Archive for April, 2010

M&S anti-cellulite knickers… haven’t we been here before?

April 29, 2010

M&S have today come under fire after making unproven claims about their new cellulite busting pants… but hang on, haven’t we been here before?

SCALA made similar claims around this time last year after launching their famous hotpants, which claimed to ‘melt away’ fat. You can read our blog post from May 2009 here: Hot pants cellulite treatment

Now forgive us for being a bit cynical, afterall we love to entertain a gimmick or two when it comes along, but if it was really as easy as slipping on a pair of knickers to combat the problem that affects up to 90% of women in the UK, there wouldn’t be a problem, would there?

Cellulite is a complex body condition and it’s unlikely that there will ever be a permanent cure.

The M&S knickers, as described on the website, make it sound so easy, listing ingredients such as: “Caffeine, to slim and tone; Vitamin E, to help protect against ageing; and soothing Aloe Vera, to smooth. These are held in place by millions of micro-bubbles, then released onto your skin as you move.”

If only it was that simple! It really isn’t and if you definitely want to get rid of cellulite, it comes through hours of exercise, eating healthily and drinking water – and that’s just for starters. Mesotherapy is also a fantastic natural cellulite treatment that helps mobilise the fat and reduce the lumpy, orange peel effects that are so common on womens legs and bottoms.

A quick fix these undergarments might provide, but if you’re looking for a more long-term cellulite solution that will work, it’s probably best to consult an expert and look further afield than your usual local shopping haunts.

Here’s an example of one of our clients, who was 35 at the time of treatment. The results speak for themselves:

Before mesotherapy

After mesotherapy

Cellulite treatment for bank holiday spa-goers

April 28, 2010
Cellulite treatment - After

Cellulite treatment - After

Cellulite treatment - Before

With a few bank holiday weekends on the horizon, a city spa-break with the girls might be just what the doctor ordered, but is the thought of sporting a onepiece and flashing the thighs clouding this otherwise blissful (and might i say brilliant) idea?

Cellulite is the bane of many women’s lives, affecting up to 90% of the UK female population. Many people have tried and tested every single fat-busting cream under the sun, and still it sits there, all lumpy and orange-peel-like, making you reach for the linen trousers in summer instead of that new bikini.

Whilst some creams can help, the effects are usually short-lived, which doesn’t offer much value for money.

Eporex cellulite treatment is the only treatment that addresses the fundamental causes of cellulite, which occurs when skin tissue is weakened coupled with the pressure of pockets of fat. This causes the sunken, dimply texture.

Also called mesotherapy, the treatment gets to the root of the problem and simultaneously strengthens and firms the skin while dispersing the micro-pockets of subcutaneous fat.  This gives the skin a lovely healthy, even, toned appearance.

How does Cellulite Reduction Treatment work when people tell me you can’t get rid of cellulite?

The treatment introduces concentrated amounts of more than a dozen natural vitamins, minerals and amino acids  into the subcutaneous fat layer where cellulite exists.  These non-toxic ingredients already exist in the body in small quantities or there are enzymes within the body that act in the same way.

They all have vital functions and one of the key ingredients is an organic mineral that corrects irregular tissue in the body including the hardened tissue that has trapped fats and fluids from circulating normally and shows up as cellulite.

Other ingredients make the local fat more easily burnt as energy by the body and stimulate the cells, providing them with the necessary ingredients to function correctly.

The treatment comes with the unique SkinGenesis guarantee and the before and after shots above are of our own 35 year old client.

It costs from £75 per treatment, with a typical course lasting 7 weeks. We have offers on our mesotherapy treatments at the moment (April/May 2010) so book your free consultation now and see if we could help you look gorgeous this summer, and get ready to hit those spas!

So will it be Budapest? Iceland? Turkey? Take your pick!

www.skingenesis.co.uk

Full face transplant successful on shooting accident victim

April 26, 2010

A victim who lost half his face in a shooting accident has had a successful complete face transplant.

