Face Your Future
How it works: To discover the levels of damage team VIVA had done to our skin over the years, we headed to Elemis at Bloomingdale’s Dubai mall to try out the Visia Complexion Analysis machine – a natty machine that takes multi-spectral photos of the face to capture problems like sun damage and wrinkles. The lower the percentage outcome, the higher the skin problem you’re suffering. eek.
Kirsten Doak, 30
Skin sin: Sun damage on the face.
Elemis says: This indicates the amount of sun exposure your skin has had to date. Kirsten’s percentage is an average result in regards to living in this particular climate, but it does highlight the importance of sun protection.
Kirsten says: I was quite disappointed to see the level of sun damage on my skin, which I think is caused mainly by growing up in Australia where the sun is so strong. Although I don’t usually spend loads of time sunbathing, I do get a lot of sun on my face just being out and about in Dubai, which has obviously made a difference over time. I don’t usually use a high factor of sunscreen on my face (although I always use moisturiser with an SPF), but seeing these pictures, I’m definitely going to start applying a high factor on my face every day.
The remedy: To counteract the existing damage caused by the sun, Elemis suggests trying Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial – a clinically proven facial that will resurface the skin by up to 75% and improve the smoothness of the skin by up to 32%. A course of six facials will dramatically reduce pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
● Wear a high factor sunscreen on your face every day. This is particularly important in hot countries such as the UAE and Australia, but remember that even in cooler countries such as the UK, your skin will be exposed to the sun’s harmful rays if you don’t protect it.
● Invest in a good moisturiser. Ideally you should be looking for something with a built-in SPF as well (but this doesn’t excuse you from using the sunscreen). Moisturising night and day will keep your skin hydrated and youthful looking.
● Stay away from sunbeds. This should go without saying, but you’re doing your skin no favours if you regularly toast it to achieve a good tan. If you can’t bear to be pale, get to grips with fake tans that won’t leave your skin damaged.
● Don some sunnies. The skin area around your eyes is particularly sensitive, so wear shades to keep this part of your face hidden form the sun’s rays.
Jo Upcraft, 36
Skin sin: Wrinkles
Elemis says: While Jo’s skin is generally in good condition, the main problem is fine lines around her eyes which are prominent. Usually the bane of most women’s lives, we all develop them at some point but they can be accelerated early on by smoking, over exposure to the sun, lack of sleep and stress. Sadly, wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process no matter how good your lifestyle, thanks to shrinkage of facial bone structure, loss of collagen, skin elasticity and gravity – the nice news is that they’re also caused by facial expressions and Jo’s results show that she smiles a lot which can only be a good thing!
Jo says: After 18 months in the Dubai sunshine I was really pleased to see that the sun damage wasn’t too high, however, I am devastated – but not surprised – to learn that wrinkles around my eyes are my main skin problem. As I don’t smoke and wear a high SPF every day I know that they are due to insomnia and stress. Since moving to the Middle East my days are super hectic and I average around four hours sleep a night. Seeing these results has influenced me to drink more water, and I’m also going to try and get a few more early nights in – for the sake of my face the parties will have to wait!
The remedy: Jo could look at investing in some wrinkle reducing products. Elemis have a great selection of eye products that address all types of concerns regarding the eye area. Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal, for fine lines and wrinkles, and Pro-Intense Eye & Lip Contour Cream would work a treat.
● Drink more water! Not only does it keep your body in tip top condition – it’ll do wonders for your skin too.
● Get more sleep. If you need an excuse to get an early night and chill out – this is it. Over time, lack of sleep will show on your skin. If stress is affecting you, yoga can help you to unwind.
● Invest in a good moisturiser. Look for one with an anti-ageing element as well as a built in SPF. Remember that anti-wrinkle creams work best if you start using them young. Prevention is, after all, better than cure.
● Eat your skin better. Look for foods with high levels of anti-oxidants such as blueberries, acai barriers or green tea.
