Top Tips for Keeping SkinFit this Winter

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We at SkinMed know how easy it is to start the year with good intentions, and that making New Year’s Resolutions is all well and good – it’s sticking to those resolutions that can be difficult.

A common resolution is to exercise more, which is fantastic for you both physically and mentally, with many of us now hitting the gym to undo the effects of burning the candle at both ends over Christmas. It can, however, have its drawbacks, from exacerbating the symptoms of acne and rosacea, to exposing yourself to excess free radical damage.

No need to cancel your gym membership though!

This week on SkinTheKnow, we’re offering our top tips on how to make the most of the New Year’s Resolution to stay fit and healthy and still get the best from your skin…

1. If you suffer from acne, remove all makeup and cleanse your skin before you exercise. This allows your skin to breath and sweat naturally, and clears away the dead skin cells and excess oil that can lead to blocked pores – no blockage, no spot!

2. Taking your exercise session outside can also make a huge difference, as it allows your skin a greater supply of fresh oxygen, which inhibits the anaerobic acne-causing bacteria that thrive in sealed rooms with recycled air.

Aknicare Gentle Cleansing Gel calms angry, acne-prone skin, reduces oil and prevents spots from appearing

3. Because your skin loses moisture as you exercise, it’s vitally important you stay hydrated inside and out. Skin can overcompensate for this moisture loss by thickening and producing more oil, to prevent water from escaping the skin, which can then lead to spots and blackheads. Using a moisturiser that both hydrates and strengthens the skin’s barrier slows down this process, keeping your skin clear and healthy.

Hydratime and Nutritime Ceramide Boosting Creams provide ultimate hydration and contain all 9 key ceramides

4. Exercise can also cause a problem for rosacea sufferers, as strenuous aerobic activity can cause a flare-up. Make sure you’re properly prepared for the gym with a fast-acting rosacea treatment to bring down redness and irritation while short-circuiting the flushing process.

Sensicure Cream Gel has a powerful soothing and desensitising effect to prevent redness, burning and stinging sensations

5. Finally, as always, to get the best from your skin, make sure you are sticking to your skin routine, twice a day, every day. This ensures the level of key ingredients in your skin stays high, to maximise your results.

We like to think of it as retraining you skin, and if you’re a regular gym goer you’ll know that they better you do the reps, the better the results.

Of course, it’s not actually as much effort as going to the gym.

To start your journey to clear skin, visit the SkinMed website, or for advice on how to get the best results from your skin, don’t hesitate to get in touch and a member of our dedicated team would be happy to help you.

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5 Things that Cause Your Skin to Age

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Growing older is a fact of life; with every passing day, each of us grows a little bit older, and sometimes wiser too, something that is completely out of our control. But is that such a bad thing? With age comes knowledge, experience and perspective that we don’t have in our younger years, and so in my opinion, getting older is not quite the end-of-the-world crisis situation that some people make it out to be.

Having said that, how you age, and how you take care of your skin as you age, is something that you do have control over, and maintaining healthy skin should be a priority for everyone.

Here’s our list of things that can damage your skin and cause premature ageing – some of them you can avoid, some of them you can’t, and some of them, you might not want to…

1. Photoageing:

Now this is the one you’ve probably heard a hundred times before, but it is still as true now as it ever was; spending time in the sun!

Exposure to UV is one of the biggest culprits for causing your skin to age (around 90% of the signs of ageing are caused by spending too much time out in the sun without sunscreen). The reason for this is that UV damages the elastin in the skin, causing it to sag, stretch and lose its ability to snap back after stretching, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. UVA rays reach deep into the dermis, damaging collagen fibres by forming abnormal amounts of elastin and increasing metalloproteinase production. Collagen begins to malfunction and decompose; incorrectly rebuilding the skin and forming wrinkles along the way, a process which is repeated every time the skin is exposed to UVA rays.

UV Light

UVb rays are what cause sunburn, and it’s been fairly easy to protect yourself from them with most sunscreens, but it’s UVa rays that cause premature ageing and can cause skin cancer, so making sure you’re protected from both is vital for both your skin and your health.

Exposure to sunlight can also result in excess pigmentation and ‘sun-spots’ when your skin overproduces melanin, the pigment colour in your skin that you naturally produce to protect you from the sun. There are two types of pigmentation: hypopigmentation, where patches of skin become lighter in colour compared to surrounding skin due to a depletion of melanin or melanocyte levels, and hyperpigmentation, where patches of the skin become darker, which occurs when an excess of melanin forms deposits in the skin.

Both hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation are quite common and usually harmless, but studies have shown that having excess pigmentation, or uneven skin tone, can make you look up to 12 years older.

