according to the professionals when it comes to transforming your skin, thankfully it's those small steps that have greatest effect. So start thinking big by practicing these 20 steps as handed over by the leading skin experts.
Avoiding excess alcohol intake is obviously the right advice for your skin. Elsewhere, it's about changing what you drink. "You should especially avoid sweet cocktails – which is a double whammy for skin which loses collagen with excess sugar,".We need healthy oils in the diet to nourish skin and keep it supple. Often acne is mistaken for excess oil but sometimes it can be the total opposite. In fact eating healthy oils doesn’t make your skin oily.
Don't rely on skincare :
"Skincare cannot work by itself, your lifestyle needs to be complementary," advises renowned French cosmetic doctor Dr Jules Nabet. "The best advice is to use skincare in conjunction with anti-ageing treatments, including laser, light therapy and even Botox for example, to promote longer lasting results."
Count your units :
Avoiding excess alcohol intake is obviously the right advice for your skin. Elsewhere, it's about changing what you drink. "You should especially avoid sweet cocktails – which is a double whammy for skin which loses collagen with excess sugar," says leading dermatologist Dr Stefanie Williams.
But enjoy a glass of wine :
"One glass of wine (biodynamic, organic and natural) actually has some skin benefits as it improves circulation - but again a bottle of the stuff does not," explains expert nutritionist Eve Kalinik.
Beware of buffing :
"Ease back on the exfoliation, it's a very over-rated step in skincare," explains Dr Mervyn Patterson, cosmetic dermatologist Woodford Medical. "You wouldn't exfoliate your house plants nor would you scrub your non-stick frying pan, so why do it to the skin of your face?"
Stay out of the UV light :
"Minimise the amount of UV light exposure on areas that will always be on show. That's the face, side of neck, upper chest and backs of hands. Incorporate a good quality high-level sunscreen every morning, 365 days of the year," says Dr Hilary Allan, cosmetic dermatologist at Woodford Medical.
Eat fat :
"We need healthy oils in the diet to nourish skin and keep it supple. Often acne is mistaken for excess oil but sometimes it can be the total opposite. In fact eating healthy oils doesn’t make your skin oily. Think cold water fish, eggs, avocados, cold pressed oils such as olive, pumpkin seed, linseed (all unheated), coconut oil and butter," explains expert nutritionist Eve Kalinik.
Always wear SPF outside :
"Never leave the house without applying a good SPF. We recommend SPF 30-50. Nowadays there SPFs for all skin types so there is no reason not to include it in your daily skin care regime. A good protector encourages the prevention of future skin concerns," explains Dr Salinda Johnson, Ellipse laser specialist.
But avoid excess sun :
"Avoid excessive sun exposure. The message is not to solely rely on your sun protection cream, but instead actually avoid direct sun as much as possible," warns dermatologist Dr Stefanie Williams.
Massage your face :
"Massage is an essential part of my treatment philosophy, at home or in the clinic. Fantastic for stimulating your skin, massage boosts the vital supply of oxygen and nutrients into skin cells while draining toxins from the lymph nodes to de-puff and prevent the blockages which can cause congestion and breakouts. Try combining some simple massage techniques with your cleanse, either with your hands or a facial massager like my Facialift. You’ll be amazed how healthy and radiant your skin will look after just a couple of minutes," says Sarah Chapman, founder of Skinesis and leading UK facialist.
Clean sensibly :
"Choose the right cleanser; there are so many cleansers out there and it’s important that you choose the right format for your skin type. Good skin starts with the right cleanser and the selection of the wrong type can, over long term, cause damage to your skin and poor skin health," explains Dr Mike Bell, Skincare scientific advisor, Boots UK.
Catch up on your beauty sleep :
"Never, ever, ever accumulate sleep debt over prolonged periods of time – put sleep first (it’s more important than watching the latest ‘Game of Thrones’ episode)," advises Dr Stefanie Williams. "Lack of sleep causes the hormone cortisol to rise, which in excess amounts, breaks down collagen which keeps our skin bouncy and thick."
Anti-oxidants are for the am, retinols for the pm :
"Use topical antioxidants each morning and a topical vitamin A derivative (including retinol or retinaldehyde, or intermittent prescription strength tretinoin) in the evening to strengthen your collagen levels," explains Dr Stefanie Williams.
Go sugar-free :
Reduce your sugar consumption to protect skin. By that I'm also including starch intake, as every single starch molecule is cut down into sugar molecules as soon as enters your body," explains Dr Stefanie Williams. "Sugar molecules mean higher insulin levels, inflammation and a breakdown of insulin and collagen, ergo sagging skin and wrinkles