Lose 10 Years in 2 Weeks With Wrinkle MD

I’m usually skeptical about anything that says it reduces the signs of ageing but I have to say that i was really impressed with this little gadget. Not only is it easy to use but you can carry on with your usual daily life while wearing it. I’m sure that wearing it walking down the street might attract a few glances though.

I wouldn’t say that I have wrinkles as such but I did notice one frown line appearing on  my forehead in the last few months so trialing this Wrinkle MD Brow System couldn’t have come at a better time. The whole kit comes in a box and inside the box is everything you need for the 2 week treatment programme.

Brow Hyaluronic Acid Deep Infusion System, £189.00 - WrinkleMD

Brow Hyaluronic Acid Deep Infusion System, £189.00 - WrinkleMD (2)

How to Use:

  • Thoroughly cleanse and dry skin. Recommended: WrinkleMD Infusion Skin Prep, sold separately.
  • Attach the Connector Buds to the HA Infusion Patch.
  • Apply patch, wear for 30 minutes, and dispose.
  • Follow with Youth Serum HA™ to extend results. Use twice a week for the first week, then once a week for continued results.
Wrinkle treatment

RRP £189.00

After I’d used all 5 of the patches in the pack i have continued to use the Youth serum twice a week and I can hardly see that there was a line there now. I have also had lots of comments about how great my skin looks because i use it all over my face and not just on the wrinkle. I will continue to use this product because I love it!

They also have a system for the eye area. I have yet to try this but I’m sure it too will have amazing results.

Wrinkle skin treatment

RRP £189.00

It’s definitely worth the money. For more information and to purchase the kit visit here

 

Botox or Dermal Fillers – What should you choose?

Botox or Dermal Fillers? What should you choose? – Guest Post from Dr Michel Lauzel

Dermal fillers

How the ageing process affects our skin

As we age skin loses its smoothness, fullness and elasticity which leads to the appearance of lines, wrinkles or folds. The natural ageing process results in a:

– Loss of volume (fat)

– Loss of hyaluronic acid

– Loss of hydration

– Loss of collagen

– Laxity of muscles

The effects of the ageing process on the skin are increased by a number of environmental factors such as the sun (UV damage), gravity, smoking, alcohol, poor diet and hydration and sun beds.

Modern society is less accepting of signs of ageing – particularly the face we present to the world.

Due to a culture of youth, in the media and in the workplace, there is increasing pressure on women in particular to look younger for longer.  Are there things we can do to improve the signs of ageing and hold back time?

What are the treatment options?

Amongst the different rejuvenation treatments available to counter the ageing process, cosmetic creams mostly don’t live up to their promises mainly because they can’t penetrate far enough to reach the deeper levels of the skin. And for most people surgery seems like a step too far.

There is however an effective middle route with anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. These treatments are injected directly into the skin and offer the best option to restore a firmer, toned, healthy looking skin and smooth out lines and wrinkles.

Anti-wrinkle injections

Better known as ‘Botox’ these injections temporarily block the contraction of the muscles below the skin and by relaxing these muscles they effectively iron out and soften the lines and wrinkles caused by smiling, frowning and other facial expressions.

Anti-wrinkle injections are mainly used in the upper face to treat three areas where expression lines appear and typically provide a fresher look:

1. Crow’s feet

2. Frown lines

3. Horizontal forehead lines

They can also be used to treat other lines and wrinkles including bunny lines, smoker’s lines and to create a brow lift.

These injections have been used safely for medical treatments for over forty years, and can also be used to treat excessive underarm sweating. The treatment is relatively painless and the effect typically lasts between 3 to 6 months.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers consist of a smooth gel which is injected to replace the loss of volume in the face resulting from the ageing process and they lift the skin, improving the wrinkles and sagging.

The latest generation of fillers (such as Restylane or Juvederm) contain Hyaluronic acid, a natural substance present in the skin which bonds with water molecules to increase deep hydration and add to the plumpness.

Dermal fillers are mainly used for:

  1. Smoothing out and softening lines and wrinkles mainly in the lower face, ie. nose to mouth wrinkles/folds, smokers lines, marionette lines etc.
  2. Enhancing the lips and their contour
  3. Restoring volume to areas of the face such as the cheeks.
  4. Revitalising and improving skin elasticity, hydration and smoothness for the face, hands and decolletage area.

