Eat Your Way to a Flawless Complexion: 4 Essential Vitamins for Healthy Skin

When it comes to skin health, the old adage ‘you are what you eat’ holds true more than ever before. If you are hankering after spotless, radiant complexion, what you put in your body matters just as much (or even more) as what you put on your skin. Here are the 4 essential vitamins for healthy skin and foods that contain them:

1. Vitamin A

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Why is it good? 

Vitamin A is a miracle worker against fine lines, spots and wrinkles. Similar to retinoids, which are derived from it, vitamin A speeds up tissue repair and supports the healthy functioning of skin’s protective barrier.

It is also a great supplement for oily and acne-prone skin as it can help reduce excess sebum production and clear rough patches on your face.

Natural Sources of Vitamin A: 

  • Liver and liver products such as pâté (but no more than once a week, too much vitamin A can be harmful to your health, especially if you are pregnant or trying to conceive)
  • Eggs
  • Oily fish
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots and leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale
  • Yellow fruit such as mango, papaya and apricots

Best Vitamin A Product: Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair

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Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair contains 1% retinol which is the highest retinol concentration you can find in over-the-counter products. Retinol is an active form of vitamin A that clears up uneven pigmentation and diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair is formulated with multiple antioxidants to neutralise free radicals and prevent future damage to your skin.

2. Vitamin C

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Why is it good?

We all know vitamin C can help us fight off colds and flu, but its antioxidant properties are great for skin, too. Vitamin C protects your complexion from free radical damage and boosts collagen production. Exposure to sunlight and pollutants depletes the amount of vitamin C in your skin, so add vitamin-rich foods to your diet to ensure you are getting your daily dose.

Natural Sources of vitamin C:

  • Oranges and orange juice
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Red and green peppers
  • Blackcurrants

Best Vitamin C Product: Ossential® C-Bright Serum

Ossential C-bright Serum provides a potent dose of 10% pure, stabilised vitamin C to combat spots, dullness and wrinkles. The serum activates upon contact with the skin’s natural water content to maximise exfoliation and reveal radiant, even-toned skin.

3. Vitamin E

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Why is it good?

Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation and neutralises free radicals before they harm the cells in the upper layers of your skin. Studies have shown that vitamin E protects better when it’s combined with vitamin C. When used together, vitamins C and E help reduce the damaging effects of UV radiation twice as effectively than when administered alone.

Natural Sources of Vitamin E:

  • Plant oils such as soya, corn and olive oil
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Wheatgerm – found in cereals and cereal products
  • Avocado
  • Olives

Best Vitamin E Product: Ossential C-bright Serum 



To optimize the benefits of both vitamins, Ossential C-Bright Serum is formulated with 10% pure vitamin C, vitamin E and Q-10 to protect your skin from environmental damage and stimulate healthy collagen production.

4. Vitamin D

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Why is it good?

Vitamin D is vital for skin cell growth and repair. It prevents the onset of premature aging and enhances skin’s ability to retain and replenish moisture. Vitamin D plays a big role in fighting off bacteria and its deficiency is strongly linked to acne breakouts and inflammation.

Natural Sources of Vitamin D: 

  • Oily fish such as salmon, herring and fresh tuna
  • Mushrooms
  • Egg yolks
  • Fortified cereals
  • Red Meat

Best Vitamin D Product: Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30

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Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine vitamin” because our body synthesises it from sunlight exposure. However, letting the sun beat down on your face and body without SPF protection is not the right way to get your daily dose of vitamin D.

The World Health Organisation has identified solar UV radiation as a proven human carcinogen, linking to 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers and about 86% of melanomas. Unprotected sun exposure is also the number one reason for premature skin ageing. So, is there a way to get vitamin D without abusing your skin and putting your health at risk?

Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 protects your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation and enhances skin barrier functions. SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent of UVB rays, which means that 2 to 7 percent of solar rays still reaching your skin; this is more than enough to get the vitamin D your body needs.


