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    Skin Explained

Skin Explained
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Skin Explained

Understanding your own skin is half the battle, there are a variety of different type of skin, to which different treatments are suited to. Here at Impact Beauty we can discuss with you your skin type and even diagnose what skin type if unsure. We will work with your skin, through science & care to ensure your results have you feeling, the very best version of you.

Moreover, after each treatment ensure you also discuss with our highly-trained staff about some wonderful after-care products to help ensure your beauty remains radiant.

Aging Skin

How can the look of aging skin be improved?


The skin cycle becomes longer as we age, causing dead skin cells to collect on the top layer of the epidermis and make the skin look dry and rough. The epidermis also thins as we get older.

Exfoliation stimulates new epidermal cell growth, which helps smooth, thicken and strengthen the skin for a younger appearance.

Reduce hyperpigmentation and discoloration…

Treat sun spots and other discoloration with exfoliating treatments and products that contain melanin-inhibiting ingredients. Using these methods simultaneously increases your chance of success.

Choose natural lightening and brightening agents like emblica, licorice, oyster phoenix mushroom and kojic acid.

Optimize hydration levels…

Dry skin shows more pronounced wrinkling and a rougher texture. However, heavy moisturisers are not always the solution. Use the correct ingredients to draw and lock in moisture, and improve the skin’s ability to produce its own moisture.

Protect with broad-spectrum sunscreen

Sun exposure damages DNA and skin cells over time, reducing the skin’s natural ability to repair itself and negating positive results from skin care. Sun exposure after certain professional treatments, like chemical peels, may actually aggravate hyperpigmentation.

It is critical to protect skin with broad-spectrum sunscreens that provide both UVA and UVB protection.  Zinc oxide is currently the most effective sunscreen ingredient due to its ability to physically block UVA and UVB rays. For this reason, all AlumierMD sunscreens contain zinc oxide.

Protect with antioxidants

Free radicals damage skin cells and their DNA, which can result in visible signs of aging over time. Protect the skin with free radical-fighting antioxidants.

You can also strengthen the dermal matrix of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid

To plump the skin and improve the appearance of fine lines, you must work from the inside out. Strengthen the dermis by using ingredients that stimulate the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.

Treatments we suggest you have with us:

  • Glow Peel
  • Vitamin A Boost
  • Enzyme Re-texturing Treatment

Acne Treatment Options

How can acne be improved?

Exfoliate to remove cell build-up

Acneic skin is often caused by dead skin cells in the pores that are not shedding properly. It is important to remove cell build-up in the pores to allow treatment products to penetrate and destroy P. acnes bacteria. Salicylic acid and lactic acid are examples of exfoliating ingredients known to improve acne.

Reduce the amount of acne bacteria

Choose natural anti-bacterial ingredients like hinokitiol, Canadian Willowherb ™, resveratrol and tea tree oil instead of synthetic antibiotics where resistance is a growing problem. (Natural Alternatives in Acne)

Control sebum production

When sebum builds up under the plugged pore/follicle, it causes an inflammatory response. Keeping skin moisturised is an important way to balance sebum production. If skin dries out due to excessive washing or harsh chemicals, it will produce more sebum to compensate.

Look for gentle ingredients that help mattify skin and control oil production.

Repair skin texture and tone

Depending on its severity, acne can leave post-inflammatory discoloration and scarring.

Repair skin tone and texture with professional peels alongside smoothing and lightening home care products. 

Protect against inflammation and UV damage

Inflammation is a cause and a result of acne. White blood cells are drawn to acne lesions as an immune response to P. acnes bacteria, which in turn causes inflammation.

Inflammation in the presence of UV rays leads to hyperpigmentation, and exfoliating products used to treat acne often make skin more sun sensitive.

It is critical to block UV rays with a broad-spectrum sunscreen that contains ingredients to help calm acne and maintain the skin’s delicate moisture balance. Use anti-inflammatory ingredients like hinokitiol, sea whip and Canadian Willowherb ™ to reduce inflammation and clear breakouts.

Treatments we would suggest you have with us:

  • Detox Clear
  • Vitamin A Boost
  • Radiant 30
  • Radiant 20/10
  • Glow Peel

Dry Skin

How can dry skin be improved?

Restore the moisture barrier by repairing skin cell turnover

Dry skin often suffers from increased cell turnover time, meaning it takes longer than 28 days for skin cells to move from the deeper layers to being part of the dead stratum corneum at the surface. The result is skin that looks rough, dry and unhealthy. Exfoliation removes the dead skin layer to reveal newer more vibrant skin.

Enhance moisture levels

Moisturizing dry skin is not just about applying creams when you feel dry, but about using the correct ingredients to attract moisture into the epidermis and keep it there.

Humectants attract water from the deep layers of the epidermis up to the stratum corneum; examples are hyaluronic acid, honey and glycerin. Emollients work by filling spaces between skin flakes with oil droplets; Examples are vitamin E and jojoba oil. Occlusives block TEWL in the stratum corneum by forming a barrier on the skin; examples are silicones and lanolin.

