Skincare Advice

We've collated some of the most common questions we get here in the clinic. If your's is still unanswered, let us know!

Below you’ll find some useful bits of information which will increase your knowledge on skin care. There are links directly onto other information from these pages too to make it easy.

Just click any of the frequently asked questions below to find the answers.

What can I do for my Eyes & Lips?

Eyes and lips are far too often forgotten as unique areas on the face and we see a number of clients both male and female who do not pay special attention to this.

The condition of the skin around your eyes can tell a lot about your current condition and potential issues that can easily be corrected with the right advice.

Everyone is unique and that includes their skin and so treatments and skincare/beauty advice will vary for each client. It is important to keep those specific areas well hydrated and protected. Any symptoms of dehydration etc. will be picked up in our skin scanner.

I am a man. What should I be considering for my skin care?

I am looking older than I actually am. What can I do about it?

Well men on the whole are notoriously lazy when it comes to skin care and they need to keep it simple. One of the key things for men is a need to shave mostly every day and this is where a lot of trouble starts with the cream,gel or shaving soap they use. A lot of these products can dry your skin out too much and leave it irritable and flaky which in turn can lead to infection and blemishes or a rash.

If you look at your shaving product the pH level should be quoted and look for a level on or close to 5.5pH which is a level that is very slightly acid but is needed to protect the skin from bacterial infection.

Sun protection is a must and a lot of men, especially those doing outdoor activities are unaware of the significant damage being done everyday to their skin which leads to premature ageing and worst of all skin cancer. Many men we put in our skin scanner have sun damage prevalent on the right side of their faces, simply due to lack of sun protection and having their car windows down when driving.

A good basic regime for men is to

  • Check their cleansing products/soap for its pH level and correct if necessary.
  • Wear an SPF (ideally SPF30) every day and those we provide are not oily or sticky.
  • Use a moisturiser regularly, contain an SPF making skin care easier.
If I already have sun damaged skin what can be done to improve it?

Regular use of lightening ingredients such as Idebenone andAnti-Oxidants will improve a sun damaged skin. Also, you must not forget to use a good SPF product each day and not just for summer but winter as well in the exposed areas. Especially the face which gets those harmful rays all day.

What is exfoliation and what does it do for my skin condition?

When most people hear the word “exfoliant,” they often think of abrasive products that need to scratch at skin. But exfoliants can range from physical ingredients (like rice bran or grains that slough off dead skin) to chemical ingredients (like enzymes and lactic acid that eat away at dead skin), and usage depends on individual needs.

Whichever way you go about it, you need to help your body cast away skin cells that are holding on and bringing your body down. Helping your skin’s natural process of ditching cells that are hanging on can improve your body skin from head to toe.

What is Sun Damaged Skin & what can I do to improve and care for it?

How would we describe Sun Damaged Skin

As the name suggests your skin would have been subjected to the harmful UVA and UVB rays, even under a cloudy sky!

Your skin is likely to be pigmented with a variety of skin tones ranging from light to darker patches and will most probably make you look older than you actually are because sun damage causes premature ageing of your skin. Your skin can have a rough texture to it and in worse cases often be referred to as looking like leather. Unprotected skin will also suffer from unsightly red veins.

Many people do not realise or appreciate how bad this problem can be and we can show examples of this in our skin scanner at the clinic, where the right side of the face has suffered more than the left. Why is that they ask? We explain what happens when driving long distances on a sunny day even with the window closed.

Typical questions asked about Sun Damaged Skin and our recommendations

This is without doubt one of the biggest problems we face today as a result of climate change, increased holidays abroad, more outdoor activity, soft top convertible cars, even our alfresco lunches.

Treatments Recommended for Sun Damaged Skin

Glycolic Peels

Glycolic peels help lighten the Pigmentation and refine any coarseness. We can graduate the intensity of the peel to match the pigmentation density problem presented to us.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

IPL will work well on the darker patches of sun damaged skin especially on the face and hands. These patches of pigmentation are often referred to as Age Spots and can be effectively treated with IPL and Laser.

Combined Facial Therapy (CFT)

CFT is where we combine product based and technology based treatments together and is probably the most popular and effective treatments we do. The two elements enable a variety of skin blemishes/issues to be cleared at the same time so the CFT treatment maybe just right for you too.

