Is Beauty Sleep Really a Thing?

Is Beauty Sleep Really a Thing?

 

Good sleeping habits are essential to maintain skin health.  Our skin is a renewing organ so it needs the time and rest for this to be done effectively. Lots of cellular functions happen at night and it’s a time when our skin repairs the damage that has occurred  throughout the day. Lack of sleep will cause the skin to become sluggish, increase in inflammation and a decrease in collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production eventually resulting in lines appearing and a loss of tone and volume. 

It's important to maintain a good, consistent sleep pattern of around 8 hours per night, this will benefit overall health and in turn your skin too. Avoiding caffeine or alcohol before bed as these can interrupt sleep patterns. 

Always remove your makeup before bed and change your pillowcase regularly, this reduces the chances of bacteria or blocked pores causing congestion. A silk pillow case can really benefit the skin reducing the friction and pressure reducing the risk of lines appearing. Side sleeping can also lead to lines and wrinkles forming so where possible sleep on your back. 

Avoid having the heating or air conditioning on too high as this can cause a dry atmosphere reducing hydration levels within the skin, sleeping with a humidifier in the bedroom is great for ensuring you wake up with hydrated, plump skin. 

Ready to take the next step towards healthier, radiant skin? Schedule your personalised consultation today and let's embark on your journey to skin confidence together. Don't wait any longer to love the skin you are in - contact us today!

 

 

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

The month of May is Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month, and as you can imagine this is always on our radar here at re/skin. Not only do we harp on about the effects of sun in regard to skin functioning and ageing but there is, as I am sure you are already aware a more serious risk to the skin from sun exposure.

85% of melanoma cases are caused by UV exposure.

If you have had a blistering sunburn or just five regular sunburns your risk more than doubles.

Our skin is a regenerating organ which means our skin cells continually reproduce, grow and divide, then shed to become house dust!

Sometimes our cell’s DNA become damaged, this is called a mutation. Because our cells reproduce by mitosis, where replica cells are formed, these mutations are passed onto the new cells that follow. This causes the mutations to spread and proliferate and can eventually lead to skin cancers.

UV rays are responsible for many of the mutations to skin cell DNA, so a good sun protection regime is vital to prevent this. Its important to protect your skin every single day throughout your life, and to avoid over exposure such as laying in the midday sun whilst on holiday or using sunbeds. In fact using a sunbed is 3 times more dangerous than sitting in the natural sun.

When using sun protection it Is important to look for a broad spectrum protection, meaning it filters both UVA and UVB rays. Some sunscreens will just contain UVB filters.

These days many sunscreens will also protect against blue light, this light is also detrimental to the skin and not just emitted by our devices, it comes from the sun too!

Here at re/skin clinic in Sheffield we know how hard it can be to find a sunscreen that you love, and yes, you need to love it or there will be days you just wont apply. That’s why we have over 20 options on our shelves! Do you need helping finding the perfect one??

Drop us an email and we can help you.

What Is Blue Light and How Can It Affect Your Skin?

What Is Blue Light and How Can It Affect Your Skin?

Blue light is part of the visible light spectrum, meaning you can see it. It has a short wavelength, which means it has lots of energy and can create oxidative stress.

IN THIS HIGH-TECH WORLD WE NOW LIVE IN, THE SUBJECT OF BLUE LIGHT IS TALKED ABOUT MORE AND MORE. BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT OUR DEVICES ARE NOT THE ONLY SOURCE OF BLUE LIGHT? WE ALSO GET IT FROM THE SUN. IN FACT, UP TO 30% of the rays from the sun are actually blue light.

So team this with sitting at your laptop or scrolling your phone for hours, and we would get a pretty continuous dose of blue light all day long. 

The Effects Of Blue Light

Although it is visible to the human eye, it can have negative effects on our overall health and well-being. 

