The Iranian aesthetic doctor based in London tells Bazaar about her three-pronged approach to a fabulous complexion
“Autumn is the perfect time to get back into healthy skin habits and can help diminish and reverse damage done during the summer. Here’s my how to...”
1. REVEAL In order to reveal, skin must be adequately cleansed and exfoliated. Cleansing helps remove make-up, oil, debris, bacteria and helps keep your pores clean. Exfoliate either mechanically (think Mia Fit Sonic Cleansing System, Dhs850 at Sephora or face scrubs) or chemically (with enzyme-based ingredients). The aim is to remove dead skin cells, stimulate the production of epidermal growth factor, accelerate cell turnover and provide a clean canvas to aid better product penetration. I recommend MZ Skin’s Cleanse & Clarify, Dual Action AHA Cleanser & Exfoliating Mask, Dhs225 at Net-a-Porter or La Mer’s The Refining Facial, Dhs555 at Sephora
2. ENHANCE We need to nourish the skin with antioxidants, retinols and other key ingredients. Vitamin C should be in every skincare routine as it helps stop free radicals created by UV rays from damaging the skin while encouraging collagen synthesis. Similarly, Vitamin E is another anti-oxidant that fights inflammation while keeping the skin hydrated. Hyaluronic Acid is another key ingredient in skincare and many products contain this hydrating component to help maintain and restore skin moisture and immediately plump skin. I recommend MZ Skin’s Brighten & Perfect 10% Vitamin C Corrective Serum, Dhs1,005 at Net-a-Porter to activate collagen production.
3. PROTECT We all know that UVA accelerates skin ageing and if you expose your skin to sun without protection, you will counteract all the nurturing you are giving to your skin. Regardless of the season, SPF is critical to prevent accelerated ageing and more importantly to decrease the risk of skin cancers. My go-to is La Prairie’s Anti-aging Day Cream SPF30, Dhs964 at Areej. This is a protective day cream with broad spectrum SPF 30 to combat environmental stresses while preventing fine lines and wrinkles and increasing hydration. Additionally, Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection, Dhs180 at Bashara Care is an ultra-sheer, mattifying broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection that also has potent antioxidants alongside to neutralise free radicals and help preserve healthy DNA.
Book a consultation with Maryam at Cadogan Clinic, London on your next trip. DrMaryamZamani.com