Its coming to that time of the year we can start thinking about a winter treatment plan for our sun-kisssed skins. A lot of our clients have already begun their course of Collagen Induction Therapy treatments to enhance the Skin rejuvenation process.
Dermal Rolling or Collagen Induction Therapy procedure works by stimulating your own body’s collagen. Your body will start to naturally regenerate the skin, working below the surface in the dermis.
New skin cells are generated & blood supply is enhanced. It will only take up to 6 weeks before visible signs of regeneration are seen & the process will continue over the following months, providing you with a gradual & long lasting enhancement.
Dermal Rolling (or Skin Needling) uses fine, micro-needles to stimulate tissue regeneration. This treatment is a perfect treatment for skins which are dull, uneven, looking lifeless, pigmentation, wrinkles, post acne scarring, stretch marks.
Prior to any Collagen Induction Therapy being performed a Total Face Consultation is done with Renee to ensure your skin is 100% prepped and ready for treatment. Depending on your skin a Pigment Inhibitor will be necessary to be used 3 weeks prior to treatment to ensure the formation of new or existing pigmentation isn't enhanced
How the Procedure is performed
Your skin is double cleansed, and prepped free of make up, and natural skin oils. A topical numbing cream is applied to ensure there is no feeling and left on the skin for 45minutes to ensure it is in full effect. The treatment itself takes around 30minutes to complete, total treatment time is approximately 1.5hours.
Post Collagen Induction Therapy your skin is slightly red and feels like you've just been in the sun. Directly after your treatment a topical hydrating serum will be applied followed by a SPF 30, No make up is allowed to be worn 6 hours post treatment as the fine channels made on the skin will still be open. It is ideal to use a soft gentle cleanser for the next 48hours and avoid all active serums for 4 days as this will create sensitivity on the skin. Keep the skin hydrated and ensure the skin is protected with a SPF 30 daily.
BLUSH HOUR TALKS TO NATIONAL TRAINING DIRECTOR FOR ULTRACEUTICALS TRACEY BEEBY REGARDING SOME BAD HABITS WE SHOULD TRY TO AVOID WHEN SEEKING HEALTHY, GLOWING SKIN.
FIVE BAD HABITS THAT ARE RUINING YOUR SKIN: From binge-watching you fave trashy reality TV show (Dance Moms FTW!) while wearing a pizza-stained onesie to eating Nutella straight from the jar when no one’s watching, we all have cheeky habits we’re not (usually) proud of. And while most of our little quirks and bad habits are no biggie, when it comes to your skin there are certain behaviours you should steer clear of at all costs if you want a healthy, glowing complexion. Beware these five bad habits that could be ruining your skin:
1. Constantly touching your face
Our hands come into contact with millions of germs daily, and unless you’re regularly going through swimming pool-sized quantities of Dettol, chances are you’re transferring these germs to your face when you unconsciously touch your skin. “When we touch our face, germs may be transferred onto the skin and enter open lesions – this could risk exacerbating any acne condition,” says Tracey Beeby, skin whizz and trainer for skincare brand Ultraceuticals. And it’s not just your fingers that you need to worry about – your mobile phone’s covered in more bacteria than a toilet seat (apologies if you just threw up in your mouth a bit). Wipe your phone down regularly and put it on speaker instead of holding it up to your face when possible, and try to avoid touching your skin throughout the day – particularly around any areas where you’re experiencing break outs.
2. Skipping moisturiser
Even if your skin feels oily, that doesn’t mean it’s hydrated. “Too often an oily skin with breakouts presents with an impaired lipid barrier [that’s your skin’s outer protective layer, FYI],” says Tracey. “Using a moisturiser that mimics the skins own natural moisturising factor is essential to ensure the external lipid barrier is maintained at optimum strength. With an unhealthy barrier, the skin will have an overproduction of dead surface cells that build up and eventually may begin to clog the pores. This leads to a domino effect leading to the varying stages of acne formation.” Try using a lightweight oil-free moisturiser morning and night to keep skin healthy and hydrated.
