Can you provide us with insight into your journey and passion for skincare? What inspired you to become an expert in this field?
I bring over 30 years of experience working as both a cosmetic surgeon — I started my career specialising in surgery for the face and neck— and a cosmetic doctor to the development of my skin care range. I am renowned for my work pioneering non-invasive cosmetics procedures in my London and Paris clinics, where I was inspired by my high profile clients and their needs to create skin care products using breakthrough ingredients and technology. My scientific understanding of anatomy and physiology comes to the fore when developing my products, and I’m passionate about taking a bespoke, personally tailored approach to both.
You are renowned for your work in the realm of skin aging and anti-aging treatments. What current trends or developments do you see in this area that might interest our readers?
My “Ageing-Maintenance” philosophy has always guided me in staying one step ahead of treatment trends and developments. A great example of this is my new PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) treatment, a bio, eco alternative to traditional fillers which maximises the body’s own healing power to rejuvenate the skin and slow the ageing process. It offers a ‘green’ alternative to classic, chemical injections. Another example is the use of exosomes in Radio Frequency with Micro Needling. The new treatment combines the effects of RF and Micro Needling, and applying exosomes facilitates the process of cellular communication within the skin.
What fundamental mistakes do people often make in their skincare routines? Are there any misconceptions about skincare that you would like to clarify?
It’s easy to get into a rut. Regularly assess your skin’s needs, not just according to the season – stress, diet and hormonal changes all play a part, too . I created the Dr Sebagh Serum Bar for this reason, as it enables you to customise your skin care.
Not all products are created equal. Concentration and stability of ingredients are critical – our Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream is made of a high concentration of pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C, activated on skin contact.
Being inconsistent with your skin care. Even when tired or travelling, stick to a simple routine of cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating, moisturising and protecting your skin. If you have any specific concerns – a mole, for example – see a doctor or dermatologist, rather than seeking unqualified advice.
Many people are in search of “miracle solutions” for youthful skin. In your opinion, what are the most realistic expectations when it comes to anti-aging treatments or products?
In recent years, we’ve seen the influence of social media and the prevalence of filters lead to unrealistic goals and expectations. With cosmetic treatments, much depends on the morphology and structure of the face – what works for one may be unsuitable for another. There is no single, “miracle solution” for youthful skin. Instead, “Ageing-Maintenance” is about choosing treatments and/or products to help skin look its glowing, healthy and vital best at any age.
In today’s fast-paced world, stress is a common issue. How does chronic stress affect skin health, and do you have recommendations for managing these effects?
Chronic stress can affect the way skin looks and feels in a number of ways, which is why I always recommend my clients find ways to relax – for me, it’s doing Pilates each morning. One of the most common ways stress affects the skin is in breakouts. The Dr Sebagh range includes powerful treatments to reduce inflammation, dry out spots and prevent further breakouts. When sleep is interrupted, target dark circles under the eyes and puffiness with an eye care product such as Dr Sebagh Supreme Eye Serum, with its soothing rollerball applicator. When stress leads to dry skin, apply a deeply hydrating mask such as Dr Sebagh Rose de Vie Hydrating Mask and relax as the ingredients absorb and work their wonders. Drink plenty of water, too.
You’ve collaborated with celebrities and figures in the entertainment industry. How does skincare differ for these individuals compared to the average person, and are there any secrets you could share?
Early morning starts, frequent flying and wearing heavy make-up for filming or shooting can all affect the skin. My advice is the same that I give to all my clients: tailor your skin care to the way your skin looks and feels, using serums, creams and treatments to meet its needs. Keeping it hydrated, from the inside-out – drinking plenty of water, and using a rehydrating serum – is a game changer for us all.
With the rising popularity of non-invasive aesthetic procedures, which procedures do you consider particularly promising and effective without the need for surgery?
I’m excited about the latest changes to the technology used in Thread Lifting. My new Vertical Double Thread Lift is designed to lift sagging skin without invasive face lift surgery. It involves an alternative technique I personally developed to achieve a superior lifting effect, without the possible side effect of threads migrating under the skin. For the body, Lanluma treatments are an effective alternative to surgery, restoring volume and improving skin texture on areas such as the arms and buttocks. The biocompatible and biodegradable injectable polymer doesn’t just ‘fill’, but boosts your body’s own natural collagen production process.
Skincare can be overwhelming due to the multitude of products available. What key products or ingredients do you recommend as a foundation for an effective skincare routine?
Maintain hydration levels and keep skin plumped and smooth with a hyaluronic acid-rich product such as Dr Sebagh Serum Repair. Retinol is another star, as it’s scientifically proven to eliminate dead skin cells and stimulate cell renewal. Retinol Night Repair combines the power of retinol with oils that protect the skin barrier. Fight pigmentation and boost brightness with a daily dose of Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream, and dissolve dulling dead skin cells weekly with Deep Exfoliating Mask.
How important is diet for skin health? Are there specific foods or supplements that you recommend to support skin health from within?
Avoid yo-yo dieting, which can age the skin, as it loses elasticity over the years. A diet rich in healthy fats – Omega 3-packed oily fish, avocados, nuts and seeds – will help to support skin from within. And a little dark chocolate, high in antioxidants, is great for the skin!
In your opinion, what are the most crucial steps young people can take to maintain healthy and radiant skin in the long term?
Getting into healthy habits now will make a big difference to your future skin: eat well, drink plenty of water and make movement part of your daily routine, for its mood and circulation-boosting benefits. Customise your skin care to meet its changing needs and exfoliate weekly. You can use a retinol product from your twenties, being scrupulous to apply sunscreen the next day if it’s sunny. Always protect your skin from the damaging and ageing effects of the sun with a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen.