Mr Ayoubi advises that “dedicating a little time every day to look after your skin can in fact save you a lot of time in the long run.
Prevention is one of the best tips I can give you. Before and beyond any of our treatments, there are so many things you can do yourself to help your skin through the harsh winter months.”
Mr Ayoubi is a firm believer of “prevention rather than cure” when it comes to our appearances with his “enhancing, but preserving natural beauty”.
Although these winter days are short and you may feel like you’re not even getting Vitamin D let alone the sun possibly causing problems, in fact any sun exposure at all requires some protection.
Skin exposed to the Sun even winter sun is a massive cause of premature ageing. For those patients who are regularly using sun beds, to help your skin I would advise they cut down on usage as much as possible or preferably stops using them altogether.
Women unfortunately have thinner skin than males so need to work harder to protect their skin, I recommend applying an SPF sun cream every day!
Mr Ayoubi – “Overheating your skin can cause it to lose the natural oils that are essential to maintaining its health and cause it to dry out too much, damaging rather than helping.”
Mr Ayoubi suggests trying to turn down the temperature of your showers a notch and adds that central heating can also really dry out your skin.
It’s important to maintain a balanced diet, snacking on fruits instead of fatty or artificial foods can really help the skin.
He adds, “Whilst it’s always ideal to have a balanced diet that includes all the necessary vitamins and minerals, sometimes busy lives make it hard. Supplements can be a great way to top up our diets. Avoiding germs in the winter can be hard so it’s best to build up those defences and keep everything in working order.”
Drinking plenty of water to ensure you remain hydrated throughout the day is important for your general health, but also is very good for your skin.
There’s no strict minimum and fruit and vegetables contain water but it’s a good idea to consciously try to drink more than you may be used to as the majority of people don’t drink enough. I would also recommend a glass of water before every meal to avoid overindulging.
Mr Ayoubi adds that taking care with alcohol can also help.“Including as much water as possible when drinking can help. Drinking a glass of water in-between alcoholic drinks will prevent the toll alcohol takes on your skin and save on hangover woes. Big nights out and alcohol can particularly show on the skin around your eyes.”
Healthy Skin can also be boosted by keeping the basics in order.“Cleansing the face and body twice daily followed by moisturising as soon as you have patted (not rubbed) yourself dry is important. Also remembering to remove makeup before sleeping and keeping lips moist should be part of your daily routine.”
Our hands also suffer during the winter months as your hands are one of the most exposed parts of our body. Take care to moisturise regularly. Keep some moisturisered at your workplace if you’re finding it hard to keep the dryness at bay. We lose fat and skin elasticity as we age so it’s always good to start early when it comes to looking after your hands.”
Our clinic offers a range of non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that can boost the appearance of the skin that aren’t as extreme as some people think, popular treatments include: ZO Medical skin care, Mesotherapy and Sculptra.
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Mesotherapy is a natural, minimally invasive injection treatment, widely used to nourish, hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin production.
Mesotherapy delivers vitamins, amino-acids, minerals, hyaluronic acid and all essential components for healthy skin cells into the mesoderm, or middle layer of skin. This treatment helps improve dull, tired looking skin, superficial wrinkles and is ideal for pre or post winter skin boosting.
Sculptra is a long lasting, clinically-proven, non-invasive, stimulating injectable treatment that is designed to smooth out and soften lines and wrinkles, restore facial volume and contour the face in a natural way, it is a perfect treatment to combat the toll winter takes on the skin.
Many treatments can be effectively done in your lunch hour and don’t require any downtime, achieving great results safely and effectively.
If you do wish to opt for such treatments, it is important to ensure you choose an experienced, well regarded and qualified doctor in a clinical environment to have your treatments done.
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