Sun awareness week is between the 4th and 10th of May, and although we all know that wearing SPF in the summer months is a must, how many of us are actually applying it properly? We have worked with our skincare expert Dr Jinah Yoo, a consultant dermatologist to give us her insight on wearing SPF and protecting our skin as well as answering some top questions we find ourselves asking.

Q: What is the best skincare for sun-sensitive skin?
A: Sun-sensitive skin can present as sunburn, prickly heat or make skin conditions like Rosacea worse. Protecting the skin from the sun should be the centre of your skincare routine, especially for those with sun-sensitive skin. Mineral sunscreen containing titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, which are very gentle ingredients and suitable for sensitive skin, is preferable than chemical sunscreen. In terms of your routine skincare products, it is best to go for fragrance-free products as fragrances can irritate your skin.

Q: What are the top skincare tips for sunburn?
A: Sunburn will make the skin become red, painful and potentially peel. To reduce the pain and soothe the skin, you can cool down your skin with frequent cool showers or use moisturisers containing aloe vera or soy. If you develop blisters, you need to leave them to heal by themselves, this is so that the blister can be used as a natural dressing and prevent infection.

Q: What skin treatments are available for sun-damaged skin?
A: Photo-aged skin can appear in many ways including wrinkles, sagging and pigmentation. If your main concern is photo-aged skin, various treatment including chemical peel, microneedling, lasers, skin lightening creams or topical retinoid cream could be considered, depending on individual’s skin assessment. As a result of long-term sun damage, rough patches can appear on sun-exposed skin which is called actinic keratosis. These are considered as precursors of skin cancer and you need to see your GP or a dermatologist to be treated with prescription cream or scraping of the lesion under local anaesthetic injection, depending on the area, size and extent of the sun-damages.

Q: What are the most common mistakes you see people making when using and applying sunscreen?
A: Studies have shown that most people apply less than half of the amount required to provide enough sun protection. If you are using sun lotions, you should apply at least six teaspoons to cover the body of an average adult and half a teaspoon to face and neck.

Q: What exactly happens to the skin when it’s overexposed to the sun?
A: The dark pigment produced in our skin, called melanin, increases in response to sun exposure. This is in an attempt to absorb UV and protect our skin. Increased production of melanin subsequently can mean skin becomes tanned. However, in lighter skin types, there is a smaller amount of melanin, meaning that the skin tends to react to UV rather than protecting against it. This means that lighter skin type tends to burn rather than tan.

Q: What are the earliest signs of skin damage which we might not pick up on?
A: Skin can appear dry, flaky and itchy with sun-damage which can be confused with many other skin conditions. Also, it can appear dull with uneven pigmentation, this is a subtle and early sign of skin damage from the sun.

Q: A lot of people wear makeup that contains SPF, is this enough protection for us to not need to reapply throughout the day?
A: Makeup with SPF is not a substitute for sunscreen. Make-up or moisturisers with SPF are more likely to be easily removed by water or rubbing and we tend to apply a lot more thinly than sunscreen. Furthermore, SPF is an indicator for UVB protection but does not give protection against UVA.

Q: What is the difference between UVA and UVB rays and how should we protect our skin from both?
A: UVB can cause sunburn and skin cancer whereas UVA is associated with skin ageing and skin cancer. UVA has longer wavelengths than UVB therefore UVA can penetrate through window glasses and deeper to the skin. To have an adequate sun protection, my advice is to apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or above and UVA star rating of 4 or 5 stars after moisturiser every morning and reapply every two hours when you are going outdoors.

Q: You often see a lot of people on holiday who have applied SPF and it has not been fully absorbed by the skin leaving a white paste on the skin, if you leave it like that are you actually protected?
A: The white appearance from sunscreen comes from the mineral UV filters, such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or iron oxide. These mineral (physical) sunscreens can reflect light from the skin and tend to be less irritating. However, new technologies have meant mineral sunscreens can now have a reduced white appearance and your skin will still be protected with these.

Q: Should we be applying SPF into our scalp?
A: It is not practical to apply SPF to the scalp as it is covered with hairs. Instead wearing a broad-brim hat on a sunny day can help to block the direct sun exposure.

Q: What should we be looking for when buying SPF? They don’t come cheap and can very quickly run out if we apply them all over our body several times a day when on holiday. Are we ok to buy cheaper brands, or should we be investing in the most expensive ones?
A: Choose the sunscreen which suits your skin type. Expensive sunscreen does not mean that it will suit everyone’s skin. Nowadays, there are many different types of formulation targeting different skin types. If you have acne-prone oily skin, then go for oil-free gel. When you are buying a sunscreen, it is most important to look at the SPF and UVA star rating to make sure that it has SPF 30 or above and UVA star rating of 4 or 5 stars.

Q: What exactly does the number on SPF products mean?
A: SPF stands for sun protection factor. It refers to the amount of UVB protection the sunscreen offers compared to unprotected skin. For example, SPF15 allows 7% of UVB to reach your skin whereas only 2% reaches your skin with SPF50.

Q: Why do we find that spots appear on the face, chest and shoulders when we apply SPF? Does it clog up our pores?
A: Comedogenic materials in sunscreen can clog up the pores and cause spots. Another possibility is that chemical sunscreens, with ingredients like benzophenones, can cause irritant reaction causing red bumps.

Q: You can buy tanning oils with SPF protection, but does it actually protect you and could you wear this alone on holiday and be safe in the sun and protected?
A: There is no such thing as a truly safe tan other than a fake tan. The goal of a tanning oil is to attract UV to achieve a quick tan, but the goal of SPF is completely opposite – to protect skin against these UV. Most of tanning oils, therefore, do not contain enough SPF to achieve the quick effective tanning.

