Top Tips for Healthy Skin Maintenance

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Getting great, healthy skin can transform your life. But knowing where to start can be an absolute minefield. Some people defer to so called “experts” on social media telling you about the latest craze whilst dancing to a new TikTok meme. Google has the tendency to make you panic while your great-aunt Matilda swears by olive oil and egg… for EVERYTHING. So rather than reaching for the whisk, we have some tips for you from our Medical Director, Dr Armstrong, who is a GP with over 15 years’ experience of community dermatology and non-surgical cosmetics – so she really is an expert:

When I was little, I used to watch my mum slapping on Nivea cream as if it’s going out of fashion!! She always insisted that after a shower or a bath, we should moisturise (I have 2 sisters and a brother). At the time, my sisters and I moisturised because we were told to and it became a habit over the years. Now, I see the benefits of this! Without sounding like an advert (and I don’t have shares in Nivea!), we get comments about how soft our skin is all the time.

Cherry Armstrong

So, I want to share my basic skin care regime with you. I just don’t have time to apply multiple products but want great skin – here is a simple regime I swear by:

  • Wash your face with cool or lukewarm water
  • Moisturise with emollients (moisturisers) regularly. They will retain the moisture in the skin and replenish the fatty/ lipid barrier, keeping your skin healthy.
  • Add an active anti-ageing product (this is not essential if you are in your 20’s depending on your skin type/ condition. But essential if you have gone past that care-free age). 
    • Try products with strong active ingredients with caution and use at the lowest dose first and gradually increase so that your skin can build up tolerance. 
    • Use a moisturiser half an hour before adding the product with the active ingredient. This will act as a buffer to reduce the irritating effects. 
  • Use an SPF 50+ cream to protect yourself from UV rays which will cause premature ageing (most importantly reduces risk of skin cancer).
  • Have regular facials/peels to improve texture and tone.

In summary: 3 essentials

  1. Moisturiser: Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! (at least twice a day)
  2. +/- anti ageing product (eg: retinoids, Vit C serum)
  3. Sun block

I’ll also just mention the ‘Don’ts’ of skin care:

DON’T:

  • Over wash: over washing can strip away the outer protective fatty layer of the skin.
  • Use soap and hot water: soaps can contain chemicals which can strip the natural sebum/oily fatty layer.
  • Use abrasive scrubs and mechanical exfoliants which can also damage the protective layer.
  • Use multiple products at the same time.

I hope the tips are helpful!

If you have a skin condition which needs treating, you want to enhance its appearance, or if your skin simply needs a review, book an appointment with me (Dr Armstrong) at our clinic. We always encourage you to see your own GP for any skin condition, but we are also equally happy to see you to help. 

Send your skin questions to – hello@23skin.co.uk

Dr Cherry & Helen
No23skin.co.uk
@no23skin
0203 9411815

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Couldn't have asked for better care. Professional and friendly. Highly recommend.
Cameron Tudor
month ago
I am delighted to have Dr Cherry looking after my skin. She inspires confidence, and the personal service provided by No. 23 Skin is wonderful.
Debbie Charkham
month ago
I had a wonderful experience at No23 Skin, the rooms were bright and airy, making you feel completely comfortable! Overall l left feeling very calm and relaxed! It’s so wonderful to be in the hands of amazing Doctorsread more
Briana Anoff
month ago
Had a great experience at No 23 Skin. The doctor helped me feel really at ease and whole atmosphere was warm. Great location too. Can’t wait to go back for my facial in a few weeks!
Stephanie Johnston
3 months ago
What a lovely find No.23 Skin is, this was my first facial post lockdown and I picked the perfect place. It is in beautiful location just off High St Ken and whilst being luxurious it was also welcoming and warm. I selected the anti-aging facial and Cecilia tailored it especially to my skin concerns. She had had such a great touch and I was relaxed from the first minute. Facial included a fabulous massage and a LED light treatment (this is a must) and after 75 mins I left with glowing skin! It’s been over two weeks and my skin still looks fresh and dewy.Next appointment is with Dr Armstrong for my wrinkle treatment. Will then be Christmas party ready!read more
Rebecca Pick
12 days ago
The team at No.23 Skin are really helpful, warm and knowledgeable. I went in for a pregnancy facial with Cecilia and she helped me with some very annoying milia that have been troubling me around my eyes for ages and nobody else would help with.I was also able to have a pregnancy safe peel which has left me with smoother skin with a more even tone. Would really recommend!read more
Petrie Randles
month ago
Couldn't have asked for better care. Professional and friendly. Highly recommend.
Cameron Tudor
month ago
I am delighted to have Dr Cherry looking after my skin. She inspires confidence, and the personal service provided by No. 23 Skin is wonderful.
Debbie Charkham
month ago
I had a wonderful experience at No23 Skin, the rooms were bright and airy, making you feel completely comfortable! Overall l left feeling very calm and relaxed! It’s so wonderful to be in the hands of amazing Doctorsread more
Briana Anoff
month ago
Had a great experience at No 23 Skin. The doctor helped me feel really at ease and whole atmosphere was warm. Great location too. Can’t wait to go back for my facial in a few weeks!
Stephanie Johnston
3 months ago
What a lovely find No.23 Skin is, this was my first facial post lockdown and I picked the perfect place. It is in beautiful location just off High St Ken and whilst being luxurious it was also welcoming and warm. I selected the anti-aging facial and Cecilia tailored it especially to my skin concerns. She had had such a great touch and I was relaxed from the first minute. Facial included a fabulous massage and a LED light treatment (this is a must) and after 75 mins I left with glowing skin! It’s been over two weeks and my skin still looks fresh and dewy.Next appointment is with Dr Armstrong for my wrinkle treatment. Will then be Christmas party ready!read more
Rebecca Pick
12 days ago
The team at No.23 Skin are really helpful, warm and knowledgeable. I went in for a pregnancy facial with Cecilia and she helped me with some very annoying milia that have been troubling me around my eyes for ages and nobody else would help with.I was also able to have a pregnancy safe peel which has left me with smoother skin with a more even tone. Would really recommend!read more
Petrie Randles
month ago
Couldn't have asked for better care. Professional and friendly. Highly recommend.
Cameron Tudor
month ago
I am delighted to have Dr Cherry looking after my skin. She inspires confidence, and the personal service provided by No. 23 Skin is wonderful.
Debbie Charkham
month ago