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SKN Skin Care FAQ's

SKN Radiance FAQ’s - Cosmeceutical & Skin Care

Know Your Own Skin
It is the body's largest organ, regulates body temperature, protects against injury, and prevents infection. The skin contains nerves that sense cold, heat, pain, pressure, and touch. It is made up of, a thin outer layer (epidermis), a thicker middle layer (dermis), and the subcutaneous tissue.


The Secret to Great Skin?
TO BEGIN , start with a daily commitment allowing treatment results to accumulate, hence with daily use the skin just gets better & better. The key to effective skincare is ensuring your skin care line is a cosmedical one, using the purest combination of medical grade ingredients and cosmetic science, the only combination that can make an actual skin difference.


SKN Radiance uses concentrated vitamins, antioxidants, peptides, to support skin vitality and health and ultimately skin youthfulness. SKN Radiance promotes timeless and ageless beauty, the chance to be comfortable in your skin throughout the ages. SKN Radiance is passionate about empowering you to be confident because looking good is feeling good. Skincare no longer has to feel good and smell good – it has to deliver real skin health results and flawless skin at all ages. Over the years the science of skin hasn’t changed but what has changed dramatically is the innovation and medical breakthrough in active skin care ingredients, modalities and treatments that work to transform the skin and the way the skin behaves. The days of fluffy, smell good feel good cosmetic products that sit on the skin and basically rest there are over.


What's the SKNtech,SKN Radiance Difference?
A leading cosmeceutical brand providing users with products scientifically based to promote noticeable outcomes. SKN radiance uses proven, effective levels of active ingredients to ensure efficacy and performance within the skin.


Why the Skin Ages

Intrinsic – rate of ageing that occurs with the passing of time. As we age our skins immune system slows down. We know that swelling and inflammation lead to ageing.


Extrinsic – ageing compounded by external causes like. sun exposure, poor nutrition, stress , sleep deprivation and many years of free radical damage on the skin lipids can give the skin a yellow waxy appearance.
Symptoms of Ageing Skin
  • Slower cell turnover, dull skin loses vibrancy
  • Pigmentation
  • Epidermis becomes thinner
  • Loss of collagen, less elasticity, and prone to wrinkles
  • Less nourishment and slower removal of wastes and toxins

    When free radicals attack collagen fibres they become weakened and destroy, resulting in sagging and wrinkles. Normally collagen fibres slide over one another making it soft and resilient. When they are damage by cross linking because of free radicals the fibres become stiff and inflexible consequently the skin looks old.


    Steps for Healthy Skin
    Living a balanced life shows on the face. Follow the rule – everything in moderation - exercise to keep the circulation moving Good circulation sends nutrients, oxygen and moisture to the skin, ridding it of excess impurities and toxins. Get plenty of sleep; eat a nutritious diet high in fibres low in fats, salt and carbohydrates; avoid undue stress; don’t smoke or over medicate and avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Hydrate the skin inside and out. Drink eight glasses of water a day. Always use a moisturizer and, as the skin matures, moisturize more intensively. Preventative steps need to be taken to slow down wrinkles.
  • Cigarette smoke is one of the most concentrated sources of free radicals known to man, and smoking exposes your skin to all those damaging free radicals. These can cause breakdowns in the upper layers of the skin, which hasten thinning of the skin and loss of elasticity - and wrinkles.
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible, especially during the "danger hours" when UV light is at its peak (that's 10 am to 4 pm). UV light hastens the thinning of skin and wrinkles by damaging the epidermis and dermis. By the way - tanning salons are just as bad, or worse, than natural sunlight at causing wrinkles. Always wear sunscreen on your face when going outside in the sunlight. Wear a hat, too, if you can. Remember to reapply your sunscreen after swimming or engaging in sweaty sports activities. A good sun block does a great deal to prevent wrinkles.
  • When you moisturize your skin adequately, the epidermis stays healthy and hydrated. This prevents the epidermis from separating and sagging, creating wrinkles. So moisturize daily and make sure you're drinking enough water every day.
  • There are many moisturizers available that contain additional wrinkle prevention ingredients like antioxidants and sun block.

