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skin new yearTips to combat winter skin and keep a healthy glow this party season…

Tis the season to be glowing! Its that time of year ladies and gents, parties and events are filling our calendars and of course the New Year is closing in on us, all of which are likely documented by infamous selfies and group snaps a plenty. Not to mention the winter cold can bring about many changes in the way your skin looks and feels…

But fear not, we have you covered with some of our skin survival tips to ensure that your skin is not ravaged by the cold winter weather and stays looking fresh, glowing and party ready throughout.

Dry air is caused by cold weather and low humidity levels which strips the skin of precious moisture. Without prompt care and attention this can lead to cracking and bleeding. Central heating is another factor which tends to be overlooked when trying to retain skins moisture, as do hot baths, showers and harsh cleansers.

To keep skin looking smooth and youthful you need to counteract these effects to reduce itching, chapping and redness… here are our tips to keep your skin at its best and feeling more comfortable this season.

  1. Clean with Lukewarm Water

Hot baths and showers feel great during winter, but whenever you can, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping your skin of its all important oils which help to protect your skin and keep it soft and supple.

  1. Moisturise Directly Afterwards

Moisture is essential right after you wash and applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle handy near the bathtub and don’t be afraid to use liberally overtime you wash your face.

  1. Consider Moisturiser Carefully

Petroleum-based ingredients within some over-the-counter moisturisers can further dry your skin through the winter months. A smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients would be a safer choice. Opt for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution as its more likely to help skin retain moisture during winter. Try Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cream, a highly moisturising cream which helps to soothe and condition painfully dry skin and contains Glycolic acid as well as Hyaluronic acid for added glow.

  1. Protect your Skin

Pull out your stylish gloves and scarves to help protect skin from cold winds, rain and snow. Another important factor… sunscreen! Winter sun can easily be overlooked, but it can also be just as damaging as the summer sun, apply a safe option such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to exposed areas. Try Obagi Sun Shield SPF50 for example.

  1. Consider Humidity to avoid Dehydration

Central heating systems dry out the air, consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly where you sleep, this will put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.

  1. Drink water for Hydration

We tend to turn mostly toward hot drinks during winter which leaves out our much needed water intake but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from both the inside and out. Try swapping your hot cocoa for a little warm water with lemon. This tasty substitute can be refreshing and hydrating at the same time.

  1. Exfoliate Skin Care

Its easy to forget to help the skin shed off dead cells during winter, particularly on our hands. Yet if dead cells are plentiful, moisture can’t penetrate. Find an exfoliating mask, such as Jan Marini’s ‘Sugar Plum’ to use on both your face and hands, as well as gently on your lips. Be sure to follow immediately with moisture so that a smoother appearance can be seen. Try a microdermabrasion or Obagi Blue Radiance skin peel to accelerate the growth of new skin.

  1. Chemicals – Avoid Toxins, Allergens and Irritants to Protect your Skin

Especially if you have eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis, you should avoid allergens and irritants that may trigger a flare up. Winter skin is more fragile, so avoiding fabrics that may irritate your skin (like wool) and chemical laden detergents would be a good tip to keep in mind. Instead, use mild cleansers and moisturisers designed specifically for sensitive skin.

Do you have any tips for comforting winter skin? Please share them with our readers by emailing your experiences to info@skinmedical.co.uk or complete our booking online form at http://www.skinmedical.co.uk/book-online/ .

 

 

VASER Lipo Manchester | Skin MedicalIn summer, everyone wants to make the most of the seasonal heat and sunshine. But at the same time, it’s incredibly important to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolent (UV) radiation. In fact sunscreen should be used year round and should become an integral part of your skincare routine.

UVA exposure typically leads to advanced ageing, where as UVB leads to burning. 95% of the damage caused to skin is as a result of UVA exposure, whilst 5% is the result of UVB exposure. However failure to adequately protect your skin can lead to irreversible damage, including pigmentation, wrinkles and skin cancer.

