If all of this washing, sanitising and cleaning has your hands looking dry, cracked and sore, we’ve got the perfect remedy. We researched some of the most effective ingredients for maintaining soft, nourished skin.

It’s what’s on the inside that counts

When buying a hand cream or moisturiser, seek out products containing ingredients that really pack a punch when it comes to soothing dry skin. Many moisturisers combine emollients, occlusives and humectants, which all have different benefits to help nourish the skin and protect it from abrasive soaps, alcohol gels and cleaning products.

Know your moisturisers

Occlusives: usually oil-based and prevent moisture loss from the skin’s surface.

Humectants: increase the water content of the outer layers of the skin by pulling moisture from the air and from the deeper layers of skin.

Emollients: Soften the skin and cover small skin cracks, providing a protective layer.

Shea butter (Occlusive/Emollient) – Shea butter is a tree-nut oil, so is full of fatty acids and naturally occurring vitamins, making it both moisturising and nourishing. It also creates a natural barrier to help lock moisture in.

Aloe vera (Emollient) – Aloe vera is known for its soothing and cooling properties. It contains polysaccharides which help to stimulate new cell growth and glycoproteins which help reduce inflammation and irritation. Due to its rich vitamin C and E content, aloe vera is also hailed for its anti-ageing benefits.

Urea (Humectant) – Urea is a natural substance found in the skin that reduces as we age, which can contribute to dry skin. Urea helps bind moisture to the skin, increases cellular turnover and the shedding of dead skin cells. Making urea a powerful component for smooth, hydrated skin.

Vitamin E (Humectant & Emollient) – Supremely protective and beautifully hydrating, Vitamin E is a potent, nurturing antioxidant that will enhance your skin’s natural defensive barrier. It also helps shield the skin from damaging free radicals and other environmental threats.

Glycerin (Humectant) – Glycerin immediately penetrates deep into the skin and absorbs several times its weight in water, imitating our skin’s natural, hydrating process. It traps water in the epidermis by forming an occlusive barrier, preventing the skin from drying out.

Hyaluronic acid (Humectant) – Like urea, hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in the skin, which depletes with age. It acts like a sponge, drawing moisture in, and is able to hold almost 1,000 times its weight in water. It’s the same substance that is used in lip fillers and dermal fillers to plump out the skin.

Other tips for protecting your hands

Right now, frequent hand washing is saving lives, so we’re not going to tell you to reduce the number of times a day you do this. But you can help protect your skin by applying a cream or lotion after every hand wash. Keep a bottle by the sink next to the soap and apply generously after washing and drying your hands thoroughly (this will help your skin to absorb the cream better) Wearing gloves while cleaning is also a must. Bleach and other harsh cleaning products can cause severe dryness and may even burn your skin. If you suffer from a skin condition such as eczema, it is even more important to wear rubber gloves when cleaning. Applying a heavy moisturiser at night and wearing a pair of cotton conditioning gloves on top can help replenish the moisture lost from a day of fierce scrubbing.

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sk:n recommends for dry hands: 

sk:n Calming Body Lotion

Key ingredients: urea, shea butter, glycerin and conditioning botanical extracts.

Was £21 Now £16.80

sk:n Aloe Vera Gel

Key ingredients: aloe vera and vitamin E.

Was £13 Now £10.40

sk:n CU3 Intensive Moisture Cream

Key ingredients: glycerin and peptides

Was £36.50 Now £29.20

“My skin looked luminous and felt brand new”

Becky, 21, suffers from acne-prone skin and has regular breakouts. She has tried a number of different products and treatments to manage the condition, with little success, so came along to see the acne experts at sk:n to find out if they could advise her on finding a more effective acne-management solution. Here, she shares her initial thoughts after trying a DermaQuest skin peel treatment.

My acne-prone skin has been an ongoing problem for a while now. I had tried a number of different treatments, but they didn’t quite give me the results I was looking for. I had also used a range of cleansers and moisturisers to try and tackle the problem, but was looking to add something extra to my skincare regime to really break the acne cycle.

