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Do you really know your skin type?

Do you really know your skin type?

Feeling dry? Oily? Sensitive? How about all of the above? You’re not alone, in a market where skin care products fit into carefully selected boxes it can be a daunting task trying to choose the best products or treatments when your skin can fluctuate through the entire skin type spectrum in one day.

This is where a professional Skin Health Analysis can remove the guess work and design a regime targeted specifically for you and your skin goals. Even if you don’t have a specific skin concern, getting to know your true skin type will help keep your skin looking more radiant and youthful for longer, not to mention save you time and  money on treatments that may not be the best option for you.

By using a special camera called the Observe we take a series of photos of your skin under different lighting conditions to show what is happening on both the surface and the deeper layers. Have a look at my skin through the Skin Health Analysis. 

Close up of face in natural lighting.
First step, looking at your natural skin in natural lighting. 

    This gives us a chance to see your real skin and talk about what you like or what you would like to improve. You can see here that the colour of my skin is a little uneven and there are a few breakouts around the nose.

    Recommendation: A gentle resurfacing facial would be a great start to get that glow back.

    Close up of face without glare exposing areas of redness or sensitivity.
    Second step, removing glare to show redness or sensitivity. 

      Here you can see small clusters of capillaries on the cheeks indicating early sign of skin damage and the breakdown of collagen.

      Recommendation: Adding a vitamin C serum into the home care routine will help to strengthen the collagen fibres and reduce the appearance of the redness.  Over time small red veins can become more prominent and harder to treat so best to get them early.

      Close up of face showing texture.
      Third Step, looking at the texture of your skin. 

        This image shows us texture, you can see the pores around the nose are enlarged and a little blocked. You can also see small vertical lines between the eyes and under the eyes near the nose. These vertical lines indicate dehydration rather than wrinkles.

        Recommendation: In addition to drinking plenty of water to help hydrate the skin, a facial treatment using lactic acid would refine the texture and help the skin cells hold hydration.

        Close up of face with true UV lightening.
        Fourth step, using UV light to reflect pigmentation from the deeper layers. 

          What you are seeing here is a typical hormonal pigmentation pattern, dark patches through the middle of the forehead and spreading over the cheeks like butterfly wings. 

          Recommendation: To prevent this becoming visible over time, a mixture of vitamin infusion facials focusing on vitamin A and C plus dermal needling is your best course of action. Stay away from laser or IPL therapies for hormonal pigmentation as these can be over stimulating for this difficult skin condition and may make it worse in the long run.

          Close up of face with a Woods Lamp View
          Fifth step, with a 'woods lamp view' we can see oil flow and secretions on your skin. 

            Along the t-zone you can see a faint yellow with more orange over the nose area. Yellow indicates a healthy free flowing oil while the orange highlights the bacteria linked to acne. Most people have this bacteria present on the skin in varying degrees.

             While earlier images showed a lack of water in the skin, this image clearly shows the skin is an oily skin type. This explains why your skin can feel dry and oily at the same time.

            Close up of skin - showing what could happen in the future
            The last step, gives us a glimpse into the future, if I stopped caring for and protecting my skin. 

              Although my skin looks fairly good in the first natural light image, when we take a deeper look we see a different story. By making a few small changes to lifestyle and home care we can help to correct underlying damage and prevent it from coming to the surface.

              Remember you only get one skin, by looking after it you will be putting your best face forward for a lifetime.

              By having a Skin Health Analysis, I know what products and treatments to use on my skin - that would actually benefit my skin's health. Would you like to try a FREE Skin Health Analysis?

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