Dr Ginni’s secret to beautiful, younger looking skin
“It’s never too late to start looking after your skin”.
That’s the advice from Dr Ginni Mansberg, well known TV doctor and co-founder of ESK Care.
“After a popular TV segment in which we would discuss what really works for anti-aging skincare, I got so many emails from viewers asking me which products they should buy. I started looking in to it and to my utter dismay, despite the huge range of skincare products available in Australia, there was nothing I could recommend that matched the studies.
At the same time, I hit my forties and all of a sudden I realised I couldn’t rely on standard beauty products for my skin. What started as a bit of frustration lead to me creating my own skin care that I could hand on heart recommend as scientifically valid and that was also, beautiful, simple to use and ethically made.
Evidence, Efficacy and Integrity were the three principles that I started with. They have remained front and centre of everything we do to this day.”
Dr Ginni is living, breathing proof that evidence based skin care products works – at 50 she has the glowing skin of someone half her age, and does not need to wear a lot of makeup to hide her aging skin.
We asked her exactly what her daily skincare routine was, and some common questions we all have about how to care for our skin.
Dr Ginni, what’s your secret to beautiful, younger looking skin?
There’s nothing like spotting your first wrinkle, fine line, large pore or age spot to motivate you to take your skin care seriously. Especially in this era of Instagram and Facebook when all your ‘character’ is there for the world to see.
So, step one: decide you would like your face to look younger rather than having to trowel on an extra layer of foundation. That means making a commitment to using high quality evidence based cosmeceutical skin care products with active skin care ingredients every day.
For added glowing complexion, ensure that you are getting enough sleep; stay well hydrated and avoid putting on too much thick pancake makeup.
What specific anti-aging ingredients should I look for when choosing skin care products?
One: I wouldn’t consider leaving Vitamin C off my skin care regime. It repairs and protects from sun damage. Problem is finding one that gets the evidence tick. Look for 10% concentration L-Ascorbic acid (only!), water in oil emulsion, airless and light protected bottle.
Two: A leave on hydroxy (Glycolic and Lactic) acid serum, about 5% concentration, is amazing for smoothing the skin.
Three: An effective form of Vitamin A will reduce wrinkles and increase suppleness (it’s also good for managing breakouts). That means either Tretinion on prescription from your doctor or Retinal/Retinaldehyde (NOT Retinol).
Four: Niacinamide. It reduces ages spots and wrinkles and improves skin barrier function.
Five: A high quality Zinc (not chemical) based sunscreen with high UVA filters (Remember UV: A for aging and B for burning). This is for use every day including winter.
Six: A good quality soap free cleanser that won’t inflame or dry out your skin.
What does your daily skincare routine look like?
I use the ESK skin care daily regime. I start with the Hydroxy cleanser, then use Reverse C Serum – the absolute best Vitamin C serum anywhere. I am managing ages spots, so I follow that with the Enlighten cream and finally the Zinc Shade day cream. At night, I remove my makeup with Calming Cleanse, then wash with Hydroxy Cleanser. I follow that with Smooth Serum and finally Ultimate A+. If that sounds ridiculously complicated, I can tell you that I spend a grand total of four minutes max on my face every day.
And that four minutes is so worth it. I look back at photos of myself taken five years ago, before I started ESK and can’t believe how much younger my skin looks now.
I’m 48 and I feel like I went to bed last night and woke up old! What happened to my youthful skin?
It can feel that way when a lifetime of sun worshiping, smiling, bad habits like smoking and drinking catch up with you and reveal themselves for all to see on your face. Many of us who just use cheap moisturiser from the supermarket suddenly need to take our skin care seriously.
My younger friends in their twenties and thirties are wondering whether it’s too early to start considering anti-aging skin care products. What do you suggest they do?
We all know that prevention is better than cure and it’s far better to start using cosmeceutical skin care sooner rather than later. The results might not be as dramatic, or happen as quickly, but they will appreciate the effort when they hit their forties.
My older friends in their fifties and sixties are concerned they may have left it too late. Have they?
It’s never too late. In fact, some of the most dramatic results I have seen have been with older skin. All the same rules apply, but remember skin can get more sensitive after menopause. So, when using a cosmeceutical skincare regime for the first time start slowly and build up gradually.
Do you think Australian women are getting better at caring for their skin, in particular avoiding the sun, or not?
Absolutely. This is partly due to our increased awareness of skin cancer and aging and also because we are spending more time at work. Unfortunately, much of the damage is done in our twenties before we start taking this stuff seriously.
What’s your best beauty tip for women of all ages?
Awesome cosmeceutical skin care. A good haircut and a genuine smile 🙂