SPF is a must. The Patricks HQ is based in Bondi Beach, which has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. The constant exposure to UV rays makes a decent SPF essential, summer and winter. I’ve been using Ultra Violette Queen Screen SPF50 for months – its lightweight texture makes it easy to apply and doesn’t leave the skin oily.
Retinol can help with dullness, acne and wrinkles. In the evening, I use my own Patricks night serum, NS1. It’s formulated with a low dose of retinoate, a form of retinol that irritates the skin far less than traditional forms of retinol. Applying retinol topically on the skin is a great way to support collagen production, which fortifies the skin barrier and helps with the first signs of ageing. When it comes to retinol, it’s about quality over quantity. High percentages don’t matter – it’s all about the quality and the type of the retinoid. I follow up with a cream rich in ceramides to reinforce the skin’s moisture barrier.
The Grey is a recent skincare discovery. The formulas and branding are spot on. I rate the 3 in 1 Face Cream, which contains antioxidants and blue sea kale to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The eyes are the first giveaway of a hangover. I keep a pot of Patchology Eye Revive Flash Patches in the fridge. The cool sensation not only soothes a pounding head; they also depuff and brighten undereye bags in five minutes. An ice bath and a sauna will get you back to speed pretty quickly, too. I also recently discovered Biocol Labs Something For A Mini Rehab, which is a natural hangover fix in capsule form. It contains botanicals to help break down alcohol-induced toxins – they’re perfect for travelling.
I exfoliate every morning. The Patricks FS1 face scrub is one of the only products in my range I use every day. It contains alpha hydroxy acids (also known as AHAs) which help get rid of dead skin cells, reduce ingrown hairs and deeply clean pores. I follow this with a generous amount of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 for lasting hydration and moisture. It’s also very affordable. Less affordable, but one of the staple products in my bathroom that I’ve been using for years, is La Mer Matte Lotion. It instantly blurs pores and keeps you looking fresh. I stock up whenever I pass through duty free.