There are a lot of products available which claim to keep your skin protected in the sun. With many different products making many different claims, it can be hard to know which brand to choose. At Skin Medical we recommend Heliocare, which provides high-level broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and contains Fernblock®.

In our Manchester clinic we stock Heliocare Cream SPF50, Heliocare Gel SPF50 and Heliocare 360 Mineral SPF50 – meaning we have a product for any skin type! Heliocare is even suitable for those who suffer from acne and breakouts, as well as those with existing sun damage and pigmentation. Our expert medical practitioners will be able to recommend which one is right for you.

Using Sunscreen

If you’re planning on being out in the sun for a long time, you should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go out, and again just as your about the leave, according to NICE – you should always apply twice before being exposed to the sun for long periods of time.

Throughout the day you should always reapply sunscreen frequently and liberally – especially after being in water or sweating.

Keeping your skin protected with a high SPF sunscreen is the best way to keep your skin safe and avoid permanent damage. However, if you have already experienced sun damage, pigmentation or fine lines and wrinkles, we have a selection of treatments to improve the appearance of your skin. Our medical practitioners will also be able to advise how best to protect your skin from any further damage.

To book a free skin consultation with one of our experienced practitioners or to find out more about any of our treatments or products, please contact the Manchester city centre clinic on 0161 839 7663 or submit an online enquiry.

 

 

anti-ageing treatmentsWhen many people first start thinking about anti-ageing treatments, they usually zone in on dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections. But many anti-ageing treatments are actually complementary, and the best results will be delivered when they are used together.

Both anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are great for addressing signs of ageing, such as a loss of volume and fine lines and wrinkles. However the best results are seen when they are used in combination with other treatments. Two of our most popular and successful treatments, CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing and PDO Thread Lifts (dubbed the non-surgical facelift) both deliver very different results – yet are highly complementary.

CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing has a number of uses – it can be used to erase acne scarring, combat fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and age spots, and target the first signs of sagging skin. CO2 is an effective treatment for improving the general appearance of your skin texture. A fractional treatment with the MiXto SX, CO2 is a safe treatment for the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. In fact it can be used on most areas of the skin that are showing signs of sun damage, ageing or pigmentation.

The results of CO2 Laser are long term. Immediately following treatment you’ll begin to notice the initial effects of the treatment. The result will continue to develop over time, with the most result becoming apparent around 3-5 months following treatment. During this time new collagen will be formed.

Having fresh, youthful looking skin is the first step towards a younger appearance. CO2 can effectively address any issues in regards to skin texture and appearance, and it does have a skin tightening effect. However, for those who are experiencing sagging of the skin (including a loss of volume and a ‘dropping’ effect), PDO Thread Lifts are another highly effective anti-ageing treatment which could be right for you.

Dubbed the non-surgical facelift, PDO Thread Lifts are far less invasive than a traditional surgical facelift procedure. The treatment is minimally invasive and non-surgical, and can usually be completed in just 1-2 hours. The treatment involves the insertion of PDO threads (also known as PolyDiOanone threads) – dissolvable threads with cogs which are used to ‘hitch’ the sagging skin and provide an instant lift, creating a younger looking profile. Over the following five weeks the threads will break down naturally. At the same time, the collagen-building process will be occurring which will lead to firmer, tighter toned skin with added volume.

The results of PDO Thread Lifts last for around 18 months, however with maintenance treatments (usually around 12 months after the initial treatment), the result can be maintained for much longer.

CO2 Laser and PDO Thread Lifts are highly effective treatments, which when used together can fully transform your appearance. Used alongside traditional anti-ageing treatments, such as anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, you can have a fresher and younger looking appearance sooner than you might expect.

At Skin Medical, before undergoing any treatment, you would first have a skin consultation with one of our medical nurse practitioners who would be able to assess your skin, discuss your concerns and inform you which treatment would be most suitable for you.

