Archive for February, 2010

Dove ad targets young girls to prevent unnecessary cosmetic surgery

February 26, 2010

We’ve spotted yet another hard-hitting ‘natural beauty’ campaign from Dove, which at the end urges parents to talk to their daughters before the beauty industry does.

We are firm believers in maximising on people’s natural beauty and encourage healthy lifestyles, natural non-surgical cosmetic treatments and making people feel great in their own skin.

Of course we all have our ‘ugly days’, where we wish we were just that little bit thinner, had a few less wrinkles, but there’s a lot to be said of embracing your shape and features and just being happy!

We’re strong supporters of these Dove beauty campaigns from across the pond and although they may contain some strong messages and graphic images, perhaps that’s what is needed to show the media that not everyone will be pressured into trying to find that ‘perfect body’ – because guess what? It doesn’t exist.

Vote for Top Model Naomi and help Children with Leukaemia

February 22, 2010

Monday 22nd February 2010

We’re getting behind one of our clients, Naomi Heap, in her bid to win Top Model UK in London in March.

Like most teenagers, Naomi hasn’t been able to keep her skin clear of spots and she was told this could affect her chances at the Top Model UK finals.

Vote for Naomi and help Children with Leukaemia

We’re delighted that she came to SkinGenesis for a free consultation to find out what could be done, and we quickly had her started on one of our acne treatment programmes.

Please vote for Naomi to win at Top Model UK – and help a wonderful charity

We can vote for Naomi by text message and an important charity – Children with Leukaemia – will benefit if we can get lots of people involved.

All you need do is text  ‘MODEL 77’ to 88010 and that will record as a vote for Naomi.

The texts cost £1 + standard network charges, but ALL profits from the text vote campaign will go to the Children with Leukaemia fundraising.

Naomi is a lovely girl and deserves to do well in the competition.  I do hope you can help Naomi and this very worthwhile charity.

N.B. Phone voting ends 13th March – please do not vote after this date.

Thanks for your support!

SkinGenesis becomes a YOUNGBLOOD mineral cosmetics stockist

February 17, 2010

Wednesday 17th February 2010

Here at SkinGenesis we’ve launched a new trend-setting cosmetics range called YOUNGBLOOD Mineral Cosmetics.

After taking the USA by storm, YOUNGBLOOD Mineral Cosmetics already enjoy a wide celebrity following and British beauty Cheryl Cole is just one the brand’s latest fans.

Skin care conscious fashionistas in Leeds, Manchester and Chester can now take advantage of the benefits of this young, vibrant mineral cosmetics range being stocked at SkinGenesis.

Clinically tested and developed alongside leading doctors, YOUNGBLOOD uses pure, natural minerals with no preservatives, petroleum dyes, zinc oxide, fragrances or talc. The range acts as both a skin treatment and an effective skin coverage and is suitable for all skin types, ages and ethnicities.

Peter Beard, our director of treatments, said: “Many of our clients come in for skin treatments and like to apply make up before leaving the clinic, so we’re really excited about being able to offer a cosmetics range that not only covers the skin beautifully, but is also good for it.

“The properties of YOUNGBLOOD mineral cosmetics perfectly compliment the skin treatments we offer. This means our clients can benefit from the purest form of cosmetics that cover beautifully without being detrimental to the underlying skin, which is a common problem with other make up brands. The protective and soothing qualities of YOUNGBLOOD make it ideal for our clinic.”

YOUNGBLOOD’s short list of ingredients signifies the simplicity of the brand, distinguishing it from other ‘mineral’ ranges. YOUNGBLOOD is a blend of 100% pure minerals that not only sooth the skin, but also offer adjustable, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic coverage with a perfectly flawless, sun protecting finish.

Clean and lightweight, YOUNGBLOOD allows your skin to breathe and wont block pores or cause irritation, making it suitable for all skin conditions: sensitive, oily to normal to dry, rosacea and acne, hyperpigmentation and sun damaged, broken capillaries and even allergy sensitive skin.