The products sk:n recommended I use in preparation were brilliant – especially the B5 serum – they made my skin feel very clean, slightly firmer and very smooth. The facial wash was very good, but I used a makeup remover pre-cleanse, which seemed to be better at removing makeup than using the facial wash on its own (as advised by my sk:n consultant.)

During my consultation, my skin was examined and I was given details of how to use the DermaQuest products and information on the benefits I could expect from using them. My face was then thoroughly cleansed, ready for the peel.

My skin felt very warm for a couple of hours after the peel treatment. It initially felt very smooth, but for the following three days it became red and sore in parts, which I was told was normal – this was all part of the peeling process. My skin looked luminous and felt brand new after it had peeled and I received many comments about how good it looked!

I received a good service at sk:n and would definitely recommend it to others. The environment was professional and friendly, the staff were knowledgeable and I felt very comfortable there.

becky before and after 

Ever wondered what a TCA peel involves and what the results are like? In our latest case study blog, sk:n client Garry talks us through his reasons for having a TCA peel, what it felt like and the results he experienced with the treatment.

I’d had a TCA peel before, about two years ago – and loved the results, so I was keen to try it again. I really wanted to address hyperpigmentation caused by years of sun damage. All of those sunbed sessions when I was younger had finally come back to bite me and it was making me feel insecure about the way I looked.

I’d had a few laser treatments for hyperpigmentation before, but laser is a longer process and a bigger investment than a TCA peel. So, I did some research on the best place to get a chemical skin peel done and sk:n came up on the top of the search results.

Do skin peels hurt?

One thing many people are worried about when having a skin peel is the pain. I found it was only uncomfortable for a few minutes when the salicylic acid was being applied to the skin. If you’ve not experienced it before, it can feel quite intense to begin with. Afterward, your face looks quite red and feels very tight. It will then peel for about 7-10 days, shedding all of those layers of dull, dead, dry skin. This process helps reduce the appearance of pigmentation caused by sun damage (dark spots and age spots) and also helps soften fine lines and wrinkles and brighten your overall complexion.

What are the results like?

I’m more than delighted with my results. I’ve had the confidence this time to blog about my journey each day on Instagram and the amount of feedback I’ve had is unreal. People have been reaching out to me for advice and wanting to try the same chemical peel as me.

Garry-TCA-BA

Finding skin confidence

Having this treatment has played a massive part in my confidence. I used to wear concealer and bronzer every day to hide the pigmentation on my face, but now I feel I don’t even need it anymore – and that’s exactly where I wanted to be.

If you’re considering trying a TCA peel or any other type of skin treatment, just go for it. You only have one life, so it’s best to be happy!

 

 

Danielle came to sk:n after she had a bad experience with laser hair removal in a London Harley Street clinic. After six sessions, Danielle saw zero improvement in the reduction of hair growth and received burns to the neck. Danielle tells us her story and how after visiting sk:n, her confidence has improved by 100%!

“I visited what I thought was a reputable clinic in London’s Harley Street and booked a laser hair removal course. I suffered with little hairs which became horribly ingrown and I was hoping the treatment would minimise hair growth and lighten some of the dark spots I had from the ingrown hairs.

After six sessions I experienced terrible burns to my neck. They were so bad, I had to cover up with loads of makeup literally all the time. I would wear a choker to cover the scarring as I was so embarrassed about how my neck looked. This really wasn’t a pleasant experience and I saw zero improvement in the reduction of hair growth.”

I looked for a skin clinic I could trust

After my terrible experience I wanted to visit a skin clinic I could trust. My Mum’s friend actually recommended sk:n and I’m so glad I took her advice. In my initial consultation the practitioner went through all of my medical information and made sure the correct laser was selected for my skin type. Before treatment she went through many different safety procedures, cleansed the skin and asked me to put goggles on to protect my eyes from the laser. I wouldn’t describe the treatment as painful, not at all. Initially you feel a little ‘zap’, but as you get used to the process, you can hardly feel it at all.

