From masks to dry patches and stress-induced breakouts, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on our skin since its onset.

But there are simple steps anyone can take to help repair the damage and prevent any further problems.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Harley Street consultant dermatologist Dr Ophelia Veraitch, 40, revealed it’s possible to achieve flawless skin without splurging on big beauty brands and said there are popular treatments that experienced dermatologists and plastic surgeons know to avoid having themselves. .


Harley Street consultant dermatologist Dr Ophelia Veraitch, 40, has revealed it’s possible to achieve flawless skin without splurging on big beauty brands

“If you only do one thing for your skin, wear SPF every day. Every day, summer or winter, because UV rays even pass through windows,” says Dr. Ophelia.

“It’s only recently that I get so many comments about my skin.

‘I have a basic cleansing routine. In the morning and on days when I don’t wear makeup, I just use a gentle cleanser. When I wear full coverage water-based makeup, I use an AHA cleanser such as a glycolic acid cleanser. When I wear heavier oil-based makeup, I use a BHA cleanser such as a salicylic acid cleanser.

“In the morning, I will use my day serum for hyperpigmentation, which contains tranexamic acid, niacinamide and kojic acid.

“I’m Indian, had two kids and never listened to my mum talk about sunscreen when I was younger… so using this serum helps keep my skin even-toned and bright. I used to have melasma but this cleared everything up.

‘Then afterwards I will use a daily SPF. I use a light SPF30 in winter and SPF50 in summer. I put it on daily without fail, whether it’s summer or winter. I don’t think I’ve found the perfect sunscreen, so this might be my next project.

‘Then in the evening after cleansing, I use Dr. Ophelia Acne Night Serum, which helps control oil and congestion. This serum contains tretinoin, clindamycin and azelaic acid. It is therefore ideal for sebum control, congestion, anti-aging and lightening.

“Genetically I have dark circles under my eyes for which I use the Hyperpigmentation Night Eye Serum which has a low concentration of tretinoin and hydroquinone which is perfect for the under eye area and really gives results. With this diet, my skin has never looked better.


Dr Ophelia said it was important to wear SPF every day because UV rays can damage the skin in all seasons (file image)

Dr Ophelia said it was important to wear SPF every day because UV rays can damage the skin in all seasons (file image)

Dr. Ophelia explained that many major makeup brands are improving the ingredients in their cosmetics, but she’s not a fan of wearing full coverage every day.

She said: “I always try to encourage patients to use makeup only on occasions when they really need it for work or socially, unless of course they need the coverage to give them confidence in themselves. their skin to be able to get out.

It may smell good, but perfume is bad for the skin!

Dr Veraitch said it was a mistake to use skincare products “with fragrances and preservatives, as these two groups of ingredients are major causes of skin allergies and sensitive skin”.

‘Ideally, on a daily basis, I recommend either not wearing makeup, or having very light coverage (like with a mineral powder or a compact foundation). Then to take out a non-comedogenic foundation for coverage.

“Oil-based covers should really only be for cameras. I may have to rethink my take on makeup, as major makeup brands offer “skinification” makeup lines with active skincare ingredients in the makeup.

“For example, foundations with active ingredients like zinc oxide and salicylic acid can help clear up acne. Zinc oxide can help soothe inflammation and absorb excess facial oil.

Salicylic acid contains exfoliating and unblocking properties that make it ideal for treating skin showing signs of acne as well as for removing debris and buildup.

“It also removes excess sebum or oil, which makes it ideal for unclogging skin. If you suffer from oily skin, for example, avoid oil-based foundations and opt for foundations water-based lightweight foundation.

“Too thick and heavy formulations will clog pores and cause breakouts. Likewise, avoiding mineral oils, beeswax, and paraffin is essential if you have oily skin, as these compounds can clog pores and trigger acne or make it worse.


Dr Ophelia Veraitch said the popular 'tear through filler' treatment is not good for the delicate skin under the eyes (file image)

Dr Ophelia Veraitch said the popular ‘tear through filler’ treatment is not good for the delicate skin under the eyes (file image)

“I did relatively little ‘beauty care’ until about three years ago when I noticed that age was catching up with me and I also started having more time to take care of myself. me,” Dr. Ophelia said.

Think twice before you have a tear fill

Dr Ophelia said ‘tear filler’ is a popular treatment right now because it gives great results at first, but in the long run it’s not good for the delicate skin under the eyes.

“Interestingly, the more experienced dermatologists and plastic surgeons who started doing tear fillers usually stopped doing it,” she said.

“Filling in the tear trough can stretch the skin under the eyes and lead to an increase in excessive skin under the skin of the eyes.

“Also, by stretching the skin, it can make the skin look thinner and more translucent, showing the darker vessels underneath that are actually one of the important contributors to ‘dark/tired’ eye syndrome.”

“Also, about four years ago the penny dropped and I realized I wouldn’t get results with fancy skincare, so I stopped all that.

“I went cold turkey with luxury skincare, just went on prescription actives when I needed them and for results-driven treatments. Then in addition to my skin care I had the following cosmetic treatments:

“I probably have Botox about once a year, whenever I’m down and need an effective ‘pick-up’ for visible results.”

“Profhilo is great as a ‘skin booster’, and I prefer this to using a filler as you get a more natural looking result.

“Then I give myself glycolic acid peels if I need a short term glow so I would do it 1 week before any special event I wanted to look good for. My skin is very sensitive so I can’t tolerate anything other than glycolic acid as a chemical peel.

The dermatologist added: “Facials can be extremely beneficial for the skin as they can help exfoliate the skin and clear clogged pores, helping to reduce breakouts. They can also help moisturize the skin and rejuvenate the skin.

“However, it’s important to remember that facials are meant to achieve short-term, not long-term results.”


Dr Ophelia, who studied at Imperial College London and completed four years of specialist training in dermatology, noted that it is important to check a dermatologist’s credentials before visiting.

“Without having a solid understanding and experience of the vast repertoire of dermatological diseases, you can’t even hope to know how to help your patients achieve beauty,” she said.

“Unfortunately the term ‘dermatologist’ is not a protected term in the UK, so many doctors and non-doctors call themselves dermatologists when in fact they are not. It’s very misleading to the public, and people should be aware of that.

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