The answer is easy – and we’re not going to tell you to just stay indoors, or only go out at night! Wearing a sunscreen with a high UVa rating and SPF every day, as well as reapplying where necessary, is all you need to keep your skin protected. It’s a simple habit to get into, and once it’s a part of your daily routine, you probably won’t even think about it any more – and believe us, your skin will thank you for it.

Sunwards: Providing SPF 30 and outstanding UVa protection without irritation, Sunwards is the perfect choice for those with sensitive skin.

2. Free Radicals:

This is another cause of ageing that has been in the public spotlight a lot lately, but what exactly are free radicals, and why do they damage our skin?

Free radicals were once-healthy oxygen molecules that have now become overactive and unstable. There is a theory called the Free-Radical Theory of Ageing (FRTA) that states that organisms age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time – ever cut an apple in half and see how it turns brown? That’s the equivalent of what is happening to your skin. They are produced in various ways; from bodily functions and sun exposure as well as from high levels of toxic fumes and pollution in big cities, meaning we are all exposed to them every day. Smoking also causes free radicals meaning smokers will, therefore, develop more wrinkles than non-smokers – one puff of cigarette smoke emits 40,000 free radicals!

So what can you do about it? For a start, stopping smoking can be one of the best things you can do for your skin. If you don’t smoke though, the key to combatting free radicals is with antioxidants, such as Vitamins C and E, which you can either incorporate into your diet or use vitamin-rich products to treat your skin and keep it looking its best.

SkinVital®: our anti-ageing super serum contains 20% Vitamin C – 33% more than the leading competitor – to combat free radical ageing and damage

Orange

Keeping up a balanced, vitamin-rich diet can also be really beneficial – keep reading to find out more.

3. Collagen Production:

Collagen makes up around 75-80% of the skin’s dermis and is what makes your complexion firm, plump, and youthful, limiting the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy, slack, and crepe-like skin. If everything works as it should, our cellular collagen-making machines called fibroblasts continue to create new collagen, while your body also produces enzymes that break down the old or damaged collagen and carry it away, keeping your skin looking young and beautiful.

Unfortunately, production of this youth-preserving protein decreases as we age – roughly you start to produce 1% less collagen every year from when you’re in your 20’s, which is precisely why we say that there’s nothing wrong with starting to use anti-ageing products early on! Signs of ageing occur when the fibroblast cells that step in to repair damaged collagen fibres cannot complete their work, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.

Elephant

Elephants are very beautiful and wise creatures, but that doesn’t mean you want to have skin like one.

This is another case where you cannot turn back time; your body will continue to do its best to keep producing collagen but after a while, it can only do so much. That’s why we recommend investing in a product that will not only give your skin a collagen boost but also give your skin the tools it needs to create more collagen for itself, keeping you looking youthful.

Terproline® Contour – Offering your skin the building blocks to produce new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, to improve skin structure, appearance and tone.

4. Facial Muscle Contractions:

Some specific fine line and wrinkles, such as crows’ feet, frown lines, and furrows in your brow are caused by small, repeated muscle contractions from your facial expressions.

You may have seen in our previous article (LINK) that some so-called ‘experts’ have recommended certain facial exercises, that are meant to keep the muscles in your face strong and firm. This sounds great in theory, but the problem is that when it comes to ageing, it’s your skin that’s the giveaway, rather than what’s underneath it, and repeatedly forcing your face into weird contortions is more likely to cause excess fine lines and wrinkles, from your skin losing it ability to snap back into place after stretching.

Facial Exercises

Believe us, doing these kinds of exercises is only going to make things worse – plus, you’ll probably look really stupid when you’re doing them!

But, aside from biding these bizarre exercises goodbye, what can you do about this kind of wrinkle formation? It’s not as though you can just stop smiling, frowning, moving your eyebrows or showing any kind of emotion at all for the rest of your life – and even if you could, would you want to? A high-quality anti-wrinkle cream should be all you need to keep these fine lines and wrinkles to a minimum, but the ones to look out for are creams whose active ingredients work within the skin, rather than just on the skin’s surface, to ensure long-lasting, effective results.

Fillast® Duo Pack: specifically designed to fill wrinkles from within, increasing the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels, and increasing the skin’s capacity to bind water.

5. Diet and Nutrition:

A lot of people forget that the skin is the largest organ in the body, and therefore can be hugely affected by your diet and nutrition. You may have read our previous article about how your diet can affect things like acne and rosacea but the same can also be said for ageing your skin as well. As we’ve said earlier, Vitamins C and E are both antioxidants and can help combat sun damage and free radicals, but Vitamin A helps to maintain and repair skin tissue, and Vitamin B helps to form the basis for new skin, so keeping up a vitamin-rich diet – as well keeping up a skin routine with products specifically designed to combat the signs of ageing – can work wonders for your skin.

