Top tips to help keep wrinkles at bay

At Snowberry Lane Clinic we have over a decade of experience in helping our clients look and feel their best. Some of our most popular treatments include procedures that help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. However, there are some top tips we’d like to share to help you keep your skin in great condition, some are easier than others and some we’re sure you know already but just in case:

  • Avoid Frowning where possible, this sounds silly we know, and could go hand in hand with avoid all facial expressions including smiling and laughing (to reduce laughter lines) but we just like the idea of reducing the negative – frown less, smile as much as you like – smiling is brilliant!
  • Try not to sleep on your stomach or side profile where possible, again easier said than done, but when you are able, and if it’s comfortable for you, try and sleep on your back.
  • Avoid rubbing the eye area vigorously, the most common time this would happen is when removing make-up with cotton pads or a face wipe. Instead try a gentle face wash with a very soft facial cloth and work the make-up off slowly and gently – gently is key.
  • Avoid excessive sugar consumption – sugar causes dramatic spikes in the body’s insulin levels, which in turn leads to the breakdown of elastin and collagen. Interestingly, reduction in sugar consumption also helps to reset your palette, so over time your sweet tooth won’t be so sweet and your sugar cravings will fade.
  • Reduce sun exposure, perhaps the most obvious one, we all know by now that excessive sun exposer damages the skin, so we recommend wearing a moisturiser with SPF 30+ every day and SPF factor 50 during summer and in hotter climates.
  • Stop smoking – this is important, not only for your skin, but your general health.
  • Avoid chronic stress – this one can be difficult, obviously we all try and avoid stressful circumstances where possible, sometimes stress finds us and there’s nothing we can do about it. But when under stress, work on managing it as best you can, things like meditative breathing and mindfulness are great techniques for staying peacful.
  • Get Sufficient sleep, again this isn’t always something we can choose to do, but getting into a regular pattern of going to bed and waking-up at them same time each day can help.
  • Don’t use drinking straws – this is probably the easiest of all, avoid straws, not only do they create lines around the mouth over time but more often than not they are made of plastic, and reducing our use of plastic is good for the environment too – win win!

Clearly, even doing all of these things without fail every day, would not prevent wrinkles from forming completely, however they are useful little tricks to help your skin look its best for as long as possible and some of them have additional benefits too!

 

 

Primary source: American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine

Obagi in the spotlight!

It’s not just us who are big fans of Obagi products – we’re very excited to share 6 recent press features where Obagi products have been selected as top performers in their category.

Obagi Radiance Peel

In Vanity Fair’s Best New Facials of 2017, the Obagi Radiance Peel is called out as a great way to get your skin ‘glowing’ ahead of a big event.

Click here for Vanity Fair article

Obagi Professional-C Serum

Look! Magazine selected Obagi Professional-C Serum as a good treatment for acne scarring as it can help to ‘fight discolouration, increase skin cell turnover and improve texture.’

Click here for Look! article

The Telegraph revealed that Vitamin C was the most searched for beauty product of 2017 and selected Obagi Professional-C Serum as one of it’s top 3 products containing Vitamin C.

‘Vitamin C is a key anti-ageing skincare ingredient that helps to gently brighten and smooth your skin. It’s one of the most power antioxidants and helps protect your skin against free radical damage caused by the environment, which can breakdown your collagen and encourage wrinkles and sagging.’

Click here for Telegraph article

The Sun put Obagi Professional-C Serum to the test and chose it as their top ‘Luxury’ product to ‘make your skin glow this spring’. Here’s the full review:

  • ‘Promises to protect and perfect the skin, leaving it healthier and brighter.
  • It has a lower vitamin C concentration than the mid-range product so I used it twice a day on cleansed skin and achieved great results.
  • It has a lovely smell and the serum penetrates skin really well.
  • My skin tone was much improved and looked clearer and more even.
  • Yes, it is pricey – but it really does work.’

Click here for The Sun article

Obagi Hydrate moisturiser

Obagi Hydrate moisturiser has been featured in Reveal Magazine. It was selected by Dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting as an excellent moisturiser to use when going through acne treatment, which can have a drying effect on your skin.

Click here for Reveal article

Obagi Exfoliating Day Lotion

Dr Sarah Tonks an Aesthetic Doctor, selected Obagi Exfoliating Day Lotion as the best spot treatment:

‘I like the Obagi Exfoliating Day Lotion, it contains glycolic acid and camomile. Glycolic acid to unblock the pores, hyaluronic acid to prevent your skin from getting too dry and camomile is great for inflamed skin such as acne.’

