Even a tiny amount of retinol makes a difference to your skin…..we're talking pea size! So if you still aren’t using the gold standard in anti-aging, this easy-to-understand, expert-approved list from Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD, will most likely make you take another look.


1) It's Proven!

According to Baumann, retinoids, hydroxy acids and vitamin C are the only things that have been proven to improve wrinkles. “However, of these three, retinoids work the best. Retinoids also prevent wrinkles, even out skin pigmentation, prevent acne and exfoliate skin to impart a radiant complexion. Retinoids are the only ingredients FDA-approved to treat wrinkles, which means they have been proven to work in double-blind placebo-controlled trials.”


2) It Can Communicate With Your Genes

Retinol up-regulates the genes that make collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin and turns on the fibroblasts (the skin cells that make collagen). It down-regulates the genes that make collagenase (the enzyme that breaks down collagen).


3) Even a Tiny Amount Will Help

If the varying numbers of percentages are confusing to you, know this: All percentages will improve the skin, but higher percentages produce faster results. For example, with a higher percentage you can see results in six months, but a lower percentage can take 12 months. “I prefer starting patients on 0.25 percent retinol, then increasing them to 0.5 percent and then 1 percent.”


Dermalogica's Retinol comes with a buffer cream to vary the strength


4) They’re Simple to Fit Into Your Existing Skin Care Regimen

Even if you think your skin care routine is totally solid, if you aren’t using retinol, you may want to revise it—and you can start off small. “Apply a pea-size amount over moisturiser every third night for the first two weeks,” Dr. Baumann says. “Then increase to every other night for two weeks, and then every night.”


5) The Side Effects Are Very Easy to Control 

Redness, itching and flaking are the primary side effects of retinol, but they can be avoided by starting slowly with a low dose and a small amount. For example, start with a pea-size amount of 0.25 percent retinol every third night.


6) There Are a Ton of Options

Dr. Baumann says some of the best over-the-counter brands to try are SkinMedica, SkinCeuticals and Replenix.


Summer is just around the corner, and after the cold weather of the winter months the skin can be a little lacklustre and require some rejuvenation. Here are our top 5 tips to get your skin looking and feeling great for the warmer months ahead.

1. Drink Lots of Water

Hydrating your body is one of the best things you can do to maintain the health and appearance of your skin. Drinking enough water throughout the day helps you flush toxins from your body, keeping your skin healthy and clear.

2. Introduce a Hyaluronic Acid to your Skin Care Regime

Hyaluronic acid is one of the hottest ingredients in skincare right now. It’s everywhere. It has the ability to retain more than 1,000 times it’s weight in water. So now you’re drinking that water and using a Hyaluronic Acid, you can watch those fine dehydration lines, wrinkles and sagging disappear!

3. Protection

The sun is the most damaging factor to the skin, and the best way to keep your skin protected is to use an SPF. Make a start now and get into the habit of putting it on every day – even if it’s overcast. Harmful UV rays can still affect your skin on a cloudy day. We recommend using an SPF30 throughout the winter and increase to an SPF50 for the summer months. Serious about preventing skin damage and aging? Introduce a topical antioxidant, such as the award winning SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, in to your skin care routine. Antioxidants provide protection from free radicals that cause damage deep within the skin. Unlike sunscreens that protect skin from UV rays, antioxidants prevent skin damage caused by other environmental aggressors such as infrared radiation, pollution, cigarette smoke, alcohol, and more. SkinCeuticals antioxidants have also been proven to reverse skin damage, including fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.

4. Moisturise. Moisturise!

Find a moisturiser you love. We promise you it's worth the effort. If you are having trouble finding a moisturiser that works for you, our skin care experts are happy to offer recommendations and help you find the right moisturiser for your skin type.

5. Schedule a HydraFacial

HydraFacials are a great way to rejuvenate lacklustre skin. The treatment consists of 6 stages to detoxify the skin, remove dead skin cells, extract debris and provide long lasting hydration to protect and rebuild collagen levels. Immediate results are seen but a regular monthly treatment is recommended to rebuild skin health, provide continual improvement and enhanced appearance.

We all love looking and feeling our best, that's why we want you to give your skin a little extra attention. Follow our 5 simple tips and you’ll honestly be amazed at how good your skin can be. Still feel your skin could use some extra love? Book in for a customised facial treatment and spend your spring radiating with confidence.

About skin pigmentation
Brown spots, liver spots, age spots, sun spots, sunburn freckles, lentigos, or senile/solar lentigines are all associated with premature aging and exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
These marks range in colour from light brown to red or black and are located in areas most often exposed to the sun, particularly the hands, face, shoulders, arms, decollete and forehead. Most are harmless, but all are ageing and may be unattractive.

The Skin Pigmentation treatment
The Energist IPL treatment removes the areas of excessive pigmentation leaving the texture and colour of the skin natural and unchanged.
This treatment will not prevent the development of new separate areas of pigmentation. Regular and careful use of sunscreen combined with an antioxidant is essential if new areas are to be prevented. We recommend daily usage of a minimum SPF30 sun protection cream.

How Skin Pigmentation treatments works
The specially designed IPL light is absorbed only by the cells containing excessive concentrations of pigment (melanin) and destroys the pigment granules. It does not destroy the surrounding tissues or remove the normal skin colour. The light pulses produced by the IPL feels similar to a flicking rubber band and for most people is not too uncomfortable.
The pigmentation should appear darker at first before it fades and for 7 – 10 days the area will look like a scab, which eventually peels off.

How effective is Skin Pigmentation treatment?
Greater than 95% fading is usually achieved with age spots and sunburn freckles.

How many treatments will I need?
Depending on the area to be treated, usually three to five treatments are required depending on the severity of the pigmentation.

To find out more information about Skin Pigmentation, please book a Free Consultation.

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Have the summer months left your skin dry and dehydrated? Has sun cream left your pores blocked and enlarged? Has exposure to UV rays left your skin with pigmentation and lines?

Tackle all these problems in one leading treatment – the ‘HydraFacial’.
PLUS – Book a HydraFacial in September and receive an Aromatherapy Associates Body Hydrating treatment absolutely FREE. The ultimate skin hydrating package to restore skin health and help reverse the signs of sun damage.

What does the HydraFacial include:
The HydraFacial is the newest advancement in non-laser skin resurfacing. It is the only treatment that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection in a single hydradermabrasion treatment. The result…..clear, beautiful, hydrated skin. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating, and immediate results with no downtime. Good for ALL skin types.

  • Cleanse & Exfoliate- dead skin cells are removed to reveal healthy new skin
  • Acid Peel to loosen dirt without irritation
  • Extractions using vortex suction to clean pores
  • Hydrate using Antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid are Vortex-Fused to nourish and protect skin
  • Protection- The HydraFacial Daily Essentials help maintain and protect your results
  • LED Light – for acne, to even skin tone, and helps with collagen production
  • Derma builder – products to promote collagen production

What Does the FREE Body Hydrator include?
Using super effective Aromatherapy Associates products, a full body exfoliation is followed by layering of hydrating gels, nourishing oils and softening creams. A body wrap ensures maximum absorption of products while you lay back and enjoy the HydraFacial treatment.

Offer valid to 30 September 2014 only. Terms and conditions apply.

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