/Facial Ageing

Youthful Face with Renovage™

By |2017-04-14T09:51:57+00:00January 8th, 2017|FaceWorkshops, Facial Ageing, Skin Concerns|

My signature 4 Anti-Ageing Serum contains high concentration of Renovage™. I can write about the science underpinning this ingredient for a long time but a picture is worth a thousand words. We take all criteria into account when assessing a face, it is the cumulative effect we see. Our faces age at an individual pace. “She looks her age...” you might say observing a face with very few wrinkles but sagging, pigmentation spots, dull complexion and rough texture.. On the other hand, firm, uniform and glowing complexion with a few lines spells the “she looks young” verdict.. Have a look at how European and US companies use the manufacturer's data in pictures [above] and words: Renovage™ has long been used to heal stomach ulcers inhibiting inflammatory cytokines and increasing the activity of heat shock proteins to make the tissue more resistant. It has been proposed Renovage™ reduces redness and sun spots and minimizes skin pore size, and can help firm and tighten sagging skin. The proposed mode of action is “inhibition of shortening of telomeres” [the end caps of DNA] that naturally shorten small amounts with each round of cellular replication. However, Renovage™ may work simply by reducing inflammation in the skin, which has benefits both in the short-term [decreased redness, lessened swelling] and long-term [reduced signs of ageing, loss of collagen,

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Conversation About Facial Oils with India Knight

By |2017-04-14T09:52:35+00:00January 4th, 2017|FaceWorkshops, Facial Ageing, Facial Massage, Skincare Tips, Wellbeing|

I read India Knight's Sunday Times Style column with interest and, secretly, have a conversation with her every time she publishes a piece on facial skincare. The Strike Oil article on 1st January caught my eye.  Introducing the world of facials that can make an actual, immediate and noticeable difference to your appearance and improve your complexion overtime to the general public is a great message. Only one in four women in Britain has a regular facial, and usually not by a highly trained facialist. Also highlighting the expertise of London-based celebrity facialists, with magic hands and a range of tools from massage, peels to resurfacing and stimulating devices is fabulous. As India notes, super-facialists aren't cheap and have waiting lists. But not every super-facialist lives in London, there are a handfull living outside of the capital who also bring "power facials" and "face gym" hands-on skills and expertise; East Yorkshire, in my case.  Glowing, healthy skin requires more than a monthly facial, it is an at-home routine. Super-facialists have their own range of products that you can buy to use at home; they may not be cheap, but they work. India has faith in their expertise and likes the pared-down simplicity of Amanda Lacey's range. Praising her Oils of Provence luxurious face oil [lavender, sage, ramose, eucalyptus, bois de rose] for oily skin, India

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Facial Yoga for the Jaw by Lynn Rae

By |2016-12-11T20:42:35+00:00December 11th, 2016|Facial Ageing, Facial Massage, Facial Yoga|

'The jaw is where we hold our stress – when you clench you trigger your fight-or-flight response.. The jaw is one of our most important joints. It is where we hold most of our stress, emotional and physical. And when you clench your jaw or grind your teeth, you trigger your sympathetic nervous system, your fight-or-flight response.” Which can, if it becomes a default state, cause a wide range of health issues. Until now, says Lynn Rae, “it has been hard to find the right person to help when you are struggling with jaw tension”. “The muscles inside the mouth… you have to be very gentle… you are kind of listening with your fingers, having a conversation. The more gentle you are the more effect you can have. If you press too hard you can create tension. If you feel and wait and move a little bit, it kind of happens.” Lynn also gives her clients techniques to build upon her work in their daily life. “I teach improved posture and alignment. The tongue should sit on the roof of the mouth, for example, which relaxes the neck muscles, allows the face to lift, and improves posture.” *** Lynn trained as a sports remedial massage therapist, and as an instructor in both Pilates and

Visible Results, Relevant to Consumers

By |2017-01-07T17:05:51+00:00November 28th, 2016|Facial Ageing, Facial Yoga, Skincare Research|