These hyaluronic based fillers have proven to be very safe, based on the experience of millions of patients treated worldwide.  Generally the effect lasts between six and nine months.

Working closely with your practitioner, treatments can be used to create a natural, more youthful look.  The aim is to look better not ‘done’ and retain your own facial expressions and personality.  We can’t avoid ageing but we can soften its effects and the face we present to the world.

What should you expect during the treatment itself?

1.    Make you sure you have a detailed discussion with your practitioner and you are clear about the effects you can expect from your treatment. A visual examination of your face, its movement and lines should be conducted by the practitioner and prescriber of the botulinum toxin.

2.    Make sure your medical history is discussed in full, and that you have no underlying conditions which could make you unsuitable for treatment. You may find that your practitioner will always ask you to sign a consent form and take photos before (and after) treatments. This is completely normal.

3.    Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and remember it is a medical consultation and don’t feel pressured into having the treatment if you’re not sure about it.

4.    No topical anaesthetic will be used for anti-wrinkle injections such as botox, although sometimes you may be given an icepack to place on the area prior to treatment.  The area to be injected will be wiped with antiseptic and then using micro needles, tiny amounts of the botulinum toxin, will be injected into several points in the areas to be treated. For most people this is entirely painless and just feels like a ‘pinprick’.

5. Dermal fillers requite a topical anaesthetic, which is normally applied to the area to be treated 15 to 20 minutes beforehand. To make the patient experience  even more comfortable, some fillers also have anaesthetic mixed with the filler inside the  syringe.

6.    Less is often more, and a good practitioner would prefer to see how you react to the treatment on your first visit, and offer a follow-up visit two weeks later with a ‘top-up’ if necessary.

7.    Repeat treatments are normally needed around every 3 – 6 months to maintain the effects of the treatment.

8.    The treatment and consultation usually takes no longer than 30 minutes and you are usually able to drive immediately afterwards and carry on with your day. It is not recommended that you lie down within 4 hours of the treatment, or embark in strenuous exercise on the day of treatment.

9. Following your anti-wrinkle injections (botox) you will not see any change for 2-4 days, with the treatment taking full effect between 7-14 days . The results last on average for 4 months. With fillers, the results are immediate, although it is advisable for the initial swelling at the injection site to go down to see the final result. It is not advisable to have treatment too close to a special event as some patients may experience bruising.

10.  Anti-wrinkle injections such as botox are normally priced per number of areas  treated. Eg  Forehead lines classed as one area, crow’s feet (both eyes) a second area etc. Dermal fillers are priced per syringe  which vary in size.  To give an accurate cost of your treatment for dermal fillers- your practitioner will need  to assess  in person how much filler will be required for your  specific treatment, and therefore the price.

Important questions to ask your practitioner

1.    Are you a healthcare professional registered with the General Medical Council, General Dental Council or Nursing and Midwifery Council?

IMPORTANT: Always, always, always visit a reputable trained aesthetic healthcare practitioner who is experienced in facial injectable treatments. Ask ‘How long have you been trained in this area and do you have a certificate of accreditation?’

IMPORTANT: It is vital that the aesthetic healthcare practitioner has been trained to administer facial injectable treatments. Great results achieved with wrinkle relaxing injections are dependent on the technique of the practitioner – training and precision are essential when carrying out such delicate procedures. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of their experience and training in facial injectables.

2.    What products are you recommending to me and why?

IMPORTANT: If you want a specific product, ask for it by name. If you don’t have a particular brand in mind, then your practitioner should always provide an explanation for the brand of treatment they intend using.

3.    Can I see the original packaging so I am assured of receiving the genuine product?

IMPORTANT: You may see the original packaging of the injectable treatment you are receiving. However, if it’s not visible to you, just ask to see the packaging so you know you are receiving the authentic product you have either asked for or been advised you will be receiving.  Ask for the patient information for the products as well.

4.    What are the possible risks or complications with these treatments?

IMPORTANT: Your practitioner should talk you about the risks of the non-surgical treatments in detail prior to treatment.

