Enjoy a skin-fabulous time with these golden rules.
Always use skin products for your particular skin type. An oily skin has different needs to those of a dry skin. When cleansing, respect the natural balance of your skin with a pH-neutral make-up remover such as Bioderma Hydrabio H2O cleanser. The eye area is particularly fragile, so use a gentle routine for this area.
Exfoliate regularly – at least once a week. Choose a product which smooths and purifies the skin while maintaining its natural balance – NeoStrata Skin Active Exfoliating Wash is wonderful.
Use a moisturiser which balances the level of water within the skin. Obagi Hydrate Moisturiser locks in moisture and hydration for up to 8 hours.
To avoid the risk of allergies choose hypoallergenic make-up which meets the needs of all skin and eye types.
When you need to cool down after sport or a hectic day, you’ll thank your lucky stars for having Avène Thermal Spring Water spray at hand. It’s a refreshing, soothing spritzer which can be used for facial redness, sunburn, skin irritation, nappy rash, during sport or travel and after make-up removal, shaving and hair removal.
Finally, whatever the season, use sunscreen daily and re-apply regularly. The Heliocare sunscreens are classified as advanced anti-ageing photo-immunoprotectants. You can’t go wrong with one of these.
Today’s anti-ageing cosmeceuticals can indeed turn back the clock. You simply need to know what to look for.
Number one age-buster in terms of prevention is undoubtedly sunscreen and the Heliocare products in particular are the foremost choice of dermatologists. The Heliocare 360° range offers the most complete coverage spectrum against UVB, UVA, IR-A and visible light as well as intense antioxidant protection with Fernblock FC. In addition, the products help repair damage to cellular and mitochondrial DNA due to the presence of roxisomes.
For your skincare regimen, look out for these research-proven ingredients:
Retinol – it’s the gold standard in anti-ageing products, increasing skin cell turnover and stimulating collagen synthesis.
C – is not only necessary for
collagen production and maintenance, but it’s also a potent antioxidant that
can neutralise free radicals in the skin:
Peptides – These chains of amino acids act as signalling molecules in cells, telling them to heal, renew and slough away.
Glycolic Acid – exfoliates and increases cell turnover to clarify pores, refine skin texture and improve skin tone.
Some ingredients in anti-ageing products should be avoided experts say. These include petroleum-based products such as mineral oil, paraffin and propylene glycol.
With the right products and a dedicated skin care regime, we can all keep age at bay.
Dermalux LED phototherapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses clinically-proven therapeutic light energy to trigger the skin’s natural rejuvenation and repair process without pain or downtime.
HOW IT WORKS
Our skin has the ability to absorb light energy and uses it to stimulate or regulate essential cell processes. LED Phototherapy applies beneficial wavelengths from visible and infrared part of the light spectrum which have proven skin enhancing benefits. Skin cells that are energised function better and can renew up to 200% faster, thus accelerating regeneration and repair.
Dermalux LED uses unique combinations of blue/red and near infrared wavelengths to boost collagen production, increase hydration, calm redness and irritation.
THE TREATMENT INVOLVES
It’s a relaxing, pain-free experience with proven mood-enhancing effects. Enjoy some luxury me-time as your skin absorbs the energising light to kick-start cell regeneration, restore radiance and calm irritation. Treatments last up to 30 min with no downtime. You can simply get up and GLOW.
Dermalux treatment results are cumulative and sessions taken in close succession are generally recommended.
CHOOSE YOUR TREATMENT
Activate – Supercharge your skin for visible and lasting improvement. An intense course of 12 treatments (2/3 treatments a week) taken in close succession is recommended for optimum cell activation.
Boost – A perfect boost before a special event. Short booster course of 3 sessions to revitalise and restore vitality or calm irritation.
Combine – Upgrade your favourite facial treatment for superior and longer lasting results.
TREATMENT COST When in combination with another treatment: R190. When used as a stand-alone treatment: R300
Growth factors are like messengers for your skin. It wakes up your skin cells to do their job, helping your own skin cells to produce more collagen, elastin and Hyaluronic acid. All of which results in fresher, healthier skin.
