New Year, New Skincare Habits

1. Commit to Sunscreen

If you only focus on one thing in 2023, make it: wearing sunscreen every single day, all year round. 80% of premature skin ageing is caused by UV rays, [1] so it’s imperative to protect our skin - even when it’s cloudy. Yes, UV rays can penetrate through clouds!

We have just the solution that makes wearing sunscreen in your daily routine easier than ever; Daily Radiance Vitamin C is our lightweight, cashmere-soft, two-in-one bestseller which provides SPF 30 protection within your daily moisturiser. Ultra-convenient, so there’s no excuse to miss this step! As well as keeping sun-induced ageing at bay, Daily Radiance Vitamin C is also enriched with a gentle yet effective form of vitamin C to visibly boost the skin’s radiance.

If you’re looking to take your suncare to the next level then Advanced Day Ultimate Protect is the perfect formula for you. The non-greasy sunscreen boasts our highest ever level of protection, SPF 50+ PA++++, and contains DNA repair enzymes plus a 360° environmental shield to both reduce and prevent premature ageing. All of this while providing the skin with long-term hydration and comfort. Enter: our next must-adopt habit for 2023.

2. Revive Radiance

As far as our experts are concerned, radiance is an entirely underrated quality when it comes to the skin. Bright, radiant, and luminous skin not only helps to reduce the look of uneven tone and hyperpigmentation, but also promotes a visibly smooth and hydrated complexion that appears well-rested. What’s not to love? Vitamin C is certainly the gold-standard ingredient when it comes to boosting the skin’s radiance and ensuring a glowing complexion - both instantly and over time.

Our bestselling serum, C-Tetra, is a gentle yet effective formula that works to restore the appearance of skin radiance while deeply nourishing and visibly smoothing. The serum is formulated with tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a stabilised and gentle form of vitamin C that’s perfect for sensitive skins or those new to vitamin C who don’t want to compromise on results.

If you’re ready for next-level skin radiance then reach for C-Tetra Luxe - our supercharged version of C-Tetra. With twice the vitamin C content of the original formula, it provides potent brightening, nourishing and youth-renewing powers for gentle yet effective results. Fine lines and wrinkles are visibly softened while powerhouse antioxidants fight the effects of external stressors. This is the ideal choice for those looking to upgrade their brightening and anti-ageing results.

3. Ensure Nighttime Nourishment

Nourishing the skin, especially overnight, is an essential part of maintaining a healthy complexion. Many of Medik8’s expertly-devised formulas allow you to ensure optimal nourishment at every stage of your evening skincare routine. Start by ditching the face wipes (they’re a hazard to the environment anyway) and comfortably cleanse away makeup, impurities and everyday pollutants using Lipid-Balance Cleansing Oil. The safflower oil-based, omega-rich formula feeds the skin’s natural barrier; softening, smoothing and purifying the complexion without causing feelings of dryness or tightness.

Follow by exfoliating with cult-favourite toner, Press & Glow. This next-generation polyhydroxy acid (PHA) gently sloughs away dead skin cells to boost the look of natural radiance and aids the absorption of following products within the routine. This is the perfect opportunity to turn to Advanced Night Restore for maximum overnight nourishment. Hailed as Medik8’s #1 bestselling moisturiser,[2] the multi-ceramide night cream replenishes the skin with essential nourishment that’s been lost throughout the day while working to restore the skin barrier - retaining moisture and preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL).

With its unique ceramide complex, a cell-repairing peptide and potent antioxidants, Advanced Night Restore is also proven to visibly firm, plump and smooth the skin overnight[3] - reducing multiple visible signs of ageing. If you’re already a vitamin A user, Advanced Night Restore is the perfect partner for ensuring optimal comfort at the same time as boosting the visible results of retinoids. If you’re not already a fan, then read on…

4. Embrace Retinal

Now is undoubtedly the time to explore the ultimate anti-ageing hero, retinal. Proven to visibly brighten, smooth, firm and refine all types of complexions, this vitamin A powerhouse is fast-becoming a must-have ingredient in every youth-boosting skincare regime.

While many consumers are cautious about the potential irritation that can be caused by vitamin A, our cult-favourite formula, Crystal Retinal, offers the ultimate solution! This groundbreaking, multi-award-winning serum stars retinaldehyde - a next-generation form of vitamin A that’s proven to deliver age-defying results up to 11x faster than traditional retinol, with no added level of irritation.[4]

What makes our retinal products unique is our expert, one-of-a-kind formulation which features a patent-pending, dual-layered stability system using crystal encapsulation. This not only preserves the retinal for optimal power, but also slowly delivers the retinal to remain gentle on the skin. This level of expertise and stability is what makes Medik8 a leader in vitamin A technology. What’s more is our unique Crystal Retinal ladder system - a series of 5 progressive strengths (0.01%-0.2% retinal) which allows you to ensure progressive visible results over time. Always peak, never plateau.

5. Prioritise Hydration

Ensuring your skin is consistently hydrated is another essential commitment for maintaining a healthy and youthful-looking complexion all year round. Not only does sufficient moisture provide comfort alongside visible suppleness, it also supports and strengthens the skin barrier against the drying and ageing effects of external stressors.

If you’re looking for lightweight, easy moisture maintenance; look no further than our supercharged, clinically-proven hyaluronic acid serum, Hydr8 b5 Intense. Formulated with multiweight hyaluronic acid, Natural Moisturising Factors and saskatoon berry, Hydr8 b5 Intense helps to kickstart the skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid and prevents its breakdown while delivering both immediate and long-term hydration to withstand dehydrating changes in the environment. Just a few drops twice a day will leave your skin hydrated, soft and supple beyond recognition.

For truly heightened hydration, indulge in fan-favourite H.E.O. Mask - clinically proven to deliver both hydration and skin barrier support for up to 72 hours after use.[5] The two-step, bi-weekly treatment boasts an expertly-optimised blend of humectants, emollients and occlusives - the three fundamentals for total skin hydration - to improve the appearance of dryness, dullness, fine lines and wrinkles. Wake up to deeply hydrated, plumped and glowing skin thanks to non-comedogenic moisture.

[1] F. Flament et al., Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, 2013, 6, pp 221-232
[2] Based on internal Medik8 direct sales data for 2022
[3]Proven via independent consumer study conducted over 4 weeks on 53 participants
[4] G. Siegenthaler et al., Retinol and retinal metabolism, Biochemical Journal, 1990, 268, pp 371-378
[5] Proven via independent clinical study on H.E.O. Mask. Tested on 35 participants over 4 weeks.