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NEW Clinic Opening in Manchester

By |2019-09-16T22:20:24+00:00September 16th, 2019|FaceWorkshops|

The Science of Healthy Skin and Ageing Writing about wellbeing from a scientific standpoint, I am keen to translate the latest research into clinical practice. The advancement of science in the Microbiome area is unprecedented – learning from the gut impact on health and mental wellbeing. And so with the skin – brain connection, the fMRI brain images of skin contact of mother and child are revolutionary. The skin is an envelope of our body and internal health – both physical and mental health, etched into the surface and visible. As a skin specialist, I have joined the Old Hall Clinic in Manchester to work alongside the best in alternative medicine in the North. I am also looking forward to aligning my practice with the US Personalised Lifestyle Medicine Institute early next year. Everyone can practise wellbeing and Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s podcasts are a great way to start. The art and science of the life/work balance, our daily choices and rituals, the balance of physical touch and virtual-world exposure – we will be facing these forever. The internet of things is connecting and disconnecting at the same time. Please join me to explore new science-based and practical recommendations for your skin health and ageing, personalised to your skin type, lifestyle and circumstances.

Biofilm: Potential For Groundbreaking Innovation

By |2019-07-19T12:23:51+00:00July 19th, 2019|Uncategorised|

Even if you are not familiar with the term “biofilm”, you have encountered it on a regular basis: the plaque that forms on your teeth and causes tooth decay, the “gunk” that clogs your drains or the slippery biofilm-coated rocks in a river. Biofilm forms when bacteria adhere to surfaces in moist environments by excreting a slimy, glue-like substance. A biofilm community can be formed by a single or number of species of bacteria, fungi, yeasts and other micro-organisms, as well as debris and metabolites. Skin-associated bacteria grow on specific skin niches, such as the sebaceous gland, scalp or the axilla. Their mechanisms of attachment, survival, and propagation depend on the particular environment. Although the focus of the Personal Care industry is on healthy skin, prevention of acne and eczema are amongst top consumer concerns. Research into skin microbiome – the bacteria which live all over our bodies – and biofilms represent two microbial disciplines that converge in skin conditions, e.g. acne and atopic dermatitis. This convergence evolved from the early evidence of specific microbes linked to disease states and comprehensive, intricate understanding of biofilms brought on by research. But there are clear implications – and opportunities – for the skincare industry and many brands are developing or have already developed products which harness this

Anti-ageing: Should the term be banned?

By |2019-07-12T13:34:14+00:00July 12th, 2019|Uncategorised|

For a few years now, the beauty lobby and the press have been working against the tide of ageism in skin care. But, as some campaigns suggest, should the term anti-ageing be banned? As a scientist, as well as an educated consumer, I felt compelled to examine the issue. Industry voices argue that, nowadays, only a minority of consumers are looking for immediate, quick-fix results provided by aesthetic medicine or surgery. Their claim is that the out-and-out youth-cultivating era is over and that most women seek natural alternatives. Acceptance of greying hair, illness and the menopause has become less of a taboo in our modern society, and a large number of French people, for example, are now interested in learning to age well. While older women have always been cherished in France, the glamour and style of Brigitte Macron, the wife of the French President, might have contributed to the new way we look at women of this age. Even if the ‘cult of appearance’ is still present in the media, it is said to be declining, and people are moving towards what the Americans call a ‘life enhancing’ approach. The representation of women in beauty and brands’ focuses have changed: there is more scope for women in the 50 and 60+

