Loss of Tone & Texture
This is primarily based on uneven skin colour. This may be due to general sun damage, melasma or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. When treating hyperpigmentation, initial treatment involves the use of active topical ingredients. These ingredients may inhibit tyrosinase and minimise melanin production. examples include retinols, arbutin, kojic acid, liquorice extract and l-ascorbic acid.
Other topicals may remove surface pigmentation via chemical exfoliation (lactic acid, glycolic acid). Finally, ingredients such as niacinamide address pigmentation on another cellular level by preventing transfer of melanin to the keratinocyte.
Sun damage and age spots may be effectively treated with elos IPL and chemical peels.
Diffuse redness in conditions such as rosacea and poikiloderma may also be addressed with elos IPL targeting haemoglobin. Topical ingredients can reduce redness and inflammation as well as promoting healthier vascularity. Examples include niacinamide, chamomile, parthenolide, sea buckthorn oil and antioxidants.
During the ageing process surface textural changes also occur. Pores become enlarged and fine lines develop, particularly around the eyes, neck and mouth. the skin may also appear dry and flakey due to a loss in the integrity of the outer stratum corneum.
Textural changes are primarily due to loss of collagen, elastin and natural moisturising factors such as ceramide and hyaluronic acid.
There are a number of methods which may successfully improve skin texture.
- Medical Needling A popular method is Medical Skin needling or collagen induction therapy (Environ CIT). This is a very effective method of improving texture. In this modality skin is basically ‘tricked’ into massive repair mode and collagen stimulation as numerous micro-injuries are created with the needles. A series of treatments is recommended to achieve optimal results.
Topical ingredients are applied post needling to improve skin texture, these products stimulate collagen and replenish moisture levels in the skin. These include retinol, l-ascorbic acid, niacinamide, collagen-stimulating peptides, and antioxidants which are able to reverse free radical damage.
- elos ReFirme Skin Tightening stimulates collagen in the deep dermis of the skin to tighten skin and increase volume.
- Clear + Brilliant Fractional laser technology refreshes skin from the inside out.