Q: What’s the difference between a peel and a scrub?
A peel is a chemical exfoliator whereas a scrub is a physical exfoliator with a gritty texture. Both will exfoliate the top layer, remove dead skin cells, treat excess oil and help promote cell turnover to reveal brighter, clearer skin.
If you’re looking to tackle signs of ageing you should opt for a professional peel, which is generally more powerful and can be adapted to suit your skin type. If you want a quick glow, opt for a scrub.
Always wear sun protection, minimum SPF30 after any exfoliation treatment, as your skin will be extra sensitive to UV light.
If you’re using retinol, stop at least a week before a peel treatment as it could increase the absorption of any acid that’s applied.
A popular superfood, kale is now the new trendy skin care ingredient.
It contains lutein, which helps protect against UV induced free radicals. It’s also packed with vitamins, as well as antioxidants and phytonutrients. Used regularly, it will help tighten pores, reduce dark circles and boost collagen for tighter, firmer and bouncier skin!
TRY: Nourish Kale Anti-Ageing Eye Cream, £30 (nourishskinrange.com), wish peptides to brighten dark circles and repair puffy eyes.
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This is one of the natural world’s most potent forms of vitamin C, with even more than orange!
Research shows it improves the penetration of vitamin C into the skin, meaning better absorption to fight off free radical damage. It also has folic acid and iron, so little wonder that this powerful antioxidant has been popping up in skin care. Used regularly, it will help give a natural glow.
TRY: Vida Glow Active Vitamin C Serum, £39.95, has an impressively high vitamin count, including vitamin E for extra nourishment.
If you wear a mask for more than a few hours, you might notice cracks at the side of the mouth when you take it off. As we age, tissue loss around the mouth can cause moisture build-up and this can get worse when wearing masks, causing irritation.
Take extra care of your skin on the lips and around the mouth. For very dry lips, exfoliate every few days – use a spare dry toothbrush with a dab of Vaseline and rub gently in a circular motion. Use a good lip balm every day too.
Try Avene Cicalfate Repair Cream, £7.50, which is formulated to help heal cracked skin while maintaining moisture levels.
If redness of cracks are particularly bad, see your doctor or chemist as an anti-fungal cream may help.
For a more high-tech cure, hyaluronic acid filler injections can give immediate relief as they fill in the grooves to help make the angles in the corners of the mouth much less deep. From £250.
Botox has a long and well established safety record – the injection itself is safe, but the risks lie in how it’s given. So beware of Botox parties, people offering home visits, self-injecting and going to untrained staff in unregulated salons because you can’t guarantee you’ll get the result you want. Always seek treatment from a trained professional, and never buy or use Botox from unreliable sources, such as over the internet.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR BOTOX?
While it’s is well known for wrinkle smoothing and, more recently, solving excess sweat problems, the future is looking even brighter for Botox, with other uses for the superdrug on the way. Clinical trials are currently evaluating what other cosmetic and medical
problems Botox can treat, including depression, alopecia, scarring and psoriasis symptoms.
Seen some celebs with a startled expression?
That surprised look isn’t normal, and happens when doctors over-inject.
Complications from too much Botox can include drooping eyelids, when
injections are too low on the brow, or a frozen forehead, from excess product in
the centre lines. The effects aren’t permanent, but it takes up to four months for it to
Traditionally, Botox is administered via a needle, but Juvapen is the newest way to get a jab of the wrinkle-smoother. In the shape of a pen, the instrument is a mini-motorised
syringe, which means injections are more accurate than ever before. The pen can also control the dose, so doctors can’t accidentally use too much. And because the needle is
smaller, it’s less painful, and you’re less likely to bruise, too.
Although Botox is best known as an anti-wrinkle jab, in 2015, half of
its sales were for non-cosmetic uses, including excessive sweating, where
it blocks the nerves that supply sweat glands. It’s also good for controlling
incontinence and easing migraines.
Botox has also been found, in several small trials, to relieve
back pain for up to four months in about 60% of patients.
An experienced practitioner will know how much Botox to inject, so you look natural. The
key is to use smaller amounts spread over the skin’s surface, commonly known as Babytox
or Microtox. This way, you’re relaxing muscles rather than paralysing them. Most doctors now prefer this approach, suggesting a top-up a few weeks after treatment, once they’ve seen how the initial injections are settling. This way, you’re much less likely to get a ‘frozen’ face.