    Ingredients for Prevention of Ageing Skin
  • AHA’s Glycolic Acid –stimulates collagen production by exfoliation
  • Peptides - anti-age are small fragments of protein - building blocks
  • Hyaluronic Acid-hydration
  • Vitamin C - is needed for the enzymes to make collagen – antioxidant properties

    Products for Ageing Skins
  • Serums – major step in any skincare regimen
  • Have a smaller molecule to be able to penetrate deeper in to the skin for optimum results
  • Today we have a combination of serums for a healthier younger looking skin

    Key Products
  • Resurfacing Gel – Exfoliation AHA’S promotes collagen and smoother skin
  • NB3 Serum - Anti age Peptides hydrates and promotes healthy protection barrier
  • Hyaluronic Serum – Hydration – like a glass of water for the skin
  • C Anti-ageing Serum Vitamin C promotes collagen and is a powerful antioxidant

    Does Cosmetic Skincare produce visible results?
    Cosmetic skincare is best used on skins that are not looking for skin solutions orientated around skin correction or prevention of ageing and skin health. Cosmetics have low doses of active ingredients are do not have the ability to make a physiological skin difference. Cosmetics are not considered serious skincare and have been replaced by cosmeceuticals and more recently cosmedic serums.


    Cosmeceutical Products?
    A made-up word used in the Skin Care Industry. Cosmeceuticals represent the marriage of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Active ingredients in cosmeceutical products improve the condition of the skin and its underlying health. The term Cosmeceutical is used to explain the difference between cosmetic brands that use low or negligible levels of active ingredients in order to obtain a pharmalogical effect on the skin.


    Cosmeceutical Efficacy?
    Bringing together of medical grade actives and cosmetic science. High potency cosmeceuticals are considered the “most proactive” to achieve results. High potency cosmeceuticals are best employed when treating skin conditions or to preserve or regain skin health and vitality.


    At what age does good skin care become important?
    A basic skincare regime should start as soon as possible and certainly by ones late 20’s. A three Stage approach is basic requirement to cleanse, moisturize/hydrate and apply a sun screen.


    Importance of Exfoliation?
    Using a “granular exfoliator” is key to remove the build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Just as essential is the need to bring the dead skin cells up through the layers and onto the surface to be removed. AHA, BHA and RETINOL make excellent “internal exfoliants”.


    What light peels do you offer and how will they benefit my skin?
    Light peeling can make marked improvements for hyperpigmentation, rough texture, acne, scarring, and fine lines. Skin peeling exposes fresher, plumper, healthier skin. Anyone can obtain a better skin even from one light peel. We have a range of peels to suit all skin types. Light peels are used to refresh the skin and improve discolouration. Lactic acid peels are suitable for almost all skin types and will effectively refine and intensely hydrate without experiencing peeling.


    Using Lactic Acid for peeling,is there a difference to Glycoloic Acid?
    Which is more effective? Glycolic acid and lactic acid are both Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) used to obtain a gentle exfoliation action on the skin’s surface. Lactic acid has a higher ability to hold moisture in the skin resulting in increased hydration levels. Furthermore, Lactic acid is very well tolerated by the skin and less likely to cause sensitivity. Although of different molecular structure they are very comparable in effectiveness.


    With continuous usage, improvements in your skin may become visible after just a few weeks. Users of retinol generally notice diminished fine lines and wrinkles, a smoother overall appearance of facial contours and evened out skin tone. You may also notice your skin becoming more supple and healthier- looking.


    Use Retinol on Dry Skin?
    With very dry skin an initial period of light flaking may occur. This is actually a stage called the retinoid effect, and is simply your skin acclimating to the Vitamin A. One approach is to apply the products on a by-nightly basis.


    Retinol vs AHA's (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) which is best?
    AHA’s are used to encourage topical exfoliation, while retinol is used to help generate the renewal of skin cells from within the skin. The application of one doesn’t preclude using the other. However, if using both, apply AHA’s in the early hours and retinol products in the evening.