In their recent paper on Evolutionary Psychology of Physical Attraction and the Role of Skin Condition in Perception of Beauty published by the IFSCC magazine, the authors have quantified the visible difference in perception of skin colour and surface topography: In the forehead and the peri-orbital area, the study participants were able to detect as low as a 20% change in skin surface topography.  In terms of skin colour distribution, a smoothing of inhomogeneity as low as 25% has a significant effect on facial heath perception. Visible signs of facial ageing impact on how attractive we appear to others. Since 2007, Procter & Gamble have invested into facial attractiveness research that demonstrates that uneven skin coloration - as well as lines and wrinkles - matter in our perception of our facial age and attractiveness! Whilst lines & wrinkles code for age, colour relates to perceived health of the individual. Whilst uneven coloration matters, forehead lines and wrinkles are the top concern of my clients. Managing their expectations in terms of discernible results deliverable by their skincare routine is essential. The research paper by Samson et al [2010] relates to their age group, ethnicity [and severity scale of the concerns] : Perception and noticeability of skin surface topography was studied by computer manipulation of six facial images of British women, aged 45–65 years. All

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Facial Ageing: State-of-Art Science

By |2016-12-07T15:02:35+00:00November 24th, 2016|Aesthetic Rules & Beauty, Facial Ageing|

Facial Appearance & Ageing. Understanding the facts & figures of facial ageing is an incentive for us, the professionals, to change our clinical practice and become more integrative.  Complex Process Linked to Life Stages. The process of skin ageing is multifactorial, as structural, functional and aesthetic changes happen at a variable rate. It is misleading to consider skin ageing as a uniform biological event; several distinct biological processes may occur concurrently. There are five types of skin aging, including: intrinsic, extrinsic, lifestyle, hormonal or catabolic. Olay have identified distinct gene expression “tipping points” that occur in each decade as we age: Decline in antioxidant response (20s) Decline in skin bioenergy (30s) Increase in cellular senescence (40s) Decline in skin barrier function (50s) Acceleration of all the above (60s) Mirror, Mirror. The focus of attention in the face is on the eyes, lips and facial symmetry [jawline and cheek sagging]. The “quantified-self trend” is growing in an “on-display” digital world. The most significant period of change is in the 40s!  Wrinkles on the left side of the face have a deeper profile and higher volume in comparison with those on the right side and sleeping can further impact on the wrinkle patterns. Health & Lifestyle. Lifestyle changes are essential; a healthy lifestyle is necessary for youthful appearance. Smoking, sunbathing, sunbed use, a low body

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OMEGA 6 Supplements & Skin Health

By |2016-12-06T20:04:24+00:00November 24th, 2016|Facial Ageing, Skin Concerns|

Skin barrier breakdown and "compromised" skin are common in the autumn [a patch of eczema, scaly and rough dry skin texture, skin sensitivity and redness] or a wound. The skin acts as a barrier between internal and external environments protecting the body from mechanical damage, external substances, pathogens and irradiation. Changes associated with ageing and the accumulation of exogenous damage can alter skin function affecting skin health and appearance. In order to be effective, nutritional supplementation should reinforce the skin barrier function to withstand these structural and functional changes. OMEGA 6 Having reviewed the evidence, it seems to suggest that oral GLA [γ–Linolenic acid] supplements can improve skin barrier function.  A 6% to 31% improvement in skin barrier was reported, which is in line with clinical improvements observed in the elderly; dry and sensitive skin; skin texture; itching; and perceived appearance. The studies that observed no changes in skin barrier though reported other benefits induced by supplementation, e.g., clinical improvement of dry skin texture and increased collagen deposition. However, body weight [BMI] and health status [pro-inflammatory markers in plasma] as well as seasonal changes can impact on the efficacy of the supplement. OMEGA 3 - fish oils and safflower oil do not seem to have the same benefit. Please read the scientific paper in detail.

