Skin Secrets

Getting expert advice on the right skincare regime is vital if you want to have your skin looking and feeling great. Let us reveal the most effective steps including a skin consultation with our senior dermal therapist, Michele Hetherington. This appointment will help steer you in the right direction in creating an effective skin-saving and cost-saving skin regime at home.

Achieving great skin is easier and more achievable than you think, however, it’s not just about undergoing aesthetic treatments. There are a number of protocols that need to be put in place for you to optimise the effects. This includes having the right skincare regime in place and tailored with the best cosmeceuticals suited to your skin.  So let us start by revealing the important steps.

Say Goodbye to Free Radicals

Incorporating an effective daily cleansing routine is vital to your skin’s health. So make it your number one priority every morning and evening.

Every day,  your skin is subjected to the daily-grind environmental pollution, free radicals and make-up, all of which can accelerate skin damage and ageing. We especially love Medik 8, Cosmedix and Biopelle cosmeceuticals, which are formulated to remove environmental contaminants so they do not agitate the pH levels and hydration of your skin but instead, speed up cell renewal.

What are some of the best ingredients to have in a cleanser?

Salicylic accomplishes the same goals in skincare as alpha-hydroxy acids, such as lactic acid and glycolic acid, but is used in a weaker concentration. If you have sensitive skin, it is important that you use gentler cleansers so that you do not compromise your natural skin barrier.  As a mode of chemical exfoliation, salicylic acid increases cell turnover, refreshes the skin, helps kill germs and bacteria, and tightens pores.

Our senior dermal therapist, Michele Hetherington will first assess your skin and recommend the right product for the best skincare regime.

What is the worst thing you could use to cleanse the skin?

What all dermatologists and skin clinicians agree on is the damage cleansing wipes can do to the skin. Though they’re quick in their application and often inexpensive to purchase, they still reduce the penetration of delicate ingredients as well as clog pores. Even their application including excess rubbing can also compromise the more delicate areas, especially underneath the eye area.

 

Powerful serums:

While moisturisers offer hydration and nourishment for the skin, serums are formulated to have a lighter consistency and often have a higher concentration of active ingredients, which are able to penetrate deeper into the layer of skin and help reduce the visible signs of ageing.

Start with an oil-free serum each day, especially if you’ve had an aesthetic procedure with us. If you have a sensitive and compromised skin barrier, we could possibly recommend Dermaceutic K-Ceutic Post Recovery cream which contains a combination of ingredients designed to repair (glycoprotein and hyaluronic acid), moisturise (shea butter), protect (vitamin E and SPF 50), and soothe (K Complex) the skin. More importantly, the cream also provides complete sun protection (SPF 50 – UVA/UVB barriers).

However, Biopelle Tensage Daily Serum SCA 15 is a powerhouse serum that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps repair photodamage and improve the visible signs of aging and creates a more luminous glow.

It also contains SCA growth factors derived from snail secretions, which help regenerate skin tissue by stimulating cell growth to smooth wrinkles and intensify the production of collagen and elastin.

And the results? Biopelle’s research also shows that patients found:

  • 78% reduction of sallowness in the skin*
  • 46% reduction in deep wrinkles*
  • 40% reduction in irregular pigmentation*

Subject to your skin type, Michele may also recommend that you start with the lightest consistency of vitamin C in the morning and vitamin A in the evening, followed by a peptide or pigment control serum and an intense moisturiser for extra hydration of the skin.

Every patient, however, has a unique skin type so it’s important that you follow the right skincare advice.

 

The Big C:  Collagen

The real game-changer in skincare is countering all of the external factors that impact our skin including the production of free radicals, which not only attacks our natural skin barrier but slows down our cellular turnover.

Vitamin C is our secret weapon which addresses every sign of ageing skin including pigmentation and melasma. A potent antioxidant, its L-ascorbic acids not only acts as an anti-inflammatory and gives free radicals the boot but also stimulates collagen synthesis.

Biopelle Tensage Antioxidant Defense Serum SCA 10 features growth factor and anti-pollution technologies along with EDAFENCE®, a newly discovered botanical from Antarctica that utilises antioxidant benefits for free radical defence. Additionally, the serum is formulated with potent Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid for skin brightening with its growth factor technology diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving your skin’s tone, texture and firmness.

As it’s an active ingredient, it’s important to note that Vitamin C products can degrade very quickly. So once you begin using it, be vigilant.

 

 

Sunscreen: Physical filters vs Chemical filters

What more can we say? Hands down, your SPF 30 sunscreen is one of your most powerful weapons to fight UV rays, even on cloudy days.

Your skin needs constant protection with chemical-free ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide act as a physical barrier to UV radiation. In turn, its physical filters last longer and deflect UV rays that trigger inflammatory breakouts.

Chemical filters found in ordinary sunscreen absorbs the UV rays and releases heat in the process. This, in turn, can contribute to skin inflammation (brown spots, pimples) and speed up the ageing process.

 

Retinol: What’s Not to Love?

With the right formulation with generally healthy skin, retinol (Vitamin A) can act as a miracle worker on your skin. But the name of the game is using the right cosmeceutical prescribed by Michele.

Not only does retinol stimulate collagen production and reduce pigmentation but this ingredient is a powerful weapon when reducing the size of your pores as well as the appearance of fine lines and sunspots.

But you must undergo a skin test to see if your skin is ready for a dose of retinol. This includes starting with a lower strength to avoid skin irritation and dryness and slowly build up over time.

Our senior dermal therapist, Michele Hetherington, will customise the best skin care program to complement your treatment and provide long-term benefits. For all appointments and consultations, please contact practice manager, Jane Luong on 97446755. We offer 10 % off on our skin-care products in conjunction with a 45-minute consultation with Michele.

*Individual results may vary