Posts Tagged ‘skin analysis’

Prepping sun-kissed skin for the colder months

August 31, 2010

As holiday season draws to a close and with the autumnal climate arriving sooner than expected, people are being advised by a leading skin specialist to act now on sun-kissed skin ahead of the colder months.

Leading skin specialist, Peter Beard from SkinGenesis is advising people to prepare the skin now before the draining effects of autumn and winter cause lasting damage on the face, hands and neck.

Starting a regular skin protection programme well in advance of when the harsher elements kick in can pay dividends to a person’s complexion by developing a protective barrier to safeguard skin integrity.

Peter, who is director of treatments at the leading skin care specialist, says that taking time to introduce your skin to a new regime post-summer can rectify any sun damage early and prevent all the irritations and problems associated with such a dramatic change in seasons.

He said: “If you have spent two or three weeks in the sun, even returning to the present cooler weather can play havoc with the skin in terms of oil production or dry skin. By starting a dedicated skin regime now, you can build up your skin’s natural resistance to the harsher elements to maintain a healthy glow and avoid problems later down the line.

“The skin is the body’s largest organ, yet it is the most neglected throughout the year. The colder months are already setting in and judging by previous British winters, it is a good idea to start prepping the skin for what is likely to be one with a particularly vengeful bite.”

Peter has provided his top tips to instantly brighten the face and start prepping for the colder months:

Invest in a quality facial cleanser

There is no doubt that a good quality cleanser can bring dramatic benefits to the skin. Achieving a balance is key and with so many products available, it is important to find one that contains ingredients that are suitable to your skin type and pH. Many are very drying on the skin, so it’s worth shopping around and requesting samples from cosmetics counters so that you can try a product before you buy it.

Double up with a rich moisturiser

Many people who suffer from traumatic skin problems such as acne believe that moisturising the skin only causes the skin to be more oily, which is not necessarily true. Choosing an oil-free, rich moisturiser can actually work with the cleanser to balance the skin and restore lost moisture, which in turn will prevent problematic, excess oil production. The pH of a moisturiser should be no greater than 5.5 and should be rich in antioxidants and vitamins. A low pH ensures that the barrier function of the skin will be at its optimum and the vitamins and antioxidants will help the skin repair any accumulated sun damage.

Refresh and revive with a gentle skin peel

The skin exfoliates naturally on a regular basis, but the build up of cells, along with make-up traces and the daily grime, can cause pores to become blocked. Modern non-surgical cosmetic treatments, such as gentle chemical peels and microdermabrasion can give the skin a boost by freeing it of dead cells more quickly, leaving you with a refreshed, more polished complexion.

Eat a healthy diet

Diet is often overlooked but its effect on the skin is dramatic. Your skin is as good as the nutrients you feed it. The dos and don’ts of a healthy skin are simple. Don’t eat simple carbohydrates and transfats and do eat a diet rich in minerals, vitamins, proteins and essential fatty acids. As a guide eat a wide variety of vibrantly coloured fresh vegetables, fruits and salads together with oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon and avoid processed foods, white bread and sugary sweets.

Choose ‘healthy’ make-up

Make up is not what it used to be – it has evolved with the development of ‘healthy’ cosmetics ranges that actually protect the skin, as well as enhancing your appearance. It’s important, particularly with sensitive skin, to use a make up range that cares for your skin and does not deplete it of its natural nutrients. Mineral make up brands are always best, many of which have been developed with problems like acne, thread veins and oiliness in mind.

Choose the right, natural colours for your skin

Simple changes to your usual make-up colour palette can make all the difference to your appearance. To look younger and more fresh-faced, swap black shades for navy blue or dark brown, which tend to be softer and make the eyes look whiter and brighter. Semi-permanent make-up can also ensure make-up stays put and can achieve a natural look for eyebrows that have thinned with age. Certain blush shades suit certain skin tones better than others too, so play around with the testers in store to ensure yours lifts your skin, rather than clashing with your tone or hair colour.

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

For more information visit the SkinGenesis website 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.

Acne treatment update from Top Model award winner

May 26, 2010

Aspiring model and Miss England Cheshire finalist Naomi Heap gives an update on how the SkinGenesis acne treatment programme has helped her achieve her career ambitions.

