Posts Tagged ‘Health’

‘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.

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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

Thinking about fat reduction? Big bums & hips are healthy, apparently

January 13, 2010

Wednesday 13th January 2010

Just as we all get really enthusiastic about our new found diets, someone else throws a spanner in the works and tells us that big bums, thighs and hips are in fact actually healthy! So who are we meant to believe?!

First the scaremongerers are shouting about an ‘obesity epidemic’ (or at least you would think it was, the way they can go on) and now ‘experts’ are telling us to keep our fat! Confusing!

The theory is that people who carry a little more weight around the bums, hips and thigh region are more protected against heart and metabolic problems, with the fat supposedly there to ‘mop up’ harmful fatty acids and protect against blocked arteries. (BBC story here)

We are going to give you some sensible advice: maintain a healthy balance. We all know that Rik Waller was never meant to be a size 10, however it is a good idea to keep an eye on what you eat and how big your portions are. As long as you eat healthily, enjoy fruit and veg as part of your diet and exercise a couple of times per week, then it should be safe to say that you will remain healthy, big bum or not.

Of course we all have our ‘fat days’, but if you’re wondering how you can supplement your diet and exercise regime, to ensure that you get rid of any excess fat, there are some non-surgical, natural cosmetic fat reduction treatments that can give your weightloss a boost.

Is Botox a miracle drug? Or just for anti-ageing?

October 9, 2009

Friday 9th october 2009

We’re all aware of the fantastic anti-ageing properties of Botox, but recent articles and research suggest that it could be much more of wonder drug than we initially thought!

We wrote a blog post last year detailing how Sharon Stone risked losing custody of her son because she wanted to inject his feet with Botox to stop them smelling. We don’t really know whether Botox actually works on foot odour, however it was one of the first in a string of other possible uses for this popular anti-ageing product.

In fact rumour has it that a Canadian doctor stumbled across the drug’s face-lifting qualities by accident while treating a patient for a muscle spasm in the eye. The patient then asked to continue receiving treatments because of its fantastic anti-ageing ability!

Other reported uses for Botox include:

  • Reducing migraines and tension headaches
  • Excess perspiration
  • Foot odour
  • Muscle response disorders

However, before you go rushing out and having Botox injections in the hope it will cure all your complaints, you MUST MUST MUST have Botox administered by a reputable practitioner who has lots of experience. All cosmetic treatments carry risks and unless done properly, Botox is no exception.

Do your research, because there are many therapists out there who have limited experience – people can now go on a one-day Botox course and be qualified!

Fat reduction everywhere but the thighs please

September 7, 2009

Monday 7th September 2009

One minute we’re getting told off because we eat too much, then the next thing you know, we’re being told that we need to eat more because apparently the larger our thighs, the less chance we have of heart disease. We can’t win!

Latest research has shown that bigger thighs reduce the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, so if you were thinking of having fat reduction treatments to comply with recent obesity advice, you may want to leave out your thighs!

Advice needs to be more consistent and clear. I don’t think the advice here is to eat more to bulk up our legs – we don’t want to be accused of being a nation of greedy people now do we?

We would advise what we have always recommended – plenty of exercise, a healthy balanced diet and if needed, a few treatments of mesotherapy to get rid of excess fat.

And if you do want to be extra cautious and protect against heart disease, try building up the muscles in your thighs to increase the circumference, instead of increasing the fat. The place to measure is just below the gluteal fold (the crease below your bottom and at the top of the thigh) which should, apparently, be 60cm or more.

We say, just stay healthy and we’re sure you’ll be fine, big thighs or not!

Expert Skin Analysis Exposes Teenage Girls Boozey Binge Skin Damage

September 1, 2009

Tuesday 1st September 2009

An international survey has revealed that teenage girls are having more boozey binges than ever before, which not only means they are risking their health, but also their appearance.

In fact for anyone who drinks alcohol regularly, especially lots of it, they are unfortunately drinking their good looks away prematurely too, as alcohol wreaks havoc on the skin. Just to name a few problems:

  • Dry, flaky skin – due to excessive dehydration… not a good look
  • More likely to bruise – due to lack of vitamin C
  • Increased likelyhood of psoriasis – red blemishes with silvery flakes

I could go on. We’ve developed an Expert Skin Analysis which basically assesses your skin, tells you what state it’s in and then the therapist can advise on the next best steps to take to rectify any skin damage.

Watch the process of the expert skin analysis below on Channel M

Fat Reduction Could Benefit Apple Shaped Women at Risk From Asthma

August 25, 2009

Tuesday 25th August 2009

Research has shown that apple-shaped women could be more at risk of developing asthma.

Women with a waistline of 88cm or more, even those who have a normal body weight, could develop breathing problems such as asthma. It was a study that was carried out on over 88,000 women, meaning results and findings are potentially quite significant.

But before you all rush out for quick liposuction fix, we are urging people not to go under the knife in a bid to shed the pounds and risk your health further. Natural methods of fat reduction are available, such as mesotherapy and can leaving you looking slimmer in a matter of weeks.

Eporex mesotherapy is what we use at SkinGenesis and traditional mesotherapy is the prefered way to get rid of fat amongst Parisien women in particular, where it has been popular for over 60 years.

Through isophoresis, it works by non-invasively introducing natural compounds of minerals underneath the skin, which helps to get stored fat deposits moving and improve the body’s metabolism. There’s no need for needles, knifes or scars like traditional mesotherapy, in fact it can feel quite therapeutic!

