When you have something wrong with your skin it is frustrating and overwhelming at times.
There is a lot of conflicting information out there that can cause you even more confusion. As one Aesthetician put it, all anyone needs is a mobile phone and a YouTube channel and they call themselves an expert.
One of my missions is to stop the confusion. To provide a harbour of safety where you know you will get honest advice from a professional.
What separates me apart from other salons is my care in looking after you. I want to ensure you achieve the skin of your dreams.
It is my mission is to show you step by step how to get there and to be there with you along the way in your skin journey. To encourage you when it is hard, and to celebrate with you when you get the results you have been looking for.
For all of you who share your struggles and success stories, I thank you. It is difficult for me to articulate how much joy and inspiration it fills me with.
If you're feeling hopeless and lost with your skin please let me know. I would truly love to help you.
There are many that use oils in place of a moisturiser. Is this really the best thing for your skin?
The most common oils used are Rosehip and Coconut Oil. Those that replace their moisturiser with oils have a skin barrier that is majorly impaired which ages them rapidly. Many wonder how this is the case when the oils have so many benefits.
It comes down to the fact that our skin requires the following three things in balance to maintain our skin barrier.
1. Fatty Acids
Vegetable oils only contain one of these.....Fatty Acids. They do not contain Cholesterol or Ceramides. By just using oil you stop the skin barrier from repairing and your skin will develop a low grade of inflammation which is basically cooking your collagen and elastin making you age faster. By the time those pesky wrinkles have begun to emerge the ageing process has already started and simply adding oil will in fact make it worse.
Hyaluronic Acid keeps skin moist and elastic while hydrating the skin and smoothing out fine lines. It holds 1000 times it’s own weight in water. Hyaluronic Acid production in the skin reduces as we age, resulting in loss of elasticity which develops as wrinkles. It plays an important role in tissue regeneration and prevention of scarring.
Not all Hyaluronic Acid is created equally.
One of the concepts poorly understood is the fact that 90% of the basis of preventing scarring is hydration. This is the same principle that is used in surgical wounds. This is the reason alginate dressings are used. They minimise the risk of scarring.
The problem with most acne treatments is they strip the skin and dehydrate it, which means lesions take much longer to heal. This is why our protocol focuses on hydration. Wounds heal better in a moist environment.
So the next time you go to dry out that pimple. Think if that's what you really want.
Katie Tilson is a fully qualified Beauty Therapist passionate about skin health and dedicated to ongoing training and education to ensure you receive superior skin treatments.