What are the fundamentals of my skin routine?

The first step is a cleanser, followed by an exfoliating polish once a day and pads to minimize the surface oil and exfoliate skin-clogging cells -for me it is getting skin ready for a range of products that help correct skin issues such as hyperpigmentation and aging while preventing future damage.
After that comes Daily Power Defense by ZO which contains antioxidants and retinol, followed by 10% self-activating vitamin C, Firming Serum and of course a sunblock. In the evening I replace vitamin C with a Growth Factor Serum which enhances production of collagen and hyaluronic acid. I do adjust the products depending on the season (for example I will be increasing retinol in my daily routine in winter).

What is the role of antioxidants in preventative skin care?

During a day our skin is exposed to pollution and UV. This allows for the oxidants to go inside the skin, change the DNA of the cells, increasing the aging process and the risk of skin cancers. This is why a very good product with which supports natural DNA repair process is a key. I personally use Daily Power Defense by ZOSkin Health.

What about a sunblock?

I call a sunblock my best friend as sun exposure is the number one factor for increased aging. If you want to age gracefully, the first step is sunblock everyday. Remember to re-apply it every 3 hours, even on a cloudy day.

What is your skincare pre-party prep?

A face massage with ice cubes and skin brightening sheet mask by ZO-I say it is fast, furious and energizing 


Dr Katarzyna Mackenzie, MD, PhD, FRACS (Plast)
Plastic and hand surgeon