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Here is where you'll find lots of tips and advice in relation to our area of expertise - skin, hair removal, beauty & wellbeing.

rosacea, rosacea treatment, red veins, erythema, telangiectasia, phymatous rosacea, papulopustular rosacea, acne rosacea, ocular rosacea, demodex mite
illumifacial, photofacial, ipl, skin rejuvenation, laser clinic, skin clinic, staffordshire

What is Rosacea and can it be cured?

21 September 2021

Rosacea is a progressive inflammatory vascular disorder and although there is no cure, we have a range of treatments and homecare to help you manage it effectively.

What is Rosacea?

Persistent erythema (redness) of the central portion of the face lasting for at least 3 months. Signs & symptoms include flushing, papules, pustules and telangiectasia.

What causes Rosacea?

The precise cause remains unknown but most experts believe the blood vessels become damaged when repeatedly dilated by stimuli. The damage causes the vessels to dilate too easily and stay dilated for longer periods of time to remain permanently dilated, resulting in flushing and redness.

Immune cells and inflammatory mediators can leak from the microvascular bed causing inflammatory pustules and papules.   There is also evidence of an increase in the domodex mite on the skin of rosacea sufferers.  The mite is naturally present on all our skin's but seems to go into overdrive on the skin of rosacea sufferers.  

Sub-types of Rosacea

Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea:  Permanent redness with a tendency to flush and blush easily.  Usually small blood vessels are visible near the surface of the skin and possibly burning or itching sensations are experienced.

Papulopustular rosacea:  Some permanent redness with red bumps (papules) with some pus filled (pustules) which typically last 1-4 days.  This subtype can be easily confused with acne.

Phymatous rosacea:  Commonly associated with rhinophyma.  Symptoms include thickening skin, irregular surface nodularities and enlargement.  Can affect the chin, forehead, cheeks, eyelids and ears.

Ocular rosacea:  Red, dry and irritated eyes and eyelids.  Some other symptoms include foreign body sensations, itching and burning.

Rosacea Treatment

1.  Avoid Triggers such as extremes of temperature, strenuous exercise, stress, anxiety, cold winds, alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, chemical peels, microdermabrasion.

2.  Oral and topical antibiotics are often used.  Soolantra has anti-parasitic and anti-inflammatory properties.

3.  IPL (Intense Pulse Light) if the treatment of choice although life-long treatment is often necessary.

For further advice we would always recommend an initial skin consultation with one of our Advanced Skin Specialists.  We can then assess your skin concerns and recommend the best course of treatments for you.


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hyperpigmentation, sun damage, pigmentation, age spots,
illumifacial, photofacial, ipl, skin rejuvenation, laser clinic, skin clinic, staffordshire
AHA, Alpha hydroxy acids, skinpeel, sun damage, antiageing, skin rejuvenation, Nimue, hyperpigmentation

What can we do to help our skin adapt to seasonal changes?

17 September 2021

We will soon be saying goodbye to summer and "hello" Autumn!  This is when we all take notice of the sun’s toll on the skin. Pigmentation, fine lines, and dehydrated skin is the Autumn trend that no one is looking to show off!  So how can you “erase” the signs of summer? Our next-level, no-downtime treatments have clients raving and falling back in love with their skin.

IPL Skin Rejuvenation

Skin Rejuvenation treatments offer a solution for all the visible signs of ageing caused by sun damage, such as brown spots (pigmentation), redness (thread veins) and uneven skin texture, lines and wrinkles.  Precisely controlled short pulses of light are released that target discolouration (brown and red lesions) to create a more youthful, even complexion. In addition, this light results in the stimulation of the fibroblast cells, leading to increased production of new collagen and elastin. This improves the texture of the skin, evening out

lumps and bumps whilst reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

illumiFacial® 

illumiFacial® is the ‘next generation’ of the highly successful ‘Photofacial’ treatment,

using a new and unique combination of specialist Lynton skincare together with powerful, medical-grade Lynton IPL technology.  illumiFacial® Your Natural ‘Filter’ is a quick and simple facial treatment dramatically improving skin tone and appearance, helping your

skin feel and look it's best.

Microneedling (also known as derma-rolling)

Using a microneedle tool to stimulate collagen production, increasing delivery of active ingredients this treatment reduces pore size and wrinkle depth and improves skin texture with no downtime.  A course of 6 treatments is recommended (1 every 4 weeks) with results lasting from 12-18 months!

AHA Skin Peels

We offer a variety of skin resurfacing treatments.  Your therapist will discuss your skin concerns and goals at your consultation and formulate a treatment plan for optimum results.  Skin peels target fine lines, sun damage, blackheads, open pores, acne marks, age spots, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and much more!  There is no downtime with any of the peels we offer which start from a very low level 15% Bio Active peel up to our Smart Resurfacer which is a 40% AHA peel.  Best results are achieved when you book a course of 6 treatments.  

For further information and prices on any of our results-driven skin treatments, visit our website or book a consultation with one of our Advanced Skin Specialists.  Your skin is our priority.


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hyperpigmentation, sun damage, pigmentation, age spots,

What is Pigmentation and How Does it Happen?

12 August 2021

All skin contains some level of the pigment melanin and the variety in our natural production of this molecule is what determines individual skin tone.  Melanin is produced to protect skin cells from damage, for example, when exposed to UV light.  It is also produced in response to other stimuli such as hormonal changes, some of which can lead to excess melanin production.

There are two types of melanin:  phaeomelanin, a red, brown pigment produced in people with lighter skin tones, and eumelanin, a dark brown or black pigment produced in people with darker skin tones.

The causes of pigmentation are incredibly varied and highly individual.  Genetics play an important role but excessive sun exposure, hormones and stress appear to be the main triggers for the development of excess melanin.