30 surgeons in Spain spent 22 hours reconstructing the man’s face and say it is the world’s first full face transplant ever to be conducted. The man is said to be recovering well in hospital after the surgical team replaced his cheekbones, nose, lips and cheeks – the entire face of a donor.

The BBC reports that 10 other face transplants have been carried out around the world, however this the first full face transplant.

It’s amazing what a talented group of cosmetic surgeons can achieve these days and for extreme, medical cases such as this one, surgery is often the only option. We just hope that the man in question can accept his new face and live a full life.

Surgical options should not however be taken lightly. Many people have body hang ups, such as deep set wrinkles, excess fat and bumps on their noses, but we would always urge people considering minor cosmetic adjustments to explore their options first. Find out what counselling is available, or look into non-surgical natural skin treatments so that you can make a fully informed decision on your own future.

Get your perfect beach body safely with fat reduction treatment

April 22, 2010

Leading non-surgical cosmetic specialist SkinGenesis is warning slimmers of the risks of desperate crash diets and exercise regimes in a quest for the perfect beach body ahead of the holiday season.

Peter Beard, director of SkinGenesis is urging people to plan ahead for weightloss attempts to avoid potential health risks caused by last minute crash diets and short-lived intensive exercise regimes.

Peter said: “Sudden bursts of intensive exercise can be a shock to the body and can put it under an unfamiliar amount of strain. Crash diets have a similar effect as they’re usually lacking in essential nutrients and calories, which can actually do more harm than good.

“Everyone likes to look good at the beach, however any attempts to lose weight should be well planned and carried out at a gradual, sensible pace. This will not only provide better results in shedding the pounds, but will ensure that you’re looking after your body and your health too.”

An increasing number of people are also turning to the knife to assist with their weightloss programmes and undergoing surgical operations such as liposuction and tummy tucks.

Expertly developed, alternative fat reduction treatments such as laser and mesotherapy have been used for years to help people get rid of excess fat quickly and naturally when coupled with a sensible exercise regime and a healthy balanced diet.

Mesotherapy has long been the secret of many a Parisian woman who needed to lose body fat and dates back to the 1960s. Now a modern, innovative technique, mesotherapy is a seven week programme and requires zero needles or invasive procedures when it is delivered using a process called Isophoresis.

By introducing small quantities of concentrated natural ingredients normally found in the body, such as amino acids, precisely into the targeted areas, troublesome fat is mobilised with no risk of discomfort, bruising, scabbing or infection.

SkinGenesis is a non-surgical cosmetic expert with clinics in Leeds, Manchester and Chester.

For more information on how you can plan ahead and aid your bikini diet this summer to look fabulous on the beach, visit the SkinGenesis website www.skingenesis.co.uk

Sunbed ‘addicts’ increase ageing and cancer risk

April 21, 2010

Around one third of sunbed users are addicted to their artificial tanning effects, researchers in New York have found, and SkinGenesis predicts that the number of ‘addicts’ is set to rise as people seek out the perfect tan.

Gillian MacPherson, Top Model UK Winner and SkinGenesis client

Researchers at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center found that those who became addicted to sunbeds were also more at risk of suffering from anxiety and over-indulging in alcohol and drugs. By tackling these underlying problems and addictions it would be possible to educate and encourage people to quit using them, cut their skin cancer risk and enjoy the natural sun safely.

As Summer draws nearer we at SkinGenesis can only foresee more and more people trying to get that tan top-up ahead of the summer holidays, however we are urging people not to use sunbeds or over-expose themselves to hardful UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Use fake tan or enjoy being an English Rose!

Gillian MacPherson, 49 and a classic model from Surrey is currently undergoing some corrective anti ageing treatments at SkinGenesis in Chester. She said: “I grew up in South Africa and in those days we really did not know the damage that the sun can do to skin so we used to stay out in the sun without any protection and as teenagers we even used to tan with cooking oil! Unfortunately that damage is showing itself now, years later.  Obviously now I never go in the sun without protecting my skin with a high factor sunscreen, hat, sunglasses!”

