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When it comes to your beauty routine, taking care of your skin should be a top focus. Here, skincare guru Alek Nikolic gives advice. Read more!
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When it comes to your beauty routine, taking care of your skin should be a top focus. Here, skincare guru Alek Nikolic gives advice on what products you should invest in, according to your skin type.

You most likely already have a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and sunscreen in your beauty arsenal. But are you using the correct products for your skin type? Environmental factors such as air pollution, sun exposure and humidity levels can wreak havoc on your skin, so it’s advisable to use products that can optimally protect and nourish it. For example, “Oily skin types may not require extra moisture in very humid climates, so it is important to ‘listen’ to one’s skin,” says Dr. Alek Nikolic, founder of Cape Town-based

Listen to your skin

Firstly, you need to establish what exactly your skin type is. Is your skin dry, oily or acne-prone? If you’re unsure, an esthetician can perform a skin analysis, free of charge. This simple process will determine which products will best suit your skin type. Once you have a better understanding of your skin and your specific needs, focus on the environment you’re in.



If you have oily skin

If you have oily skin and live in a humid environment, use hydrating, oil-free skincare products. “[For oily skin] I would recommend an oil-free serum that contains hyaluronic acid and niacinamide,’ says Dr. Nikolic. “This will keep the skin hydrated without increasing the sebum or oil content of the skin.”

It’s very important to protect your skin from harsh, dry weather conditions. “Use a serum that contains vitamins C and E, irrespective of the climate you live in, as these are vital antioxidants that help to protect the skin against free-radical damage. They also help to restore and maintain the all-important skin barrier.” After a deep cleanse, make sure to moisturise afterwards. “A person who has acne or oily skin will also benefit from using a toner that contains salicylic acid – also called beta hydroxy acid (BHA) – as it can improve the cleansing effect and ensure the removal of makeup, impurities and sebum.”


Cleanser; toner that contains salicylic acid; serum that is enriched with vitamins C and E; moisturiser; sunscreen

If you have dry skin

If your skin is very dry and you also live in a dry environment, daily moisturising is essential. “It is not necessary to spend a large part of your budget on basic skincare products (cleanser, toner, moisturiser, sunscreen) as long as they are suited to your skin type. However, it is worth it to invest in serums as they have a high concentration of active ingredients that help to protect and repair the skin and to target specific skin concerns,” says Dr. Nikolic.

Look for a moisturiser that specifically targets dryness, and make sure to also use a hydrating serum that contains hyaluronic acid. According to Dr. Nikolic, “When choosing a serum [for dry skin] I would look for hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides and niacinamide.” You can also apply a facial oil after cleansing your face to boost hydration and soothe inflammation.


Moisturising cleanser; toner; serum that contains hyaluronic acid, ceramides and niacinamide; hydrating facial oil; moisturising face cream; sunscreen

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