The Science of Skin Be­hav­iour

More than a reg­u­lar fa­cial, Cam­bridge Ther­a­peu­tics’ Oxy Re­plen­ish and Ad­vanced Stem Cell Sys­tems Ther­apy hy­drates, bright­ens, and is even said to train your skin to be­have bet­ter.

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Many sk­in­care prod­ucts tackle only the symp­toms of a prob­lem, and not the prob­lem it­self. How­ever, what we re­ally want is to change the way our skin be­haves, so that it is stronger and health­ier from within, and doesn’t be­come dry or dull in the first place.

De­signed by doc­tors, Cam­bridge Ther­a­peu­tics’ ther­a­pies are the re­sult of care­fully se­lected sci­en­tific so­lu­tions com­bined with ev­i­dence-based ac­tive in­gre­di­ents de­rived from Korean aes­thet­ics know-how. The Oxy Re­plen­ish aims to pro­mote skin’s nat­u­ral abil­ity to mois­turise, while the Ad­vanced Stem Cell Sys­tems Ther­apy is be­lieved to en­cour­age skin-cell re­gen­er­a­tion, pig­men­ta­tion light­en­ing, and restora­tion of elas­tic­ity.

DEEP BREATH

The 30-minute Oxy Re­plen­ish treat­ment be­gins with cleans­ing, fol­lowed by an in­fu­sion of high-pres­sure oxy­gen and a cock­tail of ar­gire­line, pep­tides and ar­butin that is be­lieved to be skin-re­plen­ish­ing. An anti-age­ing serum for­mu­lated with the po­tent an­tiox­i­dant idebenone and hy­drat­ing galac­to­myces is then ap­plied. This is said to boost the skin’s nat­u­ral pro­duc­tion of moisturising hyaluronic acid, and im­prove skin struc­ture so it has a bet­ter dis­tri­bu­tion of fi­brob­lasts (col­la­gen-pro­duc­ing cells). Post-treat­ment, your com­plex­ion should im­me­di­ately feel more hy­drated and look sup­pler; over time, wrin­kles should ap­pear less ob­vi­ous. Twice-weekly ses­sions are rec­om­mended ini­tially, af­ter which you can have monthly main­te­nance ses­sions. You can also opt for a su­per­charged ver­sion of the fa­cial, Ul­tra V, which in­cludes the use of an­tiage­ing growth fac­tors.

CELL THER­APY

Cam­bridge Ther­a­peu­tics’ cut­ting-edge Ad­vanced Stem Cell Sys­tems Ther­apy taps into the re­gen­er­a­tive abil­i­ties of stem cells. Backed by 10 years of re­search, the stem cells used (they are de­rived from the cord lin­ing of the red deer) meet the Health Sciences Au­thor­ity’s strin­gent stan­dards. Har­vested lo­cally by a lo­cal stem cell re­search com­pany, the tech­nol­ogy used is safe and patented. A serum (80 per cent stem cells) is in­fused into the skin via mi­cro-needling – a tech­nique that cre­ates mi­cro-punc­tures on skin to al­low the serum to pen­e­trate more ef­fec­tively. Dur­ing the process, cool oxy­gen is blown over the skin to pre­vent pain and elim­i­nate the need for a numb­ing cream. The stem cells are rich in pro­tein and growth fac­tors, which sup­pos­edly prompt cell re­gen­er­a­tion, lead­ing to in­creased skin elas­tic­ity and plump­ness, and re­duced pig­men­ta­tion and fine lines.

38 ALA and DMAE re­duce red­ness, blotch­i­ness, swelling and pufness, while vi­ta­min C ester stim­u­lates col­la­gen and elastin pro­duc­tion. It’s dif­fer­ent from nor­mal vi­ta­min C be­cause it’s not just wa­ter-sol­u­ble but also fat-sol­u­ble, mean­ing it can rapidly and eas­ily pen­e­trate skin (which is made of both wa­ter and fat). If you have dull, puffy skin with large pores, choose a cleanser with ALA, DMAE and gly­colic acid. ALA shrinks pores that are en­larged from over­ac­tive oil glands, while DMAE im­proves skin tone and gly­colic acid gen­tly ex­fo­li­ates for glow­ing skin. The best way to cleanse is in the shower with warm, not hot, wa­ter. This en­sures that all prod­uct is thor­oughly re­moved.

