Health Education England unveil reports to raise standards in the aesthetic industry

  • By Christina Newson
  • 07 Nov, 2016

Long awaited overhaul to make non-surgical procedures safer

Health Education England released new report at the beginning of the year in a long overdue effort to raise standards within the non-surgical industry.
Scary as it is to believe, currently there is no educational requirements to become an 'Asethetic Practitioner,' meaning thousands of procedures are being performed by non-medical persons everyday! The significant number of reports of botched procedures has finally urged the government to act and regulate the industry.
Although some training providers have taken the initiative to only provide training to healthcare professionals; this alone is not effective in detering anyone from beauticians to hairdressers from practicing injectable procedures on the public. Poor injection technique, a poor understand of anatomy and a lack of medical experience with dealing with complications has contributed to thousands of complications within the aesthetic sector - some requiring surgery to correct and others costing patients thousands to put right.

The 2-part HEE report layout new qualification requirements to ensure that only medically trained personel (Doctors, Nurses and Dentists) can perform injectable procedures; whilst those involved in laser procedures and chemical peels, will have minimum qualification standards and may require supervision of a medically trained person. Even medical professionals will be required to undertake a post-gradute qualification in order to administer these procedures. By 2018 we will also see the Dermal Fillers industry be more tightly regulated as the products are re-catagorised as a Prescription Only Medicine (POM) and must be prescribed by a Doctor or Independant Nurse Prescriber and will no longer be available to the public. Such steps are vital in order to raise industry standards and protect the public from unqualified persons and inferior products.

You can read the full reports here:

Part One  - Qualification Requirements for Delivery of Cosmetic Proceedures.

Part Two   - Report on Implementation of Qualification Requirements for Cosmetic Procedures.

Unfortunately, until 2018 finding a safe and qualified medical professional to perform cosmetic procedures will be the responsibility of the public. However, below are some tips on how to establish if your practitioner is safe:

  • Are they a Doctor, Nurse or Dentist? You will see many misleading job titles that can lead you unsure as to whether your practitioner is a qualified health professional. Ask the question... If the answer is no, go elsewhere.
  • Can they prove it? Medical professionals are regulated by individual regulatory bodies on behalf of the government. The NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council) the GMC (General Medical Council) and the GDC  (General Dental Council) all have registers ofqualified professional. Simply type in the name of your practitioner to find out if they are qualified and if they have any restrictions on their practice.
  • Can you see their previous work? Every practitioner should have a portfolio of previous cases to show you, whether it be printed or on the website... ask to see it!
  • Do they have a premises? A clinical environment is necessary to perform safe and hygeine procedures and to deal with any complications that may arise. If they want to inject you in your kitchen, you should be very concerned and go elsewhere.
  • What procedures are they insured to do? Extra training is required by all medical professionals in order to perform cosmetic procedures and certificates will need to be shown for each skill they are qualified to deliever, in order to get insurance. Some practitioners may have done individual modules for  different skills and some may have done a post-gradute course that incorporates all of these skills. Either way, ask your practitioner which they are insured to do so you know what training they've had.

Be safe and have a beautiful day!

Christina Newson
Aesthetic Nurse
By Christina Newson 07 Mar, 2017

When you think of The Medical Skin Clinic you may think of Dermal Fillers, Wrinkle injections and Chemical peels. Whilst this is the bulk of our work, you may be surprised to know about some of the other treatments we offer

Treatment for Hyperhidrosis (Excess sweating)

Hyperhidrosis is a common but largely undisclosed condition whereby an individual will suffer from excessive sweating in particular areas such as underarms, hands, feet etc. It can be highly embarrassing for the sufferer and lead to wet patches under the arms, stained clothing, difficulty gripping and unpleasant body odor. The Medical Skin Clinic offers an injectable treatment for Hyperhidrosis which can largely improve and in some cases eliminate excessive sweating. Results typically last from 4 months to a year and have high satisfaction levels.

