Taking better care of oneself, in one way or the other is always near the top of the list for New Year’s resolutions. Since dermatology has always been at the heart of Persona’s holistic approach in offering med-aesthetic services, we’ve listed 10 recommendations that will help you achieve healthy and beautiful skin in 2015.
If you’re still not applying sunscreen daily, this is the time to start! Indeed now, even though it’s January! Harmful UV rays reach us even in winter and on cloudy days. One of the most important factors in skin ageing is the photo damage created by the sun. In order to prevent this damage it is essential to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. The SkinCeuticals products we sell online and at our clinic are broad-spectrum sunscreens designed for different skin types, conditions, and lifestyles in order to shield your skin from UV rays.
This is a step a lot of people skip during their skincare routine. Try exfoliating at least once a week. At Persona we have treatments such as SkinCeuticals facials and peels that will get rid of dead skin cells and exfoliate your skin nicely, reviving it and giving it a healthy glow. Depending on your skin type and condition, our aesthetician will prescribe for you a product you can use at home, to help your skin’s renewal process. The exfoliants range of SkinCeuticals products include Retexturing Activator, Retinol 0.3 and Blemish & Age Defense.
By introducing powerful antioxidants to your daily skincare regimen, you can prevent your skin from a lot of damage caused by external factors like UV-radiation, infrared radiation, polluted air and cigarette smoke. Born from decades of SkinCancer research, SkinCeuticals is the pioneer in the development of harnessing the power of antioxidants in improvement of skin’s health, establishing their name and reputation as the antioxidant authority. Revolutionary products in their range like C E Ferrulic, Phloretin CF, and their latest nighttime antioxidant Resveratrol B E, will ensure optimal protection & prevention of damage to your skin from damage.
One, sometimes easily overlooked, factor that can cause bad skin is dehydration. We need quite a lot of water to keep all our organs, including our skin, functioning optimally. As a rule a minimum of 2 liters of water a day is recommended, but factors like air conditioners, warm weather, increased physical activity, and the consumption of dehydrating beverages like coffee or alcohol, can make your water requirements a bit higher.
Studies show that the vitamins and minerals that contain antioxidants can do everything from speeding up cell turnover (to reveal healthier skin underneath) to protecting skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Foods like dark coloured berries, dark grapes, nuts and dark green vegetables are rich in powerful antioxidants. If you want to quench your thirst in an antioxidant-rich way, you can opt for Green Tea, which contains a unique antioxidant called EGCG that helps irradiate free radicals and slows down the ageing process.
Other foods with great nutritional benefits for healthy and youthful skin are: Red Bell Peppers, Pomegranates, Oranges, Avocado’s, Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Red Grapes, Nuts and Salmon.
If you want a more tailored solution for your diet, Persona’s Nutritionist can guide you in making the best choices for your individual needs.
Everyone is aware of the health risks of smoking. But apart from having a negative effect on your lungs, heart and other internal organs, smoking has a big impact on the health of your skin.
Smoking mainly makes your skin look older by damaging the collagen and elastin (the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity) and it contributes to the premature formation of wrinkles. Also, the repetitive facial expressions you make while smoking can lead to the formation of wrinkles, hence the term ‘Smokers Lines’ around your lips.
Stress affects your health and over time it can cause over-production of oil and inflammation, ultimately resulting in bad skin. Relieve stress this year by taking a walk, going to a yoga class or any activity that allows you to be worry-free. You will stay happier, your health will improve and it will be reflected on how your skin is looking. Don’t feel guilty to invest time in your well-being, plan your yoga classes, schedule your regular facials and don’t forget to include a relaxing massage with a qualified and experienced physiotherapist (available at Persona) who can address that stiff neck, that accumulated stress in your back or your tired legs and feet which block your circulation, which also plays an important role in the quality of your skin.
Apart from exercise being one of the main contributing factors to a healthy lifestyle in general, it is also key to healthy and young looking skin. Anything that promotes blood circulation also helps keeping your skin healthy and vibrant.
By increasing blood flow through exercise you help nourishing skin cells and keeping them vital. Blood flow not only provides the vital organs with the needed oxygen but also helps carry away waste products, like free radicals, from the working cells. Therefore exercise helps in cleaning your skin from the inside out.
At Persona you can find a team of qualified and experienced Physiotherapists to guide you by providing individual advice on how exercise can be easily introduced in anybody’s busy schedule.
Old makeup and outdated skincare products may be hosting bacteria that can lead to unwanted breakouts. Open your medicine cabinet or your cosmetic bag and you’ll probably find something you haven’t used in years – it’s time to say goodbye. Trust us, your skin will thank you later.
To maintain healthy skin, is particularly important when it comes to skin cancer. Since skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, it is vital to have your skin checked periodically. Dermatologists worldwide recommend visits for skin check-ups at least once a year or as soon as you notice changes in your skin.
You may plan your yearly check-ups with one of our consultant dermatologists, who are regularly in attendance at Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre.
Our dermatologists also treat acne, rosacea, broken veins, pigmentation and can remove warts, moles, and other concerning spots.