Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BEAUTY -

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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