We’ve developed an exclusive treatment package to get you glowing just like the Royal-to-be!
Want to get the ultimate Meghan Markle Sparkle this festive season? We’ve built the ultimate treatment package to get your skin glowing, just like the future Royal’s!
Meghan Markle has quickly become a hot topic of conversation across the nation since her relationship with Prince Harry became public, and now as the Prince’s new fiancée, the fascination with the Royal-to-be continues to grow.
But it’s not just the sparkle on her finger that is making women across the country swoon! Meghan’s glowing skin is also causing a commotion, with so many of us wondering just how she’s looking so radiant (if being Prince Harry’s fiancée didn’t do it!) As seen in Daily Mail, Meghan has recently been spotted with skincare specialist to the stars, Sarah Chapman, whose popular treatments include EDS Dermaroller therapy, stem cell facials, and a range of skin peels.
Confessing to the readers of her old blog The Tig, Meghan also shared that she began getting facials at just 13, which indicates that the bride to be has long had a vested interest in taking care of her skin!
Whilst Meghan’s exact treatment plan with Sarah was kept heavily under wraps, we think we have a good insight into the types of treatments and products that Meghan might be investing in, so how can DestinationSkin help get your skin glowing in the same way?
The bespoke package detailed below has been exclusively developed to help you achieve your very own Meghan Markle Sparkle, that will have you glimmering in no time!
Meghan Markle Sparkle Package
Created to hydrate the lower levels of the skin, the first product in the package is the popular Dermaquest Advanced B5 Serum, which works through the use of hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate the skin, leaving it feeling soft and plump.
Brightening and energizing are the key benefits of Dermaquests C Infusion Cleanser, and just what Megan’s flawless skin shines with. Without causing irritation, this cleanser attracts moisture to parched skin and is overflowing with antioxidants restoring a youthful glow to your skin!
Famed for her warm radiant glow, the Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Tinted Moisturiser has been carefully selected as another product within this package that will help you get a beautifully bronzed complexion, just like Meghan’s.
A champion of stem cell treatments and products, many of Sarah Chapman’s clients are encouraged to incorporate these as part of their skin care regimes, therefore we have included the Dermquest Stem Cell Rebuilding Complex to help you achieve your Meghan Markle Sparkle. Containing proteins and plant stem cells, this gentle serum promotes collagen production to protect and nurture healthy skin cells, leaving you with silky smooth skin.
Completing the package is 3 sessions of the skin boosting treatment EDS Revitalise with Growth Factors. Designed to bring new life to your skin, this treatment (that is also used in Sarah Champan’s clinic) works to stimulate collagen and elastin to prevent the ageing process and give your skin that boost that will have you glowing like Meghan in no time!
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How do I get rid of acne?
The top 8 things you can do now to improve your acne
We regret we are unable to treat any clients under the age of 18.
Do you have acne breakouts?
Most of us have suffered with breakouts at some point. Whether this was in your teenage years or in adult life (or maybe even both and you’re wondering why it just hasn’t gone) and we all know how much this can affect our confidence.
Then there are the dark patches and redness that are left after the breakouts clear up, sometimes even scarring too. These marks and blemishes can leave you feeling less than your best, but that doesn’t have to be the case! A few little changes can make a difference if you stick with them, so here are our top 8 ways to take control of your acne:
1. Assess your skincare
You may have tried every scrub, cream, serum or cleanser that promises to clear up acne. The truth is that many of these products contain the wrong types of alcohol which will dry out your skin and cause your skin to produce more sebum which then clogs in the pores with dead skin cells and causes bacteria responsible for spots to form again. So it becomes a vicious cycle of being reliant on these products that continue to cause breakouts.
We recommend getting your skin assessed by an expert who can recommend the right products for your concern. This means taking your skin care one step further and using cosmeceuticals rather than cosmetics which use much higher concentrations of active ingredients and technology to carry the product deeper into the skin. If you have oily skin, you may need products with salicylic acid in to treat your acne, but then a moisturiser or serum that contains HA (hyaluronic acid, naturally found in the body) to balance out your skin’s hydration without causing any extra oil.