3. Stripping your skin with harsh products
While it’s tempting to scrub your skin til it’s squeaky clean – especially when oil and pimples are making you feel gross – using harsh cleansers and annihilating your face with super strong treatments can backfire in a big way. “Harsh stripping products will lead to an impaired lipid barrier and lead into acne formation,” warns Tracey. Be gentle to your skin and look for cleansers and treatments that aren’t chock-full of alcohol and scary-sounding chemicals, and don’t exfoliate more than two or three times a week.
Another thing to beware of is benzoyl peroxide – it’s an ingredient often used in anti-acne products, and while it can be helpful if you’re battling a giant zit of doom, be aware that can be quite damaging to your skin and isn’t ideal to use in the long term. “Benzoyl peroxide is an oxidant. This means that it is creating oxidation, the opposite to an antioxidant…it can lead to further lipid oxidation within the pore making acne even worse,” warns Tracey. “It also can create irritation on the surface of the skin leading to further dead skin build up and inflammation.” If you’re on the hunt for an effective but gentle spot treatment, look for one that contains salicylic acid, mandelic acid, niacinamide (that’s vitamin B3, FYI) or clove oil.
Try: Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Spot Treatment, $39.
4. Squeezing pimples and blackheads
You’ve heard it a thousand times, but this a major no no. “Squeezing or picking at the skin can lead to the infection spreading both superficially and beneath the skin,” warns Tracey. “Beneath the skin is where our sebaceous glands [that’s our oil glands] reside and if the skin is squeezed hard it’s possible that these glands can burst and spread the infection.” Basically going to town on your face is a bad idea, and if you can’t deal with pimples and congestion and need it extracted (and I totally understand this feeling), just make sure you visit a professional skin technician – they’re trained in hygienic extraction methods.
5. Avoiding sunscreen
If you’re one of those cheeky monkeys who skip moisturiser because they’re scared it’ll cause more oiliness and breakouts, you’re probably guilty of skipping sunscreen too (even though you know it’s the most important anti-ageing product you can use). It doesn’t have to be this way my friend. “The use of sunscreen itself does not cause breakouts,” says Tracey. Just make sure you double cleanse at the end of the day to avoid blocked pores, and look for a sunscreen that’s designed specifically for your skin type – there are fantastic ones on the market now created for oily and acne-prone peeps. Try: Ultraceuticals SPF 30 range, it will wow you!!
For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).
As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out. It doesn't matter if you heat your home using oil, wood, or electricity. The skin gets dry.
Sound familiar? Read on to get top 10 tips for boosting your winter skin care regimen, so that your skin stays moist and healthy through the winter months.
1. Seek a Specialist: If you go to your local chemist, you'll be hard pressed to find a salesperson who can give you good advice. That's why going to an esthetician even once is a good investment. A Skin Esthetician can analyse your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.
2. Moisturize More: You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. You may find that a visit to your Skin Esthetician at the beginning of winter is just what you need so your skin will stay tip-top over the winter period.
3. Slather on the Sunscreen: No, sunscreen isn't just for summertime. Winter sun -- combined with snow glare -- can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they're exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.
4. Give Your Hands a Hand: The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it's harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.
Any excess product you have on your hands after doing your morning and nightly routine rub it into your hands, your hands will thank you for it.
5. Avoid Wet Gloves and Socks: Wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.
6. Hook Up the Humidifier: Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.
7. Hydrate for Your Health, Not for Your Skin: If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Drinking water helps your skin stay young looking. In fact, it's a myth. Water is good for your overall health and the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from fluids. But the average person's skin does not reflect the amount of water being drunk. It's a very common misconception."
8. Grease Up Your Feet: Yes, those minty foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine instead. (We love a yummy cocoa butter and thick socks!) And use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; (try Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi) that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper.
9. Pace the Caffeine: aviod caffeine. 1 cup of coffee strips the body of 5 cups of water....
10. Ban Superhot Baths: Sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. You're better off with just warm water, and staying in the water a shorter amount of time.
A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda, can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy. So, too, can periodically reapplying your moisturizer. If those techniques don't work, go see a Skin Esthetician.
We are offering FREE Total Skin Consults with Renee Cox from April-August to help you have the best skin during the colder months.
Call now (09) 524 5665 or email Renee@facedoctors.co.nz