Thursday, 22 June 2017

Skin Pigmentation



Antioxidants like vitamins A, B3 and C, as well as Alpha and Beta hydroxy acids work together to fade pigmentation, calm melanocyte (a cell in the epidermal layer of the skin that produces the dark brown or black pigment melanin) activity, stimulate collagen and boost the skins natural immunity.

Metacell Renewal B3 

Comprehensive daily emulsion to correct early symptoms of photoageing.
Treating pigmentation isn’t just about fading what is on the surface. It is also about restoring health and balance to the skin. Your skincare regime must include an SPF sunscreen.

Advanced Broad Spectrum Sun Protection with a Universal Tint


SkinCeuticals tinted sunscreen products offer a high level of broad spectrum UVA/UVB all-mineral protection with a universal tint suitable for most skin tones. Formulated with colour-infused technology to enhance natural skin tone and boost daily radiance.

Physical Eye UV Defence provides broad spectrum SPF 50 protection without migrating into and irritating the eyes. A unifying tint enhances skin tone while ceramides nourish, creating a smooth, concealer perfect on its own or prior to  makeup application.


Phloretin CF 

Potent antioxidant provides advanced environmental protection and improves the appearance of fine lines and skin discoloration. Non oily.
Some skin pigmentation is inevitable simply by being exposed to regular unprotected UV rays. Whether your pigmentation is sun induced or a result of hormonal activity (Melasma), genetics or trauma (squeezing spots etc) to the skin, it ages your appearance.
The skin consists of two main layers, the epidermis which is the upper layer and the dermis which is the lower layer. Within the lowest layer of the epidermis are cells called melanocytes, which are responsible for producing the pigment called melanin. This melanin production is what gives our skin it’s genetically predetermined colour and when over stimulated, can produce excess pigmentation.
Melasma is characterised by patchy brown discolouration of the skin, commonly seen on the cheeks, chin, forehead and upper lip in a symmetrical pattern. It primarily occurs in women but can also appear in men. While it can affect all racial and ethnic groups it is more common in darker skinned individuals. With Melasma, the melanocytes become over stimulated and over produce melanin in response to changes in oestrogen and progesterone levels. This melanin becomes trapped in the epidermis and may also extend to the dermis, making it difficult to treat. Pigmented cells then slowly migrate to the surface, making the pigmentation visible.  The most common cause is pregnancy or oral contraceptive use but it can occur for no apparent reason.

Air Pollution is another cause of skin ageing and pigmentation: According to a study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, chronic exposure to traffic-related air pollution can cause the appearance of dark spots. The findings of this study showed that exposure to nitrogen dioxide was significantly associated with more dark spots on the cheeks.This is  more visible in women above the age of 50.


Retinol 0.3 contains 0.3% pure retinol and is enhanced with the latest stabilisation and delivery technologies to ensure the full dosage is slowly and evenly released. Designed to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin discoloration.

Skinceutical Advanced Pigment Corrector 

This multi-layer corrector can help reduce the appearance of stubborn skin discoloration and uneven skin tone to help boost skin’s natural radiance. 



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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Rejuvapen Micro-Needling



Micro needling is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure utilising non-surgical techniques that uses a powered device operated by hand to create tiny channels into the skin to trigger the creation of elastin and collagen through the body’s natural healing process. The intended goal is to improve the texture of the skin by minimising fine lines and wrinkles. In short, this process naturally reduces the signs of ageing.

Rejuvapen Micro-Needling


Micro Needle Basics The Rejuvapen is an ideal choice for micro needling because it utilizes a disposable needle tip cartridge with twelve micro needles. This allows the device to be safely operated with no risk of cross infection because the needle tips are used only once then disposed of.
Benefits of the Rejuvapen Micro Needle

In addition, the Rejuvapen Micro Needle uses a beveled tip designed with a medical grade HEPA filter to eliminate suction and clogging while blocking airborne blood pathogens. The scalloped edge minimizes surface tension and shortens the amount of time the needles need to make effective contact with the skin. This drastically diminishes any discomfort that may be associated with micro-needling. The Rejuvapen Micro Needle also has two opposing vents that help prevent the backflow of bodily fluids into the device and removes the possibility of any cross contamination.
Microneedling versus laser.