2. See your GP, there may be an underlying cause
Many of us go to the internet for help. This can entail of hours scrolling through natural remedy sites, changing diets and buying numerous products to try and help eradicate the issue.
If your acne is severe, you may need to take the medical route. Your GP may refer you onto Roaccutane or Rizuderm. This medication can work very well for many people with severe cases, but your eyes and skin may become very dry, and sensitive to sunlight during treatment.
Your GP may also be able to run some simple tests to rule out any other underlying causes of your acne. Many poly-cystic ovary syndrome sufferers experience acne on both their face and back. With these simple tests done you can then understand further the causes of your breakouts.
3. Change your diet and water intake
It might seem obvious, but ensuring that you stay hydrated benefits your skin’s functions and promotes healthy skin cell formation.
It’s also worth taking a moment to assess your diet. Many acne sufferers find dairy products can affect their skin and reducing the amount of cheese, yogurt and milk within your diet can really help too.
4. Don’t forget about your make-up
We often end up in a vicious cycle of wanting to hide away our breakouts by applying lots of heavy make-up, but this approach blocks the skin from breathing and functioning correctly. Mineral make-up is better for your skin as it allows it to breathe. Good mineral make-up brands contain no talcum powder to bulk out the product, and no oil or preservatives, which means that your skin isn’t exposed to excess oil or large molecular substances which prevent the skin from breathing.
Make-up also needs to be removed correctly and fully at the end of the day with an appropriate cleanser. Double cleaning will ensure the makeup is removed, however if cleansing cloths and towels are still showing residue of make-up after two cleanses, a further cleanse should be performed.
5. Don’t pick, squeeze or pop your spots
One of the biggest issues with having spots is the temptation to squeeze them or pick them! Releasing the sebum build-up by popping your spots isn’t good though, as it can cause unnecessary trauma to the skin whilst also spreading bacteria to the surrounding skin.
Often dead skin cells are on top of the breakouts and by squeezing the area you are trying to break through the layer of dead skin which can lead to more force being used than needed.
So, resist popping and instead opt for skin peels which will exfoliate the surface dead skin and will melt the excess sebum that has been produced.
6. Get a routine
Every morning and evening, make sure you are cleansing your skin and following the directions given by your expert if you have been recommended a serums and/or moisturisers.
We often forget about cleansing in the morning but this is such an important part of getting your skin on the right track. Often excess bacteria will form on the skin’s surface whilst your asleep, so, if you don’t cleanse before applying any products when you get up, you’re essentially applying them on top of this build-up. This means your products will mix with the bacteria and won’t perform at their best.
7. Get fresh air
City atmospheres can cause damage to your skin. Pollution and other toxicities create free radicals which are constantly attacking your skin. You might have heard friends and family who have moved from rural areas to large cities saying that their skin has changed. This is due to higher levels of these free radicals being around.
The most effective way of preventing these free radicals from attacking your skin is to apply an anti-oxidant, the most powerful being stabilised vitamin C. One of the most effective products you can use to add some vitamin C to your skincare routine is Obagi pro C 15%.
8. Avoid bacteria on the area
Ensure you clean your make-up brushes regularly with an antibacterial solution. We would recommend you do this every few days.
Avoid touching your skin as you are passing on bacteria from your hands and other natural oils that build on your own skin.
Clean towels, facial cloths and pillowcases every few days on a high temperature wash to kill any bacteria.
How can DestinationSkin help with acne?
DestinationSkin are a chain of clinics that offer help for many adults, whether you’ve got a few small pimples or are struggling with Acne at its most aggressive stage, treating not only the face but the back too without the need for harsh medication such as roacutane.