Synchrovit A: containing encapsulated forms of Vitamins A and E to stimulate cell renewal and promote tone and turgidity, leaving the skin looking younger and brighter

Yo-yo dieting can also have an effect on your skin; losing and gaining back large amounts of weight forces your skin to stretch and then retract, and, as skin elasticity starts to decrease with time, your skin will start to look slack and saggy. There are many other reasons why fad-dieting is not good for you, never mind for your ageing skin, but maintaining a balanced diet for your skin, as well as a healthy lifestyle and exercise routine, should also keep you at a healthy weight.

Hydration is also a vital part of keeping your skin healthy and youthful because, as we get older, our skin becomes thinner and drier. Drinking plenty of water, and investing in a rich, hydrating cream will encourage your skin to maintain high moisture levels, keeping it plump and youthful.

Balanced diet

Remember, beauty starts from within – maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle are key to keeping skin healthy and youthful

In conclusion…

When it comes to your skin ageing, there are some things you can control and some things you can’t. In our experience, the best defence is a good offence, and it’s far easier to prevent the signs of ageing from occurring in the first place, rather than trying to turn back time.

SkinMed® provide medically licensed products that are clinically proven to deliver outstanding results – to find out more about how you can keep your skin healthy and beautiful, why not give us a call on 0333 247 2474, to speak to one of our dedicated team?

Fall in Love with Your Skin Again

Valentine’s Day is almost here and it’s time we all found true love – in our skin. Your skin is the biggest organ you have, and the key to keeping your skin happy is to form a healthy, loving relationship so your skin can love you back.

This #SkinTheKnow, think of us as your personal love guru, as we give our best advice on how to get the most out of this very important relationship and start your true love skin story Valentine’s day.

Here’s our advice for a happy love life – be it with your skin, your significant other, or even just yourself:

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1: Communication is key

It sounds obvious, and it’s always the first piece of advice that a person will give you about any kind of relationship, but that’s only because it is so important. Just like when your partner is in a bad mood, whether it’s by giving you the silent treatment or something more vocal, your skin is sure to tell you when it’s unhappy – you just have to know how to listen.

After all, it’s difficult to be happy when you know your skin isn’t.

Understanding what your skin is trying to tell you, what can upset it and what it needs to be happy is the first stage to getting the best from your skin and forming a long-lasting happy relationship. Signs that something may have upset your skin could be:

– an outbreak of spots, pimples or blackheads out of the blue

– a flare-up of red, inflamed or sensitive skin, maybe even with a stinging, burning sensation

– skin that suddenly turns dry, cracked or flaky leaving it damaged and sore

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What is your skin trying to tell you?

2: Honesty is the best policy

Once you’ve got the communication side of the relationship down, it’s time to be honest with yourself about how your actions can affect your skin. While being happily in love is a game of give and take, and putting yourself first is important every once in a while, when you’re in a healthy relationship with your skin, putting your skin’s needs first is often what’s best for you as well.

Things that disagree with you on the inside tend to show themselves on your skin, so if you notice there’s a certain food, drink or activity that causes your skin to react badly, it may be time to start thinking honestly about whether its really all that good for you, or if there’s something more you could be doing to ensure you don’t harm your skin.

It’s all about being honest with yourself about what your body can and can’t take, and making healthier choices for your skin.

Rosacure contains key ingredients to help build up your skin’s tolerance to triggers, making you less susceptible to flushing episodes


Clear skin starts from within

3: Love and be loved in return

Good, healthy relationships are a two-way street, and looking after your skin shouldn’t be a chore or something done out of necessity when you’d rather be doing something else. Even if it does mean a few sacrifices – be it waking up ten minutes earlier to make sure you fully complete your skin routine or cutting back on certain foods – taking the time to do what’is best for you and your skin should feel rewarding.

When you know what your skin needs and you base your daily routine around that, you’ll give your skin the chance to love you back. in return, getting your skin into a healthier state means you can push the boat out every once in a while, and your skin won’t suffer for it the way it used to


Your journey to healthy, happy skin starts here

There you have it, three easy steps to strengthen the relationship you have with your skin and keep it healthy and happy.

Acne TripleLock® and Rosacea TripleLock® are clinically proven skin solutions, and unlike cosmetic brands, they are medically licensed in the treatment of acne and rosacea, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK) endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

To learn more about the Acne TripleLock® range, click here, to learn about the Rosacea TripleLock® range, click here.

