Archive for January, 2009

Women feel most beautiful at 32!

January 30, 2009

Friday 30th January 2009 find_us_on_facebook_badge1

Got that Friday feeling? Ready for the weekend? I know i am! It seems a lot of women across the country have that ‘flirty-thirties feeling’, with 40% stating that they felt most beautiful aged 32.

The survey was carried out by a mineral water company on the internet, questioning 1,500 women. The 40%explained that the reason they felt like this was due to the confidence they had gained from thir life experience, having active love lives and being able to find a healthy balance of eating and drinking sensibly.

Women, let’s face it, are usually their own worst enemies, so it’s very refreshing for such a positive story to come to light. We also find that out of all the women who visit our clinics, those in their early thirties are the ones with the most confidence and contentment in life. We love helping women maintain that confidence, perhaps clearing up their skin with acne treatment or making life more enjoyable with hair removal.  We want to keep you feeling like a million dollars!

Women have usually achieved so much more in their thirties than in their twenties, so these feelings are only natural.

What age did you feel most beautiful? Take our poll below:


See us on Facebook!!

January 29, 2009

Thursday 29 January 2009


I forgot to mention earlier that we are now on Facebook, so if you live in Leeds, Manchester or Chester, or in surrounding areas, we would love you to ‘become a fan’ of our pages.

Use the links below to visit the page, sign in to your usual Facebook account, or get one, and click ‘Become a fan’ in the top right hand corner – it’s that easy!

Our SkinGenesis Leeds page:

Our SkinGenesis Manchester page:

Our SkinGenesis Chester page:

You will be the first to find out about anything that’s happening in the clinic, top tips for beautiful skin, as well as exclusive offers, only available for Facebook fans.

Hope to see you there!

P.S. Any fellow bloggers out there should take a look at

Credit crunch. Cosmetic surgery or Anti Aging and Skin Rrejuvenation?

January 29, 2009

Thursday 29th January 2009

The Yorkshire Post did an interesting feature on how cosmetic surgery has maintained its popularity despite the uncertainty in the current economic climate. Everyone’s currently tightening their purse strings but it seems that people are still saving their hard-earned cash for cosmetic procedures – and why not?!

People are working longer hours than ever before and with job cuts happening here there and everywhere, people are finding that they are being put under increasing pressure during the credit crunch, with having take on more responsibilties.

Stress, long hours, worry, late nights, lack of sleep… they are the main culprits for ill-health and premature aging, so no wonder people are trying to preserve their youth with anti aging treatment. With so much doom and gloom, we’d say its ok to indulge in a bit of pampering now and again if that’s what makes you happy.

One thing everyone should remember is that times like the present come full circle, so we will come out of this eventually. Right now we just have to sit tight, budget (and stick to it) and just remember the finer things in life that make us happy.

In the meantime, if you feel like you’ve aged 40 years in the last month or so, then maybe think about some of the expert anti-aging therapies that are available. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go under the knife, there are plenty of non-surgical, therapeutic treatments out there that can have fantastic skin rejuvenation effects – in as little as 40 days!

Welcome Emma, to our Leeds clinic

January 28, 2009

Wednesday 28th January 2009

SkinGenesis welcomes Emma Feeney to its growing team of skin therapists in its Leeds clinic.

Emma, 20, from Farnley, joins us after gaining lots of experience in the cosmetic industry, having previously worked for St Tropez and a similar skin treatment clinic specialising in laser therapy.

Settling in well, Emma has already built up a strong rapport with existing clients and says she is looking forward to working with new customers. As a skin therapist, Emma will be responsible for delivering expert therapeutic skin treatments including, amongst others, acne treatment, cellulite treatmentfat reduction, and skin rejuvenation.

Emma graduated from Thomas Danby College in 2005 with a Level 3 qualification in beauty therapy and has since built up an impressive skill-set through continuous on-the-job training in her previous posts.

We caught up with Emma and here’s what she had to say: “I’m really enjoying my new role at SkinGenesis. Everyone in the team has made me feel so welcome from day one and I have really enjoyed getting to know our clients. I get so much satisfaction out of helping people improve their skin, knowing that when their treatment is complete they will get such a confidence boost.

“I especially enjoy delivering acne treatments, hair removal and skin peels as these are the ones where the customers are usually most satisfied. All of our treatments provide clients with fantastic results and I’m looking forward to building upon my experience in all areas of the business.”

And when we asked what Will had to say, director of SkinGenesis, he commented: “Emma is a great addition to the Leeds team and has had a really positive impact on the clinic. It is clearly evident that Emma works well with the general public, which is obviously very important in this industry.

Just to blow our own trumpet a little bit more… we recently retained our ‘Investors in People’ accreditation following a recent in-depth review. We pride ourselves on placing training, development and support at the centre of our culture, as we believe this to be the key to the SkinGenesis success and the happiness of our clients and staff.

Will added: “As an ‘Investors in People’ company, we are looking forward to helping Emma develop within the business. We have some of the best specially-trained skin experts in the industry and through continued training and support, we are confident that Emma will be no exception.”

