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Last week our Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Sharon Crichlow, was away at the Annual Meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) on the sunny banks of the River Mersey, Liverpool. The annual BAD meeting allows dermatologists from all over the UK to continue their learning, discuss hot topics and listen to key-note lecturers on topics such as ‘cosmetics 2019-what’s hot, what’s not’, ‘hyperhidrosis’ and ‘the management of acne scarring in 2019’.

At the Clinic, the entire team prioritise continuous learning so that they can bring the latest research and findings to their patients and they understand the importance of keeping abreast of the ever-evolving field of dermatology and aesthetic medicine. Here’s what Dr Crichlow had to say about her 3-day trip:

“I’ve just returned from the 99th annual meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists which was held at the ACC in the gorgeous Albert Docks area of Liverpool. In between learning about the story of the Beatles and sampling the local cuisine, I did find some time to attend several meetings- they were outstanding! My brain is sizzling after 3 days of talks- I’ve learnt more about the science of skin ageing, alternative treatments for melasma, hair loss, acne scarring, nail infections and miscellaneous skin diseases. I was also part of the judging panel for posters submitted to the meeting highlighting recent studies and case reports that influence how we manage dermatological conditions. Medicine is an ever- advancing science and staying up to date means that I can be sure that I am offering you the very best service. I look forward to sharing these new ideas with you.”

Dr Crichlow graduated from the University of the West Indies with a medical degree in 1998 and completed her Specialist Dermatology training in 2008 in Leicester. She has been a highly valued member of The Skin to Love Clinic medical and aesthetic team since 2013 and is popular with patients because of her thorough and caring manner. Learn more about Dr Crichlow here.

If you would like to see a private dermatologist in Hertfordshire, please contact our St. Albans skin clinic for availability.

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The Skin to Love Clinic by User_cariad - 2w ago

If enlarged pores are the bane of your skin care regime then read on!

Pores are tiny holes in the skin and there are two types.  One releases sebum, the body’s natural oil the other releases sweat. It is the former, the oil-producing pore that can become enlarged and that causes the most concern for the Skin to Love Clinic’s patients.  We are often asked if there is a way to make enlarged pores simply go away.  Sadly, if you are prone to large pores we can’t get rid of them. But the good news is that they can be reduced in appearance and made less visible.

The root cause of an enlarged pore – can we blame our genes?

Before we look at the treatments that we use here at our St Albans Clinic to tackle enlarged pores we thought we would look at the root causes and why some people are more susceptible.  Like so many skin issues we can blame both our hormones and our genes. If you have inherited oily skin this indicates that you are producing an excessive amount of sebum which can be a major culprit. If oil collects in the pore combined with dirt or makeup this can stretch the pore-making it look far bigger than it really is. Other factors such as the skin around the pore becoming less elastic or supply can give the appearance of an enlarged pore or an enlarged hair follicle can cause clogging which again gives rise to larger pores.

Cleanse and moisturise – absolutely!

Treatment options at the Skin to Love Clinic

To minimise the appearance of pores we advocate a Clear + Brilliant treatment, this gentle fractional laser not only reduces the size of pores but also promotes a smoother softer skin texture and a more radiant skin tone.  This treatment can be easily incorporated into your everyday skincare regime and can be safely used by patients in their 20s and 30s and beyond.  We’re very lucky here at the Clinic as Jane Lewis is the trainer to other practitioners using this laser in the UK and Europe. So, be assured you will be in very safe hands if you choose this treatment route. Added to that in 2012 Clear + Brilliant was announced as the ‘gold standard’ treatment for pore refining at the annual American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery conference. What’s not to like!

But don’t just listen to us here’s what some of our clients have said about their experience of Clear + Brilliant

“I love visiting the Clinic and am very impressed by the changes I have seen in my skin since I started regular treatments a year ago. My pores have dramatically reduced” Cheryl

“I made an appointment hoping to improve my oiliness and enlarged pores; I have been very pleased with Jane’s help and advice and even after a week I could see improvement.” Mary

If enlarged pores are a concern and you would like to have a chat with one of the team then please call the clinic to book an appointment on 01727 837429 or click here to message us online.