The range’s multipurpose benefits also make it water-resistant and transfer-proof, meaning your make-up will last all day without touch-ups and in loose, pressed and liquid formulations there is an endless choice of shades and coverage for all skin tones.

www.skingenesis.co.uk and www.ybskin.co.uk

Top model Naomi’s acne treatment mission

February 12, 2010

Friday 12th February 2010

Ready for the catwalk

Model Naomi Heap is preparing for what could be her big break in the fashion industry, Top Model UK

With her long dark hair, distinct features and a dream to hit the catwalks, there was just one thing that stood in her way – acne – and the need for an effective acne treatment.

After sailing through her audition on the premise that she ‘sorted out her skin’, Naomi made it her mission to sort out her stubborn spots and blemishes once and for all, before the final of this prestigious national competition.

Naomi said: “As you can imagine, in such a competitive industry, it’s vital that you have great skin. After searching on the internet for an affordable skin specialist, I approached SkinGenesis as they offered exactly what I was looking for – effective adult acne treatments. The medication I was on helped, but it didn’t achieve half as much as I wanted it to, and progress was slow, so I booked in for a consultation with Deborah, the clinic manager in Chester.

“She put together a bespoke skin treatment package that would treat both my remaining active acne, as well as the existing scars caused from previous blemishes. We started off with an Expert Skin Analysis, which determined my skin type, moisture content, sun damage and pH, which have helped me choose the right products for my skin. I have since undergone several courses of Microdermabrasion to get rid of all the dead skin cells and avoid further breakouts, as well as one IPL treatment.

“I have also received a gentle vitamin C skin peel, which has benefitted my skin dramatically. I was a bit of a tan-fan in my younger years and used the sunbeds quite a lot!

“All in all I am very happy with the progress we’ve made. By the time the competition comes around, I’m very confident that my skin will be as perfect as it possibly could be.”

Read Naomi’s full blog entry on her adult acne treatment here.

Naomi's acne before treatment

Naomi's skin after treatment

Hair extensions – the type of hair removal you DON’T want!

February 9, 2010

Tuesday 9th February 2010

People who wear salon applied hair extensions are risking destroying their own hair permanently, says the Trichological Society – who would like a ban on all glued or woven hair extensions.

Many salons across the country now offer a hair extensions service, promising you longer, thicker, luscious locks to make you look like you’ve just stepped off the red carpet.

You might expect to feel like a million dollars once leaving the salon, but what they fail to tell you is that poor quality hair can snag and tangle with brushing, which in turn pulls out your own hair, leaving it permanently damaged. Wear them for prolonged periods of time and the effects can be far worse, leading to baldness and hair loss.

A complete ban might not be the ideal solution – after all, we all like to look and feel good every now and then. Close monitoring and taking regular breaks should ensure that your hair and scalp remain healthy.

Either way, we think we’ll be sticking with the permanent hair removal that is safe – IPL, which is suitable for the legs, bikini, facial hair, underarms, back and chest.

80% more ‘moob jobs’ as men opt for cosmetic treatments

February 1, 2010

Monday 1st February 2010

The BAAPS has reported a huge 80% rise in the number of males seeking cosmetic surgery on their ‘moobs’ in just the last year.

And the BBC reports that one surgeon blames it on the increasing pressure that men are feeling from the media. Sound familiar ladies?

We’re not surprised by these stats at all. In fact it was only a matter of time before men started feeling apprehensive about their looks as the muscle-flexing, wash-board stomach ideal is portrayed as being the norm. Like women, who have endured this pressure for years, men are now influenced by countless TV programmes and magazine features to ‘get in touch with their feminine side’, ‘use guyliner’, ‘stay trim for the beach’ etc etc.

With the rise in obesity and the ‘want-it-now’ culture that we live in, it appears easier for people to turn to the knife for a quick fix here and there, and we thoroughly believe that the rise is due to increased awareness of what can be done about body hang ups.

We would always urge people – men and women – to consider the alternatives before resorting to surgical cosmetic enhancements. Targeted fat reduction is a natural method of losing fat in problem areas, without the need for any invasive procedures. Coupled with a good exercise regime and a healthy balanced diet, it will help shed any excess baggage around the chest, waist and thighs.