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Rosacea Skin Treatments: Laser And Topical

Winter RosaceaIf you suffer from rosacea you have probably had a harder time than usual recently as this maddening skin condition tends to be at its worst in colder months.

For those lucky enough to be unfamiliar with it, rosacea is a reddening of the face –from mild flushing in the cheeks to an angry, itchy red rash, complete with an uneven, pimply surface. Women between 30 and 60 are three times more likely to develop rosacea than anyone else. It can be uncomfortable and unsightly, but there are now options available that reduce and control the signs

There are many rosacea treatments on the market but it is recommended that you make your first port of call an appointment with a doctor or dermatologist. There are two main types of treatment; procedural such as laser treatments and topical, such as creams and lotions.

Laser Treatment

Natura uses medical grade lasers to treat Rosacea, we avoid the cheaper and less effective IPL option. The laser light penetrates the skin keeping it intact until it reaches the vessel. Once the laser energy reaches the vessel, it is immediately absorbed. At this point the light energy turns into heat that causes the line of the vessel (the vein) to become inflamed.

This triggers the healing process and veins gradually reduce in diameter and disappear. The laser energy is delivered through a chilled window to protect the patient’s skin and provide comfort. Generally patients notice a marked improvement after the second or third treatment. Once fully treated we recommend patients have a yearly maintenance treatment.

Topical Creams

Avene At NaturaAt Natura Skin Clinic our patients have found products from French pharmaceutical company, Avene to be an effective way of controlling the condition and maintaining results post-laser.

All the products in the Avene range centre around their Thermal water. Avène Thermal Spring Water originates as rain. However, the 40-year journey through the Cevennes Mountain aquifer produce thermal spring water ideally suited for the care and management of sensitive skin.

It gradually becomes infused with trace elements and silicates, achieving a perfectly balanced mineral composition ideal for sensitive skin. Avène soothes, softens, and restores skin’s natural balance. Even beyond sensitive skin treatment, this therapy has been used for centuries at the Hydrotherapy Center to address a variety of more severe dermatological conditions such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, itchiness and burns.

The range of avene products for rosacea increases microcirculation, decreases skin reactivity and reduces the appearance of redness associated with Rosacea.

Redness Relief Soothing Cream SPF 20

Avene Moisturiser Anti RedLight green cream neutralizes and helps minimize the appearance of redness while improving microcirculation and providing broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

  • Helps minimize the appearance of swelling
  • Helps reduce the appearance of redness
  • Improves overall vein health
  • Clinically proven to reduce the amount of recurrences of flushing and blushing
  • Broad spectrum SPF 25 protects skin and helps prevent future redness
  • Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe and soften the skin
  • Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic

 

Antirougeurs FORT Relief Concentrate

Avene Anti Redness Intensive treatment reduces the appearance of redness, improves microcirculation, and relieves irritation.

  • New saponin-enriched Ruscus Extract (0.3%) acts as a vasoconstrictor that improves cutaneous microcirculation with anti-inflammatory and anti-angiogenic properties (reduces VEGF)
  • Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone protects and strengthens the vascular walls
  • Dextran Sulfate provides decongesting properties and minimizes the appearance of swelling
  • Rich in Avène Thermal Spring Water to calm irritation and inflammation
  • Shea butter nourishes
  • Use in monotherapy or as a complement to medical treatment
  • Velvety smooth texture soothes the most sensitive skin
  • Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic

 

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Foods To Fight Ageing Skin

We all know about the conventional anti ageing treatments such as Botox and Laser Peels but why not go that bit further and add anti ageing to your shopping list next time you are at the supermarket. Here is our pick of the top foods to keep skin looking young and healthy.

Watermelon

Reddish-orange foods like tomato and watermelon, which are rich in beta-carotene and lycopene, increase your protection against harmful UV rays from the inside out. Both vitamins settle into skin’s outer layer, where their antioxidant action helps repair cells damaged by sunlight. In one French study, they helped improve the skin’s defence against UV rays by as much as 20 percent.

Rainbow Trout

While creams and moisturisers are a great remedy to fight dry, flaky skin, changing your diet can prevent parching to begin with. The best way to keep your outer layer lubricated is to increase your intake of healthy fats. Fat is a nutrient that protects all cells, including your skin cells. If you consume too little fat, your skin becomes brittle. Salmon is a great choice, but rainbow trout has almost as much eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)—an omega-3 fatty acid that stops the stress chemical cortisol from boiling over. EPA makes trout an excellent choice for your skin because it stimulates the repair of skin cells.

Pumpkin Seeds

Get your dose of vitamin E, another powerful skin protector, by snacking on almonds or pumpkin or sunflower seeds. A lack of vitamin E can influence the quality and texture of your skin. Without it, your skin is at greater risk of damage from free radicals. If there is plenty of vitamin E in the membranes of cells exposed to free radicals, vitamin E will take the brunt of the attack and protect the fatty acid that surrounds all the intricate workings inside each cell.

