Sunday, 23 April 2017

Skin Barrier

What is the Skin's Barrier?

The Skin barrier includes the outermost layers of skin; what you see on the surface. When that surface skin is healthy, it appears and feels smooth, soft, and plump (like a baby’s skin). In contrast, a damaged surface skin looks dry, rough, dull, and dehydrated. A damaged barrier may be the reason you get breakouts, are prone to dermatitis or even Rosacea. The positive here is that if you address what you are doing to your skin, add essential fatty acids - fish oils to your diet. Eat a healthy wholesome diet and drink plenty of water - your skin will respond favourably quickly .

How your barrier functions is critical , when it is damaged,  you will have difficulty trying  to repair issues like wrinkles, post-acne red marks, dry skin, extra-sensitive skin, and breakouts etc.
According to the National Rosacea Society, there’s growing research suggesting that an impaired barrier function could play a role in the  sensitivity rosacea sufferers experience.


What Damages the Skin's Barrier?

• Over exfoliation
• Outdoors a lot exposed to extremes of temperatures
• Using poor product choices
• Don't use water that is too hot or too cold; both are irritating to skin.
• Avoid soaking in water too much or for too long (the dry ‘prune’ looking skin post your bath is a         sign of barrier damage).
• Stop using harsh scrubs or over-scrubbing, which can tear the skin’s surface.
• Don’t use drying cleansers, including soap, which remove essential moisturising substances                  from your skin.
• Don’t use skincare products that contain irritating ingredients
• Don’t overdo it when it comes to products with high amounts of bio-active ingredients like                 AHA, BHA, retinol, or anti-acne medications. Find a concentration that works for you but                   doesn’t cause irritation, even if this means you don’t use the product daily. Nobody needs to                  exfoliate daily.
• Avoid unprotected sun exposure, which can cause skin damage.

How to Fix a Damaged Skin Barrier?

If your skin’s barrier is already damaged – or you just want to make sure it doesn’t become that way – a using skincare products that will give your skin what it needs to heal is important. Pay attention to the ingredients in every step of your skincare routine. Healthy skin contains an abundance of  these skin-repairing ingredients, so look for  fatty acids, cholesterol, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin in your skincare ingredients  - you will find these in SkinCeutical Triple lipid restore.

Read more here - link to on line shop


 MetacellB3  which contains 5% Vitamin B3, commonly known as Niacinamide  which helps reduce water loss in the skin and retain fatty acid levels (younger, plumper, firmer skin). It is also at high concentrations (between 3-4%) a very effective acne reducer. Clinical research has shown Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to be just as effective as the topical antibiotic Clindamycin at treating acne.


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Avoid fragranced skincare. Gentle skincare is the way to go when trying to repair your skin’s barrier.
Protect your skin from UV light every day. Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of impaired barrier function , so make certain you wear an antioxidant-rich sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater every day.
By following these steps, you can see calmer,smoother, softer, and less reactive more youthful looking skin.

Monday, 17 April 2017

New - Non invasive RadioFrequency skin tightening device

We are delighted to offer the Venus Freeze noninvasive skin tightening treatment.



The first and only comprehensive non-invasive and pain-free solution for body contouring, cellulite and circumference reduction, wrinkle reduction and skin tightening for the face, neck and body.

Based on the innovative (MP)² Technology, Venus Freeze creates a synergy of magnetic pulses and radio frequency (RF) to deliver pleasant treatments and clinically proven results.

Venus Freeze is a risk-free treatment suitable for male and females of all skin types that does not harm the skin and provides consistent results.

Venus Freeze stands out from other non-surgical aesthetic treatments because it’s completely pain free and requires no downtime – treatments fit seamlessly into any lifestyle.
• Patients often start to see the results after the first treatment.
• Venus Freeze is cleared by the FDA for Facial Wrinkles and Rhytides and licensed by Health Canada for non-invasive treatment of temporary cellulite and temporary skin tightening.

Why Venus Freeze works:


Using magnetic pulses, the Venus Freeze creates increased blood flow and cellular nourishment to slow down the ageing process while using Multipolar RF to stimulate re-growth of damaged collagen.
Venus Freeze’s dense energy matrix penetrates into multiple layers of the skin, ensuring improved clinical efficacy and noticeably visible results.
Via two specially designed ergonomic applicators which were tailored for accurate coverage of all body parts, many treatments are applicable.
Effective – Results visible after the first treatment. Permanent results in as little as two treatments.
Absolutely no downtime at all.
Can be used by all skin types and all body parts including the face, arms, abdomen, thighs, buttocks and neck.
Venus Freeze fits easily into a busy lifestyle because it requires a minimal amount of time per treatment (20-30 minutes), and only requires a treatment per week (for 6-10 weeks).
Completely pain-free and safe to both the operator and the patient.
Treatments are pleasant, comfortable and relaxing.
Trusted by top plastic surgeons and dermatologists worldwide.