The effects of accumulative blue light on the skin can cause: 

  • free radicals 
  • inflammation 
  • skin cell damage 
  • damage to the important lipid bilayer that gives our skin its strong barrier
  • increased redness
  • pigmentation 
  • dryness 
  • loss of elasticity and collagen 
  • increase in inflammatory conditions
  • premature ageing

What Can We Do To Prevent This?

So what do we need to do to protect our precious skin cells from this damaging light? 

First and foremost, a sunscreen, but opt for one with a blue light filter too. This is sometimes referred to as an HEV filter, and many of the innovative sun care brands will include this now. 

We need antioxidants and lots of them. So, look at including them in your diet as well as skincare so we are feeding them in from all angles. 

And be conscious of the time spent in front of your screens. If it’s unnecessary, put them down, slap on the sunscreen, and go for a walk. 

We have also had a recent new product launch at re skin in Sheffield. This is a brand new supplement from the Advanced nutrition program and has been designed to not only protect from the effects of blue light but also repair the damage caused. 

Contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, helps to inhibit pigmentation and also reduces the breakdown of collagen. 

The research results showed that this new supplement gave a 60% increase in protection from this light. As well as a; 19% decrease in redness, a 17% improvement in hydration and a 15% increase in skin smoothness. This was just by taking 1 of these tablets per day for 8 weeks. 

Conclusion

If you are concerned with any of the skin conditions mentioned or spend a lot of time outside or in front of a device, this is definitely a must to introduce to your skin regime.

Get in touch with us today if you have any more questions on skin care, or take a look at our products and start your journey to perfect skin. 

New Year, New Skin: 5 Skin Habits to Adopt in 2023

New Year, New Skin: 5 Skin Habits to Adopt in 2023

Skin Habits For 2023

Here are my 5 skin habits I would recommend implementing in 2023.

Know your skin is individual

Every person’s skin is unique, and it is important to understand this when it comes to skincare. Don’t always go on the advice of what has worked for a friend, even if their skin may be presenting with the same condition as yours. What works for them may not work for you, as their skin may have different needs and react differently to different products.

It’s essential to take into account factors such as skin type, skin concerns, age, and lifestyle when choosing skincare products. A skin specialist in Sheffield that can provide you with a personalised skincare plan that considers all of these factors. By understanding that your skin is individual and taking the time to find the right products and treatments for you, you will be able to achieve your best skin yet.

Feed your skin from within

Skin health starts from within, and it’s essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle to support your skin. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals is crucial to provide your skin with the necessary nutrients to maintain its health. Consuming foods rich in antioxidants, such as berries and leafy greens, can help protect your skin from harmful free radicals and keep it looking youthful. Drinking plenty of water is also important, as it helps to hydrate the skin from within and maintain its elasticity.

See a professional

It’s time to take control of your skin and get to know it from a professional viewpoint. By visiting a skin clinic or dermatologist, you will be able to get a comprehensive assessment of your skin, including an analysis of your skin type, skin concerns, and any underlying issues. This will give you a better understanding of what your skin needs and what products and treatments will be most effective for you.

Be consistent

It’s important to remember that your skin is a renewing organ, constantly shedding dead skin cells and regenerating new ones. While topical products and treatments can be effective, using them for a short period of time will not give you long-term results. It’s essential to be consistent and persistent with your skincare routine to see the best results.

Consistency means using your products every day, following the recommended application frequency, and giving them the time to work. The skin takes time to renew and regenerate, so it may take several weeks to see the full effects of a product. It’s also essential to be consistent with your skincare routine and not skip days or miss applications, as this can undermine the effectiveness of the products.

Simplify your skincare regime.

Having a simple and streamlined skincare routine is key to achieving healthy and radiant skin. There’s a common misconception that more products equal better results, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, overloading your skin with too many products can cause irritation, dryness, and breakouts.

Instead, focus on a select few products that are recommended for your skin type and concerns. If you have dry skin, opt for a nourishing moisturiser and serum that contains hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. If you have acne-prone skin, look for products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which are known to unclog pores and reduce breakouts.