Nefertiti Lift (Neck lift)

The Nefertiti Lift is an injectable procedure which helps to define and lift sagging skin around the neck and jawline. Several small injections are placed under the skin along the jawline and down the neck. Results are typically seen around 2 weeks following treatment and will last from 3- 6 months. This procedure is named after Egyptian Queen Nefertiti whom was admired for her long and elegant neckline and defined bone structure.

Tear Trough Fillers (Under eye treatment)

A soft filler is placed under the eyes to correct hollows and rejuvenate the eye area. Hollows under the eyes can be very ageing and make the sufferer appear tired. This non-surgical approach can drastically improve this appearance. Treatment typically takes about half an hour and lasts up to a year.

8 Point Facelift (Non-surgical facelift)

The 8 point facelift is a non-surgical facelift using dermal fillers to address the 8 most common areas of volume loss in an ageing face. Much volume is lost in the face as we age, leaving behind lax skin and wrinkles. Brazilian plastic surgeon Dr Mauricio de Maio introduced the 8-point facelift in order to structure the areas of the face to be addressed. The treatment typically takes an hour and results last from 6-9 months.

Migraine treatment

Migraine can be a debilitating condition, with many sufferers taking time off work or studies until it passes. The Medical Skin Clinic offers an injectable treatment for migraine which involves several small injections placed under the skin along the hairline and neck. Treatment typically takes half an hour and results last from 3-6 months, although some do not require repeat treatment.

Temple Fillers

The temples are an area where much volume is lost with age. They are areas that are typically dismissed but can have a very ageing affect on the face if left untreated. A small amount of dermal filler is placed in the area between the eye and hairline and treatment generally lasts 6 – 12 months.

Male Jaw Enhancement

A strong jawline is a symbol of masculinity but not all are blessed naturally. Dermal filler can be placed along the jawline and chin to enhance the jawline and give more structure to the lower face. Treatment typically take 45 minute and results generally last 6-12 months.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding can be due to habit or stress and can cause headaches or jaw-ache. The Medical Skin Clinic offers an injectable treatment where small injections are administered to the main muscle of the jaw to soften the affect of grinding. Treatment typically takes 20 minutes and whilst some will return approximately every 6 months for treatment, some find 1 treatment has longer term results.


For a FREE consultation or to discuss any of the above procedures, please contact us:

The Medical Skin Clinic

Central Booking Line -  01708 504510

Direct Line - 07578482431

By Christina Newson 13 Dec, 2016
All the festivities can take a toll on your skin. Here are a few simple steps you can take to ensure you don't enter the New Year having added a few extra years!

1. Drink plenty!
I'm sure this one doesn't need much encouragement. But all that mulled wine and champagne can leave you very dehydrated. Dehydration has a very detrimental affect on your skin and causes the skin to loose the elasticity that staves off those dreaded lines and wrinkles. The affect of processing all that alcohol also means your blood supply is focused on your major organs and is diverted away from your extremities including your skin, where it aids in the rejuvenation of the cells. To avoid the effects of dehydration, try to avoid alcohol all together on the days between major celebrations and ensure you have a glass of plain water on the go when enjoying those boozy beverages. An additional glass in the morning and before bed will also help your body in filtering the remains.

2. Sugar-dumb Fairies
There is huge quantities of sugar in many of our favourite Christmas treats, including drinks. be aware of just how much sugar you are consuming. Try to avoid additional sugar ie in tea and on cereal. A sudden increase in sugar intake can reek havoc in those susceptible to acne and eczema. When seeking your 5-a-day in fruit and veg, try to steer towards veg and away from fruit which also contains lots of sugar.

3. Treat yourself
Treat yourself to a Chemical Peel and a simple water retaining moisturiser. Exfoliating scrubs and chemicals found in many of our scented products can stripe the skin of natural oils, damage the skin surface and not necessarily help to shed those dead cells that clog the skin. A chemical peel will brighten your skin and help to balance pigmentation issues. A simple non-perfumed moisturiser is all thats needed to help maintain your skins hydration.

