Blog

  • 01/05/2019 - Anna 0 Comments
    BB Glow

    Wouldn’t it be amazing to roll out of bed and be greeted with flawless skin when you look in the mirror? Now you can. With the Korean BB Glow treatment, your skin can look smooth and radiant without wearing foundation.

    We all struggle with uneven skin tone. It seems like an endless battle against aging, hormones, UV rays, and stress, which all impact the vibrancy of our skin. As much as we don’t like to wear makeup, we’d feel worse being in public without covering our flaws and blemishes.
    What Is The Korean BB Glow Treatment?
    BB Glow is one of the latest anti-aging beauty innovations from South Korea. It’s a semi-permanent foundation for your face. It uses scientifically proven nano needling technology to safely infuse nutrient-rich tinted BB cream into the top layer of your skin. This treatment will provide light to medium coverage to camouflage all your facial imperfections – including hyperpigmentation, redness, dark circles and large pores. Everyone will think that you naturally have perfect skin and BB Glow can be your little secret.
    What Are The Benefits Of The BB Glow Treatment?
    BB Glow will instantly and perfectly even out all your blemishes and discolorations. It’s a perfect way to have amazing skin for special events like your wedding or birthday.
    BB Glow is not only great at covering up your facial skin flaws, it will also hydrate your skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of under-eye dark circles, and reduce blackheads and clogged pores.
    BB Glow is also great for people with rosacea, to help cover up reness and broken capillaries.
    BB Glow does not rub or wash off. So, you can sweat, shower and swim all you want. At the end of the day, you will still have that amazing glowing and flawless skin.
    BB Glow is also good for your skin. The BB cream that’s infused into your skin contains many anti-aging ingredients, vitamins and antioxidants that will keep your skin healthy and youthful.
    BB Glow will not clog your pores and cause breakouts as the pigment is inside your skin versus sitting on top of your pores.
    BB Glow is great for those who, despite having tried all the latest anti-aging technologies, still are not able to remove stubborn spots. Now, BB Glow can safely camouflage imperfections and provide flawless skin.
    Who Are Good Candidates For BB Glow?
    Good candidates include people with:
    Dull, uneven skin texture
    Freckles
    Hyperpigmentation
    Post acne scars
    Age spots and sun spots
    Early aging and lax skin
    Wrinkles and fine lines
    What Are Some Contraindications?
    BB Glow is not recommended for those with the following conditions:
    Pregnant or nursing
    Skin cancer
    Skin disease
    Active infections or open wounds
    Accutane or any medication for the same purpose within the past 6 months
    Individual intolerance or allergies to the ingredients
    Patients with melanoma or other skin lesions
    injectable fillers within the last 2 weeks
    Patients on blood thinners
    Patients who are immunosuppressed due to potential for increased post needling infection
    Proceed with caution if any of these apply to you:
    History of cold sores or fever blisters. Taking an anti-viral medication may help to avoid a possible breakout. The medication should be used 2 days before and 2 days after treatment.
    Smoker (due to lipid peroxidation)
    Uncontrolled diabetes, as potential delayed wound healing may increase risk of secondary infection post needling
    Keloid or raised scars
    Active acne breakouts
    Is BB Glow Safe?
    BB Glow is very safe as it uses a nano needling technology and does not go deep in the skin. Also, all the BB serums are free of parabens, fragrances, alcohol and allergens.
    What Are The Potential Side Effects Of BB Glow?
    Side effects are very rare when done by a certified professional. Potential side effects are minor and can include pain, redness, pinpoint bleeding, temporary hyperpigmentation and infection.
    How Is BB Glow Performed At Serenity MedSpa?

