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How to Make Eyes Look Less Tired

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

There are many characteristics that make eyes more beautiful. Some being
natural as we are born with, others may be applied. Among the most obvious
natural features are the shape and size of the eyes. Eyes can be anything
from near slits, to elongated, almond shaped, rounded, sleepy, puffy, amongst
other shapes and also vary in size. At times it is not so much the eye size but
more of their size in relation to the face. After that we get all the exquisite
possible eye colours, then the length of your eyelashes, the shape and skin
tone of your facial eye sockets and finally the shape, size, and curvature of
your eyebrows. Which of all these possible combinations are considered
more beautiful largely depends on country, culture and fashion.
Common eye problems and possible treatment options
1.
Small eyes due to heavy brow – trying to open up the eye area can be
achieved with the use of well placed toxins into specific muscles.
Furthermore dermal filler such as Restylane can be placed in the brow,
temple and lateral forehead to give an non surgical brow lift, results
typically last 6-12 months. Prices range from £175 to £600.
2. Heavy upper eyelids and excessive skin- typically this becomes more of
an issue as we age, however for some, heavy eyelids is a hereditary feature.
In some clients surgical intervention is the best option, often when non
surgical treatments have been exhausted or are no longer as effective. In
recent times though Plexr Plasma soft surgery has become a popular choice
for the right candidate, it is a minor non invasive procedure with roughly a
week’s downtime. Treatments typically cost £500, clients normally require two
sessions, 3 months apart and last 18 months to 2 years.
3. Dynamic horizontal lines around the eyes and vertical deep lines to
the frown – These issues are caused by the overuse of muscles to the eye
area and frowning. There are not necessarily caused by the ageing process,
but rather stronger muscle and lifestyle habits. Staring at computer screens
and phones cause our eye muscles to be used more. Also frowning due to
thinking, expressing displeasure and as a way of shielding our eyes from
strong bright lights are all factors. For some individuals toxins work perfectly,
others are better with a light dermal filler, some individuals need a
combination of both due to severity of the wrinkles in question. Prices start
from £175 – £300.

Treatment of the month
Now the summer has gone lots of clients are feeling the affects especially to
the back. Not only is it a hard area to treat yourself, it also is prone to mild
bacterial outbreaks, congestion, rough dead skin cells and pigmentation.
Treat yourself to a back peeling agent to combat all of the above and feel
fresher price £150.
A study found that men and women rate a person’s eyes more important than other facial features when seeking for a potential partner.

Powerful Vitamin Peel

Sunday, March 18th, 2018

Finally the weather is starting to pick up, I think we would all agree it’s been a very long, cold win- ter. Unfortunately our skin has suffered as a consequence. The dramatic temperature changes from bitterly cold, windy days, then going indoors to dry hot central heating plays havoc with the skin. I highly recommend the new Neostrata Retinol peel with added boosting complex as a must have treatment to repair damaged skin and boost collagen as well as leaving your skin radiant with a youthful healthy glow – just in time for summer.
This advanced physician-strength peel contains 3% retinol plus retinol boosting complex to exfo- liate and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plump and firm skin while promoting a bright, even and clear complexion. Contains soothing Bisabol to help calm skin.
Key points
– The Retinol, Aminofil and Neocitriate formula reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, mottled Pigmentation and pore size, and enhances clarity and radiance.
– Appropriate for mild to moderate skin imperfections as determined by a physician.
– Noticeable exfoliation.
– Can be used on blemish prone skin.
Conditions that can be treated
– Fine lines and wrinkles. – Hyperpigmentation.
– Acne scars.
– Pore size.
– Uneven or rough texture. – Dull skin tone.
– Acne prone skin.
Observable changes to the skin
– Improved appearance.
– Evening of skin tone.
– Visual softening.
– Diminished appearance in size. – Increased smoothness.
– Enhanced natural glow.
– Reduced appearance of blemishes.
These superficial peels are often conducted in a series of several peels to gain a noticeable im- provement to the face. Given 6-8 weekly, essential to use a daily SPF protector. £150 each treat- ment.
Products to enhance, intensify and maintain results.
Inspira Medical Advanced Radiance serum – vitamin C and copper peptides to generate elastin, collagen with vitamin C to smooth the complexion and effectively combat age spots and pigment.
Inspira Medical Advanced lift serum – vitamin A and copper peptides to stimulate collagen, lifting the facial contours and to help fine lines and wrinkles.
Neostrat retinol plus NAG complex – formulated to synergistically build skins matrix to lift and firm, diminish the appearance of age spots and smooth lines and wrinkles from the inside out.
Obagi brightalive is a non retinol skin brighter, minimises the appearance of skin discolouration and dark spots.
Exuviance Vit C capsules – 20% vitamin C, Aminofil amino acids to strengthen skin matrix , smooths wrinkles and provides you with a radiant complexion.
Inspira medical caviar repair filler effect serum, blend of caviar, amino acid rich, vitamin and lipids to give an incredible anti ageing effect.
Inspira medical hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid with brown and red algae to smooth and effec- tively hydrate the skin.
Inspira medical firm and lift. Hyaluronic acid with New Zealand fern extract for an effective lifting and firming agent.
SPF heliocare gel SPF 50 – suitable for acne, oily blemish prone skin. Luxurious soft and sweet smelling daily anti-pollutant. Comes in plain, sun shimmer or make up finish.
Neostrata sheer defence SPF 50 – lightweight formula, suitable for dry or sensitive skin. To protect your skin on a daily basis.