Magnets have been used for years in the health industry, but Venus Freeze is the first and only FDA approved comprehensive non-invasive and pain-free solution for body contouring, cellulite reduction, wrinkle reduction and skin tightening for the face, neck and body. It is a risk-free treatment suitable for male and females of all skin types that does not harm the skin and provides consistent results! Venus Freeze stands out from other non-surgical aesthetic treatments because it’s completely safe and pain-free, plus there is zero  downtime after the treatment.

Even better: Venus Freeze treatments are fast and can be completed during the lunch hour.

The Science.


This skin tightening device, powered by MP2 technology, which stands for Multi Polar Magnetic Pulses, is unique in its delivery of radiofrequency (RF) energy for skin tightening with the addition of synergistically deployed pulsed electromagnetic fields, which is innovative in the aesthetic industry.
The device consists of two hand pieces; one with eight electrodes for large treatment areas and another with four electrodes for smaller treatment areas. Each synthesiser of the hand pieces, is built of 4 or 8 magnetised RF electrodes that emit both RF and magnetic pulse fields at the same time.
The RF pulses are transmitted in varying phases between any two synthesizers in an organised matrix that homogeneously raise the temperature over the entire treatment area and create highly efficient woven dense energy that deeply penetrates the skin layer simultaneously for maximum efficacy.
The pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) sends short pulses of electrical current through a coil placed over the skin that induces magnetic fields through the skin and forms Foucault (Eddy) electrical currents, which change the electrical potential of charged receptors on the membrane of dermal cells and stimulate molecular and cellular reactions.
The MP2 synthesisers supply high-frequency alternating electrical currents at 1MHz, 150W penetrating the skin to generate heat production in the dermis and hypodermis. The PEMF supplies a low frequency of 15Hz, a pulsed magnetic field flux of 15G (=1.5mTesla), and a pulse duration of 5msec.
The skin tightening device’s MP2 technology has shown effectiveness for noninvasive treatments, including tightening of lax skin, smoothing of the appearance of cellulite, reduction of localised fat deposits, and softening of fine lines and wrinkles.
Radiofrequency explained.
RF energy is not new in aesthetic medicine; in fact, it has been a staple in skin tightening since 2001. The effects of dermal heating are well-recognised and include immediate effects on collagen structure with stimulation of dermal fibroblasts inducing a synthesis of new collagen fibres (known as neocollagenesis) and elastic fibres (known as neoelastogenesis).
Stimulation of the dermal extracellular matrix induces an immediate shrinkage of collagen fibers. Thermal stimulation of the fat cells induces an immediate increase in the rate of lipase breakdown of triglycerides to glycerol and free fatty acids.
Since the early days of RF, there have been improvements in the method, or platform, which is used to deliver the RF to the tissue as well as better pain management techniques and a far better consistency in the heat distribution. Moving in an algorithm of more than one million times per second, the electrodes in the skin tightening hand pieces change polarity, causing a deep heating matrix to form over the treatment area. This heat matrix allows the user to deliver more energy to the area, achieving higher surface temperatures, allowing one to maintain higher internal temperatures.
While still providing a minimal risk and minimal pain aesthetic solution for patients looking for treatment options on their face, neck, or body. As unique as the RF delivery method is, magnetic pulses are a novel addition to this innovative design.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields

PEMF has been used in medicine for bone growth, wound healing, neuropathies, and depression since before the 1950s. The first United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals were in 1979 for bone growth.
PEMF has been clinically documented and proven to be beneficial for multiple ailing tissues ranging from bone to brain. The reason for these beneficial effects is because PEMF triggers a cascade of biological processes in exposed tissues without effecting nerve or muscle tissue. PEMF has been used extensively, effectively, and safely in the management of postsurgical pain and edema, the treatment of chronic wounds, and in facilitating vasodilatation and angiogenesis. Some studies suggest that PEMF may modulate the production of growth factors.





Study shows that a single massage can boost the immune system


Devotees of massage therapy know it's relaxing and feels good. But massage may also be an effective tool for maintaining good health. Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center reported this week that a single massage produced measurable changes in the immune system and endocrine system of healthy adults.

The researchers, led by Dr. Mark Rapaport, studied 29 healthy adults who received a 45-minute Swedish massage and 24 healthy adults who had a 45-minute session of light touch massage, a much milder exercise that served as a comparison to the more vigorous Swedish massage. Blood samples were taken before the massage began and at regular intervals up to one hour after the massage was completed.

The study found several changes in the blood tests of the Swedish massage group that indicated a benefit to the immune system. For example, Swedish massage caused sizeable decreases in arginine vasopressin, a hormone that contributes to aggressive behaviour, and small decreases in the stress hormone cortisol. The Swedish massage participants also had an increase in lymphocytes, cells that help the immune system defend the body from harmful substances.
"This research indicates that massage doesn't only feel good, it also may be good for you," Rapaport said in a news release. "People often seek out massage as part of a healthy lifestyle but there hasn't been much physiological proof of the body's heightened immune response following massage until now."