    BB GLOW STEPS
    Cleansing – A cleanser is chosen based on skin type and applied to the face, neck and decollete to remove any surface oils or debris.
    Exfoliation – Stayve Derma White Exfoliating Gel is used to gently clean your pores and remove dead skin cells, which signifcantly improves your skin texture and color and aids in the absorption of active ingredients.
    Neutralization – Stayve Derma White Neutralizing Foam is applied, left on for few minutes and removed to restore the skin’s pH balance, reduce redness, moisturize and improve skin tone.
    Carboxy Gel Therapy – Unlike most other offices, we add on Carboxy Therapy before BB Glow to prepare the skin and optimize the results. (This step will be discussed further below.)
    Meso Serum (transparent) – This is another extra step added on to enhance your results. Using nano needling, we infuse a transparent meso serum to create more collagen, brighten and hydrate the skin.
    BB Glow Serum (serum with foundation) – The BB Serum shade that best matches your skin tone is infused into the skin with the nano needles and left on for 15 minutes.
    Mask – A fabric mask is placed over the BB Serum to keep it from drying out and to provide extra hydration and soothe the skin.
    LED Light Therapy – LED light therapy is also performed for 15 minutes with the mask on the skin to enhance the results. (This will also be discussed more later.)
    9. Product removal – The mask and the product is removed after 15min.
    10. Stayve Repair Cream – Stayve Repair Cream is applied as the final step. The cream helps to soothe and restore the treated skin.

    Read More
  • 04/11/2018 - Anna 0 Comments
    Laser Hair Removal FAQs

    How does laser work?

    Lasers emit energy in the form of light; it targets and heats up the hair follicle. Laser light is attracted to and absorbed by melanin, the pigment in the hair.
    The heat travels down the hair and destroys the root and interconnectors connecting it to the blood supply; preventing the growth of more hair.
    It only affects the specific structures of the hair and follicle, leaving the surrounding tissue undamaged.

    Why do I need a course of treatments?
    You need a course of treatments because laser only works on hair that is in the growth phase of the hair cycle, called Anagen. The other two phases of the hair cycle, called Catagen and Telogen, mean the hair is wither dormant or falling out; so laser doesn’t impact it.
    As all of your hair is indifferent phases at different times, you need several treatments spread out over a number of weeks to ensure the laser ‘catches’
    the each of the hairs in their growth phase at some point.
    How many treatments will I need?
    It depends on the area being treated; how thick and dense the hair is and your skin type – it varies from person to person. You’ll need at least four-six treatments and it will also depend on how often you come back for your sessions.
    Coarse, thick hair such as that on a man’s chest will take longer to treat than fine hair, but your initial consultation with an experienced therapist will give you an idea of what to expect.
    It only affects the specific structures of the hair and follicle, leaving the surrounding tissue undamaged.
    Does Laser Hair Removal hurt?
    As with all treatments, it depends on the person and how sensitive they are, as well as the area being treated. We use the Candela GentleLASE and the Soprano BLU lasers, both of which have additional cooling devices to decrease sensitivity during treatment.
    The sensation is like an elastic band being snapped against your skin, and the laser is moving all the time so the sensation is well-tolerated by most people.
    Avoid caffeine before your treatment as it can make you more sensitive.
    You can take a mild pain reliever (Paracetamol; NOT Ibuprofen as this also makes the skin sensitive).
    How long do I leave between treatment sessions?
    It varies on your rate of regrowth, which is different with everyone. Initially a four to six week gap (depending on the area being treated) will be recommended and then your Therapie Clinic therapist can assess the rate of hair regrowth, extending the gaps between sessions as appropriate.
    Some people may require a maintenance top-up treatment once or twice a year; some people find the hair doesn’t grow back at all.
    What do I have to do after treatment?
    Your skin will be sensitive so you’re advised to refrain from hot showers/baths, steam rooms, saunas, swimming pool and exercise for 24-48hrs.
    Don’t use sun beds on the area or expose the area to direct sunlight at all while having laser.
    Don’t use perfumed products or thick creams for 48hrs.
    Don’t wear tight clothes like skinny jeans or nylon tights (if having your legs treated) for 48hrs, as they may cause friction and aggravate recently treated skin.
    All of the above may cause skin to become irritated in the treated area, it is important that you follow these guidelines to ensure your skin safety. Your therapist will give you further details.
    Is the laser treatment safe?
    Laser is a clinically tested treatment; FDA approved and has undergone rigorous trails to ensure patient safety and efficacy. All of the ADL Aesthetics laser therapists are highly trained in performing the treatments; we take client comfort and safety very seriously and use the highest grade medical lasers.
    Before starting a course of treatment, we give each client a free consultation and patch test with a 24 hour waiting period to ensure skin is safe and patch test is clear.
    If you are having treatments with us and happen to go on holiday throughout your treatment course we will ask that you will have another patch test when you return to ensure your skin is ready to resume treatment without the risk of pigmentation occurring.
    Waxing and Shaving Before, During or After Laser Hair Removal
    Before
    You can shave the day before treatment; not the day of, as shaving exfoliates the skin a bit and makes it sensitive, making laser treatment uncomfortable.
    Don’t wax as if you remove hair, the laser has nothing to target!
    During the course of treatment
    You may shave between sessions – do not wax as it will affect hair growth patterns and affect results. Waxing or plucking completely removes the hair form the follicle, and for the laser to work there needs to be a hair present in the follicle.
    If you have waxed or plucked the treatment area you would have to wait 6-8 weeks for follicles to produce a new hair.
    After the laser course is finished
    We’d recommend you continue using laser until you achieve the level of hair reduction you’re happy with. Any remaining or reoccurring hair will be minimal; very fine in texture and light in colour so it’s ok to wax these.
    Why do we give a free consultation?
    It’s important for us to provide an assessment of your general medical condition; hair and skin to ensure you’re suitable for laser hair removal.
    Lasers don’t work well on blonde, red or grey hair as there may not be enough pigment for the laser to ‘find’ the follicle in order to work effectively.
    We can answer any questions you have regarding the treatment; make sure you have all the relevant information you need to make an informed decision and understand how the laser works.
    We also perform a patch test which allows us to test your skin for any sensitivity from the laser and also will ensure you are a suitable candidate for treatment.
    There are a number of different factors that determine the final result, including skin and hair colour; diameter of the hair, intervals between treatments and any underlying medical issues such as PCOS.

