Tuesday, 21 March 2017

To be healthy

Cut out refined carbohydrates, gluten processed and packaged foods
   Eat Fresh wholesome locally grown food.
Add vegetables, fruit and wild fish.
Fast for three hours between dinner and bedtime and at least twelve hours between dinner and              breakfast.
Floss your teeth daily.
Practice Yoga daily.
Practice transcendental meditation twice per day for 20  minutes.
Sleep well.
Add these supplements: Vitamin B12, 1 mg/day; fish oil, 2,000 mg/day; vitamin D3, 2,000                   IU/day; CoQ10, 200 mg/day.(Ask your Doctor for advice if on medication)
Exercise aerobically for 30 to 45 minutes, at least four days per week


Lift 6 by Endermology .Is your skin is making you look older than you feel, we have a treatment that can give you an instantly healthy glow and naturally combat the effects of ageing. Lift 6 by Endermology is a 100% natural anti-ageing technique that can effectively reduce the visible signs of ageing, filling in wrinkles, redefining facial contours and clarifying your complexion. Lift 6 is like a facial workout for your skin and muscles. Lift 6 reorganises collagen fibres to promote natural healing, filling in wrinkles from within for visible, long-lasting rejuvenation. Lift 6 can be used to firm up sagging skin for improved facial contours and definition.Can be used as a full facial workout or can be used locally around the eyes or the mouth.

Endermology for the body.

If you are looking for a painless and non-invasive treatment to lose stubborn fat whilst revitalising skin at the same time, Endermology lipomassage is the treatment for you. Lipomassage is a non-invasive procedure that helps you to get rid of stubborn fat and targets hard to lose fat areas. Lipomassage works by using independent motorised rollers that gently massages the skin tissue to get rid of fat deposits revitalise blood and lymphatic circulation and reactivate lipolysis. As well as helping to banish fat deposits, Lipomassage also stimulates collagen and elastin production to tone sagging skin and improve skin definition.

Out with the old in with the new get your spring glow with a free skin consultation at Nuala Woulfe Salon & Serenity Day Spa.

It’s great that the lighter mornings are here and the dream of longer brighter warmer days are on the horizon .With that in mind it is time to reassess your skincare needs. After a winter of central heating and cold, icy blasts of wind, you may find that your skin needs some real TLC and now is the perfect time to address any issues. Just as one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to clothes, it also true of skincare, so seeking the advice of a skincare specialist who can customise  a plan of products and treatments just for you, and advise you on your journey to perfect skin.

Whether you prefer to use a wash off lotion or cleansing cream or gel, spent time to massage your skin – face and neck with your fingertips to get the lymph flowing freely to reduce any puffiness and clarify skin .

 Use the right moisturiser. The tendency is to pile on a heavy-duty moisturiser over winter. With prolonged use- rich creams can cause your skin to become weak and lazy, as moisturisers are formulated from water, lipid, and protein, similar to the skin surface, so applying these to the skin surface sends a negative message to the body that the surface has enough of these elements, forcing the body to stop delivering water and nutrients to the epidermis.  This slows the skin’s natural processes as it becomes addicted to the heavy moisturiser instead of doing the work itself. Repeated application of  overly heavy moisturiser can lead to a dependency on topical sources for moisture and the development of  skin dryness, irritability,  leading to compromised skin conditions which can be soothed by applying more moisturisers,

Protect - make sure you include a broad-spectrum sun protection factor (SPF) after moisturiser. Look for a SPF that is a broad-spectrum product that shields against both UVA (ageing) and UVB (burning) rays for complete protection.
Exfoliate away sluggish old skin cells that may be giving skin a sallow, dull appearance. If you’re not already using an exfoliator, add a gentle exfoliator to your regime twice a week to get skin looking its most fresh and to allow greater absorption of ingredients from subsequent skincare. Remember that if your regime includes a glycolic or lactic acid serum and retinol to help resurface texture, they can make you more reactive to sunlight if you’re in the sunshine, so avoid direct sunlight and reapply your SPF regularly.

If you’d like to book a skincare consultation with us to get your skin in perfect condition for summer, contact us today on 012300244/012300255.

Fighting Statin-Induced Diabetes with CoQ10

Statins are cholesterol-lowering drugs sold under trade names such as Lipitor® and Crestor®.

They have been shown to benefit people at risk for heart disease caused by elevated LDL-cholesterol and/or C-reactive protein.

