Discolouration of the neck, known as Poikiloderma of Civatte, is common in men and women. It’s caused by sun exposure and applying fragrance to the neck. Usually, it’s more prominent on a person’s right side (the driving side). Essentially, it’s a mixture of pigmentation and blood vessels. After 2 treatments with the Ellipse Nordlys IPL System by Lasermed’s Suzette La Grange, this is the excellent result.
Winter is a good time to think about having an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photorejuvenation treatment if you have:
1. Sun damage (freckles and sunspots)
2. Redness (broken capillaries, diffused redness, rosacea)
3. Poikiloderma (sun damage on the neck and chest area)
4. Fine lines, wrinkles and dilated pores
I have been using Ellipse, Specific Waveband Technology, which enables me to customise every treatment to the client’s specific skin needs. When deciding to go for a photo rejuvenation treatment, it is important that you use a high sun protection for four weeks prior to your treatment. If your skin is tanned, it can’t be treated.
IPL treatments can make the skin sensitive to the sun, so continue using your sunblock for at least a month after each treatment.
Sometimes, multiple treatments are required and your results will have to be maintained by repeated sessions in future.
I recommend an initial course of 2 to 4 treatments, according to the client’s skin needs, with a monthly interval between sessions. One to two sessions a year are required to maintain the results, depending on the skin condition. – by Suzette la Grange.
Vitamin C is one of the naturally occurring antioxidants in the skin. Most plants and animals can synthesise Vitamin C, but humans can’t. Therefore we have to acquire it from food sources such as citrus, green leafy vegetables, strawberries, papaya and broccoli, to name but a few.
In the skin, Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant by neutralising free radicals. Vitamin C also directly activates collagen synthesis. It is clinically proven that Vitamin C increases collagen production in both young and aged human skin.
Vitamin C is also a depigmenting agent. It’s known as a tyrosinase inhibitor, thereby decreasing melanin (dark pigment) formation.
What to look out for when buying a Vitamin C serum?
1. Make sure it’s a concentration of 10% or higher (for maximum efficacy)
2. Vitamin C must be stored in a tinted glass bottle to keep the ingredients stable.
Personally, I like to use a Vitamin C serum in the morning on a clean dry skin, beneath my moisturiser and sunblock. – by Suzette la Grange