    Read More
  • 04/11/2018 - Anna 0 Comments
    What laser machine we use

    A-C-E TE1000 Combo machine 

    Multifunction Combo Machines give you the versatility to be able to supply many treatments using a single machine.
    Our Combo system offers a leading edge ND Yag Tatttoo Removal Laser and an effective Elight IPL system from this single machine
    The system also offer a variety of other skin treatments such as thread vein removal, skin rejuvenation, acne clearance, pigmentation removal, wrinkle reduction and many more.
    Applications IPL
    Large Area Hair Removal, back, legs, facial, bikini etc
    Skin Rejuvenation
    Freckle and Pigmentation Removal
    Spider veins, vascular lesions removal
    Applications ND YagMulti Colour Tattoo Removal
    Carbon Facial Skin Rejuvenation
    Small area hair removal (Limited)
    Make up (lip line, eye line, eyebrow) removal
    Nevus, freckle, sun spot, age spot removal
    Specifications IPL
    Wavelength 432/530/560/590/640~1200nm (additional filters available)

    Handles Included One - Handle Spot Size Select from 15*50mm, 12*30mm, 12*45mm

    Laser type Q-Switched ND YAG laser
    Pulse number 1-15 (adjustable)
    Update method USB
    Display 8.4' colour touch LCD display
    Cooling Water and Air
    Specifications ND Yag
    Wavelength 1064nm & 532nm (Plus 1320nm)
    Spot Diameter 1-8mm (Adjustable by distance)
    cooling system Air + closed water circulation cooling
    Display 8.4' colour touch LCD display
    Output power 500W
    pulse energy 0- 1600MJ
    frequency 1-10HZ
    Voltage 230-260V/50-60Hz

    Read More
  • 23/10/2018 - Anna 0 Comments
    Advanced Tricho Pigmentation

    When it comes to hair loss there are a variety of different treatments that can help restore your hair and some that can help with the appearance of fullness.