Take a look at the before and afters below, and why not watch what Lewis has to say about his fat reduction treatments on YouTube?

Before

Before

After

After

Sun Protection – how can you stay safe this summer?

July 1, 2009

Wednesday 1st July 2009

It’s that time of year when all the lifestyle programmes and magazines start telling you what to do and what not to do in the sun, making the topic of sun protection a bit of a minefield.

Our very own Peter Beard featured on BBC Radio Leeds’ breakfast show yesterday, giving advice to all the listeners on staying safe in the sun. (Listen at the link above at 1hr 50 mins approx.)

Now SkinGenesis has come up with a really simple Sun Protection Guide to give everyone the low down on sunscreens, UV rays – both A and B – nutrition and even what to wear!

The Guide can tell you approximately how many minutes you can remain in the sun for before burning. It even explains why your diet is extremely important in the summer months, for example, did you know that topping up your folic acid or eating more tomato ketchup can stop you from burning…

Intrigued? Read More.

Taking a little extra caution in the sun, could save you from a lifetime of skin problems and complications. The Guide provides all the information you need to stay safe this season, so that you can concentrate on having fun!

Put the SpRiNg back into your skin

April 24, 2009

Friday 24th April 2009

As we quickly push winter out of the door and welcome the sun with open arms, the home might not be the only thing that needs a good spring clean.

Winter-battered skin may also be craving a good revamp after months of bitter cold winds, soaring central heating temperatures and overindulgence in comfort foods.

To help combat winter skin and reinforce weakened defences, Peter Beard has given his top five tips to spring clean your skin and get back a glow that will last all summer long.

Cleanse, dust and replenish

Going back to basics, the three golden rules of cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise still stand.

–        Avoid harsh, alcohol-containing cleansers because the skin will be at its most sensitive after the bitter weather, so you need to maintain as many of its natural oils as possible.

–        Exfoliating twice a week with a gentle scrub or mitt will safely dust away dead cells to reveal fresh, plumper cells that will give you brighter skin.

–        Finally replenish the goodness in dry, cracked skin by using a rich moisturiser that quenches your skin’s thirst. It will also keep pesky wrinkles at bay!

Boost your vitamin intake and exercise – read more about the vitamins your skin needs

Brighten up your skin by following the ACE guide. Vitamins A, C and E all have fantastic effects on the skin and can be found naturally in the foods you eat daily. Retinol is a form of vitamin A, which is good for stimulating cell growth and skin rejuvenation, producing a younger looking skin and has long been associated with helping to repair sun damage to the skin.

Vitamins C and E are powerful anti-oxidants that absorb and protect against free radical damage, which can cause premature aging. Free radicals are caused by exposure to the sun and the processing of carbon to form carbon dioxide. This destroys skin cells including collagen and elastin, consequently affecting the skin’s ability to regenerate.  A rich supply of vitamins C and E will ensure that cells can remain healthy enough to renew themselves.

Regular exercise will also improve blood circulation, which in turn will give you a healthy appearance and benefit the rest of the body.

Give your skin a professional treat

Professional skin treatments, such as microdermabrasion or anti-bacterial skin peels can speed up the process of revealing fresher, more vibrant skin when coupled with your daily skincare routine. Depending on your skin condition and the number of treatments you receive, these can sort out anything from dry skin and fine lines right through to acne treatment, leaving you able to walk in the sun with your head held high.

If you’re on a budget, a face mask on a Sunday evening will replenish the goodness that is zapped out of the skin after the weekly stresses of work and home life.

Drink, drink, drink – read more on the truth about food

Another oldie, but its cheap, accessible and it works. Aiming for eight glasses of water per day can plump out the skin, re-hydrate you and leave you feeling active.

Protect your skin from harmful rays – read more on sun protection

The importance of protecting your skin from the sun’s powerful rays cannot be stressed enough. Even when it appears cloudy or dull, the sun is still out there beaming down on us. Wearing a moisturiser that contains an SPF will help protect the delicate facial skin from premature aging and melanoma. A normal SPF of a minimum factor 15 should also be used on other exposed parts of the body, such as the arms and legs.

Acne Treatment: Natural or medicine?

February 26, 2009

Thursday 26th February 2009

Tragic stories about a boy in Wales have hit the news recently, who died after suffering an allergic reaction to some pills that had been prescribed by his doctor to treat acne. This may put people off taking antibiotics as the best acne treatment, therefore it’s worth highlighting the natural alternatives available.

Cases like this are extremely rare, so there is no reason to cause public outcry. However modern acne treatment like intense pulsed light therapy (IPL), microdermabrasion, skin peels and even mesotherapy – they are all acne treatments that stimulate natural responses in the skin, making getting rid of your spots, blemishes and acne scars safer and can put your mind at rest.

There are virtually no risks involved with any of the above and you can read about all four acne treatments in depth.

IPL: light energy is absorbed by the skin naturally and the skin is stimulated to increase the rate at which new skin is produced

Microdermabrasion: is a mechanical exfoliation of the outer dead layer of skin and can be very enjoyable and therapeutic!

Skin Peels: involves applying layers of chemicals on the area to be treated and allowing the chemicals to react, so dead skin cells are removed from the surface – these are not as painful as people make out, discomfort during our skin peels usually lasts for a few minutes, if any at all.

Mesotherapy: a natural medicine technique that stimulates the middle layer of the skin – usually used only on severe cases of acne.

Watch our acne treatment testimonial on YouTube!

Visit our website for more info, or leave us a comment for more information on any of the above – we’re always happy to help and pass on our expertise.