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These are some of the frequent questions about milia we are asked at the Skin to Love Clinic in St Albans, so, we thought it was time we discussed these irritating skin bumps. And no, do not be tempted to pop them!

What are Milia?

Milia are small bump-like cysts, around 1–2 mm in size, which form just under the skin, they are white and yellowish in appearance often referred to as milk spots and commonly appear on new-born babies. Unfortunately, they can affect anyone at any time in their life. They are mainly found around the eye, cheeks and forehead but can appear anywhere on the body.

What causes them?

So, what are they and what causes them?  Milia are usually caused when there is a build-up of dead skin flakes or keratin, a protein, which becomes trapped in the pores near the surface of the skin. If this is not expelled naturally it can form a small cyst or primary milia.  Lifestyle, lack of sleep, sun damage and smoking can also result in the appearance of secondary milia which occurs when the sweat ducts are blocked.

Is there any treatment?

Fortunately, milia carry few risks and may disappear naturally, however, this is usually unlikely and tend to need a professional to remove them. If, however, they are causing concerns there are several treatment options.  As with most things, prevention is key; ensure that the area affected is cleansed thoroughly daily and we also suggest gentle exfoliation.

Our key advice is, do not be tempted to squeeze! Squeezing may lead to infection and scarring. Instead try out a glycolic peel, which uses enzymes to exfoliate and refresh the skin and is ideal for treating the uppermost layer of the skin to reveal healthy new skin cells.  Do also take a look at our June offers as a course of 12 glycolic peels with an exclusive peptide-intensive Skin to Love Moisturising Rich Cleanser,  Anti-ageing Serum and Eye Cream to use at home may just be the treatment needed. You may also like to use a retinol product at home to maintain a regular skin cell turn over so that your skin doesn’t get blockages which can contribute to skin concerns such as milia; it is also a fabulous product for helping signs of ageing, such as fine lines, as well as helping to control breakouts. Retinol is a powerful product so if you are using it around your eyes, make sure you buy one that is specifically designed for this delicate area. Nurse Jane gives you the low-down on retinol, also known as vitamin A, in this quick 5-minute read.

The great news is that both glycolic peels, glycolic washes and retinol will not only help with milia they will also help to maintain and improve your skin for a smooth, glowing complexion!  If milia are particularly stubborn then they can be removed by a small incision undertaken by a medical practitioner.

As always, if you would like to have a chat with one of the team about your skin concerns then please call the clinic to book an appointment on 01727 837429 or click here to message us online.

This blog does not replace the guidance of a skincare or medical professional who may give you specific advice for you as an individual. Please seek professional advice before having a treatment or using a cosmeceutical.

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The Skin to Love Clinic by The Skin To Love Clinic - 1M ago

Laser hair removal is a hot topic of conversation at The Skin to Love Clinic at the moment (something to do with our super laser hair removal treatment upgrade offer this month?), so we checked in with The Skin to Love Clinics Manager, Kerri, to get the answers to the questions most frequently asked by new patients who want to have Soprano Ice laser hair removal to treat their unwanted hair.

What is Soprano Ice?

It’s a diode laser which treats unwanted, excess hair and has multiple clinical papers which demonstrates its effectiveness. This is our laser of choice for our patients due to its safety profile, effective results and the fact that we can treat all skin colours with it.

Does Soprano Ice laser hurt?

The feedback from our patients is that this treatment is extremely tolerable; I’ve had also had this treatment and agree with the feedback! For most patients there is mild discomfort in the treatment area which feels like a warm ‘ping’ with an elastic band. One of the lovely things about this particular laser is the in-built cooling treatment tip which makes the treatment much more comfortable than some other hair removal devices (I can also relate to this feedback from previously trying the Alexandrite laser myself before the Soprano Ice).

