The search for perfect skin

LAURA LOGAN has had her fair share of expensive facials and while
the pampering is perfect and the “me-time” a must the end results were not always worth the investment. So, when she started to battle blemishes she turned to sk:n

As a teenager I never suffered from spots or acne so it has come as quick a shock to start battling incessant blemishes as I enter my 40s when I should be concentrating on anti-ageing creams and not dotting my face with spot creams and even resorting to camouflage make-up.

They say healthy skin is a reflection of a healthy body and as the skin is actually the largest organ in the body this makes sense. An upset in the skin’s balance can be shown through damage, disease and deterioration and should be addressed by eating a healthy diet, plenty of water, exercise, relaxation, sun avoidance and adopting a daily skincare regime.

As I ticked all the above boxes, but still couldn’t shake off my blotchy skin I decided to call in the experts at sk:n as I needed results – and quick. When you’ve been battling blemishes for more than a year and have tried almost every conceivable facial I had almost given up hope of ever having a clear complexion.

But help was at hand in the form of Sandra, my therapist at the sk:n Clinic in Montpellier, Cheltenham, who made me feel at ease in their light, airy reception area while I filled in a health form prior to the treatment.

We then headed to her third-floor treatment room in the Regency building overlooking Montpellier Gardens, which in the early 19th Century was used by people taking the spa waters from the Pump Room opposite, known as the Rotunda.

So, it was in this historic spa town I now had the help of modern-day knowledge and technology to help tackle my skin problems. After visually assessing my skin Sandra then had a thorough look through a skin scanner, known as a Visia machine which can see any real damage hidden under deep layers of skin and more precisely sun damage.

It was interesting to see the shades of pigmentation over the face but thankfully after all my years of living in sunny climes I had not suffered too much sun damage which means sun creams do work.

As Sandra pointed out it’s essential to wear sun block which contain both UVA and UVB. It’s easy to remember as the UVA light causes Ageing and UVB causes Burning.

Other things exposed on the scanner were areas of dehydration and dryness under the eyes, my blemishes and break-outs and pigmentation on the chin.

With my assessment completed Sandra recommended a course of three-Glycolic Peels with a seven-day break between each treatment to allow my skin to renew.

A Glycolic Peel is a much gentler option than a harsh chemical peel as it uses a natural fruit acid and you can enjoy a series of mild treatments, which don’t impact on your life, as you address problems such as mine.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids are a group of naturally occurring acids and glycolic is the smallest and most penetrating so it helps to lift off the top layer of dead skin cells and smoothes away fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes.

The treatment was simple and took about 15 minutes to complete. Once I had removed all traces of make-up Sandra brushed my skin with the fruit acid which initially tingled as it was applied and then smeared some cooling Manuka Honey on the blemishes.

Once my peel was finished I was able to apply some Revision Tinted Moisturiser with SPF 45 over my skin as it’s important to protect your face against the sun following a peel.

Incredibly my skin was not red or blotchy but felt very fresh and clean and I felt able to face the day and get on with work minutes after leaving the sk:n Clinic – which I couldn’t have done if I had experienced a chemical peel.

But my treatment wasn’t finished the moment I left the clinic as I was armed with a number of products to enhance my skin at home. The following night I washed in the sk:n Facial Exfoliating Cleanser which also contained a small amount of glycolic acid and glycerine. Although not as strong as the peel the cream wash added an extra zing which refreshed my skin ready for the anti-ageing moisturising cream with its SPF 30 and neck cream.

During the next few days I noticed a slight peeling but make-up was easy to apply and the blemishes started to subside and the redness fade. On subsequent visits to the clinic the potency of the fruit acid went up slightly as my skin got used to it. I also tried the breathable Lycogel make-up. This camouflage and concealer promotes skin repair and regeneration and therefore is of great anti-ageing benefit.

A month later and the results have been amazing. With each peel my skin got progressively clearer and the blemishes quickly started to subside. I have avidly stuck to the cleanser and moisturiser which has worked wonders. Result!

A Glycolic Peel at sk:n starts at £80 for one treatment, and is £320 for course of six. For more information, visit

The Skin – Did You Know?

* The skin is the largest organ of the body.

* Freckles usually appear in adolescence and almost disappear in 30 years.

* The vascular system of the skin holds a third of the blood circulating in the body – 1.6 litres.

* The skin has many functions: protection, respiration, excretion of fluid, heat transfer (by the way, the temperature of 36.6 can be considered normal from the outside, but inside the body, it reaches 37-38 degrees – the optimum for bodies), touch, absorption, purification, regeneration.

* The skin cells of a new born regenerate every 72 hours while people aged from 16-35 years take 28 days.

* The skin of an adult has an average of 30 to 100 moles, but sometimes the number can exceed more than 400.

* The thickest skin is on the soles of the feet.

* There are 100 sweat glands on each square centimetre of skin


The sk:n story …

Efficacy, ethics and expertise are the guiding principles that ensure sk:n’s place on the ‘Treatments You Can Trust’ register and their consistent collaboration with the British Skin Foundation assures that their capabilities remain relevant and future focused to the skin challenges we face.

For more than 20 years sk:n has been bringing solution led, researched, tested and trusted products and treatments to its clients, creating results that can improve confidence, wellbeing and health. sk:n’s 30 medical doctors and a skilled nursing staff are uniquely experienced and qualified to maximise the beauty potential of their clients’ skin.

Treatments provided at sk:n include:
Full skin assessments including access to the revolutionary Visia machine to detect skin issues
Expert advice and aftercare
Blemish correction
Laser hair removal
Laser tattoo removal
Facial fillers and wrinkle relaxing
Skin peels

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