Skin Care

Retinol Reality

A BLOG from AlumierMD that you most definately need to read, the reality of RETINOL.

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Myth busting with clinical expert Dr. Sach Mohan

It’s no secret that retinol is a beloved ingredient in the skincare world precisely because of all the incredible skin benefits it can offer. Clinically proven to help slow the visible signs of premature ageing, if you’re interested in firmer, plumper, smoother and more even-looking skin then it’s time to add retinol to your skincare routine. Retinol’s success means there are a huge variety of formulas out there, and it can be quite tricky to know which one will work for you. We could write a whole book series on retinol, but today we’re going to be debunking the most common retinol myths with the help of clinical skin expert, Dr Sach Mohan.

Myth no.1 – All retinol formulas are made equal

Retinol is a form of retinoid, which means it’s a derivative of vitamin A. There are many other forms of retinoid too; retinal, retinol palmitate, retin-A, and other vitamin A derivatives used within skincare products. All work slightly differently on the skin and that’s before we even look at the concentration levels. For results, it all comes down to how long it takes these ingredients to convert into retinoic acid. Retinoic acid is the most active and bio-available version of retinol, it causes MASSIVE action in the skin and only comes with a medical prescription. Retinal palmitate takes a few conversion steps to turn into retinoic acid, and it is well tolerated by sensitive skin. Retinal aldehyde takes only one conversion step, meaning it packs a punch but there’s limited evidence or data as it is a relatively new retinoid.

Dr Sach Mohan, award-winning expert in facial aesthetics and lasers and Medical Director of Revere Clinic says Even if we took ten different retinol serums each with 1% retinol and analysed them in our skin lab – there would be huge differentiation within each formula’s concentration and effectiveness. While it is true that retinol has been proven to be effective at tackling pigmentation, sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles. It is also true that you need to find a sophisticated formula that will actually provide these benefits, that’s where AlumierMD come in.

Smack bang in the middle of these retinoid strengths is retinol. The entire vitamin A molecule which has been clinically validated to deliver results for over four decades. We took this tried and tested molecule and took it to the next level.

We use cutting-edge microencapsulated retinol which means the retinol is released gradually throughout the night so your skin isn’t overwhelmed. It’s paired with soothing, hydrating ingredients including sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid) and niacinamide which help to support your skin barrier while the retinol challenges your skin to do better. All powerful, effective retinol formulations will have a big impact on your skin – if used correctly you’ll see impressive results, but if slapped on any ol’ how – you might get excessive downtime which will potentially lead you to believe our second myth . . .

Myth no.2 – I can’t use retinol

We know that plenty of people have a really poor history of retinol use. Retinol works like an upside-down exfoliator; it motivates the skin deep down which in turn sheds old skin off the surface. Imagine over-exfoliating with an abrasive mitt (!!!) it will cause redness, irritation, dry patches, and flakiness – the exact symptoms of too much retinol. However, even if you have highly sensitive skin but are willing to commit to a low and slow retinol acclimation period (letting your skin catch up with the action of retinol), you CAN use retinol and reap all the benefits. Yep, our skin pros know exactly how to rebuild and strengthen the skin barrier before starting anyone on retinol.

There are plenty of varying application techniques, frequency of use and layering methodologies to share, including the retinol sandwich, skin cycling and more. Get in touch with your pro and follow their advice. If your skin barrier is compromised, you’ll need to follow a rebuilding skincare routine before you hit up the retinol, so take it slow and be strategic, your skin will thank you. says Dr Sach Mohan.

Myth no.3 – I don’t need to work with a pro to use retinol

Technically, no, you could pop down to the chemist/supermarket/go online and buy a 1% retinol today. Does that mean that you should? NO! See myth no.2! Work with a pro to help you find the right formula for your skin. Bundled up with the other products that make sense with your skin type, retinol becomes more effective and a lot less aggressive. Retinol can also get your skin into peak performance before in-clinic treatments, but it needs some management in terms of stopping and starting between procedures. Your pro will guide you through this and the 3 key elements to using retinol: dose, layering and application technique. While you don’t need a prescription to buy any old 1% retinol – if you want the best experience, it’s worth doing it properly. In fact, our strategically formulated retinol is so impressive that you can’t buy it unless you first have a skin consultation with a pro.

Our retinol is a holistic skin rejuvenation programme in one bottle, don’t be put off by horror stories or previous PRTS (post retinol traumatic stress), you CAN use retinol and you CAN get all the results it offers

Please get in touch or book in for a Skin Consultation with one of our Experts here, if you want to have a quick chat, please do give us a call on 01932 731762

Skin Care

Revealing the Secrets of Dead Skin Cells – Unveiling the Benefits of Regular Exfoliation

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, our skin often takes the brunt of environmental pollutants, toxins, and stress.