Micro Needle vs. Derma Rollers

The Micro Needle is superior to older derma rollers, also known as micro rollers that were introduced to the public in the late nineties. These devices use a spike-like roll that is applied to the patient’s face by hand. They are more painful and less precise when they needle the skin to stimulate the healing process in order to reverse ageing. Unlike these derma rollers, the needles of the Rejuvapen pierce the skin at a controlled depth and speed that minimises damage to the skin and even acts like an infusion device. The device allows practitioners to add a blend of healthy ingredients such as vitamins and minerals that are delivered to the skin during the process and are absorbed at a rate at least 100 more effective than doing so by hand.

Rejuvapen Micro Needle Treatments


Our talented staff is trained in enhancing results by utilising these techniques to improve the quality of the skin’s repair process. In order to make our treatments as pleasant as possible, we use an aesthetic cream l to create a temporary numbness in the skin that is safe and effective. We think of a Micro Needle treatment as a process and help each client to develop an individual plan for best results.

Rejuvapen Micro-Needling FAQ


What is the Rejuvapen Micro Needle Used to Treat?
Due to its advanced technology, the Rejuvapen Micro Needle can also be used to treat a range of other skin conditions including but not limited to:

Diminishing the hyperpigmentation of skin, i.e. redness, puffiness, etc.
The improvement in the appearance of acne pock marks
The improvement in the appearance of stretch marks
Almost anywhere on the skin that is structurally weak or there are imperfections on the entire face, neck, arms, abdomen, hands or legs

What are Micro Needle Side Effects and Dangers?


The dangers of having a trained expert apply a Micro Needle treatment are minimal. Some clients experience redness in the skin that can last for up to five days, but patients are allowed to wear makeup after one day in order to hide this. Other clients may experience some light burning, mild flaking and tightness. Clients may notice a significant difference in the texture of the skin within a couple of days to weeks. During the treatment, patients describe the process as feeling like tiny pin pricks that not pleasant but tolerable on the whole.

How Many Micro Needle Treatments do I Need to See Results?


The Rejuvapen Micro Needle technique is similar to the technology of a Fraxel laser that utilises an intense thermal mechanism on the skin but at a much lower price. Just as these lasers take a series of treatments in order to see the best results, so does the Micro Needle. The average patient can expect anywhere from three to six sessions depending on their needs. Once the final results are achieved on a client, we usually recommend they return for one to two sessions a year to ensure the results last.

After Care advice for The Rejuvapen micro needling system.
 

1. Apply a complex repair cream such as Dermaceutic K ceutic cream to the treatment area. This may be used day and night – it has terrific healing properties. It also has a factor 50 SPF.
2. For exposed skin apply a total sun block every day. Mineral SPF such as Sheer SPF by Skinceutical or Mineral based Dermaceutic Sun Ceutic SPF50 is best for the first week post treatment. Dermaceutic K ceutic is also good to protect and soothe.
3. The treatment may cause erythema (redness), swelling or a burning sensation, but this will disappear within a few hours.
4. You can use an over the counter 1% hydrocortisone cream to calm any excess irritation that may occur.
5. Clean the skin with wet cotton wool the first night after the treatment. You may like to use a clean wet cold face cloth to soothe. Ice cube in damp cotton also cools. Only do this if the skin redness/inflammation is excessive as we have created a certain level of inflammation for the purpose of collagen induction.Use Skinceutcal Hydrating B5 Gel or Phyto corrective mask to hydrate
6. At night apply Skinceutical Resveratrol / Kceutic or Panthenol Ceutic Nourishing Restoring Ointment. Do not pick or scratch the treated area. Allow to heal.
7. Do not wear makeup for at least 48 hours.
8. Avoid this treatment close to a big event.

What to expect - 

Rejuvapen is well tolerated by patients but, dryness, scaling, redness and swelling may be seen after treatment, lasting for up to 3 days or longer, depending on the depth of penetration of the needles. The micro-incisions created during micro needling will close approximately 3-5 minutes after the treatment, resulting in a low risk of infection. Generally the treated areas recover rapidly from skin needling. However there are occasional side effects, which include;
1. Skin infection with bacteria (rare) or herpes simplex virus (cold sores).
2. Milia and mild acne flares.

After micro needling the course of recovery follows a typical pattern;
•Day 1. Erythema and redness (comparable to moderate sunburn) some minor swelling. Some minor pin point bleeding (dependent upon needle depth).
•Day 2. Erythema and swelling begin to subside.
•Day 3. Erythema and swelling subsides; skin takes on a pink colour.
Days 1-3 skin will be very dry and tight, moderate skin flaking is normal. Drink plenty of fluids & keep skin well hydrated and protected .

Should you have any queries please call us on 012300255/012300244.