    At the ADL Aesthetics we have an amazing treatment to help those that aren’t quite ready for a hair transplant, to achieve the appearance of fullness. Our Advanced Tricho Pigmentation treatment is perfect for patients in the "IN" between stage and that require an immediate solution.
    What is Advanced Tricho Pigmentation?
    Advanced tricho pigmentation (ATP) is a revolutionary procedure to help the appearance of fuller hair. ATP is a medical hairline tattoo, similar to the popular scalp micro pigmentation (SMP) procedure, however, more advanced to ensure you get excellent and realistic results. We are able to offer semi permanent and permanent options depending on your preference.
    The scalp or thinning area is treated to increase the appearance of density by placing pigment to replicate follicles in long or short hair to boost the appearance of volume without requiring any surgery or downtime.
    What can Advanced Tricho Pigmentation achieve?
    Advanced Tricho pigmentation is a procedure used to help give the appearance of fullness in the hair and it can give the look of a full head of cropped hair, build a full-front, side and rear hairline, restore hairlines, camouflage the symptoms of alopecia, hide scars and help to even out balding.
    How does Advanced Tricho Pigmentation work
    Advanced tricho pigmentation works in a similar way to a tattoo, natural pigments are applied at the epidermal level of the scalp to replicate the natural appearance of real hair follicles or strands.
    Advanced Tricho Pigmentation or hair transplant?
    When you begin to lose your hair it can be a scary time, you’ll quickly jump to the conclusion that you’ll be bald in a year’s time and must get a hair transplant right away. A hair transplant however, isn’t always the answer.
    Our hair can thin and our hairline can recede from a young age and that doesn’t always mean we need to book ourselves in for a hair transplant. ATP is the perfect treatment to consider before a hair transplant.
    As ATP works to build the appearance of a full head of hair it is the perfect treatment for those in the early stages of hair loss, the treatment will help you restore the appearance of fullness without needed to get a hair transplant.If you’re hair is thinning and you would like some more information both ATP and our hair transplant treatments please contact us for a

    Read More
  • 21/10/2018 - Anna 0 Comments
    Tattoo Removal does it scar ?

    If you have got an ugly, unsightly or undesirable tattoo that you no longer want, there are two main options. The first is to get a professional cover-up, which often means getting a larger and darker tattoo. The second is laser tattoo removal, which has the potential to completely remove ink from your skin in as little as 6-12 sessions.
    But while the prospect of scarring is preferable than the original tattoo for some people, this is still far from ideal. However, recent research suggests that the latest laser technology doesn’t even cause scarring anyway.
    Studies into laser tattoo removal scarring
    In addition to clinical reports and scientific studies, medical professionals are also on hand to offer reassurances about scaring from laser removal treatment. A user on Realself, which allows anyone to pose medical treatment questions to a community of doctors, asked: “When getting the laser removal for tattoos, does it leave a scar and will it get rid of the tattoo completely?”
    Michele S. Green, a New York dermatologist, answered: “The process of tattoo removal is a unique process where the individual colours are removed based on the unique colours of the different ink. If the correct settings and lasers are used there should be no scar to remove the tattoo completely.”
    Even though scarring is rare and only occurs in less than two per cent of cases, PicoSure must include this as a possible side effect with its laser removal treatment.
    “Adverse effects can include pinpoint bleeding, blistering, scabbing, crusting, pustules, burns, hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, erythema, edema and scarring,” notes the laser clinical handbook.
    Prior to your treatment session, our staff will consider your skin type and ask whether you have any history of scarring. Test spots also enable us to determine the most efficacious and safest treatment for each patient.
    For clients with darker skin types we use the yellow tip  as this laser is capable of delivering a 1064 nm wavelength, which is near-infrared light (invisible to humans) and poorly absorbed by melanin, making this the preferred laser suitable for darker skin.
    Keloid scars, which are raised, thickened areas of skin can also appear up to 3-6 months after treatment, but again these are very rare.
    Reducing the chances of scarring
    Laser tattoo removal might not cause scarring in the first instance, but it can result in blisters and scabs, which is simply a sign that your body has started the healing process. As you are no doubt aware, picking at or peeling off scabs can increase the risk of scarring and infection, so try to avoid this.
    To minimise the chances of scarring, you can attempt to boost your body’s immune system, as this will help the process of pigment elimination and skin repair. After treatment, remember to drink plenty of water, get plenty of sleep, and if you smoke cigarettes, try to give up!

    Avoiding direct exposure to the sun can also help, as ultraviolet radiation harms your skin pigmentation, increasing the risk of scarring due to greater sensitivity.

