10 ways to brighten your skin
Use a good quality exfoliator / oil control
Everyone should exfoliate to some degree but it’s important to tailor it to your skin type. Chemical exfoliators are best (often containing glycolic and/or other weak acids) as you can easily control the strength of the exfoliation – just leave on longer for a deeper effect. A thick acne prone oily skin will need stronger exfoliation more often.
My hero product is ZO Skin Health Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment – 2% salicylic acid to wipe down your face twice a day is a must for anyone who has skin! £44.50 for 60 pads. Go careful if you have a delicate or sensitive skin – start every other night and gradually build up.
Gentle peels will chemically exfoliate your skin. Chemical exfoliation can give a more even result that mechanical methods. It removes the stratum corneum (the top layer of dead skin) that dulls the skin and can also improve mild pigmentation to brighten your complexion.
A flat smooth sheet will always look brighter than one that is crumpled as it reflects more light. The same goes for skin – smooth out crows’ feet and frown lines and you’ll not only look fresher but brighter too!
Whilst Botox can treat specific areas where there are dynamic lines (those that appear on muscle movement), fillers will help re-contour dips and troughs that cast shadows on the face. Recreate the curves that were once much stronger and banish the shadows to brighten the face as a whole! Injectable consultations with Dr Askari and Dr Rimi at ASKINOLOGY are no obligation and free of charge.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Low grade pigmentation and sundamage can make skin look dull or even dirty! Some will not even notice that it is present until seeing a specialist or having a skin scan. ILP is similar to laser technology but uses multiple wavelengths of light and is great for treating background redness, broken veins and pigmentation.
Skin scanning consultations with therapists at ASKINOLOGY are free of charge and can even be booked online here.
Healthy skin cells reflect light and sparkle. The dead cells making up the top most layer of your skin are dull – removing these (exfoliation) will leave your skin bright and sparkling! Do this professionally with microdermabrasion.
Some things just come down to hard work! Exercise is not only great for your heart and general fitness, it is great for your skin too. Increasing blood flow to the skin delivers oxygen and other vital nutrients to the skin. Sweating will help flush out toxins and clear pores (but don’t forget to shower and cleanse well after).
If you don’t have the time or motivation to exercise regularly, facial massage will increase blood flow and lymph drainage without having to leave the comfort of your chair! Use a simple plain moisturiser – stay away from antiaging creams or serums as these may contain active ingredients that are not suitable for regular massage.
Use pigmentation targeting skin care
An uneven complexion will always look dull. See a specialist to diagnose and treat pigmentation that can be due to sun, pregnancy, hormonal treatment (including HRT and contraception) or just general ageing. Consultations with Dr Askari and Dr Rimi at ASKINOLOGY are just £50. Prescription creams can be very effective but you can also try over the counter solutions such as ZO Skin Health Brightenex 0.5% £89 for 75ml
Intelligent Expert Skin Care!
I’m always amazed at the range of products my clients use without any idea of why they are using it other than someone famous uses it or other advertising/marketing. Skin is individual and needs to be treated as such. Have a skin consultation with an expert and understand what your skin needs are and which products can fulfil them. Go for quality and quantity – too many items being chopped and changed will confuse your skin and can be counterproductive. Worse than that, you can layer too many competing or irritating ingredients resulting in dermatitis.
Consultations at ASKINOLOGY can be booked online here or by calling 02070432233.
Botox and filler consultations with Dr Askari and Dr Rimi are free of charge.
30 mins skin scanning consultations with ASKINOLOGY therapists are completely free of charge.
A £25 fully refundable booking deposit is required for all appointments. This is only retained in the event of a no show or cancellation within 24hrs.