Thanks to a myriad of misinformation, some of it perpetuated by the more unscrupulous with stakes in the cosmetics industry, it can be difficult to know what’s true and false when it comes to skin care. Adding to the dilemma? The fact that there are so many different products, many of which make big promises they can’t fulfil, all clamouring for your attention.


Fortunately, our knowledge and expertise gleaned through many years of experience in the aesthetics industry has given Skin Renewal the credibility to help you find your way through maze. To start, here are a couple of enduring yet incorrect ideas regarding skin care we’d like to see squashed.


Myth 1: Anti-ageing products are only for when I get older.

Nope, they’re not. Prevention is always better than cure and the sooner you start taking good care of your skin the better. Sunscreen, for example, is one of the best anti-ageing products you can buy and it’s essentially that you use that from babyhood if you’re to avoid sun damage that only shows up later.

As far as potent anti-ageing ingredients go, things like vitamin C and retinol, there’s nothing stopping someone in their 20s from using the same amount as someone in their 50s. Their end goal is to help your skin produce more collagen and they’ll be most effective on younger skin. Essentially, like a squirrel storing nuts for the winter, you want to start building your collagen stash as soon as possible.

Many of our Skin Rejuvenation solutions treatments are very popular with younger patients as they’re a wonderful way to maintain and, if performed regularly, can help prevent the need for something more invasive later on.


Myth 2: Natural ingredients are always better.

The idea that natural ingredients are better than synthetic (man-made) ones is ridiculous. Some of the most irritating, inflammatory things on the planet are natural (hello, stinging nettle and menthol!) and many are poisonous (here’s looking at you, cyanide!). In the same way that ‘natural’ can also be bad for you, synthetic can also be good and in many cases much better.

To date, many of the most proven anti-agers and beneficial skin care ingredients, aren’t natural, so if you’re wanting to use something that will deliver superior results, using 100% natural products is the wrong way to go about it. This is especially the case when it comes to sunscreen which is vital.


Myth 3: Applying creams in an upwards motion can help ‘lift’ sagging skin.

You might have seen a video on facial massage techniques or bought a cream that comes with detailed instructions on how to best rub it into your face but the truth is, it doesn’t matter which way you pull your face, you’re only stretching the elastin and collagen fibres and this actually helps to break them down. Thus, the best way to manipulate your face is as little as possible.


Myth 4: Certain skin care products can cure rosacea.

Technically, nothing can ‘cure’ rosacea. It’s a chronic condition that needs to be managed for life, but there are plenty of incredibly topical products and in-office treatments to help keep it in check.

Also, as important as it is to find products that can help calm and soothe, you also need to ensure your routine is completely free of things that could make it worse. Fragranced products containing dyes are out and anything with irritants like alcohol, menthol and irritating plant extracts like lavender, citrus and witch hazel. (Notice how many of these ingredients are natural? Again, we’re here to tell you that the ‘natural is always better’ theory is bogus.)

Myth 5: Skin care containing collagen can help boost your own supply.

Found naturally in your skin, collagen is what gives your skin it’s elasticity and youthful-looking ‘bounce’. You can apply topical creams that contain ingredients like retinol and vitamin C that effective encourage your skin to produce more collagen, but you can’t use a product containing collagen and expect it to magically attach to your own collagen. The molecule simply can’t penetrate your epidermis so it’s only function in any facial product is to help hydrate the surface, but it’s not even the best option for the job.

If you’d like assistance in creating an at home skin care routine as well as guidance as to which in-office treatments would suit you best then make an appointment with one of our therapists at Skin Renewal. Using the right products and starting as early as possible will help ensure a more youthful-looking complexion for longer.

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Skin Renewal

Renewal Institute offers its clients a holistic and integrated approach to anti-aging. This includes non - surgical anti-aging procedures - weight loss programmes, body sculpting procedures as well as health renewal diagnostic screening, nutraceutical supplements, IV detoxification and gene screening for hereditary diseases. The aim is to provide optimal health and well-being and to restore the aesthetic beauty of our patients. 16 Luxurious clinics can be found across Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. There are also 24 Medical Doctors all with a special interest in aesthetic medicine and integrated healthcare. They are supported by a qualified team of registered nurses and fully trained therapists. Renewal Institute was founded by Dr Maureen Allem in 2005 and its fast paced expansion and growth is testament to its team’s aesthetic knowledge, professionalism and personalised care of each of its clients. The choice to join the company’s Radiant Loyalty Programme is offered to all new clients. It’s generous and easily attainable rewards is the company’s way of giving back and rewarding its client loyalty. Most Popular Procedures include: Skin Renewal: Injectable treatments using Botulinum toxin and Dermal fillers, chemical peels, pigmentation and rosacea treatments, lips and eye rejuvenation, sun damage reversal, age-defying facials, jaw line definition and acne treatments. Body Renewal: Medical weight loss programmes, cellulite and body sculpture with fat freezing treatments, hair and vein removal (sclerotherapy), stretch mark treatment, and hand, neck and décolleté rejuvenation. Health Renewal: Health renewal integrative consultation, bio-identical hormone balancing, nutritional supplement advice, IV vitamin therapy and IV detoxification. Oasis Spas: Five of the Skin, Health & Body Renewal branches offer their clients spa treatments providing massages, facials, hair waxing, manicures and pedicures. To find out more about holistic anti-aging: 0861 SKIN SA (7546 72)

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