Introduction to Skin Care
The skin is the first barrier between the environment and our bodies. How your skin looks, feels and behaves is by largely down to you. You can nourish your skin every day by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, getting regular exercise and proper rest and taking excellent care of your skin. Great skin is the result of comprehensive skin care and reflects your total wellness. Skin’s two best friends are a continuous moisture and UV protection.
Cosmetics Vs Cosmeceuticals Vs Prescription Creams
When searching for the right skincare products, the labels and characterisations can be confusing to many of us. Prescription and pharmaceutical products are easier to define; these products can undergo up to ten years of testing, will be approved by a regulator and can only be prescribed by a medically qualified surgeon or practitioner.
Cosmeceuticals are the bridge between prescribed skin care and cosmetics. Although the term ‘cosmeceuticals’ is not officially categorised by the regulators it is often used in the professional skin care and cosmetic industry to describe a product that contains biological actions and ingredients that may promote activity in the skin and have medicinal or drug-like benefits.
Products referred to as ‘cosmetics’ will only affect the top layer of the skin’s epidermis and are usually used to enhance appearances. Typical examples of cosmetic products include: shampoo, make-up and face creams.
Skin Care at Sthetix
We offer three professional skin care ranges:
Obagi is a skin care range which includes prescription only products when needed. The range provides a variety of products that have all been produced to tackle numerous skin related issues, such as: acne, sun damage, wrinkles and creases, hyperpigmentation and other types of skin damage. With a huge range of tried and tested products, Obagi boasts an endless list of satisfied clients and has a reputation that precedes them within the cosmetic and skin care industry.
Dr Levy created the revolutionary Intense Stem Cell line, inspired by the recent ‘stem cell reservoir’ discovery in anti-ageing. The product line contains a unique, complex, patented concoction of 10 hydrating and anti-ageing molecules. Dr Levy’s outstanding formula and product line was formulated to help patients avoid surgery, reverse the signs of ageing and restore their skin’s natural, youthful beauty. The Dr Levy range can be used on the face, hands and décolletage.
The Aspect Dr product range is very new to the UK. Originating in Australia, Aspect Dr, as a company, prides itself on the creation of a product line completely free of harmful ingredients (such as toxins and irritants) and aims to eliminate any downtime post-treatment. Instead, these products are composed using gold standard ingredients with proven anti-ageing qualities, promoting a new direction in active, clinical grade skincare. The Aspect Dr skincare range has been formulated to generally support the skin and tackle all skin conditions.
Who is Suitable?
At Sthetix Clinic, we offer a wide range of skincare products that are suitable for all skin types.
The skin conditions that our product lines can treat include:
- Sun damage
- Signs of ageing
- Dry skin conditions
The Procedure and Risks
Here at Sthetix Clinic, we provide a personal approach for each and every patient, which begins with an initial, free consultation. Your consultation will be with one of our plastic surgeons, and you will always be given a thorough skin analysis prior to any skin care treatment. Skin care procedures we offer at Sthetix include: cosmeceuticals, superficial peels; deep (medium) peels and laser facials.
A bespoke, tailored treatment program will be devised from the results of your skin analysis; this is to ensure that you receive the best possible treatment for your individual needs.
As with all cosmetic procedures there may be some risks which will be discussed thoroughly during your consultation.
We offer a wide range of professional skin care products at Sthetix, and the aftercare process will depend on which products we use to best treat your condition. Many of our product lines contain natural ingredients and depending on the condition we are treating, there should be little to no downtime involved at all.
Your surgeon will always provide you with a detailed aftercare plan following any treatment with us.
When will I see results from skincare products?
Result timescales will vary depending on the product used; many of our skincare products produce noticeable results within four to six weeks providing that you follow the protocol advised. Specific details regarding results will be discussed during your consultation.
What happens when I stop using professional skin care products?
The achieved results will disappear over time. This is because our skin cells are renewed every 28 to 40 days, and are then pushed to the surface of the skin, with any dead skin cells remaining on the surface for another 12 days. The renewal process of improved skin cells will be interrupted if you stop using the recommended products. Don’t worry, though – desired results can be maintained by continuing with an on-going treatment plan.
How much does professional skin care cost?
The costs will always vary depending on which product line you are using. Costs will be discussed in detail when you come to see us for your consultation and a tailored treatment program is created for you
Learn More About Skin
In terms of surface area, the skin is our body’s largest organ, and it has a huge job to do when protecting our body. Our skin has its own complexity and diversity, including several vital functions such as:
- Producing vitamin D
- Providing a barrier to protect our body
- Regulating temperature
- Preventing loss of moisture
- Reduces effects of UV exposure and radiation
- Being a sensory organ (detecting temperature, pain and touch)
Although human skin has many layers, there are two main layers that are commonly referred to; these are called the dermis and the epidermis.
We might put on extra clothing to protect our body from the natural elements such as a coat or a jacket, but luckily for us, our skin also has a crucial protective covering – the outermost layer of the skin, known as the epidermis. This is our skin’s first layer of defence; it is tough and resilient, with a soft inside that provides warmth, while the outside is strong and waterproof to serve its ultimate purpose – protection.
Lying just underneath the superficial layer of the skin (the epidermis) is a tough layer of skin called the dermis (sometimes referred to as the ‘corium’). This inner layer of skin includes: nerves, hair follicles, sweat glands, small blood vessels and sebaceous glands. The dermis is composed of two layers, the papillary layer (the upper layer) and the reticular layer (the lower layer of the dermis).