To book in for a free consultation at our Manchester City Centre clinic, either book online or contact the clinic on 0161 839 7663.

 

acne scarring treatmentFor acne sufferers, blemish-free skin is the dream. Acne can have an impact on confidence and self-esteem, and affects both teenagers and adults. Fortunately, thanks to advances in technology, banishing acne is now easier than ever. Revolutionary devices such as N-lite acne laser can effectively treat acne and minimise the risk of scarring. But for many former acne sufferers, acne scarring is a reality.

Picking at blemishes can cause pitted scars and irregularities in skin texture. Whilst we know we shouldn’t pick at our spots, many of us cannot resist. Acne can also leave behind pigmented marks – a discolouration of the skin where the blemishes once were. Pigmentation scarring may naturally fade away with time, but deeper scars – such as pitted scars or ice pick scars – can be permanent unless properly treated.

Many superficial treatments such as peels and dermabrasion can improve the appearance of skin. However they are not a long term acne scarring treatment solution. They may leave your skin looking fresher and rejuvenated, but they won’t transform your skin. They have little effect on acne and acne scarring. Instead, they’re good for a general skin refresh and to improve the overall appearance of your skin.

In the past, the most common acne scarring treatment has been Genuine Dermaroller, which involves causing trauma to the skin through the insertion of thousands of micro-needles. It’s not as scary as it sounds – a topical anaesthetic is used to make the treatment as comfortable as possible, and the treatment takes only around 20-30 minutes to complete. A course of Dermaroller treatments – usually a minimum for three treatments around six weeks apart – can effectively improve mild acne scarring.

The only truly effective treatment for acne scarring however is the CO2 Micro Fractional Laser – a highly effective, groundbreaking treatment which can effectively resurface the skin to address pigmentation, irregular skin texture, smooth fine line and wrinkles and reduce pore size. This multi-purpose laser is especially effective at treating acne scarring, by resurfacing the skin and encouraging the production of new collagen which gives the appearance of newer, fresher looking skin.

With inferior devices, patients can often need to undergo around three treatments – all with downtime. However most patients require just one CO2 laser treatment, making it the most convenient way to banish acne scars. With just five days downtime, CO2 laser can effective address acne scarring on the face, back, chest and a number of other areas – restoring confidence.

Book your free skin consultation at Skin Medical with one of our Experienced Medical Nurse Practitioners to find out which acne scarring treatment is most suitable for you, by booking online or contacting the Manchester clinic on 0161 839 7663 – eliminate your acne scarring today!

 

n-lite acne laserFor many teenagers, acne is the bane of their life. At a time when hormones come into play it can have a detrimental effect on confidence – especially when it comes to dating.

The only reassurance is that if you suffer from acne you are not alone. Up to 80% of people suffer from acne at some point throughout their teenage years. The degree to which people can suffer varies greatly. For some it is a handful of vicious spots, where as for other it is more cystic in nature. Either way it can greatly impact on self-confidence, as one sufferer recalls: “I always had spots but I never really felt bad because all of my friends did too. I didn’t have really bad acne like some people have but I did try a lot of things to get rid of it. It gets harder as you get older. I became really self-conscious because there was no way of hiding it.”

Common misconceptions about acne only worsen the negative impact it can have. Many falsely believe that acne is caused by poor hygiene or from eating certain foods such as chocolate. In reality the cause of acne is more biological in nature. Hormones definitely have an impact, with hormonal changes acting as a trigger. It is also believed that there may be a genetic link, meaning that those whose parents were acne sufferers are more likely to be similarly affected.

For many, the immediate response is to begin using a range of over-the-counter products, which often have little (if any) affect. The next step is usually a visit to a GP. Many girls turn to the contraceptive pill in an effort to control their acne, which can stabilise hormones. However this isn’t an option for male sufferers.

