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Sarah M Laser and Skin Clinic Blog

Having Trouble With ‘Zoom Face’?

We’re spending more time than ever before having to look at our own faces during the seemingly endless WFH virtual work meetings and Zoom cocktail hours and quizzes, and it is, unfortunately, leading to a lot of self-scrutiny.

It might not be helped by the cheap laptop that’s ideal for work has a lousy webcam, providing unflattering captures, although there is the technology to sneakily add makeup filters, such as L’Oréal’s Signature Faces virtual makeup filters. But the most effective means of ensuring you look your best is to enhance your skincare routine.

‘Zoom Face’ is the name given to this phenomenon that has knocked the confidence of many people trapped in online work meetings. A better quality webcam, lighting, and camera angles can help, but they won’t be much use if you’ve got other issues such as hollowness, puffiness, or saggy skin.

While we’re all in lockdown, the usual facial aesthetic treatments aren’t available to us, but all it needs it a little more time and attention to our regimes to help present clear and fresh-looking skin.

You should be washing your face daily at least, but the winter weather brings drier air, especially if you’re indoors with the central heating on all day. Avoid soap and foaming cleansers, as your skin needs more protective lipids, so go for creamy cleansers instead.

Follow that with moisturiser, and be sure to top it up during the day as needed. A humidifier for your home office could be a wise investment if you’re suffering from dry skin.

Your diet can make a world of difference to your skin, so don’t neglect that five-a-day of fruit and veg, and drink plenty of water.

A good night’s sleep will always be of benefit, not just for your skin, and the darker months mean we’re getting less vitamin D from natural light, so consider taking supplements.

If you’re looking for a post-lockdown aesthetic and laser clinic, get in touch!

Getting A Tattoo Removed? Here’s What You Can Expect

Sometimes we make mistakes in life and, if you’re regretting your choice or placement of tattoo, you might feel as though there aren’t a lot of options open to you.

Laser tattoo removal in Ealing is one way of getting rid of any tattoos you no longer want, but you might wonder what you can expect from the procedure.

A recent article for Hypebae explained what you can expect and what you can do after the procedure to make it as effective as possible.

Dermatologist Dr Jeremy Fenton told the news provider that it’s important anyone seeking tattoo removal is realistic about what’s possible. “It is very difficult to completely remove a tattoo. Most people have to settle for a lightening of the tattoo,” he said.

Before your appointment, you need to keep the tattoo out of the sun and avoid exfoliating, plucking, waxing or applying products that contain the likes of retinols and retinoids that can irritate the skin.

It’s also advised that you shave the tattooed area a day before your appointment and make sure you’re well rested.

You’re likely to need multiple sessions with your therapist to remove a tattoo effectively, so be prepared for that. After each session, there are a few steps you can take to help your skin heal.

Similar to when you have a tattoo in the first place, keep the area covered and protect it with a layer of ointment like petroleum jelly. It’s also important that you keep the area out of the sun between treatments too.

Buzzfeed recently shared some of top tattoo regrets people have shared, including one woman who revealed that just hours after getting a matching tattoo with her sister-in-law, the woman revealed that she had been cheating on her brother.

Another person revealed that they had Patrick from the cartoon Spongebob Squarepants tattooed on their upper back, which they eventually had covered by another tattoo!

How to Prevent “Maskne”

What is maskne?

Now we are 8 months into the coronavirus pandemic, wearing a face covering in shops and other public spaces is starting to feel completely normal. However, some people have noticed outbreaks of spots and pimples, known as acne, on the areas of their face which come into contact with a mask. This has been dubbed “maskne”.

Why does maskne develop?

Unlike regular acne, which is caused by hormonal change, acne caused by wearing a mask is the result of a direct irritant to the skin. The physical rubbing of the mask on the skin can cause micro-tears, which makes it easier for bacteria and oils to get beneath the surface of your skin and clog up the pores.

How can you prevent maskne?

Prevention is better than cure, so make sure you are following these simple steps to care for your skin.

1. Wash your mask thoroughly after each use with hot water and detergent to kill off any bacteria and remove dead skin cells. If you use disposable masks, make sure you use a fresh one each time.

2. Cleanse your face with a gentle lotion at least twice a day, and try and avoid wearing heavy moisturisers or foundations on the areas of your skin which come into contact with a mask.

3. Make sure that your mask fits well to prevent excess rubbing, and if possible choose a natural material such as cotton or silk, which are less harsh on the skin.

How can you treat maskne?

If you still experience breakouts of acne despite your best efforts, there are ways to treat it effectively.

1. Try to avoid use harsh face scrubs which will damage and dry out your skin. A simple unperfumed cleanser is best, followed by a toner if you have been wearing make-up.

2. Over-the-counter lotions and gels which contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid have been clinically proven to kill bacteria and help prevent spots.

If your acne symptoms are still severe after a couple of months, it is recommended to seek clinical advice for further treatment.  

Remember That Skin Care Is Self Care

In between working from home, homeschooling, remembering to wear a mask to the supermarket, worrying about your health and an uncertain financial or employment future, or a million and one other things, you might have neglected your skincare regime for the moment.

However, when it comes to some well-needed self-care, then skincare should be top of the list, even your grandmother will tell you so! When there is so much out of your control in 2020, dedicating yourself to something you can control will be good for your skin and mental health.

We have a few tips for your skincare regime to help you feel better overall.


Moisturising should be part of your regime, no matter how busy you are! However, you should not forget to moisturise your hands also. Your hands can show the signs of age before other parts of the body, so take care of your self-esteem by caring for the parts of your body you see every day.

Cut out the caffeine

For many, who rely on their morning brew to kickstart the day, asking you to cut out coffee and caffeine sounds like the impossible. But caffeine can lead to dry skin, so replace your coffee with water or juice to keep hydrated. The more hydrated you are, the better your skin will be.

Reduce salt

Salt will cause dehydration of the skin and your body, and neither is it good for your heart. By cutting back on salt you will maintain your skin whilst also protect your health.


Exercise is essential to maintain good health, and it helps you sweat out the toxins and removes the dead skin cells. Although, be aware of sweating out all kinds of hair products onto your skin. Wear a headband, always take a clean towel with you, and remember to wash your gym kit to make sure you stay fresh and clean!

If you need a UK laser and skin clinic in Ealing, book an appointment today!

Five Top Tips For Skin Hydration

With winter just a few short weeks away, it’s more important now than ever to make sure that your skin is properly hydrated. Without this, you will be prone to dry skin and breakouts, and fine lines and wrinkles will appear more prominently… which nobody wants! Especially with constant masks on

So what can you do to keep your skin well hydrated, properly nourished and looking beautiful right the way through till spring? The answer, thankfully, is quite a lot and your first step towards healthy skin is making sure you drink enough water during the day.

Hydration comes from within, so make sure you’re drinking at least two litres of water a day (with an extra litre per hour of exercise you do to replenish lost liquid).

Also take a look at the skincare products you’re using and make sure you have some that prioritise hydration in your washbag, with ingredients including hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides and panthenol.

And, although it might well be chilly outside and you may want to warm up quickly, avoid taking long hot showers over the coming months, as this can really dehydrate your skin. If possible, go for lukewarm water and your skin will really thank you for it.

You can also give your skin a real boost at this time of year if you use a weekly face mask. The party season is just ahead of us and this can really take its toll, so give your skin a much-needed treat by applying a hydrating face mask once a week.

For further help and advice, come and see us at Sarah M Laser and Skin Clinic in Ealing today.