5.    What level of aftercare will I be entitled to following my treatment?

IMPORTANT: Most professional aesthetic healthcare practitioner should offer a complimentary follow-up appointment, particularly on your first treatment.  This will be a good opportunity to highlight any concerns you may have.

BIO:

Dr Michel Lauzel is a French fully qualified medical doctor specialising in non-surgical aesthetic treatments (Harley Street trained). He is registered with the GMC in the UK. He runs a number of successful clinics at salons/spas in Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and Middlesex.

For more details you can contact Michel at Rejuvenate Your Skin  Call : 0845 095 7033

 

Palmers launch – Daily Skincare Range!

I was on facebook one day and it was just at the right moment to see a competition to win the new Palmers Skincare range. I never win anything but I thought I’d give it a go and see. Imagine my surprise when I was selected out of 25000 people. The winners would be the first 25 to email. I couldn’t believe it when I got the email to say I’d won!!

Well my package arrived about 10 days later and I have been trying them out over the last few days. They smell gorgeous and I love the feel of the products too. Palmers are and age old company and started out in the USA. They are still going strong after starting out in the mid 19th century. They were taken over in 1971 by ET Browne and have grown from strength to strength since then. In the range is:

Daily calming facial Lotion RRP £5.95

Line Smoothing Eye Cream RRP £6.95

Night Renewal Cream RRP £6.95

Daily Cleansing Gel RRP £3.95

Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub RRP £ 5.95

I absolutely love the range. Its great value for the budget conscious and the range has everything you need to complete your daily routine. They all smell lush too! For more information on the range visit the Palmer’s website.

*All images are from ET Browne’s website*

I NEED your help! Testers wanted..

 

I am looking for 2 people to test and review a new range of skincare that i’m thinking of using in my skincare centre. The skincare comes in the form of a 7 day kit.

1. The first person must be over 40 and have a good skincare regime. Some fine lines and skin dehydration would be good too. The kit contains products that must be used according to the instructions and a daily diary kept. Then an overall review written with before and after photos.

2. The second person must be aged 20-30 and be suffering from Grade 2-3 acne. That is where you have more than blackheads but less than aggravated papules. You must not be on any medication from a Dr or Dermatologist. This will affect the results. The kit contains 5 products that must be used according to the instructions and a daily diary kept. Then an overall review written with before and after photos.

Please leave your name below and I will contact you for more details.

Thanks

Joyce x

Easter Skincare Giveaway!!!

I’ve got something really special to giveaway to those of you with mature skin. You can win it for yourself or give it to someone special.

Dermalogica MAP-15 regenerator Æ for mature or prematurely-aging skin.

A revolutionary powder-to-emulsion treatment that delivers the highest concentration of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) directly into the skin, dramatically improving skin firmness and clarity. Contains no artificial fragrance or color.

 

MAP 15 Regenerator RRP £68.50

Control the signs of ageing, Improve elasticity, Brighten skin!

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is:

1. Tweet to your followers √¢‚Ǩ≈ìI entered to win the @BridesandBeauty Skincare prize draw! You can too at www.skinandmakeupblog.com”

2. Leave a comment why you should win with your twitter name.

3. Follow the blog and follow on twitter and facebook.

4. Important! You may only enter once per day, please don t spam your followers it will not help your chances.

1 (One) Prize Winner Will Win: The MAP 15 Regenerator.

RULES: Entrants must be at least 18 years of age or older as of date of entry. Prize draw ends Monday, 2nd May, 2011.

Good LUCK!!!!!

Box Clever with New Functionalab Beauty Packs!

If you’re starting to think about the summer holidays or a bride going on honeymoon! Want some help with your bikini body. Here are some treats to help you on your way!

Functionalab Beauty Pack

Functionalab Beauty Packs are the perfect solution to your skin needs both inside and out. This new approach to skin health unites the latest dermatologist-developed cosmeceuticals using clinically proven active ingredients with potent beauty supplements using natural active ingredients. Used synergistically together, they provide a total solution to nourish, moisturize, protect and repair the skin.

Each Beauty Pack features an Advanced Cosmeceutical combined with a Beauty Dose Advanced Nutricosmetic supplement to create the most effective Deep Skin Nutrition system available. Functionalab’s expertly crafted beauty solution packs are suitable for differing deep skin nutrition needs.