After perfecting your skin imperfections and achieving smoother firmer skin, we can consider oth- er factors that can spoil a complexion like:-
Facial veins- these unsightly broken capillaries on the face can be easily treated with a course of short wave diathermy, a tiny hair like needle is applied to the skin and conducts an electrical cur- rent to heat up the blood in the vein. The blood first clots and is then broken down and reab- sorbed by the body. 2-3 sessions are usually needed – average price £100.

A-Z Health and Beauty Tips Part 2 – 2018

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Following last month’s article here is part two of Health and Beauty tips and treatments, to give you some inspiration and ideas on how to improve your health, look and feel your best and keep motivated.
I is for imperfections to skin tone. Flushing, broken veins and sun damage can all be easily treat- ed. Intense pulsed light, chemical peels and good medical grade skin creams can all help.
J is for Japanese silk extracts, combined with Hyaluronic acid my favourite moisturiser at the moment is Inspira Med youth preserve cream, to help rejuvenate and repair winter skin.
K is for kickstart your eating habits. Eating well shows on the outside and sugar is very ageing for the skin! Keep It real, try to avoid processed foods. Spice It up, bland food is boring, experiment with new spices and flavours. Drink up, add more water to your daily intake, it keeps your skin plumper. Don’t reward running with sweets, don’t destroy your exercise by loading up on sugar fixes. Think before you eat, take time over eating, it takes your brain 20 minutes to recognise that you have eaten, eat slowly and chew your food, to avoid eating too much. Log your meals,
keep a record of what your eating daily, helps you keep on track and makes you able to monitor bad food choices and how certain foods make you feel after consuming.
L is for liquid face lift, the ultimate non surgical option, using either Sculptra, Radiesse or Hyaluronic acid. Enhancing the chin, jawline, cheeks, nose to mouth lines and temple hollows can enhance and define a face, for a youthful contoured look.
M is for Mole check, don’t ignore moles or lesions on the body, there is no harm in getting your GP to check, but there is when they are left.
N is for nose refinement, small imperfections can trouble people, surgery is not always the an- swer, I get amazing results with small amounts of dermal filler to straighten noses and muscle re- laxing injections to lift the tip of the nose.
O is for orange peel effect, time to start thinking about battling the dreaded curse of cellulite and localised fat. I advise my clients to start by body brushing daily for 2 mins and applying an anti cellulite cream, try Nivea or L’Oréal. Once you have completed this for 3 weeks, you will notice the stubborn areas and you can consider mesotherapy injections to help reduce cellulite and lo- calised fat and improve blood flow to these sluggish areas.
P is for plumper and hydrated skin, I am a big fan of skin boosters, unlike normal dermal fillers, they don’t actually create volume when injected. They work by injecting small amounts of Hyaluronic acid into the dermis of the skin, spread evenly spaced to enhance any area of the face or body to rejuvenate. Great for acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, backs of the hands, necklines and chest lines.
Q is for quit smoking, we all know about the health implications to our bodies, but here is what it does to our skin. Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in your skin, and nicotine, which reduces blood flow, leaving skin dry and discoloured. Cigarette smoking also depletes many nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage.
R is for Razor bumps (pseudofolliculitis barbae), also known as shaving bumps, affects men with tightly curved (or curly) hairs. When the tip of hair grows back under the skin or into the hair folli- cle, it is known as ingrown hair. Use of an electric shaver will help, as it does not cut as close as blades do. Shaving every other day, rather than daily, will help as well. At night, apply a lotion containing glycolic acid to the affected areas. This exfoliates the surface skin cells and reduces the likelihood of new spots. Try Neostrata Ultra Smoothing Lotion.

