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.
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.
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.
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 pufness, 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-inammatory 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 benets – you’ll see visible results in just three days. My decades of research show that inammation 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-inammatory 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 gratication. 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.