1) Reduce your skin’s exposure to the sun
- Wear a hat
- Stay in the shade
- Avoid going out when the sun is at its strongest.
- Wear a good sun protector with a high SPF we recommend 50+
UV light is damaging to the skin and encourages free radicles, the main cause of prematurely aged skin.
At Cheshire Lasers we stock Heliocare sun protection,designed for the face and all skin types, protection goes up to 50+
Heliocare is available as a cream, a spray, a gel, a makeup and a fantastic moisturising foam. Why not call in and try the products.
Don’t worry ladies makeup can still be applied on top it glides on really well.
2) Use an antioxidant serum
Antioxidants are molecules that control and / or prevent free-radicals. Free-radicals are the main reason for skin damage created by sun exposure, smoking, alcohol and other environmental factors. You can prevent free radical damage by consuming more antioxidants in your diet, usually found in fruits or vegetables deep in colour. Applying an antioxidant serum can also make a big difference.
Most of these serums contain vitamin C, and some contain vitamin E.
At Cheshire Lasers we sell many antioxidant serums choose from:
- Agera Mag C for £50.50 – Great value for all ages
- Medik8 C Tetra for your 20s and 30s £36.00
- Medik8 CE Tetrafor 40s + £66.84
- Neostrata Antioxidant Defence£72
- Dermaquest C lipoic serum£70
3) Use a Retinol or Retin-A based product
Retinol is basically pure Vitamin A.
Retin-A is a chemical exfoliant used by dermatologists for many years to treat acne. Retin-A is retinoic acid, a derivative of Vitamin A. But it is so potent that it is available only on prescription.
Retinol and Retin-A work by stimulating cell growth deep in the skins basal layer increasing the skins cell turnover. It also stimulates collagen production, and exfoliates the top layers of skin to reveal, fresher younger-looking skin. It decreases wrinkles, fades and improves pigmentation as well as improving the skin’s texture and reducing spots and blemishes.
The use of Retin-A in cosmetics is prohibited because the side-effects of irritation, flaking, redness, dryness and over-sensitivity to sunlight can be severe. Scientists had to look for another, less aggressive way of effectively using Vitamin A as the active ingredient in beauty products. The result was Synthetic Retinol.
To reduce irritation a test patch is always recomended for these products, start on a low strengths and apply at night every few nights and slowly increase the frequency of use to every night. Over time you can slowly increase the strength of the retinol product you use and after a few months you should start to see some improvements. For more aged skin you may want to progress onto a prescription Retin-A product after a consultation with your doctor.
You must always use a good SPF when using retinol, as the skin can be more delicate and is sensitive to the effects of UV light.
At Cheshire Lasers our favourite retinol products are:
- Glow Renew serum 1% Retinol, Salicylic acid and Glycol acidonly £25 (with added exfoliants, the retinol is less potent)
- Retriderm 0.5% £38
- Retriderm 1% £45
Our prescription products are available only after a consultation with Dr Teri Johnson, we recommend you have used a retinol based product for at least a few months before considering this option.
4) Cleanse your skin with an exfoliating cleanser
Using an exfoliating cleanser removes the old dehydrated cells on the surface of the skin that ages the skin. These cells make your skin look dry and wrinkled. Exfoliating reduces pore size and reduces congestion in the skin.
We recommend a cleanser that contains either:
AHAsare alpha hydroxy acids sometimes referred to as fruit acids they can also be derived from nuts and milk:
glycolic acid, derived from sugar cane
lactic acid, derived from milk
mandelic acid, derived from bitter almonds
citric acid, natural found in citrus fruit but deriver from many fruit and vegtables
tartaric acid, derived from grapes
malic acid, derived from apples and pears
AHAs work by exfoliating the top layer of skin allowing newer healthier skin cells to show through. They are particularly useful in dry skin and may help to diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
Studies have shown that AHAs may also stimulate collagen production and reduce the changes caused by the sun damaging the skin.
BHAs – Usually salicylic acid ideal for acne and spot prone skin, it smooths the skin, reduces pore size reduces lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
Enzymes are effective exfoliants they are gentler than scrubs as they do not scratch or irritate the skin. The upper layer of your skin is mostly made of dead skin cells containing keratin protein. The enzymes work by specifically breaking down the keratin protein, resulting in smoother skin.
Here are a few of our popular exfoliating cleansers
- Dermaquest Daily Essential Cleanser with enzymes £28
- Dermaquest Dermaclear Cleanser with Mandelic Acid and Proteolytic Enzymes £28
- Agera Deep Cleansing Salicylic Wash great for acne and spot prone skin£27.50
- Obagi CLENZIderm Daily Care Foaming Cleanser £31.66
- NeoStrata Skin Active Exfoliating Wash with Gluconolactone and Maltobionic acid (advanced AHAs) £41
5) Hydrate your skin with a B5 serum
These lightweight and easily-absorbed hydrating serums deliver Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and Hyaluronic Acid to produce rapid and significant improvements in the general condition and feel of the skin. These serums have excellent water-retaining properties to quench your skin and provides excellent skin hydration, this is unlike the standard moisturisers most people have tried that just sit on the skin surface.
B5 serums can be used day and/or night (or whenever you want a hydration boost) non sticky/non oily and you only need to use a couple of drops under your usual moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated for longer.
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