Hydration vs Moisture: What is the difference?

Do you know the difference between hydration and moisture? While these two words are often used interchangeably by beauty brands, they are not the same thing. Skin hydrators and moisturisers are two very different types of products and serve a different purpose for your skin. Here is everything you need to know to navigate successfully thought the maze of skincare products:

How to tell if your skin is dry or dehydrated?

Dry skin is a skin type characterised by a lack of skin oils and epidermal lipids. Common signs of dry skin are flakiness, tightness and increased sensitivity. You might have naturally dry skin, but it can also be due to environmental factors such as ultraviolet radiation and pollution.

Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is a skin condition. Dehydrated skin has a lack of water in the top layer of the epidermis. It can affect all skin types, including oily and combination. Dehydrated skin shows accelerated signs of ageing such as fine lines, sagging and overall dull appearance.

How to treat dry skin

· Protect your skin from the elements

External elements such as ultraviolet light, heat and air pollution can zap the moisture from your complexion, exacerbate irritation and cause further damage to your skin’s lipid layer. So, the most important step in your skincare routine is sun protection.

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Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50 shields your skin from harmful UVA, UVB and HEV rays and restores healthy moisture levels. It’s enriched with antioxidants and skin barrier replenishers to help your skin stay soft, firm and hydrated.

· Help your skin keep its natural hydration

If your face is dry and flaky, your first instinct may be to scrub until it’s all smooth and soft, right? Wrong. The worst thing you can do to your dry and parched skin is use harsh, gritty exfoliators. Aggressive physical exfoliation will strip the epidermis from its already insufficient oils and leave your face tighter and drier.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to tackle cleansing and hydration all at once? Offects Hydrating Cleanser acts both as a cleanser and moisturiser. It removes dirt and dead cells from your skin and replenishes its natural moisture levels.

· Repair your skin barrier

When you have a healthy functioning skin barrier, your complexion is plump, soft and hydrated. The lipids in the protective layer of the skin fight off dehydration by locking water molecules inside the stratum corneum –the top layer of your epidermis–and protect your skin from external factors.

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Ommerse Renewal Crème is packed with powerful ingredients to give your skin a major hydration boost. Formulated with sodium hyaluronate to restore the healthy functioning of your skin barrier, along with jojoba esters and antioxidants soothe irritation.

How to treat dehydrated skin

· Drink plenty of water (no, water in your coffee doesn’t count)

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All cells in your skin, especially those responsible for collagen production, require water to function properly. Inadequate water intake causes your skin to lose elasticity and makes wrinkles and pores more visible. So, drinking enough water is crucial to your skin looking and feeling great. Aim for eight to ten 8-ounce servings daily and try to spread them throughout the day as your body can only absorb 17 ounces each hour.

· Add a serum to your skincare routine

There is a tricky part with hydration – simply drinking water is not enough to fix your dehydrated complexion because it will reach all the organs inside your body before it goes to your skin. So, don’t skip topical hydrators, if you want to get rid of dull skin.

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The key to proper hydration lies in supplementing your skincare with moisture-enhancing serums that penetrate the deeper layers of the skin rather than sitting on the surface. Ossential® C-Bright Serum contains naturally occurring lipids that replenish hydration and boost skin barrier function.

· Cut back on alcohol

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Cocktails and wine, like many other things we enjoy on a Friday night, can wreak havoc on our skin. Alcohol is a double whammy for your skin; it forces water out of your system and hinders the production of vasopressin – the hormone that helps your body (and your skin) restore its hydration levels. So, if your skin looks tired and sallow all the time, maybe it’s time to replace your glass of wine with a cup of green tea.

Best Anti Ageing Ingredients


If you want to keep ageing skin at bay, regardless of whether you are 25 or 65, it is essential that you follow an effective skincare routine. Wash, scrub and oil-control/tone are your 3 main steps. Although, depending on your age, you will need particular ingredients in your anti-ageing purchases.

