The Secret to Glowing Holiday Skin!

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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 the build-up to 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.

Natural Ingredients for Healthy Ageing Skin

The skin is the largest organ and the body’s first line of defence so it’s no surprise that it’s quick to reveal the signs of ageing with thinning, sagging, wrinkles, age spots, dryness and broken blood vessels.

Fortunately, there are a few natural ingredients that can help these changes in both the upper layer (epidermis) and lower layer (dermis) causing ageing skin.

  1. Honey

Honey has been used in skin care for centuries,  the natural enzymes in honey deliver important antiseptic and moisture retaining properties — assisting ageing skin that suffers increased dryness and thinning of layers, which may lead to heightened inflammation and sensitivity.

Studies have revealed that Manuka honey has also been shown to have advanced skin properties assisting in managing minor wounds and providing symptomatic relief of dry, sensitive skin and even eczema.

  1. Liquorice
    Liquorice extract can assist in the treatment of skin redness and rosacea and especially pigmentation thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Pigmentation tends to increase in number and cluster in certain areas as we age, especially on areas that have been exposed to the sun, for example, the backs of your hands. Most people refer to these as ‘age’ or ‘liver’ spots. Liquorice root can be an effective skin care ingredient as it interrupts the enzyme that stimulates melanin production. Improve dark spots and help lighten under eye circles by eating liquorice.
  2. Green tea
    Green tea can help prevent and reverse UV damage to the skin through its high levels of antioxidant chemicals. Green tea is also a natural anti-inflammatory and skin soothing ingredient in skincare which can help to prevent collagen breakdown, one of the prime factors contributing to wrinkles and sagging of the skin.
  3. Oats
    Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, oatmeal can help treat a range of skin irritations and help to replenish and maintain the skin barrier. The skin barrier is often compromised in ageing skin due to the slowing down of cell production in the epidermis and reduction of protective sweat and oil glands.
  4. Vitamin C

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) battles some of the common signs of ageing skin by providing potent antioxidant protection against damaging free radicals. Free radicals are generated through UV light and air pollution causing the skin to age by damaging collagen and forming darks spots. Vitamin C aids in collagen synthesis targeting sagging and dullness in the skin, this is essential for boosting firmness and smoothness. Vitamin C’s antioxidant power can also help to lighten dark spots while decreasing inflammation and irritation. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the health of the skin as it works on improving the appearance of wrinkles and skin texture.

Alongside these natural ingredients SkinMed recommend Synchrovit® C to slow down skin damage, ageing of skin, improve elasticity and firmness, resist the formation of age spots, plaques and thread veins and reduce flushing episodes. Antioxidant formulas alone only neutralise 20% of free radicals, whether it is vitamin C, CE ferulic combinations, alpha lipoic acid or whichever. SkinMed combine vitamin C (10% ascorbic acid) and super oxide dismutase (SOD), an enzyme that forces superoxide to immediately convert to a weaker free radical that vitamin C can neutralise. Both SOD and ascorbic acids are boosted by adding in Zinc to the serum.

We also recommend Synchrovit® A/E, a rapid acting Retinol A cream containing encapsulated forms of Vitamin A (Retinol) and Vitamin E (Tocopherol), for use around the eyes, lips, face and neck. Synchrovit® also contains ingredients which improves skin tone and increases the skin’s ability to hold water. Vitamin A and vitamin E improve the appearance of wrinkles as they inhibit the formation of free radicals and stimulate cellular renewal, leaving the skin younger looking and brighter and promotes tone and turgidity on the skin of the face and neck.