How much money do you spend on your skin. Cleanser? Moisturiser? Serum? Maybe the odd facial here and there? I’m about the same. I’m very lucky because I do occasionally get gifted lovely items of skincare too. When it comes to tackling skincare over 40, though, I’m starting to wonder if my beauty regime is enough. I’m noticing fine lines (especially in pictures when I smile), and although I slather on the SPF, I’m worried I’m not taking proper care of my skin. I’m also confused things like Botox, fillers and other aesthetic treatments. Are they worth the money?
I recently attended the launch of a new medical centre near me in Hemel Hempstead. One Stop Doctors is a brand new, very high tech private clinic, which offers a range of affordable private healthcare options, including GP services, dentistry, and some very specialist diagnostic screening. I remembered that they also offer aesthetics, and decided to go along and have a chat, firstly because I genuinely believe aesthetics should only be done by experts, and secondly because they offer a free consultation, which would give me a good idea of what my skin actually needs.
I headed along to my appointment, and after filling in a detailed questionnaire in reception, my therapist, Callie, launched into a second, more involved chat about my medical history, which I found really reassuring. We talked a little about my skincare routine, my skincare goals (I’d like plumper skin and to maybe address the fine lines developing around my eyes) and a little about the treatments available (skin peels, dermabrasion, microneedling, etc). Next it was time to hit the ‘Observ’ skin analysis scanner, which takes specialist pictures showing your skin under various different light sources, great for pointing out areas of dehydration, damage, pigmentation, etc, and pretty terrifying to look at too:
WOAH! But Callie was pleased to report that my scans didn’t show anything too sinister: a bit of sun damage, some slight reddening and a few small thread veins around my nose, and some enlarged pores on my forehead.
To strengthen and thicken the delicate skin around my eyes that I’m concerned about, Callie recommended something called radiofrequency – it’s a non-invasive treatment that’s great for stimulating collagen production and firming and rejuvenating the skin. The only slight downside is that it costs £1800 for a course of four.
While I’m thinking about it, we’ve decided to start with a dermabrasion treatment and a light skin peel (at a more affordable £130), which combined will rejuvenate my skin texture and treat my fine lines and skin damage. I’m still interested in injectables and have made an appointment to see one of the aesthetics doctors for a consultation after my appointment. I’ll report back on how I get on.
In the meantime, though, I’m determined to start taking better care of my skin, and I came away with some great reminders about using SPF ALL the time, even when it’s not sunny, and drinking lots more water (and a bit less wine). What about you? Have you ever thought about seeing an expert for your skin?