How Many Treatments will I need?


Every client  is different and the number of treatments needed does vary depending on the condition being treated, but the following are very good guidelines:
Acne Scarring - 4-6 Treatments, 6 weeks apart.
Skin Rejuvenation/Collagen Induction - 4-6 Treatments, 4 weeks apart.
Stretch Marks - Approx. 4-6 Treatments, 6 weeks apart. 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Radiofrequency.

Venus Freeze is an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment for cellulite and loose skin on the face, neck, and body. It uses radio frequency and magnetic pulses to stimulate the generation of new collagen and elastin fibres over time. There is a recommended six sessions for the face/neck and eight to 10 for the body)

Radio Frequency


How Does It Work?


Tighten and firm your skin for a younger looking you. The RF Skin Tightening  is a procedure that is a quick, safe, non-surgical process that is effective for skin tightening, wrinkle reduction and full body, face and neck rejuvenation.  This innovative procedure heats up deep layers of skin, causing collagen contraction and long-term collagen rebuilding leaving you with younger looking skin.
The radio-frequency (RF) energy uniformly heats the dermis while cooling and protecting the epidermis. It is designed to cause immediate collagen contraction followed by new collagen production which occurs over a period of time. The RF procedure is the only non-invasive method to tighten loose skin.   Due to normal ageing process, the skin begins to sag and wrinkle.
RF technology safely heats skin’s under layer and the web of collagen in the inner layer, causing an immediate tightening.

What Does a RF Procedure Feel Like?


This is a no pain, no down time treatment.  Treatment feels like a hot stone  massage.  There is an immediate cool sensation.

How Long Will the RF Procedure Take?
Depending on the size of the area treated, the procedure itself may take approx 30 minutes to 60 minutes.

When Can I Return To My Normal Activities?


You may return to your normal activities immediately, as there is usually no downtime. Minimal redness is seen in some clients but it usually disappears shortly after treatment. There is no special care needed after treatment. As a part of good skin care, sunscreen is recommended.

When Will I See Results?


You may start seeing some results immediately after treatment. Most significant results will be seen after 3-4 treatments.


What Is RF Treatment Good For?


RF treatments can:
•Tighten skin and decrease deeper winkles.
•Stimulate collagen cells.
•Tighten large pores.
•Reshape the face outlines and produce some degree of a lift.
•Rebuild body figure.
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Monday, 22 May 2017

Lipomassage






Lipomassage is a treatment that can stimulate your fat cells to activate the lipolysis. Lipomassage has proven to reduce cellulite, contour the body by evening the tone of the skin. It’s recommended to have Lipomassage up to 3 times per week and attend up to 10 sessions. This method of reducing fat can be quite effective when following the recommended schedule. The motorized rollers apply pressure in the troubled areas creating a release for lymphatic drainage to occur. This drainage is what helps to release additional water and bloating and you will feel GREAT afterwards. One treatment of Lipomassage will make your body jump start the body’s metabolism and begin eliminating fat cells.


Friday, 19 May 2017

IBS


A low FODMAP diet may help relieve IBS symptoms.

People with irritable bowel syndrome have A sensitive gut that react to certain foods or medications or to stress and anxiety. IBS often alternates between  bloating, pain, and diarrhea or constipation or a combination of both.





Symptoms



  1. Introduce 1-2 tablespoons of fermented vegetable juice to soothe inflammation and rebalance the gut.
  2. Drink coconut water kefir, it is cooling to an inflamed gut.
  3. Add fermented foods or probiotic beverages to every meal.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Arthritis and Gout.


Gout is a form of arthritis that is caused by uric acid which builds up in the blood. If too much of this uric acid accumulates in the synovial fluid that surrounds the joints, then uric acid crystals will start to form. These crystals are quite similar to small sharp needles which will cause the joints to swell and become painfully inflamed. The people who experience gout usually produce too much uric acid or their kidney is just not very efficient at filtering it out of their blood. The symptoms of gout can be strongly affected by certain types of foods that people eat. Clinical Research has shown that there are certain types of foods that are rich in naturally occurring chemicals known as purines.

Foods that help Gout.

  1. Bone Broth, Glycine, and Uric Acid - Glycine helps clear uric acid.It’s been known for quite some time and is considered by some to be a treatment for gout. Glycine is an amino acid and neurotransmitter that is plentiful in good old bone broth.
  2. Cherry concentrate also helps reduce uric acid . 
  3. Soak in a Epsom salts/dead sea salts bath daily or every second day. Buy a bucket of Epsom salts from the vet.