Doctors will usually turn to antibiotics to treat acne. Low-dose medications target the bacteria within the acne, however visible improvement does not happen overnight – it can take anywhere from eight weeks to begin the notice the impact, and courses are usually a minimum of six months. Side-effects and reactions can also happen. The limited effectiveness of antibiotic treatments usually leaves acne sufferers feeling like there is no solution.

Breakthroughs in technology, however, have introduced a revolutionary new treatment. N-lite acne laser has been found in trials to significantly improve the appearance of acne in comparison to those who received the dummy treatment. The results were particularly evident within the first month of treatment.

Nurse Helen Smith explains “the pulsed dye laser [N-lite laser] helps destroy the bacteria in p.acne. After treatment we always advise on which prescriptive skincare products to use to maintain the results.” Products such as the Jan Marini and Obagi range are usually used in combination with the treatment, to achieve and maintain and acne-free appearance.

N-lite acne laser treatment can effectively treat both teenage and adult acne. The treatment itself is relatively simple, and lasts around 20-30 minutes. It involves the passing of the laser over the full area for treatment. The treatment itself is much more comfortable than you would expect, with many patients reporting that the treatment is reasonable painless. Instead it feels like a small pinch – not at all painful.

Treatments are typically performed 2 weeks apart, and most patients require around 3 treatments. It effective treats active acne without leaving unsightly scars. Prior to undergoing any treatment, patients will always have a tailored skin consultation with one of our expert medical practitioners, who can design a treatment plan according to patient needs.

For many sufferers of both adult acne and teenage acne, N-lite acne laser treatment has been revolutionary. Banishing acne results in a return in lost confidence levels of acne sufferers and a boost in self-esteem.

To book an appointment for a FREE consultation with one of our expert medical practitioners at the Manchester clinic, contact the clinic on 0161 839 7663 or book online.

 

 

winter skin treatmentsWinter is often accompanied by an urge to wear extra layers and hibernate. It’s also the perfect time to undergo a range of treatments, in the absence of sun and inflammatory heat. Laser treatments often require you to avoid harmful UV rays, making winter an ideal time for a number of skin treatments.

 

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a revolutionary treatment, and one that when it comes to baring skin in summer is much appreciated. Many people begin to consider having laser hair removal in summer time, when shaving and waxing becomes tedious – but winter is actually the ideal time to begin treatment.

Sun exposure and a tan are a no-no when it comes to laser hair removal. During the summer months, patients often have to take a break from their treatment if they’re planning on experiencing some summer sun. We usually advise you wait 4-6 weeks following sun exposure to have treatment, or until your tan has faded, as the laser is attracted to pigments in the skin and therefore there is an increased risk of adverse effects. That makes winter – in the absence of sun – the perfect time to have laser hair removal treatment.

As an added bonus, you’ll be able to squeeze in a fair few treatments between now and summer (we usually recommend a minimum of 6-8 treatments, 6 weeks apart). That means by the time summer rolls around you’ll be well on your way to being hair-free.

 

Tattoo Removal

Just like with laser hair removal, tattoo removal is best when done in the winter months as sun exposure can increase the risk of adverse effects. As the tattoo begins to fade, many people prefer to cover it up – something which is far easier in the winter months!

Again, laser tattoo removal requires a course of treatments (the exact number does vary from person to person, depending on the size, colour and density of the tattoo) but there’s a very good chance that your regrettable tattoo could be banished before the summer rolls around.

 

Chemical Peels

The winter months can be especially harsh on your skin, and you can experience dryness and a generally poorer complexion. Fortunately, chemical peels can rejuvenate your skin to leave it look refreshed and toned.

Once again we advise that you should have no sun exposure before having a chemical peel, making them the perfect treatment to have done in winter. Peels can address a number of concerns, including facial dullness, acne, dehydration and other skin issues. If you have a busy summer coming up (summer is notoriously wedding season), we recommend you begin a course of chemical peels in the winter to ensure your skin is looking the best by the time your events roll around.

