What causes age spots

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.

Perfecting that pout (Fillers)

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.

Why 10 years is a long time in terms of aging

A lot of exciting developments are happening in the field of anti-ageing studies that may bear fruit in the near future. For now though, there are means of recognising what happens to the skin decade on decade and what we can do at each stage to counteract the processes.

It was thought until recently that the skin’s signs of ageing happened all at once at the age of 35. However, it has been revealed that different cell processes change at each decade until the cumulative effects are evident.

Not all people age at the same rate due to different lifestyles and genetic makeup, but generally women in their early 20s experience a decline in the natural production of antioxidants protecting the cells from damage. Most people believe that the application of sun cream and moisturiser is enough. But this is actually the best time to begin using antioxidant products such as stabilized vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea extract, and fruit acids.

In your 30s, your metabolism slows down. The skin is less efficient at creating collagen providing integrity, firmness and elasticity. The repair process is also diminished. To raise the skin’s energy levels, you can take niacinamide (Vitamin B3) supplements.

At age 40, the skin cell processes are starting to lag. This is when the cells’ powers of division and growth is impaired, the time when the natural life cycle of skin cells is arrested. This can affect your complexion in many ways. To counteract these effects, retinol, glycolic acid and peptides are recommended.

Menopause usually occurs in the mid-50s. This is when the skin barrier weakens, causing the skin to dry and become less able to stay hydrated. Rich moisturisers are recommended, including oils and petrolatum.

By the time you reach your 60s, typically all of the ageing processes accelerate dramatically. Fortunately there are interventions you can bring into play even at this age. Exercise particularly. It has been proven in studies that the protein structure of skin can be revitalised by taking up aerobic exercise. Jogging or cycling twice a week can actually transform the skin of a 65 year-old so that it more closely resembles that of 20 to 40 year-olds!

Of course, we’re not able to turn back the clock and nourish the skin at each of the stages of life mentioned above. We understand that you will want to consider in tandem with healthier living, simple procedures such as dermal fillers and Botox, to achieve a younger appearance. We’re here to offer you a consultation.

Are you summer ready

Summer is stuttering into action. Time to mothball the winter layers and expose a bit of flesh. To enjoy the sun and your summer wardrobe. But for some, summer has become a season to dread. For them, it’s a time to keep covered up. And all because they probably don’t know that they can be helped with the minimum of fuss, in the quickest time and with the least amount of pain or discomfort.

Yes, we’re talking skin tags. Skin tags shouldn’t be embarrassing. They’re extremely common. Most people will develop them in their lifetime on the neck, armpits, around the groin, or under the breasts. They can also grow on the eyelids or under the folds of the buttocks. In summer, wearing a swimsuit, a bikini or a miniskirt is going to reveal untreated skin tags. And that’s why a lot more people look to do something about them in the summer months.

The procedure, as described on this site, typically takes 5 to 30 seconds, so you can easily fit a treatment into a working day. So, no more feeling embarrassed stripping off to enjoy the pool or the water park on holiday.

Also, while you’re thinking of preparing to flash a bit of flesh, don’t forget there are other ways of shaping up. Over winter, when you wrap up, your skins surface becomes rougher and duller. You can get your skin looking smoother and glowing by exfoliating. By scrubbing away the dead skin cells.

Wet an area of skin, then gently rub with an exfoliant (available from any pharmacy – or it can be homemade) in a circular motion. Without rubbing too hard, so you avoid damaging the superficial layers of skin, keep up the motion to achieve a healthy glow.

You may want to attend to unwanted hair you’ve let grow over winter when you’ve covered up. Now might be the time to apply shaving lotion and shave using a good razor so as to avoid any nicks or cuts. You may also want to consult a professional when you want unwanted hair removed. That’s something else we can offer you – a laser hair removal procedure.
Laser skin treatments can also be used to treat stretch marks.

So, if you’re ready to liberate yourself, to enjoy summer to the max, come talk to us about skin tag removal. We’d like to offer you a free, friendly consultation and if you want to go ahead book you in for a treatment at your convenience.

What is cellulite and how do I reduce it

There are misconceptions about cellulite, what it is, how you get it and what can be done if you do. So, let’s take a look at those issues here.

Cellulite is the dimpled, lumpy, orange peel appearance to the skin, predominantly found on the buttocks and thighs. It’s formed by fat deposits pushing through the connective tissue under the skin. Women are mostly affected due to them having different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue to men. In their lifetime, 80 to 90% of women will experience cellulite formation.

Cellulite is more prevalent in people who have excess fat, but slim and even physically fit people can have it too. It is more likely to occur after the age of 25 years, but it can affect younger people as well, including teenagers.

It’s a widely held belief that toxins cause cellulite. This is a fallacy. It does though appear to result from an interaction between the connective tissue that lies just under the skin and the layer of fat cells sat just below it.

There are a manifold of factors affecting the deposition of cellulite. One is age and hormonal changes. It’s thought that the dip in oestrogen levels with age is accompanied by a reduction of blood flow, hence oxygen supply, to the connective tissue. The production of collagen – a protein fibre that strengthens and cushions the connective tissue – decreases at the same time that oestrogen reduction causes fat cells to enlarge. Hence, more fat cells rupture the connective tissues above them and become more visible just below the skin surface.

In some, there is a genetic component to cellulite development. Genes control a person’s metabolic rate, the distribution of fat under the skin and circulatory levels. All things that will affect the chance of cellulite developing.

There are ways you can change your lifestyle to reduce the formation of cellulite. By cutting back on, or stopping, smoking; eating less fat, carbohydrates and salt; and eating more fibre. And also by increasing exercise. Cellulite is likely more experienced in those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time. Avoid wearing underwear with elastic that sits tight across the buttocks too – another contributory factor, acting to restrict the flow of blood.

There are a number of cellulite reduction treatments available today. One which can be effective for several years, that we recommend and offer here at the studio, accomplishes cellulite reduction using the BTL Exilis Elite system.