The Consultation Facial

Let us help and guide you and help you make the right decision. If it is your first visit to our clinic, we suggest you book our Consultation Facial to allow us time to devise your personal skin care regime.

What is Dehydrated Skin and how should I care for it?

How would we describe Dehydrated Skin

Our Skin Care Therapists say that you may find yourself with “Dehydrated Skin” regardless of your regular skin type and at anytime e.g. during puberty onto your more mature years.

Your skin is most likely to feel quite tight and very thirsty for products. The skin may suffer very fine lines with a look like parchment especially around the eyes.

Typical questions asked about Dehydrated Skin and some of our recommendations

Dehydrated Skin can occur on top of another existing skin problem or skin type, even Acne skin. So this needs to be addressed along side the predominant skin type.

Key factors here are an excess in such things as Alcohol and Caffeine for example which have a dehydrating effect and diet may need adjusting along with correct balance of skin care products.

You will need to use beauty and skin care products like Hydrating Boosters and Serums. These can be worked into your normal skin care routine but NOT Oil based as they need to be water based to re-hydrate the skin. The layering of products is important too.

 

The Consultation Facial

Let us help and guide you and help you make the right decision. If it is your first visit to our clinic, we suggest you book our Consultation Facial to allow us time to devise your personal skin care regime.

What is Combination Skin and how should I care for it?

How would we describe Combination Skin and Treatments Recommended

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Kayleigh who is one of our Laser and Skin Care Therapists comments that if you have a “Combination” skin type you quite often have an Oily “T” ZONE” (Forehead, Nose and Chin) with Normal /Dry cheeks and neck.

The oily areas will most likely suffer with blockages, open pores and other areas can be quite dry and flaky. The skin’s pH is important and we often relate problems to an imbalance. Maintaining a slightly acidic pH of around 5.5 is critical.

Combination skins can obviously have a combination of treatments depending on the condition when coming in to the Remedies Clinic.

So we may advise

That the client has Peels in the winter and more gentler relaxing and moisturising facials in the summer.

The Consultation Facial

Let us help and guide you and help you make the right decision. If it is your first visit to our clinic, we suggest you book our Consultation Facial to allow us time to devise your personal skin care regime.

What is Aging Skin and how should I care for it

How would we describe Ageing Skin

IMG_6912Wendy our Senior Laser and Skin Care Specialist comments that skin which is “Ageing” will suffer with a loss of elasticity causing fine lines and wrinkles. A main cause of premature ageing is the effects of the sun and subsequent damage that ensues.

Remember a Sun Tanned Skin is a Damaged and Aged Skin.

Ageing skin is also likely to have pigmented marks (Age Spots) and can appear dull in colour. Skin under the eyes can become darkened an increase in eye folds and possible swelling under the eyes.

 

Reading our very interesting article on achieving a “Well Balanced Skin” will be extremely useful to you.

Clients frequently ask:

“How do I improve and then maintain my skin”
“How do I slow down the ageing process”
“What creams do and do not work?”

One thing to make sure you do all year round in summer and winter is use a sun protection on your skin. These are often built into moisturisers and other products which make it so easy to do, no excuse!

 

We would recommend the use of a daily SPF 30 to protect against the damaging and ageing effects of UVA and UVB rays. The use of Anti-Ageing ingredients includes AHA’s, Antioxidant Vitamins and Protein and Collagen simulators. Very important to assess lifestyle balance too e.g. diet and exercise.

 

We also provide effective treatments for Pigmentation and Skin Rejuvenation at the clinic.

Treatments Recommended for Ageing Skin

Combined Facial Therapy (CFT)

IMG_6687By combining Glycolic Peels or Microdermabrasion with Intense Pulse Light (IPL) or Laser we can address so many of the complaints seen on an ageing skin. Examples here would be Red Veins, Rosacea, Fine Lines and Wrinkles and Sun Damage like age spots.

 Free Laser Consultation & Skin Analysis

 

 

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We offer Free Laser Consultations and Skin Analysis to assess which treatments are most suitable and very importantly discuss your home care routine.

What is Sensitive Skin and how should I care for it?

How would we describe Sensitive Skin and what would we recommend?

IMG_6843If you have “Sensitive Skin” then it can be of any skin type which can develop later in life. Quite often hormonal changes cause an increase in sensitivity and certain skin conditions e.g. eczema and Rosacea. Stress may be a factor too. The skin can become redder in colour and often has broken veins, can become Hot and Irritated.

