Top Skin Tips from The Specialist Skin Clinic
Top Skin Tips 1. Always cleanse your skin before going to bed!
If there is one time when it is important to wash your face then it’s just before you go to bed.
Dirt, bacteria, and makeup left on overnight can irritate skin, clog pores, and trigger breakouts. You should always remove all of the above by gently washing your face which will also allow specialist skin creams penetrate your skin to give better results. Always refresh your skin when you wake up by splashing slightly warm water on your skin.
Consult your dermatologist for appropriate night creams.
Top Skin Tips 2. Keep out of the sun
Wearing sunscreen is vitally important as short periods of sun exposure every day can lead to changes in your skin such as wrinkles and sunspots. Use a moisturiser with a built in sunscreen to block UVA and UVB sunlight rays.
Top Skin Tips 3. Prevent stress in your life
Stress can make your skin look much older than your age! Constant anxiety increases the stress hormone cortisol, which causes inflammation that breaks down collagen. It also triggers a chain of responses that can lead to facial redness and acne flare-ups.
Top Skin Tips 4. You are what you eat!
Omega 3 “good fats” in foods such as salmon, flaxseed, and almonds boost hydration, which keeps skin supple and firm. The same isn’t true of the saturated fat in dairy products and meats, which increase free-radical damage that makes skin more susceptible to aging. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, proteins and not only will your skin look healthier so will your general health improve.
Top Skin Tip 5. Exercise regularly
Studies find that women who work out regularly have firmer skin than those who undertake no exercise. This is the result of the exercise infusing the skin with oxygen and nutrients needed for collagen production. To keep your skin toned, make time for at least three 30-minute heart-pumping workouts per week.
Top Skin Tips 6. Check your skin on a regular basis
It is important that you check your skin on a regular basis for changes to moles, skin colour or the appearance of skin rashes. Always see your GP or dermatologist immediately if you notice any change.
Call Dr. Maria Gonzalez at the Specialist Skin Clinic for all your skin requirements including cosmetic and general skin health concerns.
How does skin ageing occur?
The sun has a huge impact on skin ageing with UV rays causing damage to the skin over a sustained period of time.
UV rays produce very harmful “free radicals” which alters the skin’s cells and fibres. Cigarette smoke, alcohol and pollution are also factors in the ageing process of the skin and in women, the onset of menopause also speeds up the ageing process.
Dermatologists recommend using a variety of sun protection to prevent premature aging caused by the sun. This should include:
- Avoiding sunbathing, including use of indoor tanning devices.
- Staying out of the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Wearing protective clothing, such as a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves, when outdoors during the day.
- Applying sunscreen all year round. Sunscreen should be broad spectrum (offers UVA and UVB protection) and have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
How to slow down the features of ageing
In addition to the above there are also a variety of skin treatments that can help slow down the features of ageing. This can include:
- The use of cosmetic creams that include anti-aging properties. Daily moisturising of the skin is essential. Depending on skin type and age, the use of creams that contain antioxidant active ingredients which often contain fruit acids or retinol to help the skin boost collagen production.
- Fillers and injections for lines and wrinkles – Dermal fillers are popular cosmetic treatments for wrinkles, facial lines (especially around the eyes, nose and mouth), lip enhancements, sunken cheeks, scarring and other depressions.
- Use of laser treatments – Excellent results can now be achieved through the use of laser treatments which can assist to improve skin texture, pigmentation, redness and many more skin ageing features.
If you are concerned about your skin or want advice on how best to tackle the features of ageing then contact us at the Specialist Skin Clinic in Whitchurch, Cardiff. The clinic is currently providing a FREE skin analysis using the very latest Face Analysis technology which assists in reviewing your skin and highlighting the best treatments available to assist with your skin care. The technology uses photos of the face and measures the patient’s personal complexion values compared to a peer group. For a FREE Skin Analysis contact the Specialist Skin Clinic on 02920 617690.
Walk up and down the high street and you will be bombarded by images of beautiful young women offering you the chance to permanently get rid of the nuisance that is your hair (Laser hair removal). I have been treating (Laser hair removal) women of all skin types with excessive facial and body hair for many years and the one thing that they all have in common is that they arrive at the clinic assuming that is permanent hair removal following Laser hair removal treatment is achievable. Of course this is a reasonable assumption when this is the message that is being publicised all across the country. Therefore permanent hair removal with a Laser hair removal must be a possibility. Right? Wrong!! There is no Laser hair removal yet invented which can provide permanent removal of anyone’s hair and no laser device has been licensed as such.
A much more accurate statement of what you can expect about Laser hair removal is long term reduction of hair. Often when a patient believes there has been no hair growth, there has in fact been re-growth of finer hair which is less obvious to the patient. You are therefore likely to need maintenance treatments after your initial course of treatment to keep things under control with Laser hair removal. These Laser hair removal maintenance treatments will be needed for years if you want an almost hairless appearance. Some patients are lucky and need very few maintenance Laser hair removal treatments while others need a structured programme of follow-ups to sustain their good results.
The other great confusion among patients, enthusiastically perpetuated by high street beauty clinics is that Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) produces better results than lasers. I would be wealthy and living in Barbados if I had £5 for every patient who assumes this. Unfortunately this is not borne out by medical evidence. IPL gives very good results in some patients especially those with very pale skin, with dark coarse hair. Overall IPL cannot deliver the results that standard hair removal lasers are able to. IPL is not able to successfully treat all the different hair and skin types that exist. These variations in hair and skin types often require specific lasers to get the best results. Why, you might ask, would clinics and spas suggest that IPL is better? Well the average cost of an IPL machine is less than half the price of a good laser. IPL systems are also not regulated in the same manner as lasers are. So there are many benefits to a beauty spa in having IPL systems rather than lasers. This clearly distorts the information being provided to patients.
If you have been spending a fortune on laser or IPL treatments with only slow improvement and your best friend looks as though she never had hair on her face even though she started the treatment only on your recommendation – it may be that she takes after her Spanish grandmother and has black hair while your more fair-haired Celtic roots (pardon the pun) are not providing the target needed for the best results. You will achieve improvement but don’t expect the results to equate to that of your dark-haired friend.