4. The Post Dinner Walk
Whilst it's tempting to stay comfy by the fire after a big meal, a short walk after dinner will aid your digestion and prevent problems like constipation. Poor digestion can lead to a build up in toxins and it will show through on your skin. A little exercise can go a long way!

5. And relax!
All that preparation can be stressful. Take a little time for yourself to restore your energy, needed to renew skin cells and refocus the mind. Whether you head up to bed an hour early to read or take a hot bath, or visit a friend for a cuppa; taking a little time for yourself each day will avoid that feeling of being overwhelmed by the many things there are to do.

6. Enjoy yourself
You are so busy rushing around to get things just so that you forget the holidays should be just that... a holiday! Forget perfection; a few missed decorations or less than perfect dinner will go unnoticed by all when the laughter is flowing and fun is being had. Don't stand by titivating the tree whilst others are really enjoying the spirit of Christmas. Laughter is the best medicine, so if you want to stay looking young and feeling good, then get in on it!

Wishing you and your family and Happy, Healthy Christmas!

Everyone at The Medical Skin Clinic
By Christina Newson 07 Nov, 2016
Health Education England released new report at the beginning of the year in a long overdue effort to raise standards within the non-surgical industry.
Scary as it is to believe, currently there is no educational requirements to become an 'Asethetic Practitioner,' meaning thousands of procedures are being performed by non-medical persons everyday! The significant number of reports of botched procedures has finally urged the government to act and regulate the industry.
Although some training providers have taken the initiative to only provide training to healthcare professionals; this alone is not effective in detering anyone from beauticians to hairdressers from practicing injectable procedures on the public. Poor injection technique, a poor understand of anatomy and a lack of medical experience with dealing with complications has contributed to thousands of complications within the aesthetic sector - some requiring surgery to correct and others costing patients thousands to put right.

The 2-part HEE report layout new qualification requirements to ensure that only medically trained personel (Doctors, Nurses and Dentists) can perform injectable procedures; whilst those involved in laser procedures and chemical peels, will have minimum qualification standards and may require supervision of a medically trained person. Even medical professionals will be required to undertake a post-gradute qualification in order to administer these procedures. By 2018 we will also see the Dermal Fillers industry be more tightly regulated as the products are re-catagorised as a Prescription Only Medicine (POM) and must be prescribed by a Doctor or Independant Nurse Prescriber and will no longer be available to the public. Such steps are vital in order to raise industry standards and protect the public from unqualified persons and inferior products.

You can read the full reports here:

Part One  - Qualification Requirements for Delivery of Cosmetic Proceedures.

Part Two   - Report on Implementation of Qualification Requirements for Cosmetic Procedures.

Unfortunately, until 2018 finding a safe and qualified medical professional to perform cosmetic procedures will be the responsibility of the public. However, below are some tips on how to establish if your practitioner is safe:

  • Are they a Doctor, Nurse or Dentist? You will see many misleading job titles that can lead you unsure as to whether your practitioner is a qualified health professional. Ask the question... If the answer is no, go elsewhere.
  • Can they prove it? Medical professionals are regulated by individual regulatory bodies on behalf of the government. The NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council) the GMC (General Medical Council) and the GDC  (General Dental Council) all have registers ofqualified professional. Simply type in the name of your practitioner to find out if they are qualified and if they have any restrictions on their practice.
  • Can you see their previous work? Every practitioner should have a portfolio of previous cases to show you, whether it be printed or on the website... ask to see it!
  • Do they have a premises? A clinical environment is necessary to perform safe and hygeine procedures and to deal with any complications that may arise. If they want to inject you in your kitchen, you should be very concerned and go elsewhere.
  • What procedures are they insured to do? Extra training is required by all medical professionals in order to perform cosmetic procedures and certificates will need to be shown for each skill they are qualified to deliever, in order to get insurance. Some practitioners may have done individual modules for  different skills and some may have done a post-gradute course that incorporates all of these skills. Either way, ask your practitioner which they are insured to do so you know what training they've had.

