Vitamins Prevent Cancer and Ageing

February 6, 2016

I went on a training course on Monday where evidence was presented about the benefits of certain nutrients.
The strongest evidence was for Vitamin D and Vitamin B3 (also known as niacin, nicotinamide and niacinamide)

Vitamin D has been shown to reduce not only your risk of melanoma but also the most common types of cancer. ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26727838 )
The problem is we are all wearing SPF to prevent us from making our own Vitamin D to protect our self from skin cancer !

Vitamin B3 also offer protection for those who are prone to certain skin cancers.
According to a study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17147561), Vitamin B3 also leads to an improvement in the skins barrier function, and an improvement in the skins moisture content. It improves the surface structure, smooths out wrinkles and inhibits photocarcinogenesis.
A 2003 study on 50 women aged 40 to 60 added niacinamide at 5% to a moisturizer and found “significant improvements” to fine lines, wrinkles, hyper pigmentation spots, texture, and red blotchiness.

Vitamin C and A also were mentioned.

It was an eye opener and I am back on my Skinade as it contains everything mentioned in the talk except vitamin D.
I must remember to pick up a vitamin D supplement tomorrow as I intend to continue using my SPF.

How to Make Your Face Look Younger with Skin Care

February 26, 2015

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1) Reduce your skin’s exposure to the sun

  • Wear a hatScreen Shot 2015-02-24 at 18.29.26
  • Stay in the shade
  • Avoid going out when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Wear a good sun protector with a high SPF we recommend 50+

UV light is damaging to the skin and encourages free radicles, the main cause of prematurely aged skin.

At Cheshire Lasers we stock Heliocare sun protection, designed for the face and all skin types, protection goes up to 50+

Heliocare is available as a cream, a spray, a gel, a makeup and a  fantastic moisturising foam. Why not call in and try the products.

Don’t worry ladies makeup can still be applied on top it glides on really well.


2) Use an antioxidant serum

Antioxidants are molecules that control and / or prevent free-radicals. Free-radicals are the main reason for skin damage created by sun exposure, smoking, alcohol and other environmental factors. You can prevent free radical damage  by consuming more antioxidants in your diet, usually found in fruits or vegetables deep in colour. Applying an antioxidant serum can also make a big difference.

Most of these serums contain vitamin C, and some contain vitamin E.

At Cheshire Lasers we sell many antioxidant serums choose from:


3) Use a Retinol or Retin-A based product

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Retinol is basically pure Vitamin A.

Retin-A is a chemical exfoliant used by dermatologists for many years to treat acne.  Retin-A is retinoic acid, a derivative of Vitamin A. But it is so potent that it is available only on prescription.

Retinol  and Retin-A  work by stimulating cell growth deep in the skins basal layer increasing the skins cell turnover. It also stimulates collagen production, and exfoliates the top layers of skin to reveal, fresher younger-looking skin. It decreases wrinkles, fades and improves pigmentation as well as improving the skin’s texture and reducing spots and blemishes.

The use of Retin-A in cosmetics is prohibited because the side-effects of irritation, flaking, redness, dryness and over-sensitivity to sunlight can be severe. Scientists had to look for another, less aggressive way of effectively using Vitamin A as the active ingredient in beauty products. The result was Synthetic Retinol.

To reduce irritation a test patch is always recomended for these products, start on a low strengths and apply at night every few nights and slowly increase the frequency of use to every night. Over time you can slowly increase the strength of the retinol product you use and after a few months you should start to see some improvements. For more aged skin you may want to progress onto a prescription Retin-A product after a consultation with your doctor.

You must always use a good SPF when using retinol, as the skin can be more delicate and is sensitive to the effects of UV light.

At Cheshire Lasers our favourite retinol products are:

Our prescription products are available only after a consultation with Dr Teri Johnson, we recommend you have used a retinol based product for at least a few months before considering this option.


4) Cleanse your skin with an exfoliating cleanserScreen Shot 2015-02-24 at 18.49.04

Using an exfoliating cleanser removes the old dehydrated cells on the surface of the skin that ages the skin. These cells make your skin look dry and wrinkled. Exfoliating reduces pore size and reduces congestion in the skin.

We recommend a cleanser that contains either:

  • AHAs
  • BHAs
  • Enzymes

AHAs are alpha hydroxy acids sometimes referred to as fruit acids they can also be derived from nuts and milk:

They include:

glycolic acid, derived from sugar cane
lactic acid, derived from milk
mandelic acid, derived from bitter almonds
citric acid, natural found in citrus fruit but deriver from many fruit and vegtables
tartaric acid, derived from grapes
malic acid, derived from apples and pears

AHAs work by exfoliating the top layer of skin  allowing newer healthier skin cells to show through. They are particularly useful in dry skin and may help to diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

Studies have shown that AHAs may also stimulate collagen production and reduce the changes caused by the sun damaging the skin.

BHAs – Usually salicylic acid ideal for acne and spot prone skin, it smooths the skin, reduces pore size reduces lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.

Enzymes  are effective exfoliants they are gentler than scrubs as they do not scratch or irritate the skin. The upper layer of your skin is mostly made of dead skin cells containing keratin protein. The enzymes work by specifically breaking down the keratin protein, resulting in smoother skin.

Here are a few of our popular exfoliating cleansers


5) Hydrate your skin with a  B5 serum

These lightweight and easily-absorbed hydrating serums deliver Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and Hyaluronic Acid to produce rapid and significant improvements in the general condition and feel of the skin. These serums have excellent water-retaining properties to quench your skin and provides excellent skin hydration, this is unlike the standard moisturisers most people have tried that just sit on the skin surface.

