When it comes to taking good care of your skin, regardless of its colour or type, there’s just one “recipe” and, happily, it’s not a secret.
We all know there’s no single vitamin or mineral that holds the key to good health. You need a healthy balance of several things and can’t just pop a multivitamin only when you remember and expect to see results. It’s much the same when it comes to taking good care of your skin. You’ll require several “ingredients” - factors that play a huge role in ensuring its vitality.
At Skin Renewal, we know that each ingredient is just as integral as the other and are only too happy to share the not-so-secret recipe for happy, healthy skin.
Ingredient 1: A healthy lifestyle
Your general health and that of your skin, the largest of all your body’s organs, are inextricably linked. If you’re in your poor health, your skin is going to reflect it. Thus, if it’s a truly glowing complexion that you’re after, you’re going to have to put down the bronzer and focus on creating a lifestyle that sees you following a balanced diet, remaining hydrated and getting regular exercise and good quality sleep while managing your stress levels. These all tend to work in harmony and if one is off balance it can affect the other. For example, if you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re going to feel more stressed.
Another lifestyle factor that shouldn’t be underestimated is how we manage our sun exposure. Unprotected exposure to ultraviolet light is the greatest contributor to premature ageing at “best” and a deadly melanoma at worst.
Ingredient 2: Preservation
At Skin Renewal, we’re big believers in prevention is better than cure. Rather than neglect your skin for years and then require a massive, possibly invasive intervention later, on, it’s much better to take good care of your skin from the get-go. Just a little bit of care every day - things like using the right home care products, applying sunblock every day and investing in in-office treatments - will go a long way towards ensuring a more youthful-looking skin.
At Skin Renewal, you’ll find a host of “preventative” treatments that focus on encouraging your skin to create more collagen. These deliver the best results if undertaken sooner rather than later because your collagen supply naturally dwindles with age and more collagen you have, the more you can make when what exists is stimulated.
Another way to delay or avoid more invasive treatment is to opt for injectable alternatives like dermal fillers and botulinum toxin earlier on. The former, for example, can instantly plump but also encourages the formation of your own collagen wherever it’s injected. As for botulinum toxin, it’s a great way to prevent a wrinkle from ever having to form or delaying the time for it to become entrenched, something that makes it harder to treat.
Ingredient 3: Damage control
Clearly, prevention is the way to go, but if you’re too late and are now sitting with sun damage or the results of neglect, know that all is not lost. There is still a lot we can do to minimise or erase the signs. Some of our more intensive solutions are slightly more invasive as they involve deep peels and ablative lasers, but the results they can deliver are nothing short of remarkable.
Just bear in mind that if you have a darker skin type, certain peels and laser treatments won’t be suitable as they could increase your risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). This is why it’s important you see a highly-skilled doctor such as those you’ll find at Skin Renewal. These types of treatments aren’t off the table, you just have to be careful about which ones you choose. Happily, we offer a wide selection of peels and have several “colour blind” lasers, to give you lots of options.
Ingredient 4: Homecare
Longevity-prolonging in-office treatments will always be a wonderful investment in your skin but if you really want to maximise your profits you’re going to have to do your homework. Think about it. You can’t take your body to a health retreat for a weekend of superfood smoothies then live on junk food in-between visits and expect results. You have to do your homework which involves taking good care of your skin every day using good quality products with proven active ingredients suitable for your skin type and concerns.
As there are so many products out there, many of which are badly formulated, creating an effective skincare routine can be hit or miss which is why it’s always a good idea to chat to one of our highly-qualified therapists or doctors who can help you create a regime that works. This is especially important for anyone suffering from pigmentation as you can get fantastic results with our in-office pigmentation solutions but undo them in a matter of days if you’re not using the correct products at home.
The bottom line
If you forget one ingredient, your recipe can flop, which is why it’s important to ensure you don’t. It’s much the same with skincare. There’s most definitely a “recipe” for looking after it and it’s vital that you heed all the components for the very best results.
Fortunately, this is something we can help you with at Skin Renewal so, if you’re wanting to know more about how to take the very best care of your skin, both in-office and at home, make an appointment to chat to one of our doctors or therapists. Together, we can help you put your best face forward.Read More