Cucumber

The peel of this super-low-calorie fruit is made of silica, a building block of skin–plumping, wrinkle-preventing collagen. There’s no recommended minimum intake for silica, but experts suggest at least five milligrams a day, the amount you’ll get in the peel of one cucumber. But try to go organic. Some cucumbers are treated with a coat of  wax to preserve their shelf life, whereas organically grown ones often are left without this chemical.

Citrus Zest

Eating as little as 1 tablespoon of citrus zest each week may reduce your risk of skin cancer by nearly 30 percent. Lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit contain d-limonene, a potent antioxidant known to reduce skin cancer risk. Use a zester to scrape the peel (not the bitter white pith underneath), and add a pinch to salads, smoothies, or marinades.

 

 

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Supermodel Skin Secrets

At 46 Cindy Crawford is one of the world’s most famous and successful supermodels. As one of the most photographed women in the world, you might expect the married mother of 2 to be accustomed to wearing a thick face of makeup.

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City Traders Say Buy Buy to Wall Street Wrinkles

Gordon GekkoIt was in the 1987 film when people saw ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko attempted to ‘chop up’ Blue Start Airlines.

All that insider trader can’t be good for anyone’s frown lines, which is why it was surprising that Gekko didn’t appear in the film as a haggard, stressed Wall Street titan one might expect when Bud Fox first managed to make it into his office. Perhaps the reason for this cinematic inconsistency? Gekko must have had Botox.

“Gordon Gekko: The most valuable commodity I know of is information.”

According to data gathered by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox is gaining popularity among men, with about 363,000 men having received Botox injections in 2011, an 8% increase from the previous year (the number of women who used Botox, meanwhile, only rose by about 5% during the same period).

New York cosmetologist Dendy Engleman explained to Bloomberg TV that once men see how much more youthful and refreshed they appear after having Botox, they become regular clients. But perhaps Dr. Engelman’s biggest reveal was that her fastest growing client segment were men working on Wall Street.

She added that male patients are often very different customers to her female clients. “They tend to really be really nervous and tentative from the get-go,” Dr Engleman explained.

‘They’re paranoid, they don’t want their wives to know, they don’t want, obviously, any of their colleagues to know.’

But they needn’t worry. Provided the treatment is carried out by an experienced Doctor, the results will be natural-looking and their secret left safely with the Doctor.

The importance of ensuring that the procedure is successful must be paramount to these corporate financiers. It must really ratchet up the office stress-levels if some traders are walking around in a seemingly perpetual state of surprise and alarm, as if the market just crashed and their eyebrows are too paralyzed with shock to even feign serenity.

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Amanda Holden’s Secrets To Looking Youthful

Gracing the cover of Easy Living magazine this month, Britain’s Got Talent judge, Amanda Holden talks babies, television and her new job on ITVs talent show, Superstar. As well as regularly appearing on our TV screens, she is also mother to two young daughters, Lexi, six and Hollie, six months.

But perhaps more interesting than her behind the scenes gossip about Simon Cowell, is the 41 year olds youthful appearance. She could be forgiven for occasionally appearing less than perfect, given her hectic job and family, but Amanda is always pictured looking glamorous and youthful.

Amanda has spoke on numerous occasions about her ‘love’ of Botox, but it would seem that in order to keep up with her younger TV counterparts she is delving deeper into non-surgical treatments.

We look at the non-surgical treatments that are giving Amanda Holden her youthful glow.

Skin

Amanda’s smooth and clear complexion is free of face veins and age spots, something that is a common problem as we age. Lasers, such as the KTP Laser can clear skin of imperfections in 2-3 sessions.

In addition to this, it would appear Amanda has had further laser treatments to tighten and remove wrinkles from her skin. Unlike other CO2 lasers, the SmartXide removes a customised pattern of thousands of microscopic ‘dots’ rather than the entire skin surface. The high-energy laser causes the outer layers of the epidermis to peel away as the skin heals. The laser also heats the dermis, which stimulates the production of new collagen as the new skin cells develop, the face becomes smoother, firmer and more youthful. Another celebrity fan of laser skin resurfacing is Jennifer Anniston, who also looks far younger than her forty-something years.

Eyes

In pictures from her younger days, Amanda had quite heavy eye bags, which appear to have been recently disguised with a tear-trough filler. Injecting a hyaluronic acid filler under the eye area, smoothes the indentation and lessens shadows and dark circles. It works by gently and naturally hydrating the skin from within, ‘trapping’ water under the skin and plumping it from beneath

Mouth

It would seem that Amanda has also had a hyaluronic-acid filler injected in her nose-to-mouth lines. Hyaluronic acid fillers create a glowing complexion by gently and naturally hydrating the skin from within, ‘trapping’ water under the skin and plumping it from beneath. By replenishing hyaluronic acid under the skin, you can restore balance and improve the structure and elasticity of the skin to make the skin soft and smooth with luster and glow.

Forehead

As mentioned, Amanda has spoke of Botox injections in the past, her lack of lines suggest she has Botox around her eyes and forehead. Some women also have Botox under their eyebrows to lift the eyes. Provided this is carried out by an experienced doctor, Botox here can open the face and give a younger, more youthful look.

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