Obagi Special: Medically Designed Skincare for You

Obagi treatment systems focus on combatting common skin conditions, including:

  • Sun damage
  • Dull skin
  • Fine lines
  • Acne
  • Pigmentation
  • Texture issues

The active ingredients in Obagi products are designed to help activate the skin’s own ability to generate moisture and modulate oil production as well as helping to increase your skin’s resilience to external factors.

OBAGI NU DERM® SYSTEM

The combination of products within this range from a treatment program that helps to exfoliative and repair the skin creating even toned, radiant, rejuvenated skin. By following the treatment protocol, you will be able to maintain healthy and youthful skin as well as helping to prevent future damage.

Best for treating:

  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Mild to moderate acne
  • Mild pigmentation

OBAGI-C® RX SYSTEM

The first prescription vitamin C+ Hydroquinone combination skincare system that is suitable for dry, oily and sensitive skin types.

Best for treating:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Mild melasma
  • Sun-damaged skin

ELASTIDERM®

A unique skincare range that helps to stimulate collagen production, improving the skin’s elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Elastiderm products also contain caffeine, which acts as an antioxidant to help the area around the eyes appear fresh and rejuvenated.

CLENZIDERM M.D.™ ACNE THERAPEUTIC SYSTEMS

This system is a results-based acne treatment protocol that contains Benzoyl peroxide in liquid form helping to give visibly clearer skin as early as two weeks into the treatment program.

OBAGI PROFESSIONAL-C SERUMS

These powerful antioxidant serums help to neutralise the causes of premature aging by penetrating beneath the surface of the skin to protect skin cells and stimulate collagen production. Resulting in fewer fine lines and wrinkles and a more even skin tone.

Best for treating:

  • Skin inflammation
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Visible signs of ageing
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

OBAGI 360

Designed specifically for younger individuals to address their skincare needs by encouraging healthy skin renewal, preventing signs of ageing before they appear and improving the appearance of fine lines.

For more information on any of our Obagi products or to book a consultation, please e-mail us on enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk or give us a call on 01225 700072 today.

HIFU our Non-Invasive Alternative to a Facelift

What is HIFU?

HIFU stands for High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, it uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen within the deep layers beneath the surface of the skin, which helps to create a tightening, rejuvenating effect promoting a more youthful appearance.

What areas can be treated using HIFU?

  • Brow
  • Jowl
  • Mid face
  • Nasolabial fold
  • Neck

How long does the treatment take?

Between 30-90 minutes, depending on treatment area.

Is treatment painful?

Most clients do report some discomfort during treatment, likening it to a strong prickling sensation and feeling heat within the skin. The most sensitive areas are where the skin is thinnest over the bones.

How many treatments will I need?

Most clients elect to have 1-2 treatments for best results. However, during your consultation, the number of treatments will be discussed depending on individual needs.

What can I expect following treatment?

Most clients experience slight redness and a small amount of swelling following the treatment. It is also possible to feel a tingling sensation and for the treated area to be tender for a few days after treatment.

How much downtime is needed?

Most clients return to their normal daily routine the next day.

How long do results take to develop:

Commonly results will develop over an approximate period of 3-6 months, as collagen is stimulated and renewed.

How long do HIFU effects last?

Most people find results last over 1 year, although yearly touch-up treatments are recommended to stay ahead of the ageing process.

For more information about HIFU or to make an appointment, please give us a call on 01225 700072 or e-mail us at: enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk

Why Choose Microdermabrasion?

In today’s blog we’ll be looking at microdermabrasion, how it works and what results patients can expect to achieve.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a procedure that uses specially designed microcrystals to gently exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells helping to rejuvenate the top layer of skin, which in turn helps to promote the natural growth of collagen underneath the surface. This treatment is designed to improve the appearance, texture and feel of the skin on the face.

What does the treatment involve?

During the treatment medical grade micro crystals are worked uniformly over the skin to cleanse the pores and target problem areas, this process activates the natural production of new skin cell growth helping to improve the appearance of the skin. Patients with minor acne and blackheads around the upper forehead and sides of the nose can benefit greatly from this treatment.

Is it painful and is their downtime?

Microdermabrasion is not painful at all. Many of our clients compare it to a getting an exfoliating facial treatment and even describe it as a ‘relaxing’ treatment. After Microdermabrasion you can return to your normal day-to-day routine with no downtime at all, which is what makes it a great treatment ahead of an event.

What results can I expect?

We recommend a course of 3-6 treatments to achieve the best results, however even after a single treatment, clients report their skin feeling softer, fresher and rejuvenated. It’s a great treatment to have in the build-up to an event, with clients reporting feeling like their skin was ‘glowing’ after a completed course of treatments.

If you’d like to find out more about Microdermabrasion, or any information on the non-invasive treatments we provide at Snowberry Lane, we’d love for you to get in touch. You can do this by e-mailing us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk or giving us a call on 01225 700072.

Semi Permanent Make-up Special

In the last few years there’s been a huge trend towards full, defined and bold eyebrows, long gone are the days of highly plucked thin brows. Some peoples’ brows are naturally fuller and thicker, but many people achieve this look with eyebrow pencil or other clever make-up solutions. This has lead to an uptake in people looking for a more permanent way to create this look that doesn’t require daily application.

Semi Permanent Make-up or SPMU, uses a specially designed facial tattoo machine to create the impression of hairs allowing us to enhance the appearance of your eyebrows in a way that appears natural.

Who is this treatment for?

  • Someone looking for an enhancement to their natural eyebrows
  • Someone who participates in sports that require make-up that can withstand athletic activities
  • Someone wishing to reduce the amount of time they need to spend on their daily make-up routine
  • Someone who is suffering from partial to full hair loss due to long-term conditions such as Alopecia or Cancer

How long does the treatment take?

SPMU treatment takes 90 minutes, depending on the individual client’s requirements. This includes the application of topical anaesthetic cream to numb the treatment area.

What should I expect after treatment?

After treatment, clients may experience some redness and irritation, scabbing and light to moderate swelling in the area. After the first week, the skin in the treated area will begin to gently come away and the pigment will lighten. After 6-10 weeks it is possible that you might want to come back for a top-up treatment to fill in any areas affected by the healing process.

What are the different treatment options?

Ombre:

Ombre brows are created by varying the density of the pigment from more concentrated to faded, creating a more delicate effect like that of a softer pencil brow. This option is a good choice for clients who have little to no eyebrow hair.

Hair Stroke:

Hair stroke creates the appearance of individual hairs that are built up to give the effect of a fuller natural looking brow. This is the perfect choice if your eyebrows are thin or sparse and you’d like them to look more defined.

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

How to stay safe in the Summer sun

The majority of the clients that visit our clinic are looking for anti-ageing treatments, and sun damage is the most common cause of premature ageing. We want to share our 4 top tips to help you look after your skin in the sun so that you can stay looking youthful for longer.

1. Use sun cream everyday

UV is present whatever the weather so sun cream should be worn on the face and other exposed areas daily throughout the year.

It is important to know that not all sun creams are created equal, so be careful in your selection:

  • Make sure it’s a broad spectrum cream carrying a UVA and UVB symbol
  • If it has a star rating, use a minimum 4 star
  • Make sure it has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or above
  • Don’t forget to protect your lips with an SPF 30+ lip balm

Storing and applying sun cream:

  • Store in cool place
  • Keep an eye on the expiry date, and replace once out of date
  • Apply generously 20 minutes before sun exposure
  • Reapply every 2 hours (more frequently if perspiring or after swimming)

2. Cover up with clothing

This is a super simple one – covering your skin with the right clothing can be one of the most effective ways to protect your skin from the sun.

  • Cover any skin that is exposed and not protected with sun cream, especially areas that can easily burn such as neck and shoulders
  • Clothing with a closer weave will provide more even protection
  • Wearing a hat with a wide brim is a great way to protect the face, neck and ears
  • Be careful with sports caps – they do protect the face, but they leave the neck and ears exposed

3. Stop the squint with sunglasses

The way that we move our facial muscles creases the surface of the skin, which overtime creates wrinkles. Squinting in the sun is one of the big culprits contributing to accentuating smile and frown lines – put a stop to this with sunglasses.

