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Menopausal Skin Changes

Menopausal Skin

27 July 2022

As skin therapists, we’re in a privileged position to be able to help clients throughout their life.   The menopause is when women gradually stop having periods, mostly between the ages of 45-55.

The key to managing clients’ skin health, throughout this transformative time is balance. Whether it’s helping clients by offering more relaxing treatments or creating a homecare routine that supports their skin.

Consulting with your skin specialist regularly will help combat any negative side effects you might be experiencing.

Women in the menopause go through changes in their body from hormonal fluctuations. These can reflect in the skin and we often see clients suffering from concerns like dry skin, pigmentation and loss of elasticity.

Whilst lifestyle factors and self-care are particularly important at this time, we can still help clients with their confidence through rejuvenating skin treatments and Nimue homecare.

The menopause affects the endocrine system, which in turn leads to hormonal ups and downs that can alter the skin’s appearance.

Examples include:

Androgen levels change, which can stimulate sebaceous activity and lead to oily skin and breakouts.

Low progesterone levels can increase insulin production and excess androgen hormone and blocked pores.

Lower levels of oestrogen can decrease collagen production, leading to hyperpigmentation and loss of skin elasticity. Oestrogen changes can also lead to dehydration and maintaining epidermal thickness and blood flow to your skin. This can mean dull, tired looking skin.

You might also experience outbreaks of rosacea, which can become worse in perimenopause and menopause. This is due to a reduction in moisture levels and restoration of the skin’s barrier will help, so try using products like Nimue Pre & Post Serum and Nimue Hyaluronic Oil.

Nimue’s ai range is also brilliant for menopausal skin, as it can be used on interactive/hyper-sensitive skin types. It will help combat dehydration, protect the skin’s barrier, whilst brightening and firming the complexion.

If you're struggling with your skin and would like our help, please get in touch  or book a consultation.

Lisa xx

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Taking a Look at Acne

18 May 2022


Acne develops when sebum, an oily substance that lubricates your hair and skin, and dead skin cells plug

hair follicles. Bacteria can trigger inflammation and infection resulting in more severe acne.


The difference between acne and pimples is that acne is a disease and pimples are one of its symptoms.

Acne is a condition affecting the skin's pilosebaceous system, which includes the hair follicles and oil glands.

Pimples are nothing but a less severe form of inflammatory acne.

Acne is most common in teenagers and young adults but can also occur in adults.


One or more of the following symptoms may be present:

▪ Closed comedones (whiteheads)

▪ Open comedones (blackheads)

▪ Pustules

▪ Papules

▪ Cysts

▪ Nodules

▪ Milia

▪ Redness

▪ Inflammation


▪ Back and shoulders

▪ Neck

▪ Chest

▪ Face

Each type of acne symptom requires a different treatment approach.

A correct treatment programme can reduce the risk of long-term skin damage, such as pitting, scarring and Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation.

As skin professionals we are able to recognise the different "grades" of acne as follows:

Grade 1: Comedones, occasional papules

Grade 2: Papules, comedones, few pustules

Grade 3: Predominant pustules, nodules

Grade 4: Mainly cysts, abscesses, widespread scarring

Acne vulgaris has a substantial impact on a person's quality of life,  affecting both self-esteem  and psychosocial development.


Propionibacterium acnes is a tiny microbe that lives in the oily region of the skin's

pores. The bacteria can aggravate an immune response which causes red, swollen

bumps to develop on the skin.

Propionibacterium acnes is a facultative anaerobic Gram-positive bacterium.

Propionibacterium is not only present on human skin as part of the normal

flora, but also present in the oral cavity, large intestine, conjunctiva and external

ear canal. 


The rise in androgen levels can also trigger a process of higher sebum production. This causes changes in

skin cell activity, inflammation and colonisation of the hair follicles by Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). 


Staph infections are commonly mistaken for acne. This bacterium, Staphylococcus aureus, is around us all  the time, on our skin, in our noses, on surfaces and on the ground. Inflamed skin blemishes are the most  common type of staph infection.

This type of infection usually appears as:

▪ Swollen

▪ Painful bumps and lumps (bump may resemble a spider bite or pimple)

▪ Yellow or white centre and a central head

▪ Infected area is surrounded by an area of redness and warmth, known as cellulitis

It is now possible to treat all types of acne with advanced therapies such as IPL, LED Phototherapy and Skin Peels alongside derma-cosmeceutical skincare.

