Q I LIKE to store my anti-ageing cream in the fridge during the summer. Is this OK or will the cold damage the cream?
A LOWER temperatures are usually much better for creams and gels, particularly if they contain vitamin C as the cold can help prevent the potent antioxidant from deteriorating.
Eye creams and gels actually perform better if they are stored in the fridge as the chilled cream will constrict blood vessels, helping to reduce dark circles and under-eye puffiness.
Chilling aftersun lotion, sunscreen and body creams too will mean they feel soothing when applied. However, don’t store facial oils in the fridge as the cold temperature will thicken the oil and ruin the consistency.
A One option you could consider is a laser lift. Smartxide Dot laser treatment can tighten the skin by 30 per cent and stimulate new collagen production. During treatment the high-energy laser damages the outer layers of the skin.
As the skin heals, new skin cells develop leaving the knees smoother, firmer and more toned. You may need to up three treatments, six weeks apart. From £900 per treatment. Alternatively, try a chemical peel, which can work wonders on loose skin. One treatment will have an immediate tightening effect but most clinics now prefer to do a course of six to eight lighter weekly peels for a longer lasting result. From £60 per treatment.
Suspension Lift is the latest noninvasive procedure
A We call this problem “bacne” and it is a common skin issue during the summer. The hot weather increases sebum production, which leads to blocked pores and spots. Try a special back treatment, similar to a facial for acne-prone skin, which will exfoliate the skin and deal with clogged pores.
In our clinic we offer a Bacne Blaster treatment, which includes a back peel using glycolic acid to treat blocked pores, extractions, red and blue LED light to target bacteria and a moisturising mask to leave skin hydrated. It costs £120 and most beauty salons will offer a similar procedure.
At home, try using a long handled bristle brush to give your back a scrub while you’re in the shower.
This will boost circulation, bringing much-needed nutrients and oxygen to the skin. After you have scrubbed, blast the back with jets of warm and cold water to improve skin tone. To finish, spritz your back with La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray, £8.50 (boots.com), a soothing spray that treats oily, blemish-prone skin.
A Most of us are so concerned about facial wrinkles that we forget about other parts of the body. The hands often show signs of ageing first, such as thin, wrinkled skin and pigmentation marks. The first step is to protect your hands from the sun. Use a hand cream that contains an SPF20 every day and apply liberally to the backs of the hands. Once a week massage your hands with an exfoliating scrub and apply a moisturising mask to the backs of the hands.
Avoid washing your hands in very hot or cold water as both can irritate the skin and use a mild soap that contains nourishing and moisturising oils to cleanse the skin. Wear protective gloves when you are doing housework or gardening. Household products such as bleach spray and washing-up liquid can easily damage the skin’s natural pH balance.
Q I HAVE noticed many skin products contain charcoal. Is this an effective ingredient?
A CHARCOAL is an excellent skincare ingredient that has many different benefits. It acts like a magnet to absorb dirt and oil from the skin, removing impurities and decongesting pores. It also has natural exfoliating properties, which means that serums and moisturisers applied after a charcoal product will be more effective as they can penetrate the skin more easily. Try Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, £25 (origins.co.uk).
Find the perfect skincare for your complexion
A DURING the day wear a lip balm that contains an SPF to protect the delicate skin. Then at bedtime apply eye cream to your lips to nourish and plump up your pout overnight. If your lips are flaky, apply a thick layer of Vaseline Lip Therapy, £1.95 (boots.com) and exfoliate by gently rubbing with an old toothbrush.