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4 Active: RENOVAGE™ For Cell Longevity

By |2016-12-06T13:24:12+00:00November 9th, 2016|FaceWorkshops, Facial Ageing, Product Reviews, Skin Concerns|

"We assess facial appearance as a whole; unconsciously adding-up visible signs of ageing. Restoring a youthful appearance means reducing the appearance of multiple parameters - lines and wrinkles, sagging [loss of tone], pigmentation, redness, dry skin, dilated pores, and the irregularities of the skin surface. All of the ageing signs are related to less efficient cell physiology; a skin composed of "ageing cells" enters the senescence phase more rapidly than necessary. It's due to a successive accumulation of DNA damage over time; less effectively repaired and less well protected DNA." Prolonging Cell Longevity. Renovage™ - geranylgeranone, is a high-tech global anti-ageing ingredient that acts on the four dimensions of skin ageing: surface, depth and time. It provides anti-ageing and protective effects against stress related damage by maintaining cell division [telomere stabilization and DNA maintenance], improving tissue quality [by optimal cell communication and rebalancing cell metabolism]. Renovage™ prolongs cell lifespan extension by one third. Clinical & Cell Culture Results. RENOVAGE™ acts as a cell facilitator and corrector. In vitro studies show several properties that aid recovery of skin function and structure to avoid premature entry into cell senescence. Protection and repair of oxidative lesions and nucleic elements  Keeping of catalasic antioxidant protection to 100% Reduction of apoptosis after UVB radiation exposure Reduction in the expression of heat shock proteins HSP27 and HSP70 The entry in senescence of fibroblasts is

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SAVE or SPEND REVIEW: Aldi Cuvee 2016 Advent Calendar

By |2018-01-18T16:17:43+00:00October 10th, 2016|FaceWorkshops, FACEWORKSHOPS CLUB, Facial Ageing, Product Reviews, Skin Concerns|

We ran a small perception study on the 2016 Aldi Cuvee Royal Advent Calendar, which features 24 skincare treats for the month of December. The calendar contains a mix of 'mini-treatment ampules' for all skin types, including acne-prone and oily skin. Given the age and skin types of my participants, we tested 3 different ampules - hydrating, lifting and bi-phasic rejuvenating ampule with retinol - each for two consecutive nights.  This was an independent study and the participants were unaware of any clinical results or packaging; they were evaluating “skin feel” and ampule application only.  Age and skin type of participants below, all Caucasian and based in Yorkshire. In Summary Ampules are new to the British consumer. They work great when used seasonally, for a specific outcome. The measured-out dose is perceived as a benefit, yet it is clear the liquid formulas should be mixed with a night moisturiser [or an evening oil]. As the Aldi Calendar contains high-tech active ingredients, the actives in the night moisturiser have to be compatible with the ampules [the combination with the Aldi Cuvee moisturisers should work well]. The calendar offers a route to personalisation, however, it caters for too many different skin types at once, without detailed instructions. RRP 19.99 GBP SPEND. Ideal for combination skin types [with oily T-zone and dry U-zone] aged

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Effective Skincare [Without the Price Tag]

By |2017-01-07T17:03:18+00:00October 10th, 2016|FaceWorkshops, Facial Ageing, Facial Massage, Skin Concerns, Skincare Shopping|

There is more to an effective skincare routine than expensive products! I come across women who are devoted to expensive skincare brands, yet with little visible result to their skin, and others who do wonders on a shoe string. There are parallels with food - buying quality raw ingredients is only the start to creating a delicious meal. It is the tips and tricks of the application, smart combinations of the ingredients, understanding your skin, lifestyle and seasons - and regular therapy that can make a noticeable difference to your face. My clients who get the best results do the following:  Cherish their skincare products [like expensive perfume] Use skincare products to their best potential Have regular facial treatments  Adopt a holistic approach incorporating advice on relaxation, diet and facial exercise into their skincare routine. They ask me to recommend the best products [to a budget and across all brands] and edit their skincare routines regularly to achieve results. I like to talk to an engaged audience who are truly interested in 'properly' looking after their skin with efficacious products & treatments. This goes beyond the brand story; reading the ingredient list and looking at the scientific evidence is essential. "I feel I am worth it and don’t hesitate to spend on myself.  If women are very busy focusing on work & family, they don’t

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