Our Dermal Therapist Lilly shares her skin do’s and don’ts…

Lilly is a qualified dermal therapist with more than 15 years’ experience in the industry, and has been a part of the team at Avenue Advanced Skin Care for over 8 years. Here she shares her home care regime and skincare tips.

What is your morning skincare regime?
I cleanse with MD Rejuvena mild cleanser, apply Societe Clarifying prep, Aspect Dr Multi B serum, Cosmedix Radiance serum, SkinMedica’s Hydrating Complex, Cosmedix Reflect and Youngblood mineral makeup.

What is your evening skincare regime?
I double cleanse, first with MD Rejuvena mild cleanser then with their enzyme cleanser, apply Cosmedix Benefit Balance and Environ’s ACE oil. I also use my dermal roller every 2-3 nights.

What is the single most important thing a client can do for their skin?
Apply a broad spectrum sun screen. Every single day!

What factors affect the skin most negatively?
The sun, drinking, smoking, sugar – all the fun things!

What role does food play?
HUGE! Our skin is our biggest organ and reflects all is happening internally.

What does your diet look like on a day to day basis?
I drink lemon with hot water each morning. Oats with berries and coconut yogurt for breakfast. Salad or a falafel wrap for lunch. Curry with salad or vegetables for dinner and snack on hummus with carrots or raisins.

How important is sleep?
Very! Our body repairs and heals while we sleep.

What skin-care products should you splurge on?
A home dermal roller. It really works for collagen production and helps your skin get the most out of your active serums.

When it comes to results-driven skin care what ingredients should we be looking?
Vitamins A, B & C are a good basis for a good skin care regime and then you can add depending on your concerns.

What are three skincare products every women needs in her regime?
SPF, eye cream and Vitamin A.

What is the most important part of your own skin care regime?
SPF. SPF. SPF. And I love my home roller, I think everyone should have one.

If you could go back and give your younger self advice, what would be?
Wear SPF and stay away from the solarium!

In the clinic, how do you treat…
• Pigmentation:

IPL or Laser

Signs of ageing:
PRP or Skin Needling

Acne scarring:
Infini or Skin Needling

Skin Dos…
• Double cleanse at night
• Stick to a regular skin care regime
• Drink water

Skin Don’ts…
• Don’t leave your makeup on to sleep
• Squeeze breakout’s especially without prepping, ie. Exfoliating

What are your tips for slowing down the ageing process?
Taking a preventative approach with skin. Sticking to a good home regime. PRP and Redensity are great in clinic treatments.

How important is hydration?
Really important! We are water loving beings – we need water to function. Our skin functions better when hydrated. Your skin will look more plump.

Vitamin A or Vitamin C? Which is the best and what do they do?
Both really should be incorporated into your regime. Vitamin C is your day time active and Vitamin A is your night time active. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant and acts as a natural SPF – Don’t use it as one but take it as a bonus! Vitamin A stimulates collagen and elastin for a healthier, younger complexion.

Should we adjust our skincare from winter to summer?
Yes, our skin generally becomes dryer in the cooler months so add an exfoliant so your products can work to their best potential and maybe a heavier moisturiser to restore hydration. SPF is a must all year round!

What are the biggest mistakes you see clients make when it comes to skin maintenance?
Not thinking that you need to apply an SPF in winter and not using it correctly ie. Thinking SPF in your foundation is sufficient and not reapplying.