Be safe and have a beautiful day!

Christina Newson
Aesthetic Nurse
By Christina Newson 24 Oct, 2016
We all want to slow the ageing process. Here are some tips that really work!

1. Take your make-up off every evening...
Those late nights can take there toll and skipping your skin care regime can be tempting. Avoid going to bed with your make-up on to reduce dark circles and blemished skin.

2. Get enough sleep...
Dark circles add years and missing those hours of vital REM sleep doesn't allow your body to rebuild and renew the cells of the skin. A few years of less than 7 hours a night might be do-able now but you'll regret those vital hours in years to come.

3. Use sunscreen....
A minimum of SPF 35. Avoid sunscreen containing oil as this will make your skin greasy and affect the application of your make-up. We love DCL suncreen , it's light-weight, non-greasy and a tube lasts for months!

4. Sleep on your back....
Sleeping on your side or your front can cause 'sleep-creasing,' deeper wrinkles in your face. I can always tell a client that sleeps on one side due to the depth of the lines around there eyes and mouth.

6. Get chemical peels and avoid skin damaging exfollients...
Not only are the non-biodegradable balls in exfollients bad for the environment,they are also very damaging to your skin and provide little relief from a build-up of dead skin cells. Treat yourself to monthly 40% Glycolic chemical peels to remove dead skin,blemishes, pigmentation and environmental damage.

7. Eat well and exercise...
It may seem obvious, but your skin reflects your inner health.  Acne, skin complaints and premature aging are signs that your body doesn't agree with something you're doing. Start with the basics and consult a nutritionist if you need more specialist advice.

8. Get rid of unsightly blemishes and moles...
Youth and beauty will radiate when your feel confident. If you have broken thread veins, moles or warts that bother you, it can be as cheap as £40 to get rid of them for good. Consult a trusted local specialist for advice.

9.Get your colours done....
Having an image consultant that specialises in colour therapy can take years off. Knowing the colours that suit you and complement your skin tone can 'lift' the appearance of your face and even help to tone down issues such as rosacea and pigmentation.

10. Know how to use make-up...
Mineral make-up can be less damaging to the skin over time and help with issues such as acne and pigmentation. Knowing the tones that suit you can help restore that youthful look whilst the wrong shade of foundation or eyeshadow can make you look drab and old. Make-up lessons can be inexpensive and give you skills you can use for the rest of your life.

11. Avoid spending fortunes on expensive 'anti-wrinkle' creams...
These cosmetic topical products may claim to contain collegen, Vitamin A, elastin etc but there is rarely enough active ingredient to be useful and most are only absorbed by the top layers of the skin... The dead cells where these ingredients are of little use. Instead, invest in some good advice and medical skin care products from a trusted skin clinic .

12. Consider BTox...
BTox works by reducing muscle contractions in the face to prevent the formation of line and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes. Ask your medical professional for a natural result to ensure you still have movement and avoid that 'frozen' look. 

13.Be happy...
Stress can not only affect your health, but also your looks. Make time to relax, see friends and have fun. Consider if your lifestyle is beneficial to you and make some changes if not. 
By Christina Newson 14 Oct, 2016
The main concern I hear from clients about having BTox or Dermal Fillers is not wanting to 'look to done' or end up with 'duck lips.' With all the images of false looking celebs, it's no wonder people are concerned about this aspect of aesthetic treatment. Below are some tips on how to achieve natural looking results when having non-surgical treatments:

1. Be realistic about what can be achieved. Dermal fillers and BTox should be used to enhance your beauty, not to alter what you look like. A little more fullness here and to smooth out that line there is fine; but when clients want to look like their favourite celeb, get the same shape pout as their best friend or take back 40 years,  problems can occur. Clients may seek to have correction after correction to achieve a specific desired result. This can lead to bumpiness, over-filling or no-movement in the facial muscles; all of which look very unnatural and not very aesthetically pleasing. A good practitioner should be able to guide you to what is achievable and what isn't.

