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Your Recipe For Great Skin

Injectables, LED phototherapy, microneedling, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and other advanced skin care procedures are powerful tools in the quest for a better complexion, but achieving and maintaining your best skin requires more than an occasional cosmetic treatment. To maximise the results of these procedures, it is important to maintain a consistent, skin-supporting self-care routine at home. With over a decade of experience in dermatology, Dr Khinda takes an integrated, holistic approach to achieving radiant, youthful skin. Great skin is the result of a consistent and comprehensive recipe that addresses the skin’s needs inside and out for optimal health and beauty.

Step One: Invest In Quality

Organic, non-GMO, free-range, grass-fed, pasture-raised, fair trade certified – there’s a reason chefs look to these labels when shopping. Your completed meal is only as good as the ingredients used to make it. The same is true of your skin care products. High-quality cosmeceuticals like Synergie Skin have a higher concentration of ethically-sourced, clinical-grade active ingredients like, making them more effective in prolonging the results of your treatments and improving the long-term health of your skin. Three essential cosmeceuticals should form the core of most people’s skincare routine: Vitamins A, B and C. Together, they help reduce inflammation, encourage cellular turnover for a healthier complexion and stimulate collagen synthesis for anti-ageing benefits!

Step Two: Limit Harmful Ingredients

What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it. Smoking affects your skin in ways that can add years to your appearance, not to mention increasing your risk of developing cancer. Alcohol can impact both the quality and appearance of your skin by worsening acne, rosacea, dehydration, inflammation and other symptoms. Overconsumption of refined carbohydrates and sugars, as well as foods high in salt, grease and “bad” fats can also take a toll on your skin. Another surprising ingredient to minimise in your recipe for healthy skin? Stress. High stress levels can compromise your skin by triggering breakouts, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, hives and other conditions. Learn to manage stress effectively with tools like yoga, meditation and journaling or help from a mental health professional.

Step Three: Set Your Mise-En-Place

Mise-en-place is a French culinary phrase that roughly translates to “everything in its place.” In the kitchen, it’s a technique that advocates preparing your ingredients and tools ahead of time to maximise your efficiency while making a recipe. Anthony Bourdain called it “the religion of all good line cooks” in Kitchen Confidential, but it’s an equally practical philosophy for someone who is serious about skin care. Stock your counters, closets and cabinets with products that are ready to be used at a moment’s notice. Make it easy for yourself to make good decisions for your skin. The less you have to think about it, the more likely you are to follow through on a healthy routine.

Step Four: Add Dry Ingredients

A good diet and good skin are inseparably intertwined. Consume plenty of vegetables, fresh fruit, healthy oils and fats, lean protein and foods high in antioxidants. The right foods can help reduce inflammation, support the cellular structures of the skin and hydrate from the inside out. Strive for a rainbow of foods on your plate at every meal to guarantee your body gets the whole spectrum of nutrients it needs. Adding premium nutritional supplements to your daily routine can further enhance the benefits of a balanced diet rich in non-processed, nutritionally dense foods. Intrametica’s skin-supporting nutritional products are natural, organic, ethically-formulated and science-backed to deliver wellness from within. A curated combination of Intrametica’s nutri-cosmetic supplements can address your nutritional, energy and skin care needs with a single, comprehensive regimen.

Step Five: Add Wet Ingredients

Proper hydration is a critical step in the recipe for glowing, supple skin. Your skin is an organ. Like any other organ, it is made up of cells, and like any other cells, they are composed largely of water. Consuming an adequate amount of water daily is important for proper functioning of your body’s major organs and systems and overall good health. Increasing your water intake can also help keep your skin radiant, hydrated, elastic, plump, flake-free and less prone to wrinkling.

Step Six: Garnish

Don’t forget the finishing touches, one essential finishing touch in particular: sunscreen. The skin is your body’s first line of defence against harsh environmental elements, including the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. UV exposure can leave your skin dry and damaged with brown spots, fine lines and reduced skin elasticity and raise your risk for skin cancer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. Apply generously and reapply every two hours, or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring. Step Seven: Sweat It Out Regular exercise complements a healthy diet; it also complements your skincare routine. Working out isn’t just about maintaining or losing weight, or guiltily burning off calories after an indulgent meal. Exercise can have a positive effect on both mind and body. By increasing blood circulation, exercise disperses oxygen and nutrients throughout the skin, leaving you with a healthy, glowing complexion. Working up a sweat can also help lower the stress hormone cortisol, which is linked to dryness, dullness, breakouts, clogged pores, lines and wrinkles and flare-ups of skin disorders.

Step Eight: Sleep On It

A full and satisfying meal is frequently followed by drowsiness. Likewise, your daily skin care recipe should end with a night of nourishing sleep. Your skin repairs itself at night, so the more sleep you get – and the better its quality – the more opportunity your skin has to refresh and rejuvenate. Plan for seven to nine hours of good sleep each night. Cleanse, treat and moisturise your face before turning in. Wash your pillowcase regularly to ensure it stays free of dirt and bacteria. Beauty sleep is a very real thing.

The Path To Your Best Skin

A combination of healthy lifestyle choices, premium cosmeceuticals and advanced skin care treatments is the most effective route to achieving great skin. Dr Khinda is passionate about helping her patients look and feel their best with a holistic approach to treatment and personalised skin care sessions in the soothing surroundings of Kaya Cosmedica. Contact 03 9329 9991 or click the “Book Now” button to schedule your appointment.