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Stars go make-up free during coronavirus lockdown

You’re not the only one taking the opportunity to go make-up free during coronavirus lockdown – celebs are showing off their enviable complexions as they share bare-faced selfies on social media.

We take a look at which stars are going make-up free and reveal their skincare routines.

Julia Roberts

Roberts, 52, showed off her ageless looks in several selfies on Instagram.

The actress wears sunscreen every day to avoid fine lines and constantly moisturises, liberally applying skincare products throughout the day.

 

Jessica Alba

Alba shared a selfie during a workout and asked her followers what types of fitness videos they’d like to see from her.

The actress and businesswoman has said she is prone to breakouts, and fights acne with a consistent skincare routine which includes retinol and salicylic acid treatments as well as facials and LED light therapy.

 

Cindy Crawford

The 54-year-old model has proved she isn’t afraid to bare all with a series of make-up free photos and videos on her Instagram page.

The star starts the day using products from her own brand, Meaningful Skincare, applying her Youth Activating Melon Serum as a base before applying her Meaningful Beauty Day Cream, which is SPF 30.

 

Adriana Lima

The Brazilian supermodel posted a video of her working up a sweat on her Instagram stories.

Lima swears by the natural line of skincare products by her dermatologist Herve Herau. She uses his Face Cleanser, Gel Lotion, Gel Cream in the day and Extra Rich Cream for night.

Eva Mendes

Mendes posted a photo taken by her daughter to announce that she had donated to Foodbank.

The actress’ favourite beauty product is coconut oil, which she says she uses on her face, body and even her hair. She also combines it with yogurt and grain salt to exfoliate.

 

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda went bare-faced to post this video urging people to stay home and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Seyfried washes her face with Cle de Peau’s Gentle Gleasing Foam and also uses the brand’s SPF as a lightweight moisturiser for day.

 

 

How to Avoid Over-Exfoliating Your Skin with Skincare Acids

Including exfoliating acids in your beauty routine can do wonders for your skin – think enhanced luminosity, even skin tone, clear pores and reduced signs of ageing. You can read all about the benefits and how to find the right acids for your skin right here. However, some precautions need to be taken when using chemical exfoliators.

“It is possible to over-exfoliate the skin if one is applying multiple acidic products in a single regimen,” explains Prudvi Kaka, chief scientific officer for Deciem. Because an increasing number of skincare products now include acids, Lucy Shaw, skincare retail manager of MECCA Brands, says it’s easy to be completely unaware of the fact you’re using multiple exfoliating products at a time.

“Perhaps you’re using an exfoliating cleanser, an exfoliating treatment and an exfoliating serum or moisturier all together. Unless these products are specifically designed to be used in conjunction, you’re probably drenching in too many acids and over-exfoliating,” Shaw explains. Using too many acid-based products can result in an impaired skin barrier function. “It means there isn’t enough layers of skin to protect us which can appear as redness, flaking, small bumps or inflamed, uncomfortable skin. This also means skin can be more reactive or unable to tolerate your usual skincare products,” Shaw says.

To mitigate any negative effects of using acids, it pays to start with an acid that has a larget molecule size – such as lactic acid. “With something like a daily exfoliating treatment or serum, I actually recommend taking a staggered approach, don’t feel like you have to use it every day,” says Shaw. “Start with twice a week, then bump it up to three times, then if you feel your skin can tolerate it move into a daily application.”

It’s also important to consider how using an acid-based product will slot into your current routine. While it might be tempting to use acids in conjunction with retinol-based skincare to maximise results, proceed with extreme caution advise the experts as both ingredients exfoliate the skin. “If an acid were to be incorporated while using retinol, there is a higher potential of over-exfoliating the skin,” explains Kaka. Therefore he advises against using the two together in a single regimen.

Shaw agrees and says it’s always best to keep your routine simple and stick to one or the other. “You can use retinol on alternate days and then sub in acids every other night,” says Shaw. “Retinol will work in the lower layers to increase cell turnover and skin density and the acids will work on the surface buffering away any unwanted dead cells.”

With sun-drenched summer days on the way, it’s important to taking extra care to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Active ingredients, including retinol and acids, can make skin more photosensitive therefore it’s especially important to keep your skin safe over the warmer months. “Acids have the potential to increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun and its susceptibility to sunburn,” explains Kaka. “From an ingredient stability standpoint, once the exfoliant has been applied to your skin the sun isn’t going to break it down or de-stabilize it, but the action of exfoliating and removing layers of skin will make your skin more sensitive to UVA and UVB rays, so don’t take the risk,” says Shaw.

Kaka recommends applying sunscreen, wearing protective clothing and limiting your skin’s exposure to intense sunlight while using acids and for up a week after. After all, as Shaw points out, stepping out into the summer sun without adequate protection would be undoing all your skincare’s hard work.