Tuesday, 4 March 2014

**Tone and Tighten your Skin**


Welcome to ‘Skin Deep’ – This month’s feature looks at our ‘How to Tone and Tighten your Skin’.
Any questions, just ask Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp www.cheshireskinclinic.com angie@cheshireskinclinic.com or 01925 263660 & 07967 481594. 
Next month – ‘Non-Invasive Treatments for Body Sculpting’.

Last month we focussed on how to look after our eyes and make them a feature, what could be better than pairing this with flawless, beautifully toned and taught skin on our face, neck and decollate. By carefully combining natural botanical extracts, emollients (that soften and soothe the skin) and humectants (that help retain moisture) it is possible to strengthen the skin’s barrier from the stratum corneum (top layer) down through the dermis. By further blending antioxidants, which are powerful anti-ageing molecules, the result is increased elasticity, firmness and a lifted appearance.
This type of firming and protective product was initially formulated for post-treatment care following laser or peel treatments, but the high demand has ensured that home-use products are now available from specialist skin clinics to maximise the effectiveness of any treatments and minimise the number required. This means that commonly, even after just a couple of treatments with a specialist, you can now continue to improve the appearance of your skin in the comfort of your own home. Many work most intensively if left on over-night and then simply rinsed off in the morning.
Ingredients like white willow bark act as an antimicrobial, shea butter can calm inflamed skin and avocado will naturally soothe. If a treatment has been performed that penetrates below the reticular layer (deep dermis) then a formulated barrier cream may also be advised to fortify any vulnerable areas. Key areas to remember are to select a product that stimulates the skin’s function, strengthens the natural barrier, increases elasticity and firmness and reduces inflammation.
Next month we will be looking at body sculpting, so we will have covered eyes, face and body – fantastic! Bring on the summer.