We aren’t dermatologists, as our approach to treating breakouts is a softer one, but we do get results. Once the breakouts, whiteheads and painful cysts have cleared, we can offer a program to help treat any discolouration, redness and scarring that the breakouts may have left behind. We don’t just treat the problem, we provide the solution and aftercare, so you can feel more confident about your skin.
What should I do next?
It all starts with a bespoke consultation with a professional practitioner who will assess your skin and ask you questions about your current routines and any treatments and products you have tried before then recommend a program that is bespoke to you.
The practitioner will take photographs so you can assess your progression with the treatment as you go.
You will be on track to clear, healthy, beautiful skin!
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Summer to winter
How does it affect your skin?
So the seasons are changing and so is your skin. You will start to notice as the days get colder and the heating starts to get turned on your skin will start to feel more rough and dry. This is due to the fact that your hydration in your skin is not at its optimum. You then start to pile on the moisturiser in the evening to try to get your skin to feel supple. This in fact is just sticking back the skin that needs to come off in return of new skin cells being stimulated at the deeper levels.
You may also start to notice that the summer sun hasn’t been kind to your skin and as your tan fades, fine lines and darker patches appear in return. We all know the sun isn’t good for your skin however on the flip side it feels good when you have the glow! Your hands, chest and shoulders may also show the signs of summer.
Tips on how to deal with darker patches appearing on the skin:
Use a product with natural skin lighteners to brighten the pigmentation that has started to form.
When your skin has lost water no matter how much emollient based moisturisers you apply your skin won’t have that plump feel. Opt for a Hyaluronic based serum to hydrate the lower levels of skin and bring water to the surface. DQ Hydrating B5 is packed with antioxidants to protect your skin further as well as a healthy dose of HA and vitamins.
Don’t stick back the cells that want to come off. Use a light AHA cleanser to exfoliate the surface skin without harming the environment with plastic microbeads or causing your skin to become bright red and scratched by using nut based exfoliates. DQ glycolic cleanser is great to use a couple of times a week.
Tips on how to deal with fine lines:
For light ageing with finelines you can opt for a light skin peel or a light microneedlingtreatment to stimulate new collagen which has stopped being produced.
For mild ageing with finelines and wrinkles opt for a microneedlingtreatment to induce collagen and repair the surface of the skin. Consider Botox® for the treatment of deeper lines or static lines that stay indented after a movement has been made.
Love is in
Getting your skin ready for your wedding
With Valentine’s Day over for another year, for some people they’ll be sporting a new piece of jewellery after getting engaged on the most romantic day of the year. If you are set to be a bride here’s our guide to getting your skin ready for your big day:
The longer the build-up to your big day the better for your beauty planning. If you’ve always wanted to get married with long flowing locks, it’s going to take time to grow them! Many brides use their wedding as an opportunity to finally straighten those teeth; to fix that birthmark that has always annoyed them; to address the problem areas of skin they just can’t seem to shake. The earlier you start tackling these long-term problems the better, if you want to be at your most beautiful on your wedding day.
Set your goals
If you want to shed a few pounds before the big day, then making gradual changes to your diet over time is better for you (and your skin) than a last-minute crash diet. Set yourself a realistic and achievable goal that won’t cause you unnecessary stress and keep moisturising your skin as your shape changes to help avoid any stretch marks. Switch tea and coffee for plenty of water and green tea, to help flush out toxins and provide antioxidant support. Make sure what you eat is balanced and nutritious with plenty of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin E and Omega 3 which will help keep your skin, nails and hair looking their best.
Put your skin first
It can take a long time to resolve issues with your skin and the best approach to making changes is a gentle one. Whatever you do, you definitely don’t want to bombard your skin with treatments and new products too close to your wedding day.
If you suffer from acne or even dry patches, consider starting a course of customised facials in the run-up to your big day. Whilst a single treatment will have an instant refining result, doing a series of treatments will ease the symptoms and leave you with healthy looking skin.