Q: Are there any common myths or misconceptions about SPF and protecting your skin that you find parents have come to you with?
A: You may have seen some sunscreen advertised as ‘long-lasting’ and requiring only once-a-day application. However, majority of us do not apply an adequate amount of sunscreen and we can miss some areas when we apply the sunscreen. Also, it can be accidentally removed by rubbing or sweating throughout the day. Therefore, it is recommended to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours to exposure.

“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

Maria is a 38-year-old transgender woman from Solihull. Part of her transition process has involved laser hair removal treatment. Here she talks about her experiences growing up transgender and how she is finally feeling comfortable in her own skin…

From my earliest childhood memories, I always dreamt of being a girl. I used to go to bed at night and wish I’d wake up a girl. I found it very difficult in these early years to have any opportunity to express my feminine side and growing up with two older brothers only made this more difficult.

It was the 1980s, and whilst I had no true concept of the way society would see me, I realised that boys are expected to act in a particular way and I was scared of not being accepted. This was before the internet and I knew nothing about what it meant to be transgender. As a result I just felt ‘wrong’.

Through my teens, I would secretly dress in my mum’s clothes when everyone was out of the house. Finally, I felt I looked on the outside how I had always felt on the inside. It felt completely right. I remember one time my brother came back and I quickly jumped into bed so he couldn’t see what I was wearing.

Finding Other People Like Me

In my late teens, I gained the courage to visit a social group in Birmingham where, for the first time, I met other people who felt the same as me. I remember a conversation with an older person who told me I was so lucky to be so young and to be able to do something about it. For the first time in my life I had some financial freedom, and with the help of a good friend, we went into Birmingham and shopped for a complete outfit, makeup and a wig.

I started to present as a girl and visited bars in Birmingham. I did this for about a year. However, I felt so very lonely and wanted to be in a relationship, so I put my feelings about my gender on hold and concentrated on building a career and finding a partner. This was enormously difficult for me.

As I climbed the career ladder, I tried so hard to suppress my emotions and with the birth of my child at the age of 27, I found that there was plenty to distract me from my true feelings.

At the age of 37, I sadly lost my older brother to cancer. This shocked me to the core and gave me the courage to be my true self. I then discovered there was a name for how I felt: Transgender. I soon found that changing your gender was now not just a possibility, but a reality, and that I could live a complete and successful life as a woman.

Beginning The Transition Process

I discovered a private doctor in the UK who could help. I had to fill out lots of forms, go through various counselling sessions, undergo a series of blood tests and finally 12 weeks later, I received my first official prescription for hormones. I have never been so happy.

While I was waiting for my hormone prescription, I had my first appointment at sk:n clinics to get laser hair removal on my face and was still presenting as a male. The team made me feel so comfortable, from small administrative things such as changing my name on their system as soon as I asked them; to professionalism and attentiveness within the treatment room..

Laser hair removal has been fundamental to my transition. I never wanted to be a ‘guy in a dress’, and I didn’t want to present as a woman until I felt confident enough to do so. I am now able to wear make up smoothly and wear clear tights on my legs – something I only dreamed about before.

At work, I was nervous about coming out to my colleagues, but the support they have given me throughout my transition so far has been nothing short of amazing. I have a good relationship with my family and I feel more and more complete with each passing day.

Before And After Transgender Laser Hair Removal

Trust The Experts

We have helped many transgender people to feel confident in their own skin through laser hair removal treatment. For professional, discreet advice about how we can help you, book a consultation with a member of our friendly team of experts today.

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

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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.

“I didn’t find it nearly as painful as waxing”

Fay, 36, is a busy mother of two children. She came to see the laser experts at sk:n because she was looking for a more effective, longer-lasting method for keeping her bikini line in check. Here, she shares her experience of trying a course of laser hair removal treatments at sk:n; what it entailed, how long it took – and most importantly, whether she achieved the results she had been hoping for.

Before trying laser hair removal, my bikini line hair was very high maintenance. I’d tried shaving, waxing and sugaring and would only be happy with my bikini line immediately after I’d waxed or shaved. If I shaved, then I would have regrowth the following day, which would make the area itchy and uncomfortable. I found that waxing and sugaring provided a longer-lasting result, but the actual process was very time consuming and painful. I would be happy with the results for a couple of weeks, but then suffered with ingrown hairs.

So, I came to sk:n to find a more permanent solution to maintain my bikini line – that wouldn’t result in ingrown hairs or shaving rash. A friend had recommended I try laser hair removal and I was expecting to receive a similar result to that of waxing. I was excited about trying something new.

I was impressed at how quick the whole procedure was. The first zap was a bit of a shock, but once I knew what to expect, I relaxed into it and I didn’t find it nearly as painful as waxing.

I’ve now had a course of six treatments and the results are unbelievable; so much better than I anticipated. I would say I’ve achieved around a 75% reduction in hair growth now that the treatment course is finished – and I haven’t had a single ingrown hair since my second treatment.

I had two different practitioners during the course of treatments and both made me feel really at ease. They were professional and I felt very confident in their abilities.

Now I  would like to have the treatment in other areas, in particular my underarms and face.

I would encourage anybody who is considering trying laser hair removal, but is perhaps feeling a bit self-conscious, to just go for it. There’s really no need to feel embarrassed; the practitioner will make you feel at ease and the treatment is over very quickly.  The results are well worth overcoming any self-conscious feelings!

I would absolutely recommend sk:n clinics to others. Now I’ve tried laser hair removal, I’m interested in trying some of the other procedures they have on offer. I’ll definitely be going back!

For more information about laser hair removal including our latest offers, click here.

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.

 

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.