Through a personalised programme of microdermabrasion, IPL, skin peels and effective adult acne home products, Naomi’s skin is looking clearer, smoother and more radiant than ever before.

Got acne? Book your complimentary expert skin analysis now in Leeds, Manchester or Chester.

Gentle chemical peels for radiant skin

May 20, 2010

Now is the perfect time to have a gentle chemical skin peel to get rid of dead skin cells, resurface the face and step into summer looking more radiant than the sun itself.

The term ‘chemical peel’ can sound quite daunting, but they have had a bit of bad press. There are varying strengths of peels and speaking from experience, the more gentle varieties can be quick, very refreshing and make you feel like a new person.

It’s always advised that chemical peels are carried out by a fully trained professional under clinic conditions. The skin is a delicate organ and needs to be treated with care.

For those with good skin who just want a quick boost, peels can be enjoyed as single-session treatments. For more problematic skin, such as acne, a programme of treatments is advised. As with all skin treatment programmes, patience is a virtue. Treatments are usually delivered over a period of weeks, sometimes months to achieve the best results.

Results on acne following a series of salicylic acid peels

Agera medical peels are the latest development in non-ablative peels (this means there is no visible shedding of the surface skin) and are suitable for almost all skin types except dark Afro-Caribbean. They combine salicylic, lactic and citric acids which penetrate deep into the dermis and require little or not downtime.

The Skin Therapy Pumpkin Enzyme Peel combines enzymes with lactic acid that penetrate all layers of the skin providing high levels of skin smoothing as well as stimulating the rejuvenating process – bye bye fine lines and wrinkles!

Stronger Skin Peels: TCA peels are the ultimate in single session rejuvenation treatments. They are extremely exfoliating and will require between 5 to 7 days recovery time during which period the skin will flake and feel quite irritated.

We would always advise an expert skin analysis before you undergo a peel to assess your suitability and have that all important patch test.

Your skin will be sensitive in the days following a peel and should be adequately protected from the sun’s UV rays using SPF 30 to avoid sunburn and skin damage.

Dangers of tanning exposed by Girls Aloud star

May 10, 2010

With summer just around the corner and after a long cold winter, sunbed use and fake tanning is on the rise again, but earlier this year Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts tried to turn tan-fans’ attention to the dangers of sun exposure.

Skin cancer, long term deep wrinkles and general skin damage are all that you are risking when you hit the rays for that short burst of the feel-good factor. But whilst you may receive the odd compliment about ‘how well you look’, people might be saying the complete opposite in five to ten years time.

The link below is a real eye-opener, which shows two case studies – one a man in his twenties who uses sunbeds five to six times per week (yes, per week!), as well as using a range of fake-tanning products to give himself a top up. The other is a girl who has an expert skin analysis under a UV lamp, which shows the dramatic damage that has been done to her face after years of sun exposure. Let’s just say, she is quite shocked.

English Rose Nicola talks about the pressures she faced in the popular girl band to look the same as the other members and admits that she went through a stint of constant tanning.

The expert in the clip also makes the important point that as the skin becomes damaged, it swells slightly, which temporarily plumps up the skin the smooth out any fine lines and wrinkles. Of course this is very short-lived and not worth the long term pain of having deep-set wrinkles later in life.

You can watch the clip ‘The Truth About Tanning’ here.

Everyone likes to have a little glow, and limited sun exposure is important for the body to produce vitamin D, which helps with the absorption of calcium for strong healthy bones and to avoid osteoporosis. It’s all about achieving a balance and being sensible in the sun – wear a sun protection factor of 30, seek shade between 11am and 3pm and do not use sun beds. And if you really want a tan – play it safe and fake it!

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.

Media cancer confusion: Expert Skin Analysis shows sun is deadly

March 31, 2010

A YouGov survey has revealed that over 50% of respondents reported being confused by media reports on the latest cancer scares and things you should avoid consuming to decrease your chance of getting the disease.

In the last few years, I can recall hearing half a dozen cancers off the top of my head – spray deodorants, bacon sandwiches, red meat, Walkers Worcester Sauce flavour crisps, mobile phones, mouthwash… I could go on.