What are the Best Anti-Ageing Ingredients that you Need?

Your products should evolve with your skin as your skin will need different things at varying stages of your life. Below I’ve created a table to simplify what ingredients you should look out for when buying your anti-ageing skincare.

 Age Range

 What You Need

What You Should Avoid

20s to 30s

Make sure there is retinol, vitamins C and E and antioxidants in your skin products.

Avoid alpha-tocopherol (an oil formulation of vitamin E, which can cause breakouts).


Use peptides, ceramides, humectants, retinol and growth factors.Avoid drying acids and products with low percentages of actives.

50s & above

Your best friends are at least two different types of antioxidants, peptides, retinol and SPF.Avoid anything that is designed for acne skin or that is simply too drying (essentially avoid products targeted for oily skin).

Find the perfect anti-ageing product for you, here!

The Difference Between HEV Light and UV Rays


The importance of protecting your skin against UVA and UVB rays is a well-documented fact, but what about HEV light? The acronym stands for High-Energy Visible Light is something you are exposed to not just from the sun, but also from everyday digital devices like your smartphone, tablet or computer screen.

What is HEV light?

Also known as blue light, it may actually be as harmful to your skin as UVA and UVB light combined. The sun’s UV rays can cause your skin to turn red and burn leading to other long-term skin issues whilst HEV light does not necessarily cause immediate, visible damage but this doesn’t make them any less harmful. Instead, continued exposure to this light can be the root of a pretty long list skin problems. It can cause:

  • dryness
  • sensitivity
  • inflammation
  • redness
  • wrinkles
  • fine lines
  • sagging skin
  • uneven pigmentation
  • blotchy skin
  • brown spots
  • uneven tone and texture

So what can you do?

We all know by now that wearing sunscreen year-round is a must, so just be sure to pick out a product that also works to block HEV light. For example, the Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF30 does double-duty by protecting your skin from all harmful rays, including UVA, UVB and HEV. What’s more, it’s formulated to help smooth the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines. (It’s also a fantastic primer base for your makeup!)

The ZO Skin Health Circle

Under the guidance of Dr. Zein Obagi, ZO Skin Health, Inc. has developed a wide spectrum of Therapeutic, Maintenance, Daily Skincare and Prevention protocols to create and maintain healthy skin. Based on the latest advances in skin therapy technologies – unique delivery systems, bioengineered complexes, and exclusive formulations – these products and protocols provide continuous skin health for all skin types, genders and ages, and are represented by Dr. Obagi’s ZO Skin Health Circle. zo skin health circleDr. Zein Obagi developed the ZO Skin Health Circle to illustrate how ZO therapeutic solutions and ZO daily and preventative solutions allow everyone to continually experience healthy, vibrant and youthful-looking skin. Dr. Obagi’s vision, the ZO Skin Health Circle, represents the ultimate continuum of products and protocols available today. This continuum provides skincare systems for:

• Therapeutic treatments that address specific skin conditions and diseases
• Maintenance programs to extend the benefits of therapeutic treatments
• Daily Skincare regimens to keep skin active and healthy
• Preventative products to protect skin from intrinsic aging and future damage

Below we elaborate on each stage of the ZO Skin Health Circle and what it entails:


Treatments provided by healthcare professionals using prescribed products and unique protocols to correct medical skin conditions. Have a restricted amount of time to prevent resistance and reduce complications.


Designed to prevent reoccurrence of persistent skin problems and to keep skin strong and healthy while looking and acting younger. Can be used indefinitely after the therapeutic phase.

Daily Skincare

Effective daily solutions designed for cleansing, stimulating, calming, nourishing and protecting skin. Keep skin healthy, prevent premature ageing and help avoid future skin damage.


Improves overall skin health by minimizing UV damage, preventing DNA damage and protecting against environmental aggressors.

