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Looking Younger...For Longer

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Vital information on keeping your skin healthy for longer

  • Moisturise: as the skin ages, it starts to lose its ability to perform one of its significant functions of keeping water in the skin and the body. This not only results in dry skin, but also in a greater water loss through the skin. Body lotions that mimic and replace the skins oils as much as possible, can help. Seaweed and algae extracts are examples of advanced moisture-holding agents that are thought to help. Our Hydratime® and Nutritime® ranges sustain, protect and re-establish the skin's barrier properties. They provide sun protection, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agents. Absorbable forms of Vitamins C and E combine to calm irritated itchy dry skin. They nourish deeply by providing the complete range of ceramides in combination with other functional ingredients which support skin lipid density. Hydration is achieved by the activity of Hyaluronic Acid and Saccharide Isomerate enhancing moisture levels.
  • FillatCollagen Support: look for ingredients that encourage collagen and GAGs production. It is important to remember that as collagen cannot be absorbed by the skin, it therefore cannot be externally applied. This is because the molecular compositions of collagen found in many facial creams are too big to fit through the pores of the skin. Coenzyme Q10, Phytessence Wakam and Cynergy TK are all ingredients that naturally stimulate collagen production. Fillast® boosts the skin materials for making new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Keeping your hyaluronic acid levels boosted, can slow wrinkle development and boost the collagen Type-III giving a younger face shape.
  • Sun Protection: it is essential to always use a sun protector to limit the damages caused by the suns UV rays. Vitamin D is an active ingredient that is formed from the sun, so we don’t suggest completely staying out of the sun. But do always use a sun protector, especially on areas that are chronically exposed to the sun. Sunwards® products are the scientific and technological answers to solar protection. They come from a thorough knowledge of the biological processes involved in cellular reaction to UV radiation and from innovative technology that can reinforce protection levels and reduce skin damage caused by both UVA and UVB radiation. As well as providing effective protection, Sunwards® products are exceptionally pleasant to use, easily spread and are rapidly absorbed without greasiness.

Syncrovit C

  • Anti-Oxidant Protection: oxidation is a process that causes much of the deterioration of the skin. Antioxidants in the skin are present to counter this effect. You can protect the skin further by using topical applications of creams and lotions containing antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemicals which can neutralise free radicals, reducing the damaging effects on fibres and cells. However, the extremely active free radical Superoxide cannot be neutralised by any antioxidant formula. It is only when it eventually converts itself to the less active hydroxyl free radical that it can be neutralised, by which time it has done significant damage. Synchrovit® C is a serum which contains Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) and Zinc. This revolutionary anti-ageing face and neck enzyme treatment stops ageing and skin damage before it starts but also remarkably stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin fibers to improve skin tone and elasticity.
  • AHA’s: the thickness of the epidermis is increased by Alpha- and Beta-Hydroxy Acids, which also helps to normalise the skin tone, improve GAG content and decrease the thickness of the dead superficial cells. AHA’s can increase the sensitivity of the skin to the sun; therefore it is recommended that you should be using a sunscreen. Low concentrations of AHA’s are thought to work best. The most commonly used AHA’s are lactic acid and glycolic acid, which can be derived from milk and fruit sugars.

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There’s a better way than the long-term antibiotic way…

Outbreaks of MRSA have brought antibiotic resistance to the forefront of our thinking. We are now so, more than ever, cautious of over consuming antibiotics for the fear of building an immunity to them.  A recent study in the United States has also found a further reason to avoid taking antibiotics as a long-term course of action against acne; you are at an increased risk, actually 3 times more likely, to have an episode of pharyngitis, sore throat and upper respiratory tract infections. The study that was co-authored by David Margolis, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania, stated that they cannot clearly state that the medications do cause the sore throats, however, past research does indicate how antibiotic use changes the balance of bacteria in the throat, which allows the infection-causing strains to multiply.

Dr. Margolis does not suggest people should avoid oral antibiotics for the treatment of their skin condition; “People always have to look at the risks and the benefits. Certainly acne can be a severe problem for people. Certainly oral antibiotics are a time-honoured therapy, and I’m not trying to tell people not to use them”.

SkinMed Microbiologists have been commenting for years that 6 months and longer courses of antibiotics for rosacea and acne can:

  • Create resistant bacteria which can be passed to sick relatives. The process leading to the increase in MRSA quite likely starts with bacteria becoming resistant to common penicillin’s, tetracycline’s and macrolides (erythromycins).
  • Mess up gut bacteria and create a dysbiotic gut (the wrong type and mix of bacteria for healthy gut function).
  • The destruction of bacteria by antibiotics can permit dormant Candida fungus (it exists in us all and is kept ‘dormant’ by chemicals released by the surrounding good gut bacteria) to grow and spread like a mat where the hyphae have little hooks, which cling onto the gut wall and make it difficult to dislodge and these hooks make the gut more porous affecting the absorption profile of foodstuffs. This can lead to a constant triggering of an immune response which in turn leads to immune fatigue, which can have a knock on effect to health, including making skin conditions flare up.
  • Metronidazole is commonly prescribed for Rosacea, for lengthy periods. Yet metronidazole is the most common antibiotic given to patients before surgery to prevent post operative infections due to gut bacteria getting into the post operative wound/stitches. Did anyone think that if someone had been on metronidazole for years, then these gut bacteria may well be resistant to it by now and hence more wound infections.

SkinMed have no antibiotic solutions to treat rosacea and acne. We do use special clinical procedures for resistant acne, late onset acne, rosacea, thread veins and complications such as scars and oily T zones. Find out more about how SkinMed can help to treat your Acne and Rosacea

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TOP TIP – Take Omega 3 Supplements to fight inflammation!
Omega Fatty acids are critical to skin health from an underlying basis of supporting the body’s health but also many sufferers of skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema and many dry skin conditions, have a fatty acid deficit in their skin, which reduces skin function, skin cell health and the ability of the skin to retain normal moisture levels.
Visit www.skinmed.com to find out more.

 

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