If you're struggling with acne and would like our help, please get in touch  or book a consultation.

Lisa xx

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LED Photo Therapy Explained

5 May 2022

What is Dermalux Flex MD?

Dermalux Flex MD is a non-invasive treatment that delivers clinically proven therapeutic light energy for rejuvenating  and corrective benefits. Specific wavelengths are absorbed by the skin to stimulate cell renewal and collagen  production, resolve problem skin conditions such as acne and redness and accelerate skin healing. It is a safe and  pain free treatment without downtime.

Following a single Flex MD session, clients can expect immediate improvement in skin tone, hydration and luminosity  whilst the beneficial light simultaneously stimulates deeper cell processes for longer lasting benefits in the skin. For  sensitive skin conditions, the Flex MD offers relief with redness and irritation.

The Flex MD is an essential treatment for optimum skin health and wellbeing as part of a regular skin care routine. It is  also recommended in combination with skin treatments to enhance and accelerate results.

Dermalux Flex MD is a medically CE certified device for the treatment of acne, psoriasis, wound healing and  musculoskeletal pain. Cosmetic indications include skin rejuvenation, pigmentation, redness and sensitive skin conditions.

LED Phototherapy

Phototherapy, meaning ‘Treatment with Light’ is the application of low-level light energy to stimulate or regulate biological  process with proven therapeutic effects. The mechanism of action is a natural response similar to that of plant photosynthesis  through a process known as photobiomodulation.

LED Phototherapy is well evidenced for its regenerative and anti-inflammatory benefits without creating trauma making it  safe and suitable for all skin types. The treatment involves exposing the skin to low levels of beneficial light energy from the  visible and infrared part of the light spectrum.

Specific wavelengths interact with biological systems and activate key cell receptors which consequently trigger a transfer  of light energy to cellular energy. Skin cells that are energised function better and can renew faster to promote youthful,  healthy and radiant skin.

With a shift towards non-invasive treatments, LED Phototherapy offers a progressive alternative to more aggressive  procedures which carry a higher risk of adverse response, discomfort and downtime. LED energy delivered via spectrally  pure wavelengths stimulate the skin’s own repair mechanism, correct problem skin conditions and help to restore optimum  skin function.

Successful treatment with LED Phototherapy is determined by delivering clinically proven wavelengths at an optimised  intensity to maximise the light / chromophore interaction that allow for these specific cellular reactions to take place. A  chromophore is a target in the skin that has unique light absorbing properties.

Benefits of Treatment

The Dermalux Flex MD is effective in the treatment and management of a wide range of cosmetic and  medical skin indications as part of an overall skin care protocol.

Indications for use include but are not limited to the following conditions:

• Skin Rejuvenation

• Complexion

• Dry Skin

• Pigmentation: Photo-damage

• Pigmentation

• Acne: Mild to Moderate

• Acne: Moderate to Severe

• Redness: Vascular

• Redness: Skin Tone

• Sensitive Skin

• Sensitive Skin: Problem conditions

• Psoriasis

• Wound Healing

• Pain

To find out whether you would benefit from a course of LED Photo Therapy sessions, get in touch or book a consultation.

Lisa xx

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The truth about collagen

15 March 2022

There is no doubt that many of my clients are familiar with the term "collagen", but do they realise just how vital it is to prevent the signs of ageing?

Collagen is one of the most important proteins in the body, working with elastin to form a skin strengthening system.  It makes up about 30% of the total protein in our body.  

When we are young, we naturally produce collagen in our skin which is why it appears more firm, supple and smooth, however, as we age our collagen production depletes significantly, particularly during and post menopause.  As a result, we lose elasticity in the skin so it becomes more saggy, fine lines start to appear and the tell-tale signs of ageing begin to show.

Looking after our collagen and taking steps to promote healthy, strong collagen can heop reduce wrinkles and sagging as well as increasing the resilience of our skin.

So, what are the treatment options?

The good news is that there are many ways to encourage the body's natural collagen production.  Several aesthetic and technology based systems can be used to deliver collagen inducing treatments to plump, tone and rejuvenate the skin.

