2017 is fast approaching, and bringing with it the dreaded New Year’s Resolutions! We’re here to make the transition to 2017 as easy as possible with some incredibly simple tips for more beautiful skin in the New Year – tips that don’t require a huge amount of thought or effort. So pick any, or all of them, and look forward to healthier looking skin in 2017!
Tip 1: Regularly apply an effective moisturiser, and use skincare products specifically designed for certain areas of your face – i.e. around the delicate eye area
Adequate hydration of your skin to ‘plump out’ the skin cells doesn’t just come from drinking water alone. A diet rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids can help, but a good quality moisturiser can really help to ensure that your skin remains adequately hydrated and looking as ‘fresh’ and ‘full’ as possible. It’s also important to invest in products specifically designed for certain areas of the face – for example, the eyes. The iS Clinical product ‘Youth Eye Complex’ (https://www.ab-med.co.uk/store/is-clinical-skincare/youth-eye-complex/), is a good example of a product that has been carefully formulated to tackle the unique requirements of the delicate eye area, as it helps to a.) plump out the appearance of fine lines around the eye area, giving a more youthful appearance, b.) reduce the appearance of dark under eye circles and c.) helps to reduce puffiness around the eyes.
Tip 2: Remove make-up and cleanse your face every night:
Did you know that by not completely removing make-up every night, you are making it more difficult for your skin to repair itself overnight after a full day of potential damage from the sun, pollution, heat and chemicals? So give your skin a chance to breathe and repair by cleansing properly in the evening, before bed, every night.
Tip 3: Gently exfoliate – at your own peril!
As we age, our body’s ability to shed old skin cells reduces, leading to the dull-looking skin caused by a build up of these old cells. Gentle exfoliation of the skin can help to reduce this build up of old cells, revealing fresh skin beneath – however, exfoliation using harsh scrubs can actually tear your skin and contribute to acne flare-ups. To prevent this, look for products with exfoliating ingredients like Glycolic Acid, which works to gently exfoliate dead skin away. Alternatively, book yourself into Appearance Based Medicine for a Chemical Peel or Microdermabrasion treatment.
If you do fancy a more intensive and effective exfoliation experience, it’s handy to know that we offer two types of treatment that help to remove the build up of old skin cells. The first type of treatments, including Microdermabrasion and the iS Clinical Fire and Ice Medical Facial, both have no down time for recovery, and you can return to work and daily activity immediately post-treatment. The second, more intensive chemical exfoliation (including the medium depth ‘The Perfect Peel’) method does have a slightly longer recovery time, with the visible effects of the chemical peel (the skin ‘shedding’ old layers) taking a couple of days to clear.
Tip 4: Be careful with toners, and skincare products in general!
Some skin toners can dry the skin out and upset the pH balance of the skin – as a result, we no longer recommend ‘toning’ as an essential part of your daily skincare routine. Cleansing and moisturising should be enough if applied effectively.
It’s not just toners that can affect the skin, though – some skincare products can contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin. Invest in quality products that have been formulated by dermatological experts (like the iS Clinical and Lycogel range of products) and the risk of adverse reactions should be significantly reduced. If you aren’t sure whether your skin is suited to particular products and treatments, why not consider an in-depth skin care analysis session using Appearance Based Medicine’s innovative ‘Stratum Skin Analysis’ system? We can carry out a detailed analysis of your skin health and condition, and then tailor skincare treatments/recommend products most suited to your unique skin.
Tip 5: Wear SPF every single day, come rain or shine:
This is something that I talk about a lot, but is so important, I’ll mention it again! Few people realise the significant impact that sun damage has on the natural ageing process of their skin, as well as their skin health in general. At Appearance Based Medicine, I encourage patients to be aware of the damaging effects of the sun’s rays (both UVA and UVB or ‘long wave’ and ‘short wave’ rays) and wear a good quality, high factor sunscreen that protects patients from both. A good quality Sunscreen should be worn every day, even when it is cloudy or you are indoors, as UVA rays can even penetrate glass.
Whatever your New Year’s resolutions for 2017, have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year – enjoy the festivities!