Conclusion: Skin Habits

In conclusion, you now know the best strategies to implement to ensure your skin looks its best. Get in touch with us today if you have questions about getting your skin to top standards. 

Solving Skin Theories: Is Veganuary good for The Skin?

Solving Skin Theories: Is Veganuary good for The Skin?

Is Veganuary good for the skin?

Our question today: Is veganuary good for the skin? It’s that time of year again when we have all overindulged over the festive period and are craving some goodness. Many of us turn to a plant-based diet for January, otherwise known as ‘Veganuary’! So how can this diet change impact the skin? It`s time to discuss another skin theory to ensure you are aware of the best options for you and your skin.

The negative effects of being vegan

A vegan diet is rich in anti-inflammatory foods. And when we cut down on

processed meat, it means we are getting less saturated fats and sugars. This can improve the overall appearance of the complexion and boost radiance. 

A vegan diet can also slow down premature ageing. As we age, our telomeres shorten, and diet can be one of the factors that contribute to this. Introducing a plant-based diet will help to support and strengthen our skin cells at the core, helping them to age much slower.

The negative effects of being vegan

There are some side effects; however, these can be easily managed. A vegan diet would naturally receive less Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin b12. But this can be overcome by ensuring we have a high level of omega-rich foods such as avocados and walnuts and for your vitamin b12 foods designed to be fortified with b12, such as cereals and some soy products. 

It can also be common when converting to a vegan diet that the skin breakouts. Initially, removing animal and dairy products from your diet can temporarily shift hormone levels until things worsen. Going from meat and dairy eating to removing all animal products can lead to a B12, Zinc and vitamin A deficiency which regulates our cell behaviour.

As already mentioned, if you look for foods fortified with these nutrients, that should help replace what is lost through the meat diet. And like all foods in the food industry, there will be processed vegan options that won’t be as beneficial to the skin and body.

Conclusion

If you have recently moved over to a plant-based diet and are having issues with your skin, then get in touch with our skin clinic in Sheffield. It may be a case of tweaking your skincare regime to suit your new lifestyle and regain that balance once again. We work on skincare in Sheffield to ensure you get the best results possible for your skin.

How To Improve The Skin Around Your Eyes: My 3 Top Tips

How To Improve The Skin Around Your Eyes: My 3 Top Tips

How To Improve The Skin Around Your Eyes

Today I am talking about the area that is often a topic of conversation in the clinic and very often an area of concern for many people. 

The eye area. 

The skin around the eyes is noticeably thinner than the rest of the face. It’s delicate, refined and actually can be as thin as 0.5mm. It’s where we tend to have a lot of expressions, so when we smile, frown, and squint, we tend to create lines around this area. 

As we age, we obviously get that collagen breakdown, the quality of our collagen isn’t as good, and these lines eventually become lines of rest. 

As well as the rest of the face, the eye area is exposed to UV daily. 

The following are my top tips for treating and protecting this area:

1 Always Wear Sunscreen 

With many old sunscreens, you typically can’t apply them right up to the eye. However, more modern sunscreens make it possible for you to apply them over the eyelids to ensure that area is nicely protected. It’s also a great idea to wear sunglasses when possible, which will give you that extra protection. 

The sun is one of the main factors in ageing on the skin, so it’s essential to use sunscreen to prevent this ageing from occurring.

2 Use Products Specifically Formulated For This Area

Compared to the rest of the face, the region around the eyes has a highly distinctive skin type. As a result, the treatment of this region requires the use of distinct formulations and active ingredients in order to avoid causing any unwanted damage or discomfort. 

This means you need the invest in products which are suitable for the eyes, which will prevent the look of ageing from around the eyes.

3 Massage The Areas Around Your Eyes

This area, especially the under the eye, can be very immobile; therefore, we get a slower circulation here, which can cause a buildup of fluid and darkness under the eyes. 

