Am I dehydrated?
Am I drinking enough water, will it really affect my skin? Yes, it will, as water is the main component of cells and tissues, drinking enough water will keep the body functioning well, and boost hydration from below the skin’s surface. 2 litres a day for females and over 3 litres a day for men is generally recommended. Water alone will probably not be enough though, a good skincare routine is imperative. Book for a complimentary skincare evaluation and advice on what to use. Facials are a good way of energising the skin and bringing much needed nutrients to feed the skins surface.
Dull and lifeless skin, especially during the winter months, when we are in centrally heated offices and houses, outside the air is cold and dry is fairly common. Exfoliation is key, but do not be aggressive with your skin. Exfoliate with HSSC Exfoliating wash £30, then follow with StemCellutions Restorative Moisturiser £55, during the day always use a sunscreen, especially if you are out exercising, walking or running, HSSC Anytime Moisturiser SPF20 is a minimum requirement.
Lack of moisturiser, don’t like the feel or using them?
Not using a moisturiser, don’t like the feel of a thick cream? Be diligent, particularly if your skin is on the dry side, can really affect the health of your skin. Dry skin is compromised skin, it can lead to cracks and blemishes that can become infected. Moisturise twice daily after cleansing to protect skin your skin. HSSC Oil Free Moisturiser, is lightweight and penetrates quickly. £35
Build up of dead skin cells
Your skin naturally sheds dead cells on a regular basis to make way for fresh new skin cells. But sometimes the dead cells don’t shed as they should. Instead, they build up the surface of your skin. This can result in skin that’s dry, dull, flakey, and patchy. Older skin and oily/acne skin types can suffer the most. Use a daily exfoliating serum to rid your skin of dead cell build up. HSSC Skin Renewal contains Glycolic acid, derived from Willow bark. It dissolves the glue like substance that holds dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, also, because Glycolic is tiniest molecule of all the AHA’s, it can penetrate into the follicles and dissolve the debris that builds up in pores, helping pores to empty and shrink, this product is an all round winner, small pores, smoother skin, radiant glow! £35
Lifestyle and environomental factors play a big part in premature skin aging. Smoking is a big No No! Smoking restricts the blood supply to the facial tissues, increases oxidative stress which reduces collagen production, leading to lines and wrinkles. The smoke from the cigarettes forms a film on the skin helping to clog pores, adding to a dull complexion.
With the passage of time, ageing is inevitable, and although you can’t change that, you can be in control of your skincare routine, nutrition and health. A skincare routine that caters for your skin’s needs is vital for good skin health and keeping a youthful glow.
Be gentle with your skin
Have a good skincare routine. Cleanse twice a day, morning and evening, whatever your skin type is. Use skincare with ingredients that ae specifically targeted to your skin type. If you don’t know what to use, ask for advice at your salon or skin clinic.
Step 1. Firstly was your hands thoroughly before your cleanse your face.
Step 2. Apply a pump of your chosen cleanser all over your face, neck and chest, massage gently and then clean your teeth. This allows the cleanser to penetrate into your skin a little and let’s the active ingredients start to work. Always remove cleanser with a clean flannel, rinsed in tepid water. Water that is too hot will dry out your skin, water that is too cold will help close the pores, we want to remove as much daily debris build up as possible. Rinse your skin 4 or 5 times with the flannel, or until it feels fresh and clean.
Step 3. Dry your face with another clean dry flannel. Buff it dry gently.
Step 4. Exfoliate, to get rid of dead skin cells, and give your skin a glow. (Usally at night, but if you have time AM is fine too) Exfoliate at this stage, but only 2-3 times weekly at the most. Apply the Exfoliating Mask in a thin even layer over entire face, neck and chest area. Leave on for up to 20 minutes, depending on the directions from the manufacturer, many masks are now advised to stay on for only 2-5 minutes. To remove exfoliator, apply a small amount of tepid water to face and massage very gently. Remove with a damp facecloth, repeat, 3-4 times, and then and splash face 10 to 15 times with tepid water. Buff face dry gently.
Step 5. This is when you apply any treatment serums, it could be Hyaluronic acid for deep hydration or Vitamin C, especially important for a smoker, or a retinol at night (only use retinols at night as they make the skin more sensitive to UV rays).
Step 6. Moisturise. Even oily skin can need moisturiser. Most people have dry areas and oily areas. Think of your face as a patchwork. Only use a moisturiser where you feel dry, often this is cheeks, temples and neck. Apply about a 20 pence piece amount of moisturiser to your full face and neck and you may need more for the chest area.
Step 7. AM only, sunscreen. SPF minimum 30 in winter, SPF50 in summer time. Apply all over face and neck, back of neck and ears if they are exposed and chest and hands. The sun can be a health risk, protect yourself, wear a hat and sunglasses as well as sunscreen when you are exposed.