Body Toning Beauty Pack ( £77)

Consists of Body Sculpting Gel, which is proven to visibly reduce cellulite by using innovative BodyfitTM and MatrixylTM technologies and the added draining benefit of ingredient Ruscus aculeatus with Beauty Dose Body Toning supplement, which contains potent Grape Seed Polyphenols, Vitamin C and Collagen to help enhance fat metabolism and collagen synthesis for smoother and firmer body skin, whilst helping to fight cellulite.

Body Sculpting Gel

There are also other packs available in the range including:

Age Defence Beauty Pack ( £75)

Represents a powerful antioxidant system combining the most effective antioxidant blends, both in topical and ingestible form. More specifically, it combines Age Defence Complex Antioxidant Face Serum with five specialized active ingredients to stimulate and strengthen the skin’s natural defence system against free radical damages with Beauty Dose Age Defence 30+, a complete nutrient and antioxidant supplement blend with Lycopene and Soya to help maintain firm youthful skin and protect against the visible signs of ageing.

Anti-Age Beauty Pack ( £95)

Anti-Age Beauty Pack combines Deep Nutrition Complex anti-aging cream that contains six active ingredients to deeply penetrate the skin to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, combat the visible signs of ageing and restore radiance with Beauty Dose Anti-Age 40+ supplement that blends optimum levels of Bioflavonoids and Omega-3 fatty acids to support skin hydration and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Customise your own pack with ‘My Beauty Box’

My Beauty Box

Functionalab recognizes that one solution does not fit all. With its large assortment of ten targeted Beauty Doses Advanced Nutricosmetics and its line of Advanced Cosmeceuticals, Functionalab offers the opportunity to build your own ultimate √¢‚Ǩ≈ìinside out√¢‚Ǩ ù skincare system with My Beauty Box. For example, you could replace the Body Toning Beauty Dose with the Weight Management Beauty Dose containing Garcinia Cambogia and Chromium to support healthy weight management. The choice is yours!

Products are available exclusively at Harvey Nichols from 16th-30th April and then from Harrods and Fenwick in the United Kingdom and from www.functionalab.co.uk.

 

 

Skin Cancer Foundation Recommends PRIORI Æ Products

Figures show that 10,000 people are diagnosed with the deadliest form of skin cancer every year. Don’t become a statistic. 10 PRIORI Æ products are recommended as effective UV sunscreens, receiving the √¢‚Ǩ≈ìgold standard√¢‚Ǩ ù seal of approval from the Skin Cancer Foundation. So get applying and save your skin!

The 10 products include:

All six shades of PRIORI Æ CoffeeBerry Æ Perfecting Minerals SPF 25 UVA10 £33 which delivers brush on sun protection with the highest all natural free-radical protection against harmful UVA/ UVB rays, clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Ideal for sensitive skin, acne, rosacea, hyper-pigmentation, broken capillaries, freckles, sun damage, blemishes, scars, birthmarks and dark circles, these potent treatment minerals improve skin tone, minimize pores and reduce redness.

PRIORI Æ CoffeeBerry Æ Perfecting Concealer SPF 25 UVA10 £33: Provides buildable natural coverage for a perfectly polished, semi-matte finish for a wide range of skin tones. This multi tasking product can even be used around the eyes to cover and help reduce dark circles, but also to protect this thin and sensitive area from sun damage and premature ageing.

PRIORI Æ CoffeeBerry Æ Natural Protection SPF25 £40.50 is the must have sun protection for natural skincare devotees with an all natural tinted formula fortified with CoffeeBerry Æ, nature most potent antioxidant that fights free radicals and the causes of skin ageing and lightens and brightens the skin.

Protect against damaging rays with PRIORI Æ Advanced AHA Daily Defense SPF 30 £17.00. Containing UVA and UVB ray broad-spectrum sunscreens; this powerful anti-aging cream is exactly what your skin is crying out for: protection against premature aging, every day. Incredibly, the pioneering AHA technology behind Daily Defense means this luxurious cream actually targets signs of aging already caused by sun exposure, as well as protecting from future damage.