2. Less is more. Whilst you may want everyone to notice your youthful new appearance or kissable lips, eer on the side of caution when it comes to the quantity of product used. Remember that you can always have more, but it can be difficult to correct over-filling. Whilst fillers can be dissolved, if a higher dose of BTox is used than necessary, you simply have to wait for it to wear off. Be aware than many of today's Dermal fillers are hydrophillic which means they attract and hold water. This means that whilst you will see an immediate result following treatment; once the swelling has settled and the product has become hydrated, it can further enhance the affect of the treatment for as much as a week later. Don't be tempted to ask for more immediately after the procedure; instead wait a week and return to the practitioner for further treatment if required.  Again a trusted and experienced practitioner should be able to guide you.

3. Look at your practitioner and their previous work. If your practitioner is pumped up like a barbie doll and looks constantly surprised, then perhaps that is what they consider to be a natural result?
Practitioners should have pictures of previous clients either on their website or by way of a portfolio. Bear in mind, one or 2 may simply have had a correction with your practitioner after years of dodgy work from someone else BUT if you notice a theme of 'duck lips' and dodgy brows, then make your excuses and find someone else. A practitioner that cannot produce evidence of previous work, simply may not have the experience. I always say, a good treatment should leave your friends guessing... 'maybe a new hair cut?' 'has she lost weight?' They'll know you look fab, but won't quite know why...

4. Only use a qualified medical professional. Doctors and Nurses are regulated by governing bodies. These governing bodies are designed to protect the public and hold the practitioners accountable for their actions. They impose a legal duty of care towards the patient which means that a practitioner should not 'sell' more treatment than is required and in the best interests of the patient. For this reason, you sometimes hear of clinicians refusing to treat a patient if they feel the treatment is harmful, necessary or detrimental to the patients mental well being. Using a qualified medical professional not only gives you a wealth of medical experience to tap into should any problems occur, but also a reassurance that they are working in your best interests. 

5. Don't become addicted. This ties in with the first point about realistic expectations. It's very easy for people to be so happy with the results of their treatment, that they look for more and more problems to fix. You may well become your Aesthetition's best friend but you will end up never feeling quite satisfied. Accept the ageing process with grace and learn to appreciate your good bits. Make sure your use of aesthetic procedures is healthy and is actually benefiting your mental well being and confidence. If you are not sure whether a procedure is necessary then seek a second opinion and take time to make an informed decision.

6.  Don't be tempted to cut corners.  Buying cheap products, being treated by someone unqualified or even doing-it-yourself, may seem like a cost-effective alternative but it is NEVER worth the risk. The emotional and financial implications of getting a bodged job resurrected, can be devastating. Be very suspicious of any practitioner that is particularly cheap,  they may be using inferior products. The old saying is very applicable here; 'Buy cheap, buy twice.'


By Christina Newson 23 Sep, 2016
They are both to make you look younger right? To smooth out wrinkles? BTox and Dermal Fillers can cause a lot of confusion. Below is a quick breakdown of the key points around each treatment and how they are used:

BTox

What is it?
BTox is a Toxin derived from a bacteria named Botulism and  used in exceptionally small doses to temporarily relax the muscles in the face.

What is it used for?
In aesthetics it is mainly used in the upper 3rd of the face, particularly around the eyes and forehead to reduce the muscle contractions which prevents dynamic wrinkles (only occur on expression) and allowing the skin the resurface, lessening the appearance of static wrinkles (those that are there all the time.) By preventing the dynamic wrinkles, it also acts as a prevention to further wrinkles from forming. It can also be used under the arms to reduce excess sweating and is used to treat an array of medical conditions.

