Get your GLOW back on

Dr Kim Prescott’s top tips for radiant skin

After a few months of exposure to central heating – or sun and icy cold reflecting off the slopes,
for those who have managed a ski trip this winter – many of us start to notice our skin looking dull and tired.
With valentine dates on the horizon, it’s time to consider ways to restore your dewy complexion.

Exfoliation

There’s no need to tell you to how to cleanse your skin, but not all of us exfoliate regularly. A fruit acid facial wash left on the skin for a few minutes in the shower, or glycolic acid overnight cream used once or twice a week can help improve the texture of your skin.

Glycolic acid helps to promote cellular turnover in the skin, aids penetration of serums, refines skin tone and texture, and – most importantly – before a big event, helps to improve light reflection essential for selfies you can be proud of.

Hydration

Adequately hydrated skin is automatically plumper and more light reflecting, and can be surprisingly hard to maintain in winter. In addition to using a humidifier, a moisturiser rich in the absorbable form of hyaluronic acid will enable the skin to retain moisture. It also has healing and anti-inflammatory properties so helps to reduce the irritation of dry skin. If your current moisturiser is not quite doing the trick, then adding a layer of hyaluronic acid before your usual moisturiser should help.

Nutrition for the Skin

With a glut of incredible products available, all with their own set of avid fans on social media, it can be difficult to make a decision about which ones are worth the investment. There are a number of ingredients to look out for when you need a skin boost, but if I had to choose, my top picks would be:

Vitamin C

A good quality product with the optimal structure, concentration and acidity for penetration to the deep layers of the skin, is crucial in skin over the age of 35. It is a potent antioxidant, helping to reverse skin damage caused by sun and pollution, and is an essential building block for making new collagen. Products which don’t penetrate as deeply can still be skin-brightening, so less advanced products are still useful in younger skin.

Niacinamide

A relative newcomer to skin care, niacinamide (vitamin B3) is another potent anti-aging ingredient, used in both nutrition and skin science. It is best known for reducing the appearance of large pores, uneven skin tone and fine lines. Clinical studies suggest it may have the potential to reduce DNA damage that leads to non-melanoma skin cancers, so is a good choice for anyone with a history of sun damage.

Peptides

Peptides are another group of ingredients that are current hot favourites in the media. These have many benefits and are key ingredients in anti-aging products. High concentrations have been
shown to stimulate collagen and elastin, the scaffold of the skin, promoting strength and elasticity, and encouraging smoother, firmer skin.

Encourage Cell Turnover

Retinol is the rock star ingredient in anti-aging skin science, and winter is definitely the best time to introduce it if you’re not already a fan. Retinol (vitamin A) slows the breakdown of collagen, and encourages thicker, firmer, more even-toned skin by encouraging cell turnover in every layer (along with a host of other benefits) so is key for maintaining youthful suppleness.

Firming and Tightening

Multiple highly effective technologies are available to help promote firming and tightening in the skin, and over the past couple of years we are seeing the rise of a plethora of SuperFacials. Every clinic has its own version– mostly combination modalities that exfoliate, tighten, plump and infuse nutrients. The best one is really the one that works for you and your budget!  At the PSMD Clinic, we have recently brought on board the Geneo 4-in-1 SuperFacial and our team are thoroughly enjoying making use of it ourselves!

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