B5 serums can be used day and/or night (or whenever you want a hydration boost) non sticky/non oily and you only need to use a couple of drops under your usual moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated for longer.-1

At Cheshire Lasers we like:


 

If you need any help please ring Cheshire Lasers Clinic on 01606 841255 or book a consultation to discuss your skin care needs and concerns.

For more information about our clinic visit  cheshirelasers.co.uk

 

How to Make Your Face Look Younger with Skin Care

February 24, 2015

shutterstock_173362460


1) Reduce your skin’s exposure to the sun

  • Wear a hatScreen Shot 2015-02-24 at 18.29.26
  • Stay in the shade
  • Avoid going out when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Wear a good sun protector with a high SPF we recommend 50+

UV light is damaging to the skin and encourages free radicles, the main cause of prematurely aged skin.

At Cheshire Lasers we stock Heliocare sun protection, designed for the face and all skin types, protection goes up to 50+

Heliocare is available as a cream, a spray, a gel, a makeup and a  fantastic moisturising foam. Why not call in and try the products.

Don’t worry ladies makeup can still be applied on top it glides on really well.


2) Use an antioxidant serum

Antioxidants are molecules that control and / or prevent free-radicals. Free-radicals are the main reason for skin damage created by sun exposure, smoking, alcohol and other environmental factors. You can prevent free radical damage  by consuming more antioxidants in your diet, usually found in fruits or vegetables deep in colour. Applying an antioxidant serum can also make a big difference.

Most of these serums contain vitamin C, and some contain vitamin E.

At Cheshire Lasers we sell many antioxidant serums choose from:


3) Use a Retinol or Retin-A based product

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 18.34.23

Retinol is basically pure Vitamin A.

Retin-A is a chemical exfoliant used by dermatologists for many years to treat acne.  Retin-A is retinoic acid, a derivative of Vitamin A. But it is so potent that it is available only on prescription.

Retinol  and Retin-A  work by stimulating cell growth deep in the skins basal layer increasing the skins cell turnover. It also stimulates collagen production, and exfoliates the top layers of skin to reveal, fresher younger-looking skin. It decreases wrinkles, fades and improves pigmentation as well as improving the skin’s texture and reducing spots and blemishes.

The use of Retin-A in cosmetics is prohibited because the side-effects of irritation, flaking, redness, dryness and over-sensitivity to sunlight can be severe. Scientists had to look for another, less aggressive way of effectively using Vitamin A as the active ingredient in beauty products. The result was Synthetic Retinol.

To reduce irritation a test patch is always recomended for these products, start on a low strengths and apply at night every few nights and slowly increase the frequency of use to every night. Over time you can slowly increase the strength of the retinol product you use and after a few months you should start to see some improvements. For more aged skin you may want to progress onto a prescription Retin-A product after a consultation with your doctor.

You must always use a good SPF when using retinol, as the skin can be more delicate and is sensitive to the effects of UV light.

At Cheshire Lasers our favourite retinol products are:

Our prescription products are available only after a consultation with Dr Teri Johnson, we recommend you have used a retinol based product for at least a few months before considering this option.


4) Cleanse your skin with an exfoliating cleanserScreen Shot 2015-02-24 at 18.49.04

Using an exfoliating cleanser removes the old dehydrated cells on the surface of the skin that ages the skin. These cells make your skin look dry and wrinkled. Exfoliating reduces pore size and reduces congestion in the skin.

We recommend a cleanser that contains either:

  • AHAs
  • BHAs
  • Enzymes

AHAs are alpha hydroxy acids sometimes referred to as fruit acids they can also be derived from nuts and milk:

They include:

glycolic acid, derived from sugar cane
lactic acid, derived from milk
mandelic acid, derived from bitter almonds
citric acid, natural found in citrus fruit but deriver from many fruit and vegtables
tartaric acid, derived from grapes
malic acid, derived from apples and pears

AHAs work by exfoliating the top layer of skin  allowing newer healthier skin cells to show through. They are particularly useful in dry skin and may help to diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

Studies have shown that AHAs may also stimulate collagen production and reduce the changes caused by the sun damaging the skin.

BHAs – Usually salicylic acid ideal for acne and spot prone skin, it smooths the skin, reduces pore size reduces lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.

Enzymes  are effective exfoliants they are gentler than scrubs as they do not scratch or irritate the skin. The upper layer of your skin is mostly made of dead skin cells containing keratin protein. The enzymes work by specifically breaking down the keratin protein, resulting in smoother skin.

Here are a few of our popular exfoliating cleansers


5) Hydrate your skin with a  B5 serum

These lightweight and easily-absorbed hydrating serums deliver Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) and Hyaluronic Acid to produce rapid and significant improvements in the general condition and feel of the skin. These serums have excellent water-retaining properties to quench your skin and provides excellent skin hydration, this is unlike the standard moisturisers most people have tried that just sit on the skin surface.

B5 serums can be used day and/or night (or whenever you want a hydration boost) non sticky/non oily and you only need to use a couple of drops under your usual moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated for longer.-1

At Cheshire Lasers we like:


 

If you need any help please ring Cheshire Lasers Clinic on 01606 841255 or book a consultation to discuss your skin care needs and concerns.

For more information about our clinic visit  cheshirelasers.co.uk


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