Month: April 2020

5 of the most common skincare concerns revealed

Keeping on top of your skincare routine is key to healthy, glowing skin. Yet there are times when your skin does suffer from outbreaks and issues, even with the most diligent routine in place. Skincare concerns are common and for the most part easily treated.

Let us explore the top five common skincare concerns and how to treat them…

1. Acne – there are many causes of acne, ranging from hormone imbalances to poor diet or even a general build-up of bacteria. Treat acne by cleansing your face regularly to keep it free from oily build-up. Use topical creams and don’t pick any spots.

2. Uneven skin tone – this can occur on skin that has had too much exposure to the sun, has scarring or changes in hormone levels. Keeping your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using moisturising creams will make a difference and there are plenty of products on the market to help bring back an even colour.

3. Dark circles under the eye – this might be caused by lack of sleep, a genetic pre-disposition or the colour of your skin. If you wake up with dark circles and puffy eyes, use a cold compress in the morning. Otherwise invest in skin brightening cream or some colour tone matched concealer that will disguise those circles. At Aesthetics Life, we offer a skin treatment called Sunekos which is great to diminish undereye dark circles.

4. Dry, flaky skin – sometimes dry skin can be caused by genetic factors, other times by harsh environmental climates such as excessive heat or cold. Either way, treat dry skin with an intensive moisturizing cream or visit your GP for a prescription if you don’t see an improvement with over-the-counter products.

5. Oily skin – often, oily skin in younger people is the result of hormonal changes. This can lead to build-ups that cause acne and blackheads. Use products that are specially designed to balance skin levels and be sure to exfoliate and cleanse on a daily basis.

If you have skin concerns and would like a free consultation with the medical practitioners at Aesthetics Life, then please call us on 01438 300 111. We also sell a range of skincare products, developed by skilled dermatologists, perfect for targeting concerns such as these.

Achieving the perfect skin care regime in three easy steps

As we enter week five of lockdown life, many of us are starting to get back to exercising and trying to eat healthy again. Whilst we ignore the call of the fridge, now is a great time to spend time making sure our daily skincare regime is also in place.

Step one: stimulate

The following group of products are designed to stimulate the collagen and elastin in the skin; promoting healthy, youthful-looking skin. They do this by renewing the epidermis layer, creating a significant improvement in the appearance and quality of your skin.

The products and order you should use are:

1.    Cleanse – there are many options of cleansers out there. Pick one that works for your skin. For example, tea tree oil-based cleansers work well for those with spot-prone skin.

2.    Tone – toning removes any excess residue, oil or makeup leftover after cleansing. Great to ensure clean pores.

3.    Eye creams – these are specially formulated for this specific area of the face. General face creams are too thick to stimulate the eye area.

Step two: correct

These products assist with the skin’s natural healing process. This is done by either providing support to the barrier or as anti-inflammatory ingredients.

The products to go for and their order of use are:

4.    Serum – these are applied before your moisturiser and after toning. These help correct any issues you want to concentrate on. For example to combat fine lines.

5.    Moisturiser – a moisturiser is great to keep skin hydrated and the elements away. You should use a moisturiser for day time and another thicker one at bedtime, that absorbs into the face over night.

Step three: Protect

Lastly, we want to ensure we are protecting our skin to potential damage, such as UV rays.

6.    SPF- reduces inflammation in the skin by reflecting potentially harmful ultraviolet radiation. A lot of makeup will contain this, but always make sure you apply SPF before heading outside. The sun’s rays still reach your skin on a cloudy day!

The above steps will help you to keep your skin in tip-top condition. Of course, if you would like a helping hand in defying the ageing process please call us on 01438 300111 to book in for a free consultation.

Gym face – the rise of fitness related tweakments

Here we explain why more and more health-conscious men and women are turning to facial aesthetics to make sure their face reflects the hard work they are putting into their body

 

We all know that unhealthy lifestyles, stress, sunbathing, and even spending too much time in front blue-light emitting devices (yes that’s right your mobile phone and laptop), can accelerate ageing, but did you know that some otherwise healthy habits, such as working out at the gym or going running, could also be taking their toll on your looks?

 

Exercise has untold benefits in terms of combating stress, keeping off weight, building and toning muscle and improving overall health, however, there are a few downsides that could mean when you look in the mirror, your face doesn’t match your body – namely wrinkles and acne.

 

The very reason we work out in the first place is not just for our health but also to look and feel good about ourselves, but if your gym routine and healthy lifestyle is not translating to your face, you could be one of the many men or women suffering from “gym face”.

 

Runner’s face

By far the biggest culprit is continuous high impact training which can lead to loss of volume and sagging of the skin and is often referred to as “runner’s face”. “As we age, we may be keen to lose our middle-aged spread, however, losing fat in our faces makes us look older”, says Dr Harry Singh, award winning facial aesthetician. “It’s the difference between a raisin and a grape – one is plump and smooth, the other is dried up and wrinkly. It’s the same with our faces. As we age, we lose hyaluronic acid, the molecule responsible for binding and retaining water, and, as a result, we start to wrinkle. Exercise and fat loss in the face can exacerbate the effects of this.”

 

Feeling the strain

If you are into weightlifting or doing exercise that is physically challenging, then it may be the facial expressions you pull while doing this that are causing more pronounced wrinkles. Wrinkles can be both “static” and “dynamic” in nature and it’s the “dynamic” ones that are caused by our facial movements (think smile lines, laughter lines, smoker’s lines, frown lines).“Excessively straining during gym sessions could be making your brow more furrowed”, says Dr Singh.

