THE IN-TRAY

What does stronger skin mean, anyway? And why does it matter?

STRONG SKIN IS THE FOUNDATION OF A HAPPY, GLOWY AND HEALTHY COMPLEXION. IT MIGHT BE THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO THINK ABOUT, BUT TO ENSURE YOUR SKIN’S BARRIER IS SAFEGUARDED AND EQUIPPED TO HANDLE ANYTHING, A STRONG SKIN AGENDA SHOULD BE YOUR PRIORITY.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot working against us day-to-day that can damage and weaken our skin. And fighting for strong, healthy skin is a daily battle, but not an impossible one.

Environmental stressors such as UV rays, pollution and weather as well as irritants like surfactants, disinfectants and liquid soaps can wreak havoc on our skin, so it's imperative we arm ourselves with an arsenal of efficacious skincare.

If you want to get technical, our stratum corneum (epidermis) is our first line of defence against those aforementioned environmental stressors and irritants, as well as bad bacteria (not to be confused with the good) and other aggressors we need to keep out of our bodies. It also assists in keeping you hydrated and preventing our natural moisture from escaping. So keeping it strong and healthy is a must.

But where do we begin? Well, keeping our skin strong starts with smart and supercharged skincare that not only aids our skin in keeping its defences healthy, but also delivers on skin-loving antioxidants and hydrators.

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First up, your base needs to be in prime condition—so it might be time to give your trusted serums or moisturiser a potent kick with a booster or concentrate that layers seamlessly into your routine, while doing all of the above and more.

Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Serum Concentrate has been designed to do just that thanks to its potent mix of reishi mushrooms (which are rich antioxidants containing polysaccharides or sugars, known to hydrate and visibly reduce signs of ageing), iris root (which serves up moisture and radiance) and its one-of-a-kind Ultimune Complex™ technology.

It's the latter that really gives this serum its skin-strengthening boost; specifically, it’s the cocktail of gingko biloba leaf extract, shiso, and thyme that has us labelling this serum a total powerhouse. Solo, the concentrate works to prime and prep the skin pre-makeup (while working wonders throughout the day), but if mixing with other serums or a moisturiser, just a few drops will amplify their results. Use it day and night to reap the benefits.

Before you can layer on the foundation and SPF, it’s key to get your serums in order. Look for antioxidant-rich formulas for their free radical fighting powers, as our skin is likely to weaken from these pesky visitors. La Mer’s The Concentrate complements the skin’s natural healing process, is brimming with antioxidants and is even recommended for those recovering from surgery or trying to heal scars. It’s pricey but certainly delivers on strengthening the skin. Likewise, the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Serum uses pre- and probiotics to fortify and protect. Pick your favourite and go.

Particularly fragile and owed some TLC, our eye area needs (and demands) treatment too. Look to the Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate to give your daily eye cream a boost that will ensure the delicate skin around your eyes is safeguarded. The fact that the eye concentrate also promises to firm up the area is just a bonus.

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Why work hard on the foundation of great skincare if your go-to moisturiser isn’t going to add to your new strong skin mantra? Keep the shields up and invest in a steadfast and trusty moisturiser too, especially one that champions the fight against pollution, hydration and detoxification all in one neat little package.

With a formula that lessens the penetration of carbon particles into the skin and protects against pollutants and heavy metals, the Cosmetics 27 Crème Bio-Logique 27 Universal Biologic Cream is designed as a protective skin saviour. Given that it’s also loaded with mineral salts and probiotics, which aid our epidermis and skin microbiota to function like clockwork, is just the cherry on top of your strong skin journey.

For bonus skin-strengthening points, layer a mist and mask into your routine to keep things well-defended and healthy throughout the day, and during your hours of beauty sleep too. The Cosmetics 27 Mist 27 should be spritzed all day long to keep things fresh and to treat skin to a dose of “remineralised” water and actives that rebalance microbiota, while assisting in keeping our skin barrier happy. If applying mid-afternoon isn’t enough, spritzing on morning and night after cleansing or using as a pre-treatment prep to ensure your skin is in prime condition is encouraged too.

If masking is your thing, the Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial™ is an overnight barrier-replenishing genius that calls on niacinamide, squalane, ceramides and omegas to ensure you wake up with glowing, stress-free and, dare we say it again, strong skin that is prepared to take on anything the day throws your way.

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