Skin should be your first priority if you want to avoid the signs of ageing, yet many of us don’t invest the time or money to do so. Then, we’re left with ageing, tired and dull skin covered in age spots and other blemishes, not to mention sagging due to loss of collagen and we end up spending energy and time to deal with what we could have avoided in the first place. North Coast Medispa (NCM) on the Far North Coast of NSW know how important it is to look after your skin and took the time to answer our most common skin questions and guide us to love the skin you’re in – how to look after your skin for life.
PSH: What is the biggest and most common mistake that you see people make when it comes to skincare and skincare products?
NCM: The most common mistake people make is not seeking help from a skin care professional before purchasing products – this often results in them buying the wrong products for their skin, which can worsen the condition or simply be ineffective. This usually leads to another big mistake which is switching between products too often to allow them to be effective.
PSH: What do you suggest people look for when it comes to choosing the right skincare for them?
NCM: We suggest learning about the common active products available in skin care and how they interact with your skin. As part of our Skin Assessment process at North Coast Medispa, we always aim to educate our clients so that they can make informed decisions when looking for products.
PSH: Why is a skincare assessment by a trained professional, ie. dermatologist or nurse, so important? What can they tell us about our own skin that we don’t already know?
NCM: A medically trained skin care professional such as a dermatologist or dermatology trained nurse has advanced knowledge backed by medical science and years of experience working “at the end of the line” in terms of skin care. They know the right questions to ask to ensure any treatments or products used will be safe and effective for you and they know how to best monitor changes in the skin over time.
Unfortunately, we see many patients who come to us after damage to the skin has happened because they have either self-diagnosed (with the help of “Dr Google”) or been misdiagnosed by practitioners who simply aren’t aware of certain aspects of skin science.
PSH: If there is one piece of advice that you want to get across to people when it comes to looking after their skin, besides consulting with a skincare clinic, what would it be?
NCM: Prevention is better than the cure! Looking after your skin from an early age really does have an impact on how it transforms over time. Ageing is inevitable but the signs of ageing in the skin can be drastically reduced with good skin care and consistent sun protection.
There is a new wave of medical grade skin care available on the market – do you think people need to do some research before putting these products on their skin, and do you think they suit everybody?
Skin care products are constantly evolving with some really exciting developments happening in the industry at the moment.
Not all products are suitable for everyone so again, we highly recommend visiting a skin clinic or dermatologist prior to investing in any products. If you have a specific product that you’re interested in, any reputable skin care clinic would be happy work with you to make sure it’s suitable for your skin.
PSH: Do you think that the more expensive a product is, the better it is? Do you have any preferred products for people on a budget?
NCM: It’s best to only use products that are backed by research, with clinical papers available as proof of their safety and efficacy. Price should be a secondary concern to that but there are really great products available for nearly every budget.
It’s difficult to recommend a specific brand or product as what works for one person may not work for another. We stock a range of products in our clinic to suit all skin budgets and skin types.
PSH: A lot of people say they don’t have time to stick to a long beauty routine. What would you say the most important thing someone can do to look after their skin?
NCM: For most people, skin care routines don’t need to be a long and complicated process.
We often recommend a simple routine of daily cleansing with a gentle cleanser product and then consistently wearing SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen (yes, even in winter). A high quality moisturiser could be used as needed.
Anything beyond that is usually for addressing specific problems e.g. acne, pigmentation or signs of ageing.
PSH: Are there any ingredients people should look out for and stay away from when choosing their skincare products.
NCM: Artificial fragrances tend to cause irritation in sensitive skin, so try avoid these where possible. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid any active ingredients – AHAs, BHAs and Retinols.
PSH: Do you have any particular favourite sunscreens/skin care products and why?
Yes we absolutely love and recommend Galderma Actinica SPF50+ lotion – this is the top of the line in terms of sunscreen in Australia and it feels great to wear.
We’ve also recently introduced Lytera, a skin lightening complex made by SkinMedica. We’ve had really great results so far and the product is hydroquinone-free, which makes it accessible for patients who aren’t indicated for (or don’t like using) hydroquinone medications.
If you’d like to read more about North Coast Medispa click here or check out the blogs below. To arrange a consultation or skin assessment give them a call on 02 6686 3729.
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