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New year, new skin regime

TOP TEAM: Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme, left, and Dija Ayodele

WHAT BETTER time is there than the New Year to set some new skincare goals?

If you struggle with your skin or just fancy a shakeup of your current beauty regime, then you’ve come to the right place. We recently teamed up with Dija Ayodele of Black Skin Directory who hosted an evening with the wonderful aesthetic doctor, Ifeoma Ejikeme at the Adonia Medical Clinic.

An evening full of skincare tips and product recommendations, guests were armed with information and advice to help establish an improved skincare life in 2019.

Dr Ejikeme led the session teaching guests about key skincare items for every routine, understanding ingredients suitable for black skin and the importance of including professional treatments in your regimen.

Guests were thrilled to witness a chemical peel demonstration and left satisfied in the knowledge that with an experienced practitioner, they are perfectly safe for black skin.

Beauty starts from the inside out, so firstly it is important to make sure you are eating the right things and getting those nutrients.

While it may be comforting to eat heavy winter based meals, your skin’s health and radiance depends on a balanced diet.

A daily intake of colourful fruits, vegetables, good quality fats, protein and carbohydrates will feed your skin internally with key vitamins and nutrients.

It’s also a recommendation that people with dark skin take a daily 10mg Vitamin D supplement.

HYDRATE

Replace the moisture in your skin by using a lightweight lotion or serum to build a comfortable layer of moisture.

Opting for thick moisturisers or slapping on facial oils and butters is often non-beneficial because they form a seal on top of the skin. This will prevent water loss, but will also stop the skin from attracting moisture from the environment and excreting waste and toxins. Too much oil and too little water will disrupt the skin’s surface pH, decrease the barrier and leave skin susceptible to certain disorders.


PROFESSIONAL: Dr Ejikeme doing an Obaji chemical peel

TREATMENTS

Often people can be sceptical when it comes to non-invasive treatments.

If done by a professional, they are completely safe and can be looked at as a boost for your home skincare regime.

Professional chemical peels, laser, dermal rolling, microneedling, mesotherapy and injectables are great at providing extra stimulation for the skin to deliver hydration, firmness, clarity and radiance.

These treatments induce skin health improvements through controlled wounding, so ensure your practitioner is experienced in treating darker skin tones in order to minimise any post treatment inflammation and hyper pigmentation.

PIGMENTATION

Pigmentation, one of the major skin concerns expressed by black women and women of colour. Uneven skin tone, acne scarring, dull, and ashy skin, are a few of the problems that can occur, and can worsen during the summer months.

To combat hyperpigmentation, products containing Tyrosinase Inhibitors (TI) should be used in your skincare regime. TI’s help to reduce excess melanin at source, and subsequently work to prevent hyperpigmentation. Hydroquinone is the strongest and quickest TI, which is only available on prescription. Over the counter TIs include serums that contain bearberry, liquorice root extract, kojic acid, and vitamin C.

Always go for the serum format, as that will work quicker on the skin. It is important not to forget your lips as they are very prone to sun induced pigmentation.

SUNSCREEN

It is so important to include sunscreen in your daily routine all year round, even on cloudy days. Pigmentation issues and dullness, which looks worse during the winter, can be improved by using a minimum SPF30 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB.

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