Is Soprano Ice hair removal permanent?

There really is no such thing as permanent laser hair removal, no matter which laser, clinic or practitioner you choose. All types of laser hair removal should be thought of as long-term hair removal rather than permanent. The reason for this is that this treatment is not an exact science; the aim is to destroy the hair follicles over the course of your treatment however some may be damaged rather than destroyed and therefore it’s possible that hair may regrow at some point. In my experience with patients and having had the treatment myself, results can last for years and years. Patients can have maintenance treatments if they notice any regrowth.

Will all my hair go?

From the experience of thousands of patients with a variety of different hair removal lasers, we suggest that the average person can expect approximately a 10 to 15 per cent reduction in hair per session. As with all treatments, some patients may respond more quickly and/or achieve better results than others. If you have any very fair or white hair they will remain as the laser targets the pigment in your hairs.

Is laser hair removal safe?

Yes, the Soprano Ice laser has a good safety profile. The most common side effects are mild discomfort and pinkness in the treatment site which are usually short-lived. As with all treatments, there are always going to be possible risks and side effects and these can be more likely in inexperienced hands; on this note, inexperienced practitioners can sometimes ‘undertreat’ you also if they are not confident or nervous about possible side effects and this can impact your results. At The Skin to Love Clinic our experienced medical staff always consult with you prior to starting treatment and set your treatment energies so that we always treat you at the highest possible treatment level that’s safe for your skin type; my advice would be to make sure that the clinic or practitioner you choose to look after you has a wealth of experience to ensure you have the best chance of successful results whilst being in safe hands .

Does Soprano Ice work on dark skin?

Yes. We safely and effectively treat all skin colours with the Soprano Ice. Our experienced medical staff set your treatment energies so that they are safe and effective for your skin colour.

If you would like to know more about the Soprano Ice laser hair removal treatment, please don’t hesitate to read more on our website or to contact our laser hair removal clinic on 01727837429; we’ll be able to arrange your hair removal consultation with one of our experienced medical teams.

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When we talk about mental health so often the focus is on the stress we feel in the workplace or in our relationships but often missed is the effect that mental health can have on our skin; as the body’s largest organ it’s bound to be affected by our mental wellbeing.  At the Skin to Love Clinic we’re really pleased that this year the focus for Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), is body image.

Mark Rowland the CEO of The Mental Health Foundation, the charity behind Mental Health Awareness Week announced that they will be releasing findings that will bring together the latest research on body image giving a clear picture of how people of all ages in the UK feel about their bodies. Importantly it will highlight the increased risk of mental health problems that are linked with poor body image.  The team at Skin to Love really understands the psychological impact of feeling good about yourself and we are passionate about helping people feel positive about their skin and are proud to be able to make a difference to people by providing tangible, often life-changing treatments and results.

How does mental wellbeing affect your skin?

So, just how does our mental health play a part in our skin’s wellbeing? When we experience stress, the body releases a natural hormone called cortisol, this does a great job helping the body deal with the pressure. But, if the body experiences continued high levels of stress it will produce higher levels of cortisol which can have an incredibly negative effect on your skin, added to which it hampers the skin’s ability to produce hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural moisturiser and hardens the collagen fibres.   We all know that when we are overtired and anxious, we don’t look or feel our best, and when we look in the mirror the word ‘worn out’ comes to mind. And we’re not imagining it, our skin literally is wearing out and this is all to do with the length of our telomeres, these are the end parts of our DNA which protect the skin’s cells. A study conducted in 2004 revealed that prolonged periods of stress can shorten your telomeres and as a result of this the cell dies, each time a skin cell dies it ages the skin contributing to the formation of wrinkles and affecting the laxity of the skin.  So, all in all, it is no wonder that our mental wellbeing can be a trigger for common skin issues like acne, rosacea and for people who experience extended episodes of stress premature ageing.  

