With an endless amount of new products being released and shared online, it can be difficult to know which ones are right for your skin and when you should be using them. We chatted with Melissa from New Zealand’s leading beauty salon - Facetime Skin Clinic to give us the low-down on how we should be taking care of our skin at home.

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What are the must-have skincare products that we need to include in our daily routine?

An active treatment cleanser - Something that does more than just a wash. I always like to recommend a cleanser that includes AHAs or Enzymes to encourage natural cell renewal, hydrate and plump as well as brighten up the skin on a daily basis.  I love Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanser.

An eye care serum or cream - The sooner you get into this the better. Prevention is better than cure! The delicate eye area houses the thinnest skin on our body, so naturally, it’s going to be the first area to show signs of aging. Maintain and delay by introducing an eye care product 2x daily. A little tip - you only need about the size of a grain of rice of product and this should cover both eyes. The application is just around the orbital bone, avoid layering on top of the eyelid. For an entry-level anti-aging eye cream try Thalgo Collagen Eye Roll-on.

Antioxidants - This protects our skin from free radical damage and environmental aggressors (the second most aging this to our skin after the sun) my favourite multi-use antioxidant is Vitamin C - best used as a serum such as the DMK Direct Delivery Vitamin C. Rich in antioxidants, it also stimulates collagen and elastin for a firmer more youthful skin. It strengthens the blood capillary network leading to a reduction redness. It also works on pigmentation for a more even-toned complexion. 


A hydrator - One best suited to your skin type and your preference of texture. This locks in all the goodness and takes care of the superficial layers of the skin, creating a seal to keep all the nasties out.

An SPF - Not just any old sunscreen. You want one that’s non-comedogenic meaning it won’t clog or congeal your skin. I love the COOLA daydream primer - it’s a 2-in-1 zinc block and makeup primer. Lightweight and perfect for the summer months. It can be worn on its own or as perfect prep pre-makeup and provides lasting hold all while protecting your skin from damaging UV rays.


1 | Osmosis HydraLift. 2 | DMK Direct Delivery Vitamin C. 3 | Thalgo Collagen Eye Roll-on. 4 | Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanser.


How do we determine what skin type we have and what we should be using?

My best advice is to find an expert who forms a good relationship and understanding of your skin over time. Have a treatment and home care plan drawn up to suit your lifestyle, skin goals and budget - then work your way towards it and stick to it. Consistency is key to results. Create great skin habits. 

Should we change up our skincare routine regularly?

Have regular skin reassessments to ensure that as your skin changes, so does the food that feeds it.  Things such as seasonal changes, diet, lifestyle, medications, travel and more will all have an impact on your skin and what it needs. Having an expert you can depend on to give you the best advice for your unique skin is worth its weight. At FaceTime we offer free consultations and skin assessments when a product is purchased on the same day as your booking, it’s a great incentive to always ensure you’re on the right track. 

Are regular facials necessary or can we take care of our skin at home?

It all depends on the degree of change one wants to see. You can go as big or as little as you desire. I personally believe that if you want to see major changes in the skin that advanced clinic treatments are vital to create the drastic changes you can’t get from home products. For best results, 4 weekly customized treatments are ideal with annual skin revision programs or courses. However, this is not always in everyone’s budget and if this is the case I feel that if you’re using the right skincare at home that even pushing out to just the seasonal booster treatments can still make a great deal of change. Clinic treatments deliver the results and changes that are out of reach when it comes to home products. I always encourage mini facials at home as well such as a home peel like DMK Micro Peel 1x week and a mask treatment such as Osmosis HydraLift for an at-home boost.