Sunday, 9 April 2017

A lesson on Hyaluronic Acid.

 “Acid” may be the last thing you want to put on your parched face, but hyaluronic acid is not that KIND OF ACID (like alpha or beta hydroxy acids, which work to exfoliate your skin)
Hyaluronic acid, along with collagen, is the structure in which our skin cells live. Hyaluronic acid  is a natural constituent of the dermis, the second layer of skin that gives structure, firmness, and volume to the skin. Hyaluronic is a polysaccharide.( polysaccharide whose molecules consist of a number of sugar molecules bonded together). Although abundant in youth, with age and exposure to environmental factors such as UV light, the presence of hyaluronic acid in the skin decreases. Hyaluronic acid attracts water, thereby plumping the treated areas and decreasing the presence of facial lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is great for anyone looking for a serious boost of skin moisture, no matter what your skin type is. It is non oily with an ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture. As it is something that your body makes naturally, so its chemical composition absorbs easily into your skin. Hyaluronic acid is present in all connective tissue and found in high concentrations in the viscous fluid that surrounds your eyes and that which cushions your joints. It’s also keeps skin supple and hydrated: As production decreases as you age, so, too, does the firmness and radiance of your complexion.

While topical treatments do not reach the deepest layers of the skin, serums and creams containing hyaluronic acid can smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through its ability to draw water to the surface of the skin. You can maximise the effects of hyaluronic acid by applying the product twice a day or as required.

Read more about the benifets of Hyaluronic and skin ageing;

Skinceuticals - The brand’s latest addition: the HA Intensifier. This serum contains 1.3 percent H.A. in various formats (fragmented, encapsulated, and at full molecular weight) to soften and hydrate your skin, it  also has purple rice extract (gives serum a purple hue) and Pro-Xylane, to stimulate your skin’s fibrolasts (the cells that make collagen), H.A. levels, and prevent its natural breakdown.  Most H.A. products work to hydrate the epidermis (the surface of your skin)—this serum also helps build up the reservoir of H.A. in your dermis, and prevents the natural degradation of your own hyaluronic acid.  

What is purple rice?
Purple rice is the seed of Oryza sativa Linne (Gramineae), and is a type of ancient rice originated in Hanzhong, Shanxi in China and is also called purple-black rice or black rice.( looks black when raw - purple when cooked) Unpolished purple rice has a hard surface and a white inner area, and contains purple black pigments(anthocyanine) in the unpolished seed coat.In ancient times, purple rice was considered to be effective for perennial youth and long life, and have nourishing/tonic effects, and effects on anemia.  In those days, purple rice was precious and eaten only by the emperor. 

H.A. Intensifier is a corrective serum that claims to boost skin’s hyaluronic acid levels by 30%. It uses “multi-modal technology” to enhance natural hyaluronic acid synthesis and prevent against premature degradation, fortifying firmness and plumpness while delivering surface hydration. The serum also contains 10% proxylane to help maintain the structure and function of vital skin components, and 2% liquorice and 0.2% purple rice extracts to provide natural hyaluronidase inhibition.

Its potent blend of pure hyaluronic acid, proxylane, liquorice root and purple rice work to boost skin's hyaluronic acid levels, improving skin texture and restoring elasticity.


Key Benefits:
  1.   Paraben-free and dye-free
  2.  Suitable for all skin types
  3.  Amplifies skin's hyaluronic acid levels by 30%



 A 12-week, single-centre, clinical study was conducted on 59 females, ages 42-60, with mild to moderate facial sagging and loss of firmness, rough skin texture, nasolabial fold wrinkles, marionette wrinkles, and presence of fine lines/wrinkles in the crows feet area. Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier was used twice daily in conjunction with Gentle Cleanser and a sunscreen. Efficacy and tolerability evaluations were conducted at baseline and at weeks 4, 8, and 12.

    Clinical Results:
        +23% improvement in plumpness
        +9% improvement in sagginess
        +11% improvement in firmness
        +13% improvement in elasticity
        +18% improvement in texture

Dermatitis herpetiformis

Dermatitis herpetiformis is an itchy, blistering skin rash that can be a sign that you have gluten intolerance.

Gluten enteropathy, or coeliac disease, affects the majority of children and adults with dermatitis herpetiformis. It is characterised by small bowel villous atrophy. This means that instead of being highly convoluted, the lining of the intestines is smooth and flattened. The result is poor or very poor absorption of nutrients. The patient may feel well or develop the following symptoms:

Tiredness (80%)
Abdominal discomfort and bloating (75%)
Weight loss (30%)
Constipation (30%) or diarrhoea (50%)
Pale stools that float on the surface of the toilet pan
Bone fractures due to osteoporosis

All information via http://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/dermatitis-herpetiformis/