Q: What is micro-needling and how can it improve my skin? A: Micro-needling for skin rejuvenation is gaining popularity – it requires minimal downtime and brings fast, visible results. These include skin refinement, reduction in wrinkle depth and ‘crepiness’, and, over time, increased skin hydration. It’s also used to combat acne scars and uneven skin tone and texture.The technique involves ‘rolling’ over locally anaesthetised skin with fine sharp needles to target ageing skin tissue. Intensity and duration may vary from short, gentle treatments to a more intensive stimulation. I recommend that you get professional advice. Q:What are peptides? A: Peptides – protein fragments that can penetrate the skin’s protective barrier – are the skin’s building blocks. Copper peptides were the first generation to be recognised for use in skin care, known for their woundhealing ability. Now the next-generation peptides include neuropeptides, for reducing facial expression lines, and carrier peptides, which deliver important trace elements to help boost ‘in-cell’ chemical processes.
Beauty therapist Helene Bramwell
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