    Read More
  • 19/10/2018 - Anna 0 Comments
    ​The Eight Best Nutrients to Protect Yourself Against UV Damage


    It’s not just what you put on your skin that protects against damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays — what you put in your body counts too.
    There are many nutrients that can help prevent UV damage from the sun, but none take the place of judicious use of a broad spectrum sunscreen such as ZO® Skin Health’s Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50. That said, these eight nutrients can, and do, play a role in a comprehensive skin protection program.
    Heliocare
    Heliocare supplements contain Polypodium leucotomos fern, an antioxidant that, when taken orally once per day, helps protect your skin from sun damage.
    Nicotinamide (Vitamin B3)
    Studies tell us that that supplements of Vitamin B3 can reduce skin cancer risk. Researchers think that nicotinamide boosts DNA repair in response to UV exposure.
    Green tea
    Green tea is loaded with polyphenols including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which may protect against the development of skin cancer. Consider swapping your AM cup of Joe for a mug of healthful green tea or delicious matcha.
    Vitamin D
    Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because our bodies produce it in response to unprotected sun exposure, but you don’t have to bake to get the D you need. Supplements can help keep your blood levels where they ought to be, which is important because low vitamin D is linked to a laundry list of diseases and conditions.
    Omega-3s
    Omega-3s are powerful anti-inflammatory agents, and they may reduce UV-induced inflammation too. Eating fatty fish such as mackerel or salmon at least twice a week is your best bet. If you don’t eat enough fish, consider supplements. Your whole body – including your skin – will thank you.
    Lycopene
    Lycopene, the nutrient that gives tomatoes their rich, red color, also protects our skin from UV exposure and acts like a natural sunscreen. Don’t slather it on your skin though. Instead, include more tomatoes in your diet or take a supplement containing lycopene.
    Vitamin C
    This antioxidant powerhouse may help stave off sun damage in addition to its other healthful properties. (P.S: Vitamin C is also helpful as a topical. This is why Vitamins C is included in ZO® SKIN HEALTH C-Bright Serum 10% Vitamin C)
    Vitamin E
    Vitamin E is a building block of collagen, the protein that gives skin the supple elastic properties of youth and can be found in abundance in almonds spinach, sweet potatoes and avocadoes.
    Renowned dermatologist Zein Obagi, MD encourages eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This type of diet is shown to have many positive effects on health and wellness and may help our bodies fight off UV damage, but food or supplements should never replace sun protective behaviors such as wearing sunscreen, avoiding the sun when it is strongest and seeing your dermatologist each year for a clinical skin cancer exam. Always tell your doctor about any supplements that you are taking as they may interact with prescription or over-the-counter medications.

    Read More
  • 18/10/2018 - Anna 0 Comments
    What causes Acne

    Why am I breaking out? This is a common question that skin care specialists get asked all of the time.

    There is no one answer to this question, but understanding how acne develops can shed some light on its causes and importantly, its prevention and treatment.
    According to Newport Beach dermatologist Stefani Kappel, “Acne occurs when a pore becomes clogged. This starts with an accumulation of dead skin cells. Instead of shedding these cells, an overproduction of sebum oil in the body makes it easier for the dead skin cells to cluster in the pore, where they can become trapped. Sometimes bacteria, p. acnes, also get inside the clogged pore, where it can multiply quickly. When this occurs, the pore becomes inflamed and you are at risk of developing a painful acne cyst.”
    The reasons this process occurs differ by ages and stages of life.
    If you are a teen, acne is almost always caused by overactive oil glands. Adult acne, however, is usually caused by fluctuating hormones.
    Regardless of your age, diet, sleep patterns, hygiene, lifestyle, exercise, and stress can exacerbate breakouts.
    When it comes to diet, it’s not the greasy foods that are the culprits. Instead, skim milk and foods high in the glycemic index (GI) may play a role in causing acne. The GI ranks foods on a scale from 1 to 100 based on how quickly (or slowly) carbohydrates affect your blood-sugar levels. White bread scores 100 and foods that rank below 55 are considered to have a low GI. The evidence is limited and no specific dietary changes are recommended in the management of acne, as reported in the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Aesthetic (AAD.org).
    Stress gets in the way of us living our best lives and may prevent us from doing the things that help us stay healthy including taking care of our skin. Taking steps to lower your stress levels or the way you cope with stress will have a positive effect on all aspects of your health including your skin. Find something that makes a difference and do it every day whether yoga, meditation, deep breathing or taking a walk in the park.
    The right skin care regimen can treat and even prevent acne. The ZO Skin Health Acne Prevention and Treatment Program includes highly effective products formulated to treat clogged pores, blackheads (comedones), papules and pustules (pimples) and cysts. It includes Exfoliating Cleanser, Exfoliating Polish, Complexion Renewal Pads and a Sulfur Masque. When used as directed, these products work to slow sebum production, exfoliate skin cells to help unclog pores and lighten pores. If your acne is caused by hormonal ups and downs, birth control pills can help. 

