FAQ: The 48grams guide to skincare, part 1

FAQ: Der 48grams-Ratgeber für Gesichtspflege, Teil 1

Today, let's pop the corks! The acceptance of our blog is steadily growing, with viewing numbers rising significantly. A success that also translates into more and more questions and suggestions from our readers. Therefore, we have decided to lay down foundations and address basic topics in the next two weeks of blogging. This will create a small FAQ lexicon of skincare.


What skincare products should be in every bathroom?

Even though there is a wide range available, a basic set doesn't have to be extensive. We at 48grams recommend the following: A day cream protects the skin from external influences and provides moisture, while a night cream supports regeneration. Cleansing is an essential step to remove dirt and makeup residue. Additionally, an eye cream is particularly important. Serums, on the other hand, target specific skin issues such as pigmentation or wrinkles, while masks provide deep hydration.


Is it really necessary to use an eye cream? Wouldn't a day cream be enough?

It is advisable to use a special cream because the skin around the eyes is thin and much more sensitive than the rest of the face. This means that the first signs of wrinkles and fine lines often appear there. Dermatologists recommend integrating eye creams into your skincare routine from around the age of 25. These products contain anti-aging ingredients and decongestant agents (such as caffeine, which stimulates lymphatic drainage). Additionally, eye creams are free from oils and fats that can cause irritation if they get into the eyes.


Supposedly, all skincare products should always be from the same brand. Is that really true?

The answer is yes and no. It's not mandatory, but it's certainly advisable to use products from the same line, or at least from the same brand. The reason is simple: manufacturers formulate ingredients to complement each other, so we recommend using at least the serum and cream from the same series. Generally speaking, mixing products from different lines and brands can cause skin reactions as the active ingredients may not be compatible with each other.


Can you overdo skincare?

This is a risk primarily for inexperienced skincare enthusiasts. If you're not familiar with your skin's needs, there's a risk of definitely "overdoing" it with unsuitable products. The first signs of overdoing it often manifest around the mouth area – those searching for the medical term "perioral dermatitis" will find plenty. This rash is due to overly intensive cosmeceuticals or frequent changes in skincare products. Switching to light basic skincare products (such as a gentle facial cleanser or a cream with minimal ingredients and fragrances) will help reduce irritations.


Why is it necessary to fully cleanse the face in the morning too?

The answer is simple: Although the skin isn't exposed to harmful environmental factors at night (hopefully), the tissue is still "working" during sleep. During the nightly regeneration process, the skin cells excrete sebum and sweat. These residues need to be removed during the morning skincare routine. Only when the skin is fresh and revitalized can further skincare steps be carried out.


Is it really that bad if I don't remove my makeup in the evening?

Sure, we're all sometimes too tired in the evening (or at night) to remove our makeup. But it's really important to muster a few more minutes and get your face "bed-ready." Because makeup, dirt, and environmental pollutants clog the skin's pores – this might not lead to immediate problems. But those who frequently go to bed with makeup on will suffer in the long run. Thorough cleansing not only removes external residues but also allows the skin to recover from the day's stresses. So, if you want to wake up with healthy skin, without crusts or pimples, take the time for skincare every evening. After all, you brush your teeth too…


What is skincare layering?

In the so-called "skincare layering," various products are applied to the facial skin in layers. The process usually begins with cleansing the skin, followed by a toner to prepare the skin for the subsequent steps. Serums or concentrates are then applied, depending on the skin's needs. The next layer often consists of moisturizers or oils. Typically, a sunscreen forms the final layer to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. "Skincare layering" helps improve skin texture, minimize signs of aging, and promote an overall radiant complexion.