We offer Obagi and Jan Marini peels, and have a range of options suitable to all skin types. A medical practitioner will always carry out a full skin consultation and will be able to design a treatment plan which is specifically tailored to your skin concerns.

 

To find out more about the specific treatments we offer, or to book a free consultation with one of our practitioners, contact our Manchester clinic on 0161 839 7663.

Skin clinic manchester | Skin MedicalMaintaining a bespoke skin care routine may be the key to a beautiful complexion, however, we are all guilty of letting our routine slide from time to time. Aside from forgetting to apply your moisturiser once in while, there are a number of beauty mistakes that you may have fallen victim to, which can be detrimental to your skin. Below are some of the most common blunders, which may be sabotaging your skin without you even realising.

Not removing your make-up before bed

Removing your make-up before bed must be a priority if you wish to maintain a clear complexion. Leaving your make-up on throughout the night can lead to blocked pores, a build up of bacteria, breakouts and in time, enlarged pores. Throughout the day, your skin collects dirt from various factors such as pollution and dirt that can mix within your make-up and the oils on your skin. Failing to wash your face before bed can not only leave these on your skin, leading to break outs, but will also transfer onto your pillow… Which brings us to our next mistake.

Not changing your bed sheets regularly

If you are only changing your bed sheets once a month, unfortunately this isn’t good enough. Bed sheets, especially your pillow, harbour germs, oils, sweat and bodily fluids. If you aren’t changing your sheets regularly, the bacteria contained in your pillow can transfer back onto your face whilst you sleep, causing a build up. If you already suffer from acne, this can make it much worse and may be contributing to flare ups on the face.

Using dirty make-up brushes

Dirty make up brushes are a gateway to causing acne and blemishes. Even if you apply your make-up to a clean face, your brush is still gathering oils from your face, dust and dead skin cells, on top of a build up of product. If you apply foundation to your skin daily, you should be washing your make-up brushes once a week, to avoid skin irritation.

Constant yo-yo dieting

Frequent fluctuations in weight may not be something that you’d immediately associate with your skin, however it does have an effect. When the skin is stretched out again and again, over time the elasticity will be compromised. This is will lead to loose, less firm skin, especially in places such as the nose to cheek folds. Unfortunately when the skin looses its elasticity, it cant be regained, however treatments such as Botox injections and dermal fillers can help to fill in the lost volume in the face to give a more youthful appearance.

If you have any questions regarding your skin care routine, you can request a consultation with one of our skin care experts based in Manchester. Simply fill out our online contact form, or call our clinic on 0161 839 7663.

Treatments for Winter Skin | Skin MedicalFrom the moment winter approaches, your skin can begin to feel the affects. The cold, chilly weather can lead to your skin becoming dry and scaly, or it may trigger your rosacea and bring on thread veins on the face, or just lead to general blushing and flushing.

Unfortunately, winter is also party season. With a mountain of Christmas and new year parties to attend, can you really afford to have dull looking, dry skin? When moisturiser just doesn’t cut it anymore, there are a number of cosmetic skin treatments that will give you glowing summer skin all year round.

Chemical Skin Peels
Chemical skin peels are a fantastic way of rejuvenating dull skin, as well as treating pigmentation problems and acne. This treatment works by removing the dead skin cells of the surface of the face, to expose fresher and healthier skin that lies underneath. Chemical skin peels aren’t as harsh as you may think, there are gentle treatments that are suitable for even the most sensitive winter skin.

Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion also work to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, making it look dull and grey. This treatment is a more natural way of rejuvenating the skin. It works by crystals gently being passed over the skin, which removes old, dead or flaky skin, which is the sucked away by a soft vacuum. These crystals exfoliate and polish the skin beneath, making your skin look refreshed and supple.

Not all skin is the same, therefore it is best to talk through the treatments available for your skin with one of our practitioners. We can create a tailored skin care plan to give you the best results. Contact us today to book a consultation and find out more about our new finance options available on a number of treatments.

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