It’s fair to say that not everyone gets chance to access their own personal facialist, but yes, we’re pretty good to you here at RIH. Anti-ageing queries or acne concerns? Puffy eyes or fine lines? Each month, we’ll be giving you the chance to put your questions to super facialist and skincare expert Antonia Burrell

I’ve used face wipes for years (day and night) to clean my make-up off at the end of the day. Are they really that bad for your skin? And why? What should I choose instead?

face wipes

Face wipes are incredibly popular as they’re very simple and convenient, especially whilst we’re on the go. However I don’t personally recommend that anyone uses face wipes as part of a long-term skincare regime. This is because they don’t typically contain high quality ingredients that can be found in other skincare products and can often strip the skin of it’s natural oils, leaving it dry and flaky and lead to premature ageing.

Why is cleansing important?

Cleansing for me is the most important step in any skincare routine. It’s ideal for ‘taking off the day’; removing makeup, SPF, pollution and dust that sits on our skin and clogs our pores. It is essential to ensure all makeup around the eye area is removed thoroughly, as any left over product will dry the skin. A thorough cleanse in areas such as the sides of the nose and just above the chin are also important as these tend to produce more sweat and oil throughout the day, and gather more dead skin cells which will in turn block these pores and result in bumps under the skin or blackheads.

Any tips for more mature skin types?

Facial massage whilst cleansing is key for more mature skin types. It’s important to really work the product in to gain the full benefits. Massage the face everyday for two minutes in small circular motions, with a particular focus on the forehead area.

Cream or oil?

I recommend using a cleansing oil [Ed: Antonia’s very own Natural Glow Cleansing Oil comes highly recommended] over a cream cleanser, as these are often a lot more warming, refreshing and hydrating. Whilst cleansing it’s also good to practice some basic facial massage techniques. One of my favourites is tapotement – simply tap gently on your skin, focusing on areas that show signs premature ageing such as the forehead, for 30 to 60 seconds. This stimulates the blood circulation to the skin that will help it absorb the nutrients from the product whilst smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and plumping the skin.

Should you choose to use a heavier cleanser during the evening or in the morning?

I wouldn’t say use a heavier cleanser, but it’s definitely worth ‘double-cleansing’ in the evening. The first cleanse is essential to remove your makeup, dirt, dust and debris that’s built up on the skin during the day. The second cleanse is what really deep cleans your skin and where the ingredients are really able to get to work.

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Do oily complexions react well to an oil-based cleanser?

Yes! There is a big misconception that people with oily skin shouldn’t use oil-based products, but that’s just not the case. Oily skin is caused by the skin over-producing sebum because it’s lacking in natural oils – so using a stripping cleanser will only worsen the condition. I highly recommend using an oil-based cleanser, it will help to hydrate, nourish and most importantly balance the skin to its natural PH level.