Blue light (HEV) radiates from computers, mobile phones and other devices and also plays a part in the development of pigmentation so it's important to protect the skin by using an SPF with blue light protection such as Nimue's Environmental Shield SPF 50.

The reproductive hormone oestrogen can stimulate the over production of melanin when skin is exposed to sunlight.  This can contribute to a specific type of hyperpigmentation known as melasma.  

Melasma is caused by hormonal change and exacerbated by UV damage.  It is more common in women, particularly pregnant or menopausal women or those taking hormonal contraception.  

Melasma has a distinctive appearance.  Usually symmetrical across the face, distribution is more commonly in the centre of the face on the cheeks, nose, forehead, top lip and chin.

Post Inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is inflammation in the epidermis which stimulates the melanocytes to increase melanin synthesis, resulting in excess pigmentation.  PIH often appears in the wake of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne or dermatitis leaving a darker patch of skin where flare-ups have healed.

Age Spots, liver spots, sun spots are patches of darker skin caused by sun damage and most common in those aged over 40.  The marks appear all over the body, particularly on the face, arms and hands.

Freckles appear at any age and result from the short term response of melanocytes when exposed to sunlight.  Freckles are not a sign of severe skin damage, but indicate an individual is susceptible to UV damage, making sun protection particularly crucial.

Hypopigmentation - creates white, or pale marks on the skin due to an absence of melanin.  It occurs when there is a decrease in the number of melanocytes or a decrease in the amount of melanin produced, this leaves light or unpigmented marks on the skin.  Several genetic conditions including vitiligo and albinism cause hypopigmention and it can also be caused by skin damage for example, sun damage, inflammatory skin disorders or burns.

Improving pigmentation is challenging for skin therapists, however, we do now have a range of professional skin treatments from topical skincare, AHA Peels to IPL for pigment removal which can treat most types of pigmentation and age spots etc.  To find out more, simply give us a call or book your skin consultation online.  

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sunscreen, SPF, sun protection, UV damage, facial SPF

You may be ready for summer, but is your skin?

1 July 2021

Hopefully you have been getting out and about and making the most of the summer weather.  When it comes to the sun, we really need to care for our skin.  Whether you're a sun seeker or a shade dweller incorporating a range of proven ingredients into a skin health routine can provide sun protection and skin health benefits in the long and short term.

Whilst you may be less likely to be soaking up the sun in an exotic location this year, sun protection is a crucial aspect of any skincare routine and, not just on sunny days.  Weaving year-round UV protection into your skincare regime helps to minimize UV induced ageing and is vital in reducing the risk of skin cancer.

Some ingredients work directly to prevent damage from UV rays and others are effective in targeting and repairing existing damage.  Sun exposure and UV damage is the number one cause of premature skin ageing. So, what are UV rays and how do they damage the skin?

When we protect the skin from the sun, we are really protecting against ultra violet (UV) rays within sunlight but there are 3 kinds of UV rays:

UVA - the rays which age the skin, penetrating deep into the dermis.  They are present all year round and penetrate through cloud and glass which is why you need to wear SPF when you're driving!

UVB - the "burning" rays which appear in warm summer sun.  In the UK they are strongest from May to September.  These rays are also responsible for creating vitamin D within the skin.

UVC - these rays are almost entirely filtered out by the O-zone layer and most people will never be exposed.  They can cause serious issues such as cancer.

Excessive UV rays damage the skin in 2 main areas:  they increase the number of free radicals in the skin and damage the DNA of cells directly.  There is a decrease in ceramide production and an increase in melanin production which can lead to pigmentation (dark spots).  Hyaluronic acid is also depleted leading to skin dehydration, decreased collagen production resulting in increased fine lines and wrinkles, blood vessel damage leading to telangiectasis (facial veins) and decreased immunity amongst other changes.  All this results in an acceleration of the ageing process.

But don't despair!  There are solutions to tackle almost all of these issues.  A great place to start is with a good home skin health programme which includes AHA's (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) for deeper exfoliation and cell renewal combined with a broad spectrum facial SPF 40 which should be worn at all times when outdoors or in the car.  Nimue offer a range of at home skin health programmes tailored to your individual needs.  If you would like more information, it's best to book a skin consultation to enable us to find out about your lifestyle, health, medication etc. as all these factors should be taken into account when looking at skin health.

But what if the damage is already done?  We can help with that too!  We have a range of professional skin treatments from microneedling, to AHA Peels to IPL Skin Rejuvenation which can treat all elements of skin ageing, facial vessels, pigmentation, age spots etc.  To find out more, simply give us a call or book your skin consultation online.  We can't wait to get you started on your journey to skin health!

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illumifacial, skinpeel, facelift, collagen induction

What is the illumiFacial?

12 May 2021

Exciting times in our skin clinic!

We have so many exciting things happening at The Beauty Loft at the moment so I wanted to bring you up to date with our amazing new technology and what it means in terms of the additional advanced treatments which we are now able to provide.

The illumiFacial is the “next generation” of the highly successful ‘Photofacial’ treatment, using a new and unique combination of specialist Lynton skincare products together with powerful, medical-grade Lynton IPL technology.

This quick and simple facial treatment dramatically improves skin tone and appearance, helping your skin feel and look its best. So, what can it do?

Why Choose an illumiFacial?

  • Reduce Acne
  • Improve the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Lifting & Firming effect through the stimulation of collagen
  • Improve Skin Tone/Pigmentation/Age spots
  • Softer and Smoother Complexion
  • Hydration

The Facial is a 4 Stage Treatment

The first step is achieving a clear, healthy, radiant skin and will involve a deep cleanse using a specialist formulation to remove any impurities.

Following a deep cleanse, a unique Tri-Fruit Acid Peel will be applied to your skin, for any-where between 3-10 minutes. This peel resurfaces skin texture and decongests pores providing a deep exfoliation, priming the skin ready for stage 3 for illumiFacial.

Following the peel, your skin will be at its optimum condition for the application of the award-winning Lynton Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatment. This works by both stimulating collagen and targeting any discolouration on your skin e.g. freckles, pigmentation, vascular breakouts, general redness. In most cases, the results are instant, providing you with dramatically clearer, firmer skin.

To help maximise the results of your illumiFacial treatment, a trio of specialist serums will be applied to your skin post-IPL, helping to soothe, regenerate and protect your skin.

For best results we recommend 2-4 treatments and the treatment should be between 30-60 minutes.

Who is Suitable for Treatment?

The treatment is perfect for anyone whose skin exhibits congestion, discolouration and visible signs of ageing, however, a full consultation is carried out prior to treatment to ascertain your suitability and individual treatment needs. Following consultation, a full treatment plan will then be tailored to treat your specific concerns, aiming to improve the appearance, feel and health of your skin.

The illumiFacial is a very quick, comfortable treatment with no downtime, which is designed to provide you with ‘optimum skin health’. Some people will feel a slight tingling sensation when the fruit peel is first applied, but it very quickly subsides. The IPL aspect of this treatment can sometimes be mildly uncomfortable – most people describe the discomfort as feeling like a ‘quick pinprick’ and ‘warm feeling’ which is all very tolerable.

You may experience a superficial tingling feeling on the skin and you may see a darkening of pigment spots before they flake away – this means the treatment has worked perfectly in providing you with a more even, flawless skin tone. As well as clearer, healthier skin, you will also experience an ongoing improvement to the firmness and plumpness of your skin in the following months post-treatment, as new collagen is stimulated deep within the skin tissue.

True results from collagen induction treatments can continue to be seen for up to 12-18 months later.

To find out more, we suggest you book an initial IPL Skin consultation at which we will ask you questions about your skin, health, medication, lifestyle and your concerns in order to ascertain the very best treatment outcomes for you.

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Facial veins, facial redness, spider naevi

Facial redness, rosacea, thread veins, spider veins, port wine stains, red spots - how do we get rid of them?

6 May 2021

Facial veins can appear for many reasons such as barrier impairment, incorrect product use, medication, environmental damage, UV damage, your genes, pregnancy, hormonal changes to name just a few. The good news is that there are now lots of treatments which help to greatly reduce the appearance of facial lesions.

As we all know, prevention is better than cure so to help to keep your skin barrier healthy, it's important to seek the advice of a skin specialist who will recommend the best skincare to address your skin concerns. Many of us make uninformed choices about skincare, taking advice from Sales Assistants in stores, bloggers or influencers, many of whom have no actual qualifications to support their recommendations. We can do more harm than good simply by choosing the wrong products for our skin, or bombarding it with various lotions and potions which can have an adverse effect on the skin's natural barrier so it's important to see a Professional Skin Therapist who will ask lots of questions about your skin, lifestyle, occupation, medication etc. in order to recommend the right skincare for you.

If you already have issues with facial redness such as flushing, rosacea, thread veins etc. there are a few quick and easy treatments available now which produce amazing results.

Lynton IPL medical grade technology applies light energy to the skin where it is readily absorbed by blood vessels, heating them to a point where they are destroyed. Following treatment, the vessels quickly clear as they are reabsorbed by the body, leaving little or no trace of the original lesion.

Most red skin lesions, including facial thread veins, rosacea, spider naevi and port wine stains can be treated very successfully. Depending on the lesions, leg vessels can also respond well to treatment.

The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. Treatment is suitable for most people although best results are obtained for those with fair skin.

Treatment is mildly uncomfortable but there is no need for anaesthesia and the procedure is actually quite quick. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very quick hot pin prick.

Typically 3 to 5 treatments are needed for optium results, though small lesions may clear in just a single session. Repeat treatments are spaced every 4 to 6 weeks.

If you'd like further information about this or any other of our advanced skin treatments, please get in touch using the email link below. We're happy to help.

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uv damage, sunscreen, sun damage, age spots, SPF, sunscreen, skin cancer

How can I protect my skin from the damaging effects of UV?

26 April 2021

I don't know about you, but I feel so much better when the sun is shining. It's lovely to be able to sit outside in the garden, listening to the sound of the birds and the gentle breeze. We can almost pretend we're on holiday in some beautiful Greek taverna overlooking the sea......however, it's so important not to forget our SPF, every day, not just on sunny days. Why? Daily use of a sunscreen is of critical importance in maintaining skin health, protecting the skin against premature ageing as well as possible skin cancer. It is important to choose a product that offers protection against, UVA, UVB and IR. Most people understand why it's important to use SPF on sunny days, however, why do we need it when there's little to no sun present? I'll try to explain:

There are 3 chemical processes that take place, at a cellular level in the skin, that accelerate the ageing process: 1. Generation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) 2. Glycation resulting in Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE’s) 3. Activation of Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMP’s)

These 3 factors are mainly dependant on the lifestyle of the individual as well as the environment in which they live.

Triggers and causes that increase ROS generation: UV, HEV, IR, Pollution, Cigarette Smoke, Alcohol, Stress, Disease & Infections, Unhealthy Diet so - let's just tackle UV & IR (infra-red) as this is what I want to focus on right now.

ROS is a free radical and is formed as a by-product of natural metabolic processes. The body uses anti-oxidants and enzymes to keep the amount of ROS under control. Depletion of these enzymes and anti-oxidants will result in Oxidative Stress.

The Nimue Solution: • Fused Ring Cyanoacrylate blocks/stops the formation of ROS/free radicals completely by quenching the excited state of these molecules, preventing the transformation into singlet oxygen. (Environmental Shield SPF 50) • Anti-oxidants scavenges and neutralises ROS/free radicals that has already been formed (All Nimue Products).

Next let's talk about MMP's:

Triggers and causes that increases MMP expression: The natural ageing process, UVA & UVB exposure and certain medications

What are MMP’s and the effects: • Matrix Metalloproteinases are natural enzymes found in the Dermis and they include collagenase and elastase enzymes. • These enzymes are responsible for the breakdown of unhealthy connective tissue which will stimulate the remodelling of collagen and elastin fibres. • When the amount of MMP’s increase, due to the various triggers and causes, these enzyme start breaking down healthy collagen and elastin, degrading these proteins at a faster rate than normal.

The result is premature ageing: Loss of elasticity, thinning skin, increase in redness and moisture loss.

What is the point of all this information? UV triggers the formation of ROS and MMP's, hence the need to use SPF every day. If you've read to the end, well done you! Hopefully, I have encouraged you to add an SPF into your daily skincare regime. If you have any questions, just drop us an email. In the meantime, have fun in the sun (safely).

Yours in great skin,

Lisa xx

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Anti-Oxidants and how they protect the skin

11 March 2021

What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and enzymes (proteins inside your body) that can help to prevent and repair damage to your body's tissue. Antioxidants do this by slowing or preventing the effects of free radicals, which start oxidation -- a process that causes damage from oxygen and this can lead to cell dysfunction.

How antioxidants work

Oxidation occurs throughout nature. In the case of our skin, it is largely caused by the creation of free radicals at the cellular level when skin is exposed to ultraviolet light. If you've seen a peeled apple turn brown, you've seen oxidation in action. As antioxidants block the effects of free radicals, they end up being oxidised. As a first line of defense, some antioxidants suppress formation of free radicals, while others “scavenge” to remove them before they do damage, or work to repair damage once it has been done. Antioxidants protect skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. Antioxidants in skin care products can do a lot for the health and appearance of your skin, including reducing the signs of ageing.

Nimue’s take on antioxidants

Antioxidants are part of the Nimue philosophy and part of the four treatment principles. Active ingredients facilitate the requirements of each principle. Antioxidants are incorporated in Nimue to protect the skin from free radical damage produced by normal ageing, pollution, UV radiation exposure, stress and smoking. Antioxidants are capable of neutralising the destructive effects of the free radical molecule. They do this by donating electrons to free radicals before they get a chance to steal one from a healthy cell. By producing an electron, antioxidants convert the free radical to a more stable form.

Vitamin C Ester – Advanced antioxidant and skin rejuvenation

Vitamin E Ester- Powerful antioxidant

Encapsulated Vitamin A, C and E complex – Enhanced antioxidation delivery

Why Nimue utilises vitamin c esters (sodium ascorbyl phosphate and ascoprbyl palmitate)

These are water or oil soluble vitamins to ensure complete antioxidation

Functions:

Protect membrane as well as inside and around cell ensuring protection of nucleus and DNA repair

C Ester combination- stimulates collagen synthesis which, in turn, will assist in fighting against the ageing process.

Vitamin E Ester (Tocopherol Acetate)

This ester is 40-50 stronger than Vitamin E

Functions:

Protect skin cells and membranes from environmental damage

Repairing

Prevent scarring

Encapsulated Vitamin A, C and E complex

The vitamin complex is a combination of defined vitamins and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA’s). The complex is incorporated into liposomes from phospholipids which are easily absorbed by the cell membranes. The liposomes then easily penetrate the stratum corneum and start to release the incorporated actives.

Borage oil is dispersed to fine droplets and assist in repairing and building up the barrier of the skin and the lipidic vitamin esters are dissolved in the core.

Functions:

Vitamin C and E can penetrate into the skin

Water soluble Vitamin C acts in and between cells

Oil soluble Vitamin E acts in the cell membranes

Vitamin A stimulates increase of living epidermal thickness and production of new collagen resulting in increase of skin elasticity and reduction of fine wrinkles

So, as we can see, antioxidants is a fundamental part of protecting and repairing the skin and it is an integral part of achieving true skin health. 

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FLAWLESS SKIN - The best wedding gift you can give to yourself!

1 February 2021

Planning a wedding can be stressful enough, without factoring in having to reschedule it due to a pandemic! Stress can have an adverse effect on your skin. It causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. It can also make it difficult for skin problems to heal and can cause existing skin conditions to flare up.

But there is no need to panic. Just start an effective skincare routine as soon as possible to avoid disappointment on your big day. Just like you would want to wear a unique dress on your wedding day, a good skin care routine should be designed for your skin’s needs, in preparation for your big day.

But, whatever you do, DON’T WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE. When you're starting a new skincare regimen, it should be at least three months before your wedding day. Some people may experience a transitional period as their skin adjusts to the new products and active ingredients and this can result in breakouts, excessive dryness or oiliness, increased

sensitivity etc. This is a good sign as it signals your skin health is undergoing a positive change. It is temporary but you don’t want this happening when you are days from walking down the aisle.

Whatever your skin concern, your Nimue Skin Specialist will conduct a thorough skin consultation. We'll ask you lots of questions about your current routine, your occupation, your lifestyle & health and what your main areas of concern are in regard to your skin. We will then put a treatment plan together aimed at targeting those areas of concern. Our 12 Week Challenge was designed specifically for brides to be. To enable you to have the time to achieve the desired results for your skin before you walk down the aisle.

Nimue's "No make-up Bride" (pictured) did just that in 2019 and how amazing does her skin look on her wedding day.

If you would like to find out more about our 12 week challenge, or simply have questions or concerns about your skin, book an online skin consultation by clicking the link below and start your journey to healthy skin with Nimue.

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4 week lockdown skin challenge

August 2020

I was thinking recently of ways in which I could try to help people to achieve great skin with the challenge of not being able to offer professional skin treatments in salon.

It wasn't difficult to come up with a solution since the brand that I use in all my professional skin treatments is also a prescriptive homecare solution too!

If you would like to know more about how you can improve your skin in just a short space of time, (4 weeks is not long but that's all that it took to achieve the results in the image shown), then I would encourage you to watch this short video and then take a look at our dedicated webpage which you can find by clicking the link below.

A little SKINspiration goes a long way!

Lisa xx

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Summer Skin

August 2020

When we start dreaming about our skin during summer, we tend to envision it being tanned with a smooth texture and glowing radiance making you feel like a Bronze Goddess. Unfortunately, the reality can be quite different than we would like to imagine.

As we are more likely to expose ourselves to excessive sun during this prime time, we increase the risk of sunburn and premature ageing. With the increase in hot weather, we also experience water loss leading to dehydration and skin irritation. During summer, we also tend to produce more sweat and more oil, which may lead to further skin problems.

An interesting fact… our skin cell production is also more rapid during summer.

So, what are the key skin concerns during Summer?

▪ Sunburn

▪ Acne breakouts

▪ Melasma

▪ Dry, inflamed and irritated skin

▪ Prickly heat (or heat rash)

▪ Adequate protection from UV

What we know so far…

▪ Sunburn

 Something that comes about when we have not protected our skin effectively from the sun.

▪ Acne breakouts

 In summer, we get hot and we start sweating. When sweat mixes with bacteria and oils on the skin, it can clog your pores.

▪ Melasma

 Being out in the sun can make those brown to grey-brown patches on your face more noticeable.

▪ Dry, inflamed, irritated skin

 When outdoor air is hot and humid, you can still have dry, irritated skin. The biggest causes are the sun, chlorinated pool water and air-conditioning.

▪ Prickly heat (or heat rash)

 Caused by blocked sweat glands.

 The sweat is unable to be released, resulting in a rash and tiny, itchy bumps on the skin

Some misconceptions about the Summer Sun:

▪ If you do not feel heat from the sun you will not get sunburnt

▪ Applying SPF once is enough

▪ If it is cloudy, you do not need sunscreen

▪ You cannot get sunburnt in water

▪ Any sunscreen will protect against UVA and UVB

With these misconceptions, we all know very well that there are a few immediate effects of sun exposure such as inflammation, skin thickening and the activation of MMP’s (Matrix Metalloproteinases).

There are also the long-term effects such as Melanocyte cells doubling in action, Langerhans cells decreasing, elastosis and collagen degradation.

What is sunburn?

Sunburn is skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays. It usually causes the skin to become red, sore, warm, tender and occasionally itchy for about a week. The skin will normally start to flake and peel after a few days and will usually fully heal within seven days. It is still important to avoid a sunburn as it can increase your chances of developing serious health problems such as skin cancer, later in life. It is easy to underestimate your exposure to the sun when you are outside and enjoying the warmth of the sun while on holiday, as the redness does not usually develop for several hours. Breezes and getting wet from swimming may cool your skin, so you do not realise that you are getting burnt.

YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BE AWARE OF THE RISK OF SUNBURN IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE.

The Facts:

▪ 2 to 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers occur globally each year

▪ 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer

▪ UVA and UVB causes photo-induced skin ageing

▪ DNA damage and protein damage

▪ When MMP’s are stimulated, it damages the collagen and elastin fibres as well as the Hyaluronic Acid in the skin

▪ Infra-red raises the skin’s temperature, produces free radicals, accelerates skin ageing and reduces the skin’s natural anti-oxidant potential.

What should you do if you are sunburnt?

You should get out of the sun as soon as possible - head indoors or into a shady area.

You can usually treat mild sunburn at home, although there are some circumstances where you should seek medical advice.

The following advice may help to relieve your symptoms until your skin heals:

▪ Cool the skin by sponging it with cold water

▪ Have a cold bath or shower

▪ Apply a cold compress such as a cold flannel to the affected area

▪ Drink plenty of fluids to cool you down and for the prevention of dehydration.

What is Nimue’s solution to protect against Summer Sun?

Our solution is to protect the skin using the highest quality graded ingredients to help support the skin’s barrier, assist with optimal hydration, anti-ageing by assisting the skin with its physiological functions and improve the overall state of skin health by reducing or preventing the harmful effects of UV, IR rays and HEV on the skin.

A few tips you can use, seeing that you might be showing more skin than usual during Summer!

▪ Use an appropriate Cleanser 2 x a day.

▪ Regular exfoliation 2-3 x times a week.

▪ Keep skin well hydrated with a moisturiser (Specific day and night moisturiser suited to your skin classification)

▪ Daily usage of SPF (when in doubt, apply and re-apply!)

▪ Keep body hydrated by making friends with H²O. (8 glasses of water a day)

▪ Soothe your over-exposed skin - (Apply Nimue After Sun Hydrator or Vitamin C Moisture Mist)

What products do Nimue Recommend?

Cleansing Gel - Lightly exfoliates and gently hydrates

Pre & Post Serum - Reinforces the skin barrier

Nimue-TDS - Provides optimal hydration and barrier protection

Element Barrier - Defends against UVR, Infra-red, heat and cold shock

Hyaluronic UltraFiller Serum - Provides intense hydration and has a flash filler effect

Super Hydrating Serum - Superior moisturisation

Day Moisturiser - Regulates oiliness and dryness

Exfoliating Enzyme - Gently detaches dead skin cells

After Sun Hydrator - Soothes the skin following excessive sun exposure

Vitamin C Moisture Mist - Invigorates & refreshes skin, leaving it revived and radiant

SUN-C SPF 40 - UVA & UVB protection

SUN-C Environmental Shield SPF 50 - HEV, UV and IR Protection

For a personalised treatment plan, book a skin consultation. This is completely confidential and can take place online if you prefer.

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How does stress affect the skin?

6 August 2020

Stress, anxiety, uneasiness….during these uncertain times that we have all had to go through, many of us have expressed these feelings and emotions. When we are in a long-term state of stress, our immune systems are compromised and we produce more “stress” hormones. This, in turn, reduces our body’s natural ability to protect us, lowers our immune systems further and increases inflammation in the body.

• With long-term stress, the body produces too much cortisol (stress hormone) which increases sebaceous gland activity

• This may cause an increase in the production of sebum which results in breakouts and skin sensitivity

• Cortisol weakens the skin’s immune system which leads to oxidative stress, resulting in wrinkles, fine lines and dull tired skin

• Due to inflammation caused by stress in the body, you will also see conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.

HOW CAN YOU TREAT YOUR SKIN IN THESE STRESSFUL TIMES?

• Focus on self-care

• Protect the skin from UVA, UVB, IR, HEV and pollution by building the skin barrier.

• Incorporate additional products into your Nimue daily skincare routine that assists with hydration, repair and protection of the skin.

• Exfoliate and use face masks (not the ones we currently have to wear to protect against Covid-19) on a regular basis. The Nimue Exfoliating Enzyme will gently remove surface dead skin cells and promotes cell renewal. Follow with a Nimue mask that will play an important role in helping stressed skin and the reactions that arise from it.

For more advice book a confidential skin consultation with one of our advanced skin specialists.  

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What's so bad about facial wipes?

17 July 2020

So, this is how it went… late night, upstairs, so tired, standing at the sink is just not on your to do list and so you reach for the face wipes….

I understand they seem easy, I understand they are convenient. The wipe turns black from mascara with a hint of lipstick and blusher so you feel content you are clean BUT…

Your skin will not be thanking you.

You are kidding yourself if you think it is all off…..

The next key skin truth you need to know is that you get out what you put in. If you don’t want to dedicate any time and effort to your face this will absolutely show as you get older. If you don’t want to look like a flaky skin crocodile then you need to invest some time.

So why are face wipes not the answer...?

1. They leave residue on your skin - these are not the prime elite ingredients you would like sitting on your skin. They have a barrage of heavy preservatives such as parabens, MI, triclosan, alcohol, ethanols. This is as they are moist cloths sitting on top of each other, wrapped in plastic in a warm shop environment, literally a breeding ground for bacteria. You do not want this sitting on your skin, they will be drying and risk irritation.

2. They don’t really clean - without the right ingredients/oils/ plant bases you would have in gel and milk cleansers and without water you don’t ever get your skin completely clean. They drag makeup from one side of your face to another. Always leaving make up on the skin will potentially lead to spots and blackheads or uneven skin.

3. Drying - see above. Not good on ageing skins but also not good on oily skins. If you over dry an oily skin at cleansing point your sebaceous glands just product more oil as you have stripped off your acid mantle balance.

4. Dragging the delicate eye area - you have to rub too hard to get the make up of using face wipes and it drags your eye area too much, this will lead to sagging dry irritated skin.

5. Terrible for the environment - apart from simply creating more waste people flush them down the toilet and there is a huge increase in the amount washing up on beaches. Most face wipes and nappy wipes are not biodegradable. Where do they end up?

Strong reasons why when you mention them to most beauty therapists they get a strange uncomfortable look on their face!!...

Convenience should not be your major motivation if you want to have amazing skin. It will always be nice if it occurs, for instance Nimue cleansing gels may also be used to remove eye make up too. Conveniently removing the need for eye make up remover. The daily core range needed for most skin classifications literally takes 3 minutes! That is all! I don't buy it when people tell me they don't have the time to take care of their skin.

For those of you who have daughters or friends you who know are using face wipes please share and email them about this ‘crocodile skin avoidance’ truth! In the meantime, we're always here to answer your skin questions. Need some skin advice? No problem, book a skin consultation online using the link below.

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Face masks & skin reacations aka "Maskne"

20 June 2020

Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, it is becoming more common for people to wear a face mask to protect yourself and others from contracting the Coronavirus. It is becoming a new normal to see everyone around us wearing face masks. It may even become the latest fashion accessory!

But what is this doing to our skin? It may become even more reactive when wearing the mask for long periods of time.

In this article, we will look at the various skin reactions that may occur, or be aggravated, with the wearing of face masks and what Nimue recommends, should this happen to you.

What are the various skin reactions that may occur with the wearing of a protective face mask? In this blog we will discuss breakouts:

1. BREAKOUTS

There is a type of acne called Acne Mechanica. It occurs when the skin is undergoing repetitive friction, is covered for a long period of time, is under excess pressure or exposed to heat.

With the wearing of a face mask, there is an increased chance of Acne Mechanica occurring.

▪ Wearing a mask may cause you to sweat, which may result in breakouts or an increase in breakouts, particularly around the areas which the mask covers.

▪ Sebum, produced by your pores, together with the oil in your cosmetics, may collect in the lining of the mask. This will be in contact with your skin and create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, causing breakouts or an increase in breakouts.

▪ With the frequent washing of the reusable masks, the laundry detergents and fabric softeners in which it is washed, may cause irritation of the skin and a rash-like breakout may occur.

What can you do to prevent this?

Ensure that a clean face mask is worn every day and if you are wearing disposable masks they should be replaced frequently throughout the day.

It would be suggested to change your laundry detergent or fabric softener to one that is recommended for sensitive skin. Personally, I hand wash my fabric masks in a little Nimue cleansing gel, rinse and leave to dry.

2. CHAPPED, DRY AND SENSITISED SKIN

Certain masks, particularly the cotton blend masks, absorb the skins natural oils, causing the skin to become irritated and dry.

▪ People with sensitive/sensitised skin are even more prone to dryness and irritation. This could become itchy and cause a scaly rash.

▪ People with inflammatory or chronic skin conditions e.g. Rosacea, Eczema and Psoriasis, are likely to experience increased flare ups.

Nimue Recommendations:

It is extremely important to build up and protect the skin barrier, as this will prevent the loss of water. Keep the skin well-nourished and protected against the elements.

3. PIGMENTATION CHANGES

As a result of friction from the mask, or due to irritation and underlying inflammation caused by an excessively dry skin, together with possible skin rashes, the skin may develop certain pigmentation changes around the areas of the mask.

▪ Darker areas of pigment may develop

▪ Existing pigmentation in the areas covered by the mask, may become darker

ADDITIONAL TIPS

▪ Exfoliate the skin regularly with Exfoliating Enzyme. It will help remove dead skin cells, which accumulate under the mask and lead to blocked pores

▪ Problematic Spot Treatment should be added to your routine as breakouts may occur

▪ Element Barrier may be recommended for all skin classifications, as it helps protect the skin against heat and cold shock and provides additional protection to the skin barrier

▪ Pre & Post Serum will help to keep the barrier intact and keep the skin hydrated

▪ Wear Nimue SPF 40 / Environmental Shield SPF 50 daily. Even if you are indoors, it is still important to protect the skin against pollution, HEV and IR rays.

Important to note:

With global quarantine conditions, internet service has already spiked 50%. Flat screen TVs, mobile phones, computer and tablet screens emit a high-energy blue light that penetrate the skin and cause damage. Premature photo ageing, hyperpigmentation, inflammation, damage to the skin barrier function and dry, irritated skin are the some of the common causes of excessive exposure to blue light.

▪ Avoid aggressive and harsh chemicals, which will further dry out the skin

▪ Go make up free as much as you can

▪ Keep skin hydrated as most breakouts are exacerbated by inflammation triggered by dryness

▪ If the skin becomes very uncomfortable, make a cold compress by placing a clean cloth in cold water, ring out the excess water, then lay it on a clean skin to help soothe

▪ When you get home, remove the mask, cleanse your skin and hydrate with a Nimue moisturiser

▪ If you have a re-usable mask, wash it often (if not daily) and make sure to dry it out in the sun and iron.

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HOW CAN I PROTECT MY HANDS?

14 June 2020

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, there was one important thing that all medical experts seemed to agree upon. This was that one of the best ways to protect ourselves from contracting the Coronavirus, is to wash our hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water is not available, then alcohol-based hand sanitiser is the next best option to rid our hands of unwanted germs.

Like the wearing of face masks, frequent hand washing, using hand sanitisers and the wearing of gloves, will also result in a few reactions that we would possibly expect to see on our hands. These include the following:-

▪ Excessive dryness

▪ Inflamed skin

▪ Cracking and peeling of skin

▪ Itchiness

▪ Allergic contact Dermatitis (in extreme cases)

Nimue recommendations:

As we will continue to wash our hands frequently and use hand sanitisers, it is important that we protect the skin and treat the hands even more specifically with hydration and nourishment.

▪ Exfoliate the hands 2-3 times a week using Exfoliating Enzyme

▪ Treat the hands with a mask by either choosing Super Hydrating Mask or Anti-Ageing Leave On Mask

▪ Remember to use Anti-Ageing Hand Cream continuously, particularly each time after washing your hands

Hope this helps. For more skin tips, follow us on social media - links below.

Lisa xx

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HOW CAN I PRACTICE SELF-LOVE OF MY SKIN, KEEPING IT HEALTHY AND GLOWING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

10 June 2020

Eat well: Avoid diets high in sugars thus avoiding glycation

▪ Sleep

▪ Manage your stress levels

▪ Stick to your basic Nimue skincare routine: Cleanse twice a day, even if you do not wear makeup. Your skin is exposed to pollution whether you stay indoors or wear no make-up

▪ Condition your skin twice a day as this will help to enhance the skin rejuvenation process

▪ Always use a day and night moisturiser appropriate for your skin concerns

▪ Include a Nimue-TDS™ into your daily regime to repair your stressed skin barrier

▪ Get active!! Use your Nimue Active Gel or Lotion as prescribed

▪ Do not forget your Nimue sunblock!! Even if you are indoors, your skin may still be exposed to HEV (blue light) and radiation through glass

▪ Weekly at-home treatments: Exfoliate two to three times a week. This is also a great time to try out multi-masking, where you can apply different masks on the skin, focusing on different skin concerns

▪ If you do not have a hypersensitive skin, why not invest in the Glyco Mask - a wonderful salon treatment alternative that will revive and boost a stressed skin!

THE CONSEQUENCES OF SELF-LOVE AND SELF-CARE

▪ You lower your risk for depression, anxiety, hypertension, heart attacks and other health related problems.

▪ You boost your immune system, lowering the chances of contracting colds and flus.

▪ You will improve overall skin health.

▪ You embrace your reality and stop blaming circumstances.

▪ You start living a life of abundance in every area of your life, allowing for growth to take place. The more you grow, the more you spread love and joy.

▪ You get back to living… not just being alive, but loving, caring, helping and appreciating people and life itself.

▪ You will feel safe in knowing that you will be there for yourself through life’s journey.

REMEMBER, surround yourself with people who love and encourage you. Block out the “energy drainers” immediately. Follow your passion, whatever it may be and don’t compare yourself to anyone else.

