As the forecast is for the heatwave to return, aesthetics practitioner Dr. Mette Norup reveals some of the different treatments available to stimulate the body’s own organic production of collagen and elastin, which gradually decreases from the mid-20s onwards. This is one of the key causes of ageing, along with exposure to sunlight. Very relevant at this time of year, some of these can even be ‘applied at home’…
1. Baseline Skincare
For naturally vibrant and glowing skin It is essential to use high-quality, active skincare products. Unfortunately, most everyday products are generic and over-moisturise the skin, reducing the natural balance and making the skin ‘lazy’. ZO skincare is formulated to activate and stimulate.
It is available by prescription only so a consultation is required to understand your skin type, and identify any issues such as rosacea, acne and pigmentation. We define a bespoke solution especially for you, to restore your skins natural barrier and promote strong, healthy skin, that looks great.
Clients can book a phone or online skin consultation in order to receive a prescription or Dr. Norup can be contacted via email: [email protected] Cost £25.
2. Injectable Skin Boosters
Natural products and a minimally invasive procedure. By injecting small quantities of organic substances into the skin layers, we can stimulate the skin’s natural response to generate collagen and elastin.
Profhilo is an injectable hyaluronic acid that hydrates and directly and organically stimulates all collagen types including elastin. Profhilo does not create any volume (such as dermal fillers do) but spreads as a fine layer within the skin. Nor does it contain any chemicals – it is completely organic and pure.
Viscoderm Hydroboost is also an injectable hyaluronic acid that, as the name suggests, hydrates and boosts the skin to help reduce fine lines. It is applied directly to lines and wrinkles in targeted areas and has inherent elasticity to plump and smooth the skin, whilst allowing natural movement.
Again it is completely organic and pure.
3. Skin Peels
For a deeper-reaching effect. When skin is blemished, pigmented and uneven, often the best place to start is with a skin peel to quickly remove the top layer(s) to reveal healthier, brighter skin. Peels also work brilliantly to improve wrinkles and skin laxity. Peels available include: Light; Medium; Deep; Microneedling / ablative laser / IPL. These are applied depending on what is needed to achieve the best result.
4. Skin-Boosting Facials
Supplement your treatments with regualar facials
We recommend our medi-spa facials as an ongoing treatment to keep your skin in tip top condition. The Norup Clinic Plasma Shower Facial Our signature, plasma facial, is a multi-layer treatment designed to cleanse and stimulate. It includes: Deep ‘water jet’ cleanse to remove dead skin and sebum from the pores; Plasma device is applied to lift, firm and stimulate; Application of potent mesotherapy serums; Either ultrasound, radiotherapy or CACI to enhance the penetration and to firm/lift; Deep hydration face masque; LED light treatment to heal, reduce inflamation and calm the skin.
5. Nutrition & Supplements
Support collagen production in the skin. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our skin, hair, nails, joints and muscles and it makes up about 80% of our dermis, which also contains elastin. Collagen production decreases early in our 20s. We lose about 1% every year and UV plus tobacco activates the enzymes that degrade collagen. Taking hydrolysed collagen or collagen peptides orally can boost our collagen stores. Research shows that collagen supplements improve skin elasticity, reduce wrinkles, boost skin hydration and increase the density of the fibroblasts (the cells that produce collagen and elastin) and also help the skin barrier function. The effect takes about 8-12 weeks to take effect.
The future of skincare
Using selected products and treatments to boost the skin in an organic way is the way forward for low-impact anti-ageing treatments. They are something we can include in our skincare routine progressively from an early age, to ensure we continue to look our best as we age. Virtual skincare consultation: £25. Face to face live consultation £75 (now open again).
The Norup Clinic also offer phone or online (facetime) skincare consultations, so you can get professional advice and start your ZO programme now. Booking: online on the website, email or by calling. Email [email protected] to arrange a time. ZO products can also be delivered to your home via mail order.
Dr. Mette Norup
Dr.Mette Norup originally graduated as a dentist in Denmark in 1987, where she was the proprietor of a private cosmetic dental clinic until 1995.
Dr. Norup now works entirely with medical aesthetics taking a special interest in dermatology. Her qualifications include Dentist BDS, Medical Laser Diploma, Danish Dental Association, General Dental Council, Association for Facial Aesthetics and Psychology Diploma.
This article also appears in the printed summer edition of Premier Magazine which can be viewed HERE.