Giving this area under the eyes a light, gentle massage every day is always advisable. Doing it in the morning can really wake those eyes up and help stimulate that circulation and lymphatic system, helping drain away any fluid that may build up in that area.

Conclusion: How To Improve The Skin Around Your Eyes

Following the three tips above, you can keep the skin around your eyes protected and looking its best. 

One last thing, we have an exciting new treatment launching next week. You will find all about it in next Friday’s email. 

We can specifically target this area as well as the neck, which is also very delicate. Myself and Kayleigh did our training on Wednesday this week, and immediately waking up the next day, my eyes looked better. They felt less hollow on the under-eye area and not as dark. 

I tend to be quite vascular under there, so can look darker or almost take on a blue tone. I always have to wear concealer in this area. 

Thursday morning, waking up, I just didn’t need quite as much. 

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My Top Picks To Go With My Top Tips

My Top Picks To Go With My Top Tips

Want to know 3 top products to improve
your skin?

Let’s admit it! We would all like to have beautiful skin. But there are occasions when we might not be sure which products would be best for our skin or even which adjustments would be most beneficial. This week, Rebecca from ReSkin Clinic will share with you some of her favourite products that might assist you in following the suggestions and leave you achieving fantastic skin.

Dermaviduals Cleansing Milk

(If you know, you know) I am completely in love with this cleanser! Most of my customers will agree that this is the best cleaner I have ever had the opportunity to keep in stock. The DMS cleansing milk is gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive skins. Because it has a dermal membrane structure, it is skin-identical. There is not a single ingredient in this cleanser that the
skin cannot recognise, and there is also nothing that can disrupt the skin’s natural protective barrier. Remove impurities and makeup, including mascara, in a manner that is extraordinarily delicate but still highly efficient. Do not pass up the opportunity to cleanse with anything like this. It fulfils all the requirements one would have for an effective cleanser.

Dermaviduals Enzyme Skin Renewal

Another best seller! The very outermost layer of the skin can be gently sloughed off with the help of this enzyme powder. It loosens and eliminates any skin cells lingering around a bit longer than they should be, but it leaves the rest of the skin cells alone, ensuring that the barrier is maintained in a healthy and robust state. It works wonders on under-the-skin bumps that won’t go away for people with sensitive skin and those with other skin types. This is the product for you if you want your skin to have a clear and smooth appearance.

AlumierMD Moisture Matte Sunscreen

I usually say products can’t multitask, but this one can. On the one hand, it is an excellent broad-spectrum sunscreen with antioxidants, providing essential protection against the sun. On the other hand, the antioxidants give it an additional anti-ageing kick. And the other, it’s a basis for everything! Therefore, using this product will allow you to maintain the colour and coverage of your makeup while keeping it in place. It’s possible that you won’t ever need to buy another foundation again! This product can help prevent premature ageing of the skin by providing the skin with additional moisture, thereby making the skin appear more youthful and revitalised.

Conclusion to prevent premature ageing

There you have it! The three top products that many of my clients and I have in their skincare armour. The health of your skin ought to be your primary concern when it comes to using skin care products. Don’t fall for the marketing hype around new-to-market products. And instead, spend time looking at the details and, where possible, speak to a skin care professional like
myself or anyone in my team at ReSkin Clinic. Some of the products above can only be sold after a consultation with us, so please get in touch and book a short consultation. Don’t let this put you off. See it as a positive. Our skin is literally the biggest organ in our bodies and one of the most complicated. It acts as the barrier keeping everything in via an airtight, watertight shield. You must protect this. Thank you for reading, and as ever, I or anyone at the clinic is here for any advice. Just get in touch with
any questions.

Three Of The Very Best Simple Tips To Prevent Premature Ageing

Three Of The Very Best Simple Tips To Prevent Premature Ageing

How do we prevent premature ageing?