 

No sweat

If you are breaking a sweat during your workouts, then that can also lead to acne on both the face and body. Sweat flushes out impurities from your body but hot sweaty skin – and the towel you use to mop your brow – can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Add to this the fact that your sweat glands can become blocked, and you have the perfect recipe for acne.

So, what’s the answer?

You could just stop working out but there are far too many documented benefits of regular exercise to sacrifice that. This is one of the reasons why, in recent years, more and more men and women have been embracing facial aesthetics treatments as a way to enhance their appearance and bring their face and body in alignment.

Spotlight on men
Having aesthetic enhancements is no longer a taboo for men, or something to be embarrassed about.

“When I first started out in 2002 only around 2% of my clients were male. Now it’s closer to 20% and I’ve seen most of that rise in the last five years”, says Dr Singh. “It’s much more acceptable now for men to have ‘tweakments’ and I think social media sites like Instagram and the popularity of selfies have played a huge part.”

 

Brotox

The number of men getting Botox injections has rocketed globally, leading media outlets to coin the term “Brotox”.

 

“Men have a different anatomical structure to women”, says Dr Singh. “So, while many women want to accentuate the arch of their brow and have a completely wrinkle-free, smooth forehead, for my male patients it’s usually not the same.

“When treating men, we usually focus on maintaining masculinity while softening deep brow furrows or frown lines and crow’s feet, which can make you look more angry and tired. Men have straighter brows, so the practitioner needs to know how much product to use and where to put it to get the desired result.”

And it doesn’t just help with ‘gym face’. Botox can also be used to combat excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, another bonus for any gym-goers.

Jawline contouring

It’s not just addressing the signs of ageing that is motivating men to get a little extra help. Jawline contouring is set to be one of the biggest trends of 2020 and men are leading the way. “A chiselled or more defined jaw has always been associated with an attractive male face and dermal fillers are now being used to achieve this by helping to define and sharpen the lines of the jaw”, says Dr Singh. “This is one of the most popular procedures with men in my clinic and no amount of diet or exercise will give you that chiselled/sharp jawline unless you were born with it.”

 

Skincare

If injectables are not for you but you still want to take care of your appearance, then you may be one of the many image-conscious men contributing to the explosive growth of the male skincare market. Analyst Future Market Insights recently revealed that the market for men’s skincare products hit $10 billion (£7.45bn) at the end of 2019, with double-digit growth forecasted through to 2029. Moisturisers, facial scrubs, sunscreens, cleansers and face washes were among those generating the most sales. The demand for serums was also on the rise. “Looking after your skin, protecting it from the sun, especially if you work out outdoors, and making sure you wash and clean it after exercise can all help prevent and combat the signs of ageing and acne” says Dr Singh.

 

 

Finding a practitioner

Understanding the differences between male and female facial composition is key for injectable treatments so make sure first and foremost, that you go to a medical practitioner – a doctor, dentist or nurse who is registered with a professional body (the GMC, GDC, NMC). “Ask to see any before and after pictures or testimonials they have from male clients if there are none on their website or ask how many male patients they treat,” advises Dr Singh. “Don’t be tempted by cut price deals and offers. These are medical treatments so putting yourself in the right hands is the best thing you can do to ensure safe and natural looking results.”

If you would like to discuss what is possible for you, please call Aesthetics Life on 01438 300111 for a free consultation.

Turn that frown upside down 

While wrinkles are probably the last thing on our minds right now in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, there are more reasons than vanity to stop frowning, including boosting your mental health, as facial aesthetics expert Dr Harry Singh explains… 

 

We are all understandably worried at the moment. With so much uncertainty and fear in the air, it’s no wonder that many of us are crinkling our brows with concern. I spend much of my time correcting people’s expression lines in a bid to help them look younger and fresher, and as a result I have become somewhat of an expert in how frowning impacts us, not just physically but mentally. So, here are a few tips to help ease some of those worry lines and boost your mental wellbeing.

 

  • Try not to frown– there is a reason Botox has been scientifically shown to help depression and that is because our facial expressions and emotions are intrinsically linked and if we can’t scowl or frown so much, we feel happier. Smiling therapy is actually a thing. Even if you don’t feel like it, try sitting and smiling for a few minutes; it will change your mindset and help you feel more positive.

 

  • Relax– stress not only ages us, it also lowers our immune system, so try using relaxation techniques such as deep breathing meditation to calm your mind.

 

  • Get fresh air – take the opportunity to exercise outside once a day to get some fresh air, all the while practising social distancing, and spend time in your garden, if you have one (wearing SPF to protect your skin, of course

 

  • Take a break from news and social media – while it is good to be informed overdosing on news can make us feel overwhelmed and increase our stress and anxiety levels. Don’t obsess with keeping up with every Coronavirus news story. Try to find happiness in your daily lifts and focus on what you are grateful for. We need to focus on the positives whilst remaining healthy.

 

  • Practise self-care – drinking lots of water, getting plenty of sleep, eating a healthy diet and taking supplements (such as vitamin C, zinc, turmeric and echinacea, which are all good for our immunity) boost our general and mental health and, of course, our skin.

 

 

So, try turning that frown upside down and don’t let worry take over your face and your life. We will all have our own stories to tell once this crisis is over, but they don’t need to be etched on our foreheads, too.