Before and After Plexr results one week after Treatment

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Before and after Plexr results after one week, as you can see already the results are fantastic, will update in 6 weeks time also

Immeadiately after My Plexr Treatment

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

This is me straight after the procedure with the camaflague make up, that you get with the actual treatment. In all honesty I barely felt 80% of the treatment and the other 20% was 4/5 out of 10 pain wise. It felt very hot in some parts, but being the eye area , the skin is so much thinner. Once the treatment was complete it felt slightly tighter as the scab had formed!

Ageing of the Skin and Menopause

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

This months feature focuses on cutaneous ageing and the menopause. Let’s be honest, as a female hormones ARE BLAMED FOR EVERYTHING!, BUT ONE THING IS FOR SURE THEY CAN PLAY HAVOC WITH YOUR SKIN. LONG BEFORE MENOPAUSE, HORMONAL PRODUCTION SHIFTS START SHOWING THEIR SIGNS ON YOUR FACE – TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BALANCED SKIN, you need to START TREATING YOUR HORMONAL SKIN ISSUES SAFELY, FROM THE OUTSIDE And the inside.

The menopause is the result of a decline and change in hormone levels, it typically affects women around the age of 50-53 years.

Oestrogen

When it comes to popular hormones, oestrogen takes the prize for being the most widely known and discussed. It is primarily the sex hormone but is also helps our skin and hair remain youthful and is responsible for skin thickness, skin moisture and wrinkle formation. Vitamin A, a great track record in increasing collagen and controlling pigmentation – Obaji Brightinex retinol

Estrogens can increase the Hyaluronic Acid content in the skin by maintaining fluid balance and structural integrity. They can also increase collagen production in the skin, allowing the skin to remain plump, hydrated and wrinkle-free.play a major role in the collagen and elastic network of the skin. Try daily creams and serums that contain Hyaluronic Acid, well know to increase plumpness and hydration to the skin – Inspira magic sphere serums, hydrating, firm and lift and cavies deep repair, moisturise with youth preservecream, or face sculpture Losing estrogens means losing dermal collagen production. So skin thins out, loses elasticity and sets the stage for wrinkle formation. Losing these hormones results in dehydrated, dry & itchy skinIf you struggle with dry skins make sure you are getting enough high quality omega-3. My favorite is Omega3+6+9. Taken in a capsule form. With regards to treatments, dermal fillers placed naturally and subtlety can help with plumping up the skin’s mattress, for fine creepy lines anymore on the face, neck and décolletage restylane skin vital boosters can really help and don’t volumise the area treated. My bespoke power booster fCiL which includes injections of vitamins, dermal roller to thicken the skin and a syringe of restylane vital gives a plump, firmer rejuvenated look to the fa e and neck.

