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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 …

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Collagen supplements – do they really work?

Following a discussion on Twitter, I wanted to talk about the mechanism of action of collagen supplements. The Twitter comment was along the lines of collagen being digested in our intestines anyway, so skin benefits not possible, as the collagen molecule from your supplement would never reach the skin. This is a very common misconception and something that I also …

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The ins and outs of correct cleansing – what to do and what not to do!

How to choose the correct cleanser I can’t stress strongly enough how important the role of cleansing is in our daily skincare regime. Cleansing removes dirt, make-up, excess oil and dead skin cells and helps control the bacterial load on your skin’s surface. However, it’s vital to use the appropriate cleanser for your skin type. If you have dry skin, …

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Why cosmetic surgery procedures have fallen by 40% in the UK!

Statics show that cosmetic surgery procedures have fallen by a staggering 40% in the UK. I think one of the main reasons for this dramatic fall is he fact that NON-surgical aesthetic treatments have improved so much over the past few years. We can now often achieve near-surgical results without a knife in sight! As we age, our face deflates …