According to two clinical studies, SCA (Cryptomphalus aspersa secretion), is beneficial for both skin layers. The one study was done with a topical application of 40% SCA to the skin. After 45 days of use, the epidermis was more hydrated and thicker, whereas the dermis showed an improvement in firmness and elasticity.
The second study was done with 40% SCA after non-ablative fractional laser. It was a split-faced trial, in which 40% SCA was applied on one half of the face. That side showed significant improvement in elasticity, wrinkles and hydration. It also had less redness, burning and dryness after the laser treatment.
ENDOCARE CONCENTRATE SERUM combines a high concentration (20% – 50%) of Growth Factor Complex called SCA (Cryptomphalus aspersa secretion), with hydrating, anti-oxidant and brightening ingredients to give your skin a wonderful boost. There is an 80% increase in Fibronectin, 50% increase in elastin fibers and 120% increase in collagen fibers.
For R150 extra we can infuse the skin with Endocare Concentrate that contains 40% SCA Growth Factors after IPL, Frax 1550, Mosaic or Dermapen Needling to enhance the effect of the treatments. To continue the benefits, you can continue this growth factor treatment at home by applying the Endocare tensage concentrate (R950 per box of 10 ampoules) at home every evening under your night cream.
Your skin is bombarded with assaults day in and day out: pollution, stress, smoke and unhealthy foods. That’s why antioxidants such as vitamin E as your skin’s own battalion.
Concentrated in the sebum and in the membranes of skin cells and the lipid-based ‘glue’ holding them together, vitamin E is helps to maintain the integrity and beauty of your complexion. By both consuming foods loaded with the nutrient and using products that contain E you’re actively protecting and nourishing your skin.
Vitamin E’s role
IT HELPS PREVENT SIGNS OF AGEING
Vitamin E fights the effects of free radical attacks by neutralising the free radicals. The process of protecting your skin depletes your stores of the vitamin quickly, though. Research has shown that even after a small amount of UV exposure, vitamin E levels in the skin drop by 50 percent. Hence the need to replenish this nutrient.
IT COMPLEMENTS YOUR SPF
Vitamin E also absorbs UVB light which is responsible for burning and ageing skin. Research shows that vitamin E together with vitamin C may increase the amount of time it takes SPF-free skin to burn, so it has a protective effect. This doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen though!
IT KEEPS SKIN HYDRATED AND CALM
Because vitamin E protects cell membranes, it indirectly helps skin stay moisturised and supple. Plus, it fights inflammation.
Both men and women require 15 mg of vitamin E per day, a quota you can easily meet by cooking with vegetable oils, snacking on almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds and wheat germ. Spinach, kale, Swiss chard and broccoli also deliver healthy doses.
Choosing vitamin E products
Vitamin E is especially beneficial in sunscreens, daily moisturisers, treatment serums and after-sun products. Check ingredient lists and choose a product with alpha-tocopherol, a potent form of the vitamin. Better yet, consult with the Lasermed team to identify which skin product you should use.
a. Solar photo-ageing (dyschromia, lentigos, hyper pigmentation, poikiloderma)
b. Skin sensitisation and vascular resultants (erythema, rosacea, couperosis, diffuse redness, flushing)
c. Dermal and epidermal structural changes (large pores, elastosis and collagen changes)
IPL photo rejuvenation gently treats all these conditions simultaneously and leads to a gradual and natural skin improvement without downtime. Face, neck, cheek, hands are the premium areas for this treatment. The number of sessions depends on the body location and will also vary from one skin type to another. On average, one treatment includes in between 3 and 5 sessions to recover a uniformly coloured complexion and a smooth skin texture. After this initial treatment, 1 or 2 maintenance and follow-up sessions might be necessary in the coming year. Your solar habits will highly influence the long-lasting results. he minimum interval to observe between two consecutive sessions is 3 weeks. However, a longer interval wouldn’t impact on the treatment efficacy.