Advice

THE BENEFITS OF COSMETIC MAINTENANCE - DR SARA LINTON & LIZZIE RENKERT

Former editor of Madison Magazine, Lizzie Renkert knows beauty and the important role cosmetic maintenance plays in sustaining your natural beauty. No one is perfect and like many, Lizzie has been faced with problematic skin earlier in life however, as a regular client of CCM Lizzie found our mantra of regular and subtle cosmetic treatments to be the silver bullet to those annoying imperfections that plague many of us.

I've known Lizzie for a long time and it's always a compliment knowing your client (who's job is to have an eye for beauty) trusts you unreservedly with their own. It really is an honour but even more so when this trust is extended even further for a one-on-one interview.

I recently sat down with Lizzie at CCM HQ for a chat about her treatments vs results, improvement in technology over time and dispelling some of the negative chatter on cosmetic medicine and minimally invasive cosmetic surgery.

I hope you enjoy the video and if you have any questions about our procedures, techniques or would just like further information on any of your beauty concerns - just get in touch for a no obligation chat.

I love talking all things cosmetic medicine and only to happy too help.

Dr. Sara Linton

SKIN HYDRATION - HOW TO BREACH THE BARRIER

An average female spends approximately $1200.00 a year on serums, lotions, creams and potions - It’s really big business. While there’s countless products available, one thing they all have in common is the promise to hydrate and rejuvenate your skin... mostly backed by the term “laboratory proven”.

No matter how beneficial a certain product is for the “luminosity, youthfulness, hydration, softness” of your skin, it simply cannot penetrate to where it really matters - as that is our skin’s primary function.

A barrier.

After a period of hit and miss, those of us who take these promises seriously, do manage to find the appropriate product that works in harmony with our skin type and texture. Most of us remain loyal to that particular brand until being seduced by more conspicuous promises, peer pressure or a change in personal life style that may render that particular promising brand ineffective. And so, the search begins again. The hit and miss cycle continues until we eventually find "the one"... Again.

In my opinion it is not a particular product that works for the skin. It is the product of a well-regimented routine and persistence that works the skin towards a more youthful and well-preserved freshness.

As the largest organ of the human body, the skin we live in is in essence, our body’s barrier to the outside world. It’s essentially one big red “STOP” sign. No matter how beneficial a certain product is for the “luminosity, youthfulness, hydration, softness” of your skin, it simply cannot penetrate to where it really matters - as that is our skin's primary function. A barrier.

For this reason, the best moisturiser for the skin to date remains ample oral hydration and the best rejuvenator still is a well-balanced nutritious diet…. Well, at least to begin with.

An ageing skin loses its ability to remain hydrated for extended periods due to the loss of its proteoglycan (glycosaminoglycan) content. A dehydrated dermis not only looks dull and lifeless but also has higher levels of MMP (matrix metalloproteinases), which are intimately involved in all aspects of skin aging. So how to deal with the stubborn barrier to make the barrier itself look healthier?

Imagine a moisturiser that can pierce through your natural barrier forces of the skin and hydrate it from within.. like painting the inside of a wall.

Hyaluronic Acid based Injectable moisturisers are specialised, naturally occurring sugar molecules used to provide lasting hydration for months from within the skin. These molecules are hydrophilic that means they love and attract water, giving off a physical effect of allowing the skin to look plump and luminous.

More water content in the dermis means more oxygen concentration and easy access of nutrition to the skin. This contributes to the physiological effect of collagen and glycosaminoglycans synthesis by Fibroblast stimulation. It’s a very thin and non-structural Hyaluronic Acid, so it doesn’t contribute in shaping or volumising like other Hyaluronic Acid based dermal fillers. However, it does last for months like other HA based dermal fillers. This makes it a great product to be used pretty much anywhere for skin rejuvenation and fine wrinkle treatment. My patients particularly love it under the eyes, around the lips, neck and décolletage area.

I have some interesting conversations with people who are aware of their hands as much as their face. Our hand gestures at times over take our facial expressions even in face to face communication. This awareness leads to queries about modalities for hand rejuvenation by my patients. Injectable moisturisers have amazing results in hand rejuvenation giving the skin a more elastic, firmer and better toned appearance.

Injectable moisturisers are a valuable maintenance tool for skin care and keep your skin perfectly moisturised from within, in a slow release lasting fashion. The treatment is incredibly efficient and cost effective only requiring annual to bi-annual treatments, depending on individual patient needs and the area to be treated. On your next visit to CCM, do ask your cosmetic physician about further information on Injectable Moisturisers.

While resilience is a human trait admired by many, Injectable Moisturisers are indeed one of the little things in life worthy of getting under your skin!

Dr Tauseef Zia

WHICH MOISTURISER SHOULD I USE DOC?

This a question I get asked a lot (skincare is a vexed topic for Cosmetic Doctors) and the short answer is is ‘anything that suits you!’

If it feels good - it does good! BUT… we still want more for our patients.

Let me explain it like this:-

Even as an Associate Professor of Clinical Aesthetics I still have NO BUSINESS getting between you and your favourite Beauty Counter or Advisor.

If you have a liking, or maybe a need, for vast quantities of what the ‘ground floor cosmetic counters’ have to offer, then go for it!

All good!

If, however, you are a minimalist and want what works best, the following might help:

 

A.M.

 

Sunscreen (Of your choice)
+

Makeup (Of your choice)

 
 

P.M.

 

Cleanser (Of your choice)
+
Moisturiser* (Consider Professional Advice)

*Why? 

Because the night time use of “Medical” moisturisers represent a higher standard (sometimes they are called Cosmeceuticals).       

Best choice deserves professional discussion but may include:

  • Fruit acids known as AHA’s (Glycolic, Lactic, Salicylic)
  • Vit A’s Retinol (Retinaldehyde is best here)
  • etinyl Palmitate Retinyl Aceteate (usually a bit weak for my liking)

OR

If you have access to a Cosmetic Doctor and practice for Medical Skin Maintenance,
Ask them about:

  1.         Prescription Vit A-  Retinoic acid 
  2.         Prescription Estriol(if post-menopausal)
  3.         Prescription Hydroquinone (if pigmented)

These “Medical Moisturisers” change, repair and preserve the skin’s architecture, especially sun damaged Aussie skin, for the better and not just conceal and cover.

If you don't have an expert cosmetic Doctor, then the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australia’s website, it's a good place to start.

In my next blog I'll discuss anti-wrinkle injections and the different types available.

Dr Neal Hamilton