After Care: Retinol

I am often asked by my clients about Retinol, its benefits and how to use it. One of the few ingredients to actually work, Retinol is effective in improving skin’s brightness, the treatment of acne, reducing brown/sun spots and minimising the appearance of wrinkles. It really is a skincare superhero!

Screenshot 2019-04-17 at 14.48.12To my customers, I recommend Radical Night Repair by ZO Zein Obagi. Formulated with 1% retinol, it also provides antioxidant protection to help neutralise free radical damage.
Retinol is the chemical name for Vitamin A and retinoids cause skin cells to turn over at a faster rate, decreasing oil production and helping the skin to exfoliate.

It’s important to remember that Retinol is strong stuff and with almost all effective aesthetic treatments, there will be some side effects that vary by individual.

During ‘retinization’ (which can start 1-3 days after first use) and as your skin adjusts to the retinol there may be some peeling, dryness and your face may appear redder than usual. Sensitivity is completely normal and there are many ways to soothe your skin while it builds a tolerance to Retinol. Patience is key and glowing, healthier looking skin is worth waiting for! We thought we’d list some of the best after care tips so that your Retinol treatment is as efficient as possible…

Preparation

The best preparation your can do pre-retinol is to ensure your face is moisturised. Start a moisturisation routine day and night for at least a week before you start using Retinol and you’ll ensure your skin has a better barrier function.

Moisturise Again!

Applying the retinol over a moisturiser at night will help to temper the harshness of the product. Look for one with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, antioxidants or redness relieving peptides. I recommend Epionce Renewal Facial Lotion which contains all of these things as well as a botanical complex of meadowfoam, flax, avocado and lavender to calm inflammation and neutralise free radicals. This can be ordered through Making Faces so contact me if you’d like to know more!

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Slow & Steady

Retinol is best applied at night so as to avoid sun sensitivity and shouldn’t be used every day at first. Start by applying retinol twice per week, gradually working your way up to regular use. Slow and steady will mean you have a less severe reaction to the retinol as your skin adjusts and over time you can build up to daily use if you wish.
If your skin has an adverse reaction, stop use for a couple of days until it calms down.

Switch Up Your Routine

For the first month of regular use, your skin will be sensitive and this means you may need to switch up your care routine. Use a gentle cleanser instead of an exfoliator and allow some natural oils to remain on the skin. I love SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser or Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser.

Give up masks and facial peels too – Retinol will naturally exfoliate the skin and so there is no reason to do any manual dermabrasion. You should also avoid any other products that contain retinol, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid as they can be too harsh during retinol use.

Moisturise AGAIN

If you don’t get any dryness, it’s likely that your retinol isn’t strong enough so dry patches are completely normal and should be treated with more moisturiser or soothing aloe vera gel.

Ask Your Aesthetician

If you think you are having an extreme reaction to retinol, contact your aesthetician for advice. In rare occasions when rashes develop it may mean you are having an allergic reaction to the product and so should stop use immediately.

 

Retinol can have incredible results when used correctly and my clients that use Radical Night Repair have found it has now become a part of their ongoing skin care routine. If you’d like any advice or have any questions at all about the product – please do not hesitate to contact me.

5 tips for healthy Summer skin

It looks like Summer is on its way! Fingers crossed the lovely weather stays and we can start justifying all of the Magnum’s we’re eating…
With the warmer days comes even more reason to protect your skin so we’ve got a round up of 5 easy tips for keeping your skin healthy this Summer.

  • Sun screen – possibly the most obvious but by far the most important. You should use a sunscreen on your skin every day but even more so during the Summer. Whether you work indoors or out, a layer of sun screen will protect your skin from UV rays and there are some great products on the market that don’t feel heavy or leave your skin looking greasy. We recommend Epionce Active Shield lotion SPF30+ which is light, fast absorbing and fortified with antioxidants.
  • Lip protection – as if we need an excuse to buy another lipstick? During the Summer months don’t forget our lips are delicate and burn so easily. No one wants to look like a Batfish so be sure to look for a lipstick or lip balm with an SPF of at least 15.
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Not a good look.