With clinics in Leeds, Manchester and Chester, SkinGenesis can offer skin solutions to people throughout the North and the UK.  Why not visit us at and see if there’s anything we can do for you.

Don’t let acne crush your confidence, expert acne treatment

January 27, 2009

Tuesday 27th January 2009

When acne gets out of control, it’s easy to think you’ve let it get too far and that there’s nothing you can do to make it look better. ‘Just make it go away’ one client once said to us. You may have tried every topical cream and pill under the face of the sun and the acne has just kept coming back to haunt you, but it’s important not to let it crush your confidence. There are remedies out there that work –  you just have to find the one that’s right for you.

Andrea Watson is an actress who suffered from acne and eventually it really got her down. In fact it bothered her so much that she eventually stopped putting herself forward for parts as she was so conscious about how her skin looked. She finally realised that the acne wasn’t going to vanish by itself, so she decided to do something about it. You can watch Andrea’s acne treatment story here.

There are plenty of treatments out there and depending on the severity of your acne and your skintype, others will work more effectively than others. For the odd spot we would advise using a mild cleanser and a topical acne cream, which are  available from the chemist over the counter. Take care not to jump into using one that’s too strong for your skin, as most creams have a drying effect on the skin and allergic reactions and rashes can develop. It’s far better to help your skin get used to any new treatment by working your way up.

Another way to treat acne is to consult your GP. They may provide you with a course of antibiotics which kill off the bacteria that’s causing the acne from deep within. There are many different pills out there, so your doctor will know which ones will be best for you. They may even refer you to a dermatologist, especially if you find that nothing is working.

The third method of treating acne is to pay a visit to clinic that specialises in skin, as they will tailor a programme to suit your individual skin. Acne treatments can vary from Intense pulsed light (IPL), microdermabrasion, anti-bacterial skin peels and other home care, specially formulated products. So there really is a range of options available to you…


If you are confused by any of the above or want more information, drop us a comment below and our experts at SkinGenesis will be glad to advise you and clear anything up. Now get back your confidence, just like Andrea, and look forward to a flawless skin!

Melanotan for health, not vanity

January 26, 2009

Monday 26th January 2009

With so many people asking about Melanotan, aka afamelanotide, we thought it was time to revisit and see whether things had developed with them. Basically, to fill you in, Melanotan is a product that is being developed by an Australian company named Clinuvel, and when legal, will be available as a skin implant and injection. The effects of melanotan are increased tan without the need for cancer-causing sunlight.

What must be remembered though is that the sunless tanner is being developed for health reasons, rather than for vanity. Melanotan is not an alternative for Dove Summer Glow or St Tropez spray tans.

Melanotan, in a nutshell, will stimulate the melanocytes that lie in the deeper layers of the skin, which are natural components of the body. Melanocytes naturally produce melanin in reaction to the sun’s harmful rays to protect skin cells and prevent people from getting skin cancer; melanin is what gives you a tan. Melanocytes in darker skin produce more melanin, and so when melanotan is used in fairer skinned people, more melanin can be produced than would be naturally, offering heightened protection against UV rays. Cancer Research has given a good overview of Melanotan.

It’s understandable how people who aren’t at high risk from skin cancer might be interested in this so called ‘fantasy drug’, afterall Melanotan could provide you with an all year round tan, but don’t think it is not without its side effects. As with anything, Melanotan can have certain effects on people that i’m sure you would rather not happen, such as nausea, loss of appetite, weightloss, darkening of moles and freckles, facial flushing and sexual problems. As with any medicine, side effects would vary from person to person, but it’s something to bear in mind.

Of course the most important thing – the sale and/or advertising of Melanotan is currently ILLEGAL, so it isn’t (or shouldn’t) be available for the general public yet. We can’t stress enough how dangerous it is to use products that are still going through extensive trials and are not yet certfied as safe. We urge people to wait until Clinuvel have finished their tests and trials with this product before anyone steams in there without thinking. UK regulation of this industry is already laid back, which is why we have to look out for ourselves and be sensible about these things.

In the meantime, stick to the sun – within reason – use plenty of high factor SPF lotion when sunbathing, or go back to the bottle or spray tan. Just until we know for certain that this safe! Keep checking back here for updates!

Mum or doctor – who to trust when you’re ill?

January 23, 2009

Friday 23rd January 2009

The last thing I want to do when i’m ill is get up, get dressed and drag my feet to the doctors, only to be told that i have a cold and feel like i’ve been wasting precious time, so generally when i’m feeling a bit under the weather, I go straight to the person that knows me best – my mum.

Mum’s are great aren’t they? It’s as though the sheer fact that they have had a child means they automatically graduate from med school, because I don’t know about yours, but my mum always seems to know what to do! Whether it’s a cold, headache, stomach ache, cold sore – she always seems to have a remedy!

Sure some things need a doctor’s expertise, i’m not denying that, but sometimes just a few wise words from old mother-hubbard and a little cuddle is all it takes to make you feel better again.

However, iVillage has pointed out that trusting your mum over the real experts could be potentially damaging our health. Research by Panadol showed that people were more likely to approach their mothers when ill rather than sitting in the doctor’s waiting room. You can read the article here.

