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?

Why Retinol has taken the world by storm

Retinol

But what makes our Retinol so special?

Hailed by many as being a cure-all for skin problems since its introduction in the 1970’s, retinol is a synthetic derivative of Vitamin A, now common in skin care products around the world. Although it’s by no means the answer to every skin condition, it does have a proven rejuvenation effect on fine lines and wrinkles, as well as sun damage, pores, acne and general improvement to the skin’s texture.

While traditional exfoliators only work by scrubbing away the top layers of the skin, retinol works at a deeper level. It works by prompting skin surface cells to increase turn-over and die more quickly, in order to make way for new cell growth underneath, allowing new, fresh skin to come to the surface, making the skin feel overall smoother and fresher. This, combined with its ability to slow the breakdown of collagen, improves the skin’s elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

In fact, it is commonly considered to be one of the most powerful ingredients for skin rejuvenation.

It also doubles as the perfect treatment for those with mild to moderate acne – especially for those who have tried and tested various over the counter treatments will little to no effect. For many sufferers, it has proved to be the answers to all their prayers, and when you consider that one in five adults suffer from acne, and 85% of people have suffered from acne at some point in their lives, it’s clear what an impact retinol based products have had on the business of acne treatment.

Retinol works as a keratolytic treatment that dissolves dead skin layers, clearing dead skin cells, unclogging pores, and allowing other treatments to work more effectively in order to better prevent acne from forming in future. It also reduces oil production, acne-causing bacteria and inflammation, and has been proven to help to prevent the formation of acne scarring.

It’s no wonder so many people have found success from using retinol.

Why our Retinol Cream is different

Our Tebiskin® Reticap and Reticap EL creams incorporate pure, micro-encapsulated retinol in order to facilitate extended time release and deliver the retinol to work deep within the skin, providing deep, long-lasting action to counteract the signs of ageing such as wrinkles, dull complexion, and loss of firmness and elasticity.

The fact that the active ingredients are released in the skin, rather than on the skin, means that there is less surface activity, therefore, unlike some retinol creams in higher concentrations, Tebiskin® Reticap does not irritate the skin, and instead it spreads easily, is quickly absorbed and makes an excellent base for make-up.

Synergising with the pure, micro-encapsulated retinol is ethyl ascorbic acid, exerting a simultaneously beneficial anti-oxidant effect on the skin, while the acetylglucosamine enhances the retinol’s activity. The inclusion of hyaluronic acid then tones the skin, while urea delivers a smooth and silky finish.

To learn more about our latest urea cream, read our most recent article on Tebiskin® IDRA.

Tebiskin® Reticap and Reticap EL should be used once a day, providing factor 15 protection from both UVA and UVB rays to counteract the damage done by solar radiation. The combination of its active ingredients delivers a decrease in the visibility of fine lines and even deep-set wrinkles, as well as a remarkable improvement in skin tone and brightness. In fact, the results of using either Tebiskin® Reticap or Tebiskin® Reticap EL are evident just minutes after application; almost instantly the skin appears smooth and silky, and wrinkle visibility is clearly decreased.

Tebiskin® Cytocueticals are an exclusive line of functional dermo-cosmetic products designed especially for select professionals in the medical aesthetic, surgical and dermatological sector, to allow them to provide appropriate, effective and safe advice to their patients. The products have been researched and developed with precision and accuracy to achieve an evident aesthetic benefit for many skin conditions, and are the preferred choice of the renowned dermatologist, Professor Tony Chu, president of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK.

To learn more about Tebiskin® Reticap, Reticap EL, or any of our other products, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Phone: 0333 247 2474 – Email: clinical1@skinmed.co.uk

Our dedicated clinical team will be able to provide you with any information you may need, and answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Why Salicylic Acid is a must-have for those suffering from Adult Acne.

For some reason, everyone seems to think of acne as a teenaged phenomenon; a one-hit wonder that seemed to be everywhere you looked during your adolescent years, but that you grow out of when you reach adult life.

