Topical Products – What works?
These consist of short-chains of amino acids small enough to be able to penetrate the epidermis and can be synthesized to perform specific functions such as stimulating the healing process and turning on the fibroblasts responsible for producing collagen and elastin. There are many different types of peptides, all of which have different effects so it is important that your individual concerns are addressed with your doctor or therapist.
- FRUIT ACIDS OR ALPHA-HYDROXY ACIDS (AHAs)
Glycolic acid improves the smoothness and feel of the skin. To be effective it is often necessary to start with lower strength products to avoid irritation before gradually increasing as your skin “acclimatises”.
Vitamins C and E products can counteract sun damage and promote rejuvenation. Vitamins in over-the-counter products are often unstable, however, and are unlikely to penetrate the skin effectively.
- COENZYME Q10
Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance thought to have antioxidant free radical-quenching properties. There is some evidence that products contain can protect the skin. We also recommend the oral forms which give additional protection to your cardiovascular system as well as the skin.
This Vitamin A derivative, used since the Sixties to treat acne, is also a beauty treatment. In high doses, it causes dryness and flaking. Lower-strength creams can reverse skin ageing, by increasing cell production, redressing skin pigmentation and increasing collagen formation.
- Moisturising Sunscreen
The biggest cause of skin ageing is free radical damage caused by exposure to UV rays. Remember to use an appropriate strength SPF product and to regularly re-apply as the protection afforded will decrease as it is removed by sweating and swimming etc.