If you’d like to smooth those crow’s feet, seek advice about Botox and fillers and try out the treatment at least six months before your wedding so you are guaranteed the results you want nearer your big day. Our Destination Skin practitioners are trained in achieving soft, smooth skin with our range of anti-wrinkle injections.
We’ll also be able to give you advice on how to tackle any areas of pigment, be it freckling or damaged skin, there are very successful treatments available.
It’s not just treatments though, you can make a really good start towards having great skin, from the comfort of your own home. Get into a routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising with quality products twice-a-day.
Perfect your pout
Talk to your dentist about achieving that picture-perfect smile and consider a whitening treatment to remove stains and restore those pearly whites. Closer to your wedding how about also considering lip fillers to give you a perfect pout for those all-important wedding photos.
Hair free and hassle free
To ensure you feel as beautiful as possible on your big day, do a course of laser hair removal treatments to be fuzz-free for your wedding, your honeymoon and beyond. Treatments are now available for all skin tones and you should begin them at least six months before your wedding day. You may need anything from between three and six sessions for full removal and time in-between sessions so best start early.
Stick to your plan
There’s no denying that planning a wedding is tough – but if you want great skin you’ll need to make the time and ensure that you do all you can to look the best you can. Come and see us today and we can do a full skin consultation to work with you as your big day approaches.
Faustina Aidoo has been a Destination Skin practitioner and skin peel expert for over 10 years. Based in the Destination Skin Maddox Street Clinic, near Oxford Circus in London, Faustina performs up to 12 revitalising skin peels every week for her loyal customers. We’ve caught up with her to find out more about the work she does:
What is a Skin Peel?
Skin peels are some of the most effective and impressive treatments in skincare today. There are two main forms of skin peels which are Resurfacer and Chemical Peels. Resurfacers superficially exfoliate the skin, meaning they work on the very top layer of the skin (stratum corneum). Resurfacers generally have little to no recovery time and can address several concerns through using acids and fruit enzymes, which work to refine and exfoliate the skin. The other type is chemical peels which exfoliate and address a wide variety of concerns, but also penetrate beyond the top layer of skin. As the chemical peel penetrates deeply into the skin, the active ingredients carry’s on working within the skin long after the treatment. Therefore leaving a stronger and extended results.
Understanding the differences will enable the client to be prepared for the upcoming treatment plan.
Have you ever had a skin peel yourself?
Yes, I think it’s important to experience as many treatments as I can to be able to explain to clients exactly what to expect.
What can I expect during a treatment with you?
Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed twice to remove make-up and any other debris that may be sitting on the skin. A preparatory solution will be used all over the skin to eliminate oils as it cleanses. Protective eye shields will be applied and also protective balm to any sensitive areas like the brows, nose and lips. The peel solution is then applied and left for the required time.
Does it hurt?
The skin can experience heat or an itching sensation and may also appear red and flushed. If you were suffering from an adverse reaction we can immediately apply a neutraliser which stops the acids from working but this is rare. If there is any sensitivity or warmth, the skin can be cooled with ice cold water until there is little or no warmth left. A special serum called Hydrator Serum is applied after the treatment, followed by a good SPF cream.
How long does a treatment take?
A full treatment takes between 30 and 45 minutes and you should find that to be a restful time for you.
What should I expect after the treatment?
You will experience some redness and flushing post treatment which can last from 30 minutes to 72 hours. This is mild and the skin will not be open or weeping. On the second day following treatment your skin may feel tight and appear a little blotched.
On the third day, peeling may begin, usually around the mouth and chin. The forehead is often the last place to peel and the peeling process can last between 3 and 7 days. Finally, after a week your skin will look refreshed, revived and glowingly healthy as the skin cells have been exfoliated and collagen and elastin has been stimulated.
What does the aftercare involve?
We recommend that you don’t use any acids for at least 5 days after your treatment and then slowly reintroduce these to your skin. Immediately after your treatment you should avoid any strenuous exercises, swimming and anything that heats the skin like saunas or steam rooms. I know it’s tempting but you really should try not to pick any loose skin. Instead continue to use Hydrator Serum and a good SPF, avoiding direct sun exposure. If you want to wear make-up, we recommend it is mineral make up.
