Hey there lovelies!
Hope you’re all having a great well? Mine is going well so far although my whole body is still in pain from running the Dubai Women’s Run 5K race on Friday morning which was though but a lot of good fun.
You remember I told you I was working on something a little different? Well, here we are!
I got given the fantastic opportunity to ask my TOP 10 skincare questions to Dr Sonia Wilson, a Specialist Dermatologist at the Department of Dermatology at RAK Hospital and a Bio- Oil ambassador here in the UAE!
We are all very familiar with Bio-Oil aren’t we? And I personally always keep a bottle of it in my bathroom and use it to soothe out dry skin, or even out skin tone if my skin has gone through a bit of a bad patch etc… I heard you could use it in many more ways so made sure to ask Sonia for her recommendations!
I was very excited to be able to “beauty chat” with a skincare expert and when preparing my interview questions I really tried to select the ones we have all always wanted to ask so I sincerely hope these will be useful to you guys too!
How many products do I really need included in my daily skin care regimen?
Daily regime consists of appropriate Face wash, Cleanser, Moisturizer, Exfoliant (once or twice a week), advice to use Sunscreen lotion due to high UV radiations in the region.
How does Bio-Oil fit into it?
Bio-Oil formulation is a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base -PurCellin Oil™ – it is kind of a unique ingredient found in Bio-oil and this makes the formulation’s overall consistency light and non-greasy. This ensures that the goodness contained in the vitamins and plant extracts is easily absorbed by the skin.
Bio‑Oil consisting moisturizing element it helps to improve texture, tone and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Bio‑Oil contains numerous ingredients that help to soften the skin, making it softer, smoother and more supple, thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkled and sagging skin.
Do we necessarily need to invest in high end luxury skin care products?
No, the effectiveness of a skin care product depends on the ingredient in it. If a skincare product is packed with fillers and cheap ingredients, it isn’t worth much no matter how high or low the price tag is.
Personal preference is certainly a valid reason for spending a little more, because part of what you are purchasing is the experience you get when using a product.
What are the main causes of skin ageing and how can we prevent these?
Research shows that there are, in fact, two distinct types of aging. Aging caused by the genes we inherit is called intrinsic (internal) aging. The other type of aging is known as extrinsic (external) aging and is caused by environmental factors, such as exposure to the sun’s rays. Facial expressions, gravity, sleeping positions, bad habits like smoking can also influence skin aging.
While you cannot stop or even slow down the intrinsic aging process, you can prevent signs of premature aging by protecting your skin from the sun, quitting smoking, and eliminating facial exercises.
Comprehensive sun protection, proper diet, staying well hydrated, getting proper sleep, avoiding bad habits, proper skin care can help to slow down the process.
If you are bothered by visible signs of aging, a number of treatments are available. Injectable fillers and botulinum toxin are suitable for people with busy lifestyles who do not want the inconvenience of a long recovery. Radiofrequency is a procedure that offers an alternative to the traditional facelift. Dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, chemical peeling, microdermabrasion, and some topical treatments can restore skin, giving it a smoother and refreshed appearance.
How can we protect our skin from the harsh Middle Eastern sun & heat?
By staying well hydrated, having proper diet, avoiding direct exposure to sunlight especially between, 10 am to 3 pm, using sunscreens and moisturizers properly, protective clothes, hats and sunglasses. Also one should avoid diuretics like alcohol, caffeine, tea, coffee, chocolates and cigarettes that deplete water from the body.
How can we ‘combat’ those under eye fine lines?
Proper sleep, sun protection (sunscreens and sun glasses), proper diet, proper under eye creams, staying well hydrated and in resistant cases consulting a dermatologist for special procedures. As Bio-Oil is a good moisturizer use it on the skin surrounding the eye to make the lines less noticeable.
Do you recommend professional skin care treatments and if so, how often?
Yes, I recommend professional skin care treatments, frequency and type of treatment is decided on a case to case basis.
What are the latest beauty treatments & techniques celebrities are raving about?
There are lots of new treatments, for example. The Vampire Face lift (Plasmatherapy), Microcurrent treatments, Bee Venom facial( Kate Middleton), caviar skin cream by Angelina Jolie, Sheep Placenta facial by Victoria Beckham, Ruby and Diamond Facial ( Mila Kunis), Cellupulse Anticellulite Acoustic Wave Therapy Machine (Madonna )
How I can best use Bio-Oil to prevent/diminish stretch marks?
Bio‑Oil is formulated to help improve their appearance; the idea of stretch marks prevention is keeping the skin well-hydrated and supple. Bio-Oil’s formulation works to maximize the skin’s elasticity, thereby reducing the possibility of pregnancy stretch marks forming.
Bio‑Oil should be massaged in a circular motion into the stretch marks, twice daily, for a minimum of 3 months.
What are your TOP 5 tips to healthy looking skin?
1) Clean your skin regularly and apply moisturizer
2) Sun protection
3) Proper diet and well hydration
4) Get enough quality sleep
5) Don’t smoke (and watch the alcohol)
Well there you have them! The secrets to gorgeous & healthy looking skin!! Not sure I will be Sheep Placenta Facial anytime soon though…
Are you going to try out some of these tips?