Skin guru and plastic surgeon, Paul Banwell tells us about the latest must have ingredients in professional skincare
The buzz word at the moment in the medical skin care world is ‘nutraceuticals’. This is an interesting concept that has turned skin health world on it’s head a little. We all know that living a healthy lifestyle, eating well and drinking plenty of water can improve your skin quality. Well, some science boffins at one company have produced a novel collagen drink that improves skin health from the ‘inside out’. They have carefully formulated and refined the product over many years and produced a unique drinkable collagen and vitamin fest. Specially produced low molecular weight collagen fragments are rapidly absorbed into the body and ‘trick’ the body to up-regulate collagen production in the skin which in turn leads to improved appearances. Try professional grade Skinade or LQ.
Niacinamide is a wonder ingredient! Otherwise known as Vitamin B3, it is a powerful immunoprotectant, helping guard your skin against the powerful rays of the sun. It also has effects on pigmentation, can soothe your skin and reduce oiliness. Look out for Immunologist from Rationale Skin Care.
Superfluids are destined to revolutionise photoprotective skin care formulations. These near-zero viscosity microemulsions create ultrathin films over the skin. This amazing technology developed in Australia (they lead the world in sunscreen technology) enables double the SPF protection with half the amount of actives. Look out for Rationale B3-T which is now available in the UK.
Hyaluronic Acid, famously-used in dermal fillers, is also an excellent topical treatment. It is capable of holding up to 1000x its own weight in water and hence helps to restore critical moisture to dehydrated skin, increase skin’s suppleness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A must have.
Whilst hydroxy acids are not new we believe they are essential as a night-time treatment. Hydroxy acids in different strengths help chemically exfoliate the skin for a smoother, glowing complexion. Lactic and glycolic preparations are best. Catalyst Skin Refining Serum from Rationale Skin Care is amazing but also try SkinCeuticals C + AHA or Neostrata’s range for an excellent pick me up.