“BE YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND… BE GOOD TO YOURSELF!

TO LOVE OTHERS, YOU MUST LOVE YOURSELF FIRST.”

Thanks to www.nimueskin.com for this great advice!

Lisa xx

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PRESCRIPTIVE Vs "OFF THE SHELF" SKINCARE

12 May 2020

Dermacosmeceutical vs Traditional Skincare

Skin Cleansing

Traditional cosmetic skin cleansers can leave the skin feeling tight and dry. This is because they are soap based with an alkaline PH which strips the skin's natural acid mantle.

Derma-cosmeceutical cleansers work to restore skin health without irritation by using acidic based cleansing ingredients that leave the skin feeling moist and plump.

Day & Night Moisturisers

By using rich moisturisers that simply sit on the surface, the skin loses it's ability to hydrate itself, thereby creating a negative feedback cycle. What do I mean by this?

Constantly adding oil and moisture to the skin allows your skin to become lazy. This in turn means that it craves more moisture as it stops hydrating itself, so you have to use even richer cosmetic moisturisers to combat this. The skin then becomes even lazier....you can see where this is going right? So, you have to use something even richer and so it goes on. That negative feedback cycle has been created, simply by using incorrect products. This is because traditional cosmetic skincare is only beautifying on a superficial level. You can usually feel a layer on your skin when you've applied a cosmetic moisturiser.

In contrast, prescriptive skincare re-educates the skin to function at its best. Through healing and restructuring the skin by treating the cause, not the symptom, the skin is able to hydrate itself. With superior product penetration (no layer left following application), the signs of damage can be treated with amazing results.

There is also an ongoing relationship between you (the client) and your skin specialist. We all know that our skin changes constantly whether it's with the seasons, medication, our lifestyle, our hormones etc. so it's important to have the constant support and advice of your skin specialist who can address those changes by tweaking your daily skin regime and offering prescriptive solutions. You don't get that with "off the shelf" skincare in my experience.

Hopefully, this will help you make more informed choices about your skincare going forward. I did a live video on this subject recently, link below if you would like to take a look.

Yours in great skin,

Lisa xx

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SPF Explained

5 May 2020

Physical V's Chemical Sunscreens

Physical - Reflects Light Chemical - Absorbs Light

Immediate protection Takes 30-45 mins to work

Non-Irritant Can cause irritation (prickly heat)

Does not penetrate the skin Can penetrate into the skin

Safe for all skin types even sensitive Not safe for all skin types

Anti-inflammatory & soothing No natural soothing properties

Natural minerals zinc oxide &

Titanium Dioxide

UVA vs UVB Rays

Both UVA and UVB rays are in our atmosphere and can cause damage to the skin increasing the risk of skin cancers, however, UVA penetrates more deeply into the skin hitting the dermis causing visible wrinkles and ageing. UVB hits the epidermis (top layer) causing sun burn.

UVA can penetrate through cloud and glass so it's important to protect our skin against the damaging effects of UVA all year round - not just on sunny days. We recommend wearing SPF 40 EVERY DAY.

Always remember, our goal is to achieve optimal cell function. If we have optimal cellular function and we are able to delay cellular senescence, we can achieve the goal of a healthy skin.

Yours in great skin,

Lisa xx

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Skin Ageing

1 May 2020

In this article, we will look at a key chemical reaction that occurs within the skin and has already been taken into consideration with Nimue’s Product Development.

Activation of MMP’s (Matrix Metalloproteinases))

Within the dermis there is the ECM (extra cellular matrix) that provides structural and biochemical support to the surrounding cells. It is made up of GAGs and Hyaluronic acid and it provides the skin with support and plumpness.

Fibroblast cells, producing the collagen and elastin fibres and appendages are suspended in the extra cellular matrix.

What are MMP’s?

MMP’s are matrix metalloproteinases found in the dermis. They are enzymes that control tissue breakdown in the dermis. MMP’s plays an important role in wound healing so that new connective tissue can be formed.

When do MMP’s cause ageing?

When there is an excess of matrix metalloproteinases present, caused by UVA and UVB exposure, MMP’s can increase as a result of ROS (Reactive Oxidative Stress). Additional factors for excess MMP production are medication and the natural ageing process.

The MMP enzymes become more active and degrade the fibroblast cells and connective tissue at a faster rate than normal.

The result is ageing, loss of elasticity, thinning skin, increase in skin redness and moisture loss.

How can we prevent this process?

The solution is to include MMP inhibitors as ingredients in our skincare products. Nimue’s current homecare contains MMP inhibitors such as cyclotetrapeptide, milk peptides and manilkare multinervus to balance the degradation of older connective tissue cells with the replacement of new cells.

Always remember, our goal is to achieve optimal cell function. If we have optimal cellular function and we are able to delay cellular senescence, we can achieve the goal of a healthy skin.

Yours in great skin,

Lisa xx

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Missing your salon resurfacing treatment?  Here's a home based alternative.

29 April 2020

I'm sure those of you who have a regular professional skin treatment are missing those visits to the salon but now is a great time to take care of your skin in the comfort of your own home. We all enjoy a little pamper time..right? So what better way than to give yourself a home resurfacing treatment.

Nimue's homecare range is very different from "off the shelf" skincare as it is derma-cosmeceutical with a prescriptive approach to skincare. However, certain treatments may be carried out at home if you (a) are already using Nimue homecare and have therefore had a skin consultation and know your skin classification or (b) have had or have booked an online skin consultation and have been advised by your Nimue Skin Specialist that this treatment would be recommended for your skin classification.

Take a look at the video and if you fancy giving it a go, simply click the link below to order your products or book your virtual consultation. We are providing contactless deliveries locally or alternatively, can post your products directly to you.

Yours in great skin,

Lisa xx

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