Helping you and your skin to recover  

The team at the Skin to Love Clinic are aware of the psychological damage and low self-esteem that can be experienced as a result of Rosacea and acne scarring. Both can cause heightened colour and redness and the negative impact of this on mental wellbeing cannot be underestimated.  But we are here to help. Not only with our treatments but with a genuine understanding of your concerns had also suffered from these skin conditions.  At the Clinic, we use Veinwave, Regenlite, Byonik, Fraxel and Clear+Brilliant to help treat and reduce the redness and scarring caused by concerns such as Rosacea and acne. And to protect and preserve your telomeres, we also suggest a Byonik treatment which prolongs the life of and improves the health of your skin cells.

If your skin is affecting your mental wellbeing and you would like to have a chat with one of our medical practitioners then please call the clinic to book an appointment on 01727 837429 or click here to message us online.

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The Skin to Love Clinic by User_cariad - 2M ago

It’s not a filler, it’s not Botox.  We reveal all about the entirely new category of injectable treatment taking the aesthetic industry by storm.

Profhilo has been the secret weapon of beauty insiders and beauty editors for a little while now; promoting radiance and hydration as well as correcting crepey, wrinkled skin that’s becoming saggy and lax, it’s easy to see why beauty journalists are raving about it. Even American beauty editors are hopping on planes to make Profhilo pilgrimages to the UK whilst they wait (not-so-patiently) for its imminent U.S launch.

At The Skin to Love Clinic, we too have been eagerly awaiting this treatment hitting the clinic. It’s not like any treatment we currently offer (and we offer a lot of treatments) and we’re not disappointed.

So, what is Profhilo?

Profhilo is an injectable treatment made of hyaluronic acid (much like fillers) which improves skin quality. Profhilo is produced in a special was which means not only does it hydrate and act like scaffolding within the skin, it also triggers a response in the tissue known as ‘bioremodeling’ which smooths, tightens and gives your skin an inner-glow. Literally.

In short, Profhilo remodels skin laxity and battles crepiness. It is not a replacement for fillers and Botox and can be used in combination with these other treatments or as a stand-alone treatment. Profhilo is working on the skin quality rather than the muscle movement which cause wrinkles (Botox treats this) or for the loss of volume in the fat pads and filling specific lines (fillers treat these concerns).

What is bioremodelling?

This is a process that is triggered in the skin to create lots of new, bouncy collagen and elastin which helps to combat the signs of skin ageing such as lines, crepiness, and dull, thinning skin.

How does it work?

Profhilo uses an incredibly pure form of synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA) which is injected strategically into the upper-layers of the skin with a very small needle. Unlike HA used in filler treatments, this HA is very runny (think honey-like) which effortlessly disperses into the skin where it has a ‘scaffolding’ action on the tissues, hydrates and begins its bio-remodelling process.

How long does Profhilo take to work?

The results aren’t immediate as profhilo is a 2-part treatment; each session is 30 days apart from one another. In those 30 days after each session, your skin works hard, producing new, bouncy collagen and elastin to give your skin a firmer, smoother, plumper complexion. Full results are seen only after the second session as your skin produces more and more collagen and elastin, however, changes are often noticed after the first session.

What is the difference between Profhilo and dermal filler?

The only similarity between fillers and Profhilo is that they’re both made from hyaluronic acid which is injected into your tissues.

Fillers are quite a thick HA gels used to restore volume and definition to areas such as cheeks and lips, as well as smooth out specific wrinkles such as nose-to-mouth lines. Profhilo has a runnier consistency than fillers and is injected only into the upper layers of skin to hydrate and have a ‘scaffolding’ effect within the skin, as well as improve the quality of your skin thanks to its ability to trigger bioremodelling.

The Times beauty journalist, Olivia Falcon, describes it brilliantly: “Imagine your skin is a bed: rather than plumping up the pillows (the effect fillers have on the skin), Profhilo increases the thread count of the sheets (your skin).”

What do I look like after the treatment?