    Read More
  • 17/10/2018 - Anna 0 Comments
    What can we do about dark spots ?

    Dark spots or hyperpigmentation can mar a complexion. They come in many forms and shades from sun spots and melasma to moles.

    What is causing your discoloration? It could be advancing age, your hormonal activity, sun exposure and/or skin irritation.
    According to Beverly Hills dermatologist Sameer Bashey, “In light-skinned individuals, sun damage is the usual culprit, while in darker-skinned people, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) or melasma (brown to gray-brown patches on the face) is often the cause. PIH can occur with acne, but it also can result from psoriasis, a burn, an injury or a skin rejuvenation treatment.”
    Your best defense from sun spots is judicious use of sunscreen such as Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30, Sun Spray SPF 50 or Daily Sheer Broad-Spectrum SPF 50.
    If you already have dark spots, see your dermatologist. There are more options today than ever before to lighten dark spots, and they don’t all contain Hydroquinone. For example, ZO® Non-Hydroquinone Hyperpigmentation System is a multi-product, skin therapy system designed for the treatment of hyperpigmentation without the use of hydroquinone.
    The kit includes Retinol Skin Brightener 1%, Daily Power Defense, Wrinkle + Texture Repair and Brightalive Skin Brightener. When used correctly, Hydroquinone is both safe and effective and remains the gold standard. ZO® Multi-Therapy Rx Hydroquinone System is an all-encompassing system formulated to help treat hyperpigmentation, severe texture damage, sun damage and general skin health restoration. It is comprised of Melamin™ Skin Bleaching & Correcting Crème, Exfoliation Accelerator, 10% Concentration, Melamix™ Skin Lightener & Blending Crème and Daily Power Defense.
    Both of these systems contain retinol (an over-the-counter form of vitamin A) which is also highly effective for dark spots.
    Sometimes, your dermatologist may need to bring in the bigger guns — superficial chemical peels containing salicylic acid and glycolic acid, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices and Q-switched lasers can be used alone or in combination with topicals in light-skinned individuals with dark spots. In darker skin types, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and non-ablative fractionated lasers or very low-level Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers may help, when used with caution by a pigment specialist.
    You don’t have to live with dark spots anymore. Depending on the cause, there are multiple treatments to try and combine to lighten the spots and improve your complexion.

    Read More
  • 16/10/2018 - Anna 0 Comments
    How to avoid wrinkles

    As the saying goes, every wrinkle tells a story, but you may want to keep all those stories to yourself…