Do clients typically worry about the after effects?
Some patients have heard stories of skin peels gone wrong however, that is most commonly at salons where staff do not have the necessary knowledge to carry out the treatment. At Destination Skin our clinicians are highly trained and we do our utmost to talk through every step of the treatment; what you can expect and what your skin will go through over the course of treatment.
We are always ethical, personable and passionate about results, which is why we are so confident in the service we are providing.
Do patients tend to come back again and, if so, how frequently?
It is important that clients continue with the treatment programme that has been determined for them as it’s an ongoing journey with the skin. In most cases we have to re-educate the skin, introducing new ingredients, going through the process of skin renewal and maintaining the skin health.
Clients are advised to have treatments every 2-4 weeks depending on the treatment and then every month to maintain their results.
Can you tell me about any real success stories you’ve had?
They have been so many over the years but one really stands out to me which I regularly use as an example in demonstrating Destination Skin values when teaching new practitioners.
A patient with pigmentation concerns had tried various different treatments which she found either irritated her skin further or made her pigmentation more pronounced. After 6 months of failed attempts she visited me at the Maddox Street Clinic. We had a long chat and I explained I wanted to take her skin on a journey that would start with taking her back to basics; to recondition and strengthen her skin using calming products from the EPIONCE range over three months.
She came back for assessments every 6 weeks to ensure her skin was responding to the products and to check she was using them correctly. After 3 months, I reassessed her skin and was pleased to see it presented very little inflammation, brighter tone and a slight reduction in pigmentation. There was a consistent smile on her face and she knew and understood why we were taking this route.
We were now ready to do some skin peels to further reduce her pigmentation. We undertook a course of 12 pigmentation peels, carried out every 2 weeks. During this time we introduced other pigmentation products to compliment the treatments.
After 9 months we had reduced her pigmentation by 60%. We had not completely eradicated her pigmentation, but her skin looked healthy and strong and she left us with further products to help her skin improve even further. She was a very happy client.
What is a retinol peel?
A retinol peel is a skin peel that can help maintain the general appearance and health of skin; they are particularly effective on acne prone skin and have great anti-ageing benefits as retinol can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Read on to find out more about retinol peels and how they could help your skin.
How does a retinol peel work?
Retinol is a form of vitamin A, which is used in skincare products as it encourages the growth of skin cells once it is applied. Due to its small molecular size, retinol is able to penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin. As this is where your live sin cells are, the retinol that reaches this level encourages your skin cells to grow and renew. A retinol peel can also help unclog your pores and reduce acne outbreaks by allowing the cleansed skin to heal.
Who is a Retinol Peel for?
A retinol peel is ideal if you want to rejuvenate, hydrate and refresh your complexion. If you have more specific skin concerns including acne or ageing signs such as fine line and wrinkles, then a retinol peel could be the perfect solution for you to reduce symptoms.
The Advanced Retinol Peel we offer is from DermaQuest and is a mild to moderate peel, suitable for most skin types. It is particularly ideal for those with acne or pigmentation, and for those who want to reduce visible signs of ageing.
What are the main benefits of a Retinol Peel?
There are both short-term and long-term benefits to be gained from choosing a retinol peel, which is one of its great advantages. After a retinol peel, your skin will be hydrated and feel more balanced due to the increased number of fresh skin cells now on the surface of your skin. Acne flare-ups will be calmed and symptoms reduced.
This treatment is also fantastic for anti-ageing and can minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boosting the skin’s elasticity and plumpness, and slowing down the breakdown of natural collagen.
Is a Retinol Peel right for me?
The Advanced Retinol Peel is suitable for most skin types but is particularly effective on ageing and acne prone skin. To find out if the Advanced Retinol Peel can benefit your skin, book a free consultation with one of our expert practitioners.