There is no downtime; immediately after the procedure, you can see small bumps, much like an insect bite or bee sting, at the site of the injection. These are very easy to cover usually and can take up to 24 hours to settle.

The innovative injection technique used during a Profhilo treatment means that only 5 small injections are needed each side of the face meaning that the treatment is quick and comfortable.

Is Profhilo safe?

Profhilo is biocompatible due to its pure grade hyaluronic acid which is free of additives, therefore reducing side effects and offering greater safety. To date, over a million Profhilo treatments have been administered all over the world and nobody has had a serious reaction to the treatment.

Despite the incredibly high HA content is has a low inflammatory profile, pro-healing properties and is backed by clinical studies.

If you would like to learn more about this treatment and if it would be suitable for your skin concerns, please don’t hesitate to book a consultation with one of our medical practitioners.

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It’s Sun Awareness Week in May, but here at the Skin to Love Clinic we think it’s never too early to start raising awareness of the dangers of UV light from the sun. Our mantra, whatever your age or the colour of your skin is – protect, protect, protect!  Avoid the sun, wear a large sun hat if you’re on holiday, and frequently reapply your sun cream with a 30 to 50 SPF or 15 to 30 SPF for skin of colour. Sun damage and UV exposure can cause premature ageing, lead to pigmentation, and can increase the chance of a mole becoming cancerous. So, we thought it was time to talk about moles, how to check your skin for them, what to look out for and when to take action.

Moles are small coloured spots found on the skin. They can be round or oval in shape with a smooth edge, they can appear raised or flat, smooth or rough, sometimes they can have hair growing from them.  The good news is that most moles are harmless, it’s completely normal to be born with them, and equally normal to develop new ones during childhood and adolescence, moles can disappear over time and can become darker particularly during pregnancy.

So, how can these seemingly harmless skin spots be a cause for trouble? And who is most a risk?  The problem with moles is that they can change. Changes can take place over weeks or months. In some cases, they can develop into a melanoma, a type of skin cancer which is currently the third most common in the UK.  Found early and dealt with speedily, the outcome is positive which is why we encourage regular mole checks.

But who is at risk?  If you’re fair skinned, boast a lot of freckles or moles and burn easily or if a family member has had a melanoma then you need to be extra vigilant, but remember whatever your skin type you need to keep watch.

The ABCDE guide is an incredibly useful tool to check existing or new moles:

A – Asymmetry – if you draw a line through a mole and the two halves don’t match then it’s asymmetrical and a warning sign of potential trouble. If your moles are symmetrical, usually this is no cause for concern.

B – Border – check the edges of the mole, is it uneven or blurred?

C – Colour – is the mole made up of more than two colours?

D – Diameter – measure the mole is it bigger than 6mm from side to side?

E – Evolution – has the mole changed in shape, colour, size or feel – has it started to itch, crust flake or bleed?

If you can answer yes to any of the above or are concerned about the look or shape of a mole then we would advise that you get it checked as soon as possible.  At the Clinic we offer diagnostic services as well as treatments including a possibly life-saving mole screening service with our consultant dermatologist Dr Sharon Crichlow, so, if you are worried about a particular mole or just want to have the assurance that there’s nothing to worry about then call the clinic to book an appointment on 01727 837429 or click here to message us online. Please be aware that our blog is purely for information and is not a substitute for a mole check from a medical professional.  

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Choosing the correct dermal filler is not as straightforward as, say, choosing a new skin cream. Fillers are injectable products, so you must ensure you are using the right one for your needs, which means consulting a qualified and experienced medical professional.

Why fillers must be injected by a medical expert

The reason why the injection must be carried out by a qualified and experienced medical professional is summed up by Rajiv Grover, former President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons: “Aesthetic injectables should only ever be provided by medical professionals as dermal fillers have clear benefits but also risks – it is not just about who can wield a syringe but who will have the capabilities to deal with any possible complications.”

