The burning issue of too much sun
When you open the curtains and the sun streams in, there’s no denying its feel good factor. And let’s face it, without the sun, none of us would actually be here. But while it supports life all over the planet, the sun is also pretty fierce. Like everything else, moderation is key when it comes to catching a few rays.
So, ten minutes to half an hour in the sun to top up your Vitamin D levels is good. Basking on a beach towel and sipping Prosecco on the patio for hours isn’t so great. It sounds relaxing and idyllic, but it’s not going to do you any favours if you want to maintain youthful-looking skin. You mightn’t notice it at first, but the damage is accumulative.
Rest assured, you’ll almost certainly regret too much sun exposure as your skin matures. And since we can’t see the ‘baked turtle’ look coming into vogue any time soon, let’s delve a little deeper into the need to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
UVA vs UVB radiation. What’s the difference?
As far as premature ageing of the skin is concerned, ultraviolet A radiation (aka UVA) is the primary culprit. Whether it comes from the sun or from blue tubes in a tanning salon, it penetrates deep into the dermis and causes wrinkles.
Ultraviolet B radiation (UVB), on the other hand, is the biggie in relation to skin cancer. It’s the one that affects the surface of your skin, damaging its DNA. UVB rays can burn unprotected skin in as little as 15 minutes, but it doesn’t actually need to burn for damage to occur.
The telltale signs of sun exposure
The scary prospect of skin cancer aside, too much sun can cause age spots and dark patchy areas of hyperpigmentation (yes, even if you’re naturally blessed in the melanin department), and – did we mention wrinkles already?
To protect your skin and stay looking fresh-faced into your 40s, 50s and far beyond, a good-quality sunscreen – like Dermatude Multi Defence SPF cream, which blocks both UVA and UVB – is one of the most sensible primer products to have in your beauty arsenal.
What if you’ve already overdone it?
If you’ve been an overenthusiastic sun worshipper at any point, you may already have signs of sun damage. Is all lost, you ask? Not entirely. You can actually stimulate your skin’s natural ability to repair itself with Dermatude metatherapy. By creating temporary microperforations in the skin, it triggers the healing process, producing fresh collagen and elastin that naturally plumps out fine lines and wrinkles, and softens and fades hyperpigmentation spots without aggressive skin bleaching.
It’s not a magical miracle cure that will make you look 16 again. But it can absolutely reduce the effects of overexposure.
You & Your Wedding’s Rachel trials the A-lift facial on Harley Street and here are the results.
I sprung out of bed knowing I had an appointment at Corium Skincare Aesthetics on Harley Street. I’ve heard that the A-lift facials are a hit with many high-profile celebs so I was keen to try it out for myself.
The tools used in the facial run nanocurrent and microcurrent waves into the skin that penetrate the cells and speed up their reproduction cycle. So, you’re left with renewed skin that’s softer, smoother and firmer.
The treatment was completely pain-free so there’s no need to worry about that (in fact, it was so relaxing that I actually nodded off!). I was also surprised that there is so downtime whatsoever – I was mooching around Oxford Street shops shortly after my treatment and no one was any the wiser.
Waking up the next day, my skin definitely looked a little better – my fine lines were slightly reduced and my eye area was clearly tighter.
Negin, the therapist, recommends that brides-to-be undergo a course of around six treatments to maximise the results. I’ll be back at the clinic next week for another skin-boosting session (and perhaps some body treatments too…). Stay tuned!
Watch the full treatment video here.
Did you know it’s National Winter Skin Relief Day on 8th January in the USA? We just found out ourselves. And while we’re not sure Britain is quite ready to dedicate a whole day to winter skin relief, here are our thoughts on the subject…
What can you do if you’re having a dry January?
Winter is the season when many of us feel like we’re turning into walking, talking snow globes. Yes, January doesn’t just bring the post festive-season blues… it also brings us the joys of dry, flaky skin. And boy, can it itch!
You might have found yourself clawing uncontrollably at your calves or rubbing your back ultra-vigorously with the bath towel trying to find relief. But even if you’re not experiencing what’s known as ‘winter itch’, you might still be wondering what makes your skin so super-ashy at this time of year.
Okay, so don’t have to be Sherlock to work out the weather has a lot to do with it. The decrease in both temperature and humidity gets the ball rolling on dry skin and really exacerbates any skin conditions you have such as psoriasis and eczema. If you lick your lips a few times in a cold wind, you’re just asking for trouble. The same goes for blowing a streaming nose on toilet paper.
And, of course, what do we do as soon as we come in from the bitter cold? Turn up the central heating and hop into a steaming hot shower – the other two big offenders in this winter offensive. What can you do to defend your skin against these skin-desiccating conditions? Here are our suggestions…
Go get yourself a humidifier
To offset the drying nature of your central heating, you need to replace the humidity in your home. You’ll be able to pick a decent one up for around £50. Okay, it’s added expense right after Christmas, but that’s about the price of a quality moisturiser – which is how we like to think of it.
Go easy on the hot showers
Oh, how good it feels to stand under that gorgeous piping-hot water and reheat your frozen bones on sub-zero days. But all that hot water strips your skin of its natural oils, especially when you couple it with soap and scrubbing. If you’re doing that daily, your skin dries out, which means it’s not acting as efficiently as it should in keeping out bacteria and infections.
Instead, have a short, lukewarm shower using a gentle moisturising shower cream and, when you step out onto the bath mat, just pat yourself till you’re almost dry – no more vigorous rubbing. Your skin is at its most vulnerable just after you’ve showered; treat it kindly. For optimum moisture retention, use a natural body butter from top to toe while your skin is still a little damp.
