A glowing complexion, without Instagram filters

A glowing complexion, without Instagram filters

When it comes to aesthetic treatments, there’s a place for everything from injectables and minor non-invasive procedures to monthly maintenance, but the key is balance if you’re to maintain a look that’s natural and “fresh”.

Where does one start?

Maintaining optimal health is a great start, but we can’t turn back the hands of time with a healthy lifestyle alone. There is most definitely something to be said for keeping a healthy synergy between, what we at the Renewal Institute like to call, “the four pillars of preservation”.

What are the four pillars?

Pillar 1: The correct usage of injectables such as Botulinum, dermal fillers and threads.

These treatments address the formation of wrinkles, loss of volume and sagging skin. While wrinkles and volume loss can be reversed, prevention is better than cure.

Botulinum shows excellent results in the removal of fine lines and dynamic wrinkles; fillers allow subtle contouring of the profile and threads strengthen, lift and tighten the skin without cutting or permanent changes. Although these treatments have been around for over a decade, if they’re over-done, it can result in a frozen expression or look “plastic”. This is why moderation is key. If you make small improvements at a time, aim for continuous maintenance and don’t try to look like someone else, the result is merely the very best version of yourself. Remember, you only ever see the “bad” work, not the good. This is why it’s so important to visit an aesthetic doctor with lots of experience who can tailor your treatments to help you maintain a natural, healthy look.

Pillar 2: Addressing the condition of your skin.

Your skin should have a smooth, even texture, reduced pore size and a glowing complexion.

The ideal treatments to get the best results are chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser treatments and skin needling - or ideally a combination of all four. The aim is to boost and stimulate collagen, as the natural production of these decreases with age. The effect of these treatments are cumulative, so don’t underestimate the importance of regular treatments.

Pillar 3: Homecare and maintenance

Ensure a good home care regime. Being disciplined at home with a routine in the morning and evening will show the results. Invest in products suitable for your skin type. Your doctor would know the condition of your skin and should be able to recommend the best products. Products with active ingredients that penetrate the deeper layers of the skin are best and are typically found in medical skin care ranges.

Pillar 4: Maintaining and boosting health

A healthy lifestyle consists of a well-balanced diet, lots of water, regular exercise and enough deep, restorative sleep. It’s also vital that you manage any stress and use good quality supplements such as vitamins, minerals, omega-3, vitamin D3 and probiotics.

Together all of these factors will contribute to wellness, and when your body is healthy, it’s going to reflect on your skin.

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