There are three key steps to skin health:
The skin is constantly under attack from the external environment. This includes the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The two main ones are UVA and UVB rays.
UVA is present even on a cloudy day and penetrates deep into the dermis. It is associated with causing ageing and skin cancer.
UVB is responsible for sunburn and has strong links with melanoma and basal cell carcinoma.
The best way to protect against ageing is to use a filter sunscreen which reflects both UVA and UVB rays. Most sun lotions only protect against UVB. It is important to check for ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that protect against UVA.
Skin cells are constantly regenerating and old cells are shed at the surface. As we age, this process slows down causing fine lines, wrinkles and a dull appearance to the skin.
Ways to help rejuvenate new skin cells include chemical peels, microdermabrasion and microneedling.
Chemical peel is basically like having a deep exfoliation. The use of acids and enzymes remove the dead skin cells at the surface. The chemicals then stimulate the fibroblast cells within the deeper layers to generate new cells helping rejuvenate the skin.
At present, I only offer chemical peels in my clinic. This includes enzymatic peels, radiant peel, acne peel and glow peel.