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Do you need to be CQC registered to treat Acne and Rosacea?

Advice on whether a medical aesthetic practitioner must be CQC registered to treat acne and rosacea.

On behalf of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK

The requirement for CQC registration is based on the type of treatments/procedures offered and not the specific patient condition.

So If the treatment of the skin condition does not involve any of the following;

  1. Treatment carried out under anaesthesia or intravenously administered sedation, other than:
  • nail surgery and nail bed procedures on the foot and which are carried out using local anaesthesia.
  • surgical procedures involving curettage (scraping), cautery (burning) or cryocautery (freezing) of warts, verrucae or other skin lesions carried out using local anaesthesia.

2. Medical services provided in connection with childbirth;

3. The termination of pregnancies;

4. Cosmetic surgery, with the exception of the following:

  • the piercing of any part of the human body or tattooing
  • subcutaneous injections to enhance appearance
  • removal of hair or minor skin blemishes by application of heat using an electric current;

5. Haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis;

6. Endoscopy, other than using a device which does not have a lumen or other channel for the purpose or design of passing fluid or instruments through, or removing body tissue or fluid or any other item from, a person’s body;

7. The provision of hyperbaric therapy, being the administration of oxygen (whether or not combined with one or more other gases) to a person who is in a sealed chamber which is gradually pressurised with compressed air, where such therapy is carried out by or under the supervision or direction of a medical practitioner;

8. Intravenous, intrathecal or epidural administration of medicines or diagnostic agents;

  • the therapeutic or diagnostic use of x-rays, radiation, protons or magnetic resonance imaging;
  • invasive cardiac physiology tests

Therefore, according to the Decision Tool provided in the Care Quality Commission* (see diagram below) CQC registration is not required for the treatment of acne and rosacea unless the modality chosen includes any of the above, which is unlikely. This is based on our research and discussing with the Care Quality Commission Advisors.


*Care Quality Commission, Registration under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, Scope of registration: Independent medical practitioners working in private practice (changes from October 2013), Page 5

A practice may need to be CQC registered for other aspects of the treatments they offer, however, to reiterate, unless the treatment of acne or rosacea involves any of the above, CQC registration is not required for treating these skin conditions.

What Your Skin Is Trying to Tell You this Winter…

Why does you acne get worse in Winter?

For some, the Autumnal months are considered some of the most beautiful and scenic of the year, the landscape littered with beautiful orange and red leaves and the chance to wear your favourite snuggly jumpers that have been left in the cupboard all summer. Most of us  are reaching for the central heating thermostat or gathering a heap of logs for the fire – in short, summer’s definitely been and gone.

But the cold weather can affect more than just your clothes…

Some of you are probably thinking “Why does my skin get worse during winter?” as the drop in temperature starts to take effect. While everyone’s skin is different, there are some common causes that are usually at the root of people’s winter skin troubles, particularly those who suffer from acne.

With central heating switching on, your sebaceous glands will respond and oil production will increase. The cooler temperatures mean you’ll be wrapping up against the cold weather to keep warm, and houses nowadays are much more energy efficient than they used to be and are often hermetically sealed to keep the heat in. This means that the air indoors becomes stale much more quickly.

The result is that there is less oxygen available when you spend time indoors, but also less oxygen getting to your skin through thicker clothes when you go outside, providing a perfect breeding ground for acne bacteria to colonise your skin. Combining increased oil production with acne bacteria breeding more easily and you have a recipe for exacerbated acne symptoms and acne becoming even harder to treat.

Winter Clothing

Wrapping up in winter clothing deprives your skin of oxygen, creating an environment for acne to thriveThe solution:

So how do we get the best from our skin this winter without freezing?

For those with acne, winter can be the worse time of year; to combat this, we recommend our all-encompassing acne protocol.

Months of research and decades of skin experience has led to the creation of a revolutionary acne treatment targeting all underlying causes of acne; we call it TripleLock®.

Acne TripleLock

our all-encompassing acne solution can be found here

 

Step 1: Cleanse

Aknicare® Cleanser exfoliates and reduces bacterial levels, deeply cleaning the skin, removing debris and surface oil. If you have younger or more delicate skin, consider the Aknicare® Gentle Cleansing Gel, which calms angry skin while gently cleansing and toning with non-irritating ingredients

Step 2: Treat

Aknicare® Lotion is the main active acne-reducing solution, dramatically reducing oil production and skin thickening, controlling bacteria and inflammation to ensure spots just don’t happen.

