Healthspan September 11, 2017

We all love going to a spa or clinic for expert treatments but this can get rather costly. We asked top cosmetic nurse Julie Brackenbury to share her tips on doing it yourself.

What are the top concerns people come to you with?

• Lines and wrinkles • Ageing neck and décolletage • Requesting lip enhancement • Hyperpigmentation on hands and face • Sun-damaged skin • Acne

What are the at-home alternatives to cosmetic treatment?

You don’t have to go to a clinic and have treatments – take control of your skin and cosmetic concerns at home!

  • Find a suitable and effective skin care regime and be strict with it. Keep a morning and night regime for optimum results.
  • Use face masks with anti-ageing ingredients. The Radiant Skin Moisture Mask contains powerful antioxidants in the form of cress sprouts. It will help protect your skin against environmental pollutants and UV-related ageing. This mask also contains vitamin E, another antioxidant promoting regeneration of the skin. It can be used one to three times a week so make time for lots of pampering.
  • Facial exercises – believe it or not, these do help if done as a part of a daily routine, 10-15 minutes a day.
  • Sun protection daily – SPF is an absolute must for all skin care regimes for both men and women. The higher the factor the better. The Daily UV Defence is a light, non-greasy formula to protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays. This sun protection also contains vitamin B3 which assists in the improvement of skin hydration, softness and suppleness. It doesn’t end there – this SPF also contains Superox-C™, extracted from the Kakadu Plum, the richest source of vitamin C.

For an ageing neck and décolletage:

First and foremost, prevention is the key treatment in the fight against the ageing neck.

  • To help smooth fine lines and smooth the skin, try retinol and caffeine. In a nutshell, retinol is the only derivative of vitamin A worth using. Caffeine’s firming and tightening properties make it a desirable addition to any anti-ageing product. These two key ingredients can be found in the Replenish Neck and Décolletage Cream.
  • I also recommend the Replenish Intensive Pigmentation Reducing Complex for the neck and chest. This product contains pure retinol and skin-lightening active kojic dipalmitate and is clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of unwanted pigmentation on the face, hands and chest. When kojic acid is applied to the skin in concentrated amounts it works on the melanocytes, interfering with the production of melanin to fade pigmentation.

Instead of lip injectables:

Use peppermint oil or cinnamon powder and apply with a cotton swab onto clean smooth lips. This will cause a mild tingling sensation and of course is only temporary.

Instead of botox:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Moisturise (and incorporate facial massage)
  • Don’t smoke, it’s the worst thing you can do to your skin.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol and limit your intake of sugar. Instead, eat foods rich in vitamins and nutrients.

Top at-home beauty tips:

  • Brush lips with a dry toothbrush to remove dead skin cells; be sure to moisten after with a lip balm.
  • Gently exfoliate to rid your skin of dead cells. Lightly scrub in circular motions over your face, including your face, including your lips, for at least one minute. Rinse off with cold water and pat dry. I recommend the Skin Brightening Facial Exfoliator, which helps remove dry, dead skin cells leaving skin smoother, brighter and deeply cleansed. It is very gentle so won’t leave your skin red. Importantly, it contains antioxidant skin vitamins C and E which help protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

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