It’s never too early to start thinking about your skin!

Life is busy.  There are always 101 things to be thinking about on a daily basis, and it is easy to put your skincare regime right to the back of the queue, but believe me when I say that it is never too early to start looking after your skin to help maintain a good texture and healthy condition as you get older.  Simple lifestyle changes like drinking plenty of water, eating healthily, exercising regularly and wearing sunscreen can have a positive impact on your skin, and ensure that the physical signs of ageing are held off for as long as possible!

Even if deep wrinkles and skin laxity aren’t an issue for you at the moment, there are certain skin problems that can have a negative impact on your self-confidence – issues such as acne scarring and enlarged pores.  These are issues that can be successfully treated by some of the wide variety of minimally invasive and non-surgical cosmetic procedures offered by Appearance Based Medicine.  Our Fire and Ice Medical Facial, for example, was developed by the world renowned pharmacologists and physicians of iS Clinical and was designed to bridge the gap between mild facials and more invasive chemical peel treatments.  The ‘Fire’ part of the facial is an intensive resurfacing masque which can be used on the face, neck and décolletage, and works to resurface the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and deep cleansing blocked pores.  The ‘Ice’ masque is the pampering part of the facial, cooling and refreshing the skin after the initial peel and giving the skin a luxuriant glow.

Another treatment that works effectively to improve the texture of the skin and reduce the visibility of scars is Dermapen Skin Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy.)  This treatment involves introducing a series of fine, sharp needles into the skin following the administration of a topical local anaesthetic.  The targeted “damage” that the needles cause to the dermis encourage the body to produce new collagen and elastin.  Not only does this treatment help to reduce the appearance acne scars, but it is also proven to help reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks and skin laxity.

The texture of your skin isn’t the only thing that can cause problems as we age.  The pigmentation of the skin can be affected by pregnancy, over-exposure to the sun and as side effect of the oral contraceptive pill.  A small portion of people who use the oral contraceptive pill notice the gradual appearance of small brown patches and skin discoloration, caused by the over production of melanin by skin pigment cells – this is called ‘Melasma’ or ‘Facial Pigmentation’.  Repeated sun damage and the hormonal changes of pregnancy can also cause these brown patches to become more visible.  There are things that can be done to reduce the appearance of these areas of hyperpigmentation though – don’t worry! If your Melasma is particularly severe, a product like iS White Lightening Complex can really help to reduce the visibility of the dark patches of discoloration in a safe manner.  It combines an innovative blend of lightening ingredients and pharmaceutical-grade botanicals in a unique formula that can effectively brighten and lighten the skin.

So whilst we don’t want you to stay awake at night worrying about laughter lines and the natural ageing process (we all need our beauty sleep!), it is definitely worthwhile putting a little time and effort into looking after your skin to ensure that minimal cosmetic intervention is needed in the years to come.  And if I could pass on one ultimate skincare tip to anyone, regardless of the current condition or texture of your skin, it is this – wear SPF every day! This one action, above all others, can really help to protect your skin both now and in the future.

Love the skin you are in, and take care of it well.

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