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Skin + Me Stories: Andrew Wheatcroft
Hello, and step into Skin + Me Stories – a series where we talk to real life Skin + Me customers about the good, the bad and the ugly bits of their personal skincare journeys so far.
This week, we’re talking to Andrew Wheatcroft. He’s everyone’s favourite unapologetically unfiltered skincare wizard. On his Instagram, he shares his skincare and beauty favourites alongside his hilarious, while reliably informed, captions.
How long have you been using Skin + Me? What’s your formula?
This will be my third month now using Skin + Me. My formula is Tretinoin 0.012% Niacinamide 4% and Azelaic Acid 4%.
How are you and your skin getting on with Skin + Me so far?
My favourite find of 2020! I have tried other Tretinoin formulas from other companies but this is far superior. It’s a joy to use and I love the packaging! I love the fact you can twist the packaging to dispense the perfect amount as sometimes it can be confusing to know what the right amount is.
Tell us about your skincare journey over the years.
My skincare journey started when I was probably about 14! I have really bad eczema on my hands and body and struggled to find anything to help – I tried it all! This led to my interest in skin and how certain ingredients can totally transform it. I then started my Instagram journey in February 2019 just as a hobby – I’m not a skincare expert but what I do know is what works for me and what has helped me over the years.
What mistakes have you made along the way?
I think the main mistake I make and sometimes still do is that you do not need to exfoliate every day. It’s so easy to see a blemish and try and zap it with numerous acids but that’s obviously totally wrong. What you need to be doing is hydrating the skin and protecting your skin barrier. Exfoliation is great for your skin but personally for me I only need to exfoliate once or twice a week maximum.
How does your daily life affect your skin?
As we are mainly indoors with the central heating on constantly my skin can get so dehydrated so I top up the hydration on my skin throughout the day with a mist. It’s so important to keep your skin hydrated so you do not compromise your skin barrier.
If you could give a Skin + Me subscription to anyone who would it be and why?
Katie Price. She could have saved so much money on surgery.
What are your Holy Grail products?
Cleanser: Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
Moisturiser: Sunday Riley ICE
SPF: Garnier SPF Fluid 50
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