But the fact of the matter is that acne is actually a lot more common than most people think. Around one in five adults suffer from acne in the UK, and around 85% of people will experience it at some point in their lives. Those lucky enough to have their acne clear up with their teenage angst are just that  – lucky! Literally thousands of people all across the UK are not so lucky and finding a treatment that actually works can be confusing and stressful – not to mention time-consuming!

This week on #SkinTheKnow, we’ll be talking about a chemical peel specifically designed for the treatment of acne, offering you the fast-acting, effective results you want, with a supporting regime to keep your skin looking beautiful.

Acne TripleLock – All-encompassing acne solution

EnerPeel SA

Specifically designed for the treatment of acne

Introducing the EnerPeel® SA

Now, if you suffer from acne, you may have had, or thought about having, a chemical peel in the past. It’s not uncommon, with many people finding that peels give them the results they are looking for faster and more effectively than other over-the-counter treatments – unsurprising given how many so-called ‘acne treatments’ can’t actually say that they treat acne (see our previous article to learn more).

But not all peels are created equal, and EnerPeel® SA was created better than most.

Salicylic Acid is a lipophilic monohydroxybenzoic acid, a type of phenolic acid, and a beta hydroxy acid, and is probably best known for its use as a key ingredient in topical anti-acne treatments.

Willow Tree

EnerPeel® SA contains 30% Salicylic Acid but encapsulates it in a patented carrier solution, which allows the acid to be delivered deep into the skin, working more effectively than traditional peels. This carrier technology also allows us to incorporate other key ingredients, triethyl citrate and ethyl linoleate, which can be found in our Aknicare® products. The carrier system protects these ingredients from the blockage-busting salicylic acid, enabling us to send a high-strength, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients into the infected hair follicle while letting the Salicylic Acid do its job within the skin. Our Aknicare® products will then work with the EnerPeel® SA to maintain your results long-term.

Aknicare – targeting all causes and symptoms of acne for long-term relief.

The fact that the Salicylic acid is released within the skin, rather than on the skin, results in dramatically less surface trauma and skin-shedding, without compromising the rejuvenation results, meaning it will still deliver outstanding skin remodelling with very little downtime.

The Proof

Clinical studies based at five university hospitals treated patients whose resistant acne was defined as ‘unresolved’, even after using prescription medication for twelve months. These patients were prescribed a course of four EnerPeel® SA treatments, spaced two weeks apart, in conjunction with our anti-acne topical protocol; a selection of products medically proven to kill all antibiotic-resistant acne bacteria fast.

The result?

80% of those patients found a resolution to their acne from their treatment. In fact, EnerPeel® SA is the preferred choice of acne treatment of Professor Tony Chu, renowned dermatologist and president of the Acne and Rosacea Association UK.

ARA UK

The Acne and Rosacea Association UK

LINK: ARA UK – Found out how the ARA UK could help you

So there you have it; if you have been suffering from acne, and are sick of short-term solutions and cosmetic products containing nothing but false promises, you are not alone.

We at SkinMed® are dedicated to making sure that every individual has access to the correct information and skin care to suit their own individual skin needs. We understand how difficult living with a condition like acne can be, both physically and mentally, and we take our job of finding the right skin solution for you very seriously.

EnerPeel® SA, as well as the full EnerPeel® range, is available from SkinMed® accredited clinics all across the country; to find your nearest clinic or for any further information, simply give us a call on 0333 247 2474, and a member of our dedicated clinical team will be able to point you in the right direction or arrange an appointment for you.

The Secret to Glowing Holiday Skin!

Once upon a time, you’d have to go away on a long exotic holiday to get that gorgeous, healthy-looking glow that everyone is after today. But now, with the like of Instagram and SnapChat, everyone needs that glow before they go away, so they can be photo ready for snaps by the pool, on the beach, by the bar…you know, anything to make the folks back home green with envy!

This week on #SkinTheKnow, we’re giving you the inside scoop on how to get perfect summer skin before your next big trip, so that you can be ready for anything.