How does it work?
It works by blocking the nerve signals which tell the muscles to contract, causing them to be temporarily relaxed or paralysed depending on the dose. The skin produces further receptors which means the effects of BTox will evenutally wear off.

How long does it last?
It depends how quickly the individual metabolises the drug, but generally 8-12 weeks.

Do I have to repeat the treatment?
Due to the temporary nature of BTox, if you wish to have consistent results then you will need to repeat the treatment once it starts to wear off. The longer you have the treatment for the more of an improvement you will see in static wrinkles. However, if you are happy for the results to fade, there is no need to repeat the treatment.

How is it different to Dermal Fillers?
BTox is used to relax the muscle contractions but will not increase the tissue volume in the area. For this, see Dermal Fillers.

Dermal Fillers

What is it?
Dermal Fillers are a gel like substance derived from Hyaluronic Acid, which is the naturally occuring substance in the body that keeps the skin plump and hydrated.

What is it used for?
Dermal Fillers are used to add volume to any areas of the face where it lacks and is most commonly used in the bottom 2/3 of the face (cheeks to chin.) With age, we often lose volume in the cheeks and gain it in the jowls which can be very ageing. By restoring volume in these areas we can maintain a more youthful appearance. Dermal Fillers can also be used to plump out deeper lines such as those around the mouth (known as nasal-labio and marrionette), alter the shape of the nose/chin/jawline, fill indented scars and add volume to lips.

How does it work?
The gel is injected under the skin and works by a) providing more volume in the area and b) by attracting more water to the site, increasing the hydration of the area.

How long does it last?
Again this varies from one individual to another but generally 9-12 months in less-used muscles such as the cheeks and chin, and 6-9 months in the lips and around the mouth. 

How is it different to BTox?

Dermal Fillers are generally not used in the upper 1/3 of the face due to the complex network of veins and arteries in the area. They do not affect the movement of the muscle or prevent new wrinkles from forming but add volume to areas where volume is desired.

For more information and print outs of possible risks and side effects please visit the information page:

http://medicalskinclinic.co.uk/treatment-information.acnetreatment
By Christina Newson 01 Sep, 2016
We are constantly bombarded with advertising claims with products seemingly getting more and more complex in their actions and ingredients. Too often we 'invest' in products that boast to take off the years or shed the pounds, only to be disappointed. How do we know which will work and which won't?

For us to truly understand the truth behind the world of cosmetics, we must first understand the way that the industry is regulated and the differences between cosmetics, cosmoceuticals and medical treatments. 

In the US the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulate both the cosmetic and medical products industry. Cosmetics are regulated by the FDA but are not FDA approved whilst all drugs must be FDA approved to go to market. This means that's only AFTER a cosmetic product is deemed harmful, adulterated or misbranded will the FDA take action. 

In the UK, medicines are governed by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) and food by the FSA (Food Standards Agency). Cosmetics are currently governed by the EU Cosmetics Regulation, although we expect this to change following the UK referendum. Similarly to the US, cosmetics have very little regulation unless they are reported as harmful.

Definition of cosmetics: 

A "cosmetic product" shall mean any substance or mixture intended to be placed in contact with the various external parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and the mucous membranes of the oral cavity with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance and/or correcting body odours and/or protecting them or keeping them in good condition, ( www.ctpa.org.uk

Definition of a medical product:

  • any substance or combination of substances presented as having properties of preventing or treating disease in human beings
  • any substance or combination of substances that may be used by or administered to human beings with a view to restoring, correcting or modifying a physiological function by exerting a pharmacological, immunological or metabolic action, or making a medical diagnosis. ( www.gov.uk

'Borderline Products' are products that may exceed the definition of cosmetics but are yet to be approved as medicinal. This products are sometimes referred to as 'Cosmoceuticals.' The MHRA will decide how to catagorise such products subject to certain conditions and evidence of efficacy. These Borderline products are often products that exceed the permitted % of active ingredient or drug ie. toothpaste may only contain a maximum of 1% fluoride to be marketed a cosmetic. Whilst cosmoceuticals may contain more of an ingredient it doesn't necessarily mean it is most effective or in  Similarly to cosmetics, cosmoceuticals only require a technical statement to support their claims and no clinical trials need to be performed to market a product with benefits such as 'anti-ageing, wrinkle reducing, skin tightening etc.' Medical products however require strict clinical testing  to prove their ability to 'restore, correct or modify physiological function' in order to be endorsed by the MHRA and only claims that have been clinically supported can be marketed.

