For countless centuries, make-up has been used by women – and men – to enhance their natural looks. However, it’s not always beneficial in the long term. While we may be long past the days when it was chic to slather your face in dangerous white lead (a common fad up until the 18th century), common cosmetics can still damage your beauty if you misuse them.
Make-up has an expiration date – in some cases, like mascara, a very short one – and it’s not simply to make you buy more. It’s because your make-up is an effective breeding ground for bacteria; cling on to that mascara for more than the recommended three months and you put yourself at an increasing risk of eye infections. Make note of the expiration dates of your make-up, and set yourself a reminder to treat yourself to new products in time.
Similarly, you can find a lot of bacteria growing on your make-up brushes if they aren’t properly cleaned. Using dirty brushes effectively paints old grime back onto your face, and this can contribute to spots, acne and other infections. Keep your brushes – and the make-up bag that holds them – clean, and your skin will be cleaner too.
Sharing Isn’t Caring
Your best friend may adore that shade of lipstick, but letting her borrow it isn’t a great idea. Any form of make-up that is applied directly – lipsticks, eyeliners, etc. – can transfer bacteria and viruses from one user to another. If she really can’t buy her own, at least make sure that she uses a clean lipstick brush to apply it.
Less Is More
Thickly applied make-up can clog up your pores, with inevitable unwanted effects. Apply it lightly, and never – no matter how much of a rush you may be in – be tempted to simply layer your evening make-up on top of whatever you were wearing during the day. On a similar note, never go to sleep still in your make-up – take it off and let your skin breath.
Here at the Aesthetic Skin Clinic, we offer a range of cosmetic treatments including Thermage that can help you to repair damage to your skin and achieve a more youthful look. For more information, or to make an appointment for a consultation, contact us today.
Your skin performs a number of vital functions, from helping to regulate your body temperature, to protecting you from your environment. Unfortunately aging is an unavoidable fact of life, and one of the most visible signs of ageing is the effects it can have on our skin. Indeed as we age, our skin can become less firm and tends to loses some of its elasticity, leading to the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
There are a number of factors both genetic and environmental that can contribute to the ageing process, and one of the key underlying mechanisms involved in relation to your skin involves a common protein found in our bodies, known as collagen.
Collagen is an essential protein found in our skin that acts as a key provider of support for your skin. As such collagen plays an essential role in ensuring your skin remains smooth and firm. Hence one of the major reasons for the loss of firmness of our skin with age, and the development of wrinkles, is largely due to a breakdown of the collagen in our skin, which is naturally lost as a part of the ageing process.
Hence it is important to ensure we take good care of the collagen in our skin. Whilst a loss of collagen is a natural part of the ageing process there are a number of steps you can take to revive the collagen in your skin and leave it feeling firmer. For example Thermage, also known as skin tightening and contouring, is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that can help give your skin a firmer appearance. The treatment specifically targets the collagen in your skin and over time can lead to the production of new and remodelled collagen.
Understanding how your skin works is vital to ensuring your skin remains looking its best. If you’re looking for Thermage, then here at the Aesthetic Skin Clinic we are skin care experts and can offer a wide range professional treatments including Thermage to suit your needs. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us and one of our friendly team will be happy to assist you with your enquiries.