Introducing the EnerPeel® MA

Mandelic Acid is a slow-absorbing, gently exfoliating alpha hydroxy acid. It is originally isolated from almonds, but perfected in a lab, meaning that people with nut allergies can still benefit from treating themselves to an MA. In almonds, mandelic acid protects the nut from viruses, bacteria and fungi, a feature that can also be a great help to our skin too, keeping you free from pre-holiday ‘break-outs’. Its ability to control the hyperdilation of surface blood vessels also makes it ideal for those suffering from rosacea, and as we all know, UV can be a serious trigger for rosacea flare-ups, making EnerPeel® the perfect choice for rosacea sufferers or those prone to reddening.

Almonds

Remember, it’s the fact that it’s perfected in a lab that gives it amazing results – just rubbing almonds on your face will not do your skin any good!

Acne TripleLock® – All-encompassing acne solution, offering 85% success rates even amongst difficult to treat patients

Rosacea TripleLock® – Targeting all causes and symptoms of rosacea in just 8 weeks.

A lot of people are wary, or warn against, getting a chemical peel in summer due to fear of the effect of the sun on the freshly peeled skin, but EnerPeel® is not your average peel! Its rejuvenating effects are almost instant, delivering fresher, smoother skin with almost no downtime, meaning that with a high SPF sunscreen – which by the way, you should already be wearing every day, see our previous article for more details – you’ll be good to go and enjoy the summer sun. It’s even been called the Lunchtime Peel; that’s how little time it takes!

The beauty of EnerPeel® is that is also increases your skin’s absorbability, meaning that the SPF sunscreen you use will soak deeper into the skin for more even tanning, and the smoother texture of your skin means that your makeup will adhere so much better – and you won’t even need to wear as much because your skin will already look fab! That’s one less thing to worry about while you’re away!

Sunwards® SPF 30 Face Cream – Ultimate sun protection from but UVa and UVb rays, without irritation from chemical sun filters.

Rosacure Intensive SPF 30 – Rosacea targeting ingredients, combined with Factor 30 sun protection

Now we all know that holidays tend to be times when we let ourselves go a little and leave the diet at the airport to pick up again when you get home. And why shouldn’t you? Holidays are a time to treat yourself, live a little, and maybe have one too many cocktails at the hotel bar. The drawback is the hit that this can take on your immune system, which can often show on your face, potentially ruining your otherwise gorgeous holiday snaps. EnerPeel® MA will prevent these little holiday ‘break-outs’, keeping your skin clear and smooth, while you still get to push the boat out.

Cocktails

Disclaimer: Other side-effects caused by drinking too many cocktails cannot be prevented by having an EnerPeel before you go!

So, to sum up…

It gives you fresh, younger-looking skin, that will better absorb your sunscreen and tan more evenly.

It’s perfect for helping to control rosacea in time for your next summer holiday, and, with the right aftercare, can provide outstanding results to manage your rosacea symptoms long-term.

It prevents holiday break-outs from eating – and drinking! – too much and can be combined with an acne protocol to control acne by fighting all causes and symptoms.

The treatment lasts around ten minutes or less – a perfect little luxury to indulge in on your lunch break before your next sunny getaway.

Your skin will be cleansed, refreshed, brighter, incredibly smooth and soft to the touch, making it the ideal treatment prior to a garden party, holiday or a summers evening ‘get together’.

EnerPeel MA

Your ticket to gorgeous, glowing, summer skin

In short, it’s the perfect all-around chemical peel for summer, to give your skin that extra holiday glow, and that’s only after one treatment! A course of up to four treatments will also offer you the outstanding anti-ageing benefits of using MA, increasing collagen and elastin deposition, smoothing fine lines and tightening skin.

The EnerPeel® range is available from SkinMed® accredited clinics all across the country; to find your nearest clinic or for any further information, simply give us a call on 0333 247 2474, and a member of our dedicated clinical team will be able to point you in the right direction.

Will The Pill Affect Your Acne?

