Combatting “Commuter Skin” in UK Cities

Screen_shot_2012-08-30_at_12.47.25_PM.png08/30/2012 (press release: OnlinePR) // Lucy Page or Natasha Bradley

The Harley Medical Group has released summer skincare tips and advice for people working in busy cities across the UK. As the weather heats up and trains, buses and tube networks become more crowded and the streets more congested, especially with an influx of visitors to the UK for the Olympics, it is extra important to take care of the skin to prevent outbreaks and damage caused by external pollutants.

With a change in temperature, and many London tubes increasingly hot and sticky as the Olympic crowds pour in to the capital, it is important to cleanse thoroughly and use products that form a protective barrier against the skin. Humid public transport can cause the skin to produce more oil and sweat which can result in outbreaks of spots and adult acne. The Harley Medical Group’s skincare products contain powerful anti-oxidants to combat free radical damage caused by pollution, such as the Gentle Cleanser and the Anti-Microbial Cell Renewal Cream.

Smog levels in London have also been on the rise, with The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs issuing a warning ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony and many other British cities experiencing high pollution levels. Pollution causes skin damage as toxins in the smog and dirt clog up pores, leaving a tired, dull looking complexion. Long term, pollution can also exacerbate wrinkles and cause dry patches as the free radicals deplete collagen and oxygen in the skin and speed up the ageing process. The Harley Medical Group’s Anti-Oxidant Oil Free Moisturiser will help to form a protective barrier on the skin. It is also recommended that a high factor SPF is used every day, even when cloudy, to combat damage from the sun’s rays.

Exfoliation is a great way to remove the additional dirt and pollutants exposed to the skin through commuting and walking around the city in summertime. Non-Surgical treatment, Medical Microdermabrasion, helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, brighten the complexion and return skin to a healthy glow. Both Agera and Obagi Blue Skin Peels are suitable, and work deep within the skin to stimulate collagen and encourage cell renewal, leaving skin much clearer and brighter.

Lisa Littlehales, Lead Nurse Counsellor at The Harley Medical Group, says: “Cleansing is even more important when the summer makes everything more humid, and pollution in the air increases bacteria on the face. It’s worth keeping some cleansing pads in your desk at work. Use a lighter moisturiser than normal, but choose one with a high SPF. Office air conditioning is also very drying on the skin so remember to drink lots of water to keep the skin fully hydrated.”

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The Harley Medical Group is the UK and Ireland’s largest cosmetic surgery provider, performing more procedures and with more clinics than any other cosmetic surgery group. It has been established since 1983 and is one of the most highly regarded Cosmetic Surgery Groups operating in the UK. It has treated over 500,000 patients to date.

The Harley Medical Group works tirelessly to maintain the highest standards in the industry for the benefits all cosmetic surgery and non-surgical patients. We are currently at the forefront of the campaign to ensure that the Government continues to regulate the use of certain laser types used in cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments so that patients are protected from rogue practitioners.

In 2004, The Harley Medical Group’s Chairman Mel Braham, at the request of the Department of Health became a member of the department’s Steering Committee, set up to oversee the introduction of new regulations covering the entire Cosmetic Surgery sector. All of The Harley Medical Group’s clinics are registered with the Care Quality Commission. There are now 31 clinics in the UK and Ireland: London (Harley Street, Wimbledon, The City, Chiswick, Finchley & Watford), Marlow, Birmingham, Leeds, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Chester, Nottingham, Southampton, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Dublin, Northampton, Cambridge, Maidstone, Belfast, Reading, Sheffield, Liverpool, Bromley, Glasgow, Cheltenham, Leicester and Guildford.

The Harley Medical Group is renowned for introducing and pioneering most new surgical and non-surgical techniques to the UK and Irish markets. All new treatments and techniques are first thoroughly researched and tested before they are submitted for approval by the Group’s Medical Advisory Board.

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