These advanced skin treatments can heop improve skin firmness, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and increase overall skin elasticity thereby producing a tightening effect with minimal or no downtime.  Let's look at 2 of the collagen inducing treatments we offer in our Staffordshire Skin Clinic.


A micro-needling roller is rolled over the skin in a particular way to generate a "wound healing response" within the skin.  This stimulates collagen production which in turn has a plumping effect on lines & wrinkles visibly reducing their appearance.  At the same time, certain fluids and trans-dermal solutions are applied to the skin which are delivered through the micro-channels which have been created by the micro-needling roller.  This allows for complete customisation of your treatment to treat various skin concerns and allows for the delivery of skin feeding ingredients deeper within the lower layers of the epidermis resulting in a more even skin tone, smoother skin, reduced pigmentation etc.

IPL Skin Rejuvenation

How does light-assisted  skin rejuvenation work?

Pulses of light are emitted to target  discolouration (brown and red  lesions) to create a more youthful,  even complexion. In addition,  the light energy stimulates 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.

In both cases, a course of 6 treatments is recommended carried out every 4 weeks.  The results can continue to be seen up to 18 months after with a maintenance treatment recommend twice per year.

To find out more about any of our non-invasive skin treatments, book a consultation using the link below and talk face to face with one of our advanced skin specialists.

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The Beauty of Skin Protection - Part 2

07 February 2022

Following on from my last blog post on the subject of skin protection, l et us look at some of our Nimue homecare and professional products that offer skin protection support:


Nimue-TDS™ Environmentally Damaged:


▪ Extract of Albizia Julibbrissan

▪ Mirabilis Jalapa Extract

▪ Liquid Crystal Structure


▪ Skin barrier repair

▪ Reduces skin fatigue and ageing

▪ Anti-glycation effect

▪ Reduces dark circles and bags around eye area

▪ Improves skin brightness

Nimue-TDS™ Hyperpigmented:


▪ Octadecenedioic Acid

▪ Micro-encapsulated Vitamin C

▪ Liquid Crystal Structure


▪ Skin barrier repair

▪ Inhibits the pathway of melanin synthesis from the nucleus of the melanocyte

▪ Improves skin tone

▪ Reduces hyperpigmentation

▪ Brightens skin

Nimue-TDS™ Problematic:


▪ Phytosphingosine

▪ Liquid Crystal Structure


▪ Skin barrier repair

▪ Reduces the signs of acne

▪ Reduces redness and inflammation

▪ Inhibits the growth of micro-organisms on the skin

Nimue-TDS™ Interactive:


▪ Lipopeptide

▪ Mirabilis Jalapa Extract

▪ Liquid Crystal Structure


▪ Skin barrier repair

▪ Desensitises the skin

▪ Offers comfort to sensitive skin post treatment

▪ Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles



▪ Isostearyl Isostearate

▪ Mirabilis Jalapa Extract

▪ Liquid Crystal Structure


▪ Optimum hydration

▪ Rapid skin barrier repair

▪ Regulates TEWL


Sun-C Environmental Shield SPF 50:


Sunscreens and active ingredients that are able to improve the state of skin

health by reducing or preventing the harmful effects of UV, IR rays and HEV on the skin. 

Cyanoacrylate: Stops ROS formation from all light sources

▪ Environmental Shield Polymer

▪ 65% Zinc Oxide Dispersion


▪ Blocks formation of light induced oxidative stress from UVA, IR and HEV

▪ Prevents the visible signs of photo ageing

▪ High sun protection factor SPF 50 with UVA claim

▪ Protection against IR and HEV

▪ Anti-pollution benefits

▪ Mattifying effect

Sun-C SPF 40:


▪ Micro-fine Titanium Dioxide (inorganic physical sunscreen)

▪ Organic Chemical Sunscreens

▪ Anti-Oxidant Complex


▪ Non-whitening, non-oily

▪ UVA & UVB protection

Element Barrier:


▪ Complex of botanical extracts

▪ Phytoceramides-6

▪ Artemia Salina Extract

▪ Vitamin C Ester


▪ Moisturises the stratum corneum

▪ Reduces sensitivity to UV & IR radiation and inflammation

▪ Provides defence against environmental aggressors such as UVR, IR, cold

and heat shocks.


