The world of skin care is changing rapidly with ever more effective products and procedures coming on the market. So what do the world’s leading surgeons think about the latest emerging trends?
Dr Paul Banwell, a plastic surgeon of international renown and a Visiting Professor of Plastic Surgery to Harvard Medical School, is also an expert in cosmeceuticals. He says that one of the most important new emerging group of products in the field of skin rejuvenation are the so-called nutraceuticals, an interesting concept that has revolutionised the skin health world.
“We all know that living a healthy lifestyle, eating well and drinking plenty of water can improve your skin quality,” says Dr Banwell, who is the Founder and Director of The Banwell Clinic, which promotes excellence in skin health and cosmetic surgery and was also the Founder and previous head of the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit (MASCU) in East Grinstead, one of the largest skin cancer units in the UK.
“Some excellent Research Scientists at one company have produced a novel collagen drink that improves skin health from the ‘inside out’. They have carefully formulated and refined the product over many years and produced a unique drinkable collagen and vitamin fest.”
The science behind this is intriguing. “Specially produced low molecular weight collagen fragments are rapidly absorbed into the body and ‘trick’ the body to up-regulate collagen production in the skin which in turn leads to improved appearances,” says Dr Banwell. “At the Banwell Clinic, we were very dubious of such claims but we trialled it in our patients and have had amazing feedback – patients have noticed often quite dramatic changes to their skin in terms of their complexion, luminosity, wrinkle reduction and also improvements in acne or rosacea.”
The use of nutraceuticals is part of a wider approach to healthcare. “We have implemented a holistic approach to skin health and thus Skinade (the multi- award winning leading brand) forms the cornerstone of our tailored medical skin programmes for all of our patients,” says Dr Banwell. “For me as a surgeon scientist, I was even more interested to hear of the latest results of a clinical study demonstrating significant dermal changes as measured by Dermascan high resolution ultrasound technology.”
Other effective skin health treatments include ‘superfluids’, which are destined to revolutionise photoprotective skin care formulations. “These near-zero viscosity microemulsions create ultrathin films over the skin,” says Dr Banwell. “This amazing technology developed in Australia (they lead the world in sunscreen technology) enables double the SPF protection with half the amount of actives. Look out for B3-T from Rationale Skin Care which is now available in the UK.”
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