It seems you can’t talk about anti-ageing without mentioning serums nowadays. But what do serums actually do that moisturisers don’t, and how should we use them?
Serums provide an opportunity to target specific concerns more directly, and in an era where everyone is increasingly interested in looking younger for longer, jumping on the serum bandwagon can definitely have a positive impact. For someone new to serums, there are plenty of options out there offering multiple benefits. A personal favourite of mine is Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate, which is a great example of an anti-ageing serum. It is clinically tested to improve anti-ageing concerns, including fine lines, rough texture, and tired-looking skin while youthfully plumping the skin, and achieves these results via targeted hydration.
I recommend applying two pumps of Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate into the palm of your hand and smoothing over the entire face and neck, then following with a moisturiser or a cream. If desired, Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate can also be used with other serums. When using multiple serums or creams, I would recommend layering in order of lightness of texture, starting with the lightest and finishing with the heaviest.
There’s a debate over whether or not suncreens are safe for everyday use. What is your view and what factor SPF should we be using?
I firmly believe that the cornerstone of every daily skin regimen is the use of a sun protection product. Sunscreens can help prevent up to 90 per cent of the premature skin ageing that is caused by both UVB and UVA rays. A good sunscreen should be SPF 30 or higher and labelled as broad spectrum (meaning that it protects for both UVA and UVB rays), and it’s best if it has a lightweight texture as you should wear it 365 days of the year.
How useful are beauty gadgets (such as electronic cleansers or dermarollers) as part of a natural anti-ageing regime?
I recommend the use of home devices to my patients and find that they can serve as effective treatment extenders or as an alternative to what is done in the office for those looking for home solutions. Electronic cleansers like the Clarisonic and other oscillating devices can help to effectively cleanse the skin and prime it for the application of anti-ageing products, deeply cleansing pores but without the irritation associated with typical scrubs or acidic washes or cleansers. Home LED devices are effective for treating acne as well as slowly and gently stimulating the process of cellular renewal and plumping our skin’s natural collagen. Devices for home use that are also gaining in popularity, and which can work effectively if used over longer periods of time as directed, are home devices for laser hair removal, non-ablative fractional resurfacing devices and devices to stimulate hair growth. This is an evolving industry and both the quality of the devices and the expected results that can be achieved all seem to be improving.
Micro-needling and other dermaroller devices are gaining in popularity in the treatment of both acne scarring and ageing. By creating micro-wounds in the skin, the body’s repair machinery is activated, leading to the production of new collagen. The data behind the technique is strong, and significant results can be achieved if the technique is performed properly and over a long enough period of time, especially if the use of the device is paired with effective topical therapy to help boost the production of new collagen.
Three of the best natural facials
Radiance-boosting face-savers for naturally gorgeous skin
Vitamin C Histomer facial, Queens Beauty Lounge, Marina and JLT
This pampering but effective facial harnesses the power of vitamin C from mulberry, bilberry and other natural sources
to promote elasticity, radiance and smooth fine lines. Using Histomer products, it included a steam, (painless) extraction and exfoliation, followed by the use of a laser stick to minimise pores. Rounded off with a mask and massage, by the end my skin looked the clearest and brightest it’s been in years, and the results have lasted for weeks. A must-try.
DETAILS: Dh350 for 60-90 mins. www.queensbeautylounge.com
Signature facial, Jiva Spa, The Taj Dubai, Business Bay
This luxe spa has its own range of 100 per cent natural products, which all feel very rich and smell gorgeous. The treatment starts with a 30-minute back massage to set the tone for the indulgent facial. Next up is gentle cleanse and exfoliation, including steam, followed by a brief extraction, then back to pampering with a mask and accompanying leg and arm massage. Afterwards my skin felt hydrated and supple, but the results were more obvious the next day after an amazingly deep sleep. A relaxing five-star treat!
DETAILS: Dh600 for 90 mins. 04 438 3100
Dr Haushka facial, Organics Food and Café, The Greens
This is a very thorough facial, lasting longer than any I’ve had before. Dr Huashka‘s cruetly-free natural products have approval from esteemed groups such as Peta and NaTrue and, after this, I can say they give great results too! There were two gentle cleanses (one to remove make-up and one to deep-clean), steaming, two masks (one natural clay, and one customised – in my case, rehydration) and, the best part, a fun brush massage to stimulate the lymph nodes. All in all, it’s a really focused, relaxing and enjoyable treatment.
DETAILS: Dh800 for 90-120 mins. 04 361 7974
10 of the best natural products
Daily Reviving Concentrate Oil, Dh230, Kiehl’s.
Aloe Vera & Honey Under Eye Gel, Dh155, Herbal Essentials.
Multi purpose body oil, Dh179, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse.
Mud Mask Dh24-25.50, Himalaya Herbals.
Winter Garden collection, Dh185, Lush.
Relax English Lavender Organic Collection, Dh170, Neals Yard.
Comforting Oil, Dh195, L’Occitane.
Night cream, Dh310, Nuxuriance Ultra.
Scalp Detox hair oil, Dh100, Plethora Hair Lab.
Shrink To Fit, Dh263, Sensasia Mio.