    Cosmeceutical usage like Retinol and Sun Sensitivity?
    In general skin treatments sensitivity during usage, so applying a true sunscreen and staying away from direct sun is advisable.


    How long until I see results?
    Depends on many circumstances, depends on the concentration of the product, the usage and the individuals skin condition, each individual is different. Aim to see increased radiance of the skin and smoothness in as little as a few weeks. Sun damaged skin may take a while longer, but you should certainly see improvements within the first few months of treatment.


    Mixing treatments and products should be avoided?
    It is not advised to use more than one active product at a time. Also, if you’re undergoing any kind of skin peeling treatments or using a particularly strong AHA, it is advisable to temporarily avoid retinol products until your skin has adjusted, to avoid any chance of irritation or formulae contusion.


    Why is Vitamin C important?
    Ascorbic acid (pure Vitamin C) is a potent free radical scavenger helping to reduce the free radical damage caused by UV exposure, pollution, smoking and normal metabolic activity. It also has wound healing properties and when used in conjunction with Vitamin E works synergistically to offer more potent antioxidant effects. When effectively delivered ascorbic acid can play a vital role in the synthesis of collagen and elastin.


    Why is Vitamin A important?
    Under the influence of Vitamin A the metabolic activity of skin cells in increased resulting in less dead skin cell build up. Vitamin A is an excellent ingredient to treat dry skin, fine lines and sun damage by refining the skin’s surface. It will also increase skin moisture levels and leave the skin smoother, softer and younger looking.


    What are Antioxidants?
    Many ingredients offer antioxidant properties. The most potent antioxidants which are found in most products include Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a well-known, potent antioxidant used in many products. It is also a moisturising agent helping to maintain the skin’s barrier function. Green Tea is another extremely powerful and well-documented antioxidant that protects skin cells.


    Can SKN Radiance products be used every day?
    The cleansing and moisturising products in the range are fine to use every day. SKN Radiance treatment products are best introduced slowly to the skin, starting every alternate day for say 2 weeks. If no side effects are experienced then the treatments may be used daily as necessary.


    Can Clinical Strength products be used as homecare maintenance?
    High efficacy products in the range should only be used in extreme cases and with the full knowledge of your Skin Therapist. Any concerns it is best to contact SKNtech personally to discuss with a skin specialist or Band manager.


    Does alcohol dry the skin?
    Alcohol can be drying to the skin if the formula does not compensate for that. The dryness is fairly short-lived in effect, but it does happen. It is possible to counter the effects of drying by using other ingredients that will either add moisture, or will retard the water loss from the skin.


    Do SKN Radiance products contain alcohol?
    We do not use pure Alcohol. Alcohol is a very effective solvent. Many ingredients are soluble only in alcohol. Alcohol is the best solubilise for Salicylic Acid. To compensate many products use high concentrations of water to slow down dehydration effect.


    Application of eye creams?
    Apply a small amount around the eye area, taking care not to apply too close to the eye and avoiding the eye lid. Feel for the orbital rim of the eye and apply here. Application is suggested every alternate day for 2 weeks building up to daily use to avoid any irritation.


    Are SKN Radiance products made of natural ingredients?
    SKN Radiance is about performance and efficacy - cosmeceutical positioning. IF the same results can be achieved from using natural compounds as opposed to synthetic compounds, we will do so. Natural ingredients are never preferenced at the expense of product performance, which is our mantra. We do use many natural ingredients including inter alia: Squalane derived from olives / Aloe Leaf / Grape seed / Oat Flour / many naturally occurring Oils etc. All natural ingredients are used at levels to ensure a performance outcome which invariably means using high potency A grade extremely refined extracts.


    Are allSKN Radiance products safe to use when pregnant or breastfeeding?
    Please consult with your Doctor before using any skin care product as outcomes need to be reviewed on a case by case basis given individual health concerns, allergies, immune systems and tolerances etc.


    SKNtech product testing on animals?
    We do not conduct any clinical trials on any animals full stop.