  • Water – hydration is key all year round but during the Summer months, enjoying the sun can mean we end up feeling a little shrivelled. Be sure to drink plenty of water and snack on leafy greens, watermelon and berries to help you stay hydrated.
  • Exfoliating – as much as we’d all love a daily facial, for most it is not feasible. However, you can have a mini pamper every day if you use the right products. A gentle, daily exfoliating routine is the next best thing (bar a personal beautician) for clearing away dead skin cells and cleaning your pores; ensuring bright, radiant and healthy Summer skin. We love the ZO Skin Health Offects Exfoliating Polish which contains ultra-fine magnesium crystals and added vitamins A, C & E.
  • Go natural – if Summer days make you dread the thought of your normal make up routine, why not go natural? Going completely without make up can be a little daunting but a great breathable camouflage cream can cover up any blemishes, dark spots and troublesome areas effortlessly – leaving you looking natural and glowing. We use the Lycogel Breathable Camouflage SPF30 – available in 10 shades to suit your skin tone it will improve your skin whilst making you look flawless….and it’s water resistant! Pool party anyone?

 

ZO by Dr. Zein Obagi – The solution for your skin health

It is reported that the average woman will spend over £8,500 on skin products in her lifetime. Cleansers, moisturisers and anti-aging creams make up a large part of this number and it’s often mind boggling to look at the array of creams on the shelves at Boots that claim to lift, plump, create a glow or reduce wrinkles.

Dr Zen Obagi is a world renowned skin health expert who’s life long passion for creating healthy skin led him to create a range of products that have revolutionised skin care. He realises that skin health is a science and like any other science, is not static. Therefore, the need for improvement, expansion, and continuous adjustment is not only essential, but also necessary in obtaining optimal treatment results. What makes ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical products different is that they offer expanded benefits, improved treatment protocol results, broadened margins of safety, economical products, and increased patient compliance by offering the concept of prevention.

By restricting availability of their products to physicians’ such as MAKING FACES, they eliminate patient self-treating without medical supervision and, as a result, restore and strengthen the bonds between physicians and their patients.

From maintenance products such as cleansers and colour correcting creams, to more specialist treatments that target skin problems such as acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and aging; ZO Skin Health is the solution for optimising the true health of your skin.

MAKING FACES asked Emma, 25 and a user of Zo Skin Health products for 3 years how it’s changed her skin:

” I spend a lot of time outdoors and was struggling, particularly during the Winter with wind burnt, dry and uneven skin. Terrified that i’d end up with a face that looks like a leather boot at 50, I contacted Sharon to ask what I could do to improve my skin at a deeper level than just using an intense moisturiser. She explained the benefits of ZO products and how they work and I purchased an ‘advanced anti-aging skin care kit’ which contained different products for both day and night. I noticed a difference in my skin after about 1 week of using the products every day. It looked and felt calmer and I noticed myself needing to use less BB cream and foundation to cover up the uneven, blotchy patches. I am so happy with the difference its made and I feel much more confident in my skin. Off the shelf creams weren’t enough for me and nothing feels as good on my skin now, I only use Zen Obagi.”

We need to make sure we’re getting the most from our skin care regime. If you suffer with a condition that makes you feel self-conscious or want to really optimise the health of your skin, talk to Sharon about what ZO Skin Health products can do for you.

If we’re gonna spend just short of £10,000 on skin products in this lifetime, we might as well look fabulous doing it.

ZO Skin Health by Zen Obagi's night cream bursting with retinol featured in InStyle.

ZO Skin Health by Zen Obagi’s night cream bursting with retinol featured in InStyle.

Zo Skin Health by Zen Obagi's hand recovery cream featured in Harper's Bazaar.

Zo Skin Health by Zen Obagi’s hand recovery cream featured in Harper’s Bazaar.

 

ZO Skin Health by Zen Obagi's Growth Factor Serum & Overnight Recovery Cream featured in Grazia

ZO Skin Health by Zen Obagi’s Growth Factor Serum & Overnight Recovery Cream featured in Grazia