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After 14 Years of working in the skin and medical aesthetics industry and testing skin products and treatments as part of my job, working with dermatologists and skin experts and trying every new treatment coming out of the American and European markets —I’ve learned to sift out the incorrect information from what really works and what is worth spending your hard-earned money on. Here’s the most important skin care advice I’ve learned, and some skin care tips that I stick to.

Also, if you missed part one of this article, you can click here to view.

Cleansing Effectively

This is a step that many underestimate the importance of and is often missed or skipped. Cleansing your skin at the end of the day allows you to effectively remove all product, makeup as well as dirt collected on the skin throughout the day. This can often put added stress on the skin which can lead to pre-mature ageing.

Tip: Cleansing your skin is the last thing you feel like doing when it’s late and you are tired. Try and get this done earlier to avoid this step getting missed all together.

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Layer skin-care products from thinnest to thickest in terms of texture.

Think about your skin like a sponge that wants to soak up all of the goodness you’re applying. Therefore, it’s important to first apply the thinnest, water-like products such as an essence or serum and then follow with heavier moisturisers and oils, which help to seal everything in. Oils, in particular have occlusive properties, which literally create a barrier between skin and the air—anything applied on top of them is basically done in vain.

Humidify the air surrounding you

By humidifying the air you sleep in you are adding extra moisture to the air you are allowing your skin to repair itself and hydrate while you rest. 

Tip: Essential oils such as Lavender can be used with most humidifiers to assist those suffering with insomnia, to ensure you get that much needed beauty sleep. 

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Keeping your skin active

We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra help, they can hang around leaving the skin looking dull and sullen. To fight this, speak to your skin specialist about which type of exfoliator is best for your skin type – and don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation too.

When we sleep it’s the one time of the day where we can recoup and recover from the day. Although our minds are at rest our body is still functioning and repairing any damage caused from the day before. As our skin is one of the largest functioning organs, it stays awake, making it vital and important for us to feed it all the right ingredients to keep it healthy and active. Most products applied onto the skin at night usually don’t react well with sun exposure as they contain unique properties to promote the skin to renew itself with fresh cells and stimulate anti-aging mechanisms lying much deeper inside of the skin too. 

Tip: Products containing ingredients such as Vitamin A are the ideal way of keeping your skin active while you sleep. 

Tip: I love using my Tretinoin cream 2 x per week, it keeps my skin smooth and clear, as well as doing a Green peel every couple of months. Long term use of retinol is a great antiaging tool!

The sun is responsible for fine lines and premature aging.

Sun damage can destroy the collagen and elastin in your skin. Collagen and elastin degradation in the skin can result in a loss of elasticity and firmness, causing wrinkles, fine lines and sunspots . This makes sunscreen the ultimate ingredient for younger-looking skin. Use an SPF 30 or higher daily.

TIP: Wanting a treatment that removes sunspots and pigmentation quickly and effectively and promotes collagen? Then BBL laser treatment (broad band light) will be your new best friend!

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Peel pads are almost too easy not to use.

Glycolic acid treats lines and dark spots. It’s most effective in individually wrapped peel pads (the pH of glycolic acid can change when it’s exposed to air). 

Fight hyperpigmentation during the day

Treat dark spots using antioxidants during the day. At night, apply topical retinoids to enhance skin cell turnover. These potent ingredients work to enhance protection against free radical damage caused by exposure to environmental aggressors like solar radiation and pollution.

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Exercise

Exercise brings about a natural healthy glow to the skin! Another reason to take that extra Spin class: A good workout doesn’t just burn calories; it also helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your skin.

Save the bulk of your skin-care routine for bedtime

The skin repairs itself overnight, so products like retinol and thick moisturisers are best used in the evening. Never skip the evening cleanse and removing your makeup. Provided this is done,  a quick rinse with water in the mornings followed by an antioxidant serum and sunscreen is adequate.

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Cherie Cochrane

Written By Skin & Laser Specialist Cherie Cochrane

Cherie specialises in the aesthetic side of Atlantic Dermatology and Laser. With over a decade of experience in skin, laser and aesthetic treatments, a results-driven approach and over 6 years as a business owner, she has created two successful aesthetic businesses. 

Cherie has recently moved to Cape Town and is a proven professional with a results-driven approach. Cherie has trained Doctors, Nurses, Therapists and Professionals to become leading experts within their chosen profession and won the prestigious international “Best Results” Laser competition by Sciton, competing against the top 200 clinics from around the world. 

After having your first consultation with Cherie, you will leave here educated and with a proper plan to get the best results for your skin