We all know the busy lifestyle of the city can take its toll on our health. However, we make such a conscious effort to look after our wellbeing in the form of good food and exercise that we sometimes miss the external forces affecting us.
Pollution is a major environmental concern – which is largely overlooked when it comes to skin health.
We are exposed to pollution every day without knowing, so how can we protect our skin from it?
The latest research into airborne pollutants has shown 244 toxins are in the air around us, with the toxins attaching themselves to microscopic particles which penetrate the skin and go deep into our pores.
Pollution has been shown to accelerate wrinkles, age the skin, and increase spots and dryness resulting in a production of less collagen, with the particles causing other damaging effects.
It has been estimated people living in cities have a 10% faster rate of skin ageing than those living in rural areas.
But what can be done to protect your skin and banish the effects of pollution? At Dermal Clinic, we have a few solutions on offer.
Give Yourself Some TLC
Due to the increase of environmental stress on the skin, a little TLC can go a long way.
The HydroMedi Pro Facial is a multistage facial for a deep cleansing of the skin with lymphatic drainage. It is an ideal treatment to keep your skin in top condition with an extensive range of problems it can combat.
But what’s the difference with this treatment to a normal facial?
The HydroMedi Pro treatment combines deep cleansing, exfoliating and nourishing of the skin to ensure hydration and protection, creating a barrier to any toxins.
This treatment can be combined with home usage remedies such as taking vitamins. After a treatment, vitamins can complement the results by increasing the nourishment and protection of the skin and its surface.
HydroMedi comes in at £50, with extractions being available to add on. This 25-minute treatment can be a one-off treat to give your skin a boost, or can be topped up on a monthly or weekly basis. More information on the facial can be found here.
Boost your Immune System
Creams and lotions are major contributors in developing and maintaining healthy skin, but they can only reach so far – the process really does start from the inside out.
Feeding your skin with the right nutrients is just as important as what you apply to the outer layer.
The Advanced Nutrition Programme consists of antioxidants and vitamin A supplements.
Antioxidants boost the immune system whilst giving every day protection from free radicals in the air when going about your daily routine.
Most people get their antioxidants from food, including berries, kale, green tea and dark chocolate. However, supplements are an easy, hassle-free way to ensure that you are meeting your recommended daily quota.
The second supplement contains vitamin A, which nearly 50% of women are deficient from. This supplement will combat and normalise one’s skin, giving an overall balanced complexion.
The dual aspect of the supplements allow you to turbo-boost your routine, achieving glowing skin and vibrant health.
The Advanced Nutrition Programme is priced at £80, equating to roughly £20pcm. Find out more about the programme here.
It is that time-old saying that your mother would recite: put your sun cream on!
Not just for sunny holidays in Tenerife, SPF should be worn all year round to protect the skin from ultraviolet light, ageing and sun damage.
Although you will find that many foundations and day creams have SPF added, it’s rare that they are meeting the industry standard of SPF 50.
Adding an antioxidant cream creates a barrier from free radicals, while leaving your skin smooth and hydrated.
We have a full range of SPF and antioxidant products available at the clinic to help you protect your skin.
No matter which method you choose to give your skin boost against pollution, by taking the time to reassesses your regime you will not only be cutting your risk of skin cancer, but supplying essential nutrients into your skin that will leave you glowing inside and out.
To find out more about how you can look better and feel better at Dermal Clinic, plus the treatments and products available, call 0131 447 2642.