Clinique’s Guide to Skin Care This Autumn-Winter Season
Doctor Emmanuelle at Clinique's Dr is In event
Much to our luck, we were invited to the ‘Dr is In’ event hosted by Clinique at a plush store outlet in South Mumbai. While in-house expert Dr Emmanuelle parted some invaluable tips on beauty that’s skin deep, we discovered that Clinique has a massive collection of products dedicated to very specific needs across a range of skin types. So let’s find out what the doctor ordered
Your most important skin care tip this season would be?
Exfoliation I think becomes one of the key issues during the winter season. While largely the air around you is cool and relatively dry, the sunlight in India is quite strong, even in the winter months. Yes, there is such a thing as over exfoliation, but that’s because our skin is inherently designed to naturally exfoliate. However this reduces considerably with age, pollution and sun exposure, so you must resort to an exfoliating agent to keep that process in check. You need to aid the cell turnover and renewal cosmetically, especially in the winter months when flaky skin and dryness are extremely common.
A product we take for granted?
Sun block! This is not an isolated must-use for the summer season, but an all-year necessity especially in a country like India. Most people think choosing sun block is just about skin type; it is about so much more. Your lifestyle and how you spend your day decides your sun block. If for majority of the time you are going to be indoors, a lower SPF—minimum 15—and fewer applications work well. If you are going to be travelling or exposed to the sun a lot, reapplication every two hours and a higher SPF are definitely the way to go.
Water-based or oil-based products this season?
While our skin does have its own reaction to seasonal change, if you can’t consult an expert, just do a patch test yourself. You can use tissues as blot papers and pat them over your skin to see if there’s any flaky or oily residue. This basic composition of your skin—oily, dry, combination—proves to be a good, but very basic guide to the kind of products you should be using. The rest depends on a number of factors like age, lifestyle, nature of job, stress levels, diet, genes, ethnicity, whether you are a smoker, etc. In the end, the important thing to remember is that skin care products can prevent, slow down, but not reverse damage, so the sooner you accept and tackle a problem, the better.
Biggest concern Indian women seem to have?
My observation is that in India, people are most conscious about pigmentation and discolouration. They aren’t as worried about wrinkles and lines as in the west, where ironically people are so obsessed with getting the golden brown skin tone that tanning beds have become a dangerous yet popular trend.
After party skin care tips to tackle that long-wear Christmas and New Year make up…
You have to remove the make up, and no, a face wash is not enough! Find a suitable make up remover/cleanser and work it on your face thoroughly. Unclog your pores, wash clean, gently pat dry, and moisturise. Be gentle to the skin, especially around the eyes and observe this regime as a habit, not an option. Long-wear formula used during the party season is particularly damaging if left over night and can lead to freckles, wrinkles, pimples, rashes, and a whole host of skin damaging after-effects.
Truth to ‘Keep changing your products before your skin gets used to them’?
There is truth to this statement, but it’s a lot different than what people make of it. It’s not that your skin is getting used to product as it is that your skin is constantly changing, evolving, and reacting to multiple factors that surround you and make you. You need to change your products to keep up with your skin and it’s really about a product becoming redundant or ineffective because of overuse.
The Clinique three-step range of cleansers, clarifiers and moisturisers
How important is the ‘cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise’ mantra?
…So important we have a whole collection that focuses on this regime alone. It’s our three-minute, three-steps, one stop skin care solution. You have the Clinique liquid facial soap (cleanser), Clinique clarifying lotion (exfoliation) and Clinique dramatically different moisturising lotion (moisturiser). This is and always will be Clinique’s core sell collection because this is as basic and as important as skin care could/needs to be.
How early does one need to start using anti-aging products?
Well 27-30 is a good time to use prevention products that fight signs of aging, and not anti-aging products necessarily. Anti-aging products are for a later stage when nature has already taken its toll on your skin.
Best anti-aging product by Clinique?
Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer by Clinique. It works as a fabulous exfoliating agent and is my absolute favourite.