Luckily, I don’t have very problematic skin. Thank goodness for that because my weight is an endless struggle; if I had to worry about my skin too, I would be miserable! That said, I do want to start investing in a premium skincare brand, more for later than for now. I am starting to get lines under my eyes and I want to use a good product for preventative reasons. I’ve been using Olay for years, and I’m stuck when it comes to choosing which product to upgrade to.
There are the usual department store brands, like Clinique, Dermalogica, Clarins and Estee Lauder, and then there are more advanced brands which are only available at medical salons, like QMS and now, SkinCeuticals. I’m inclined to think that the latter two are probably better, albeit more expensive than the former, just because of the amount of research and science that goes into the formulations. I think brands like Clinique, Clarins etc spend so much on marketing and “prettying” up the packaging, that realistically at least 30% of what you’re paying for the product goes towards that.
SkinCeuticals is made in the USA, and is recommended by dermatologists and plastic surgeons. They believe that there are 3 fundamental steps to prevent and correct signs of aging caused by the environment.
1) antioxidant serums: these reinforce the skin’s natural antioxidant defences against environmental attacks, like UV rays, pollution, stress and smoke
2) suncreens: act as a barrier against UV rays
3) corrective treatments specific to your skin
At the launch, we were each given an antioxidant which I’ve been using on my face since. It is supposed to assist with skin tone and blotchiness. Will keep you posted on the developments (it can take 4-8 weeks to get results) but given my relatively good starting point I’m not sure I’ll see much improvement.
What I really wanted to write about in this post, is the facial peel I experienced. We were all given a voucher for peel, at plastic surgeon Dr Mark Steinmann’s rooms in Rosebank. I was slightly terrified beforehand, because I’ve heard horror stories about peels and I had to go straight back to the office afterwards and also had plans the entire weekend so I didn’t want to be all red and blotchy. Obviously I took advantage of the fact that I was at a plastic surgeon’s office and asked about liposuction, apparently it starts from R25k :/
The peel costs R1100 and is recommended once a month. It promises to:
– stimulate collagen production to reduce signs of fine lines and wrinkles
– soften and smooth the skin’s surface and reduce dullness
– decrease the frequency of acne
The whole experience literally took 20 minutes. We started by cleansing and disinfecting the skin, and then the actual peel was applied for only 3 minutes. During these 3 minutes, it stung and burnt a bit but it was nothing I couldn’t handle. Afterwards, we followed SkinCeuticals’ 3 steps: antioxidant, sunscreen and moisturize.
Afterwards, my skin was literally glowing. Now at a cost of R1100 I’m not sure if it is something I’d budget for monthly, but for special occasions like weddings (not that I’m planning to have one of those again) or important events, I think I would consider it. I’m not sure there’s a facial out there that can achieve such quick and effective results.
My therapist also talked me into buying a sunscreen. It was R440 (20% discount because I had a peel), and this is something I think is absolutely necessary. Everyone knows most of the damage to skin is because of the sun. Olay only has SPF15 which isn’t nearly enough when walking around in the sun, which I will be doing soon on my European holiday (*squeal*). This one is SPF50. I definitely don’t want to use that horrible white runny supermarket sunscreen on my face so I think this is a good investment. You only need a pea sized amount so I’m sure it will last a while; I don’t plan on using it on the days I’m just in the office.
If you’re keen to know more about SkinCeuticals, visit their website: www.skinceuticals.com. You can also pop into Tusc in Sandton City (opposite Soho Nail Salon). They stock the full range of products and will be able to give you a complete run down. For a facial peel, call Dr Steinmann’s offices on 011 447 5171.
Here’s to beautiful skin!