top tips beautiful skinWant a younger-looking, healthy, glowing complexion. Give our top tips a try and see what a difference they make…

Remember you are sweet enough

Eating sugar doesn’t just pile on the pounds and leave you vulnerable to all sorts of health nasties, it also wreaks havoc with your skin. It causes a nasty little process called glycation – which damages collagen and elastin and adds years to your looks. Sugar is actually the biggest skin ager after smoking and overdoing the sun exposure.

Protect, protect, protect

The sun causes structural damage to your skin and pigmentation problems. It is one of the main causes of skin ageing. So if you are not already using sunscreen as part of your daily beauty regime, we have only one thing to ask – WHY NOT?

Unless you actually want wrinkles, start using a good sunscreen every day – yes, even in the winter.

Choose a good sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection, and go for a sun protection factor of 30 at the very least.

We recommend Glo Oil Free SPF 40+, which we stock in our clinics. Read more about Glo…

Out with the old

Old skin cells that is… A good exfoliating scrub to buff away dead skin cells will leave your skin looking refreshed and will encourage faster cell turnover, meaning younger, fresher-looking skin. For best results choose a scrub with fine grains and buff away dead cells every few days.

We recommend ZO Offects Exfoliating Polish, which is available from our clinics. Read more about ZO…

Peel back the years

If your skin needs a bit more than a twice-a-week scrub, consider a peel. Peels work on a much deeper level, getting rid of more surface cells. Peels can make a big difference to the quality of the skin and can reduce lines and wrinkles. Peels come in different strengths. The strongest medical-grade peels, which are available at Medcare, can leave skin looking much younger.

Do you eat in colour?

Just adding some bright colours to your daily food intake can work wonders on your skin. Colourful foods are often high in vitamins and anti-oxidants. Try blueberries and other richly-coloured berries to fend off free radicals – and avoid age spots and fine lines. To reduce the chance of UV damage, eat carrots, for their beta-carotene, and tomatoes, for their lycopene. And, don’t forget dark green is a colour, too. For an overall youthful glow, you cannot beat Popeye’s favourite -spinach.

If you are still not getting enough vitamins, a supplement could be a good idea. The most important vitamins for your skin are A – cellular turnover, B – hydration, C – protection from sun and repair, E – calming and soothing and K – reduce dark circles and scars

Make the A-grade

Vitamin A derivatives, in the form of retinoids improve skin texture, diminish wrinkles and treat hyperpigmentation. And, research suggests they have the power to stop photoaging in its tracks by blocking the rise of collagenes (which breaks down collagen) after UV exposure. And regular use increases the amount of new collagen formed. What’s not to love!

We recommend ZO Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair, a doctor-only product available from our clinics. Read more about ZO…

Kick butts

We’re not going to tell you why smoking is bad for you – as you already know that. And, if you are a smoker, you already know what it does to your skin. If you’re not a smoker, be aware of secondhand smoke as it can break down collagen, damage DNA and constrict blood vessels, leaving skin dull and aged.

For more help with any skin issues, or to find out how best to improve the quality and tone of your skin, book a free consultation with one of our skin regeneration specialists.