Christina Luicw, 26
Skin sin: Bacteria
Elemis says: The test showed that Christina has some bacteria on or under her skin that could cause potential break outs. The percentage shown is quite low, and it is present within the whole area of skin that was mapped out by the visia machine. A good cleanser and toner are vital to help her to reduce bacteria and to ensure her skin is deeply cleansed within the pores as well as on the surface. Regular exfoliation (twice a week) will also play a huge part in preventing bacteria.
Christina says: I was really surprised when I saw the results; I thought I’d be worse with the UV test due to living in Dubai and being in the sun a lot. I also thought I’d have more lines so I was pleased with most of the results but I can’t believe my score on the bacteria. I think this is years and years of build-up, which is disgusting! I never clean my make-up brushes; I just didn’t know I had to! I think it’s also because I sometimes get lazy and put make-up over make-up which the Elemis therapist said was really bad for my skin. This is the first time I’m really seeing the effects of that, so I’m definitely going to make some changes within my skincare routine.
The remedy: Christina needs to find a good exfoliator that she can use regularly. Something like the Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator would be perfect as it’s good for sensitive complexions.
● Find a good cleanser and toner and get into the routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening before bed). Doing this can significantly reduce the buildup of bacteria on the skin.
● Exfoliate at least twice a week.
● Clean your make-up brushes! You should be doing this about once every three weeks.
● Chuck old make-up out; it holds bacteria which ends up on the skin.
Harriet Sinclair, 28
Skin sin: Spots
Elemis says: The spots which show up on Harriet’s skin could be any type of freckle or maybe just dust and pollution. It is nothing to be too concerned with, however, investing in a good sun protection cream and making sure she applies it every day would lessen the percentage which is currently shown on her skin. She also needs to ensure that she is cleansing her skin thoroughly each day (morning and night) to remove the build-up of everyday pollution.
Harriet says: I was quite surprised by the results of the skin test as I don’t usually get spots on the surface of my skin. However, I was reassured when I was told that these could be freckles (I have quite a few), dust or pollution. I thought that my skin would be better overall, since I rarely sunbathe and make sure I moisturise every morning and evening so I was a bit disappointed with the results. Looking at the spread of things, I know that I definitely need to take more care of my complexion for the future and to make an effort to remove my make-up at night (I often don’t – a terrible bad habit) and apply an SPF when I go out in the sun.
The remedy: Harriet should look at investing in a good SPF – such as Elemis Liquid Layer Sun Block SPF 30, as well as some cleansing products to remove the pollution build up on her skin.
● Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse – think about how dusty your clothes are when you come in from a sandstorm in Dubai. Now think about what it’s doing to your face. ● Always remove make-up at night – a great party is no excuse to fall asleep with a full face on.
● Use a high factor SPF daily. This is a mantra for all skin types in a hot country – the sun can cause a lot of damage to your face.
Kerri Bennet, 38
Skin sin: Bacteria
Elemis says: The results show that Kerri has a significant percentage of bacteria visible – particularly on her nose. She needs to pay more attention to this area when cleansing the face and applying toner. Kerri should make sure that the cleanser she uses absorbs make-up, dirt and pollution which builds up during the day. Exoliating, as well as removing dry, dean skin cells, will also assist in removing dirt from the pores.
Kerri says: I expected to have bad pores and more sun damage so I was happy that I don’t have any of those things to worry about. I know I commit quite a few skin sins, so I think I’m lucky not to have bad skin. In terms of bacteria, the therapist said this was due to my skin being oily, so I know I need to cleanse tone and moisturise day and night to make a difference.
The remedy: Kerri could look at trying a treatment such as the Elemis Skin Solutions Facial; a face and eye treatment that will target specific concerns of the skin. We’d recommend this twice a month.
● A regular facial to target oily skin and the buildup of bacteria.
● If facials aren’t on your budget, invest in a good skincare routine specifically targeting oily skin. You’ll be able to find a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and exfoliator designed for your skin type.
● Change any external factors which could be causing bacteria on the skin, such as not removing make-up.