If you took any notice of all these stories that seem to hit the front pages of the papers as *Breaking News*, you would be a nervous wreck and never eat or use anything that’s for sale in the supermarkets.

The BBC website placed an article on this topic recently and featured a spokesperson from World Cancer Research Fund who quite cleverly likened each scientific study that presents these findings to ‘little pieces of evidence’ in a ‘police investigation’.

To avoid mass hysteria on the part of the confused British public, he advised that scientists should be trained to present and articulate their findings in a more concise way, and the media should start to print small disclaimers about the limitations of the study.

One thing that we can confirm is that the sun’s rays definitely pose a risk to the skin. If you have sunbathed unprotected or used sunbeds when you were younger, chances are you’ll have some level of skin damage, particularly on your face.

Many skin clinics offer a free skin analysis to assess the degree of sun damage caused and can advise on the next steps to take to rectify it. We call ours an expert skin analysis which looks at sun damage, moisture content and pH. Very useful stuff to know and well worth it because it’s free!

Bare Skin Awards…And the winners are…

March 15, 2010

Congratulations to the winners of the Bare Skin Awards at the weekend, sponsored by SkinGenesis at the grand final of TOP MODEL UK.

The winners:

RUNWAY & EDITORIAL
Helen Macgregor

COMMERCIAL
Felicity Mason & Rachelle Mooney

CLASSIC
Gillian MacPherson

It was a weekend packed full of fashion, beauty, glitz and glamour and we had a tough job judging this award category. Helen, Felicity, Rachelle and Gillian we’re all awarded this prestigious prize for their fantastic natural skin tone and clarity.

Each contestant received:

*The NEW SkinGenesis skin maintenance programme for 12 months.
*Professional Photoshoot with Andrew Collier Photography
*Youngblood mineral makeup gift pack – the favourite celebrity make-up brand!

Welldone everyone!

Clean & Clear ad banned for hiding shiny acne skin

January 6, 2010

Wednesday 6th January 2010

The ASA (Advertising Standards Agency) has banned an advert from Clean & Clear after it used make-up in its adverts that claimed to clear acne.

It said the before and after shots should have been taken in the same conditions to ensure a fair representation to consumers. The advertising agency responsible for the advert then admitted to using a ‘light powder foundation to hide shininess around the T-zone’.

We’re getting a bit tired of reading about dishonest adverts that mislead people into buying products that won’t necessarily work for them. Here at SkinGenesis we provide all our clients with honest, professional advice on skin treatments and never promise ‘perfect skin’, because in the real world, nobody’s skin is perfect.

Instead we aim to provide a programme of treatments that is tailored to your skin type and skin complaint to make sure you get the best possible result. Whether it’s acne treatment, wrinkles, thread vein removal or cellulite reduction, we can treat all kinds of skin problems.

All we would say is don’t trust adverts, don’t expect too much from high street products and try not to waste too much money on trying different solutions. Why not take advantage of our free expert skin analysis so that you can make an informed decision on the products you use?

Scientists crack the code for a ‘perfect face’

December 21, 2009

Monday 21st December 2009

Scientists at the University of Toronto believe they may have worked out the dimensions for the ‘perfect face’.

Yes, apparently the most attractive female face depends on the measurements between the eyes, ears and mouth, with singer Shania Twain coming out tops in celeb-land.

The vertical distance between the eyes and mouth should be 36% of the overall length of her face, from hairline to chin. The horizontal distance between a woman’s pupils should then be 46% of the width of her face from ear to ear.

So we have a question… what if we don’t measure up? Are these scientists saying that we are not beautiful?! If so, we beg differ. Many of our clients come into our clinic seeking the perfect complexion, and long to achieve perfection. But we are strong believers in the fact that everyone is attractive in their own right, and by offering expert skin and body treatments, we can help people achieve their idea of perfection with natural, pain-free cosmetic treatments.

We say, take no notice of the University of Toronto! If we all looked the same, that would be incredibly boring and what one person finds attractive, someone else might not.

Book in for a free expert skin analysis now at SkinGenesis and see how you can maximise on your beauty.