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With these new, comprehensive and continuous solutions, the new world of skin health is waiting for you with ZO products and protocols.

ZO Controlled Depth Peel in Action with Surface Clinic

With the support of Wigmore Medical, we are proud to introduce the ZO Controlled Depth Peel to the UK. Two clinics have joined forces to bring this Designer Signature Non-Invasive Face Lift treatment to the UK. Rukhsana Khan and Rita Poddar have been trained by Dr. Zein Obagi in Beverly Hills and Dr. Sam Van Eeden in the UK.

What is the New ZO Controlled Depth Peel?

This successor to the original Blue Peel from Dr. Zein Obagi. This peel allows a new layer of undamaged skin with a smoother texture and more even skin tone to emerge. The ZO Controlled Depth Peel is able to reach the deepest skin layers where it stimulates the cells locally. Patients will be treated with a local anesthetic before this peel. The peel has a downtime of 7-10 days, which means your patients will experience redness and flaking during this period.

What is it good for?

This peel is great for men and women wanting to correct skin problems such as acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, tone, skin laxity or poor texture. We perform it in-clinic and can customise to your patient’s needs based on their skin type and specific goals. Depending on your personalised treatment, we may perform this peel under conscious sedation to minimise any discomfort during treatment. This skin peel will help to reveal a new and healthy layer of skin with improvements to tone, tightness and texture.

You can now offer the New Controlled Depth Peel in your practice via a specialised ZO client referral scheme.

This procedure costs approximately £1600 and we offer a professional fee of £150 to the referring clinician for managing the patient’s consultation. This will include taking regular photos and pre/post reviews which we expect the referrer to provide via email. The referring clinician is responsible for prepping patients and prescribing the correct ZO Medical range.

Click the images below to see what the ZO Controlled Depth Peel looks like over a 9-day period:

To find out more please contact Surface Clinic on 01274 579612 or The Peppermint Group on 0141 332 8895

5 Reasons for Unexpected Breakouts


Have you been religiously following your skincare routine only to find that your skin is still punishing you with random breakouts? You may be commiting a skin sin without realising!

Mobile Phones

It’s safe to assume that your phone is a part of your everyday life. Through a combination of you constantly touching it, leaving it lying around on various dirty surfaces, and possibly dropping it on the floor (yikes!), your phone is ridden with grime and bacteria that you can’t see! So sudden breakouts could very well be caused by you placing your dirty phone on your face when you make a call. The solution? It’s actually very simple. All you need to do is wipe it down each day with some sort of antibacterial wipe and you’re good to go!


If your exfoliating too much you’re likely stripping your skin of the natural oils it needs to keep your skin healthy. as a defense mechanism, your skin kicks into overdrive and produces an excess amount of sebum, resulting in oily skin and consequent spots. While we’re not saying that you shouldn’t exfoliate, but as a general rule keep it to a minimum of 1-2 days. Though, you should keep in mind that different skin types require different skincare regimes.

Dirty Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes are a breeding ground for dirt, oil, and bacteria. So, it is essential that you regularly wash your makeup brushes (at least once a week). You can either purchase a cleanser specifically designed for makeup-brushes or for those who are like a good beauty hack, soap and water works just as well but make sure that the soap isn’t too harsh!

Dirty Towels

If you use the same towel for your hair, body and face, STOP IT NOW. By using the same towel, you’re transferring the oils from your hair and body to your face causing unexpected breakouts.

Sugar and Dairy

Consuming dairy products has been shown to disrupt bowel function which creates toxicity in your body and then this eventually shows up on your skin. While
sugar is more well-known for being bad for your health, it can also wreak havoc on your skin. It leads to glycation, a process in which excess glucose molecules cling to your collagen, distorting it and leading it to be stiff. So consider cutting out or at least cutting down on dairy and sugar from your diet and see how your skin improves. Keep in mind that for a healthy diet everything should be in moderation no matter how good the food may seem!

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