Spotlight, 26 October 2021
Next in our #AskMe campaign, we shared your questions with MZ Skin founder, Dr Maryam Zamani. Dr Maryam is a global leading surgeon and aesthetics doctor who has also created a high-performance skincare range for timeless, youthful skin. Here, she answers all your burning skincare questions.
What is MZ Skin?
MZ Skin was created by Dr Maryam Zamani and has just celebrated its 5th birthday!
With over 15 years of practice as one of the UK’s most well-respected oculoplastic surgeons, Dr Zamani has gained an intimate understanding of what her clients want. This first hand insight led Dr Zamani to create a range of skincare products that fuse science and luxury aesthetic, with unrivalled performance.
What’s the best MZ Skin product?
A bestseller, and our iconic product, is Soothe Hyaluronic Brightening Eye Complex. It is clinically proven to reduce dark circles and decrease wrinkle depth by 9.5% after just four weeks. Unfortunately, the periorbital skin has less sebaceous glands, making it more prone to losing moisture and becoming dryer. With time, there is a decrease in elastin and collagen production that is more noticeable in this delicate eye area, creating fine lines and wrinkles. A hydrating product such as this will help counteract moisture loss and plump fine lines while working to help stimulate collagen production and improve the eyelid skin texture and density.
Skincare post having a baby?
If you are breastfeeding, it is still recommended to avoid retinol or retinoids. A gentle cleanser is ideal for both morning and night, followed by a moisturiser with SPF. Many women find their skin to be extra sensitive after giving birth, so sticking with fragrance-free, noncomedogenic products is best.
Is there a treatment for pigmentation spots and if so, how effective is it?
Chemical peels including Dermamelan™ can be used to treat wrinkles, skin pigmentation and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation on the face. Results have continued improvement with ongoing treatments. Deeper chemical peels offer more dramatic results but also have a longer recovery time. To determine which peel is best, a thorough consultation is needed. Depending on the skin type, light laser treatments can also be highly effective in diminishing the appearance of pigmentation. It is important to discuss all options with your doctor.
Why do I get dry, flakey skin in the winter, which no matter how much I moisturise, I can’t get on top of?
Regular exfoliation is key to help remove dead skin cells and reveal the healthier new ones. MZ Skin Radiance & Renewal Refining Mask features Glycokines to boost hyaluronic acid production for long-lasting hydration. The gentle chemical exfoliation with AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) will allow for the following hydrating products to penetrate deeper and work to their maximum efficacy. Adding an oil to your regime can help create a hydrating barrier, look out for Rose Hip Oil or Ceramides which also lock in moisture. MZ Skin Hydrate & Nourish Day Moisturiser contains a blend of rich hydrators with SPF 30 for added protection.
How frequently would you recommend a facial?
The cells natural turnover is 4-6 weeks, so timing a facial with that is ideal for optimum results.
Coming in from the cold weather to a hot office affects my skin, any tips?
Skin barrier protection is important all year round but particularly in the cold months. When temperatures and our environments suddenly change, the skin barrier can become compromised and let external aggravators such as pollution penetrate deeper into the skin, causing inflamation, sensitivity and redness. Ceramides help lock in moisture and Hyaluronic acid tends to create moisture but needs to be well formulated in order to penetrate the skin for maximal efficacy. MZ Skin Hydra Boost Ampoules provide an intensive five day regime to enhance the skin’s natural barrier.
For vitamin C absorption, which is more effective – cream, serum or oil?
The molecular structure of a serum is much smaller. Serums are also typically thinner and lighter than moisturisers packed full of active ingredients so they can really penetrate the dermis. This is why serums are known as the powerhouse of the skincare regime! Always apply a serum directly to your skin after cleansing, and before your moisturiser and sunscreen.
Time poor working mum here, any time saving skincare tips you can suggest?
Use clever formulations that combine powerful actives to help achieve more with each step. Less can be more. For example, MZ Skin Cleanse & Clarify can double as a mask when left on the skin for eight minutes. Our Tint & Protect provides natural coverage with the added benefits of Vitamin C and SPF 30 to protect the skin from free radicals and harsh UVA/B rays. I believe the best regime is one you can commit to. My three-step philosophy to Reveal, Enhance and Protect the skin is the foundation of any skincare regime.
Find MZ Skin at 110-112 King’s Road, London SW3 4TX or visit the website here.