. Estrogenic loss can also reduce the number of blood vessels in the skin, resulting in pale skin with a lack of nutrients traveling to the skin’s surface brighten your skin with creams and serums container no vitamin c and co-q-10 I find obaji bright alive a fantastic product.AVitamin C, which has also been shown to boost collagen production, also brightens skin and evens out skin tone Obaji bright alive, obaji c bright and Auriga flavo c serum

The decrease in oestrogen production from the ovaries leads to the many symptoms associated with the menopause particularly in the cutaneous tissue, including dryness, atrophy, fine wrinkles, poor healing, altered fat distribution and hot flushes, which can present in redness and broken capillaries to the face being present,along withoften characterized by hot flashes, red, itchy and blotchy skin which can exacerbate certain conditions like rosacea. Daily glycolic Skin products and in house mild chemical peeling can reduce redness and help to close enlarged pores, intense pulsed light treatments help to break down redness and flushing, as well as obaji rozatrol daily serum specisifically for redness and rosacea prone Skin.

You can also help with food, here are some Top Foods that provide Adequate Estrogen for all your skin needs:, start to include them into your regularly diet,Carrot, Beetroots, Potatoes, Pumkin, Peas, Alpha-Sprouts, flax seeds, sunflower and sesame. Bran, chickpeas , beans and soy.

Treatment focus Dermal Fillers

1 The science – a very fine needle is used to inject a soft filler substance into the dermis of the skin to help lift out wrinkles and folds in the skin tissue, it can be a sugar derivative Hyaluronic acid type, a calcium Based filler or a more volumising particle like po,y Latin acid which helps with facial dystrophy. An experienced practitioner can assess your needs and help pick the right type for you.

2 Benefits – who is suitable? All individuals over the age of 18, who do not have any known allergies to any of the substances and who do not have any infections at the injection site. A full medical history should always be given, medications and medical history need to be discussed also as part of patient safety.

3 How many and when can I expect to see results? Hyaluronic acid fillers give an almost immeadiate effect and get better once settled, calcium based take 12 weeks to reach maximum effects, but last longer generally, poly lactic based need minimum 3-5 treatments given 6 weeks apart, but can last 18 months to 3 years

Perfect Skin offer Dermatology and Age -related treatments

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Environmental Influences on the Skin and Ageing Effects

Friday, July 21st, 2017

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Here is this month’s latest article from Perfect Skin

TOP TIPS for SUMMER SKIN

Friday, June 16th, 2017

IMG_4852This month I will focus on tips on how to care for your skin in the next few months where the heat and sun can really change how our skin behaves, how to prevent break outs and sun damage are the two main issues that so many of my clients complain about in the summer.

Prevent Breakouts

Change your sunscreen by looking out for oil free labels, I particularly recommend Heliocare SPF 50 which has a unique oil free dry touch, that feels and smells amazing, you won’t want to leave the house without it. It contains UVA and UVB filters and a powerful antioxidant which helps to repair skin.

Peel Away

Twice a month I suggest coming to the clinic for a salicylic/glycolic based acid peel. It clears up dulling, dead skin cells, which not only helps even out any discolouration, but also draws excess oil out of the pores and leaves skin less shiny. In addition a good daily cleanser like Inspira med prime cleanser helps to clean the skin deeply, kills bacteria and smooths the skin. For those needing extra support with blemish control Obaji Te pads are a quick and effective way of doing a mini at home peel, these powerful pads are great on holiday too and are part of my must have skin care products.

Trade in Foundation

I switch to daily moisturiser serum with gradual self-tanner vita liberata is an amazing light weight serum that doesn’t clog the pores. Heliocare also do an SPF 50 colour tint in three shades which acts like a foundation so helps to give coverage, protection and a light formula which does not make your skin oily.

Prevent Pigmentation

My two favourite anti pigment tools in the summer is a daily topical vitamin C like Obaji Brightalive or C bright, or Auriga vitamin c serum, used in conjunction with an SPF protector means your are preventing new Pigmentation forming which means less repairing treatments in the Autumn!

Mesotherapy glow peels

I have created a bespoke light peel combined with anti ageing, vitamin and antioxidant solutions which are injected into the face, neck and décolletage. The combination of the two equals to a smoother, fresher rejuvenated summer skin glow.

Stop volatile skin conditions like Rosacea by using Obaji Rozatrol cream which helps to keep symptoms at bay, decreasing excessive redness, irritation and pimples associated with the condition.

Treatment of the month

Hyperhydrosis

– Sweating is necessary to control body temperature during times of exercise and in warm/hot surroundings, and is a normal response to a rise in temperature or anxiety.