Dead skin cells, the silent culprits behind a dull complexion, can hinder our skin’s natural radiance. They are, however, truly fascinating – the world of dead skin cells, the toxins they harbor, and the numerous benefits that come with their removal through regular exfoliation.

The Basics of Dead Skin Cells – Our skin is a dynamic organ, constantly renewing itself by shedding old skin cells and generating new ones. However, not all dead skin cells are shed efficiently, leading to a buildup on the skin’s surface. This accumulation can result in a lackluster complexion, clogged pores, and a barrier that’s less effective in protecting against environmental aggressors.

Toxins Hitching a Ride – Dead skin cells act as a magnet for environmental toxins, pollution, and impurities. The microscopic gaps between these cells provide the perfect hiding spots for pollutants, contributing to the gradual deterioration of the skin’s health. As these toxins accumulate, they can exacerbate various skin issues, including inflammation, breakouts, and premature aging.

Benefits of Removing Dead Skin Cells

Enhanced Radiance – Regular exfoliation helps unveil the fresh, new skin underneath, promoting a radiant and youthful complexion. By eliminating the dulling layer of dead cells, you allow your skin to reflect light more effectively.

Improved Texture and Smoothness – Dead skin cells can create an uneven skin texture. Exfoliating helps to smoothen the skin’s surface, leaving it soft and supple. This improved texture not only feels great but also enhances the effectiveness of skincare products applied afterward.

Prevention of Breakouts – Clogged pores are a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Removing dead skin cells through exfoliation helps prevent the buildup of debris and reduces the likelihood of breakouts.

Boosted Collagen Production – Stimulating the skin through exfoliation can promote increased collagen production. Collagen is crucial for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness, contributing to a more youthful appearance.

Enhanced Absorption of Skincare Products – A clean slate allows skincare products to penetrate more effectively. After exfoliation, your serums and moisturisers can better reach the underlying layers of the skin, maximizing their benefits.

So, regularly removing dead skin cells is a simple yet powerful step in achieving and maintaining healthy, glowing skin. By understanding the relationship between dead skin cells, toxins, and the benefits of exfoliation, you can embark on a skincare journey that revitalizes and rejuvenates your complexion, leaving you with skin that radiates vitality and resilience.

Please get in touch or book in for a Skin Consultation with one of our Experts here, if you want to have a quick chat, please do give us a call on 01932 731762

Skin Care

Bidding Farewell to Acne Scars: Effective Treatments for Clearer Skin

Acne can be a challenging skin condition to deal with, but the scars it leaves behind can be equally frustrating. Acne scars come in various forms, including pitted, raised, or discolored marks, and they can significantly affect one’s confidence and self-esteem.

Fortunately, there are several effective treatments available to help you say goodbye to acne scars and hello to clearer, smoother skin.

Understanding Acne Scars

Before diving into the treatments, it’s essential to understand the different types of acne scars:

Atrophic Scars –  These scars are characterized by depressions or pits in the skin. They often result from the loss of tissue during the acne healing process and are commonly referred to as “icepick” or “boxcar” scars.

Hypertrophic Scars –  Unlike atrophic scars, hypertrophic scars are raised and appear above the skin’s surface. They are typically more common in individuals with a genetic predisposition to scar formation.

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) –  PIH occurs when areas of skin affected by acne become darker or discolored. It’s essential to distinguish between PIH and true scars, as PIH often resolves on its own over time.

The treatments we have at Surrey Laser Clinic to help you with this –


Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure that can significantly improve the appearance of acne scars. During a microneedling session, we use a device with fine needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin’s surface.

How It Works:

  • Microneedling stimulates the skin’s natural healing processes, promoting the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential for healthy, scar-free skin.
  • As the skin heals, it becomes smoother and more even in texture, reducing the appearance of acne scars.


  • Effective for atrophic scars, including boxcar and rolling scars.
  • Minimal downtime and discomfort.
  • Noticeable results after a series of sessions.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are another popular option for treating acne scars. These treatments involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which causes controlled exfoliation and peeling.

How It Works:

  • Chemical peels remove the damaged outer layer of skin, revealing healthier, smoother skin underneath.
  • Different types of chemical peels are available, ranging from superficial to deep, depending on the severity of your acne scars.


  • Effective for addressing pigmentation issues, including PIH.
  • Can improve the texture and tone of the skin.
  • Customizable to your specific needs.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy has revolutionized the treatment of acne scars, offering precise and targeted results. Fractional laser treatments, such as fractional CO2 or fractional erbium lasers, are commonly used for scar revision.

How It Works:

  • Fractional lasers create thousands of microscopic channels in the skin, stimulating collagen production and cell turnover.
  • This process leads to smoother, rejuvenated skin with reduced scarring.


  • Precise and controlled treatment.
  • Effective for various types of acne scars.
  • Minimal downtime, with most patients able to resume regular activities within a few days.

