How to Achieve Catwalk-Worthy Skin and Confidence

September is an important month for skincare, with plenty of events on the calendar; London Fashion Week, Eczema Week and Urticaria Week to name a few.

Last month I spoke about summer body confidence, and it seems many of you are keen to stay just as confident this month. I have received a lot of questions asking how to achieve catwalk-ready skin; what are the best products for the change in the season and how dermatologic research can help treat both Eczema and Urticaria. So this month we are going to concentrate on staying confident.

Catwalk Confidence

Confidence isn’t something I prescribe, but many of my patients claim that poor skin knocks their confidence more than any other aspect of their appearance. If you suffer from blotchy skin my products can pacify the problem and keep skin anxieties at bay. Keep travel size lotion handy as its perfect to travel with and use as soon as you begin to feel blotchy- it’s a London Fashion Week handbag essential.

Back to school skincare

Whilst children begin to go back to school and others complain about going back to work, many of us begin to feel less energetic this month - yet starting your day right can change all that. After cleansing in the morning, use a day cream to protect your skin from environmental issues to reduce the appearance of sun and age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. When you’re cleansing your face on a school night, wait a few minutes before applying a night cream to ensure your skin is replenished and revitalised in time for your morning wake up alarm. The cream contains ingredients that help to repair and regenerate skin cells, which will work away as you sleep. Sleep is an important aspect for skin rejuvenation- don’t forget!

Everyone is different

As a consultant dermatologist I am constantly aware of the fact that everyone is different; every patient should be advised as an individual. Whilst I have already received a number of questions on both eczema and urticaria I must stress that the most effective treatments result after a personalised consultation.

Eczema may run in families but this does not mean that an entire family may be affected or treated in the same way. General advice may be helpful, such as avoiding allergens, and to encourage the use of emollients; yet if the eczema is chronic a dermatologist may wish to prescribe after discussing the benefits and risks of the drugs.  If you suffer from eczema take care when drying your hands, especially between the fingers where skin is prone to dryness. Be aware of any rings you may wear as hand soap may collect beneath the ring and irritate the skin.

Urticaria is usually described as ‘hives’ and may worsen if the patient is taking aspirin, is exposed to heat, or consuming foods with colouring agents and preservatives. If you are suffering with urticaria, a consultant dermatologist will be able to discuss your lifestyle habits, and diet to help treat the issue. Urticaria appears in both acute and chronic forms and is triggered in a number of ways, dependent on the individual.

Everyone is different, and this is something we all should embrace. Be confident and happy with the skin you’re in and it is sure to radiate not only with your attitude but also with your happier, healthier complexion this September.