The bright lights and fragrant smells that emanate from beauty counters lure most of us to buy the numerous pots of anti-wrinkle moisturisers and serums on display. Even during the 2008 recession, the beauty sector fared well, as consumers were more than happy to spend money on skin-improving products.

Most of us want to look good and, in a bid to ward off the ageing process and look better for our years, we buy into the big brand ads filled with glamour and enviable lifestyles.

Here’s the thing though, every morning, 90% of (mainly) women apply moisturiser and serums – but do they actually work?

“Moisturisers do work in giving temporary relief to dry rough skin but, with continuous use, they actually have an adverse effect.” Khatra Paterson, Medical Aesthetic Nurse, Independent Prescriber and owner of KP Aesthetics

Moisturisers have a negative response because they switch off the skin’s own hydration mechanism, resulting in a sensitive, weaker skin and increased signs of ageing.

KP Aesthetics owner Khatra Paterson is a highly-regarded nurse with over 29 years’ experience.

She is currently working in the aesthetic industry, collaborating with influential doctors and performing thousands of non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Khatra not only has an artistic eye, but also the technical ability to improve facial asymmetry and proportions, giving harmony to the face and making people feel good about themselves.

Real Housewives of Cheshire star and local resident Seema went to see Khatra at her clinic in Hale. After suffering with mild adult acne and congested skin for some time, and gaining little relief from her own skincare regime, Seema felt it was time to seek expert help.

What skin concerns do you have?

My skin has always been very sensitive. I have always had oily skin in certain areas, open pores and spells of mild adult acne.

Tell us more about your old skincare routine…

As my life is crazy busy, my skin care routine hasn’t been great. I found that my skin was very sensitive to so many products, so I turned to Simple and had a daily routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising. Maybe once every so often I would have a HydraFacial.

What results were you getting from the brands you were using?

The results were OK to start with, but eventually I felt my skin looked very dull and tired. My pores were very clogged and I had a mild form of acne on the sides of my cheeks.

You do a lot of work in front of the camera, did you have concerns about how you’d be perceived by viewers?

I would like to think that being in the public eye should be about your talent, drive and skill set, but I work in the fashion industry, which is all about your appearance and lifestyle. There is nothing worse than feeling conscious when you have a bad day with your skin and end up wearing more makeup to cover the breakouts. To be honest, it made my skin worse. More and more people are taking care of their skin and bodies. I am almost 46 years old and have never had a great skin regime due to my hectic work life, so it’s only since I started using ZO products that I can see a huge difference.

What’s important to you when choosing a skincare product?

I look for products that deal with correcting and improving skin tone and texture, and tackle breakouts, open pores and congested skin… I have spent so much over the years on a variety of cleansers, moisturisers, day serums, night serums – the list is endless! I just want results; skin that is healthy and fresher looking – and this is exactly what the ZO range has done for me.

Khatra prescribed ZO, which has made a massive difference to my skin texture, tone and general skin health. With a break in my filming schedule recently, Khatra also carried out a 30% pHformula TCA peel, which has brightened my skin even more, so now I feel confident having make-up free days, with no breakouts!

About adult acne

“Research has shown that about 80% of women suffer with adult acne,” reveals Khatra, “so it’s really important to manage the excessive sebum production that causes the condition, otherwise, left untreated, it can lead to rosacea, an inflammatory disorder. Applying moisturisers on skin that is already overproducing its own natural oils only leads to an increase in acne breakouts.

“ZO skincare is a bespoke programme of ZO Medical products, which is a therapeutic range to manage skin disorders along with ZO Health products, which maintain the therapeutic results.

“Peels are a good addition to skincare, as they help to thin down the top layer of skin (stratum corneum), allowing skincare products to penetrate to the cellular level easier.

“However, black and Asian skin needs to be carefully managed, as there is a risk of post-inflammatory pigmentation with high concentrated peels. The advantages of using pHformula 30% TCA peel over traditional TCAs is the superior formulation, which results in greater benefits deep in the skin tissues, less trauma on the surface of the skin, and a reduction in the risk of pigmentation, so it’s great for all skin types.”

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