Please get in touch or book in for a Skin Consultation with one of our Experts here, if you want to have a quick chat, please do give us a call on 01932 731762


Hydrafacial ~ The Best Skin Of Your Life

Is it? – Well we believe so, yes – Our non-invasive treatment improves skin health, addresses individual concerns, and creates a glow like no other. Unlike traditional facials, it’s performed via device rather than by hand, for deeper penetration and longer lasting results.

How It’s Different?

The magic of a Hydrafacial is in the wand, which works like a vacuum to open pores for a deep cleanse and easy extraction of impurities. It also allows the active ingredients in our boosters to penetrate deeper, for a more effective treatment.

3 Steps Towards the Best Skin of Your Life.

  • Cleanse – Deeply cleanses and exfoliates with a gentle peel to uncover a new layer of skin.
  • Extract – Removes impurities from pores with painless gentle suction.
  • Hydrate – Saturates the skin’s surface with intense moisturisers and nourishing, personalised ingredients.

An invigorating treatment that can be given in as little as 30 minutes. It delivers long-term skin health and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of all skin types. It offers instant, noticeable results with no downtime or irritation. The Hydrafacial treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturising serums. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating and immediately effective.

Hydration is the foundation of healthy, radiant skin. Irritation of the skin has been proven to increase signs of aging. Hydrafacial treatments are hydrating and non-irritating.

The Hydrafacial treatment is designed for all skin types. Even the most sensitive skin easily tolerates the Hydrafacial treatment. Your physician or skincare professional may choose specific treatment serums and/or customise the treatment for your unique skin conditions and needs. Consult your physician or skincare professional for a skin evaluation and sensitivity test.

Our goal is to help support you in a balanced lifestyle. That’s why a Hydrafacial treatment is fast and efficient treatment, taking as little as 30 minutes. You may put on makeup and return to your normal activities right after the treatment since there is no downtime.

Many clients report seeing visible skin refinement and an even, radiant skin tone after just one treatment. The smooth results and hydration may last 5 to 7 days or even longer. We don’t believe in quick fixes, so one treatment per month is recommended for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, oily and congested skin. Continued Hydrafacial treatments are highly recommended to maintain skin health results.

We often hold Red Carpet Events with Hydrafacial with VIP hospitality – Find out more …

Please get in touch or book in for a Skin Consultation with one of our Experts here, if you want to have a quick chat, please do give us a call on 01932 731762

Laser Hair Removal

Your Laser Hair Removal Before & After Care

If you have not already started your quest for a Hair Free Summer, now is the perfect opprtunity and the the right time of year to do so.

If you would like book a free patch test? Our friendly team of experts will be more than happy to help. Get in touch today for more information or to book a consultation. If you’ve made the decision to invest in laser hair removal, you’ll be pleased to know there are a number of ways you can elevate your results – and prolong them.

Typically, laser hair removal can last for years but maintenance sessions will be needed throughout this period.

At Surrey Laser Clinic, we want you to benefit from the full potential of laser hair removal. So below, we’ve pulled together some tips that will help you to get maximum results and ensure that they last longer. 

Before You Start Your Laser Hair Removal

Tip 1: We recommend shaving 12 hours before each treatment. This will ensure your skin is in the optimum condition. It’s important not to wax, pluck or epilate 4 weeks before your treatment though. Shaving is allowed because it does not remove the hair follicle under the skin. 

Tip 2: Your skin needs to be free from any lotions, SPF, deodorants and cosmetics. This includes fake tanning products. It’s also important not to use a sunbed before laser hair removal.

Tip 3: Be sure to wear loose clothing that allows you to easily expose the desired treatment area. 

Tip 4: On the day of your treatment and 24 hours before, it’s important to keep hydrated. This helps your body temperature to stay regulated and your skin to be ready for the treatment. 

After Your Laser Hair Removal

Tip 1: You should avoid waxing, tweezing or plucking the area that was treated as this can disrupt the treatment process as well as stimulate the hair follicle. 

Tip 2: Post treatment, you should avoid direct sun exposure for 2-4 weeks. This includes sunbeds. 

Tip 3: For at least 48 hours, avoid very hot baths, hot showers or steam rooms. You should also avoid swimming for the first 2 days. 

Tip 4: Keep your skin hydrated with your favourite moisturiser. However, we recommend not putting any perfumed creams on your skin for the first 2 days. Aloe gels or calming creams can be used though. 

Tip 5: You may experience some slight redness. Try not to touch the treated area. This could cause irritation, and the skin could break, leading to scarring. 

Tip 6: Wear loose clothing to avoid any friction in the treatment area.

Please get in touch or book in for a Skin Consultation with one of our Experts here, if you want to have a quick chat, please do give us a call on 01932 731762