I have seen 85% hair reduction and have no ingrown hairs

I’ve had a course of 8 + 3 top up sessions and I’m going to purchase another set of 3 top up sessions. I have seen an amazing hair reduction (around 85%) and I have no ingrown hairs at all.
My scars are a lot lighter than they were before and I don’t feel self-conscious if I don’t wear makeup on that area.

My treatment has been life changing

After visiting sk:n I am super happy with the results! My results have been insane and I can’t rave about sk:n enough. My treatment has literally been life changing and has improved my confidence by 100%! I recommend sk:n all the time, I have told so many of my friends about sk:n’s laser hair removal treatments.

Friendly and professional service

I have always received friendly and professional service at Epsom and Clapham sk:n clinics. My advice to people when considering laser hair removal… give it a try! It really is amazing. And make sure you pick a reputable company like sk:n”.

Before & After Restorative Laser Hair Removal Treatment

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Trust the experts at sk:n

Our highly trained team of laser hair removal practitioners know that darker skin tones can be more sensitive and reactive to treatments. Therefore we always ensure a thorough consultation before any treatment. With laser hair removal, we need to ensure that we protect the skin’s darker pigment whilst achieving the best possible results.

Selecting the correct laser for darker skin tones

At sk:n we pride ourselves not only on the expertise of our practitioners, but the high-tech equipment and products we use to treat our clients. For darker skin tones, we can use specific lasers. One of our lasers called the Nd Yag is specifically designed to bypass the surface of the skin and targets the melanin in the root of the hair. This laser can also be really effective for ingrown hairs as it straightens the hair (a very popular choice for males with beards).

To find out more about our laser hair removal treatments and courses visit our dedicated treatment page.

Danielle came to sk:n after she had a bad experience with laser hair removal in a London Harley Street clinic. After six sessions, Danielle saw zero improvement in the reduction of hair growth and received burns to the neck. Danielle tells us her story and how after visiting sk:n, her confidence has improved by 100%!

“I visited what I thought was a reputable clinic in London’s Harley Street and booked a laser hair removal course. I suffered with little hairs which became horribly ingrown and I was hoping the treatment would minimise hair growth and lighten some of the dark spots I had from the ingrown hairs.

After six sessions I experienced terrible burns to my neck. They were so bad, I had to cover up with loads of makeup literally all the time. I would wear a choker to cover the scarring as I was so embarrassed about how my neck looked. This really wasn’t a pleasant experience and I saw zero improvement in the reduction of hair growth.”

I looked for a skin clinic I could trust

After my terrible experience I wanted to visit a skin clinic I could trust. My Mum’s friend actually recommended sk:n and I’m so glad I took her advice. In my initial consultation the practitioner went through all of my medical information and made sure the correct laser was selected for my skin type. Before treatment she went through many different safety procedures, cleansed the skin and asked me to put goggles on to protect my eyes from the laser. I wouldn’t describe the treatment as painful, not at all. Initially you feel a little ‘zap’, but as you get used to the process, you can hardly feel it at all.

I have seen 85% hair reduction and have no ingrown hairs

I’ve had a course of 8 + 3 top up sessions and I’m going to purchase another set of 3 top up sessions. I have seen an amazing hair reduction (around 85%) and I have no ingrown hairs at all.
My scars are a lot lighter than they were before and I don’t feel self-conscious if I don’t wear makeup on that area.

My treatment has been life changing

After visiting sk:n I am super happy with the results! My results have been insane and I can’t rave about sk:n enough. My treatment has literally been life changing and has improved my confidence by 100%! I recommend sk:n all the time, I have told so many of my friends about sk:n’s laser hair removal treatments.

Friendly and professional service

I have always received friendly and professional service at Epsom and Clapham sk:n clinics. My advice to people when considering laser hair removal… give it a try! It really is amazing. And make sure you pick a reputable company like sk:n”.

