem more people are facing in the current climate), rosacea, pigmentation, and evening out skin tone. Niacinamide is the superhero ingredient used in B3 Plus Serum along with Stay-C 50 which contains Vitamin C, an antioxidant which helps to boost collagen and elastin. These two ingredients work to improve the quality of collagen and help with antioxidants which protects collagen degradation. All you need is to apply 1⁄2 a pump to your face and neck every morning and night after O Cosmedics Pure Age Defiance and you will be noticing a difference in no time!

What’s the best piece of skincare advice you’ve learned?

I remember on my 13th birthday receiving a gift from my Mum which was some basic skincare for teens. I remember opening to see a good quality cleanser, toner, and hydrator. At that age I couldn’t think of anything worse for a birthday present – but oh how wrong I was!

Mum’s advice was that if you treat your skin well, your skin will treat you back. She said to find a good skincare that suits your skin type, cleanse every morning and night, tone when it’s needed and always moisturise. Mum got me onto the basics of how to protect my skin and prevent all the nasties – pigmentation, ageing you name it! Since then, I have built up my collection and have learnt so much, particularly about the magic of serums, hence my love of Pure Age Defiance and B3 Plus!

What’s your favourite skincare ingredient and which product do you use that contains it?

SNAP-8 which is in O Cosmedics Pure Age Defiance Serum. SNAP-8 relaxes your muscles topically which prevents ageing, fine lines and wrinkles, giving you a softer look! Snap-8 relaxes the muscle contractions which reduces the active fine lines and wrinkles on the face up to 63% after one month of using! Absolutely amazing.

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