The nature of the skin is to act as a barrier to external substances. Therefore most products are only ever absorbed into the top layer of dead skin cells and are unable to penetrate the living cells where it would be possible for them to 'restore, correct or modify physiological function.' For this to occur a drug would be required as a carrier, and it is not possible to use active quantities of drugs in cosmetics without declaring them a drug or medical product themselves. So for example, when an anti-aging cream claims to contain collagen... it may well do, but this ingredient is in an insignificant quantity and does not have a carrier that allows it to enter the living skin cells, therefore deeming it useless. The only ingredient that has an 'active' affect in most cosmetics is the Aqua...water, which will temporarily restore hydration of the skin. For this reason a good, cheap, basic emollient will offer the same benefits as most cosmetic skincare, whatever the price tag! The real key to good skincare is adequate hydration through drinking plenty of water, a basic emollient, good nutrition, exercise, reduced stress and most sun protection SFP 35+.

However for those of us not blessed with problem free skin, sometimes the basic aren't enough and medical product are required. Speak to your local, trusted medical skin clinic for advice and save yourself a fortune on cosmetics that simply just don't work!

Happy Skin Day!


By Christina Newson 03 Aug, 2016
We all have blemishes and/or redness somewhere on our face, yes everyone! No one has perfect complexion free skin without make-up, it is nearly impossible irrespective of age.

Blemishes vary in colour and intensity. If yours are minimal you are incredibly lucky…very lucky indeed as it is (in my vast experience of seeing naked faces) very rare.

Redness has a tendency to occur more on the apples of the cheeks, around the nose and chin, sometimes around the eyes. Of course it's not limited to those areas, but these are most common, and for a variety of reasons such as broken thread veins, Rosacea, eczema, menopausal symptoms or after a treatment or procedure to name a few.

Foundation and concealer doesn't have to be‘blanket’ coverage across the entire face; but just in areas where you need it most to achieve the most natural look. Ensure you blend well to create evenness of application. My favourite foundation blending brush is the Expert Face Brush by Real Techniques.

It buffs powder or liquid foundation easily and quickly onto the face for a flawless application. Press the brush gently into the skin for extra coverage in those red or blemished areas.

If your foundation doesn't completely cover your blemish in this way, apply a stick concealer under and/or over the top of the foundation, finishing with a light layer of powder to seal and hold the finish.

If you find your redness re-appears through the foundation during the day, apply a corrective colour concealer in green or yellow prior to foundation application to ‘cut’ the redness. Glo Minerals Redness Relief Powder and Glo Minerals Corrective Camouflage Kit are some redness concealing solutions.

If you would like to know more about covering redness and blemishes and achieving a flawless complexion with your make-up, please contact me at

info@leanneperilly.co.uk

07814478286

Leanneperilly.com

Leanne Perilly Make-up Artist


By Christina Newson 23 Jul, 2016
Nutrition for Acne

Omega-3 fatty acids , or alpha-lipoid acid, is an essential fatty acid. Its essential because our bodies cannot make it. It’s an important structural component of all cell membranes, including skin cells. Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory and provide fuel for cells. We generally eat too much Omega-6 containing food and not enough Omega-3 and it's getting this balance right which is important. Eat oily fish such as sardines and nonfarmed salmon. Plant sources include flaxseeds, chia seeds and fresh walnuts.