Personalized Lifestyle Medicine: Time To Pay Attention

By |2019-04-25T09:37:34+00:00April 24th, 2019|Uncategorised|

Personalized lifestyle medicine is a subject area I believe will play an important role in skincare in the future and I am very excited to be attending the Mastering the Implementation of Personalized Lifestyle Medicine conference in Chicago this week. The event is primarily for medical doctors practising holistic and functional medicine in the US but as skincare personalisation is a key theme of my research and the US provides an innovative environment for research, I am interested in learning more. The conference focus is on Synchronizing Metabolic Rhythms for Clinical Success. The successful clinical application of personalized lifestyle medicine requires an understanding of how alterations in physiological systems relate to the development of complex chronic disease. One of the factors that is starting to be recognized as highly significant is the time-dependent interaction of a person’s genetics with their lifestyle, diet and environment to create patterns of health or disease. Biorhythms regulate the way an individual’s body responds to their environment and lifestyle at any specific moment in time. These rhythms include the fluctuation of hormones, neurotransmitters, transcription factors that control genetic expression, inflammatory mediators, anabolic and catabolic metabolic functions, and stem cell-associated tissue regeneration. Clinically, they are connected to alterations in sleep cycles, function of the reproductive system, blood sugar

Skincare: Science-based or emotional choice?

By |2019-04-03T21:04:31+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Uncategorised|

Skincare science or emotion? This is a debate which will be discussed at the In-Cosmetics 2019 Exhibition in Paris, which I am going to this week. Overall, the event should reveal the new ingredients and trends we’ll be hearing more about in the coming months and years. I attend so that I can meet with old friends and colleagues, and to visit the Innovation Zone. But one interesting issue for debate is the suggestion by Dr Karl Lintner, in this workshop at the exhibition, that cosmetic science has reached a ceiling - I cannot help but agree.  The science of molecular biology and genetics or epigenetics has advanced our understanding of cellular mechanisms but consumers do not buy products only on the scientific evidence which emerges from such research. New concepts – blue light, anti-pollution protection, microbiome and new ingredients – cannot supersede the ‘human’ take on buying skincare, which is driven by pleasure and emotional choice. Some time ago, a study carried out by a large cosmetics company which looked at the "skincare science or emotion?" question concluded that approximately 95% of the purchase criteria for a cosmetic product is based on the texture. In my personalisation-based projects, I also consider skincare science or emotion and believe that achieving a great skin-feel

Personalisation in Skincare

By |2019-03-18T19:59:54+00:00March 20th, 2019|Facial Ageing, Skincare Tips, Uncategorised|

Personalisation in skincare is essential. As a clinician, I treat people from all walks of life – different ages, skin types and concerns – on a daily basis. There is a range of skin types but also motivation, compliance and budget amongst my clients. My role is to help them make an informed choice, to diagnose their skin type and make a product as well as lifestyle recommendations. The majority come back on a monthly basis and incorporate my recommendations into their routines at home. Skincare is a journey. I am honest with my clients in discussing what can and cannot be achieved in a month, a season or a year. Prevention is best for healthy, glowing and youthful skin. The younger generation are interested in health and prevention of premature ageing; in the older generation many people only address a concern once it becomes visible. Every face has individual facial structures that relate to the skin as well as the skeleton, facial muscles and the vascular and lymphatic systems. The facial tissues represent a dynamic system, influenced by health and lifestyle, responding to daily and monthly rhythms and ageing. The skincare industry approaches customisation on a macro level (skin type and concern, age groups) or micro-level (gene-analysis based skincare) but in the absence of large personal spending, clinically relevant solutions lie in understanding of individuals’ facial

The Science of Massage for Different Skin Types

By |2019-03-18T19:58:54+00:00March 18th, 2019|Facial Ageing, Uncategorised, Wellbeing|

Merck, as a large personal care ingredients manufacturer, aim to be at the forefront of innovation, debating scientific topics that are relevant and on trend. Their annual forum brings together primarily scientists from the German-speaking world carrying out research in microbiome, pollution and, in my case, touch. It is a privilege to be invited to Darmstadt, Germany, this Wednesday, to share my clinical expertise in a talk about “The Science of Massage for Different Skin Types”. We understand that sensory properties of skincare products – the texture, scent and skin feel – enhance the perceived wellbeing that results from their use. When developing new products, it is therefore important to understand how an individual’s skin type, age and ethnicity can affect their experience. Different application touch techniques can impact skin biology in different ways and this is where the science of massage is relevant. For example, the slow and deep techniques relax the brain, bring in more blood flow and stretch the collagen, producing dermal fibroblasts, collagen-making cells that get less active with ageing which leads to skin thinning, more wrinkles and sagging. By contrast, the light touch techniques refresh and drain the superficial lymphatic system, something which our bodies do less effectively as we get older, causing puffiness and sagging. Evidence-based

