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Healthy skin starter pack – everything a newbie needs to know

Written by
Chloë James

We’ll be the first to admit that every time we apply our skincare, we’re dreaming of soft, smooth, glowing skin. But our main goal? Keeping our complexion healthy. An acne-free life is nice – and so is feeling confident enough to occasionally ditch the foundation – but what we ultimately want is skin strong enough to work the way it’s supposed to.

Yes, part of that is maintaining regular cell turnover to prevent acne. It also means embracing the consistent oil production and open pores that keep skin moisturised. Some of the most common concerns that ail our skin – such as hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and premature fine lines and wrinkles – occur when we neglect these functions. But the good news is that it’s never too late to start turning the tide…

Find a clinic or practitioner near you and enjoy a risk-free booking process thanks to free in-clinic consultations and the option to pay in-clinic. Also, you can now split the cost of your treatment into four equal, interest-free instalments using Tabby.

Skincare

The first stop on your healthy skin journey? Skincare. You may already have a go-to routine, but it’s important to regularly reassess the products you use depending on the seasons, age, and the current state of your complexion.

For some people, this means regular AHAs and other exfoliants. And for others, it might mean a routine focused on heavy hydration. Everybody’s different. There’s plenty of guidance out there to help you nail the right combo for your complexion (hi, that’s why we’re here!) but if in doubt, you can always schedule a consultation with an expert. We can help with that, too – just scroll up to search for a pro near you.

Think of a consultation as a soundboard for your current skincare routine. A dermatologist can tell you which products are right for your skin, which ones aren’t, and which ones you should try next. Together, you can plan a whole regimen for your current concerns – from the best cleansers to the best treatments (more on that in a bit).

Whatever you guys come up with, consistency is key. Just like working out, skincare won’t deliver permanent results overnight. Be patient and stick to it. Remember that day-by-day you’ll be improving the health of your skin – and that all skincare is pointless if you’re not finishing your routine with a decent layer of SPF.

Top treatments for healthy skin

Not to repeat ourselves, but it must be said: everyone’s different. Just because a treatment was the solution to one person’s acne, doesn’t mean it’ll be the same for your fine lines. Again, a consultation is the best way to figure it out for sure – but here’s some guidance as to what may work for your concern.

Skin boosters

Just like the rest of our body, our skin is completely dependent on water. That’s why it has a built-in skin barrier to hold onto moisture – but this barrier can grow weaker or get damaged over the years, leaving skin more prone to fine lines and dullness.

If that sounds relatable, skin boosters might be the answer. Injecting hyaluronic acid – a natural hydrator that helps skin cling onto water better – into problem areas, your complexion is left looking plump and refreshed.

And if you require an even heftier dose of hydration, you may want to consider Profhilo. This works similarly but contains the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid on the market. This makes it the ultimate hydrator – renowned for smoothing out fine lines and stimulating collagen production to make skin stronger and bouncier in the long run.

Browse clinics offering skin boosters.

Facials

There’s a huge variety of out there, each one tailored for different problems. A HydraFacial is one of the most thorough, tailoring every experience to a patient’s needs. Whether you’re looking to strengthen, moisturise, or decongest your skin, its personalised combo of cleansing, exfoliation, and hydration can work for every skin type.

Another popular option is an oxygen facial. Pressurised oxygen is used to infuse hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and other skin-nourishing ingredients deep into your pores. The immediate result is a radiant glow – but over time, this also improves collagen and elastin levels for stronger skin overall.

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Chemical peels

It takes the average person 28 days to renew their skin cells. If you’ve noticed that it takes a while for those pesky red marks to fade post-breakout, you may be suffering from slow cell turnover.

To speed up the process, chemical peels dissolve the uppermost layer of skin to manually encourage those fresh new cells to appear. You may need a few light peels – or a deeper peel – to see a dramatic change in your complexion. Once you do, you can expect improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, hyperpigmentation, and more.

Browse clinics offering chemical peels.

Choosing a clinic

Hopefully you now have some idea where to start with your healthy skin journey. If that’s with a clinic, we have a few more tips to help. Remember to be totally honest with your practitioner. Obviously, it’s your skin – nobody knows it better than you – so you should be the one to decide exactly what you want and need. There are plenty of reviews to help you settle on a clinic or practitioner to suit you. And when it does come to booking, remember to factor in the usual requirement for multiple sessions when thinking about budget.

Starting your healthy skin journey

As with anything, taking care of your skin is a ‘better late than never’ kind of scenario. Whether you’re tweaking your routine to get your complexion back on track, or starting from square one, your healthy skin journey starts here.

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