    We don’t blame you!
    The best way to avoid wrinkles is to get ahead of what causes them – much of which is in your control, including:
    Your age
    OK, we can’t really change our age, but wrinkles are another thing we can blame on our depleting supply of collagen. The building block of elastic youthful skin, our collagen supply dwindles with advancing age. The good news: There are a bonafide ways to prevent the break down of collagen and boost its production. The growing list includes certain energy-based therapies that build up our collagen supply as well as the Silhouette Instalift which used sutures and cones to lift sagging facial tissue. The sutures and cones are made of glycolide / L-lactide (PLLA/PLGA) which stimulates collagen production over time. Some injectables also volumize by enhancing collagen production.
    Your genes
    OK, we can’t change our genes…yet. If your mom had furrows, chances are you will too unless you take steps to protect your skin from the sun’s rays and other known causes of wrinkles.
    Exposure to UV light breaks down your skin’s connective tissue including collagen and elastin in the deeper layer of skin. When this occurs, your skin begins to sag and wrinkle. Stop this process in its tracks by using Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30, Sun Spray SPF 50 or Daily Sheer Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 all year round.
    Smoking
    Those vertical lip lines are called smoker’s lines for a reason. Smoking produces free radicals in the body, which contribute to premature aging. Antioxidants like vitamin C sop up damaging free radicals, and C-Bright Serum 10% Vitamin C is chock full of vitamin C. This serum helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles when used as directed. The repetitive pursing of lips that occurs when you smoke also causes wrinkles. If you smoke, the best thing you can do is quit, and if you don’t smoke, don’t start. Wrinkling is but one of a laundry list of problems and diseases that are caused and worsened by smoking.
    Pollution
    Oxidative stress from pollution ages the skin and damages its ability to repair itself from damage. If moving or switching occupations isn’t an option, an antioxidant serum such as C-Bright 10% Vitamin C Serum will provide a high dose of stabilized pure vitamin C to reduce the effects of pollution on the skin. The addition of coenzyme Q10, another powerful antioxidant, helps to defend against other environmental triggers that cause inflammation.

    Read More
  • 15/10/2018 - Anna 0 Comments
    What not to do before Tattoo Removal

    f you’re reading this article, then the chances are you’ve entered a phase of “tattoo regret” following an investment in body art that you now wish wasn’t a permanent feature of your appearance. Fortunately for those of us who change our minds about a tattoo long after the image has finished being inked, laser tattoo removal solutions have come a long way in recent years. Today, the solutions available for tattoo removal are more effective than ever before.

    Importantly, when you book your first laser tattoo removal session, you’re bound to feel both excited, and anxious. During this time, it can be helpful to educate you about the measures you should, and shouldn’t take before turning up to your appointment. Here are some things NOT to do before your session.
    Do NOT expose your tattoo to sunlight
    Staying out of the sun might not seem like a big deal when you’re approaching your tattoo removal session. However, exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun can increase the natural production of various substances in the body – such as melanin and vitamin D. Melanin soaks up radiation, and causes your skin to tan in the sun – but it can also affect the way that your body responds to the light waves that are used lasers.
    Staying away from sunlight and UV radiation will help to ensure that your skin is as protective, receptive, and durable as it needs to be for a successful treatment.
    Do NOT get a spray tan or use fake tan lotions
    While fake tan obviously doesn’t come with the same UV exposure as actual sunlight, it can affect your tattoo removal, as you could be coming back for multiple sessions when actually only a few are required. If your body has absorbed products containing toxins, it could mean that you have to spend more time, and money than you need to on tattoo removal.
    What’s more, some fake tans contain products that can react badly with laser treatment and create pigmentation in the skin.
    Do NOT come straight from the tattoo studio
    Even if you decide, straight after getting a tattoo, that you want it removed, that doesn’t mean you should head straight in for a session. Exposing your skin to removal treatments too soon after tattoo placement can lead to scarring and ink retention. The reason for this is that tattoos are created through a long-term process of ink entrapment and dermis healing. After a period of around three months, you can rest assured that the pigment will have settled properly into the skin, ready to be removed.
    Waiting three months will ensure the ink has settled, and the immune system is back on track.
    Do NOT forget to mention medications you are taking
    Tattoo removal that takes place using the PicoSure laser can be suitable for a number of different people. However, as with a range of different treatments, there are certain precautionsthat need to be taken, and some medications may interact negatively with your session. Informing your clinician beforehand of the various medications you are taking will help them to decide whether it is safe for you to proceed with laser tattoo removal.
    Do NOT use mechanical epilation
    An epilator is a form of electrical device that is used to remove hair from the skin by pulling multiple hairs out of the body at the same time. Though many people prefer this form of hair removal to other options available on the market today, it’s important to note that mechanical or chemical epilation within a period of six weeks prior to the treatment can alter the healing process.
    Do NOT attempt forms of non-laser tattoo removal
    Finally, do not try to “speed up” the removal process by turning to other forms of tattoo removal. Most of these options are dangerous and can lead to permanent scarring. This could include:
    Dermabrasion – a painful and dangerous procedure wherein the skin is “scraped” away to try and remove the tattoo image. This can lead to permanent scarring and requires deep penetration to remove the full pigment.
    Salabrasion – similar to dermabrasion, this uses granular salt and water alongside an abrasive device to remove the tattoo pigment. Once again, this method of tattoo removal carries a high risk of scarring, and can cause serious pain.
    Acid – some people turn to acid to get rid of their tattoos. However, this is extremely dangerous and can cause long-term deformation in the skin.
    Tattoo-removal creams – Finally, people continue to waste their money on the prospect of a pain-free cream that will remove tattoos for them. Though some of these creams can fade a tattoo – they will not be able to access the deeper layers of skin where the ink is stored.

