In partnership with SA’s top medical aesthetic companies
of skin science’s most important universal truths is that the fairer your
complexion, the more premature damage you are likely to see, especially in
sunny ZA, where it’s practically impossible to avoid exposure to excess UV
amount of melanin you have in your skin is directly proportional to the amount
of natural protection your complexion has. So Skin Types 4 to 6 (Mediterranean
to Black, which do not burn generally under the sun) are less vulnerable, while
Skin Types 1 to 3 (your “Scottish” redhead with freckles who burns easily, up
to the fair person who can tan but can also burn) is prone to the skin ageing
visible as lines and wrinkles, loss of radiance, coarsening of the complexion,
as well as loss of elasticity and skin plumpness, not to mention patchy pigmentation.
out where you are on the scale here.
good news is that your skin has never had a better chance than now to prevent
and correct all these signs.
priority is prevention and protection
from sun damage with sensible sun habits the use of good medical
aesthetic skin care containing ingredients that prevent and even reverse skin
damage, such as antioxidants, effective peptides and growth factors, tyrosinase
inhibitors, hydrating hyaluronic acid, etc., and – crucially important –
effective sun protection from reputable medical aesthetic brands such as
NeoStrata, Lamelle and Obagi.
all our precautions - after all, how can we resist being outdoors in our
beautiful country? - it’s almost inevitable that we will see some sun damage on
our complexions, in which case, early
intervention is highly advisable as it will give better results, be less
costly and give you healthy, beautiful skin for longer.
The leading edge
skin types 1 to 3, it’s important to put yourself in the hands of reputable,
skilled medical aesthetic professionals – both skincare therapists and
aesthetic doctors - who will use a combined treatment approach, which is your most
successful strategy for dealing with premature skin ageing:
- Smooth lines and plump up
areas with lost volume
with injectables such as Dysport and Fillers.
- Regular skin conditioning and
with treatments such as chemical peels and Dermapen skin needling, which stimulates collagen.
- Excess pigmentation aka
to be assessed to determine the cause of the pigmentation (either through sun
damage, or under hormonal influence from the contraceptive pill, pregnancy,
menopause, thyroid imbalances etc.). Establishing the cause of your pigmentation,
as well as your skin type, is vital before any treatment as this determines
which treatment should be used. Once this has been established, treatments such
as Fraxel Dual, Limelight
Pulsed light therapy,
chemical peels (most skins from Type 1 to 3 can have superficial and medium
depth peels, depending on their personal make-up), Dermapen skin needling, Laser
a combination of these, can be done to treat pigmentation.
with all active treatments and light therapies, especially to prevent melasma
recurring, you are strongly advised to combine these with appropriate home-use
skincare treatments and high-level UVA and UVB protective sunscreen.
For people with pigmentation issues, use of treatments that prevent
stimulation of new excess pigment forming is essential alongside your in-salon
recommend products from Neostrata, Obagi, Heliocare
To find out more about the different
skin types and the treatments that are suitable to treat your concerns, as well
as the four pillars to maintain a youthful skin, visit Skin Renewal or purchase cosmeceuticals.
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