When it comes to skin wellness, everyone has an opinion about what is right or wrong. But whatever your thoughts, I am sure we all agree that we all want to look the best that we can. For some people, this might be putting on some sunscreen, whereas for others, looking their best skin health goes a lot deeper. Women often spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on creams and treatments that often have little effect on skin wellness. So let’s break down some of the mystery and discuss what you can do.
Skin health is central to vitality and skin youthfulness. It doesn’t matter whether you believe in medical intervention or not, you cannot deny that your skin is an organ. In fact it is the largest organ that we have, and we need to look after it to keep it healthy, looking supple and radiant. I truly believe that we should eat well, include lots of healthy fruits and vegetables, and look for fresh in-season food whenever possible. However this is not always enough. In the hierarchy of importance, our brain, heart and liver are critical to life, and our body knows that. So are our kidneys, lungs and so on. Without these our body will cease to function at all. Why is this important? It is important because when our body is distributing nutrients that we eat, these organs will take precedence over our skin, leaving our skin with the remnants of nutrients from our diet. This is why our skin will often be the first to show the world that we are run down or are not feeling on top of the world.
To start any skin health journey, I recommend that my clients implement a skin care regime that includes vitamin rich ingredients. Vitamin C is perfect in the morning, as it is an antioxidant and vital for your skin to make collagen. Adding Vitamin B and a moisturizer containing resveratrol are perfect at improving hydration and adding protective qualities to the skin. At nighttime, Vitamin A or retinol have long been considered the gold standard in skincare. They work to up-regulate skin cell cycle, thereby improving radiance and skin glow.
As we get older, our skin starts to slow down in a few ways. The skin on the surface does not turn over so quickly, leaving our skin looking dull (hello Vitamin A!). Internally, the amount of collagen decreases by about 1% each year after the age of 25 – gulp! This means that as the skin becomes thinner, it’s elasticity decreases too. Alongside this, our natural levels of hyaluronic acid decrease leading to skin draping we never had. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar in the skin that helps to retain hydration and moisture. So as the levels decrease, the skin begins to develop folds, become dehydrated and less radiant over time.
Hence increasing collagen and hyaluronic acid levels will help to improve skin elasticity and radiance. Treatments which influence collagen production, whilst infusing hydration, are perfect to combat these changes. A well-proven treatment is Micro-needling, which has dozens of scientific studies to substantiate the results. Micro-needling stimulates collagen production by creating a controlled injury to the inner layer of the skin, such that repair with collagen is induced. During this same treatment, a nifty addition is to infuse medical-grade hyaluronic serum into the skin. This treatment is so supportive of skin function and strength. And best of all, the results continue to shine through months after a single treatment.
Finally let’s talk about cosmetic injections. I know, I know. You either love them or are opposed. And this is okay. In my opinion, cosmetic injections are there to simply enhance your features, not to change them. By softening lines, I am not trying to wipe out expression, your years of experience or who you are. Instead I am trying to give the skin a chance to replicate without being stretched and stressed. It is just a bonus that by relaxing the muscle movement, you inadvertently look more relaxed too. When it comes to dermal fillers, I am trying to support the skin by replacing lost volume so that the skin is again given structure. In addition to this, the hydration levels in the skin instantly increase, so that cellular communication is improved too. There is obviously the benefit of curves returning to areas where they were lost, and volume being restored once again.
Whatever your feelings are about skin wellness, it is important to remember that it is more than a superficial improvement. Skin structure is restored and supported, hydration levels increase, and your skin health will improve. And let’s face it, if you have a healthy glow, your mood, motivation and outward energy will shine too.
Thanks for reading!