Increasingly skin conditions are determined by much more than just your biological skin type. When purchasing skin products you need to be aware of not only your natural skin type e.g. dry, oily, sensitive or combination, but also your lifestyle skin type.

Learn to seize control of your skin, and target the ways lifestyle affect its conditions, after all lifestyle is extremely important, no matter how powerful the cream.

Fitness Fanatic – does exercise help or harm your looks?

I have coined the phrase runner’s face. Excessive cardio can cause problems, such as loss of volume, facial sagging, facial redness and sun or wind damage. Sun damage is very common in runners as many forget to apply adequate protection. Many people blame breakouts on excess sweating.

However, these breakouts are most often caused by frictional breakouts from tight headbands and sweatbands, so wear loose clothing when working out. Exercise increases blood flow to the skin, which can cause excessive redness to the face. To help reduce this apply the Redness Relief Calming Cream both before and after exercise. Varying cardiovascular training with weight training and yoga will help retain skin plumpness. But, if you have lost too much volume you may want to consider putting weight on, or having fillers.

Always apply broad-spectrum SPF15/UVA protection when running outside, to all exposed body parts. Running with sunglasses will help prevent squinting induced wrinkles, for those who find this uncomfortable, try a baseball cap instead.

Use the Secret Is Out Lifting Day Cream for its UVA and UVB sun protection, moisturisation and antioxidant repair.

Party People – are your weekend antics ruining your skin for the rest of the week?

Do you over indulge in late nights, heavy drinking, cigarettes and junk food?

You may notice dull, red skin, with visible thread veins. I cannot stress enough how damaging smoking is for the skin. Smoking kills your skin. Even second hand smoke. It breaks down collagen, damages DNA and constricts the blood vessels that deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin’s surface by up to 30%, resulting in a duller-looking complexion. Alcohol enlarges the skin’s blood vessels, so if you’re prone to redness, it increases the risk of rosacea and thread veins.

To party-proof your skin, wear your anti-oxidant rich day cream clubbing. And start drinking. Green Tea that is, the polyphenols neutralizes free radicals from tobacco smoke. Use skin care products that stimulate collagen.

A heavy night of drinking following by a heavy consumption of junk food is a skin hazard waiting to happen. Now, sugar may not directly lead to breakouts, but it is one of the worst agers there is. Sugar causes glycation damage in the skin. This reduces the effectiveness of elastin and collagen proteins, the properties that give skin a youthful, plump appearance. Consuming large amounts of sugar will cause collagen and elastin to become more rigid, fragile and prone to damage, meaning skin will lose its snap back and wrinkles will begin to form and stick.

Over the past year or so a direct link has been established between the amount of sugar circulating in the blood and how old a person looks. Research has shown that those with higher blood sugar levels looked older than those with lower blood sugar. Unilever found that for every 1mm/litre increase in blood sugar, the perceived age of that person rose by five months.

Use the Secret Is Out Lift and Repair Night Cream for its antioxidant protection, collagen building peptides and antiglycation duo.

City Slicker – Is stress stressing out your skin?

Experts now recognise the huge role stress plays in skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne.

I am a great supporter of ‘pyschodermatology’. This is where dermatologists work together with psychologists to soothe stress and skin problems.

Patients I see who get the best response from medical treatments are those who deal with the key stressors in their lives at the same time. It’s only be dealing with both areas that skin really gets better and patients learn the tools needed to minimize the stress that can lead to future flare ups.