Click here for Cosmopolitan article

If you’re interested in discussing what Obagi can do for you give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us: enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk

Springing into Spring

This week on the blog we’re looking at 5 treatments to give your face a little boost before the warm weather arrives.

Treatment 1: Microdermabrasion

Average treatment time: 30mins

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that uses tiny crystals to gently exfoliate the skin to help remove the superficial layer of dead cells that can leave your complexion looking dull and tired. When this layer is removed, the body is stimulated to replace the skin cells with new, healthy ones, which can help to refresh and rejuvenate your complexion.

Treatment 2: Botox

Average treatment time: 30mins

Botox®’ is the brand name for a naturally occurring protein – Botulinim Toxin, it is used in incredibly small concentrations in injectible form to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Botox® works by preventing communication between nerve cells and muscles, which relaxes the muscles reducing the movement that creases the skin causing visible wrinkles. It is the most popular product of it’s kind for the reduction of the appearance of wrinkles on the face.

Treatment 3 Obagi

The Obagi Nu-Derm System, is a special skin care treatment which will be prescribed to you by a medical physician. Its function is to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin to accelerate its cellular turnover to push new skin cells to the surface faster, for smoother skin. Obagi is a product treatment programme that can help to reduce pigmentation, promote even skin tone, increase collagen and elastin for firmer, more resilient looking skin and increase nutrients natural hydration for supple, healthy-looking skin.

Treatment 4: Fillers

Average treatment time: 60mins

Dermal fillers consist of an injectable gel substance that is medically designed to imitate hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that helps to keep skin stable, it locks in moisture and also helps to renew the healing skin. Dermal fillers such as Sculptra, Belotero, Juvederm and Restylane are designed to work with your existing hyaluronic acid to add volume and smooth wrinkles on the face.

Treatment 5: Tixel

Average treatment time: 45mins

Tixel uses controlled heat energy delivered through a specially designed handpiece to encourage the skin the to renew itself. It does this by the controlled removal of tiny pin sized portions of the superficial surface layer of the skin, which activates healing and the formation of new skin cells. This freshens the appearance, stimulating collagen which helps to combat signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles as well as being a good treatment option for acne scarring.

For more information about any of the above treatments please give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at: enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk

The latest in skin rejuvenation

What is Tixel treatment?

Tixel uses controlled heat energy delivered through a specially designed handpiece to encourage the skin the to renew itself. It does this by the controlled removal of tiny pin sized portions of the surface of the skin, which activates healing and the formation of new skin cells. This freshens the appearance of the skin, stimulating collagen which helps to combat signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles as well as being a good treatment option for acne scarring.

Tixel is a fully customisable treatment with three applications, allowing us to tailor the treatment to each individuals needs:

  1. “Open-Channel” treatment: This treatment opens the pores on the skin allowing penetration of topical treatments. This can be used in treatment of skin pigmentation problems such as age spots or pigmentation.
  2. Non-Ablative treatment: This is the least aggressive treatment, so is the best option for clients who want minimal downtime.
  3. Ablative treatment: This is the most intensive treatment, which can give effective results on skin rejuvenation and scar treatment. Results are comparable with CO2 laser resurfacing treatment with a minimum of 2 to 3 days downtime.

What is Tixel used to treat?

Tixel treatment is designed to rejuvenate and tighten the skin, which can help make improvements to the following:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin discoloration
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Texture and skin tone
  • Age spots
  • Pigmentation
  • Eye bags
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Acne scars
  • Active acne

What’s the downtime for Tixel?

The downtime for a Tixel treatment depends on the application. The more gentle treatments requiring minimal downtime of 1-2 days, and the more aggressive treatments requiring longer downtime of around 1 week. Normal activities can be resumed after treatment, and it’s encouraged that clients use high factor sunscreen (50 SPF) following treatment.

How many treatments in a course?

The number of treatments depends on the individual needs, on average we’d recommend 3-6 treatments 6 to 8 weeks apart for the most effective results.

How long do the results last for?

After a full course of Tixel treatment, results can be long-lasting as long as all aftercare instructions are followed.

For more information on Tixel skin rejuvenating treatment please give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at: enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk

Day 24: Tixel

SUMMARY: Tixel is the most advanced fractional thermo-mechanical procedure for the skin, providing anti-ageing improvements on skin tone and texture for a more radiant appearance.

