Posts Tagged ‘skin rejuvenation’

Jaw bone changes contribute to ageing

August 11, 2010

Natural changes to the jaw bone and other facial bones contribute to an ageing appearance, which could impede on your anti-ageing regime.

At least that’s what researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center say.

They believe that it takes more than the tightening of loose skin to take years off the face due to natural changes to facial bones – particularly the jaw angle.

We don’t believe that the bones change shape significantly enough to stop your skin rejuvenation regime in its tracks. It is no secret that the skin loses its elasticity over time and that its ability to produce collagen slows down as we get older.

However you can re-train the skin into thinking it is youthful again. By putting it through natural cosmetic, but non-invasive procedures like microdermabrasion and SkinGym, you can ‘trick’ your skin into behaving in a manner that it did 10 years ago.

The result? More radiant, vibrant, tighter skin that people will definitely notice (and compliment you on)!

For more information, visit: www.skingenesis.co.uk

Before and after skin rejuvenation anti-ageing treatment at SkinGenesis

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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.

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.

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)

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.

Sunbed ‘addicts’ increase ageing and cancer risk

April 21, 2010

Around one third of sunbed users are addicted to their artificial tanning effects, researchers in New York have found, and SkinGenesis predicts that the number of ‘addicts’ is set to rise as people seek out the perfect tan.

Gillian MacPherson, Top Model UK Winner and SkinGenesis client

Researchers at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center found that those who became addicted to sunbeds were also more at risk of suffering from anxiety and over-indulging in alcohol and drugs. By tackling these underlying problems and addictions it would be possible to educate and encourage people to quit using them, cut their skin cancer risk and enjoy the natural sun safely.

As Summer draws nearer we at SkinGenesis can only foresee more and more people trying to get that tan top-up ahead of the summer holidays, however we are urging people not to use sunbeds or over-expose themselves to hardful UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Use fake tan or enjoy being an English Rose!

Gillian MacPherson, 49 and a classic model from Surrey is currently undergoing some corrective anti ageing treatments at SkinGenesis in Chester. She said: “I grew up in South Africa and in those days we really did not know the damage that the sun can do to skin so we used to stay out in the sun without any protection and as teenagers we even used to tan with cooking oil! Unfortunately that damage is showing itself now, years later.  Obviously now I never go in the sun without protecting my skin with a high factor sunscreen, hat, sunglasses!”

People are generally well-educated about the harmful effects of the sun today and sun protection advice has never been more straightforward and easy to follow.

  • Use sun protection factor 30+ when out in the sun, and reapply regularly throughout the day
  • Protect the delicate skin on the face and neck by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
  • Stay out of direct sunlight between the hours of 11am and 3pm, as this is when you are most at risk of burning
  • Do not use sunbeds. At all.

For more sun protection advice, or to take advantage of a free expert skin analysis in Leeds, Manchester or Chester, visit the skin specialists at SkinGenesis, who will analyse the sun damage already done and advise on how to restore the skin’s youthfulness through the best anti-ageing treatments.

www.skingenesis.co.uk

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.

Put your neck into it for a plumper pout (anti-ageing)

March 19, 2010

According to the Aesthetics Surgery Centre in Florida, more and more women are opting to ditch the collagen fillers in favour of a more natural pout-plumper – the muscle in their neck.

It’s the latest procedure to take the cosmetic surgery world by storm, and this group of surgeons say they’ve so far had great results in about 25 patients who wish to look more youthful.

It’s no secret that a plumper pout can take you back a few years, because everyone knows that the lips thin with age. But a lip graft by extracting some muscle in your neck? It certainly makes us go all queasy!

There are so many anti-ageing options out there at the moment, and people are finally ‘getting it’ that surgery is not the only option.

Muscle relaxants, like Botox, and non-permanent injectable dermal fillers far outweigh surgical options and remain the best anti-wrinkle treatment. Gentle peptide peels can also work wonders on fine lines and to get smoother skin texture.

Even LuLu is with us on this one – we heard her on the radio and on saw her on the Alan Titchmarch show this week plugging her new book and spreading the word about non-surgical anti-ageing treatment options. And you have to admit, LuLu looks amazing for her age!

Dove ad targets young girls to prevent unnecessary cosmetic surgery

February 26, 2010

We’ve spotted yet another hard-hitting ‘natural beauty’ campaign from Dove, which at the end urges parents to talk to their daughters before the beauty industry does.

We are firm believers in maximising on people’s natural beauty and encourage healthy lifestyles, natural non-surgical cosmetic treatments and making people feel great in their own skin.

Of course we all have our ‘ugly days’, where we wish we were just that little bit thinner, had a few less wrinkles, but there’s a lot to be said of embracing your shape and features and just being happy!

We’re strong supporters of these Dove beauty campaigns from across the pond and although they may contain some strong messages and graphic images, perhaps that’s what is needed to show the media that not everyone will be pressured into trying to find that ‘perfect body’ – because guess what? It doesn’t exist.

Celebrity anti-ageing secrets!

January 21, 2010

Thursday 21st January 2010

With celebrities being constantly in the public eye, it’s imperative that they look good. Every other week we see articles about how good someone famous looks for their age, what is their secret?

Many would say Botox or cosmetic surgery, however there are many celebrities who swear they have never gone near any sharp implements.

British beauty and TV chef Nigella Lawson showed what good home-cooked food can do for the skin after looking enviably youthful on her 50th birthday.

And it’s not just the ladies who stay forever young. Johnny Depp doesn’t look a day over 30 with his flawless skin and chiselled looks.

Here’s the secret: non-surgical cosmetic treatments. That’s right, you need not pay the earth for going under the knife, only for your face to sag and wrinkle again within a few years. Instead you spread out the cost over the years and maintain your skin by having regular upkeep skin treatments.

IPL, skin peels and microdermabrasion are the favourites – and the most effective… according to our clients anyway, and we’d definitely agree!