The ultimate guide to getting your best face, according the Irish beauty guru The Skin Nerd
Instagram's favourite straight-talking beauty expert The Skin Nerd has just launched her first skincare bible. Here's what Jennifer Rock has to say about getting your best skin yet and the mistake you're probably making with your beauty routine.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wrote this book as there is so much confusion out there about skincare. People don’t know what they should be using or what they are using. I wanted to compile a skin bible to provide people with information on skin physiology and ingredients over marketing when it comes to skincare, and a clear insight into the holistic approach to skin. One eye cream cannot and will not fix your lines and wrinkles – you need a 360˚approach.
What are the common misconceptions that people have about ‘inside out’ skin care?
The importance of how nutrition affects your skin is usually hugely underestimated. Many people will spend through the nose on topical skincare and be willing to spend 10 minutes applying it before bed but when you recommend a supplement, they balk! Skincare supplements are about your optimal daily amount of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients rather than your recommended daily amount and this is where the difference lies between having an alright diet and making sure you’re getting enough of everything so that your skin can produce collagen, hydrate itself and carry out its other processes.
What’s the single best and the single worst thing you can do for your skin?
That is a truly tough one as there are so many awful things that we do to our skin every day. All in all, the worst has to be disrespecting your skin as an organ. Modern lifestyle means that we subject our skin to conditions that it should never be in and we don’t even give it a second thought. The best thing you can do for your skin is to wear a broad-spectrum SPF daily. Is it a sexy solution? No. Is it practical and absolutely true? Yes. Exposure to UV rays speeds up our skin’s ageing process and, as we know, can cause skin cancer.
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What are the key ingredients we should look out for in skincare?
I love that hyaluronic acid is everywhere now because it is one of my holy grail skingredients. As a humectant, it draws moisture to it from the air and from the lower layers of the skin so, depending on the type of HA, it hydrates to the deep depths of the skin or plumps up the uppermost layers to pop out fine lines and wrinkles.
Can you name three power foods that will help boost the skin’s radiance?
In my opinion, it’s the nutrients within the food that are important. For a healthy glow, you need to be getting vitamin A. When it comes to optimal amounts of vitamin A for your skin and food sources, we’re looking at eating liver multiple times a week. This is why I usually recommend vitamin A supplements – not many people are willing to give up their superfood salad for a big lump of liver.
You also need omegas as they aid in the health of the skin’s barrier function. You can get your omegas in through mackerel, salmon, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds and avocado but once again, you’ll struggle to eat enough of it for the optimal amounts! You don’t need me to preach on the importance of vitamin C – as well as warding off colds and flues, it can help your skin to create more collagen of its own, strengthen your capillaries to help to prevent flushing and broken capillaries and work on pigmentation from the inside. We don’t make vitamin C ourselves (neither do guinea pigs, fun fact) so we really need to hoof it in to us. We all think oranges but they’re actually not as rich in vitamin C as red peppers, kale or strawberries.
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What do women want to most commonly improve on their skin?
This one is fairly easily to summarise: anti-ageing and acne. People want to see fewer lines and wrinkles, have general healthier, glowier skin and less pigmentation and these are all signs of accelerated ageing. When we say ageing, we’re talking about people over 25 essentially as this is when you start to visibly see the decline in collagen in the skin.
Another very common thing that people come to us with is congestion. When you use the phrase “acne”, everyone thinks of very severe acne. However, even blackheads and tiny bumps are technically acne and these are something people suffer with long-term.
How many products should we be using on our skin each day?
It depends on a number of factors. What is your skin like? What are your skincare concerns? How much time do you have? How much are you willing to spend? Bare minimum, you should be double-cleansing at night with a pre-cleanse like the Cleanse Off Mitt and following it with a serum. The additional step in the morning is to pop on your broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30… and yes, it does have to be a separate sunscreen as very few people wear half a teaspoon of foundation or moisturiser on their face and neck.
The Skin Nerd: Your Straight-Talking Guide to Feeding, Protecting & Respecting Your Skin
by Jennifer Rock is out now