People are generally well-educated about the harmful effects of the sun today and sun protection advice has never been more straightforward and easy to follow.

  • Use sun protection factor 30+ when out in the sun, and reapply regularly throughout the day
  • Protect the delicate skin on the face and neck by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
  • Stay out of direct sunlight between the hours of 11am and 3pm, as this is when you are most at risk of burning
  • Do not use sunbeds. At all.

For more sun protection advice, or to take advantage of a free expert skin analysis in Leeds, Manchester or Chester, visit the skin specialists at SkinGenesis, who will analyse the sun damage already done and advise on how to restore the skin’s youthfulness through the best anti-ageing treatments.

www.skingenesis.co.uk

Perfect skin: Jessica Simpson goes make-up free for Marie Claire

April 13, 2010

Jessica Simpson has dared to do what no other woman on earth would dream of doing, for millions of Marie Claire readers to see: she’s posed make-up free on the front cover.

As the media force-feeds us images of ‘perfect’ women on a daily basis, how refreshing that a woman as famous as Jessica Simpson has had the guts to pose makeup-less for the front cover of one of the most popular lifestyle magazines in the US.

No make-up, no retouching, no regrets!’, was the strapline of the cover story, which was printed on the back of her one-off TV show that follows her on a journey through society’s obsession with image. Jessica’s is also a face that is commonly associated with a US acne treatment, and has spoken openly about her own battle with the skin condition. Now she’s showing off her clear skin for millions to see!

We always tell our clients that there is no such thing as ‘perfection’, but it’s about reaching a level of personal perfection and being comfortable in your own skin. Once you have achieved that, the sky is your limit.

With great skin comes great confidence and we bet that many of our clients would happily pose for Marie Claire’s front cover minus airbrushing. SkinGenesis skin treatments are designed to rejuvenate, rebalance and tone the skin and provide you with a look and complexion that would look great on the cover of a fashion magazine.

We acknowledge the fact that everyone has little niggles about their appearance and things that they would love to change about themselves, but we believe in accepting our own uniqueness and learning how to control any skin problems, which then allows you to accept them. Jessica admits that she would love to be taller, but accepts a little bump on her nose, which she says is an imperfection to everyone else, yet it’s her perfection to herself.

Take a look at Jessica’s natural covershot here.

Duct tape for wart removal?!

April 6, 2010

Always having our finger on the pulse when it comes to skincare, we regularly hear about bizarre home remedies to problem skin situations and the latest is one for wart removal.

Apparently placing a piece of duct tape over the wart – changing, cleaning, and filing away dead skin every three days – kills off the wart and makes it disappear in about two months. MSN believe that it’s the chemicals on the sticky side of the duct tape that suffocate the wart and get rid of it for good.

We personally have never tried it, it may work, it might not. Of course with Summer just around the corner, the last thing you want is to have a grey piece of ugly duct tape wrapped around your foot – it really doesn’t go with those jewelled gladiator sandals!

Plus, two months is a long time to wear the tape and we bet that a more discreet method of wart removal treatment might be more up everyone’s street. There are plenty of over the counter remedies available that freeze the wart, however again these can be prolonged and quite uncomfortable.

Natural wart removal treatment can be much more reliable and the average person only requires two or three treatments. What’s more, if you have multiple warts, for example some on your hands and others on your feet, only one wart need be treated, yet all the warts are likely to disappear. Then within two months, the warts change colour and gradually disappear.

You should find the treatment quite tolerable. But we won’t lie, when the pulse of light is emitted there is a sharp sensation of a hot pinprick which quickly subsides, however most people find that this treatment is very quick and less unpleasant and traumatic than alternative treatments. Another benefit is that as the skin is not broken during the treatment, there is no risk of infection, scabbing or scarring.

SkinGenesis provides wart removal treatment for just £249 – that’s the cost of a few haircuts!

Watch our real client Richard’s testimonial below: