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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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US Allure magazine published my research on pre-menstrual acne..

By |2016-12-07T09:29:02+00:00June 28th, 2011|FaceWorkshops, In the Media, Skincare Research|

My recommendations for women with pre-menstrual acne have been published in the June issue of the US Allure magazine. About 4 in 10 women in their 40's still experience spots on the chin prior to their period. They feel unattractive, particularly in the work environment and when dating. Please share this with your family & friends who still suffer with pre-menstrual acne! For more information please email info@faceworkshops.com. The Allure Magazine Link http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/health/2011/facials-and-acne

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Are You Ageing Well?

By |2016-12-07T09:08:01+00:00June 2nd, 2010|Facial Ageing, Skincare Research|

We all want to look good for our age but we age at a different rate! French research shows that women of the same age living in the Paris area (with relatively homogeneous genetics and lifestyle) can look 10 years younger or 10 years older for their age. Skin type and avoiding extreme lifestyle behaviours (suntanning, diet and smoking) explain only 10 % of this variation! It is the more subtle genetic and lifestyle factors e.g. stress as well as our skincare routines that are of greater importance in terms of how well we age. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12437451

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Ageing in the Sun

By |2016-12-07T08:33:53+00:00May 26th, 2010|Skincare Research, Sun Care|

Sun is the dominant factor in the onset of premature ageing! Had we always protected our faces, the way Japanese women often do, our skin would age in a different, subtle way. Ageing with sun protection Our aged face would have a smooth and even surface with only few fine wrinkles. We would be able to distinquish some loss of elasticity (due to thickenned, disoriented bundles) and thinning (atrophy) but no signs of inflammation and only a moderate decrease in perfusion giving our facial skin slightly drawn, pale appearance. The upper skin layer, epidermis, would be still working well in comparison to photo-aged skin. Ageing in the sun (photo-ageing) If we have suntanned all our life, our facial skin will have an uneven (bumpy) surface and sallow, yellowish tone with mottled pigmentation (sun spots). We will see coarse wrinkles and a severe loss of elasticity (due to the thickening of dermis and increase in elastotic amorphous mass, less structural fibres and underlying inflammation). Also the capillaries become prominent on the skin surface (teleangiectasia) contributing to the uneven skin colour. Epidermal changes - and the risk of skin cancer - are also profound. If like me you would rather your face aged in a subtle way, protect your face during the summer. Source: http://tinyurl.com/32w7exe ***

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Next – After the Boots Serum?

By |2016-11-28T12:25:27+00:00February 15th, 2010|Product Reviews, Skincare Research, Skincare Shopping|

As discussed in my previous blog, Boots had an unprecedented commercial success in Britain in the past few years.  The Boots Protect & Perfect serum case gave clear evidence to the skincare industry that a little science could do a lot more for sales than any amount of expensive glossy advertising! The latest attempt to promote a skincare product through serious scientific scrutiny, this time by Procter & Gamble, hopes to emulate the success of Boots and provide us with a proof of superior efficacy! This month the British Journal of Dermatology will publish a scientific study showing that an anti-ageing cream, Olay Pro-X, is as efficacious at reducing wrinkles as a prescription-only treatment. In the study, 99 women who applied the Olay product several times a day for six months were compared to other 97 women receiving prescription-only retinoid treatment with well-known efficacy. Wrinkle reduction was assessed by grading on high-resolution digital images at eight and 24 weeks into the trial and showed that an appropriately designed cosmetic regimen can improve facial wrinkle appearance comparably with the benchmark prescription treatment and without its side effects. P&G plans to launch Olay Pro-X in Britain next year! And the active ingredients look great - more about them in my next blog. Source: http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/beauty/article7026342.ece

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Facial Expressions Lead to Permanent Wrinkles at 40

By |2016-12-07T08:22:48+00:00February 10th, 2010|Facial Yoga, Skincare Research, Skincare Tips|

From Temporary Lines to Permanent Wrinkles Wrinkles develop progressively through our lives. When young, we only see temporary lines when making a facial expression. Later in life, lines and wrinkles become visible permanently. It is the mechanical stress caused by repeated facial expressions along the same skin groove that makes temporary lines become permanent wrinkles. The most significant period of change is in the 40s!  Light skin tone and low hydration make our skin more prone to wrinkling. Also a low intake of water and a belief that tanned skin is healthy looking skin will contribute. A Tipping Point Research presented at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in San Francisco shows that skin elasticity and resilience has a tipping point at about 35 years of age. Compressing the skin of a 20-year old and that of a 40-year old skin with the same amout of stress and force - a skin compression imaging device - shows a big difference in the ability of the skin to withstand pressure. In a study of 100 women aged 25 - 55, skin power gradually declined through their 20's and early 30s but dropped precipitously at their mid thirties. This is due to collagen and elastin, skin's two main structural components, being damaged by oxidation (UV rays, pollution and intrinsic stress).

Longer Lashes – The Scientific Breakthrough of 2009!

By |2016-12-06T21:57:34+00:00December 12th, 2009|Skincare Research, Skincare Shopping|

Women may soon be able to stop relying on mascara. Biologists at L'Oreal's research laboratories in Paris have spent the last three years studying eyelashes and have now developed a gel that they claim extends the length of time individual eyelashes grow for before they fall out. This apparently leads to longer, thicker eyelashes. L'Oreal plans to market the gel as an over-the-counter cosmetic. Source: http://uk.yearinreview.yahoo.com/2009/blog/7  

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Why Some Women Look Young For Their Age

By |2016-12-06T21:56:54+00:00December 8th, 2009|Skincare Research|

We all desire to look young for our age.  But what features are the most important and tell a stranger "how old we really look"?  A popular area of research by Chanel, Estee Lauder, Olay... Also Unilever has recently carried out research into the facial appearance of female Danish twins (aged 59 to 81) and British women (aged 45 to 75). They found that the most important factors are wrinkles (due to sun-damage), gray hair and lip height and also the structure of subcutaneous tissue plays a role. Genetic and environmental factors are equally responsible for all but grey hair and lip height. The research confirms what we knew for some time now - that having larger lips, avoiding sun-exposure all year round and possessing genetic factors that protect against developing grey hair and skin wrinkles and sagging will make women look younger! The 4 most important things to do: 1) A light tone of lip gloss and great upper lip definition, 2) advanced skincare (with SPF in our day moisturiser), 3) facial yoga and professional massage (to work on the subcutaneous tissue in our cheeks and jawline) and 4) well, a bit of hair colour - but also good eyebrow & eyelash shape and colour - will make a real difference! Source: http://tinyurl.com/yjvzvl9 ***

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The Story Behind the Boots Serum

By |2016-12-06T21:34:17+00:00October 27th, 2009|Facial Ageing, Skincare Research, Skincare Tips|

It is interesting how science translates into our daily routines..  Sometimes serendipity rules what we buy! The Power of the Media It all started, at least for us, the consumers, with the BBC Horizon Professor Reagan’s Beauty Parlour programme run on 27th March 2007. The Boots No7’s Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum was shown to be as effective in anti-ageing as prescription-only products. At the time, the 30 ml serum tube was selling at £16.75. The next day, consumer demand was so huge it made the national news! Rumour has it that it caught Boots unprepared and over 17,000 customers logged onto the waiting list. But the commercial success that followed was phenomenal! 13 products sold every minute (making over 7.8 million in the first year), it even commanded up to £100 on Ebay. Awarded the 2008/2009 Product of the Year, there is a good chance you bought it too, persuaded by the science! The Real Science Behind the Serum Over a year later, in March 2008, a scientific paper was published in the British Journal of Dermatology by Boots and Manchester University that gave us the details of the study. What was not necessarily understood before was that the method - used to establish whether the serum had the ability to

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Stratum Corneum: The Top Layer of Skin

By |2016-12-06T21:40:35+00:00October 12th, 2009|Skincare Research, Skincare Tips|

Stratum corneum, as many of you will know, is the top-most layer of the skin and for a long time it has been thought to be only a "passive shell" that holds in all the more important organs. Nowadays we understand that this wonderful and smart layer protects us from the environment, senses what’s around us and also gives away information about our own well-being. It shows very well what is going on inside - whether we are in love, embarrassed or chronically ill. Stress and Ageing of the Face - The prestige skincare brand Estee Lauder have looked in the past at what role day-to-day psychological stress plays in skin ageing and how our skin reacts. Taking Care of Dry Skin in Winter - Topical for this time of the year, much research is still devoted to dry and sensitive skin. Primarily the Dove brand (Unilever) and Nivea (Beiersdorf) are looking into the worsening of winter dryness - tightness and redness that people with dry skin experience in cold weather. Glycerol and urea are beneficial, although my favourite is hyaluronic acid. Olive Oil in Skincare is Not Beneficial - Olive oil is a staple ingredient of many natural and organic skincare products. Research from the University of Sheffield shows that, although it opens up our skin to

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