Anti-in­flam­ma­tory Di­ets Cul­ti­vate Youth­ful Skin

This is the cor­ner­stone of my phi­los­o­phy. An anti-inam­ma­tory diet of high-qual­ity pro­tein (like sh and poul­try), low gly­caemic in­dex carbs (like whole­grains and lentils), healthy fats found in cold­wa­ter sh (es­pe­cially wild Alaskan sal­mon or sar­dines), nuts and seeds, and lots of wa­ter has in­com­pa­ra­ble benets – you’ll see vis­i­ble re­sults in just three days. My decades of re­search show that inam­ma­tion is the great­est pre­cip­i­ta­tor of age­ing and agere­lated dis­eases, from saggy skin to di­a­betes or Alzheimer’s. It’s caused by a num­ber of things, in­clud­ing stress, smok­ing and a pro-inam­ma­tory diet (of high gly­caemic carbs such as white bread), which trig­ger free rad­i­cals in cells and ac­cel­er­ate age­ing.

Light Treat­ments Are the Way For­ward

I don’t be­lieve the fu­ture lies in in­va­sive treat­ments, in­jectable llers or rad­i­cal surgery. I rmly be­lieve in strength­en­ing mus­cles to pro­duce more youth­ful con­tours, as op­posed to paralysing them. In terms of fa­cial re­ju­ve­na­tion, pulsed elec­tric cur­rent has tremen­dous prom­ise. Ther­a­peu­tic LED light treat­ments, in con­junc­tion with strength­en­ing mus­cles in the face, neck and eye area through elec­tric cur­rent, can achieve a youth­fully con­toured, lifted look that looks nat­u­ral. SKIN CAN­CER EX­PERT DR ELLEN MAR­MUR Der­ma­tol­o­gist, der­ma­to­logic sur­geon, and as­so­ciate clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor in both the De­part­ment of Der­ma­tol­ogy and the De­part­ment of Ge­net­ics and Ge­nomic Re­search at The Mount Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter in New York.

Four Must-haves for Great Skin

The two most im­por­tant prod­ucts are a mois­turiser and sun­screen. You also need a gen­tle makeup re­mover or wash, and one an­tiage­ing prod­uct. Mois­turis­ers should be free of sodium lau­ryl sul­phate and should never sting. If you have very dry skin, use one with glyc­erol and hyaluronins. I per­son­ally love Strivectin-SD for Sen­si­tive Skin. Sun­screen should be min­eral-based – that makes it last longer and stay sta­ble un­der sun­light, mean­ing you’re more pro­tected from spots.

Detox Your Rou­tine

Peo­ple tend to over-treat their skin. You can tell you’re do­ing this when you get symp­toms such as rash-like skin around the mouth and eye­lids, bro­ken blood cells and red­ness on cheeks, and over­all dry­ness. There is no ev­i­dence that us­ing eight prod­ucts rather than three makes a dif­fer­ence, so keep your rou­tine as sim­ple and smart as pos­si­ble. On top of the ba­sic prod­ucts, what you need is re­ally good sleep, be­cause that’s when skin re­plen­ishes and re­pairs it­self.

Fast, Un­de­tectable Aes­thetic Treat­ments Are In

Fillers are to­tally beau­ti­ful and give in­stant gratication. Peo­ple don’t say: “What did you do to your cheek­bones?”; they say: “Your eyes look great.” Clear + Bril­liant is a great new treat­ment, a quick anti-age­ing laser ther­apy you can do dur­ing lunchtime. It also works for acne, which the blue light helps to kill off, and boosts med­i­ca­tions. Another re­cently pop­u­lar treat­ment is the Light­sheer Duet for laser hair re­moval. It doesn’t hurt and is faster than in­tense pulsed light ther­apy – you can do your en­tire back, ab­domen, bikini area and arms in less than 10 min­utes. About three treat­ments give last­ing re­sults.

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