All-over tan is impossible to achieve – Sun protection advice

August 6, 2010 by

A perfect all-over tan is impossible to achieve, according to new research. The scientists suggest that instead of having one skin type, everyone has different skin regions meaning that some regions tan more easily than others.

Tests using UV light to tan volunteers found a significant difference between how a persons back tans and how their bottom tans. Their backs tanned a lot more easily, and this can explain why many people find it difficult to develop an all over tan.

It has also been shown than the top of the back is easier to tan than the legs, and that the outer arms will tan more easily than the inner arms. Therefore, what is burning for one region of skin may not be for another, which makes advice on how to long to spend in the sun more difficult to follow.

The study was carried out in order to investigate why the number of melanoma tumours varies depending on body site, and the research suggests it may be due to the different ways that areas of the skin react to the sun.

We offer a great sun protection guide to help you manage your sun exposure and protect your skin, because even areas of skin that are more difficult to tan are susceptible to burning.

Sunburn cells look like cancer cells – sun protection advice

July 29, 2010 by

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.

Too much Botox made Katie Price look like ‘Daffy Duck’

July 20, 2010 by

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 by

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 by

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 by

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

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

June 28, 2010 by

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 by

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 by

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 by

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?

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