Embrace natural beauty with new skincare treatments that give a flawless complexion

With the selfie a firm fixture in everyday life and the seemingly unending quest for perfection, many thought the heavily made up look synonymous with celebrity culture was here to stay. But for millennials, a conscious shift towards a more natural look is emerging, and with it a new ultimate goal – championing the bare faced look.

Dr Saira Vasdev, Medical Director and Lead Aesthetic Doctor at London skincare clinic Skin & Sanctuary, explains what young women are seeking from their skincare, and how they can achieve the coveted bare faced look. “A deep luminous glow radiating from a clean, blemish free canvas is the holy grail for younger women in 2018,” says Dr Vasdev.

“There is also a strong trend towards sculpting and defining the classical feminine features that extends beyond the use of make up alone. Semi-permanent brows and lash extensions make an effortless ‘I woke up like this’ statement, whilst adding both structure and softness to the face,”

There’s no doubt the wellness trend has also had a major impact on skincare. The popularity of eco friendly skincare brands such as Pai and Alumier MD pays testament to the demand for products that are free from toxic ingredients, eco friendly and more gentle on the skin.

Retinol appears to be everywhere at the moment and is a real buzzword when it comes to beauty, but what actually is it and who should be using it?

According to Dr Vasdev “a low dose retinol is ideal for women aged 25-30. It can work wonders to improve texture, shrink pores, even out skin tone and stimulate new collagen to keep the skin youthful in its appearance, but consult with a skincare specialist first as retinols are not suitable for everyone and come in many different preparations.”

“A Vitamin C serum is also advised to protect your skin from atmospheric ageing. It acts to neutralise free radicals which are toxic to skin cells, as well as stimulating cell renewal and supporting new collagen synthesis. I tend to recommend Skinceuticals Serum 10 to my clients at Skin & Sanctuary.”


remove make up before bed and remember to cleanse the skin. Use a toner to restore the skin’s pH balance and gently exfoliate away dead skin cells. Hydrate the skin with a light moisturiser and apply a broad spectrum SPF to protect the skin. For a quick fix, use good quality facial oil for facial massage such as Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil.


A medical grade facial performed by an experienced aesthetic practitioner once a month can transform your skin. The Hydrafacial which incorporates hydradermabrasion, a mild acid peel, extraction and LED therapy both can works wonders.

Dermaplaning and microneedling facials have gained a cult following by celebrities and are the latest trick for smooth flawless skin. Dermaplaning skillfully removes dead skin cells and vellus hair (otherwise know as peach fuzz) to gently resurface the skin. The skin is instantly renewed and make up glides on like silk. Microneedling uses tiny needles to open up channels in the skin to allow deeper penetration of skin boosting agents and stimulates skin regeneration.

Skin health supplements such as anti-aging vitamins, probiotics and collagen peptides are becoming a popular way of optimising skin health and preventing premature skin ageing. Skinade and Lumity are brands to seek out.

There are some cosmetic procedures that may be appropriate for this age group and others which are not. The key to avoiding botched procedures and poor outcomes is to seek out an experienced medical professional with an appreciation for treating the younger female (or male) face who will listen to your concerns and be transparent with you regarding any treatment recommendations.