PRIORI Æ Idebenone Complex Superceuticals Æ Radical Defense £71 is an evolution in anti ageing creating a new topical skin protection. It contains the ultimate anti√¢‚Ǩ‚Äúageing, anti-oxidant compound Idebenone complex which offers dual protection against premature skin ageing both externally and internally in a dual pump dispenser for easy, every day protection. Use it today or wish you had!

The Skin Cancer Seal of Recommendation is the respected standard for the safety and efficacy of UV protection and has set the standard for the last 30 years.

All 10 PRIORI Æ products are available from salons and spas via: Cosmeceuticals: 0845 555 2121 or visit www.cosmeceuticals.co.uk

TNS Recovery Complex√¢‚Äû ¢

Everyone wants eternal youth including me. I have been trying out TNS Recovery Complex√¢‚Äû ¢ by Skin Medica for a couple of weeks now. I have noticed how much plumper and hydrated my skin is.

You need to use one pump under your daily moisturiser and it absorbs almost instantly. It has an unusual fragrance but thats because its not highly fragranced with artificial products like so many skin care lines are. I personally believe that products should be free of perfume to stop skin irritation.

Suitable for all skin types the TNS Recovery Complex rejuvenates sun damaged, ageing and dull skin for a rejuvenated complexion.

Directions: Apply a single pump morning and evening to the face, neck and d√É ©collet√É © after cleansing and toning and prior to moisturizing.

In clinical trials after three months users saw a 57% significant improvement in the appearance of wrinkles, an 87% improvement in the appearance of the skins texture and 93% would continue using SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex or recommend to a friend.

RRP: £102.00

  • Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Diminishes the appearance of age spots and pigmentation.
  • Firms the skin and improves texture. Elasticity and reduces sun damage.
  • Provides serious skin repair after every use.

TNS Recovery Complex√¢‚Äû ¢ is part of a whole range of products from Skin Medica

To find your nearest stockist visit www.skinbrands.co.uk


Age Reversal Complex from Dermalogica

I was very honoured to be invited to the launch of Dermalogica’s Age Reversal Complex and was doubly honoured to be there with Dr. Diana Howard who is the Vice President of Global Education and Research and Development for The International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica. She gave a wonderful insight into the product!

Dr Diana Howard

She is frequently called upon to speak about various ingredient trends within the industry and is recognized worldwide as an expert in her field.

Dr Howard explained some key points:

  • Retinol helps minimize lines around delicate eye area; helps reverse photoaging and chronological aging of skin tissues.
  • Exclusive AGE Smart Æ active ingredient complex helps prevent AGEs, inhibits MMP activity and quenches ROS (free radicals).
  • Fights bags and under eye dark circles while strengthening blood capillaries and increasing blood mircrocirculation.
  • Reinforces structural support tissue to maintain skin firmness.

Reverse multiple signs of aging with this breakthrough treatment specifically formulated for the delicate eye area. Targets concerns of the eye area, primarily wrinkles and crow feet plus puffiness, dark circles due to hyperpigmentation and skin sensitivity due to dehydration.

Age Reversal Complex is part of the Dermalogica Age Smart Range

For more information about Dermalogica treatments visit www.bridesandbeauty.co.uk

Premier Cru The Eye Cream from Caudalie

Following the legendary footsteps of its predecessor, Caudalie have launched the long awaited Award Winning Premier Cru The Eye Cream.


I have been using this eye cream now for about a month or so. It rich and creamy and a little goes a long way. I like to use it at night to give it time to work while I sleep! I cleanse my skin and eyes then apply this cream a few minutes before my moisturiser to allow absorption time. I now have smooth silky skin around my eyes and I’m sure that my make up stays on better because the skin is more hydrated too!

230,000 Premier Cru, The Cream sold worldwide, surpassing all of the brand expectations√¢‚Ǩ ¶

This eye cream would be more suitable for those of you concerned with ageing but it wouldn’t harm anyone if they wanted to use it as a preventative either. RRP £48.50 for 15ml

How to use: morning and evening, apply half a pump of Premier Cru, The Eye Cream onto your finger and gently dab on from the inner to the outer corner of the eye. Delicately smooth under the eye and then on the eyelid. Also ideal for lipcontour and expression lines.

Premier Cru is available in the UK from Selfridges and Space NK




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