As an illustration of how important this is, the NHS Blood Transfusion Service will only accept blood donations from people who have had medical aesthetic treatment if the treatments have been undertaken by a registered medical professional. If treatments have been given by anyone not registered by the GMC, GDC or NMC, donations will be refused because it is considered to be high-risk behaviour.

An integral part of a qualified professional’s medical training will be the safe and hygienic handling of needles, as well as how to deal with possible side effects and complications.

A medically trained aesthetic practitioner has the training as well as the knowledge required to carry out a thorough consultation to make sure that you will be using the correct filler. They will fully understand human anatomy in order to be able to deliver the safest treatment possible. It is not as easy as choosing a brand you like as each product has different ingredients with different properties. By speaking to a professional who understands the difference between, say, Teosyal RHA4 and Teosyal Global Action, can be confident that you will be given the best advice when it comes to both aesthetic results and patient safety.

A trained professional will also take the time to explain what the treatment involves and what to expect in terms of recovery, as well as discuss the possible side effects. A thorough consultation will enable you to make an informed decision about the treatment you opt for, and if, after listening to all the options, you decide to think about things a bit longer or opt for no treatment at all, your decision will be respected. You must never feel pressurised into having a treatment.

Do your research

Using a reputable clinic is essential, as it is important to ensure your treatment is not carried out by an unqualified practitioner. Check out the team pages of a clinic’s website to make sure you will be using one with medically qualified staff members. It’s also a good idea to read online reviews (not just testimonials published on the clinic’s own website) and ask about the clinic’s insurance when you book an appointment.

The Skin to Love Clinic has won the Teosyal Outstanding Clinic Award for its work with dermal fillers. We pride ourselves on offering patients honest advice about all our non-surgical skin treatments. If you would like to talk to us before you book a consultation, please contact us or pop into our St Albans clinic to say hello.

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Stretch marks on the back, legs, arms and hips are a common problem, according to research published in the British Journal of Dermatology, around 75 to 90 percent of pregnant women will develop stretch marks. Women have taken to social media embracing their stretch marks with the #LoveYourLines hashtag even supermodel Chrissy Teigen posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, “Stretchies say hi!”. The good news is that they are harmless and can over time become less visible. But stretch marks can make people feel self-conscious and can have an emotional impact. So, if your stretch marks are causing you distress the Skin to Love Clinic in St Albans can help.

Before we look at the options let’s look at what they are and what causes them. Stria or striae, the medical term, can appear when there is rapid stretching of the skin. They look like tears or rips lying parallel to each other, slightly raised and red or purple in colour which is due to microscopic bleeding caused when the tissues separate. Over time they can fade to white and have a faint scar-like appearance. No one is immune to developing stretch marks and they are hard to prevent, factors that can cause them include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Puberty
  • Losing or gaining weight quickly
  • Being overweight
  • Taking some types of medication such as steroids

To tackle stretch marks we have a selection of options for our patients. We use Regenlite, a non- ablative laser treatment which doesn’t damage the surface of the skin but tricks the body into thinking that an injury has been sustained. It works well for treating the redness that appears at the early stages of stretch marks before they turn silvery white.

If you would like to soften the appearance of stretch marks then a non-invasive Fraxel Dual treatment is worth discussing with our friendly team. The beauty of the Fraxel Dual laser is that it can target deep within the exact section of damaged skin that requires treatment leaving the tissue around it untouched which in turn promotes rapid healing. Your body is then able to replace the old or damaged cells with healthy new ones giving you a fresh glowing skin and a softening of the appearance of the stretch marks. Fraxel is suitable for all skin types and can be used on both the body and face.

A few treatments of Derma FNS are perfect if you’re looking to improve the signs of stretch marks and refresh tired dull looking skin. This Micro-needling procedure stimulates the production of new dermal collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin replacing ageing and damaged tissue with healthy, new skin cells creating a smoother, more even-toned, softer looking skin. Results are progressive and you may notice daily improvement after your treatment with your skin looking brighter and boasting a more uniform tone and texture. Results can be achieved after a single session but even better, more noticeable results can be seen after a series of sessions.

