Skin Health Magazine Issue #6 / Winter 2018 - Page 33

Q&A Ask Yvonne Every issue, we pose some of your biggest skin care questions to our resident aes- thetic nurse Yvonne Senior. Here, she shares her knowledge on the best cellulite treatments and chemical peel aftercare. How do I care for my skin after having a chemical peel? Following a light chemical peel, where the top layers of skin and any discoloured cells are removed, it is important to stick to a simple skin care regime. Cleanse your skin with a gentle, non-foaming cleanser and apply a no-sting, acid-free antioxidant serum. When skin is traumatised, free radical production is high, so you need to suppress this activity with a Vitamin C-based product. Avoid using wash cloths, face scrubs, Retinol and sonic cleansing devices, as these can irritate already sensitive skin. And remember to apply your moisturiser and sunscreen with a light touch. Caring for your skin following a deep chem- ical peel is more complicated and should be discussed with your practitioner. Is there anything I can do to minimise my cellulite? First, let me get the bad news out of the way: there is no complete cure for cellulite. This pesky condition occurs when enlarged pockets of body fat deposited deep in the skin balloon up to the surface, pushing through layers of fibres that once kept your skin nice and firm. Contrary to popular belief, cellulite is not a weight problem as even very thin people can have cellulite. To treat it, you could try topical cellulite creams or coffee scrubs, both of which contain caffeine as their key ingredient. This temporarily shrinks fat cells by dehydrating them, while a scrub will also help smooth uneven texture to minimise the appearance of dimpled skin at the surface. For something more intensive, you could try Cellulite Fira. This is the first FDA-approved ‘cure’ for cellulite and can only be performed by a medical practitioner. The procedure involves a small laser tube being inserted under the patient’s skin. As the laser heats up, it melts the lumpy fat pockets and softens the fibre bands of connective tissue that hold them together, to significantly improve the appearance of cellulite. Got a question you would like to ask Yvonne? Send them to ask@skinhealth- and yours might appear in a future issue. ISSUE #06 | 2018 | 33