The skin you have now is the only skin you’ll ever get Keeping your skin at its best starts with how you treat it every day. Next to eating well and exercising, maintaining a healthy complexion is one of the key ways to look our best. When choosing a skin-care regime it’s important to understand what your ultimate goal is. In the past, skincare has been about hydration and nourishment, not about the function of the skin and cellular optimisation. This is simply because medical technology was not as advanced as it is today. Why is good skin care so important? A good daily skin care regime can work wonders for your overall skin quality and texture while improving elasticity, irregular pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Taking care of your skin can help prevent ageing or at least minimise it. It is widely known that the sun is a significant culprit when it comes to ageing your skin and opting for cosmetics and creams that include sunscreen will help to reduce the ageing effects. Moisturised skin that is treated regularly with cosmeceutical products is also less likely to show signs of ageing, breakouts and skin damage. If you are not looking for major, dramatic results, cosmeceuticals are often the way to go, providing just enough care for the results you are looking for. On the other hand, cosmeceuticals can help prolong and boost your surgical aesthetic results. Cosmeceuticals are scientific skin care Cosmetic Scientists distinguish two groups of over-the-counter skincare products – ‘cosmetics’ and ‘cosmeceuticals’. Cosmetics are officially defined as “articles… applied to the human body… for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance.” Examples are simple moisturisers. On the other hand, ‘cosmeceuticals’ – or ‘functional cosmetics’ – are non-prescription products, which contain biologically active ingredients and have benefits beyond traditional moisturisers, such as the ability to influence changes in collagen metabolism and, to some extent reduce wrinkles. The term ‘cosmeceutical’ is a fusion of ‘cosmetic’ and ‘pharmaceutical’ and demonstrates the blurring of boundaries between these two areas of today’s Cosmetic Science. Common ingredients in Cosmeceuticals Alpha Hydroxy Acids – improves skin hydration and exfoliation Antioxidants – aids in the prevention of skin inflammation and protection against UV rays Botanicals – UV protection Peptides – aids in collagen production, reducing signs of ageing, such as wrinkling Retinoids – aids in preventing collagen breakdown and reduction in age spots The ABC’s of good skin care Let’s learn our ABC’s with Sculpted. Vitamin A – the anti-ager Vitamin A comes in the form of retinol or retinyl palmitate. These are both considered antioxidants, but retinol is the more compressed form. Retinol converts into retinoic acid when it’s in the skin and functions similarly to a prescription retinoid, which helps to stimulate collagen and fibroblast production. This cleverly tricks the skin into acting young again. Generally speaking, retinol is going to be resurfacing the skin and softening lines and wrinkles. Vitamin B – the hydrator Vitamin B is also known as niacinamide, and boosts ceramide production and strengthens the skin’s barrier function. This strength is key for locking in moisture and keeping irritants and pollutants out. It has been shown to help with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, particularly from acne, by evening out the skin tone. Vitamin C – the brightener When applied topically, this antioxidant has been proven to be highly effective at hindering free radicals that cause wrinkles, sagging and general ageing. Vitamin C is an essential component in the body’s production of collagen as it evens out your skin tone, significantly improving hydration, and keeping your skin looking younger, longer! Vitamin E – the repairer Vitamin E is an antioxidant that diminishes the formation of free radicals and helps to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier. This is why you’ll find it in after-sun products and treatments for stretch marks and scars. Why do I need a good sunscreen? Like most of us, you probably think summer is the only time you need to wear sunscreen. Think again. Every season requires it. The sun is a significant factor in premature ageing of the skin. The immediate danger of too much sun exposure is sunburn. With repeated sun damage, the skin starts to look dry, wrinkled and discoloured. All of us love to have younger-looking, radiant, and healthy skin. This is one of the most convincing reasons to start using sunscreen. It shields your skin from developing signs of ageing, like wrinkles and fine lines. Studies reveal that people below the age of 55 who used sunscreen had 24% lesser chances of developing the signs of ageing than non-sunscreen and occasional sunscreen users. Many sunscreens contain antioxidants, but they quickly lose their potency when they reach our skin. The reason: most antioxidants-like vitamins C and E, green tea, and pomegranate-aren’t stable enough to maintain their long-term benefits when mixed into a sunscreen. Antioxidants are critical because they help negate the skin-damaging and skin-ageing free radicals generated by the sun’s ultraviolet light What products does Sculpted Clinic use? Here at Sculpted, we use some of the most luxurious and scientifically created cosmeceuticals to help our patients restore and replenish their facial glow. We source our products both locally and internationally to give your skin the very best. You can view the range of products we stock here. You can view our range of skin peels here. Does your skin need a pick me up? Contact the team at Sculpted Clinic today. Don’t forget to share this via Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.