Archive for July, 2010

Sunburn cells look like cancer cells – sun protection advice

July 29, 2010

SunAware has drawn attention to the fact that sunburned cells mirror the look of a cancer cell, highlighting the dangers that the sun’s UV rays pose.

We often get asked whether a bit of sunburn is better than really red, sore sunburn, and the answer is basically ‘no’.

Sunburn is the result of damaged skin, so whether you’ve spent just a bit too long in the sun, or hours more than your skin can handle, the damage has been done either way. The long term effects of any sun damage are generally the same.

We don’t like to hear organisations saying ‘avoid the sun at all costs’, because you really need not do this. The best sun protection advice is to seek shade at peak times, eat well, use an SPF 30+ and just be sensible. We get such little amounts of sun in the UK, we alway urge people to get out there and enjoy it while it lasts!

Our body needs the sun to make vitamin D, and did you know there are various lifestyle changes you can make in order to protect your skin naturally (in addition to sunscreen)?

  • Prevent sunburn with ketchup: Eating processed tomatoes (for example tomato juice or tomato sauce) will help prevent sun burn.
  • Drink coffee, get fit! Caffeine and exercise combined will boost the body’s immune system against UV radiation.
  • A colourful diet is important: Fresh fruit and vegetables are essential. Go for freshness, variety and intense colours.
  • Top up folic acid: Foods rich in folic acid include broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, peas, chick peas and brown rice.
  • Antioxidants are essential: Intensely coloured berries and red grapes are a good source of antioxidants.
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Too much Botox made Katie Price look like ‘Daffy Duck’

July 20, 2010

Katie Price has admitted that too much Botox has made her look like Daffy Duck, which can happen after years of abusing this usually effective skin treatment.

When used properly, Botox can be an extremely effective and safe way of smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles and freshening up a tired-looking face. However some people claim to have become addicted to its youth-returning effects and Katie Price certainly falls into that bracket.

Peter Beard, skin specialist at SkinGenesis, said: “You can see that Katie’s face has unfortunately become very swollen, puffy and cartoon-like, which is something that all botox therapists should seek to avoid for their clients.

“A responsible therapist will provide advice and guidance on when the next Botox ‘shot’ is required to maintain a smooth complexion. If the client is looking too false, it may be time for both client and therapist to consider a rest period to allow the fillers to be dissolved and the face to return to normal.”

The media-coined ‘trout-pout’ is not a new occurence, the most memorable in history probably being that of Leslie Ash, whose fillers were permanent, which means they cannot be dissolved by the body.

Wrinkles fillers, muscle relaxants and injectable dermal fillers remain some of the best anti-wrinkles treatments available in the UK when used sensibly. Anti-ageing treatments have boomed in recent years, but with so many creams, lotions and potions available, it is important to find one that works for your skin, so that you get the best value for money.

‘Safety in the Sun’ campaign gets sporty in Chester

July 19, 2010

Chester-based skin expert SkinGenesis took its ‘Safety in the Sun’ campaign to one of the city’s best loved sports days last weekend to provide sun protection advice with a difference.

Clinic Manager Deborah Cope sports the SkinGenesis UV Guardian Wristband

SkinGenesis recognises the benefits of sun exposure and is encouraging families to get active and have fun in the warmer weather, whilst still raising awareness of the dangers from the sun’s harmful rays.

Peter Beard, skin expert at SkinGenesis, said: “We’re all bored of the same sun protection advice, which would often have you believe that all sun exposure is harmful to your health. This isn’t strictly true; in fact sunlight makes us feel good and is vital to help the body produce vitamin D, which is why we’re encouraging people to make the most of the sun, but to do so sensibly.”

The SkinGenesis girls were on hand at Mollington Village Sports Day on Saturday 17th July from 12pm – 5pm to educate participants and their families on how to take good care of their skin this summer, understand the risks and how to protect themselves naturally against harmful UVA and UVB radiation.

Attendees received a free UV Guardian wristband and personalised information on how to stay safe in the sun. They were also invited to head down to its clinic at Mollington Grange on Parkgate Road to book a free expert skin analysis.

Peter added: “Skin cancer can be deadly and is one of the most common diseases we face today. Being sensible and taking good care of the skin during the summer season can protect the skin from developing malignant melanoma.

“When you’re having fun, you often don’t realise how much sun you’ve had until it’s too late and you burn. There are various ways to protect yourself naturally, such as eating processed tomatoes and drinking coffee, in addition to the usual advice of wearing a high factor sunscreen, seeking shade at peak times and keeping hydrated to avoid sun related illness.

“Some sun protection creams do not protect against both types of radiation, so it’s important to check the labels to ensure you’re fully protected.”

Peter Beard’s alternative tips for Safety in the Sun:

Prevent sunburn with ketchup: Eating processed tomatoes (for example tomato juice or tomato sauce) will help prevent sun burn.

Drink coffee, get fit! Caffeine and exercise combined will boost the body’s immune system against UV radiation.

A colourful diet is important: Fresh fruit and vegetables are essential. Go for freshness, variety and intense colours.

Top up folic acid: Foods rich in folic acid include broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, peas, chick peas and brown rice.

Antioxidants are essential: Intensely coloured berries and red grapes are a good source of antioxidants.

SkinGenesis has clinics in Leeds, Manchester and Chester and provides sun protection advice during all its consultations. UV imaging technology is provided during a free expert skin analysis to highlight areas of the skin that have already suffered damage from the sun’s radiation.

For more sun protection advice or general information on SkinGenesis visit http://www.skingenesis.co.uk or call the Chester clinic on 01244 853802.

Top tips on Sun Protection

July 5, 2010

Peter Beard from SkinGenesis gives his top tips on sun protection and avoiding skin cancer. From eating ketchup to drinking coffee, find out how you can stay sun-safe by listening to this extract from BBC Radio from the weekend!

China could benefit from fat reduction as obesity rates soar

July 1, 2010

Far reduction treatments could be on the cards for some of China’s population as wealth makes obesity rates soar.

Some citizens of this wealthy nation are finding that they have large disposable incomes, which means they’re spending more money and buying more things. This includes food, which has seen obesity rates soar in recent years.

Currently at 100 million, the number of obese people living in China is relatively small to its overall population, but experts predict that this number could double within just five years.

If China acts now, they can avoid a potential public health crisis further down the line.

Obesity is a gradual condition, but once people get there, it can be very difficult to get back into shape.

To avoid letting weight gain get too far, and to dodge being diagnosed as clinically obese, the traditional advice of following a healthy balance diet and getting regular exercise is just what the doctor ordered. Fat reduction treatments, such as mesotherapy can give your weightloss attempt a boost by breaking down fats and moving them naturally out of the lymphatic system.

Here’s a picture of one of our real clients who underwent mesotherapy fat reduction treatment – so you can see it really works:

Fat reduction by mesotherapy - real before and after images