Aknicare® Cream helps to change the skin from within to cure acne and stop spots. It has immense hydrating properties and provides an alternate moisture barrier, to reduce oil production, skin thickening and stopping new spots appearing. Aknicare® Cream also contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agents.

Synchrovit® Face is rapid acting Retinol A containing cream which helps normalise cell production and reduces the risk of blockages. Synchrovit® A/E should be used after Aknicare® Lotion and before Aknicare® Cream.

Step 3: Protect

Hydratime® and Nutritime® provide the whole range of 9 ceramides which counteracts the hormonally induced loss of lipids and oils that cause increased Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL), triggering the skin thickening process that blocks hair follicle ducts. Replenishing these is critical in controlling skin water loss.

In conclusion…

There you have it; not only understanding how winter can affect you acne but, more importantly, what to do about it!

SkinMed® provide clinically proven skin solutions, which, unlike cosmetic brands, are medically licensed in the treatment of many skin conditions and suitable for almost all skin types, with thousands of successful users across the UK and Europe.

The products were created through decades of experience, in collaboration with top dermatologists from all around Europe. Professor Tony Chu, President of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK (ARA UK), endorses and prescribes the products for his patients – you can be certain you’re in the right hands.

If you would like to find out where your local SkinMed® accredited clinic near you, all you need to do is get in touch. We have hundreds of clinics country-wide and our dedicated team will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

We are also offering free skin consultations at many of our clinics for all our loyal customers. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please let us know and we can find the nearest clinic to you offering a consultation free of charge.

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Ceramides – Understanding these Wonder Molecules

A healthy, hydrated skin with internal moisture control doesn’t need moisturisers, but for those who suffer from dry or oily skin, it is vitally important to address the rate at which water escapes from our skin, otherwise known as Trans-Epidermal Water Loss or TEWL.

Water loss is normal, but can be excessive in people with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and ichthyosis. Losing the ability to control moisture levels in the skin is often an underpinning cause for a myriad of other skin conditions, including acne and rosacea, as well as contributing to the signs of skin ageing by leaving the skin dull and lifeless. That’s why skin hydration and water control management are vital to maintaining a healthy skin environment, and should play an integral role in every skin treatment protocol.

Essentially, most skin troubles have more moisture control as a common denominator.

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The Science

Moisture

Did you know that keeping house plants ensures your skin has a fresh supply of oxygen and can help improve your skin?

The skin is made up of two key layers, the Dermis and the Epidermis. The top layer of the skin is the Epidermis, and the top layer of the Epidermis is the Stratum Corneum. Despite being incredibly thin, the Stratum Corneum acts as the skin’s main barrier, stopping chemicals we come into contact with from getting inside the body, and controlling the rate at which moisture is able to leak out.

Skin lipid structure is critical in the moisture retaining functionality of the skin. The Stratum Corneum contains three types of lipids that have different chemical compositions and functions throughout the body; cholesterol, free fatty acids, and key nine ceramides, numbered 1 to 9, which account for 40-50% of the lipids in this outermost layer.

Ceramides are important to maintaining a healthy skin environment because they assist in controlling both cellular and skin water loss. This helps to prevent dehydration, impaired cellular function and hastened cell death. Skin that can’t increase skin lipid structure usually reacts in one of two ways; in some the skin will become dry and will crack, whereas in others, oil and skin cell production increase in an attempt to slow the rate at which moisture is leaving the skin. This results in thickened, oily skin that can lead to acne, or an exacerbation of acne symptoms – yes, believe it or not, oily skin is often a consequence of a lack of skin moisture.

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Controlling TEWL is therefore vital to any skin routine that want to encourage a healthy environment; if the skin can control the rate of moisture loss, it won’t end up drying out, or over-compensating with oil and skin production. In short, it’s important to address your skin issues at the root.

The Solution

Hydratime and Nutritime

Now only £5 with any SkinMed Product Set!

The good news is that recent studies have shown that lipids can be replaced with topical preparations. Interestingly, all three lipids (ceramides, cholesterol, fatty acids) have to be replaced at a certain ratio to restore the barrier function of the skin; if the incorrect balance of lipids is applied, it actually takes longer for the skin to heal.

This is what we have created in our creams.

Hydratime® and Nutritime® contain a balanced blend of all 9 key Ceramindes, improving skin barrier functions to slow TEWL and restore a healthy environment. Unlike most moisturisers, we don’t simply smear a water-blocking layer on the surface, ignoring deficient water levels deeper in the skin. Instead we improve skin structures from within, controlling moisture in all layers of the skin, so that you can achieve the best possible results from your treatments this winter.

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