Doctors recommend that people with gout avoid eating these foods that are particularly abundant in purines. When purines are consumed, the body immediately goes to work breaking down these chemicals and the by-product is uric acid. Purines actually provide a piece of the chemical structure in the genes of plants and animals, so purines can be found in almost all foods. The key for people with gout is to avoid those foods which have a high concentration of purines. Once someone has been diagnosed with gout, their doctor will most likely recommend a change in their diet.

Making a Healthy Change

For the most part, people should know that high fat/high cholesterol foods will also be abundant in purines. So, an individual who has been diagnosed with gout should also consider cutting back on these fatty high cholesterol food items. Making these changes to their diet can help them live a generally more healthy life all around. This can be especially beneficial for people who are also overweight, since their doctor will recommend that they lose the extra weight in order to help manage their gout symptoms and flare ups.

Purine-Rich Foods to Avoid

For people who have gout, they should avoid eating large amounts of white meats which are high protein and fatty. We are talking about chicken and other types of poultry, as well as pork. Large quantities of these meats while delicious can also easily aggravate gout. Consumption of game meats like duck and dear similar to poultry can cause complications with gout.

Organ meat is another category of food items which tend to be very purine rich. Avoid eating too much sweetbreads, kidneys, livers, and even brain meats when possible, as these can really spike up the amount of uric acid in the body. Studies have shown that some other food items such as bouillon, caviar, and chicken/beef broth can cause increased levels of uric acid and should be moderated.

For many gout patients, seafood has proven to be a food that can easily cause gout flare-ups. Popular seafood dishes such as scallops, sardines, and fish eggs tend to be high in purines. Other seafood items that should be avoided include herring, anchovies, and mackerel. Making some of these necessary changes can seem quite daunting depending on the person, but compared to the excruciating pain of a gout flare-up, some sacrifices are simply necessary.

Alcohol, especially beer, can be a major problem for someone who has gout. Beer is particularly detrimental to this condition as it is very high in purine content, and an excessive amount can be detrimental to the kidney’s ability to filter out uric acid. Research shows that beer can cause the largest increase in uric acid levels, especially if consumed on an empty stomach. Gout patients who are alcoholic will experience more gout pain at a lower uric acid level than those who are not alcoholic.
In fact, the yeast that is used by both bakers and brewers tends to be pretty high in purines.
For a long time, it was believed that all foods that are purine-rich would exacerbate gout symptoms. However, recent research has suggested that there are certain purine-rich foods that do not aggravate gout. Vegetables like asparagus, spinach, and mushrooms contain an abundant amount of purines, but they should not aggravate gout if eaten in moderate amounts.

Rosacea




Rosacea is sometimes referred to as ‘Acne Rosacea’, but you will know as a Rosacea sufferer that the skin condition is actually completely different. Rosacea is a common skin ailment that is characterised by facial flushing (which can be highly embarrassing for many of us), skin hyper-sensitivity, persistent redness, broken capillaries, papules and pustules (which are what can link the look of the condition to acne).

For those of us that are affected with more advanced Rosacea, the symptoms can extend to tissue distortion and can even involve the eyes. You will find in more severe cases of Rosacea that the lesions are dome shaped rather than pointed, like that of acne, and there is an absence of comedones (blackheads & whiteheads) and nodules (cysts).

Sub-types of Rosacea


The face is where Rosacea tends to strike, which is extremely annoying for us as it becomes very obvious and noticeable. Rosacea is categorised into four key sub types and is a progressive vascular condition that mainly affects the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.
In the early stages of Rosacea, you will notice that flushing comes and goes. With continued exposure to ‘triggers’, facial redness becomes more intense, looking like mild sunburn. Broken capillaries and red bumps may also become visible in the reddened area.
Those of us experiencing a more severe case of Rosacea will notice permanent redness, swelling and burning sensations are more intense. Advanced rosacea can, in some cases, cause facial disfigurement and disabling burning sensations.

What causes Rosacea?

Unfortunately, the cause of Rosacea is largely unknown, but a genetic predisposition is often at the root of development. Exposure to the sun, on sensitive skin types, is thought to be the number one stimulator of the condition and it is often the case that sufferers have had a lifestyle with higher than average sun exposure – stay out of the sun as much as possible and if you do have to expose yourself to sunlight, make sure you wear a high SPF!

Who gets Rosacea?