Zinc and skin are best friends. Loss of zinc from skin cells increases their susceptibility to oxidative damage and impairs their function. Zinc has anti-inflammatory role and has anti-microbial properties. Zinc rich foods include oysters, crab and lobster, red meat, wheatgerm and pumpkin seeds.

Vitamin A is necessary for collagen synthesis, killing bacteria, skin cell renewal and healthy skin structure. People with acne have been shown to have lower levels of Vitamin A. Some vitamin A can be converted from vegetables and fruits such as carrots and sweet potato (eaten with some fat, it’s much better absorbed). But if you want to bypass the conversion of carotenes to Vitamin A then go straight to the source and eat 100% organic butter, liver, cod liver oil and organic eggs.

Multi-Vitamin-Minera l. Its tough to get all the nutrients we need from our food due to the poor quality of foods and lack of choice available. Once we become depleted in essential nutrients, things can start to go wrong. Our immune systems weaken, our hormones can become dysregulated, we become inflamed, and our skin can show signs of those biochemical imbalances taking place inside of us. Taking a good quality multi nutrient, sourced from a professional nutritionist is a good start.

Eat Vegetables at every meal. Eat organic vegetables where possible to reduce your body’s toxic load. Variate the types of vegetable you eat as much as possible. Eat different colours, textures, foods grown above the ground and below the ground. Eat vegetables raw and steamed, roasted or blended into smoothie. The more vegetables you eat, the more vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients your body and skin benefit from. Different plant foods have different phytochemicals. These substances go to different organs, tissues and cells, where they perform different functions. What your body needs to ward off health issues is this synergistic effect—this teamwork—that is produced by eating a wide variety of plant foods.

  Omit Sugar . And foods which cause spikes in blood sugar. Acne has links with high blood sugar and insulin resistance. White refined flours such as store bought bread, cakes, pastries, biscuits, pasta — confectionary — sweet drinks such as soda’s, juice and smoothies — condiments such as ketchup or sweet and sour sauce — the list is endless. So many products contain sugar in some form it might seem impossible to avoid. If you’d like to do a sugar detox, and see your skin health improve, speak with your nutritionist to get advice and a recommended nutrition plan tailored specifically for you.

Cut out Processed Food . Inflammatory oils, added sugar, additives, ingredients we can’t pronounce or don’t recognise as food. Stay away from all of it. Your skin is one of your major detoxification organs, so be kind to it, and reduce the amount of work it has to do by eating whole organic foods and keeping hydrated with water.

Eat Healthy Fats and dramatically reduce consumption of all the other fats. Every cell in our body requires fat in order to function effectively. It is not the fat in our diet that causes the breakouts, rather it's the nutritionally devoid and processed food that causes inflammation, hormonal imbalances and excess stress on our bodies to eliminate these perceived toxins. Do avoid take-outs, eating out and ready made meals where unhealthy fats are in abundance. Heathy fats include avocado, raw nuts and seeds, extra virgin olive oil, cacao butter, coconut, oily fish and some 100% organic eggs, grass fed butter and ghee.

Detox . Maybe your detoxification pathways are impaired in someway. Genetically you may be missing or not making certain enzymes that enable you to eliminate our every day toxin exposure as well as someone else. Simple tests can be carried out that provide you with information about your detoxification capacity — then, diet and lifestyle can be modified to reduce the impact of unfavourable genetics on our overall health. Also, consider that your liver, bowel, kidneys and lungs may all need a helping hand with specific nutrients to enhance their effectiveness in detoxing.

Check Your Hormones . Hormonal imbalances may also play a role in skin disorders. Comprehensive hormone testing can provide valuable and insightful information about what exactly is going on, and then addressed accordingly.

For further information and detailed insight into your health issues, please contact Adele at Remedy Health. 07769 424844 or adele@remedy-health.co.uk. Visit Adeles website  http://www.remedy-health.co.uk  

Written by Adele Dobson
By Christina Newson 14 Jul, 2016

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