With the skincare industry evolving so rapidly it can be hard for consumers to keep track. At Clinic 42, we see skincare going hand in hand with cosmetic medicine, as part of overall skin and holistic health. Your skin looking and acting more youthful is one of our top priorities, and is a perfect complement to what we do on a deeper level with injectable and energy-based treatments.
The world of skincare has progressed a long way since the days of heavy, occlusive moisturisers, that sat on the surface of the skin, creating congestion and exacerbating skin issues in some individuals. But understanding the difference between serums, cleansers, toners and hydrators, then trying to guess what is best for your skin can be a complete minefield. Likewise, understanding what ‘active ingredients’ are, and the optimal concentrations and combinations in different products. Don’t be fooled, stronger is not always better.
In recent years we have seen the rise of serums as part of the twice-daily skincare routine. This is because serums are readily absorbed and able to deliver a more concentrated dose of product to target specific skin conditions. Rosacea, acne, dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, redness, pigmentation and congestion are some of the common skin complaints encountered in our practice, for which we offer individualised skincare regimens.
There has been significant evolution in the last 5-10 years in ‘delivery systems’ – that is, how the product penetrates from the surface of the skin where it is applied, through the multiple layers of skin cells to get to the deeper layers where the cells form. When we consider aligning with a particular product range at Clinic 42, one of our particular interests is the active ingredients in a product, and whether the crucial molecules are small enough to penetrate the epidermis and reach the deeper skin receptors. It is here that some products stimulate dermal cellular function, thereby increasing the natural production of collagen and elastin — the core building blocks of healthy skin. What can seem counterintuitive, is that often we want to be increasing cell turnover, to expose more rosy, youthful, healthy skin.
As experts, our team of doctors at Clinic 42 are constantly assessing the latest technological advances in skin health science — we put the research in, so you don’t have to. This time spent reviewing clinical data, researching and trialling skincare means we can hand pick the very best products from a wide range of brands. We only stock products we would be happy to use on ourselves — and do! Sometimes our patients are disappointed when we no longer carry their favourite product. Our aim is to supply the very best skincare available. So, when a product comes along that we believe has a higher efficacy we want to be able to offer that to our patients. We’re not brand loyal, we’re results loyal.
If you would like some advice on your current skincare regime, and how you may be able to maximise it, please call Clinic 42 to arrange a 30-minute complimentary consultation with our skin therapist. Alternatively, call and book with one of our cosmetic physicians, who will be happy to discuss the best skin health approach for you. And, if you find your bathroom drawers are oozing at the seams with half used products and empty promises, it can be useful to bring them in to your appointment, so we may be able to include them in a more refined regimen!