Rosacea generally affects those aged between 30 and 60 and is more common in those with fair skin, blue eyes and of Celtic origin and is often referred to as ‘the curse of the Celts’.  Affecting both sexes it is  three times more common in women than men, however men suffer more severe symptoms.

What triggers Rosacea?

In addition to skin treatments and skincare, rosacea patients can improve their chances of remission by identifying and avoiding lifestyle and environmental factors that may ‘trigger’ flare ups or aggravate their condition.  These triggers are very specific to the individual as one trigger may cause a flare up for one person but have no effect on another.


New study shows that alcohol raises the risk of Rosacea in some women



Rosacea is activated by a number of factors including genetics, hormones, environment and emotion. The number one constant trigger factor to rosacea is regular sun exposure.
The most common rosacea triggers are:

  1. Foods: Citrus fruits, tomatoes,
spicy and hot foods
  2. Temperature Saunas ,hot baths, excessively warm environments
  3. Weather: Sun, strong winds, cold, humidity
  4. Alcohol: Especially red wine and  beer
  5. Hot drinks: Including hot chocolate, coffee or tea
  6. Medical conditions: Menopause.
  7. Medication: Vasodilators, Topical steroids
  8. Emotional influences: Stress, anxiety, sadness, embarrassment, excitement and laughing
  9. Physical exertion: Exercise.
  10. Physical Triggers: Topical agents such as cosmetics, chemicals, astringent cleansers and toners, chemical sunscreens

It is recommended that rosacea sufferers keep a diary to help identify their triggers so they can be avoided as much as possible.


It is impossible to predict how an individual’s rosacea will progress, although there is evidence that the signs and symptoms tend to become increasingly severe without treatment.  A survey, by the American National Rosacea Society, found that about half of rosacea sufferers said that without treatment their condition had advanced from early to middle stage within a year.  Fortunately, with treatment, a healthy lifestyle and avoidance of rosacea triggers has been shown to effectively control its signs and symptoms.

Is rosacea hereditary?

No scientific research has been performed on rosacea and heredity but there is evidence to suggest that it may be inherited. There is a strong link between rosacea and ethnicity in one’s potential to develop the condition.In one survey, 40% could name a relative who had similar symptoms.  In another, 33% of participants reported having at least one parent of Irish heritage and 26% had a parent of English descent.


How long does rosacea last?

Rosacea is a chronic condition rather than a short term condition and is characterised by its relapses and remissions.  A study of 48 previously diagnosed rosacea patients found that 52% still had active rosacea, with an average duration of 13 years.  The remaining 48% had cleared and the average duration had been 9 years.  Whilst there is currently no cure for rosacea its symptoms can usually be controlled with skin treatments, skincare, medical therapy and avoidance of triggers.

Can you suffer from regular acne in addition to rosacea?


Rosacea and acne usually appear separately but it is possible to be affected by both.  These are two very separate conditions and require different treatment.  Acne is associated with plugging of the sebaceous duct resulting in blackheads and pimples on the face, chest and back.  Rosacea is linked to the blood capillary network of the facial skin and causes redness, broken capillaries, papules and pustules and rarely goes beyond the face.

Is dry, flaky skin normal with rosacea?

It is estimated that approximately half of all rosacea sufferers experience dry skin.  Some treatment can have a drying effect and others are more moisturising.  To combat tight, dry skin apply a light, oil free moisturiser, such as Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 gel, to hydrate without causing more break out.

Is oily skin common with rosacea?

All skin types can be affected with rosacea, there is no standard skin type that is more susceptible.  Many sufferers have dry flaky skin whilst others experience oily skin, or both.

Can rosacea involve the eyes?

Yes, known as ocular rosacea.  Symptoms may include a watery or bloodshot appearance and a dry, gritty feeling with burning, itching and stinging.  Light sensitivity and blurred vision may also be present.It  is extremely  important to consult a dermatologist or ophthalmologist for appropriate therapy.


Is Rosacea contagious?

No, rosacea is not known to be an infectious condition and there is no evidence that it can be spread by contact with the skin or through inhaling airborne bacteria.

How is rosacea treated by medical professionals?

There are a variety of different approaches Doctors or Dermatologists use when it comes to treating rosacea.
Topical and oral (systemic) treatment can be used singularly or in a combined approach to treat the varying degrees of severity.  Topical treatments include Metronidazole gel, azelaic acid and Brimonidine.
Oral treatments include antibiotics and more recently low dose oral retinoids such as Roaccutane have been used with positive results.  Antibiotic therapy is used at a such a low dose that it has no antibiotic effects but serves to reduce inflammation.