Archive for June, 2010

Body’s largest organ, the skin, gets its own exhibition

June 28, 2010

The skin is the body’s largest organ, but a new exhibition in London reveals how it is often the most overlooked organ, which people seem to take for granted.

The exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, London has put the human skin under the spotlight highlighting what a crucial part of the body it is.

The human skin prevents infections, retains fluid and other parts of the anatomy, it keeps us cool by allowing us to perspire, and generally act as a barrier to protect us.

So isn’t it time we celebrated what a fantastic organ it really is and gave it some TLC?

The exhibition aims to increase visitors’ understanding of the skin and covers various topics, such as society’s obsession with eternal youth, make up, tattoos, right through to revealing why the skin is so difficult to repair and heal following traumas such as burns.

Facial skin is particularly important, as it will forever be the part of the body that people see first. Looking after and maintaining your skin’s condition is vital to achieving optimum skin health, and it just so happens that good skincare equals youthful looks.

Changing your lifestyle can be the first steps to achieving good skin health – stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol, eating healthily and exercising are all ways in which you can maintain your skin. Skin peels, using quality moisturisers and non-surgical cosmetic treatments can also re-inject some life into the skin and re-train it to produce the collagen and elasticity that is lost with age.

Sun Protection Advice: Check the UV Index!

June 17, 2010

With the sun shining and the UK hotting up for what is set to be a scorcher of a summer, it’s important to stay ahead of the game when it comes to sun protection.

By checking the UV Index on a daily basis, you can determine the level of risk that the sun poses to your skin, therefore allowing you to choose the best means of sun protection and manage the risks.

You can check the UV Index here, and then compare it to our chart below.

UVI Exposure Risk
0 – 2 Minimal
3 – 4 Low
5 – 6 Moderate
7 – 8 High
9 – 10 Very High

For all our clinic visitors, we’ll be posting guidance right here on the blog for Leeds, Manchester and Chester.

For more information on UV Index and to see how you can get your own personalised sun protection advice, see the SkinGenesis website.

Leeds: UV Index -> 5 (moderate risk)

Manchester: UV Index -> 5 (moderate risk)

Chester: UV Index -> 6 (moderate risk)

Get rid of unwanted facial hair with IPL

June 15, 2010

Unwanted facial hair can be a real burden for some women and is a common symptom of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). IPL hair removal treatment can effectively remove unwanted hair from the face and body, enabling those affected to rebuild their confidence and feel feminine again.

We were particularly struck by a story published on the BBC website last week of a woman suffering PCOS who constantly carries a razor in her handbag incase the stubble starts to grow back during the day. She also gets up super-early every morning to ensure all her unwanted facial hair has disappeared before her partner wakes up.

This is no way to live and as with this lady, it can be exhausting and crushing on your self worth, femininity and self confidence.

The ‘We Can Face It’ campaign was launched earlier this month, with a host of celebrity faces backing it including small-screen stylist Jason Gardiner and TV doctor Dawn Harper, who together aim to raise awareness of the problem and let sufferers know that help is available.

With fantastic medical and technological advancements, people need no longer suffer in silence. Help is right there if you are ready to confide in a sympathic GP or other organisation, like SkinGenesis, who will treat your case with the utmost respect and privacy it deserves.

Over a series of treatments, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light Therapy) can erradicate unwanted facial hair, leaving you with a smooth, hair-free complexion leaving you to get on with your life. This treatment has increased in popularity over recent years and offers an alternative to hormonal medicines.

The most reputable skin treatment clinics will provide a free consultation to assess the problem and to advise on any treatments that may be suitable for your skin problem. At SkinGenesis, you are then encouraged to have a good think about it and contact us again if it’s something you are interested in. With such sensitive problems, it’s important to us that we put you in control of regaining the confidence you once had.

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Rowing the new celebrity fat reduction technique

June 10, 2010

Rowing is the latest celebrity fat reduction technique providing an almost head-to-toe full body workout.

Working 84% of the body’s muscles, rowing is a great technique to tone the arms and legs, get rid of bingo wings and tighten the stomach muscles. The biggest bonus is that you get to do this while sitting down!

It’s the perfect exercise technique for busy women who cannot find the time for a full workout. We would recommend doing this in the morning or evening while catching up with the news or watching the soaps – afterall, women are the best multi-taskers! What’s more, an hour on the rower will burn up to 1,000 calories and provides great cardio exercise!

And if you have an area of stubborn fat that just won’t shift, but cosmetic surgery isn’t for you, mesotherapy can be a wonderful complementary fat reduction treatment when used alongside a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise. Some say it’s lipo without the suction!

By introducing concentrations of key minerals to targeted areas of the skin and body, mesotherapy works in the same natural way as the body by breaking down excess fat and moving it through the lymphatic system.

With bikini season well within sight, perhaps it’s time to invest in a good rowing machine and book in for a course of mesotherapy?

http://www.skingenesis.co.uk

More men dying from skin cancer

June 9, 2010

As SkinGenesis launches its Safety in the Sun campaign for what is set to be a scorching sporting summer, new stats from Cancer Research UK suggest that more men than ever are dying from the deadliest form of skin cancer.

SkinGenesis offers a free expert skin analysis to everyone, which can show you the level of skin damage you’ve already experienced – it’s really interesting and can be quite surprising at what the naked eye doesn’t see (see images below!).

What the eye sees...

...the sun damage the eye doesn't see!

This summer we will be encouraging people to take more care in the sun and protect themselves with a minimum SPF 30 and suitable clothing.

With the World Cup starting this weekend, more men will forget or overlook the need to be sensible in the sun. By avoiding sunburn and seeking shade at peak times throughout the day, people can dramatically reduce their risk to developing skin cancer later in life.

From 14th June 2010, visitors to our clinics in Leeds, Manchester and Chester will be able to pop in without an appointment for free personalised sun protection advice and for a limited period, a free UV Guardian Wristband, which indicates when you’ve spent enough time in the sun.

Different skin-types have varying tolerances to the sun, meaning that some people burn more quickly than others under the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Women still buying premium skin treatments, despite recession

June 3, 2010

Women are still saving enough money to treat themselves to the little luxuries in life that keep them looking good, latest stats have shown.

Even in a recession, women like to maintain their appearance meaning that beauty products and premium skin treatments are the last things to go when cutting costs.

Peter Beard, director of treatments at SkinGenesis said: “It’s not surprising that women are still investing their money wisely into maintaining good skin and hair. With today’s stressful lifestyles, achieving great skin is particularly harder and more time consuming and perseverance is key. Once you’ve invested in achieving a balanced skin, it’s very difficult to then stop spending money on it and end back at square one.

“In today’s world everyone likes to look good, because when you look good, you feel good. Many of our clients who come to us for skin and body treatments report higher levels of confidence once they have their problems under control, so I think it’s about making sure you budget properly and try to ensure that you still have the time and money to give yourself an occasional beauty treat.”

The Guardian recently noted that Habia, the government-appointed standard setting body for the hair and beauty industry, reported a 10 – 20% drop in hair salon spending, which indicates that people are still visiting salons, just less often. This helps people avoid unnecessary trips for a new ‘do’ and makes their money go further.

Whilst its easier to go to the shops and buy a quick fix treatment for acne or wrinkles for example, professional skin treatments will always yield better results and are far more worth the money you pay for them.

(Read the Guardian’s article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2010/may/22/austerity-chic-credit-crunch)