Essential Six

Richard Parker’s Essential Six Philosophy

I know what your skin is looking for; the same active ingredients it contains naturally to keep everything bright and beautiful. Rationale Skin Care's Essential Six delivers the right combination of these actives at the correct concentration to be recognised and used by skin cells for maximum vitality and luminosity. You’ll need three products in the morning for complete protection and three at night for optimal repair. Sensational skin in just six steps. For all skin types.

Morning: threefold day protection

Daytime radiance starts with an immune booster to restore luminosity and target pigmentation. Follow with a potent combination of antioxidant Vitamins A, C & E to firm and refine. Finish with a super hydrating SPF15 day cream starring skin nutrient Zinc and light activated rejuvenation. The Rationale Skin Care Essential Six Day routine consists of:

STEP 1. Immune Protection with Vitamin B3

Did you know that your skin has its own immune system? And that it becomes depleted as we age? Your first step every morning should be the Rationale IMMUNOLOGIST Niacinamide Serum. It contains Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to boost your skin’s immune responses and target pigmentation while Leukocyte extract, Adenosine Triphosphate and Amino Acids  provide a vital source of cellular energy, optimising intercellular communication and reinforcing barrier function. I promise you’ll love the side benefits of a more even skin tone and clarity. 

STEP 2. Antioxidant Protection with Vitamins A, C & E

Antioxidants have been a buzzword in skincare for a while now, but most products don’t use the right combination. Your skin’s own antioxidants include Vitamins A, C & E, so I’ve used the correct concentrations of these active ingredients into Rationale SUPER ANTIOXIDANT ACE Rejuvenating Serum. Lycopene and Ubiquinone deliver additional antioxidant protection while skin-identical Triglycerides naturally replenish the intercellular lipids responsible for skin hydration and radiance. But this isn't just a defensive product – wait until you see and feel the boost in your skin’s firmness and luminosity after just two weeks!

STEP 3. Zinc Moisture, Vitamin D Synthesis and Photo Protection

My favourite sunscreen is Zinc. It’s found naturally in the body and doesn't generate free radicals. Zinc is anti-inflammatory and supports many of your skin’s metabolic processes. I’ve used it in Rationale PHOTODYNAMIC Light Activated Day Cream alongside potent skin nutrients Betacarotene and Vitamin D precursors which are activated by UV light. It’s nourishing, fast absorbing AND it’s microcrystalline light diffusing particles deliver an immediate skin-perfecting luminosity, so your skin looks great even without makeup.


At night your skin works hard to repair damage done during the day. But it needs help. Overnight perfection begins with the gentlest cleanser to replenish and purify. Follow with a botanical cocktail of organic acids and amino acids to repair, refine and reactivate vital skin enzymes. Finish with three potent forms of Vitamin A to target cellular DNA, in a nourishing lipid-rich crème for optimal overnight rejuvenation and repair. The Essential Six Night skincare routine consists of:

STEP 4. Gentle Cleansing & Lipid Repair

The trick at night is to remove foreign substances like makeup and debris while replenishing your skin’s precious lipids. Avoid cleansers that contain detergents, at all costs. Rationale PROCERAMIDE EMULSION Preparatory Cleanser inundates the skin with a cascade of nourishing lipids, boosting hydration and firmness. Infused with powerful antioxidants, botanical cleansers and nourishing ceramides, it replenishes the skin’s intercellular lipids as it gently cleanses away surface impurities and make-up. Your skin will feel supple and moist, ready to receive the night actives that follow.

STEP 5. Enzyme Reactivation

Your skin prefers a slightly acidic environment to activate enzymes that keep cell turnover fresh and healthy. Rationale CATALYST Skin Refining Serum reactivates vital youth enzymes through recalibration of the skin’s pH, enhancing radiance, firmness, hydration and clarity. Containing hydroxy acids identical to those found in the skin, this serum continuously smooths and refines your skin tone and texture. You’ll also notice that your skin feels incredibly soft and hydrated – that’s because these organic acids stimulate your skin’s own moisturisers.

STEP 6. DNA Repair with Vitamin A

Skin cells use Vitamin A to repair DNA damage. We use three potent forms of Vitamin A in Rationale DNA Reactivating Night Cream to target skin DNA damage and nurture cellular regeneration processes. Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate and Retinaldehyde work synergistically to deliver optimal overnight nourishment and repair. Use it around your eyes too, where it’s always welcome.

Before embarking on your Rationale journey to luminous skin, we highly recommend taking part in a professional skincare consultation to assess your skin concerns and prescribe the products most suitable for you. This can be done online by booking here or in person at any of our Rationale clinics.

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