  • Look for glasses carrying the European Standard ‘CE’ Mark, UV 400 or British Standard Mark as this ensures the sunglasses offer a safe level of UV protection.
  • Look for a close fit to the face, any large gaps between your eyes and the lenses will reduce your protection by allowing UV rays to reach your eyes.

4. Stay in the shade

Shade can provide excellent sun protection and should be used to keep your skin safe:

  • Seek shade when possible, especially during the hottest hours of the day between 10am and 4pm when UV penetration is strongest
  • Never rely on shade alone, always combine with the protective measure listed above

If you’d like to talk to one of the team about our skin care products or treatment options please give us a call on 01225 700072.

How is HIFU revolutionising facial rejuvenation treatment?

HIFU stands for High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, the way that this ground breaking treatment works is through a specially designed hand-piece that delivers thermal energy in the form of multiple beams of ultrasound to stimulate collagen. It is the collagen within the skin that gives us a more youthful appearance and HIFU works to activate this, helping to contract and tighten the surface of the skin. HIFU is specially designed to penetrate the layer of the skin which is tightened during traditional facelift surgery, however, as HIFU is non-invasive the downtime is significantly reduced and the cost of treatment is much lower.

What issues can HIFU be used to treat?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles on the face
  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet and smile lines
  • Double chins
  • Neck and jowl area

Treatment Duration: HIFU treatment takes 30-90 minutes depending on individual requirements

Sensation during treatment: It is common to experience some discomfort and a tingling sensation depending on the intensity.

Number of treatments required: Most commonly only one to two sessions are required. Maintenance required every 6 months.

Sensitivity period: Immediately after treatment, the skin is likely to appear red for a few hours, some clients experience slight swelling and tenderness for up to a week after treatment. The areas can be calmed with ice packs if required, further advice will be given during the consultation and in the aftercare paperwork.

Visibility of results: Normally some improvement can be seen within 3 to 4 weeks following treatment, with further improvements developing for up to six months. Results ordinarily last for 6 months or more.

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

Introducing our newest treatment: Semi Permanent Make-up for Brows

Semi Permanent Make-up or SPMU, allows us to enhance the appearance of your eyebrows by creating the impression of hairs using a specialist facial tattoo machine. The reason that the treatment is not permanent is that the depth that the pigment is placed under the skin is much shallower than in traditional tattooing, meaning that over time, as your skin cells renew, the pigment will naturally come away after (around 12-18 months after treatment).

People who are interested in this treatment include anyone who would like to achieve a natural enhancement to their eyebrows. Examples range from someone who is athletic and requires a make-up solution that withstands sporting activities, someone wishing to reduce the amount of time they need to spend on their daily make-up routine, through to someone suffering from partial to full hair loss due to long-term conditions such as Alopecia or Cancer.

The treatment itself takes 90 minutes, depending on the individual client’s requirements. Following treatment, clients may experience some redness and irritation, scabbing and light to moderate swelling in the area. After the first week, the skin in the treated area will begin to gently come away and the pigment will lighten. After 6-10 weeks it is possible that you might want to come back for a top-up treatment to fill in any areas affected by the healing process.

We now offer two main treatments, Ombre and Hair Stroke.

Ombre brows are created by varying the density of the pigment from more concentrated to faded, creating a more delicate effect like that of a softer pencil brow. This option is a good choice for clients who have little to no eyebrow hair.

Hair stroke creates the appearance of individual hairs that are built up to give the effect of a fuller natural looking brow. This is the perfect choice if your eyebrows are thin or sparse and you’d like them to look fuller.

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

Winter Skin Care Tips Part Two

This week we’ve got 4 more top skin care tips to help you keep your skin looking and feeling good this winter as the cold sets in.

  1. Look after your hands

Hands are prone to more damage than normal in winter, from the cold weather drying them out when you’re outside, to hot water scolding them when you wash your hands or wash up. Ensure you always carry a good moisturiser to look after you’re hands even when you’re out and about. Wear gloves to protect your hands from the cold when you’re outside and make sure you wear rubber gloves when you’re washing up to shield them from the hot water and detergent.

Another good tip is to place hand moisturiser alongside a moisturising hand soap in your bathrooms and kitchens at home to ensure your whole family’s hand are hydrated when they’re being hygienic.