The skin’s pH level is important and we often relate/classify skin types by the Ph Level it has i.e. where it is in the Alkaline to Acid range and maintaining a slightly acidic pH of around 5.5 is critical.

Typical questions we get asked about Sensitive Skin and some of our recommendations

Our clients always tell us that they have tremendous difficulty finding suitable products to help control the symptoms as the ones they use can sometimes make things worse.

Clients have difficulties using make up containing perfume and chemical ingredients. Even a small amount of irritating ingredient can trigger a sensitive response.

We would suggest for a sensitive skin that less is best. You should favour simple products with minimal ingredients and use a physical sun protection method, not a chemical one e.g. Zinc Oxide.

The type of products we would suggest are Calming cleansers which can be removed without water, Barrier creams for daily use to protect against the potential aggravating environmental intrusions on the skin and DO NOT use any harsh exfoliating scrubs. As previously mentioned there is a need to protect the Acid Mantle on the skin and a great Make Up product would be the Bare Mineral range containing natural minerals.

Treatments Recommended for Sensitive Skins
The CoffeeBerry Peel

The use of anti-inflammatory Salycylic Acid on the skin can help reduce the redness and sensitivity. Additional use of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a strong tool to work with the Peel and give quite dramatic results. This is just one of several Facial Skin Peels we offer.

The Consultation Facial

Let us help and guide you and help you make the right decision. If it is your first visit to our clinic, we suggest you book our Consultation Facial to allow us time to devise your personal skin care regime.

What is Acne/Oily Skin and how should I care for it?

How would we describe Acne/Oily Skin and Treatments Recommended

If you have “Acne/Oily Skin” then you probably find you develop a shine on your skin through the day. You will be prone to blockages of your pores and more than likely some breakouts (spots). Your skin maybe sensitive, affected by hormonal issues oily/acne skin is most commonly found during the age of puberty.

The pores of our skin are made up of a combination of oil and sweat glands (sebaceous and sudoriferous glands) helping to keep our skin healthy and elastic. An excess of sebum secretion is often linked with oily skin and acne. This is particularly common in adolescents because the increased levels of the sex hormones will stimulate sebum production and secretion. When the skin is balanced it will have a combined excretion of oil and sweat from the skin’s pores which has a pH of about 5.5.

The skin’s pH level is important and we often relate/classify skin types by the Ph Level it has i.e. where it is in the Alkaline to Acid range and maintaining a slightly acidic pH of around 5.5 is critical. The skin’s pH value is one of the major contributors to acne and other skin problems. Propionibacterium acnes (P Acnes) is a bacteria that normally lives on the skin regardless of the presence or absence of acne.

However, in individuals prone to acne, the number of P. acnes is greatly increased. It has been found that the growth of these bacteria is very much dependent on the pH value of the skin and its growth is at its minimum at the normal skin pH of 5.5. A slight shift towards the alkaline pH would provide a better environment in which it can thrive.

Typical questions we get asked about Oily/Acne Skin and some of our recommendations

Clients often tell us that their skin feels and looks lumpy under the surface and we are told that any moisturisers or SPF products used appear too heavy on the surface. Other classic symptoms are Blackheads and Whiteheads (Milia) and in severe cases cysts.
We would recommend not overloading on skin care products and to KEEP IT SIMPLE using the right balance of these beauty products. Go for Oil Free Skin Care and use exfoliating masks NOT scrubs, to prevent over stimulating the sebaceous glands. Clay based cleansers help to clear pores and anti-bacterial ingredients help to prevent spots.

Treatments Recommended for Oily/Acne Skin

Combined Facial Therapy (CFT)

CFT using either Intense Pulse Light (IPL) or Laser is extremely effective for this skin condition. The renowned NLITE Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment is a superb treatment for those suffering with acne.

A course of 3 treatments is recommended with gradual healing of the skin occurring, resulting in a reduction of the inflammation, breakouts/spots, colour and condition of the skin. Laser Consultations are essential for this treatment plus a patch test.
It is vitally important to check what you are using on your skin. So, with the right balance of products and using of course them, will help to effectively maintain your skin in a healthy condition and keep it younger looking. We always advise Sun Protection for all year round and we always recommend a SPF30 protection level.