Now I don’t think anyone is silly enough to take their mother’s advice over a doctor’s for a life threatening illness, but when it is a little sniffle or ache, you don’t always need a doctor. If you think there may be something really wrong with you, then obviously, you see an expert. Just as you would for a skin complaint – you would go see a skin expert.

I know one thing’s for sure, when i’m feeling a bit poorly a good cup of tea works miracles for me!

A healthy doner kebab? Surely not!

January 22, 2009

Thursday 22nd January 2009

We’ve all been there, out on a Saturday night, got a little bit too merry and at 3am decide it’s a great idea to hit the local takeaway for a good old meaty doner kebab, complete with all the trimmings and chilli sauce dressings. I’d like to write ‘mmmmmm…’ here now, except, this doesn’t appeal to me – it did, when i was around 18 years old, living it up in my first year of university, usually merry at least 4 nights a week…

Anyway, I have just read on the BBC that the famous doner could actually be healthy for us! Yes you read that correctly, apparently because it is served with salad and pitta bread, it provides one of the healthiest takeaways available to us Brits, serving up part of our recommended vegetable intake and some carbs.

What they also note however is that whilst the traditional doner, which consists of salad, rice and lean, grilled lamb meat served on a plate, kebabs of the polystyrene variety bring with them tremendous amounts of fat and salt that we simply do not need. In fact some research on kebabs found that kebabs can contain up to two heaped teaspoons of salt and up to 160g of fat, which is the equivalent of drinking a wine glass full of cooking oil! Imagine that!

Not to mention the meat. Sure grilled, lean meat might be the healthy option for us, but in recent times, it has been highlighted that takeaway meat is rather questionable and i’m not sure that i’m entirely convinced to even taste a kebab again in the near future.

No. My kebab-tainted past is well and truly behind me and i think i’ll stick to the home made toast after a night out from now on! However, i’m not sure that Britain’s Saturday night revellers will be so sensible to think about good and bad skin foods, then just regret it in the morning! Watch a clip from Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food, ‘A kebab a day‘.

Everyone’s having their lips ‘done’ with dermal fillers!

January 21, 2009

Wednesday 21st January 2009

Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, amongst others… they’ve all been known to have had their lips ‘done’, some attempts more successful than others. Lip fillers are today more widely accepted by society and are therefore increasing in popularity not just on the LA scene. But how safe are dermal fillers?

Firstly, and most obviously, you must approach a fully qualified clinic that offers dermal fillers that will be administered by a doctor. At SkinGenesis, not only are we registered with the Healthcare Commission, but we only book our patients in with our expert doctors.

Not many people know this, but the cosmetic world in the UK has quite slack regulation, which is partly why we hear quite a lot of horror stories on Channel 4 and Living TV. In the US, any cosmetic procedure must be FDA approved, which means it had undergone rigorous, stringent tests on thousands of people and has been deemed safe for human use. Here in the UK, anyone in the beauty industry can go on a course and certify themselves as being qualified to administer injectable fillers.

It’s also worth knowing that there are permanent and non-permanent fillers out there. If you choose permanent fillers and something goes wrong, you’ll be left with it for the rest of your life, hence the permanence of it! Non-permanent fillers last about 6-12 months, depending on which brand you opt for, so if anything does go wrong, at least it will be short-lived. Both types are based on collagen and hyaluronic acid, which both occur naturally in the body. The difference is that permanent fillers contain synthetic compounds which cannot be broken down by the body.

Our recommended fillers are Restylane and Radiesse, however it’s always worth having a one-to-one consultation with us, as our advice always differs from person to person.

Tips to avoid a ‘trout pout’ and to avoid looking like Paris Hilton here:

  • Ask for examples of the doctor’s work and ask lots of questions
  • Go away and think about it before jumping into any cosmetic treatments, make sure it’s definitely what you want to do
  • Only accept FDA approved fillers as these have been tested and tested and tested

If you have any questions now, feel free to leave us a comment and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

Let’s tackle child obesity

January 20, 2009

Tuesday 20th January 2009

Obesity is a growing problem across the whole of the UK and various health authorities constantly encourage us to eat healthily and do more exercise. One way to tackle obesity is to nip it in the bud and teach children how to manage what they eat and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

This is what’s happening in Wales currently. Around 2000 seven to fifteen year olds and their parents will receive help and guidance via 10-week courses on diet and exercise. They won’t focus solely on weightloss, but they will  help develop weight management skills so that they can maintain their new lifestyles long after they finish the course.

With children as young as two being obese, we think this programme is a great idea. Families can enrol themselves or be referred by their GP. We think this programme should be rolled out across the UK as it’s not just Wales who are suffering from the problem. With people looking to be a bit more shop-savvy too, penny-pinching and the like, it’s so easy to throw in a few ready meals that are on special offer that are just packed with all the wrong ingredients. One thing these courses do is teach people how to shop healthily even in these hard times. Read about good and bad skin foods here.

Read more and watch more here, where you will see a snippet of what can be expected at these obesity courses.