    Read More
  • 14/10/2018 - Anna 0 Comments
    Tattoos are not as permanent as we think

    For centuries we have assumed that once tattooed that’s it – the image or words are there for life. Then came tattoo cover-ups, allowing ink that people had grown tired of or grown out of to be covered up with a new design by experienced, talented artists.

    Finally, we reached the point where lasers were employed to remove tattoos entirely. The technology works, and it means that those youthful (or not so youthful) indiscretions can be made as invisible as possible. Sometimes, however, it’s not possible to remove all of it. This is especially true of tattoos with a coloured pigment.
    Things may be about to change though. A study carried out in France, regarding just how permanent that ‘permanent’ ink from a tattoo is, has revealed surprising findings. The research, carried out on mice, has shown that the skin cells into which the tattoo is fixed are not fixed themselves, and when they die, those cells can pass the pigment on to new cells. But they don’t just pass them on – they ‘eat’ the tattoo beforehand, thus reducing the amount of ink in the skin over time.
    These special cells are called macrophages and they are immune cells that you can find in the dermis (the true skin that is under the epidermis). It seems that they come swarming towards the site of the tattoo, thinking that it is a wound that needs to be healed (which, to all intents and purposes, it is). It consumes the ‘injured’ cells, thus replicating the tattoo for all eternity because when the macrophages die, they too are swallowed up. The tattoo remains the same, but the skin beneath it is different.
    The authors speculate that laser removal on tattoos can become a lot more accurate and the results can be a lot more impressive. Why? Because the laser can target the macrophages specifically, meaning that, over time, the tattoo will fade entirely because there will be fewer and fewer pigments to swallow up.

    Read More
  • 01/10/2018 - Anna 0 Comments
    DONT use moisturiser

    So, I was baffled when I heard what Zein Obagi, M.D., a Beverly Hills-based dermatologist and founder of skin-care line ZO Skin Health, who says using moisturiser was not only a waste of time, but potentially damaging to skin. "When you use moisturiser every day, you run the risk of making your skin older, not younger," he warned. "If you apply a lot of moisture, skin will become sensitive, dry, dull, and interfere with natural hydration."

    Read More
  • 01/10/2018 - Anna 0 Comments
    Whens BEST to Laser

    While laser hair removal can be performed any time of year, it is widely accepted that winter is the best season to start your treatment series. When most people retreat indoors and indulge in comfort food on the couch, those ‘in-the-know’ take the cooler weather as an opportunity to transform themselves before summer.Why is winter the best season for laser hair removal?Laser hair removal is a great treatment to be done in winter as it requires some preparation. For example, waxing, depilatory cream, sun exposure and fake tan are prohibited two weeks prior to treatment. As this is not ideal for summer bikini weather, it’s much easier to prepare in the cooler months when you are all rugged up in cozy jumpers and jeans.

    It is easier to avoid the sun
    Many first-time laser hair removal clients don’t realise sun exposure before treatment is very detrimental. Sun exposure increases risk of inaccurate laser settings, which can damage your skin. This is why we strongly advise you avoid tanning, which makes winter an ideal time to begin your laser hair removal treatments.

    Read More
  • 25/09/2018 - Anna 0 Comments
    BACK2SCHOOL BACK2YOU

    For a limited time only, we have a special offer available for our clients. ‘Back to school, back to you’ gives you 50% off our treatments during September. Get in touch with us today to book a treatmen

    Read More