How to combat skin problems with Anthony Gonzalez
Our friends over at Good Housekeeping caught up with Avon’s Director of Global Skincare and Trend Innovation Anthony Gonzales to answer our skincare questions. Here, he gives the lowdown on how to keep skin looking fresh, plump and hydrated even when our daily stresses of life are taking their toll.
Q. WHEN SHOULD I START PREPPING MY SKIN FOR A SPECIAL EVENT?
For great skin, it’s about being prepared all year round. Not only will a good skincare routine make your skin look and feel better every day, when it comes to the big event the short-term preparation will be all the more worth it.
Skin cells undergo a monthly renewal process to protect themselves from sun and pollution damage. The older we get, the more difficult our skin finds it to renew as often or as easily. I recommend preparing four weeks in advance, but if you haven’t got that long – don’t panic you can still achieve results in up to two weeks.
A product that makes your complexion look and feel re balanced, restored and replenished is ideal. Take the Anew Perfect Splash Mask for example, daily use for a fortnight will help to facilitate this renewal cycle and make skin appear beautiful and perfected, even before make-up.
Q: I KEEP HEARING GREAT THINGS ABOUT ACIDS, BUT I HAVEN’T USED THEM BEFORE. WHERE SHOULD I START?
Acids don’t have to be scary – we know they work wonders on skin thickness, smoothness, and pigmentation. If you’re using acids for the first time, I’d recommend looking for a product that contains amino acids as these are naturally occurring, milder and their properties are also found in the skin.
Anew Perfect Splash Mask is mild enough to be used every day but has the strength of amino acids to give desired results in just two weeks. My tip for trying any product for the first time is to carry out a small test on the skin where your nose meets your face.
Q: PUFFY EYES ARE A REAL CONCERN OF MINE, IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO?
Targeted products really are the key to combating puffy eyes, but it’s the ingredients in them that you need to be looking out for. Coffee might be the first thing you drink in the morning, but did you know it should also be one of the first things you put on your face?
Look for products that contain coffee or tea extract; the caffeine helps to drain fluids from under your eyes – the key culprit of puffiness. Anew Clinical Lift & Firm Eye Lift System contains a combination of amino acids and coffee extract to give the eye area a lifted, hydrated and more youthful look.
Q: STRESS IS MAKING MY SKIN LOOK SPOTTY AND A BIT PEAKY, WHAT CAN I DO TO COMBAT THIS?
Stress can undo all our hard work – whether it’s skincare, exercising or eating. Emotional stress disrupts the protective surface barrier of the skin which keeps moisture locked in.
The key to combating the effects of stress on your skin is hydration. If you know you’ve got a stressful day coming up, use a super hydrating mask the night before and following evening. The Anew Hydra Recovery Overnight Mask delivers a burst of hydration through encapsulated hyaluronic acid and shea butter beads to replenish the skin’s protective layer and penetrate deep into its surface layers.
Whether it be stress, age or lack of sleep that’s affecting your skin, we hope this has helped you find the confidence for a new skincare routine. Get ready to hear the skin compliments come rolling in…