Many patients I see use moisturisers to try to stave off wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Frequently, however, I hear a complaint that they don’t work and that the skin feels dry and dull despite adhering to a strict moisturising regime, often with expensive products. Why do so many complain of sensitive skin, when the incidence of true allergy is much lower? Why do many people suffer from spots well beyond teenage years? It is easy to misdiagnose rough skin for dryness and then start to moisturise, whereas exfoliation is what the skin really needed. Read on to learn […]
Many patients I see use expensive moisturisers to try to stave off wrinkles and other signs of ageing, understandably influenced by persuasive advertising trumpeting the beneficial effects such products have on the skin. This mantra, that moisturising once or twice a day is paramount for healthy skin, has been drip-fed into our consciousness for many years. But why do many still experience dry, dull skin despite adhering to a strict moisturising regime, and despite using expensive products? What most people don’t realise is that habitual moisturising can actually be doing more harm than good. Our skin goes through a natural […]
I’m often asked for my recommendations on helping to maintain great looking skin. Here are 7 of my top tips- 1 – Never use solid soap (which is alkaline, and disrupts the normal acid pH of the skin). 2 – Exfoliate once or twice a week. This will encourage the dead skin cells to slough off and increase production of new, healthy cells. 3 – Don’t over-moisturise, as this can cause dead cells to be retained on the surface of the skin, creating a dull skintone. In fact, habitual moisturising can actually dry the skin out, because the moisture-producing cells […]
I’m delighted to have been asked by Antonia Mariconda, journalist and leading expert in beauty & anti-ageing, to write a guest expert blog on moisturising and whether we can be doing more harm than good. Read the full article here.