Ingredient Spotlight: Stem Cells & why they’re in our skincare?
Our skin’s are filled with stem cells but as we age and are exposed to external aggressors these cells die and have trouble repairing themselves. These stem cells are crucial to our skin’s function but what do we do once they are gone?
Ingredient Spotlight – Collagen & why it’s in skincare
Collagen is a commonly used word in the marketing of many Anti-aging products with promises to turn back the clock and ‘reverse’ the signs of ageing, but what is it really and why is it in skincare?
Ingredient Spotlight: DNA Enzymes
Everybody has a rough idea of what DNA is, most think of DNA at a crimes scene (too many tv series!) or family DNA that is what we are made up of from our parents: but what is DNA when it comes to skincare?
Microdermabrasion is one of the top most performed facial procedures for some years now. Most people will have heard of it and many have tried it for themselves. But do you really know the benefits of Microdermabrasion?
Winter has finally ended and in its path has left us with dehydrated, dull lifeless skin.
Most of this can be blamed on extreme temperature changes: cold outside, heaters blasting in the home, car & office, it’s no wonder our skin is depleted of any excess hydration. Also playing a part is the fact that our skin cell turnover (our natural exfoliation process) often slows in winter, leaving us with a build up of dead skin cells on the surface.
Winter is officially here and along with it comes rain, cold, illnesses and a condition called ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ (SAD).
Better known as the “Winter Blues” SAD is a medical condition that can seriously affect how people feel. Experts believe that reduced exposure to light, less venturing outside and shorter and colder days result in a reduced production of serotonin, the happy hormone produced in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain which regulates mood, appetite and sleep.
What exactly is Botox /Dysport?
Botulinum toxin, is a simple effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles that creates a youthful relaxed appearance. Botox and Dysport are the most commonly used Botulinum Toxin products, they are a simple, effective, non-surgical treatment that works by relaxing facial muscles, thereby reducing and smoothing away frown-lines and other wrinkles.
Both Botox & Dysport are supported by over a decade of clinical experience.
In New Zealand, both products have been used for over 12 years, by eye specialists and neurologists, to treat nervous tics and muscle spasms of the face and neck.
As summer comes every year, we all look forward to the warmer weather, days spent at the beach and bronzing up our winter skin’s. But most of us tend to forget the more serious & dangerous side of the sun. Did you know that 4000 people are diagnosed with either melanoma or invasive melanoma every year in New Zealand? That is around 11 people every single day.
Skin therapists are not only concerned with the cosmetic side of sun damage, which we see presented as hyper pigmentation and premature aging, but also the real reality of skin cancers.
Now, most people think that as long as I have bought some skin care and are putting some kind of product on my face, I am looking after my skin when in fact using incorrect skin care can create more harm than good.
Over the counter, Skin care products are usually classed in four categories: Oily, Dry, Normal and Combination skins. It seems simple enough to decide what category I think my skin is and choose my skincare off the shelf. But as skin research is an ever developing science, as highly trained skin therapists our focus is skin conditions, no longer skin types.