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Skin Care Advice from the Multi-Award-Winning Eco Spa

Skin Care Advice from the Multi-Award-Winning Eco Spa

As skin and facial experts, we spoke to the Eco Spa in the Clonmel Park Hotel about all things skin!

The Eco Spa in the Clonmel Park Hotel in the past have been winners of the ‘Facial of the Year’ for their in-house created facial with their skin-care brand Kerstin Florian, awarded by the Tatler Magazine Beauty Awards, and this is what they had to say!

In recent years there has been a surge in skincare aficionados choosing their products by ingredients as opposed to skincare brands. With information so readily available online, self-diagnosis with skin conditions is most certainly on the rise, but what is the best course of action?

Naturally each skin type benefits from certain ingredients within their products. On the hand there are generic ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid (HA), naturally found in the body, but when applied topically this super humectant plumps out dehydration kinks in all skin types.

With this said, popular ingredients such as AHA’s, informally known as fruit acids, often require a gentle introduction into the skin depending on the percentage within the product. Glycolic Acid, probably one of the most commonly used of the AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) certainly needs a subtle integration for most skin types, gradually building the skin’s tolerance to the ingredient. Lactic Acid is another popular AHA, although it is slightly gentler on the skin by comparison, therefore it can be used more frequently when first established within the skincare routine.

Vitamin A (Retinol) is one of the most talked about anti-ageing ingredients, as it is the strongest you can purchase over the counter to combat wrinkles. You will 

typically find Retinol present in night time products to aid with cell turnover, meaning when applied the skin is constantly exfoliation. Result: smoother fine lines and reduced wrinkle dept. Vitamin A when applied initially can cause sensitivities such as: flaky dry patches or redness, this is why PM application is best. It can take up six weeks or more to start seeing a difference with this gem of an ingredient, stick with it we promise it works!

Daytime products should then ideally contain Vitamin C to help with free radical damage from the sun, computers, phones etc. Lightening serums are always a great safety net, ideally with Kojic Acid or Liquorice extract. The second daytime essential you should be wearing is your sunscreen, whether your preference is chemical or physical block, we recommend no less than factor 30. If you are going to skip steps in your skincare regime, make sure you are not cutting out your sunscreen, all skin needs broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

With all the above mentioned ingredients, it is important to not over process ones skins with lots of potent ingredients, again each individual case varies. A good general rule of thumb is to use active ingredients one night and perhaps a fitting organic oil on alternative nights, find the balance.

Remember, good skin not only through correct skincare, a healthy diet ensuring you receive the correct nutrients, combined with exercise are equally as important to your skins condition and the overall ageing process.

For information on the Eco Spa’s award winning facial ‘The Eco Spa Experience’, or to seek advice on any of their renowned skin brands ‘Basque’, ‘Dermalogica’ or ‘Kerstin Florian’ then please call the Eco Spa at the Clonmel Park Hotel on 052-6188709 or email ecospa@clonmelparkhotel.com

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