Over the last decade, due to the many advertisements from brands pushing solutions to prevent premature ageing, it has become common knowledge of the importance of keeping one’s skin healthy. Each person must regularly engage in appropriate acts of hygiene necessary to keep the skin in a healthy condition. But on the other hand, we frequently find ourselves in the difficult position of either lacking the time required to carry out these activities or simply unaware of what those activities are. Brands are great at selling their products with celebrity backing or inspiring offers but skip over how maintaining good skin hygiene fits into our challenging daily life. Here are three of the best simple tips you can do to keep your skin in tip-top condition and prevent the dreaded premature ageing associated with it around your normal daily activities.

Get your cleanser right

This is the most important step in your skincare routine and the one that should be done first to prevent premature ageing. But know, if after using your cleanser, your skin feels tight and squeaky clean, it’s time to switch to a different product. A good cleanser should not only clean the skin but should also nourish it and keep it hydrated simultaneously. Cleansers containing glycerin are renowned for their ability to hydrate the skin even as they effectively remove dirt and makeup simultaneously. You can use them as a daily cleanser or as part of a routine in the evening before going to bed. Finding a cleanser that is formulated specifically for your skin can help you achieve the best possible results. Your pores will be kept clean, and you won’t experience any breakouts on your skin as a result. Do not over-exfoliate

Do not over-exfoliate

The number of times a person’s skin needs to be exfoliated varies from person to person, but as the general rule, I recommend exfoliating no more than three to four times per week at the most. Every day is an excessive amount. Not too long ago, exfoliation started to become popular, and now many different brands are focusing on it as a method to improve skin health and increase cellular turnover. However, many of these brands are now walking back their previous statements and attempting to make amends for the harm their last advice caused. People frequently over-exfoliate their skin, which is one of the most common mistakes people make. Most of the time, we have the misconception that more is always better; however, this is not always the case. When you exfoliate, dead skin cells are removed, which can also help you get rid of blackheads and clogged pores; however, if you exfoliate too vigorously, you will end up with dry patches and increased sensitivity.

Sunscreen 365 days of the year!

The sun is the most significant contributor to the premature ageing of the skin. It is essential to use sunscreen daily and apply it before going outside to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. The sun is a natural source of vitamin D, which helps build strong bones, but too much sun can damage your skin and cause wrinkles and other skin issues. Therefore, taking care of your skin is crucial even when you are not exposed to the sun. We don’t think that we need to go into much detail here because we’ve confident you know our stance and its reasons. However, the use of sunscreen is the most effective and economical method of delaying the ageing process. Always wear sun protection, 365 days a year. A straightforward expression that might not seem like much, but it is essential to the health of your skin. Applying sunscreen consistently throughout the day is the most critical thing you can do to keep your skin in pristine condition and ward off the dreaded signs of premature ageing.

Conclusion to prevent premature ageing

In conclusion, the health of your skin ought to be your primary concern when it comes to personal hygiene. It is the only thing that will endure, and many things can be done to delay the onset of premature ageing and ensure that it remains in pristine condition. By putting just a few of these suggestions into practice, you can ensure that your skin will always be in the best possible condition and will also remain fresh and young. Care for your skin is in your best interest, as this will bring out your most beautiful qualities. Thank you for reading, and as ever I or anyone at the clinic is here for any advice, just reply with any questions.

Case Study 2 – Inflammatory Skin Condition

Case Study 2 – Inflammatory Skin Condition

This gentleman came to me in September 2021 looking for help with his inflammatory skin condition that affects his forehead. He was using topical steroid treatment to keep the redness down. However, he wanted to no longer be reliant on the steroid cream.

After his initial consultation, where we looked at his triggers and overall skin health, we began working on barrier repair and reducing the inflammation. Some of the triggers were unavoidable, such as stress, his job can at times be stressful, and it was an extremely stressful period in his life that triggered the condition initially, so this would be a case of managing the condition whilst those triggering factors were still there.

