Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Sun Damage - See the results

Two-faced: The 69-year-old looks far older on the left-hand side of his face after years of sun exposure as a truckerWe are told everyday that sun damage can wrinkle your face.
Take look at this picture and see for yourself. This guy was a trucker for 28 years and the wrinkly side was always facing the window where the sun rays would come through.  So remember this next time you go out without your sunscreen.

Exposure to the sun can cause:
  • Pre-cancerous (actinic keratosis) and cancerous (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) skin lesions - caused by loss of the skin's immune function
  • Benign tumors
  • Fine and coarse wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Discolored areas of the skin, called mottled pigmentation;
  • Sallowness - a yellow discoloration of the skin;
  • Telangiectasias - the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin;
  • Elastosis -- the destruction of the elastic tissue causing lines and wrinkles.
To help stop or even reverse sun damage to the skin:
  1. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Sunscreen is one of the keys to radiant, youthful-looking skin. Daily use may even lower your long-term risk of skin cancer. By reducing your daily sun exposure, sunscreen allows your skin time to heal and your immune system the chance to repair some existing damage.
  2. Get in the Shade. Don't sit in the sun, if you have no choice then cover up and wear a sun hat. 
  3. Exfoliate. The buildup of stratum corneum (the dead, outermost skin cell layer) can make skin appear blotchy and uneven.
  4. Hydrate. Summer exposure to sun, chlorine, and salt water can dry out your skin - even the heels of your feet can be affected. Try a hand and body cream, and, for the heels, a moisturising foot cream. A moisturiser with AHA or facial serum with hyaluronic acid can plump up dry skin around the eyes, making skin instantly appear less wrinkled. Continued use may help stimulate the production of new collagen, a protein that helps give skin its texture and appearance.
Elemis have a SkinLab where they will do a skin analysis on your face.  The skin analysis is free but you may be expected to buy a product. The Elemis SkinLab combines state-of-the-art technology in facial mapping analysis and a lifestyle consultation to offer you skin and bodycare solutions in only 15 minutes.  Find a  Elemis Skin Lab near you in department stores.

The Elemis Facial Mapping Analysis takes six different photographs of your skin which analyses spots, UV spots, wrinkles, texture, pores and porphyrins, while a colour print out enables you to clearly see what the results mean.

They will also take you through a questionnaire relating to your health, diet, exercise habits, sleep pattern, lifestyle and concerns for the future to personalise a Skin and Life Prescription.

The questionnaire, combined with the Complexion Analysis Report, produces a detailed Skin and Lifestyle Programme recommending Elemis products to help combat skin stresses, from every day skincare and basic body care, age maintenance, lifestyle demands and holiday skincare.

See below my results from the analysis and I have to say it is well worth a visit.  The lady who dealt with me was very knowledgeable and she went through every picture and explained my results and what they meant.  I have to say the brown spots one shocked me but she did say that an average person had 300 spots in comparison to my 240.  She also said the more brown spots the better the skin which I found hard to believe, I was always led to believe it was the other way round.

She recommended that I use the Tri-Enzyme products that Elemis sell which in her words would nibble away at my imperfections.  The range varies from £27.00 to £100.00 and needless to say I could only afford the £27.00 which was a facial wash and it came with a free toner.  I figured using one of the products was better than nothing at all.  I may even go back in 6 months to a years time to see if it has made any difference.

Products recommended to me
Liquid Layer SP30
Tri-Enzyme Gel Mask
Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Serum
Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Night Cream
Absolute Eye Mask

NEW! YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation

touch eclat foundation Le Teint Touch Eclat YSLWOW I absolutely love this foundation.  I had a free sample from Selfridge's and the lady who dealt with me was most helpful, she matched the foundation to my skin then gave me a free 7 day sample and I have to say I am blown away by it.

You only need a small amount to give you a nice coverage and if you want more coverage you can just keep applying. I just applied it with my fingers and my skin looks flawless and it feels fantastic on your skin, not too heavy.  You don't need a finishing powder with this, I just use a bronzer and blusher to finish off my make-up and it lasts all day.

I have always used BareMinerals but felt like the powder was sitting in my wrinkles under my eyes but with this product your skin looks flawless and no powder sitting in your wrinkles.

This is what the Creative Director Make-up of Yves Saint Laurent said: "I wanted a foundation that gives the entire face a lively, vibrant light that embellishes every woman. So that the skin and light become one, for the very first time. The result is far beyond my hopes. This magical product has all the spirit of the iconic Touche Éclat. It transforms shadow into light all over the face."

It is on sale in Selfridges now and everywhere else from the 8th July so go on get yourself to a YSL counter and try a free 7 day trial.  I think it will last more than 7 days as a little goes a long way.