Top tips for healthy skin and hair
Expert: Dr Sam Bunting
Sam specialises in medical dermatology and teaches in many of London's prestigious teaching hospitals. She is considered to be an expert on a range of skin health and beauty topics, which makes her a sought-after candidate for her extensive knowledge and professional opinion.
Sam studied at Cambridge University, University College London and at the Royal College of Physicians.
- "Cleanse-gently: the goal with cleansing is not to do any harm! That's all we can expect of a product that is in contact with your skin for a minute at best."
- "Exfoliate regularly: this keeps the skin smooth, bright and enhances the penetration of everything else you do on it afterwards. If you have acne-prone or sensitive skin be careful not to over-do it, especially.”
- "Replace what your skin needs: Simple moisturiser may be sufficient in a young person with normal skin; whereas, if you're hoping to tackle the first signs of ageing, look out for proven ingredients like vitamins A, C and E - so a good quality serum will be a sound investment."
- "Protect it: the younger you start regularly using sunscreen and practising safe sun behaviour (ideally at birth!), the more efficient your long-term anti-ageing plan will be! Having lived in Australia, the undisputable impact of cumulative sun damage was clear to see."
- "Learn about the ingredients which have been shown to work rather than abandoning logic and taking pot-luck with the maintenance of your skin's health. Like an elephant, your skin always remembers, so treat it well!"
Expert: Trevor Sorbie
Trevor worked for top stylists such as Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy and John Frieda, before opening his first salon in Covent Garden in 1979. He's also appeared on many well-known TV shows, such as The Wright Stuff, GMTV and This Morning.
Known as the creator of the 'wedge haircut' and a four-time winner of British Hairdresser of the Year, he was also awarded an MBE in 2004.
- "If you're going to invest in high quality hair products I'd recommend focusing on Shampoo and Conditioner. These products really are the basis for the condition of your hair, and it's hard to create beautiful, shiny hairstyles unless the hair is in great condition to begin with."
- "This links into the above, but make sure you choose the right conditioner for your hair type. For example, very fine hair is best with a light, volumising conditioner, or perhaps a leave-in conditioner, thick and wiry hair on the other hand will need a more nourishing formula. Don't overload the hair with conditioner, especially the roots if you're prone to greasy, oily hair. And make sure you distribute it evenly using a wide-tooth comb, you'll be amazed at how much combing it through will improve the manageability of the hair."
- "Most hair damage is created by the sun, so whenever possible when you're in a warm climate, cover up your hair with a hat or scarf."
- "Chlorine can also dry the hair out and cause damage – try spraying a leave-in conditioner through the hair before getting in the water, and make sure you thoroughly rinse your hair as soon as you leave the pool."
- "Get regular trims! No matter how great the products you use are, hair will inevitably sustain damage and split ends over time, and the best way to improve growth and condition is to make sure you are regularly removing any damaged ends from the hair."
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Last updated: 12 months ago