Over-active sebaceous glands that produce excessive amounts of skin oil called ‘sebum’ are what causes an oily skin. The occurrence of oily skin is a natural process that you cannot stop which can also bring you advantages such as being less prone to wrinkles and other signs of ageing. However, if uncontrolled, an oily skin can cause problems such as clogged pores, shine and runny cosmetics. This can be mitigated and balanced by having a good skincare routine and being gentle with your skin.
Stress causes a chemical called cortisol which makes our skin sensitive and reactive. Our bodies are constantly creating cortisol as it is critical for the regulation of our metabolism. An increase in cortisol after a stressful event can lead to a plethora of negative health effects.
Most people are looking forward to summer as this is the season they can bask in the sun while enjoying lazy beach days and festivals. However, between the hot, humid weather and all those sweat-inducing outdoor activities and pool chemicals, acne tends to flare up during the summer months.
Age spots are considered skin blemishes, also known as ‘liver spots’. They are flat (rather than raised) brown, grey or black spots the same texture as the rest of your skin that are caused by an excess production of melanin or skin pigment.
They can occur typically on the face, the back of the hands, the shoulders, upper back and on the forearms. They are perfectly harmless and do not pose a health problem. However, not everybody likes the appearance of age spots.
If you think you have dark spots on the skin always have a doctor or dermatologist check them and confirm that they are age spots and not cancerous or some other abnormality.
Doctors aren’t certain why age spots develop, but it is generally recognised that you can actually get them regardless of age, sex or race. People who are more likely to get them though are those that are over 40 years old, fair-skinned, have a history of frequent sun exposure and those that have regularly used tanning beds.
If you’re not happy with your appearance, there are treatments available to get rid of age spots, each carrying varying degrees of effectiveness.
There are bleaching creams available which will fade the age spot over several months. However, apart from the timescale, these creams make your skin more sensitive to UV damage. And that means wearing sunscreen at all times during treatment, even on cloudy days.
Medical treatments are available. One is an intense pulsed light treatment where a range of light waves is passed through the age spot to destroy or break up the melanin.
Another is the chemical peel which removes the outer layer of skin so new unblemished skin can grow and replace the spot.
Or there’s dermabrasion, which simply smooths off the outer layers of skin that will then be naturally restored with unblemished skin cells.
Lastly, what we recommend is a procedure involving the freezing of the age spot. This is cryotherapy, which is applied using a pen-like instrument, which we use also to effect skin tag removal. It’s very quick (using 5 to 30 seconds applications) and only induces slight discomfort akin to a mild nettle sting.
Whichever procedure you opt for, always make sure you wear sunscreen after a treatment to protect your healing skin from UV damage and to prevent the reoccurrence of the spots.
If you’d like to talk to us about removing age spots, do call or drop by and discuss how we can help you.
Having a filler injection to plump up your lips has in recent times become as mainstream a procedure as teeth whitening. A trend that in the US began in earnest when people sat up and noticed the enhanced lips of reality TV celebrity and Kardashian family member, Kylie Jenner.
The 90s was the era of over-plucked eyebrows, the noughties a time of breast enlargements, but this decade is hotly becoming the age of lip enhancements. Google searches for lip treatment is actually 10 times higher this year than the figure from 2012. And in 2016, lip enhancement became the most popular non-surgical treatment.
The shape and volume of your lips is governed by your genetic code and by your age. Plus you are exposed to UV light and pollutants, particularly if you’re a smoker. A tendency towards volume reduction and less definition can noticeably affect the balance of the face.
Filler will transform your lips to give you that alluring pout. As it’s possible to administer the filler in finely metered quantities, the lips can be sculpted to even them up if irregular in shape as well as add volume. The effect is a more balanced look.
Younger girls who already have beautiful, youthful lips want to make more of a statement. They often want ‘fuller’, else they are more concerned with changing the shape to lend them a look they will feel happier with.
Other ladies, not so interested in the Kylie Jenner look, are opting instead for a natural aesthetic. They want their lips to be very natural and minimal, to improve the lip border and prevent lipstick bleed. Older patients often want to regain the lips they had in their youth.
Ladies of all ages are considering lip augmentation.
In order to achieve the perfect pout, it’s essential that you seek out the services of a professional. You should always ask a practitioner how many times they have performed the procedure. Though great places to go for a facial, don’t be tempted to get your lips done at a spa or a beauty salon.
We at Life Should Be Beautiful have a highly experienced team that can put your mind at rest when it comes to lip enhancement treatment. For first-time patients we would advise natural enhancement, increasing volume and shape dramatically while retaining a natural look over several treatments.
Do get in contact in the first instance and come see us for a consultation.