Information & Advice
He is unique in having trained and worked in both the US and the UK and also in his wide range of interests in all aspects of the skin - from skin rejuvenation to severe skin diseases such as psoriasis. Dr Lowe has had over 450 clinical and scientific papers and 17 books published.
Dr Nick Lowe and his wife Pam have two daughters - Nichola who is a Professor of Economic Development at University of North Carolina in the USA and Philippa who works as a physician at Cranley Clinic, specialising in protection and rejuvenation treatments for the skin. The Lowe family all enjoy playing tennis, walking, gardening, travelling and sailing - when time allows!
1. What are your top tips for getting younger looking skin?
Always apply a daily protective cream containing sun protection against UVB and UVA to the exposed skin - the face, neck, chest and hands. This should also contain antioxidants and rejuvenating ingredients such as Retinol Palmitate, Ascorbyl palmitate and other antioxidents to protect and repair the skin. Always wear UV protective sunglasses when in the sun, including the car, to protect your eyes and surrounding skin and make sure you keep your skin scrupulously clean with gentle cleansing. The skin is then prepared for the active ingredients in your creams to have maximum effect. Another top tip would be to make sure you use a night cream to replenish any moisture and nutrients lost during the day and, once a week apply a mask.
2. What three products should everyone have as part of their skincare regime?
A moisturising Cleanser, an SPF Day Cream for protection from UVA and UVA and an Eye Cream that can be used day and night to protect and repair the delicate skin around the eye and to target dark circles.
3. What's the best way to treat spots and blemishes?
If these are not too severe, start with non prescription products. If
you have oily skin clean with an oil removing cleanser using a cotton
ball. For any new spots apply a Spot Treatment Gel as frequently as
possible to the spot during the day, this will quickly improve the
spots. If you are not responding to these non prescription treatments
you should ask to see your doctor or dermatologist who may offer a
prescription treatment or other acne treatments such as
micordermabrasion, peels and special lights.
4. Why did you chose to become a dermatologist?
My first medical position after training was in an industrial health clinic where I looked after the health of dockyard workers. It became obvious to me that a large percentage of the problems I was dealing with day to day were skin disease related. This was due to a reaction to work related chemicals and over exposure to sunlight and radiation. As a result of this I started the long road of training which took me from full training to consultant level in the UK, followed by research and further training to including gaining qualifications in the USA. My specialist training took over ten years. In an ideal world all physicians who offer aesthetic skin advice should have this type of training.
5. What has been your career highlight so far?
Managing to succeed in offering the highest quality patient care and being internationally recognised for my teaching and research in the many different areas of dermatology. I am in a unique position of working across two continents and holding awards from both the USA and UK. I feel extremely priviledged to have had these career opportunities.
6. If you weren't in the beauty/ skincare industry, what would you be doing?
I would still be practising medical and surgical dermatology and continue to look after patients with severe skin disease and skin cancers and hopefully still be participating in all my hobbies.
7. What is your opinion on natural and organic products?
The organic natural beauty industry is perhaps a little over played . The long term well tried and trusted synethtic ingredients have been thoroughly tested for their safety and benefits on the skin. I am a great believer that we should always keep our minds open to safety and combine whenever possible botanical derivatives that have been wisely sourced. However, I think the consumer needs to be aware that some botanical ingredients can vary considerably in their effect they have on the skin.
8.What do you envisage being the next big thing within the beauty industry?
No major sudden change, but I think there will continue to be steady improvements in areas of sunscreen technology and more advanced delivery systems for active ingredients. I doubt there will be only one major breakthrough - progress is and will be gradual.
9. Is there any skincare myth you would want to put straight?
If you have rough skin you should exfoliate to smooth skin. Rough skin is often due to underlying skin dryness or even eczema so it is very important not to over exfoliate this type of skin but to use good quality gentle moisturising cleansers and moisturising repair creams frequently.
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