Before & After Restorative Laser Hair Removal Treatment

——

Trust the experts at sk:n

Our highly trained team of laser hair removal practitioners know that darker skin tones can be more sensitive and reactive to treatments. Therefore we always ensure a thorough consultation before any treatment. With laser hair removal, we need to ensure that we protect the skin’s darker pigment whilst achieving the best possible results.

Selecting the correct laser for darker skin tones

At sk:n we pride ourselves not only on the expertise of our practitioners, but the high-tech equipment and products we use to treat our clients. For darker skin tones, we can use specific lasers. One of our lasers called the Nd Yag is specifically designed to bypass the surface of the skin and targets the melanin in the root of the hair. This laser can also be really effective for ingrown hairs as it straightens the hair (a very popular choice for males with beards).

To find out more about our laser hair removal treatments and courses visit our dedicated treatment page.

Has the warmer weather and summer activities taken its toll on your skin? You may have spent a little too long in the sun, developed some annoying ingrown hairs from daily shaving, or have finally decided its time to do something about your excessive sweating or unwanted tattoo. If so, September is the perfect time to slow down, take some time out and think about your skin health. Read our top five treatments for post-summer skin.

1. Avoid Ingrown Hairs With Laser Hair Removal

With laser hair removal you can say goodbye to ingrown hairs which are caused when hair curls round and grows back into the skin. This produces raised red spots which can be painful and often become infected. The laser causes the hair follicle to overheat and damages the bulb which prevents regrowth. You can expect to see permanent hair reduction up to 90% and for best results, opt for a course of 6-8 treatments. Autumn is the perfect time to begin your journey as it is best to start treatment without a suntan.

2. Renew and rehydrate dehydrated skin

If you have spent long periods of time in the sun without a high factor SPF, your skin may feel dehydrated and develop lines, wrinkles or pigmentation. Your skin can become dehydrated and sunburnt even when its cloudy, so if you are worried about sun damage, book a free consultation which includes a skin scan. Our skin experts may then recommend one of these most popular treatments:

Skin Peels – Reduce pigmentation as well as fine lines and wrinkles.
Laser Resurfacing – Targets both superficial and deeper layers of skin to treat pigmentation and hyperpigmentation (dark spots) caused by the sun. This skin resurfacer also treats scarring.
HydraFacial – Combines hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides to replenish, plump and hydrate your skin.

3. Treat excessive sweating with Botox® Injections

It’s quite normal to sweat in hot weather, but if you find that your sweating seems excessive you may find you are suffering with Hyperhidrosis. The most common areas include forehead, underarms, palms and feet and can be caused by stress, diabetes, menopause and side effects from medication. This condition can be treated easily and effectively with an injection (Botox®) into the problem area which blocks the nerves that supply the eccrine (sweat) glands, which will prevent sweating.

4. Remove that tattoo you are beginning to regret

Summer fun may have led to a tattoo which you are beginning to regret… or you may have an old design which you are embarrassed to show when you bare more skin in the warmer months. A course of laser tattoo removal can remove or fade unwanted tattoos safely and effectively. If you are in a hurry, check out our Centres of Excellence. We use a PicoWay laser which can remove your ink in roughly half the time. (Available in selected clinics only).

5. Banish that annoying verruca from the swimming pool

If you have been swimming you could have quite easily picked up a verruca. You may have tried over-the-counter treatments which haven’t worked. At sk:n we offer three different options and your dermatologist will recommend the right one for you. Options include laser removal, Cryotherapy (freezing), or a simple excision.

Baring more of our skin in the summer months can often highlight those body areas where you may have annoying and unwanted hair growth. We have hair follicles all over the body except for on the lips, palms of the hands and soles of the feet, so it’s no surprise that many of us spend far too much time shaving, waxing or plucking unwanted hair. According to a survey carried out by Realself (2018) 29% of adults in the UK are considering laser hair removal and as we become increasingly time poor in our busy lives, this could be the answer to your onerous daily hair removal routine.

Laser hair removal to can treat most body areas and even the smallest or hard to reach parts. Areas include face, underarm, bikini, legs and you can also opt for a full body treatment. Our laser hair removal treatments are increasingly popular with men, with the most common areas treated are face (cheek area) back and chest.  Did you know you can also remove hair from much smaller areas including eyebrows, earlobes, naval, nasal, fingers, toes, and nipples? Here are our most popular smaller areas…

Nasal hair

Laser hair removal can target the most visible nose hairs on the inside edge of the nostril, preventing those annoying hairs from hanging out the nose. We can also treat the upper nose, sides, tip and bridge. Most people will pluck these hairs, which then reappear after a few days. Laser hair removal gives you up to 90% permanent hair reduction once you have completed your course. The procedure will take no more than 15 minutes and has no downtime. From £47 per session.

Fingers and toes

If you love to wear sandals or strappy heels, you may be worried about hairy toes, or hair on the top of the feet. Or if you have coarser, dark hair on the fingers this may be causing you embarrassment. These small areas can be treated quickly and effectively with laser hair removal treatment. From £43 per session.

Nipples

As embarrassing as it might feel, hair around the nipples is quite common. Although this is a natural thing, it doesn’t have to be permanent and can be treated effectively. Laser hair removal is not painful, it has been described as like an elastic band flicking onto the skin. The more treatments you have, the less pain you will feel as there are fewer hair follicles targeted. From £48 per session.

Our experienced and professional practitioners go through extensive training and we only use high-grade lasers. We can adjust the laser to your skin shade and we will always carry out a patch test before we begin your treatment. To gain optimum results, opt for a course of 6-8 treatments. Read more about our treatment courses here.

 

The summer is here! As the weather warms up, we all want healthy, clear and refreshed skin as we scale back the foundation coverage. But how do we achieve fresh skin with a natural healthy glow?  You may feel like you want to revive dull-looking winter skin, so exfoliation is key and a great place to start. Homecare products we use in the summer will differ from the winter, so it might be time to invest in a good quality SPF, combined with some fabulous breathable mineral make-up to avoid blocking pored and causing spots. Being outdoors more often will inevitably expose your skin to air pollution, so daily cleansing is essential, coupled with regular treatments for the ultimate deep-cleanse and hydration.

Our sk:n Senior Practitioner, Gurpriya Matharoo gives us her top 5 tips for healthy and clear skin this summer.

 

 

 

 

According to a survey carried out by Hiched.co.uk, the average time from proposal to walking down the aisle is 20 months, 13 months of which will be spent planning your wedding. With so much to think about, such as choosing the venue, selecting the food, dress shopping, and countless other tasks that need to be planned, take some time out to prep your skin so you look and feel your best on the big day. The earlier you can start your skin preparation the better, so you can get the best possible results from your treatments and ensure you have plenty of time to complete your course.

12 months to go

So it may feel like ages away, but if you do have any skin conditions you aren’t happy with, now is the time to start.  Laser hair removal is a really popular treatment with the bride to be, the most common areas being face, underarms, legs and bikini. Just imagine not having to worry about waxing or shaving before the wedding or honeymoon! You will see up to 90% permanent hair reduction but need to allow for a course of eight treatments for best results.

Another popular treatment amongst future brides is tattoo removal. You may have an old tattoo you don’t want to show in your perfect dress, or even worse an ex’s name that really needs to go. Tattoo removal can take several months as you have to have a course and leave around six weeks in between treatments.

If you aren’t happy with your complexion and you have acne scarring or an uneven skin tone, you can opt for laser resurfacing. CO2RE effectively targets both superficial and deeper layers of your skin for a smoother, more even complexion. The targeted energy of the laser stimulates collagen formation for continued improvement and younger-looking skin. You will experience down time with this treatment, so best to start as soon as you can.

Six months to go

Skin Peels are the ideal treatment for brighter, smoother skin, so you are looking your best for your wedding photos. A Glycolic Peel is a treatment suitable for all skin types. It penetrates deep beneath the skin surface, exfoliates and encourages cell regeneration and collagen production. Skin Peels can treat sunspots, acne scars and blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles are reduced, and skin is rejuvenated. Ideally you would have a course of at least three to see optimum results.