The goal is to use a combination of these ingredients to increase water content in skin, decrease TEWL (water loss) and restore the lipid barrier.

Treatments we would suggest you have with us:

  • Enzyme Re-texturing Treatment
  • Radiant 30
  • Glow Peel
  • Deep Moisture Mask
  • Eye Rescue Pads


How can hyperpigmentation be improved?

Exfoliate to lift pigmentation and stimulate new skin cell growth

Exfoliating treatments and products help fade pigment and bring new skin cells to the surface.

Prevent the formation of new pigmentation

Use melanogenesis inhibitors to block melanin production and other specialised ingredients to prevent transfer of pigment from melanocytes to skin cells. Look for kojic acid, licorice, emblica, oyster phoenix mushroom and vitamin C.

Protect against UV rays

Skin that is not protected from the sun is susceptible to further hyperpigmentation.  Using a photo-stable daily broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is the key to preventing further pigmentation.

Treatments we suggest you have with us:

  • Glow Peel
  • Vitamin A Boost
  • Radiant 30
  • Enzyme Re-texturing Treatment

Large Pores & Oily Skin

How can large pores and oily skin be improved?

Improve pore function

Increasing cell turnover will help clear out blocked pores and minimise their appearance.  Hyperkeratinization is the term used when dead skin cells do not leave the pore because of an excess of the protein keratin, causing increased build up.  Reducing hyperkeratinisation in the pore can prevent blockages, minimise pore size appearance and help control the over production of oil. Skin texture will improve as a result.

Control sebum production

The overproduction of sebum (oil) can be linked to hormones, genetics or an issue with the skin’s hydration balance. Irritation can also increase sebum production, so it is important to use products with soothing ingredients to control excess oil.

Hydrate the right way

Over-washing oily skin can actually make it worse because dryness signals the skin to produce more sebum.  There is a delicate balance to finding the right level of hydration for oily skin. Use lightweight lotions or gel hydrators that give skin the moisture it needs without making it feel greasy. 

Protect from UV rays

Your skin care regimen should always finish with the application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen.  Look for ingredients that improve oily skin while providing adequate hydration to maintain a proper moisture balance.

Treatments we would suggest you have with us:

  • Detox Clear
  • Vitamin A Boost
  • Radiant 20/10
  • Refining Clay Mask


How can rosacea be improved?

Consult your skin care professional

Rosacea is a medical condition that should be diagnosed by a skin care professional before starting any treatment plan.

Reduce inflammation and redness

Calm the skin with skin soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as hinokitiol, sea whip, niacinaminde and aloe. Prevent flare-ups caused by environmental factors with antioxidants.

Step 3: Repair the skin’s natural moisture barrier

Maintaining the skin’s natural barrier is crucial to preventing further moisture loss and improving cell turnover. Dry skin has a slower cell turnover compare to adequately hydrated skin; gentle exfoliating treatments can help regulate the process.

Reduce bacteria and/or other microbial agents

One theorised cause of rosacea is bacteria and another is the Demodex mite that releases bacteria into the skin when it dies. Use natural antimicrobial ingredients to help keep skin free of breakouts.

Protect from UV rays

Choose mineral-based broad-spectrum sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which keep the skin cooler than chemical sunscreen ingredients by reflecting UV rays. Mineral ingredients are generally less irritating than chemicals, which is important for sensitive and rosacea-prone skin.

Treatments we would suggest you have with us:

  • Deep Moisture Mask
  • Enzyme Re-texturing Treatment

Sensitive Skin

How can sensitive skin be improved?

Reduce inflammation and redness

Sensitive skin needs gentle products with ingredients that reduce redness and inflammation. Hinokitiol and sea whip have powerful natural anti-inflammatory properties and are featured in our anti-redness and rosacea products.


Sensitive skin is often lacking in moisture. Strengthen the skin’s hydrolipid barrier by using moisturisers that calm and hydrate.

Exfoliate Gently

Use less aggressive professional treatments to prevent dermatitis (skin inflammation) and redness.  Avoid mechanical exfoliating treatments like microdermabrasion and harsh scrubs.

It is also best to either avoid topical retinols or use them at lower strengths with less frequent application. Retinols may still be helpful in increasing cell turnover for improved barrier function in those who can tolerate them.

Protect from UV rays

Use a gentle broad-spectrum sunscreen every day to prevent irritation and dryness from UV exposure. Choose sunscreens with mineral ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are gentle and less likely than chemical ingredients to irritate sensitive skin.

Treatments we would suggest you have with us:

  • Enzyme Re-texturing Treatment
  • Radiant 30 Deep Moisture Mask
  • Eye Rescue Pads
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Mangotsfield, Bristol BS16 9JA
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Email: info@impactbeauty.co.uk

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