When is it time to look for a new skin-care regime? There are thousands of skincare products and procedures now available on the market but which one is right for you?
There’s nothing more exciting experiencing excellent results from a new skincare product, treatment or procedure. But for many of us, as soon as you invest in one regime, it’s hard to shake off the temptation of trying something new when it appears on your Instagram or Facebook. The same thing with the product’s enticing price-point. But the reality is if something works, continue with it so that you will reap the long-term benefits and ensure your skincare regime includes the best, medical-grade cosmeceuticals.
Breaking down the myths.
Here’s the first issue we raise. If you’re regularly swapping the products or testing new procedures before allowing the effects to kick in over the recommended cycle, you will likely come away even more disappointed. In fact, you may actually slow down any progress that could bring on noticeable benefits.
The other claim we debunk is that all products that receive rave reviews will provide you with an instant fix. Let us explain why.
Your face simply did not age or deteriorate overnight and the effects that impacted your skin also took considerable time to make its mark. In the same way, reversing any skin condition will equally take a considerable time for any medical-grade application or procedure to counter the issue. This includes instant brightening of the face, elimination of wrinkles, pigmentation and other skin conditions.
Then there are the marketing claims that some homecare products will provide you with faster benefits but they too are short-lived. This includes products that are aimed at reducing bags and dark circles beneath the eyes as they’re topical and the results quickly diminish.
Your face is an ongoing investment and for this reason, you should expect to undergo two to four treatments and continue with a rigorous homecare regime to optimise the results. And depending on the skin condition you’re treating, you usually have to allow a minimum of eight to 12 weeks to truly see the real benefits.
Let’s start with the health of your skin. Before we even proceed with any IPL or laser treatment, we will assess the state of your skin’s natural barrier and work towards restoring it. That said, if there are any external or internal issues that are impacting your skin such as seasonal shifts in the weather, pollutants or even an imbalance in your hormone levels, we will formulate a skincare regime that’s individually tailored to your skin type.
If you’re looking for a terrific eye cream; we recommend Biopelle Radiance Eye cream with SCA 10 Biorepair Index. Used in conjunction with Tensage® Soothing Cream Moisturiser, its many benefits include creating an even skin tone and illuminating tired eyes; and hydrating, firming and tightening the skin around the eyes. Its other star power is its cocktail of high-performance ingredients including peptides, antioxidants and brightening agents. And like many effective medical-grade cosmeceuticals, you will reap the rewards after the initial eight to 12-week period.
When it comes to retinoids, Biopelle’s product line also packs a powerful punch. Applied at night, vitamin A is designed to trigger cellular production as you sleep along with treating acne and other skin conditions. And while it’s likely that you’ll encounter initial skin irritations and inflammation, the longer you persist over the eight-12 week period [and as prescribed by our senior dermal therapist, Michele Hetherington], you should expect to see some incredible results.
There are three different products by Biopelle that deliver retinol [vitamin A] in a protein-rich, oil-free and aqueous suspension, which allows for maximum absorption in the skin, and with ensuing results that will reveal a significant reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and skin that is more plumper, smoother and softer-looking — just the way we like it.
If you’re looking to include antioxidants in your skincare routine, our go-to weapon includes serums containing vitamins B and C.
Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) fights fine lines, pigmentation, redness and enlarged pores, while vitamin C is responsible for brightening the face, and reducing the effects of photo-damage, redness and pigmentation. For this reason, we single out Biopelle’s XP Brightening Serum which contains 10% L-Ascorbic Acid; 2% Phytic Acid Vitamin C Serum.
Another weapon we use to provide an extra boost of moisturiser is Medik 8’s Hydr8 B5 serum which infuses the skin with an intense dose of hyaluronic acid for long-lasting hydration.
So when is it time to change your skin regimen?
The age-game. No matter how you try to avoid ageing, you cannot escape it. But why not celebrate it and look amazing? So the first thing you should address is your skin’s ability to tackle the day-to-day elements and loss of natural oils. Moreover, you may also need to address any skin conditions that may develop over time including pigmentation, acne and rosacea. When you are faced with such changes to your skin’s complexion and tone, that is the time to review your skincare regime. What works for us in our 30s, 40s, and 50s may not suit those in their 60s and 70s.
With the change of seasons or extreme weather conditions. This is especially important if you’re travelling abroad and experiencing seasonal shifts or are experiencing a ‘sea-change’ with your life, be it a different climate or working environment.
The H-Shift. Both men and women are often faced with hormonal imbalances. For women, this could range from pregnancy to menopause. Then there’s stress, which can impact anyone at any time. This is often the time when you’ll notice that your skin requires additional help; whether it’s a new skincare product or a combination of non-invasive skin treatments and cosmeceuticals. Some may likewise be off-limits, which only a qualified clinician can determine.
Let’s get physical. Yes, even working out or exercising outdoors can trigger a number of nasty skin reactions so it’s important that you cleanse thoroughly and avoid products that can increase your sensitivity to UV rays. This often includes any active ingredient such as retinoids or AHAs so it’s always wise to discuss a skincare regime that can address excess sunlight and perspiration — especially if you have acne-prone skin.
Skin reaction. When your skin becomes sensitive and reacts to any product, this is the time to review the ingredients and make a switch. Some products may only need tweaking [vitamin A, for example] or an entire routine may have to be devised.
“Always remember to introduce one skincare cosmeceutical at a time and be diligent with any recommended application,” says Michele Hetherington, senior dermal therapist. We also recommend that you allow several weeks to pass before you introduce another cosmeceutical into your regime at home.
With care, patience and following the right guidance, your skin will simply glow.
Book in consultation for $65 [30 minutes] with Michele, who will discuss and tailor the best and most affordable skincare solution for you. After your consultation, enjoy a complimentary Red Light Therapy, which uses low-level red wavelengths of light to calm and restore your skin’s health.
For all appointments and consultations, please contact practice manager, Jane Luong on 97446755.