Posts Tagged ‘winter’

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


Do Geordies really have a thicker skin?

February 19, 2009

Thursday 19th February 2009

What is it about the North East? If you’ve ever been out in Newcastle, you will probably have noticed that nearly everyone wasn’t wearing a coat, even if the temperature outside was freeeeeezing! But is this really because Geordies actually, literally have a thicker skin than their Southern counterparts, or simply just a cultural thing?

I love the North East having spent my uni years there and starting my career there, and I have to say, in the four years that I lived up North, I probably didn’t wear a coat on a night out once – especially when i was a student. Which makes me think it’s a cultural thing.

A project consisting of an online questionnaire will survey Geordies to find out whether they are naturally warmer out in the cold. It is part of Newcastle’s ScienceFest, which lasts for 10-days, and will investigate whether there is a genetic link to the Toon’s hardiness or whether it’s simply just a matter of showing off your new togs and not having to worry about finding a cloakroom!

Again, I personally think it’s a culture thing. No one else takes a coat, so you brave the weather and forget about shivering! Either that or it’s just so cold up there that your body goes numb and you’re unable to feel how freezing you are! (Actually this is probably more correct!)

All I know is that when i go out anywhere else, i can’t bear the cold and I at least wear a jacket – as my mum used to tell me every Saturday night, ‘you’ll catch your death of cold wearing that’!

Of course, if you’re like the geordie dancer there’s no probelm keeping warm!

Chemical skin peel revive the skin!

February 10, 2009

Tuesday 10th February 2009

After bearing the harsh weather of the last couple weeks, it’s not surprising that an increasing number of our clients have approached us for a chemical peel to revive their tired, dry and chapped skin.

The cold, snow, rain and wind can have devastating effects on people’s skin, particularly those with sensitive skin and an chemical skin peel can go a long way to rectifying any damage that has been caused by mother nature.

Many people who come to our clinics tell us they don’t know how they lived without skin peels. Not only do they make you feel refreshed and vibrant, a peel will remove all the dead skin on the surface, get rid of all the accumulated dirt from the environment and unblock those pores. Your skin can finally start to breathe again, preventing unwanted acne breakouts and protecting against the skin cracking and becoming sore.

The best thing about our skin peels is that you will not be left looking like Samantha from Sex and the City and can resume with your normal day to day activities immediately after. People can experience a bit of redness to the skin, but it’s nothing drastic, nor anything to worry about.

If you have any queries about skin peels and the different types available, drop us a line below, give us a call or visit our

Lack of sleep makes you sneeze…

January 13, 2009

Tuesday 13th January 2008

If you feel like you have had about 10 colds, one after the other this season, scientists may have found an explanation as to why some people are more susceptible to the virus… LACK OF SLEEP!

Yes that’s right, those who get less than seven hours sleep are apparently more likely to catch a cold than those who snooze away for eight or more. That’s fine, at the weekends when you have time to spare, but with people’s busy lifestyles, who has time to sleep for more than eight hours?! I’m lucky if I get six and I feel fine, in fact I don’t think i’ve had a cold this winter yet – touch wood.

I think a person’s need for sleep totally depends on individuality, some need more, some can get by on less. I will say one thing though… that old tale about getting your beauty sleep is definitely true.

Too many nights staying up until the early hours watching films and having midnight feasts, then getting up for work the next morning can definitely take its toll on the skin. Sleep deprivation causes dark circles and ‘bags’ under the yes, which are in themselves unattractive, however it can also leave the skin looking dull, tired and dry. So what is the toll of the 9 to 5 lifestyle on your skin

One thing you can do to combat sleepy skin is to pamper yourself at least once a week. Invest in a good quality face mask – best done on a Friday night after a week’s hard work. A good daily moisturiser keeps wrinkles and flakes at bay and the best medicine – a bit of shut eye. It works wonders!