Sun safety myths – true or false?

Reversing skin damage from the sun isn’t easy and we would always say that prevention is the best way to avoid issues later in life. It’s important that you know how to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Today we wanted to bust five common myths about skin care in summer to steer you in the right direction:

  1. You can’t get sunburnt when it’s cool and cloudy

FALSE: UV, which causes sunburn is present every day even in winter, there is no correlation between the temperature and the UV level. Cloud cover is commonly thought to act as a shade but UV rays can penetrate clouds and catch you out. You can check UV levels at reputable websites such as: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/

  1. Sun cream is the best way to protect skin from the sun

FALSE: Sun cream is just one of several measures needed in combination to protect yourself against sun damage. This includes staying out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day, covering skin that isn’t used to being exposed as this is more susceptible to damage, and wearing UVA and UVB combined sun cream with a minimum of factor 30SPF.

  1. After sun products repair the damage caused by sunburn

FALSE: They are designed to soothe and moisturise, but the real damage is done on a cellular level. If you notice your skin becoming pink in the sun seek shade immediately and do not return sunburnt skin into the sun until it is fully healed otherwise the issue will be exacerbated.

  1. You can’t get sun burnt indoors through windows

FALSE: Glass does not block UV rays so you can get burnt through windows. This most commonly occurs in cars, where people are exposed to UV whilst driving.

  1. Men and women are equally informed when it comes to sun safety

FALSE: A recent survey from the American Academy of Dermatology put women on top when it comes to understanding sun safety. “The results indicated only 56% of men know that skin cancer can occur on areas of the skin not typically exposed to the sun, compared to 65% of women.”* Click here for full article.

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.

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

Day 19: Laser Hair Removal

SUMMARY: Laser Hair Removal uses a medically designed laser beam that passes through the surface of the skin to reach the hair follicle, causing the follicle walls to collapse so the hair will no longer grow.

BEST FOR TREATING: Unwanted hair with a dark pigment

NUMBER OF TREATMENTS: 6 minimum

TREATMENT TIME: 30-60 minutes

ANAESTHETIC: Topical anaesthetic cream

SENSITIVITY PERIOD: Some discomfort during and straight after treatment

BACK TO WORK: Straight away

DURATION OF RESULTS: Top up treatments might be required depending on the individual. This is usually annually or less

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

Day 17: Facetite & Necktie

SUMMARY: Facetite uses Radiofrequency to safely heat the target area beneath the skin to help reduce fat and tighten skin by stimulating collagen.

BEST FOR TREATING: Small pockets of fat in the jowel area and beneath the chin

NUMBER OF TREATMENTS: 1

TREATMENT TIME: 1 hour

ANAESTHETIC: Local anaesthetic injection

SENSITIVITY PERIOD: Some slight discomfort during treatment and possibility of bruising and swelling

BACK TO WORK: Normally 7 days

DURATION OF RESULTS: 5-7 years

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

 

Day 6 – Laser Vein Treatment

SUMMARY: Laser Vein Treatment uses a medically designed laser beam that passes through the surface of the skin to reach the blood vessels, causing the vessel walls to collapse and later dissolve within the body.

BEST FOR TREATING:

 

  • Thread veins
  • Spider veins
  • Facial veins
  • Thin leg veins

NUMBER OF TREATMENTS: 2 minimum

 

TREATMENT TIME: 30-60 minutes

 

ANAESTHETIC: Topical anaesthetic cream

 

SENSITIVITY PERIOD: Some discomfort during and straight after treatment

 

BACK TO WORK: Straight away

 

DURATION OF RESULTS: Top up treatments required as veins reoccur. This is usually annually or less

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

Day 5 – RadioSurgery

SUMMARY: RadioSurgery uses a special handpiece housing a very thin wire, which carries radiowaves. These radiowaves heat the wire allowing it to cut the skin and seal the blood vessels at the same time allowing for clean and efficient removal of skin lesions.

BEST FOR TREATING:

 

  • Unwanted moles
  • Cysts
  • Overstretched earlobes

NUMBER OF TREATMENTS: 1

 

TREATMENT TIME: 30-60 minutes 

 

ANAESTHETIC: Local anaesthetic injection

 

SENSITIVITY PERIOD: Some discomfort during and straight after treatment depending on the procedure

 

BACK TO WORK: Straight away or the following day depending on the procedure

 

DURATION OF RESULTS: Permanent

 

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

Facing the world after cosmetic treatment

Our top tips on what to expect after you’ve had a cosmetic treatment, and how to feel confident when facing people in your normal routine.

It doesn’t have to be a secret

Cosmetic treatments are incredibly popular with tens of thousands of people in the UK choosing to get treatments every year. More and more people, including celebrities are talking openly about their treatments so there is no need to feel that you can’t too. Talking openly with friends and family can be a great way to relieve any tension you’re feeling both before and after treatment. However, if you’d rather keep it to yourself that’s absolutely fine too!