BEST FOR TREATING:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Skin discolouration
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Skin tone and texture
  • Age spots
  • Acne scarring

NUMBER OF TREATMENTS: A course of 4 treatments 2 weeks apart

TREATMENT TIME: 45-60 minutes

ANAESTHETIC: Topical anaesthetic cream if requested

SENSITIVITY PERIOD: Some discomfort during treatment and possibility of redness and swelling after treatment

BACK TO WORK: Next day

DURATION OF RESULTS: Indefinite if annual top-ups maintained

For more information give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk.

Day 21: Obagi Nu-Derm System

SUMMARY: The Obagi Nu-Derm System, is a special skin care treatment which will be prescribed to you by a medical physician. Its function is to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin to accelerate its cellular turnover to:

  • Pushes fresher cells to the surface faster, for smoother skin
  • Reduces mottled pigmentation (freckles and age spots)
  • Promotes more uniform cells for a more even skin tone.
  • Helps increase collagen and elastin for firmer, more resilient looking skin
  • Increases nutrients natural hydration for supple, healthy-looking skin

BEST FOR TREATING:

  • Sun damaged skin
  • Acne
  • Uneven texture and tone
  • Fine lines

END RESULTS: Visible after 3 months of using the system

DURATION OF RESULTS: Continuing using the products can help to maintain the results indefinitely

For more information give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk.

Introducing Tixel: Part Two

Our new treatment Tixel was featured in the the Daily Mail last week, in this article we’ll guide you through everything you need to know about this groundbreaking skin rejuvenation treatment.

Tixel uses controlled heat energy to encourage the renewal of skin. The specially designed handpiece is made from a grid of pyramids, which transfer heat when they come into contact with the skin, creating micron sized pores in the upper layers of the skin. The healing process after treatment encourages the skin to rejuvenate and refresh as well as encouraging collagen.

What is Tixel treatment used for?

Tixel has multiple rejuvinative applications including reducing wrinkles and lines, treating sunspots and pigmentation and reducing the appearance of scars such as acne scarring.

How many treatments make up a course?

The number of treatments depends on the individual, skin type and issue. Before any treatment you would have a consultation with a medical practitioner how will be able to design an individual treatment plan for you. Most commonly the average number of treatments is 3-4.

How much does Tixel treatment cost?

We don’t publish our pricelist on our website, so please give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk and we can give you this information.

Is the treatment painful?

Tixel is designed to be more comfortable than other rejuvenating laser treatments. For more intensive treatments an anaesthetic cream can be applied to the skin prior to treatment to increase comfort further.

How much downtime is involved?

Tixel is designed for reduced downtime. Commonly after treatment most people experience swelling, redness and warmth for several hours. More intensive treatments can leave crusting after treatment, which usually subsides after 3 days and can be reduced with moisturiser.

How long does it take to see results?

Results vary from person to person, depending on the individual treatment plan. On average our clients report seeing visible results after 1-2 months from the first treatment date.

For more information click here or to book a consultation please give us a call on 01225 700072.

Introducing Tixel: Part One

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering a new skin rejuvenating treatment – Tixel. Tixel is a groundbreaking new treatment that can be used to effectively treat a number of different issues and skin types.

Tixel can be used to treat:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Age spots
  • Pigmentation
  • Acne scarring
  • Sun damage

Tixel is a similar offering to CO2 laser treatments such as Smartxide, with improved downtime and reduced discomfort during treatment. Tixel treatments can be personalised to each individual client’s needs with three different approaches that can be tailored t different issues.

Ablative Treatments

The most popular of the three treatment options, Ablative treatments are more intensive and used to treat acne scarring and wrinkles. This treatment gives results comparable to CO2 laser skin resurfacing, but the treatment itself has been designed to be less painful and to have a shorter recovery period.

Non-Ablative Treatment

This is a less intensive treatment option with little to no downtime for people who are unable to fit more intensive treatments into their schedule. It can be used in to treat the same issues as Ablative treatment, but an increased number of treatments would be needed.

Open Channel Treatment

This treatment is designed to increase the skins absorbency for 6 hours post-treatment. This can be used to aid the penetration of topical treatments such as hydroquinone for sun spots and pigmentation.

For more information give us a call on 01225 700072 or get in touch with us here.