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Dull or Dry Skin

Dull, dry or dehydrated skin is a common problem affecting almost all of us. It is important to understand why these changes occur so to determine treatment options.

  • Build-up of dead skin cells
    One of the most common causes of dull skin is the build of dead skin cells (keratinocytes) on the surface. Keratinocytes are created at the base of the epidermis (stratum basale) and progressively move towards the outer layer of the epidermis (stratum corneum). During this migration to the outer layer, keratinocytes become flatter, drier and are eventually shed from the skin. Inadequate shedding leads to a build-up of dead, dry skin cells, which makes the skin look dull and dry. This can be remedied by improving skin exfoliation through topical skincare and exfoliative skin treatments.
  • Loss of natural hyaluronic acid
    With age, menopause, lifestyle choices and sun exposure, the epidermis becomes depleted of natural hyaluronic acid, the natural hydrator of the skin. This results in the skin looking more dry and wrinkled. Hyaluronic acid can be replenished by treatments such as mesotherapy, biorevitalisation and microneedling.
Dull or Dry Skin

Treatment Options

At Drs Tatiana + Rishi Advanced Aesthetics, we work with you to optimise your skincare routine, offering evidence-based treatments that are effective and long-lasting. Our management programme for dull or dry skin involves topical skin treatments that improve skin texture, shine and hydration. At your first consultation, we discuss optimal skincare ingredients to address your specific concerns. We will then put together a tailored treatment plan.

Fruit and other natural acids can be used to deeply exfoliate and promote skin regeneration. Peels range from mild and refreshing to more intense and resurfacing. We offer a full range of Dr Tatiana’s own blend of chemical peels. Dr Tatiana has combined natural acids with anti-inflammatory ingredients to achieve optimal results, with minimal down-time.

Mesotherapy is the injection of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid into the upper layers of the skin. This helps to rehydrate and reinvigorate the skin. It is a minimally invasive treatment with usually no down-time. We recommend a course of 6 treatments (1 per month).

Biorevitalisation describes a treatment where hyaluronic acid (sometimes in combination with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) is injected into the upper layers of the skin to rehydrate, brighten and smooth the skin. Biorevitalisation typically contains more hyaluronic acid than mesotherapy and is an excellent treatment for fine lines and skin lacking in moisture. We use products such as Profhilo, Juvederm Volite and Teosyal Redensity I. Depending on the choice of product, we recommend a course of 2-4 treatments (1 per month).

Facial lines, creases and wrinkles often develop in our 20s or 30s and become more prominent in our 40s. Common concerns are the development of forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, bunny lines, nasolabial folds as well as other fine lines and wrinkles. They are caused by the gradual loss of collagen, elastin and skin hydrators; repetitive facial expressions; gravity and mechanical compression. Forehead lines are caused by repeated lifting of the brows during facial expressions.

Microneedling is a treatment that involves tiny needles that stimulate skin repair and create channels into the skin, enabling the absorption of nutrients applied to the skin surface. In order to improve the appearance of dull or dry skin, we use medium-deep needling with a solution of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to stimulate skin regeneration, improve vibrancy and hydration.

Morpheus 8 is a device that combines microneedling with radiofrequency heat energy to smooth and firm the skin. As the small needles enter the skin, the tips of the needles heat up with radiofrequency energy. This sends controlled heat energy into the upper layers of the skin and stimulates collagen production, thus tightening, firming and smoothing the skin over several months after the treatment. Morpheus 8 is safe for any skin type and can be used alongside other treatments such as dermal fillers.

SecretRF is an evolution of microneedling with radiofrequency. This device works by precisely inserting small needles into different depths of the skin, creating microchannels, with the subsequent delivery of radiofrequency heat energy to stimulate the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, thereby hydrating and plumping the skin and promoting exfoliation. The motor mechanism of the SecretRF is extremely smooth and it’s needles particularly precise and well-insulated, resulting in minimal downtime and being suitable for all skin types. 

This dynamic, non-ablative treatment, pairs RF microneedling with an erbium glass laser. The RF microneedles deliver heat to the deeper layers of the skin via precise needles, whilst the laser gently delivers powerful beams to the skin in microcolumns, creating bulk heating. This works to effectively target common signs of ageing and skin concerns in any skin type, with almost no downtime and an instant glass-like glow to the skin.

The principle of skin resurfacing is to inflict a controlled injury to the skin; the injured skin then repairs and creates new collagen, elastin and skin hydrators, resulting in a new healthy layer of skin.

Exosomes are a topical gel applied to skin following microneedling, SecretRF, or CO2 laser treatments. The gel is made from billions of exosomes, micro-vesicles that contain thousands of growth factors, cytokines and nutrients that help to boost collagen, elastin and natural hydration. Exosomes work to regenerate skin cells, reduce inflammation and pigmentation, improve immune function and accelerate skin healing.

Polynucleotides are the building blocks of DNA and RNA – nucleic acids that give the instructions for cell function, regeneration and gene expression. As polynucleotides are broken down in our body, they promote DNA synthesis, increase collagen production and stimulate skin repair. Other benefits include increased hydration of the skin, and reduced oxidative damage, whilst improving blood circulation.

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