Asian Skincare – How It’s Different

By |2018-10-22T09:47:22+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Facial Ageing, Skincare Tips|

Online shopping driven by trends and recommendations does not always translate to the desired beautiful, clear and youthful looking skin. Skincare routines have to be personalised, particularly for the sensitive and blemish prone skin types. The Asian trends of Korean and Japanese beauty do offer a solution for these skin types - but the dosage, application and underlying skin biology are often too complex for people to make the right purchasing decisions. The European approach to beauty is more at leisure compared to our Asian counterparts. ppearance matters culturally; it reflects health, attractiveness and vitality-driven approach to life. The K-beauty (Korean beauty) regimens involve a series of steps: cleansing rituals with both oil and water-based products, sheet masks, essences, serums, lotions and high SPF sunscreens. Asian women in eastern cultures are known for eagerly embracing new skin care products and diligently performing complex routines. K-beauty appears to deliver its full benefits when embraced in its entirety, which, due to time constraints and a more ad-hoc approach to skincare, rarely happens in Britain. Japanese beauty is simpler, addressing better the clinical needs of sensitive and oily skin. These hand-picked products of Korean, Japanese and French provenance work well for sensitive skin with environmental, hormonal and lifestyle challenges. Writing a regular column for the

Awards Shortlisting for New Serum

By |2018-09-17T11:16:48+00:00September 17th, 2018|In the Media|

I am very proud to announce that my 9 Radiance Eye and Lip Serum has been shortlisted in the Pure Beauty Awards, just months after it was launched. This new product has been shortlisted in the Best New Premium Anti-Ageing Product category in these prestigious international awards. The Pure Beauty Awards are considered a highlight in the beauty industry calendar and the annual awards event attracts key industry professionals and leading UK retailers. The fact that my first eye and lip product has been acknowledged by the judges is a true commendation. Having spent over a year researching, formulating and refining 9 based on my scientific knowledge and salon-based experience, I’m very proud to have reached the final of the Pure Beauty Awards, especially when I’m competing against big budget international brands. The next stage of the competition is a public vote once the shortlist is announced in the September issue of Pure Beauty. Standards are incredibly high in the beauty industry so I’m very proud to be shortlisted and I have my fingers crossed that voters will share my passion for the serum and feel compelled to vote for it. Suitable for all skin types, 9 is a light satin-feel oil-based serum for the delicate eye and lip area. It is formulated from a unique blend

The Ageing of the Delicate Eye Zone

By |2018-10-08T20:31:52+00:00September 14th, 2018|Facial Ageing, Skincare Tips|

The under eye zone is one of the most delicate areas of the face. The skin is very thin, prone to lines and wrinkles, dark circles and pigmentation, eye bags and swelling. A number of factors contribute to these concerns of my clients, including genetics, lifestyle choices, lack of or low quality sleep and stress. Facial ageing is very individual. Different areas of the face age at different rates and our perception of age-related changes can impact on perceived age, attractiveness and tiredness. In the frontal view, the middle third of the face has the greatest effect on perception of age as it contains the eyes, nose, crow's feet, frown lines and under eye area. The appearance of eye bags improves over the course of the day, compared to morning. Frown lines, in contrast, worsen. Swelling occurs in the morning due to the effects of gravity during sleep. Repeated movements of the face in facial expressions increases transient wrinkle formation from the morning to the afternoon. Gravity and movement are likely to reduce swelling in the face during the day. The eyelid skin is distinct from others, with low skin surface lipids - skin's natural fats - and a thin stratum corneum, the upper layer of the skin with high hydration but

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