  1. Wrap-up warm

Wrap-up warm when you go outside, put on cosy gloves, a scarf and hat to protect your extremities from the cold temperature and consequent drying effects.

  1. Stay hydrated

We’ve talked about the importance of hydrating your skin this winter, but don’t forget to hydrate your body too. When the weather is colder, we’re not as naturally thirsty as we are in the warmer months, however staying hydrated on the inside helps to keep your skin hydrated too.

  1. Brush Your Lips

Lip balm usage reaches the highest levels at this time of year. As well as using balm on your lips, you can also give your lips a little bit of soft exfoliation when you’re brushing your teeth. Sounds quite silly but do it every night before bed and you’ll notice a great improvement in your lips after just a few days.

For any advice on skin care during winter or treatments that will help keep your skin looking it’s best this winter give us a call on 01225 700072 to talk to one of the team or e-mail us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk

Winter Skin Care Tips Part One

Now the colder weather really is setting in, it’s officially the time of year when your skin is more prone to dryness as the temperature drops and the heating is turned up. To combat this we wanted to share our top skin care tips to help you keep your skin looking and feeling good.

  1. Reduce the temperature of you shower

When it’s cold, the temptation is to crank the temperature up in the shower to warm up. However, washing in hotter water strips your skin of it’s natural oils that it needs to stay nourished. The best thing to do is to turn the tap the other way and make your shower a little cooler to help lock in those all important oils.

  1. Exfoliate to keep skin soft and promote circulation

Exfoliating your whole body will not only help combat dry skin, but also helps promote good circulation. We recommend exfoliating in the evening when your skin is most receptive, working the exfoliator in a circular motion concentrating on key areas such as heels, knees and elbows.

Make sure you chose an exfoliator that does not contain microbeads (small plastic beads) as these are incredibly bad for the environment, another one to avoid is apricot kernels, they sound great because they’re natural, but they are too rough and can cause more damage than good, (a body brush is a good option).

At Snowberry Lane Clinic we offer Microdermabrasion treatment if you’re looking to refresh your face. This treatment uses medical grade crystals to gently remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate your skin, read more about it here.

  1. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

During winter your skin is even thirstier than normal, ensure you moisturise using a high quality moisturiser that is SPF 15 or higher (as you can still get sun damage in winter). We have a great range of Obagi products that are designed by medical professionals to ensure the best results.

We recommend moisturising straight after you shower or bathe to help capture the moisture on your skin after you wash. For best results, pat yourself dry, rather than rubbing all of that precious moisture away. To combat dryer area like heels, knees and elbows, moisturise just before bed, you can even go one step further and wear cotton gloves and socks after moisturising to lock it in!

For more advice on skin care during winter or treatments that will help keep your skin looking it’s best this winter give us a call on 01225 700072 to talk to one of the team or e-mail us at enquiries@snowberrylane.co.uk

Introducing our newest treatment: the non-surgical facelift HIFU

HIFU is unlike any other non-invasive facial rejuvenation treatment, it uses thermal energy in the form of multiple beams of ultrasound to stimulate collagen, which helps to contract and tighten the surface of the skin. HIFU is specially designed to penetrate the dermis as well as the superficial muscular layer, which is deeper than other treatments are able to penetrate. This superficial muscular layer is the layer which is tightened during traditional facelift surgery, however, as HIFU is non-invasive the downtime is significantly reduced and the cost of treatment is much lower.

What areas can be treated with HIFU?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead
  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet and smile lines
  • Cheeks
  • Double chins
  • Neck and jowl area

What to expect during and immediately after treatment

HIFU treatment takes 30-90 minutes, during treatment it is common to experience some discomfort and a tingling sensation depending on the intensity of the ultrasound. Most commonly only one to two sessions are required.

Immediately after treatment, the skin is likely to appear red for a few hours, some clients experience slight swelling and tenderness for up to a week after treatment. The areas can be calmed with ice packs if required, further advice will be given during the consultation and in the aftercare paperwork.

Normally some improvement can be seen within 3 to 4 weeks following treatment, with further improvements developing for up to six months. Results ordinarily last for 6 months or more.