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How do you plan to age gracefully?

In my opinion, ‘ageing gracefully’ is one of the most misconstrued phrases in our time; when I hear it, I invariably feel worried. Often, what people mean by ‘ageing gracefully’ involves a prejudice against procedures such as BTX (‘botox’) and fillers. The assumption is that should you ‘cave in’ and accept the help of aesthetic procedures, you will inevitably end …

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Why does drinking more water not improve dry skin?

I get this question in clinic a lot. “I drink lots of water, but my skin is dry – how can that be?” It’s a myth that drinking lots of water will improve skin hydration and gets rid of dry skin. The main problem in dry skin is not that you don’t drink enough water, but that you loose too …

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Alcohol and Skin – what do we know?

Does alcohol cause premature skin ageing? There are no clinical studies to confirm that alcohol causes premature skin ageing … yet. However, there is a lot of evidence to show what excessive alcohol consumption does to our skin on a cellular level and many of these cellular effects have a known connection to skin ageing, so it doesn’t look good. …

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What is the right age to start anti-ageing skincare? ​

Starting effective anti-ageing skincare at the right age is very important. However, it’s the skin age determining that, not the number of candles on your last birthday cake! On the one hand, you don’t want to start with collagen supporting active ingredients such as vitamin A derivatives too early, when there is no collagen decline happening in then skin yet. …

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HOLIDAY SUNBURN 101

Be aware that no sun cream can give you 100% protection, even one with very high SPF and if applied correctly. Nobody should rely on sun cream only, and certainly not use it as an excuse for excessive sun exposure. The first and foremost measure should always be sun avoidance (eg sit in the shade instead of direct sun etc.). Second measure …

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Stretch marks and what can be done to shrink them!

Stretch marks, or striae distensae, occur from skin ‘tearing’ from over-stretching, eg in pregnancy or in rapid growth. We distinguish striae rubra (red, fresh stretch marks) and striae alba (white or silvery, in older stretch marks). Stretch marks are essentially little scars in the skin tissue and are a very stubborn condition to treat. As with any scar, it’s likely …

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Can I improve my lips without risk of ending up looking like a duck?

When we age, our lips naturally deflate and lines often appear on and around the lips. This is a very common sign of ageing that is often underestimated. Many people focus on lines and wrinkles on the face as they age, but the lips are one of the first places to age. However, once the loss of lip volume and …

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What is a ‘Tech Face’?

Yes, there really are a few skin issues that may arise with overuse of technology. The first one that comes to mind are mimic lines between the eyebrows, as screens are in constant use (and some get smaller and smaller – think Apple watch…). Often people frown without even noticing, when concentrating on a screen, even more so if it’s …

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What are ‘cushion make-ups’ and are they safe?

Cushion make-up is essentially a liquid foundation that is immersed in a sponge and applied with an applicator pad. The user presses the applicator pad onto a sponge that is soaked with liquid foundation, and then pads or rubs the applicator pad over the skin to dispense the product. I am not a big fan of applicator assisted application of …

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Roaccutane and depression – is there a link?

The alleged connection between Isotretinoin (one of the brand names is Roaccutane, but there are other brands with the same active ingredient) and depression is controversial. While some studies report increased rates of depression (especially on high daily doses), other studies weren’t able to confirm this or even revealed reduced depression scores. Very recently a big meta-analysis (the ‘mother’ of all …