Dr Rabia Malik specialises in aesthetic medicine and non-invasive, non-surgical approaches to facial rejuvenation. Based at the Grace Belgravia clinic in central London, she combines treatments, products and supplements to create bespoke cosmetic solutions for her clients. Here she discusses her philosophy for achieving radiant and healthy skin.
Why did you decide to practise aesthetic medicine?
I have always had an interest in skin health and seen how people’s skin quality has such an impact on their confidence and subsequent life. Helping people correct a skin problem such as acne or scarring is hugely satisfying. I am also a big believer in a holistic approach to cosmetic improvements and my aesthetic medicine practice has allowed me to combine all my experience as a GP with the technological advancements in aesthetics to deliver non-invasive treatments and skin plans that really do work.
What treatments do you specialise in at Grace Belgravia?
My practise is based on new generation skin peels, which work to rejuvenate the skin from the inside out. My specialty is combination treatments using medical grade microneedling with customised peel solutions to deliver bespoke treatments for individuals with minimal downtime.
Does nutrition play a role in skin health?
Absolutely. I believe that if people are healthy on the inside, it is reflected in their skin. I advise eating foods that are high in antioxidants such as berries and essential fatty acids such as wild salmon.
Do you follow a nutritional plan yourself?
I try to practice what I preach. I generally eat a very clean diet although I am the first to admit to a weakness for sugar!
Do you have a wellness routine?
I do one session of personal training and one reformer Pilates class a week, which are non negotiable! I also make time to meet friends a few times a week as I feel that it is so important to maintain that connection with people who are close to us. I find reading a book in bed before I go to sleep really helps me de-stress too.
What is your advice for women who struggle to introduce a self-care routine?
It’s sometimes a challenge to find time for ourselves and not feel guilty about taking that time from away from our family commitments. So start with something small and try to build on that. Even 15 minutes to yourself to run a bath is a good start.
Tell us one of your beauty secrets?
I use pure jojoba oil to remove make-up. I find it nourishes the delicate skin around the eyes.
Can travel impacts on skin health?
Yes it can do due to changes in diet, which can affect digestion. There is also an increased tendency to be dehydrated due to having too much caffeine and alcohol when away from our usual routine. Both of these can have an impact on skin health. Counteract this by cleansing skin thoroughly when you get on to a plane and before you go to bed to avoid breakouts and blemishes. Drink plenty of water and consider taking a course of probiotics when travelling to support your gut.
Are there any health trends that have piqued your interest recently?
There is a huge demand for express treatments that deliver results in our fast paced society. To that end we are launching some new express treatments at Grace Belgravia in May 2017 so watch this space!
For more health and wellbeing tips, head over to the GP blog Nutrition section.