For appropriate patients, statin drugs reduce cardiovascular death and disability rates.1-3

But despite these benefits, evidence suggests that statins, especially high doses of potent statins, may increase the risk, especially in older patients, of developing diabetes.3-6

Compelling data reveals that supplementing with CoQ10 can significantly reduce these glucose control issues.

Facts about Statins and Diabetes

Studies show that some statins, such as rosuvastatin (Crestor®), are associated with a 27% increased risk of developing new-onset type II diabetes.7 This is just one of many studies showing this harmful connection.

One meta-analysis that utilized results from 13 statin studies involving more than 91,000 participants demonstrated an across-the-board increased diabetes risk of 9%,8 and found the highest risk in trials involving older subjects. Another meta-analysis showed that those taking higher doses of statins had a 12% higher risk of developing diabetes compared with subjects receiving “moderate” doses.9

These two alarming studies have made it apparent that older patients on more intensive statin regimens are at the greatest risk of developing diabetes from their treatment.3,10 Naturally, this poses a dilemma for anyone who is on, or considering starting, statin therapy. Is lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease worth the risk of developing diabetes which in turn could, paradoxically, increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease?6

Experts generally say it’s a worthwhile gamble, because the benefits for cardiovascular disease outweigh the possibility of type II diabetes.8,11 Fortunately, by supplementing with CoQ10, you may be able to continue using statin drugs to lower cardiovascular risk, while minimizing the medication-induced risk of diabetes.

By Susan Merrill

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Client Reviews

Yvonne  has just given Daria  a 5 out of 5 rating and left this comment:

Darla is simply outstanding and I feel marvellous after the most lovely massage

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Grace was excellent as usual!

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Very nice consultant

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Super Mani & Pedi by Gill as always

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Gill - very professional as always.

Teresa  has just given Kate  a 5 out of 5 rating and left this comment:

Excellent as usual

YVONNE  has just given Daria  a 5 out of 5 rating and left this comment:

Found Daria to be very friendly and a great masseuse

Marie has just given Grace  a 5 out of 5 rating and left this comment:

Lovely colour . Many thanks marie

Ruth has just given Daria  a 5 out of 5 rating and left this comment:

I had a lovely experience at the spa. Excellent treatment. Will be purchasing a course of facials.

Suzanne  has just given Grace  a 5 out of 5 rating and left this comment:

Very helpful and knowledgeable.

Lorna has just given Jade  a 5 out of 5 rating and left this comment:

Recently had my 2nd Vitamin C Facial (course of 3) with Serenity Spa staff member Jade! She really is a lovely professional staff member! :)

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Acne and Rosacea skin

Acne is associated with  teenage skin  and although the majority of acne sufferers tend to be younger men and women, 80% of people develop the condition at some point in their life and make you feel less confident in your own skin.

What is Acne?

Acne is caused when oil secreting sebaceous glands and hair follicles in the skin are blocked due to hormonal, with possible genetic influences. The obstruction leads to an increase in bacteria, known as P.acne, in the glands which becomes inflamed, causing blemishes such as black heads, spots and pimples to appear. The most common result is facial acne, however back acne can also occur.. In some cases acne can lead to scarring which is difficult to treat with home remedies ,  there are non-surgical and clinically effective ways to treat acne scarring. 

Acne Rosacea.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea, also referred to as Acne Rosacea because of its similar appearance to acne, is a chronic inflammatory disease of the face. It is not known what exactly causes Rosacea but common factors involve malfunctioning of the facial blood vessels, sun damage, genetics and abnormal immune reactions, and is most prevalent amongst women as opposed to men. Early symptoms typically being sensitivity to skin creams and products, resulting in redness and spots on the face, usually across the nose and cheeks. Due to its similar appearance to acne, it is often misdiagnosed .If left untreated Rosacea can lead to dry flaky inflammed skin and papules, which may sting and cause a burning sensation or tightness which can be aggravated by sensitivity to heat, cold  alcohol, spicy food, stress and hormones.
Add a good quality probiotic supplement to your diet along with a quality fish oil.
A damaged skin barrier could be the root of your skin sensitivity. The stratum corneum is outer, ultra thin (almost the thickness of a strand of hair) top layer of the epidermis,  protects against bacteria etc plus is also meant to keep things in, specifically, moisture.