Make sure you give yourself enough time to recover

All treatments are different and each individual’s recovery time will vary, however if you can get a good idea of the average down time of your treatment this will help you make better plans for your recovery.

Subtle means successful

At Snowberry Lane Clinic we pride ourselves on ensuring our treatments give subtle natural looking results that aim to boost our confidence. Not making more drastic changes means your treatment is more likely to go unnoticed.

Talk to someone

With our treatments that are more intensive like Alevere Weight Loss Therapy you might want to talk to someone before, during or after your treatment. Alevere requires time and investment from yourself as you lose a significant amount of weight. It is designed as a lifestyle change rather than a diet, but this can be very challenging. We have a Psychotherapist on staff who you can make an appointment with to help council you through these changes. This service is not exclusive to Alevere so if you’d like an appointment with our Psychotherapist please just ask.

Call us if you need help

Each individual recovers differently so even our best predictions can’t be accurate. If you are feeling like your recovery is taking longer than expected or you have any concerns please give us a call on 01225 700072.

Laser Vein Treatment FAQ

Thread or spider veins are commonly very thin veins near the surface of the skin that are normally red, blue or purplish in colour. These veins can appear anywhere on the body, most commonly the face, thighs and calves.

How does laser vein therapy work?

Laser vein therapy works by targeting the treatment area with a focused beam of heat energy, this heat causes the vein to coagulate and seal. The vessel is then broken down and is able to be reabsorbed by the body over the next 4-6 weeks.

How do I prepare for treatment?

The main thing to take into consideration before treatment is to avoid sun exposure, as we cannot treat tanned skinned as it could effect the pigmentation of the skin. On the day of your treatment the area needs to be clean and free from moisturisers or make-up. It is best to wear clothing that is comfortable and makes for easy access to the treatment area.

How many treatments will I need and what will the cost be?

This is something that varies from individual to individual. The first step is to come in for a consultation, and it is within this meeting with a practitioner that these variants can be defined.

You will need to allow four to six weeks between treatments, so it is important to bear this in mind, it is not something that will be complete in one session on one day.

Is treatment painful?

Clients do report a level of mild discomfort, although we do our best to counteract this with anaesthetic cream and the laser handpiece itself issues a cooling pulse to counteract the heat.

Does laser treatment get rid of the veins forever?

Technically the veins that have been collapsed using laser treatment cannot rebuild and reappear, however, spider veins can reoccur in the same place meaning more treatments could be needed in the future.

What should I expect after laser therapy?

After the procedure, the area treated might be a little tender and appear raised and reddened although this should fade a few hours after treatment.

Can I go back to work after laser therapy?

There is no downtime from laser treatment, so normal activities can be resumed immediately. However the area needs to heal so it is strongly recommended that you avoid the sun and very hot baths or showers in the weeks following your treatment.

How long does it take to see the results?

After the laser therapy, the veins normally change colour from a dark blue or purple to a lighter red colour, after which they often fade in two to six weeks. Please note this might take more than one treatment to achieve.

If you would like to know more about our laser treatments for spider veins then please get in touch here or by calling us on 01225 700072.

Last minute Christmas Gift Ideas

We’re just 10 days away from Christmas now so to prevent you from reaching panic stations and joining the late night shopping queues we’ve put together a little list of last minute gift ideas that you can pick up at Snowberry Lane Clinic.

Gift Vouchers

For first-timers

If a friend or family member has spoken about wanting to come to the clinic, but hasn’t made that final step, then a £30 voucher or contribution towards a consultation appointment is a popular choice.

For old-timers

If you know someone who comes to the clinic for regular treatments then a voucher of any denomination to contribute towards their treatment cost could be a very thoughtful gift.

Stocking Fillers

Make-up

We stock beautiful BPC and Jan Marini make-up, from pressed foundation to blushers, eye shadows and eyebrow kits that would be the perfect items to sneak into a loved ones stocking. BPC and Jan Marini are skin specialists, creating products rooted in skin care to ensure your skin is looked after properly when you apply their products.

Moisturisers

We stock lots of lovely moisturisers including Epionce and Obagi that are an ideal gift for someone who likes taking care of their skin. Epionce is paraben and fragrence free so is suitable for sensitive skin types. Obagi products have been designed by medical skin care specialists so contain ingredients that help to combat certain issues like acne, sun damage and wrinkles too.

Sun cream

We also carry lots of different sun creams and hydrating moisturisers with factor 30SPF and above that would be perfect if you know someone who’s already dreaming of their trips away in 2017 or even if you know someone who’s chasing some winter sunshine!

Hopefully we’ve helped with a few simple ideas, all of which are available from the clinic for a stress-free shopping experience!

Give us a call on 01225 700072 if you’d like to chat to someone, or pop in and say hello! We look forwards to seeing you!