Go see your local therapist
Ask your therapist for some expert skin advice. If they offer Dermatude skin-needling, they’ll be able to assess your skin and create a custom blend of specialist deep-skin moisturising serums known as ‘subjectables’. They contain unique nourishing ingredients that reach the living skin cells directly via the tiny perforations created by the needling.
Our other winter workarounds for seasonally affected skin
- Moisturise before bed to help your skin recalibrate overnight.
- If you use facial wipes to clean your face, swap them out for a creamy cleanser.
- Try a heavier face cream – one with moisture-retaining hyaluronic acid and ceramides to help restore your skin’s protective barrier.
- As cosy and inviting as they look, avoid irritating fabrics like pure new wool jumpers
- Exfoliate, but don’t over-exfoliate. Once a week will suffice.
- Stock up on your creams and have one handy in every room so you’re more likely to moisturise itchy skin rather than scratch it.
- Finally, hang on in there – spring is just around the corner!
Find out more about Dermatude.
Meta Therapy is a ‘facelift alternative’ that combines skin rejuvenation, anti-aging, hydration and recovery in one unique treatment.
Standing for Medical and Esthetical Tissue Activation, Meta Therapy is 100% natural and offers visible results without the use of fillers, botox and other invasive techniques. The brand behind the Meta Therapy concept is Dermatude and they’ve also developed a range of skincare products to both complement the Meta Therapy treatment and use as stand alone products. I have the Dermatude Stem Cell Reactivator Serum and Active Hydra Booster Cream and have dipped into both on and off for a good few months now. For some reason I had assumed that as they are complementary to the professional Meta Therapy treatment that they would feel a bit ‘clinical’ to use, but they are actually quite luxurious!
Dermatude Stem Cell Reactivator Serum
The concentrated formula contains PhtyoCellTech Malus Domestica – which is a ‘liposomal preparation’ of Swiss apple stem cells – and Q10. The apple stem cell preparation stimulates the production of new skin cells and provides a firming effect while antioxidant Q10 works to reduce signs of aging. The Reactivator Serum feels like water on the skin and contains tiny micro-capsules that burst on application.
It’s unscented, so suitable for people who are irritated by fragranced skincare products. The serum can be used anytime but I mainly put on a pump or two at night under my night cream. It has an instantly quenching effect which is very, very welcome at the moment because my skin has been unbelievably dry since I had my baby three months ago. You can find out more about the Stem Cell Reactivator Serum here.
Dermatude Active Hydra Booster Cream
This rich cream is another total skin thirst quencher. Delectably thick, the cream is packed with Sodium Hyaluronate which is similar to Hyaluronic Acid but has a smaller molecule and is therefore absorbed into the skin more easily. Ideal for dehydrated skin (like mine *cough*), the rich cream contains Shea Butter and Sunflower Oil and is also fragrance free.
I reach for this cream when my skin is feeling really tight and dried out and it’s just like giving it a big glass of water. You can find out more about the Active Hydra Booster Cream on the Dermatude
For more information about Dermatude as a brand as well as their innovative Meta Therapy treatments, visit the website here
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In this era of social media sharing, it seems your face needs to be on point every minute of the day – whether you’re posting updates from your Himalayan holiday experience or snapping a no make-up selfie of your snuggled-up duvet day with the dog.
The big question is, do you really want to be flicking through the Insta filters every single time? Would you still be debating between Rise and Earlybird if that flawless fresh-faced glow was all your own?
To get that delightful dewiness in real life, we suggest you do what the celebs do: invest time and effort in caring for your skin while you still have youth on your side. It will pay off in spades as you get older, trust us! Here are a few things to think about…
What’s going on?
There’s no doubt that finding the right products for your skin is essential, so we can’t stress enough how important it is to remember that what you put on your skin sinks in.
So if your cheeks are breaking out or your forehead’s flaking, you might want to dig out your magnifying glass and Google the ingredients listed on your lotions and potions. Natural and organic products are the order of the day, and it’s worth paying a little more for a non-toxic, hypoallergenic beauty regime, is it not?
What’s going in?
Scientists have now proven beyond doubt that our stomachs act as our second brain. What goes on in our digestive system affects absolutely everything about us. So if you’re having ongoing issues with your skin, one of the first things we’d recommend you do is look at your diet.
There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to the types of food we thrive on, although no one’s health benefits from eating highly processed junk. So for starters, try to ‘eat clean’ as much as you can and tune into what your body’s telling you. It could take you a while to solve the mystery of your issue but, again, Google can be a good friend to you here.
Use your own body magic
Once you’ve got your diet and daily routine on an even keel, you might want to try another trick A-listers are using to achieve and maintain their super-photogenic skin: needling. Essentially, the therapist massages your face in small circular movements using a needling pen, which creates ultrafine perforations in the surface of your skin.
What happens next is amazing: your body’s natural healing mechanism takes over, rushing fresh collagen and elastin to the treated skin, making it firmer and more elastic, refining pores and smoothing uneven texture.
So if your skin’s settled but you’re bothered by acne scarring, patchy pigmentation or uneven skin, treat yourself to a relaxing needling treatment like Dermatude.
There’s no time like your 20s to start taking your self-care seriously. Then no matter when someone snaps a photo of you when you’re least expecting it, you’ll always have the confidence to respond with a relaxed smile. Cheese!