When the barrier function is disrupted, skin can become dry, irritated, sensitive or acne prone, as the barrier is unable to keep moisture (water and lipids) in and irritants out; leading to TEWL (trans epidermal water loss; an evaporation of moisture in the skin) and inflammatory breakouts from penetrated bacteria and irritants.

If you’ve been applying acne products or moisturisers to no avail, it may be because you’re not getting to the root cause of your skin issues – a damaged skin barrier.

So, what causes a damaged skin barrier?

  • Air pollution and cigarette smoke
  • Excessive UV exposure
  • Poor diet and alcohol
  • Hormones and stress 
  • Medical condition (Rosacea, Psoriasis, Eczema,Dermatitis)
  • Over exfoliating (using a harsh scrub, the Clarisonic brush and regular retinol or AHA?)
  • Disrupting the pH balance of skin with harsh, drying chemicals, prescription topicals or soaps
  • Allergies 
  • Reactive to skin care products etc / Skin treatments.
  • Avoid harsh synthetic chemical exfoliants (AHA, BHA, retinol, retin-A) for two weeks, as the lipid barrier requires 14-17 days to restore itself. 
  •  Avoid physical exfoliation.) Let the skin build back up again and restore a normal lipid barrier. 
  • Avoid common irritants found in some skincare products, like alcohol, fragrance, and silicone.
  • Restore depleted moisture by using plant oils that mimic the natural oils found on human skin and capable of blocking 98% of water loss from skin. (Also, when applying something that resembles skin’s natural oils, the skin is less likely to over-produce its own pore-clogging sebum. Triple Lipid Restore by SkinCeutical contains ceramides, natural cholesterol, fatty acids)
  • Reduce inflammation with oils, serums and moisturisers that contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, soothing ingredients, like chamomile, oats, green tea, bamboo sap, aloe, etc. 
  • Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated internally can help cells function properly for repair
  1. Lacklustre or dull
  1. Prone to congestion in the form of closed comedones
  1. Feels very dry and tight.
  1. You may have an oily appearance, but  your skin also feels dry

The most common culprits
Hoe to restore a damaged skin barrier

How can you tell if your barrier is damaged?

Skin might appear;

Triple Lipid is also the ideal partner for aesthetic treatments which disrupt the skin barrier –such as peels, retinoids, and volumising or resurfacing treatments – for both pre-treatment preparation and post-treatment recovery and repair. 
Immediate Results with Long-Term Benefits: The difference can be felt from the first application, with data showing a significant 40% improvement in skin texture and smoothness and 18% improvement in pore appearance. An 8-week clinical study demonstrated statistically significant improvements in the key signs of accelerated ageing, such as skin clarity, evenness, radiance, smoothness, laxity, and pore appearance.
Triple Lipid Restore is proven to:
1. Refill Essential Skin Lipids – more than doubled levels of ceramides (57%) and cholesterol (52%), and increased triglycerides by 13% after 8 weeks
2. Restore External Barrier– 39% improvement in hydration after just 24 hours, with 8x faster barrier recovery following tape stripping on treated versus untreated site
3. Support Natural Repair– 2x increase in mature versus immature corneoctyes (stratum corneum cells), signifying improved barrier quality and reduced susceptibility to external aggressors

The treatment for Acne and Acne Rosacea, which has proved particular effective, is LED 
Phototherapy. Red light has an anti-inflammatory, healing effect whilst the blue light destroys P.acnes bacteria. With light treatment, free radicals are neutralised and skin becomes more resilient, circulation is increased and new blood vessels replace damaged ones. LED Phototherapy is a great treatment for men and women who do not respond to over the counter creams, and who are antibiotic resistant.

We address Acne and Rosacea with the following recommended Treatments

Jet Peel.
The Jet Peel is the ultimate skin detoxifying and deep cleansing treatment. This painfree treatment replaces separate lymphatic drainage, microdermabrasion, peels, extraction, infusion and hydration treatments and combines cleansing, exfoliation, detoxification, extraction, hydration and protection to leave your skin feeling refreshed and looking great. This treatment forms the basis of healthy skin  to ensure that your skin continues to look its best every day.
LED Phototherapy

Antyage LED Phototherapy offers one of the safest, most effective tools in the maintenance of healthy looking skin. It is a painless, non-invasive skin treatment that uses non-thermal light energy to keep skin youthful, alongside treating a variety of specific skin concerns. LED accelerates the skin’s natural repair process, to promote a healthier looking complexion.
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The stratum corneum: structure and function in health and disease
Skin barrier in rosacea