– Sweating is regulated by the sympathetic nervous system. In about 1% of the population, this system is revved-up and works at a very high level, causing sweating to occur.
– It can occur in many different areas of the body, and the condition is known as Hyperhydrosis, which means ‘excessive sweating’. It affects both sexes equally, and all races.

is not a temporary condition. Many people who suffer from it have suffered for many years, often from childhood or sometimes from adolescents.
Wetness and staining of clothes is a constant worry for those sweating from the under arm area. Loneliness, depression and decreased confidence are all factors to consider also.

Some people will be using specific deodorants and medications from the GP which can help, however muscle relaxing injections can inhibit sweat glands and decrease excessive sweating.

Part three ACNE

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

This month is the final article of the skin deep issue series, since writing the pieces on scars and rosacea there has been an overwhelming response with clients contacting me with regards to
helping these stressful skin conditions. There is no doubt that the condition acne is equally as emotionally hard for the sufferer. It’s a myth that only teenagers get spots. While 90 per cent of teens experience acne (the medical term for spots), half continue to be affected as adults. The symptoms of acne in adults are similar to those in teenagers, and include blackheads and
whiteheads, inflamed spots, pustules and cysts.

What Causes Acne?

To understand acne, you need to know how your skin works. The pores in your skin contain oil glands. When you hit puberty, there’s an increase in sex hormones called androgens. The excess hormones cause your oil glands to become overactive, enlarge, and produce too much oil, or
sebum. When there’s too much sebum, the pores or hair follicles become blocked with skin cells. The increase in oil also results in an overgrowth of bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes.
-Hormonal changes related to birth control pills, menstrual periods, and pregnancy can trigger acne
– Other external acne triggers include heavy face creams and cosmetics, hair dyes, and greasy hair products – all of which can increase blockage of pores! Your genetics
– if your parents or grandparents struggled with acne, you might do too.
-Smoking – especially for older people.
-Being stressed.
-Using the wrong skincare products for your skin type.

Types of Acne Lesions

If blocked pores become infected or inflamed, a pimple – a raised red spot with a white centre – forms. If the pore clogs, closes, and then bulges, you have a whitehead. A blackhead occurs when the pore clogs, stays open, and the top has a blackish appearance due to oxidation or exposure to air. When bacteria grow in the blocked pore, a pustule may appear, meaning the pimple becomes red and inflamed. Cysts form when the blockage and inflammation deep inside pores produce large, painful lumps beneath the skin’s surface.

Additional Acne Triggers

Clothing that rubs your skin may also worsen acne, especially on the back and chest. So can heavy sweating during exercise, and hot, humid climates. Stress is known to trigger increased oil production, which is why many teens have a new crop of pimples during exam times and adults going through emotional times in their lives.

What is the Treatment for Acne?

The treatment usually depends on how serious the problem is. For instance, if you have an
occasional inflamed pimple, you may use daily skincare products. I can’t stress enough the
importance of hygiene, using warm water twice a day with an antibacterial wash suitable for acne prone skin and superficial scarring like glycolic acid or glycolic/salicylic wash it helps to renew and refine the skin and deeply cleans the pores and soaks up excessive sebum on the skin
surface.

Glycolic acid
Retinoids (medications that come from vitamin A)
Salicylic acid
Various fruit acids
Benzoyl peroxide reduces oil production and has antibacterial properties. But use it carefully, as it might leave your skin dry and flaky. Try to use it just before bedtime.
Antibiotics
Skin peeling in clinic
Plexr

What can you do yourself to help?

There are also measures you can take yourself to help ease spots:

Clean up your diet– Research has found that high-dairy, high-glycaemic index diets may be linked to acne. Try basing your diet on complex carbs like whole grains, fruit and vegetables, and reduce your dairy intake – try alternatives such as calcium-enriched soya milk.

Take skin-supporting supplements – studies have shown that people with acne might have low
levels of zinc. Increase levels in your diet by eating more zinc-rich foods, such as seafood, meat and quinoa, or take a supplement.

Cut stress – Try relaxation techniques such as yoga, or simply taking time out to read or go for a walk can be effectiveIMG_9546