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a woman using moisturiser to try and help her acne

Did you know over 80% of women use moisturiser on a daily basis?

Primarily, the function of moisturiser is to make the skin feel moist, relieve dry skin and tightness, and provide a basic level of protection against environmental damage. However, while moisturisers are often pitched as miracle creams, what’s the truth behind such claims?

From a scientific standpoint, moisturisers are usually a mix of water, mineral and plant oils designed to trap water in the skin. Moisturiser is a key player in the skincare industry, costing around £549 million per year and making up around 59% of all skincare sales. While moisturisers are a popular and important part of a skincare regime, some people with skin concerns like acne react to specific products. A prime example of this is adult acne.

In recent years, there has been a surge in cases of adult acne, which among other things could be down to our overuse of moisturiser. The thick, oily consistency of some moisturisers can cling to dead skin cells, and clog the pores creating an oxygen-free environment in which acne causing bacteria can thrive. Overtime, this may contribute to acne and rosacea.

What can you do to help with acne?

Naturally, the surface of the skin replenishes every six weeks but as we age, this process slows down and causes dead skin cells to gather on the skin’s surface. This can cause the skin to feel a little dry and appear duller than usual. So what can you do? It’s all about being skincare savvy and understanding your skin.

You could opt for a good exfoliating treatment. Exfoliators can help to stimulate collagen production, and promote new cell turn over to keep your skin healthy and glowing. For best results, we recommend exfoliating around 2-3 times weekly, and opt for products that contain salicylic acid, lactic acid or glycolic acid to help regulate sebum production and remove any acne causing bacteria from the pores.

When you shop for a moisturiser, you should be mindful of your individual skin needs. When we artificially saturate the skin’s surface with thick, heavy moisturiser, it can send a signal to the cells to stop producing natural oils. These natural oils are there to help add moisture to the skin and protect it, without them the skin will become dry, dull and show signs of premature ageing.

Opt for a moisturiser that is lightweight, and full of skin loving ingredients – moisturisers that  contain peptides which help collagen synthesis, protect the skin and restore natural moisture.

You could also incorporate hyaluronic acid (HA) into your routine. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant with a large molecular structure that helps to trap moisture within the skin. Liquid HA’s that contain Glycerin and Glycogen effectively draw water to the outer layers of skin to help improve skin tone and radiance.

If you are suffering from acne, we recommend following a good skincare regime designed with your skin in mind. Every evening, you can incorporate a double cleanse system to thoroughly remove any bacteria from the surface of the skin, and from the pores.

Following up with a vitamin A treatment, can help stimulate healthy skin cell renewal, and treat breakouts. For hydration, opt for a hyaluronic acid which attracts moisture to the skin whilst promoting even skintone and a youthful complexion.

There are also advanced facials available, such as the Stratum Synergy, which can effectively treat all layers of the skin simultaneously and offer deep cleansing, exfoliation, hydration, leaving the skin feeling fresh and pores, bacteria free. It also promotes oxygen enrichment and skin cell nutrition which will help to brighten your complexion. Ideal!

Need a bit more help? For advice on your skin, or your skincare routine, contact Cosmex Clinic today for a full skin assessment and consultation where we will help identify your skin’s individual needs, and recommend the best treatment plan for you.

body contouring treatments

Body contouring treatments to sculpt and shape

There are multiple reasons why patients seek cosmetic treatments. For some people it is to do with ageing, whereas for others it may be  down to their bodies changing. At Cosmex Clinic, here in Cambridge, our team of medical health care professionals offer a range of body contouring treatments and skin tightening treatments to help you look and feel your best.

If you are looking to firm and tighten the skin of the face or body, one of our expert-led skin tightening treatments could be the solution. For some patients looking for body contouring benefits this may involve energy-assisted treatments alone. For others seeking sculpting to the face and body, a combination treatment plan incorporating injectables such as dermal fillers might be more suitable.

Whether you’re considering skin tightening or body contouring, we tailor all of our treatment plans to you as an individual, making sure patients all enjoy a safe, medically led treatment journey.

At Cosmex Clinic we have various energy-assisted skin rejuvenation treatments that can offer impressive lifting and firming results, including HI-FU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) and radiofrequency skin tightening.

At the clinic we often combine both, or integrate them into a wider treatment plan – either way your treatment journey will be as individual as you are. You can read more about the medical devices we use to transform the face and body here.

We are increasingly seeing demand for body contouring treatments now too. Popular with both male and female patients, we have several unique platforms that can provide not only fat reduction but also skin tightening for specific areas of the body.

Some of our most popular energy-assisted devices include Stratum Reveal, Coolsculpting and SkinTyte, all of which offer different approaches to body sculpting. Some use cryolipolysis (fat freezing) while others rely on ultrasound – a full analysis and consultation will allow us to work out which (or which combination) is most likely to provide you with the best results.

Below you will find some of the reasons why skin tightening and body reshaping treatments are becoming so popular. Contact us if you have any further questions regarding these types of treatments.

Safer than invasive treatments

One of the main reasons to consider an energy assisted alternative to something like liposuction is safety. Unlike surgical alternatives, we can reduce fat from stubborn areas and tighten your skin without using needles or scalpels.

Reliability matters

A popular benefit of body contouring and skin tightening treatments is reliability. Our patients repeatedly tell us how impressed they are with the results and that they can see tangible inch loss and skin firming at the end of their course. Our devices are scientifically backed and the results speak for themselves.

The results are long lasting

Long lasting results are something that we know is important to the patients we treat. They want to be able to enjoy the results of their body contouring and skin tightening treatments for longer than a few months. We provide real synergy between treatments and results that truly last.

Multiple treatment areas can be tackled

A benefit that should never be overlooked is versatility. There are numerous areas of the body that can be treated with the devices we have available, most commonly the abdomen, buttocks, and the upper arms. As well as this, with some devices we can even treat multiple areas at one time in one session.

Getting more information

We know that you will want to do your research, and in order to help you on your journey we offer impartial advice designed to help you make an informed decision.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss any of the skin rejuvenation or body contouring procedures we have available. You’ll also find information on the treatments we have available using the navigation bar.