He started his skincare regime very gradually, focusing on barrier repair and the in-clinic treatments started immediately. In the beginning, the treatments were fortnightly until the skin was staying consistently calmer, and we currently treat once a month. We are 6 months into his program, and his skin has made excellent progress. It no longer has the angry, red, dry patches and is much more tolerant of the triggers that would once flare the condition.

This gentleman is extremely happy with his results so far. He may have the odd flare-up now and again, however, through our education, he understands why his skin becomes red and is able to manage the condition better.

skin condition treatment clinic Sheffield - before

skin condition treatment clinic Sheffield - after

To squeeze or not to squeeze, what do we do about spots being squeezed?

To squeeze or not to squeeze, what do we do about spots being squeezed?

Spots being squeezed 

The subject on today’s agenda is acne and spots being squeezed. I get asked if they should be squeezed a lot, and since I’ve done several extractions this week I felt this is a perfect time to give you a little advice on this. 

What do we commonly do with spots? 

I realise the worst thing in the world is having to walk out the door with a great big whopping white head on your face. Not only does it look bad but it can affect your short term mental health, making it hard to enjoy your day. 

So, what’s the alternative. Often it’s spending 10 minutes in front the mirror squeezing the hell out of said white head, removing all the pus with the hope of making it disappear. In truth, all you do is replace the spot with a massive, inflamed weeping crater that is equally as hard to cover up with makeup. 

What causes a spot?

Spots are caused by several factors, including hormones, genetics and the environment. The most common cause is hormones and acne is often the result of too much sebum production in the skin. In simpler terms, acne is when the pores are clogged with oil and dead skin cells. These clogged pores are called blackheads or whiteheads. The bacteria in the skin then produce an inflammatory response which leads to redness, swelling and pus production.  

In regards to spots being squeezed there’s no real medical benefit, but it’s just so hard to not want to squeeze the hell out of them. 

What can we do? 

So, what sort of spots can we get away with squeezing and which ones do we need to leave well alone? 

  1. If the spot is inflamed, red, painful, has no whitehead leave well alone. All you will do is make that area of your face sore and painful to touch. When I’ve squeezed these in the past, I find myself touching and poking it for hours afterwards to see if it’s weeping or still painful.
  2. Small non-inflamed whiteheads are ok to have a quick squeeze. But make sure your going to go for it, get all the pus out. If it becomes inflamed leave it alone. 

The Method 

Ideally, we want to leave them all alone, but I realise this is near impossible for some, even me sometimes! So, here’s a few little tips to help you out if you’re an avid squeezer. 

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before.
  2. Cleanse the area. 
  3. Wrap tissue around the end of each finger that will be doing the squeezing or use the ends of cotton buds. 
  4. Place fingers either side of the spot, but not too close together. Almost like you are going to squeeze from underneath the spot. 
  5. Gently squeeze, not for too long, don’t cause too much trauma for the skin, DO NOT draw blood. 
  6. If anything comes out remove from the skin immediately. 
  7. If nothing comes out, walk away, it’s not ready and you will cause more issues trying. 
  8. Wipe over or hold a pad on the area with a tonic or product containing salicylic. 
  9. Do not apply makeup to the area for at least 4 hours. 

Point 9 is very important. Most people try to cover up the area immediately with make up. But your adding dirt and grease back into the wound where the spot was, giving it all the ingredients it needs to regrow. 

Blackheads 

When it comes to blackheads, and I mean blackheads not sebaceous filaments (see the difference here) using the same methods, however, use your fingers to push down towards the skin rather than together. And again, if it doesn’t come out after a few attempts (a few not several) leave it to a professional.  

Conclusion 

If in doubt see a professional, I can guarantee with most, its our favourite part of our job! So, we welcome extractions a plenty. Thank you for reading, and as ever me or anyone at the clinic are here for any advice, just reply with any questions.