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The Beauty of Skin Protection

20 January 2022

When looking at the definition of “protection”, the meaning is very simple and very clear:

“The action of protecting, or the state of being protected."  We focus on  Nimue’s 4 treatment principles, or as we like to  call it, “The 4 Nimue promises”. As a fix and heal brand that focuses on skin  health, one of the most important pillars of strength is protection.

When we think of skin protection, the first thing that comes to mind is protection

against the sun or the environment, including pollution.   But let us start at the very beginning.


The skin is the body’s largest organ. It is the organ that we, as skin professionals, work directly  on.    Our skin is our first and most important defence mechanism against internal and external aggressors.

When the skin is healthy, it means that all the layers of the skin - the epidermis, dermis and subcutis - work  hard and effectively to protect us. When its protection function is compromised, the skin’s ability to work as an  effective barrier, is impaired. No professional treatment or homecare regime will have a lasting effect or result  in improvements on an impaired barrier which is why we always focus on maintaining a healthy barrier at all costs.


Our skin performs many functions that are extremely important to our overall wellbeing.

As our skin is visible for all to see, the health, condition and appearance of our skin affects how we feel about  ourselves and how others “see” us.

Some of the functions of the skin relating to its protection ability include:

▪ Maintaining the balance of fluids in the body

▪ Secreting sebum to protect and maintain a healthy oil balance in the skin

▪ Maintaining moisture levels and preventing moisture loss

▪ Regulating body temperature

▪ Insulating your body, retaining heat in cold conditions and perspires to cool the body down when it gets  hot

▪ Sensing pressure and pain - absorbing shock and alerting us to danger

▪ Guarding the whole body from external aggressors

▪ Providing the skin with a healthy Microbiota

▪ Maintaining absorption levels within the skin

▪ Providing protection through Vit D production

▪ Producing melanin as a protection mechanism


▪ Changes in temperature and humidity:

- Your skin helps to regulate body temperature, moisture loss and maintains the balance of fluids

▪ Diseases and disorders:

- Your skin works to neutralise aggressors such as harmful bacteria, viruses and pollution and prevents  them from entering the body through the skin


  - Over-exposure to these harmful rays produces free radicals - aggressive molecules that cause cell  damage

- Damage includes lipid, protein and DNA damage and causes an inflammatory cascade that leads to  premature ageing and hyperpigmentation

▪ Pressure blows and abrasion:

- The skin recognises pain and alerts us to danger

- It acts as a barrier and shock absorber

▪ Harsh and aggressive substances:

- Your skin is your first line of defence against aggressive skincare products and treatments, either in a  salon or at home

▪ Do not bath or shower in hot water - rather opt for warm water

▪ Use mild, non-irritating soaps on the body

▪ Use Nimue Cleaning Gel on the face. As it is more acidic with a pH of 4.5, it will not strip the skin’s natural  pH and will assist in improving a compromised barrier

▪ Apply Nimue Sun-C SPF 40 or Nimue Sun-C Environmental Shield SPF 50 daily and repeat every 2 hours  when exposed to continued sun and environmental elements

▪ Incorporate barrier protection and barrier repair products such as the Nimue Pre & Post

Serum, Element Barrier or one of the Nimue-TDS™’s in your daily skincare regime

▪ Avoid sunbeds and tanning lamps

▪ Reduce internal and external stressors

▪ Be aware of harmful environmental exposure and pollution

▪ Get enough sleep

▪ Avoid a diet high in sugars which could contribute to glycation

▪ Introduce ingredients that will stop ROS formation such as Cyanoacrylate

▪ Include products that are high in anti-oxidants to protect the skin against free radicals damage. 

Nimue  offers a wide range of ant-oxidants in our formulations to assist with this function.

In our next blog we'll focus on some Nimue homecare and professional products that offer skin protection support.

Until then, if you need any further advice on your skin, please do get in touch.

Lisa xx

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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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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.

i llumiFacial® 

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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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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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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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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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


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


Protect skin cells and membranes from environmental damage


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.


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. 

No makeup bride, clear skin, flawless skin, Nimue Skin

F LAWLESS 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.


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.


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.


• 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…..