Skinsmiths is a new concept in skin care that originates from New Zealand.
The concept is as simple as it is brilliant – it rests on two premises:
- We need to take regular care of our skin.
- If we make an investment in a skin care routine, we are more likely to keep to it.
Maintenance age begins any time after our mid-20s and with urban pollution and haphazard meals, busy people have to start even younger, even if it is to establish a good habit.
Skinsmiths has introduced a number of subscription packages that work much the same way as gym membership does and the plans are designed with view to maximising results through a tailored schedule of treatments.
From the basic health plan to the HIT (high intensity treatment) 3 and 6, subscribers can choose based on needs and budget. Plans range from £65 to £199 a month.
With clinics dotted around London, convenience and consistency are also catered for.
We visited the Tower Hill clinic for a microneedling procedure, one of several high tech/high-intensity treatments offered by Skinsmiths.
The clinic itself is pristine, ultra-modern and oasis-like in the middle of a super-busy urban hub. Your medical history is taken on an ipad and the particulars of the procedure are extensively described step by step.
Microneedling is a very effective and increasingly popular non-surgical treatment that provides fractional stimulation of the dermis and epidermis, activating a number of skin-regenerative processes and resulting in cellular proliferation, as well as the formation of new collagen and elastin.
All areas of the face can be included as required. Within weeks the skin becomes smoother with improved thickness, vascularity and texture.
Microneedling is indicated for a variety of chronic and age-related skin conditions, including sun-damage and wrinkles everywhere, including the difficult to treat vertical lines around the mouth.
Microneedling is suitable for all skin types and colour.
My session lasted an hour, half of which consisted of the application of an anaesthetic cream, covered with plastic film and allowed to numb the skin sufficiently so that the use of the dermapen would not be too painful.
The clinician asked me how much the treatment hurt on a scale of 1-5 and I honestly picked 1.
Obviously, pain threshold is individual. Mine felt like a gentle scraping of the skin.
Small amounts of HA are introduced into the skin during the procedure and copious amounts applied on afterwards.
The Skinsmiths HA-based healing gel (with Vit. A and E, and Manuka honey) is precisely that: it heals and improves further the texture of your skin, getting rid of any residual redness over the following 48 hours.
Religious sun protection is a must after this procedure and Skinsmiths’ very own 50+SPF preparation is one of the best we have ever tested.
In fact, the Healing Cream and SunScreen are quite simply superb and worth incorporating into your daily routine, period.
I was given a 2 week post-treatment guide leaflet and encouraged to contact the clinic with any concerns.
It is a fact that skin condition continues to show exponential improvements in the 2-3 weeks post-procedure, with results being at their optimum then.
My skin has recovered sufficiently after a week to reveal glass-like texture and luminosity, and I have no doubt whatsoever that I will return to Skinsmiths for a follow-up in 3-4 months.
In the meantime, I would strongly encourage anyone to sign up to one of the clinic’s regular plans because good skin can never be taken for granted.