 

The Consultation Facial

Let us help and guide you and help you make the right decision. If it is your first visit to our clinic, we suggest you book our Consultation Facial to allow us time to devise your personal skin care regime.

What is Dry Skin and how should I care for it?

How would we describe Dry Skin

If you have “Dry Skin” you may find beauty products seem unable to penetrate your skin. It is rough to the touch and has a dull colour. Do not despair because most of us have some sort of skin condition or another, but if we can get your skin well balanced, give it a healthy colour, with a good texture then we are sure you will be happy.

Quite often we relate/classify the skin types by the Ph Level it has i.e. where it is in the Alkaline to Acid range. The Ph level of Dry Skin is more likely to be more at the extremes i.e. too Acid or too Alkaline. Ideally your skin needs to be slightly acidic (Ph 5.5) known as the skin’s ‘acid mantle’ and one of the major functions of the acid mantle is to protect the skin and body from the absorption of bacteria. As bacteria cannot survive in an acidic environment, maintaining the correct level of acidity is vital.

Typical questions we get asked about Dry Skin and some of our recommendations

“How can I stop getting these dry patches of skin?”

“My dry skin often becomes inflamed and can become flaky”

“If I do put on Oily products on my dry skin they always feel too heavy and don’t seem to go into the skin very easily”

All clients ask us what skincare products they should be using and of course your skin will never remain exactly the same all the time. Dry skin can often be linked to a more mature person or someone who has a hormonal issue. You must not forget too that the environment you are in has an impact and you could now be in a centrally heated air conditioned office, which you were not previously.

When clients come to our clinic an initial key question for us to ask is “What do you use to cleanse your skin?”

For Dry Skin types regular Exfoliation is very important to help remove a build up of dead skin cells and we recommend the use of Oil based cleansers and moisturisers. We advise that you avoid powder based foundations and look at your diet and lifestyle too. You can also layer on Serums and Moisturisers and SPF.,/p>

So, with the right balance of beauty and cosmetic products and their use it significantly helps to effectively maintain your skin in a healthy condition and keep it younger looking. We always advise Sun Protection for all year round and we always recommend SPF30.

Treatments Recommended for Dry Skin

The Consultation Facial

Let us help and guide you and help you make the right decision. If it is your first visit to our clinic, we suggest you book our Consultation Facial to allow us time to devise your personal skin care regime.

Dermalogica Multi-Vitamin Facial

This is an oil based Vitamin A delivering treatment which exfoliates whilst moisturising the skin at the same time.

Glycolic Peels

These Glycolic Peel treatments will encourage exfoliation of those surface dead skin cells enabling serums and moisturisers to penetrate deeper.

By using mainly oil based products and chemical exfoliants we can balance the dry skin and immediately affect its texture and colour.

What is Normal Skin and how should I care for it?

How would we describe Normal Skin and the Treatments Recommended

If you have “Normal Skin” then this is actually quite unusual! Most of us have some sort of skin condition or another, but if your skin is well balanced, has a healthy colour, good texture and gives you no problems, then you are very lucky.

Quite often we relate/classify the skin in its various conditions by the Ph Level it has i.e. where it is in the Alkaline to Acid range. The Ph level of Normal Skin has a range of 4 to 6.5, which is slightly acidic. This acidic environment for the skin is referred to as the skin’s ‘acid mantle’. One of the major functions of the acid mantle is to protect the skin and body from the absorption of bacteria. As bacteria cannot survive in an acidic environment, maintaining the correct level of acidity is vital.

Typical questions we get asked about Normal Skin and some of our recommendations We always get asked what skin care products should be used for the variety of skin types and of course your skin will never remain exactly the same. This can vary due to your Age, the environment you are in, the seasons of course and other factors linked to such things as diet etc.
Treatments Recommended

The vast majority of the facial treatments will accommodate this skin type with a preference being given to any personal skin issue you may have for us to focus on. Our Consultation Facial tends to be the first port of call with new clients as we can use a variety of products to give the skin a boost and see yourself in our skin scanner.

You will find out all you need to know and have your questions answered to improve and maintain a healthy younger looking skin.
What soap do you use ?

One of the major culprits that radically alter the pH of the skin is the soap you use.

When we are doing a consultation facial as an example, an initial key question for us to ask is “What do you use to cleanse your skin?”

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