 

Three months to go

If you have a skin condition such a facial thread veins, moles, or milia you would like to remove, three months before is the perfect time to speak to one of our expert dermatologists. We have more dermatologists than any other skin clinic group and can treat a wide range of skin conditions.

1 month to go

You may want to think about anti-ageing injectables or dermal fillers at least a month before. This is the perfect confidence booster when so many people are watching you and the photographer is snapping away. Fillers don’t have to mean a complete change of appearance, they can enhance your natural look and give a fresh and polished appearance.

A special treat a week before the big day…a HydraFacial. Why not take your bridesmaids along for this pre-wedding treat. Its six-step process detoxes, cleanses and exfoliates, brightens, extracts, hydrates and finally rejuvenates, creating wedding-ready skin!

Homecare

At least two months before, kick start your homecare regime. Our practitioners will carry out a skin assessment and compile a personalised treatment and homecare plan in the lead up to your big day giving you a healthy, glowing and refreshed look for your big day.

If you would like to talk this through with one of our skin experts, book your free consultation today.

HydraFacial is the latest treatment everyone is talking about. And it’s not just the A-listers who are opting for this wonder treatment. Sk:n has an increasing number of male clients are seeing the benefits and returning to us time and time again. So why is HydraFacial so popular amongst men?

 

  1. It’s not like any other facial

When you think of a facial, you probably think of a spa or salon with relaxing music, incense burning and a feeling of being pampered. Not that you won’t get a pampered feeling from HydraFacial, because you will. But HydraFacial is so much more than a facial. It’s an experience and a confidence booster focusing on the unique philosophy of ‘Skin Health for Life’. There are five treatments to choose from depending on your skin type which generally follow the same principles – a six-step process which gives many more benefits than just a facial. Steps include detox, cleansing and exfoliating, brightening agent, extraction, hydration and rejuvenation.

  1. Improves skin health

A recent Mintel study found that improving skin health is the number one driver for men, with 30% stating this was their primary focus.  HydraFacial will improve overall skin health and stage one kicks off with a skin detox – a lymphatic draining technique which helps increase circulation eliminating toxins.

  1. Consistent and immediate results

Our male clients like treatments which give consistent results, there is no downtime and you can see a difference instantly. A recent study carried out by Realself (2018) found that life events are the main influencers for adults in the UK to pursue aesthetic treatments with the top reason amongst men being starting a new job. HydraFacial will give your skin an instant glow. Step two will remove dead skin cells and gently lift impurities and step three includes a gentle glycolic and salicylic solution which will loosen debris from your pores, brightening your skin.

  1. HydraFacial can prevent spots

Spots were also found to be men’s greatest skincare issue. 46% of men said they feel self-conscious if they have a spot on their face, rising to 63% of men aged 16-24. At sk:n we find a lot of men prefer to invest in preventing spots rather than treating them. Step four of the process will remove blackheads and impurities in congested areas, extracted using honey extract and salicylic acid.

  1. Maximum hydration

Dehydrated skin can be caused by lack of water, diet, incorrect product use, the weather and so on. HydraFacial’s step five combines hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides to replenish, plump up and hydrate your skin.

  1. Treats lines and wrinkles

The same study also found that 22% of males worry about wrinkles. Step six in the process is rejuvenation, where an LED light is used to stimulate collagen and also reduces redness, leaving you with instantly glowing skin.

  1. HydraFacial can treat acne

Acne is one of the most common skin problems we see at sk:n. In the UK 80% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne and 3 million people over the age of 30 are also affected. HydraFacial has two treatments specifically designed to treat acne which follow the same six-stage process as Skin Health for Life and include an additional step – a Glysal Peel which will regulate oil levels caused by excess sebum.

We can assure you our service will make you feel comfortable and at ease. Our service is discreet and confidential and our team of experts work with you to achieve your desired results. Find out more here.