Platelet Rich Plasma is a natural technique which uses the healing and regenerative properties of your body’s growth factors, which are found in your blood, helping to preserve a healthy, youthful, smooth skin and improve the appearance of stretch marks. PRP can be put back into the stretch marks on your skin with a very fine needle, however, it can also be used in conjunction with Derma FNS and Fraxel Dual.

To work alongside our treatments and for you to use at home we’ve developed our own range of skincare products, Skin to Love, which includes a stretch mark cream to stimulate collagen and improve the quality of the stretched skin. Our products are rich in SmartPeptides which mimic the skin’s own inbuilt restorative and protective functions and can target problems such as loss of firmness and elasticity.

So, if stretch marks are getting you down why not contact us to book a consultation and we can talk through the treatment options.

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Marie Kondo has hit the screens on Netflix, or should we say wiped them clean, famous for her organisational skills and decluttering tips, Marie it seems is leading the new wave of tidiness and cleanliness gurus that are currently dusting the cupboards of many social media networks. It certainly got us talking at the Skin to Love Clinic here in St Albans about just how house proud we really were, and with Spring around the corner, the traditional spring clean is a must! It then made us think about how often we decluttered our bathroom cabinets, tidied up our make-up bags and importantly took a good look at the skincare products we use to freshen up our beauty regimes.

We all spend time searching for the perfect products to brighten skin, reduce wrinkles or wipe away a fine line. When we find the skincare solutions, we think work, we tend to stick with them without reviewing their benefits however expensive they are – why would we? But it does pay to regularly check-out the products we use daily. Let’s focus on moisturisers, their job is to keep your skin hydrated and supple, the moisturiser acts as a barrier sitting on the skin keeping the moisture in and attracting moisture to the surface to prevent it from drying out. Simple. But, how often do we check the ingredients and what they do at a deeper level because that is what really counts. Does it contain, for example, retinol, a form Vitamin A that helps speed up skin cell renewal and encourages collagen production – thus improving fine lines and wrinkles. So, before you splash out on your next purchase make sure your chosen product is ticking all the boxes.

At the Clinic, we’ve developed our own unique skin-care brand aptly named Skin to Love. We have brought together clinically proven, active ingredients to create an effective and targeted range to help rejuvenate your skin or to help clear blemishes. Rich in SmartPeptides which mimics the skin’s own inbuilt restorative and protective functions; they can target very specific problems, including loss of firmness and elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles and refine colour, texture and imperfections. We’re also an Ambassador Clinic for Swisscode and carry both the Pure and Bionic ranges the former is a collection of seven concentrates that “decode” and effectively correct the skin’s ageing process the latter harnesses the Power of Plant Stem Cells.

Back to the bathroom cabinet and the makeup bag. So, just how can you tell if your beauty products have run of time? There are the obvious signs – a change in smell, texture or even colour, there should also be a discrete little sign, like an open pot with a number and the letter M, so, 6M would mean that you have six months to use the product and 12M means that there’s a whole year until it expires. All well and good if you’ve remembered when you opened it in the first place! If you’re super organised you could mark the pot or jar with the date of first use, but let’s be honest that is the sort of job that often slips the mind. Pay attention to anti-ageing creams and serums or any products that contain antioxidants as they last between 3-6 months. Sunscreens are ones to watch – with a shelf life of six months it’s not worth the sunburn!

Makeup has an expiry date too! We had a quick check on the shelf life of some popular products:

  • 2-3 months – mascara and liquid eyeliner
  • 6 months to 1 year – concealers and liquid foundation
  • Up to 1-2 years – lip gloss
  • Up to 2 years – lipstick, blusher and eyeshadows
  • Up to 2-3 years pencil eyeliner

The Skin to Love team are always happy to provide advice on the best skincare products for your skin so do pop into the clinic or contact our friendly team to book an appointment. In the meantime, we want to thank Marie Kondo for encouraging us to have a good old clear out.

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