Often described as one of the greatest advances in both modern medicine and women’s liberation, the contraceptive Pill is one of the most widely used forms of birth control in the world. In 1961, women in the UK were given the ability to choose what they wanted for their bodies and their families. Since then the Pill has been prescribed to millions due to its multiple benefits such as it’s contraceptive properties, its ability to treat heavy periods, and its seemingly miraculous effect on acne. In fact, around a third of the women living in the UK aged between 16 and 49 are currently using the combined or the progesterone-only Pill.

But what about when you come off the Pill? What happens to your skin then?

This #SkinTheKnow we’re looking into how this little miracle drug – while preventing you from having little miracles of your own – may not be the best thing for you if you’re looking at ways to treat your skin.

Health

The Pill was undoubtedly one of the greatest advancements in women’s health in the last century

The Science – How does the Pill work?

Essentially the Pill works by switching off your natural ability to release hormones that cause your menstrual cycle. It does this by releasing synthetic female hormones into your bloodstream, tricking your body into believing that you’re pregnant, meaning that your ovaries don’t produce an egg that month because they think there’s a fertilised one there already.

As you’ll no doubt be aware, acne is a medical condition that causes the skin to have an inflammatory reaction to the naturally occurring hormones within the body and often worsens during times of hormonal change, such as puberty, and during your menstrual cycle. These reactions result in an excess production of sebum – oil produced by your skin – and dead skin cells caused by increased skin cell turnover. It is Androgens, a group of male hormones including testosterone, present in both men and women, that stimulate the production of sebum. A woman’s ovaries and adrenal glands produce low levels of these androgens, but higher levels can result in excess sebum, which clogs pores, forming acne spots.

Aknicare – Ideal for those who want quick relief and long-lasting results

Acne TripleLock – Our all-encompassing acne solution targeting all causes and symptoms of acne

The combined contraceptive Pill, containing oestrogen and progesterone, lowers the amounts of androgens in your body to reduce the sebum production and the development of spots, hence why the pill is prescribed to so many to help control their acne symptoms.

Sounds perfect right?

HIde

The Pill essentially just hides your acne, but won’t actually cure it…

Not quite…

Well, for starters, if you want to use the Pill to treat your acne symptoms, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re put on a combined Pill, as progesterone-only Pills will often make your acne worse. However, if your GP is prescribing the pill for you purely to clear up your spots, the combined Pill is the method they’re likely to prescribe anyway.

The problem is that the Pill doesn’t cure acne; it may take away the hormones that trigger the reaction in your skin, but that reaction would still take place if those hormones are reintroduced, i.e. when you eventually come off the Pill. It offers brilliant results but you’ll only see relief from your symptoms for as long as you’re on the Pill.

For most women, taking the Pill is not a solution that they would choose to stick with long-term, either because they wish to get pregnant, constantly taking medication every day is no longer practical, changes in relationships, possible side-effects, or any other number of reasons that come down to personal choice.

The point is, when you do eventually decide to come off the Pill, all the hormones that you haven’t been producing get switched back on, and your body ends up playing catch up trying to figure out how to function again now that the autopilot has been taken off. Often women find that as soon as they come off the Pill, the oil glands in their skin will start to over-produce sebum, seemingly to try to compensate, meaning that the acne symptoms you suffered before going on the Pill often pale in comparison to the acne you’ll get afterwards!

What’s the solution?

Don’t get us wrong, the Pill is one of the most commonly used forms of contraception for a reason, and if it’s the form you chose to take because that’s what works for you, we’re not going to tell you anything different.

But if you’re on the pill purely to control your acne, you’re only prolonging the inevitable – and possibly even making life harder for yourself in the long run.

It might sound cliché, but as far as we’re concerned, the best defence is a good offence, and a good offence means a medically licensed acne solution that is proven to treat acne in 85% of cases, not just temporarily reduce symptoms.

Acne TripleLock

The solution you’ve all been waiting for

Acne TripleLock® is a clinically proven skin solution, and unlike cosmetic brands, is medically licensed in the treatment of acne, 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

SkinMed® has a variety of product ranges to treat many skin conditions, suitable for almost all skin types.

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