What should I look for in an at-home skin care range?


An essential step for degreasing and a must after a workout and before bedtime. Depending on skin type, a gel, foam or milk cleanser can be used. For problematic and older skin, cleansers with glycolic acid can clear complexions and reduces fine lines and textural irregularities. Hyaluronic acid (found in Restylane® skin care) is a must for all skin types. It adds hydration without creating oiliness and plumps while firming the skin.

Moisturiser and SPF:

I suggest using a lightweight, easily absorbable, non-greasy moisturiser that sits well under foundation. An additional SPF of at least factor 30 should be applied daily. Ensure that your SPF protects against both UVA and UVB and re-apply frequently for additional light exposure. Heliocare®- a light, tinted formulation, absorbs well without leaving a greasy-grey residue.

Night Cream:

Splurge on a good product that addresses your individual concerns. Retinol-based products (containing Vitamin A) are ideal for spots, blemishes and wrinkles. Serums can be layered underneath a night cream and usually contain Vitamin C for brightening or antioxidants and peptides for restructuring of the skins dermis. Filorga® has a wide range of skin firming products suitable for over 40s.


Toners are useful for additional cleansing of skin. Ensure that yours is alcohol free as these strip moisture from the skin. Be gentle when applying- never rub harshly or pull.

Exfoliants should only be used 1-2 times per week and with caution near the eye area.

Face masks assist with irritation, redness and congestion; and is best for tightening and pampering tired, dull skin. Use after an exfoliation, my favourite is Mesoestetic® Anti-Stress mask.


Contact Dr Vindea Padayachie for further info at:

The Aesthetic concept (86 Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville)

The Aesthetic concept 0791902110. Email

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