The beginning of the Summer means we’ll all be spending more time outdoors. However, it also means more sun exposure and the potential for sun damage. While you may think you are safe here in Ireland – seeing as we average out at about 3 days summer during the whole year, this could not be further from the truth. Most of us associate sun cream for face and body with being away on holidays. Generally to hotter climates and tropical destinations. Think about it this way….What rises every morning and sets every evening? THE SUN! This means you are subjected to suffering from sun damage 365 days a year, from the time the sun rises, to the time the sun sets. People ask us all the time – what is the number one anti – ageing product? Well that answer is simple. SPF! IMAGE Skincare have a great range of SPF’s ranging from SPF 30, all the way up to 50, with different textures and consistencies from hydrating, mattifying to tinted! But before you go deciding which SPF is best for you, let us tell you a little bit more of the effects of UVA and UVB damage.
What are UVA rays?
UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkling, a little something we like to call photo-aging. Overexposure to the sun can change the texture and weaken the elasticity of the skin. This leads to premature wrinkling and sagging of the skin. Up to 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to ageing may be caused by sun exposure. We weren’t kidding when we told you SPF is the number one anti – ageing product.
What are UVB rays?
UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer. Did you know that a tan is actually a scar and signifies damage caused to the skin? I know we all love a good sun – kissed tan, but if you want healthy skin, our advice to you is fake it! Fake tan is a much safer option to achieving a bronzed look. Keeping this in mind, IMAGE Skincare launches a sunless tanning product called Body Spa Face & Body Bronzing Creme. A perfect, non comedogenic face and body bronzer for all skin types.
A thread lift is a minimally invasive cosmetic enhancement technique that lifts sagging skin on the face and neck using surgical suture threads. A thread lift is not a substitute for a facelift but it does provide modest and subtle changes rather than dramatic results.
There is very little downtime, with no visible scar, these are the main advantages of this one hour procedure.
It is common to combine a thread lift with other non-invasive procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections, laser treatments and facial peels that help improve skin texture
Why Choose to have thread lifting?
People choose to have a thread lift to reduce signs of premature ageing, especially sagging skin on the face and neck.
You are a good candidate for the procedure if:
- You are in your 30s, 40s & early 50s. People of 55 and over can be candidates as long as their skin has not become too lax.
- You want to improve your looks by enhancing and highlighting features lost to premature ageing, improving sagging or loose skin on your face and neck.
- The changes you see in your face and not enough for a full face lift.
- You are not expecting dramatic changes, but subtle ones.
What to expect
- A thread lift is classified as a non-invasive treatment and the procedure takes around an hour to complete.
- The thread lift procedure involves making small incisions in key locations, most often along the hairline, and inserting a threaded needle under the skin to anchor both ends to lift and suspend the skin. The nurse/doctor assesses each patient and usually between 4 and 16 threads will be used.
- Thread lifting is a relatively new procedure and Renaissance is the first clinic in Ireland to perform this procedure. There may be some level of discomfort during the treatment. Swelling and bruising around the area is quite common after the procedure. This will gradually subside.
Before the procedure
Before the procedure and you will be asked to stop taking certain types of medications, such as aspirin, which can disrupt the healing process.
After the procedure
After the lift, threads take a few weeks to settle into place and integrate properly with the skin. You will be provided with postoperative instructions that you must follow to the letter to reduce the risk of complications during your period of recovery.
These may include:
- Limiting laughing for the first 24 hours following the procedure, allowing the skin to heal faster.
- Avoid chewing anything during the first 24 hours. You should stick to soft foods and liquids for as much as seven days.
- Keep your head elevated during the first day to reduce swelling.
- It will be safe to resume light activities within a couple of days. You can get back to all normal activities within a week.
- Try to avoid social situations in the first week. It is best if you can stay away from weddings, parties and other intense occasions for about three weeks.
- Avoid facial massages for about three weeks.
Milia is the technical term for a collection of small, white bumps that appear on the face, particularly around the eyes and nose, and create the look of an uneven, irritated complexion. These bumps are caused by a build-up of dead cells that harden to create a small cyst underneath the skin. Although skin has the ability to naturally exfoliate in order to remove the dead skin cells so that new ones can take their place, it can sometimes require a little helping hand.
The important things to remember are:
- they’re not spots – milia do not form from a pore, they are formed when keratin (a substance produced by the skin) becomes trapped beneath the outer layer of the skin, forming a tiny cyst. Unlike acne, milia are rather firm, and squeezing has little to no impact on them
- they’re not harmful or infectious
- they’re not caused by germs/bacteria
- If you are prone to them or have a lot of them – and if your family also suffer with them – you’re probably genetically predisposed to them.
Known Causes of Milia
The most common reason for Milia formation tends to be due to the usage of rich, heavy comedogenic, or pore clogging skincare products preventing the skin from naturally exfoliating as normal. In some adults, sun damage is also a major contributor to milia, because it thickens and toughens the outer layers of skin, meaning it is more difficult for dead cells to rise to the skin’s surface and shed normally.
Treatment of Milia
The most important thing to note when treating Milia is to avoid extracting the milia yourself, as this can irritate or damage the skin and lead to scarring or continual reappearance.
- Gentle exfoliation will aid the eventual removal of milia because the layer of skin surrounding it becomes thinner. Deep exfoliating product ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) and beta hydroxy acid i.e. Salicylic acid & glycolic acid can help reduce the size and number of milia. However, exfoliating your skin will only prevent milia and aid treatment, it will not remove them
Image Ageless Range utilises AHA blends
- Existing milia that don’t respond to exfoliation can be manually extracted by a professional aesthetician with a sterile small gauge needle, which is used to un-roof the lesion, extract the keratin and leave the area to heal.
- Regular professional treatments such as facials, mild chemical peels and microdermabrasion will help prepare the skin for removal and help with the healing process.
Although not a lot can be done to prevent milia, maintaining a suitable skin-care routine certainly helps minimise the chance of them appearing.
- A gentle exfoliating routine. Gentle exfoliation helps to prevent milia from forming and makes removal easier by thinning the layer of skin and removing dead skin cells
- Re-evaluate your skin care products – including eye make-up remover which may cause milia around the eye area, and certain lipsticks, lip balms and products around the lips edge.
- Because secondary milia can be caused by sun damage, always use a moisturiser with at least SPF 15 to protect your skin every day, and choose zinc based sunblocks over chemical sunscreens
- Use gel based, water based products to avoid clogging the pores
- Retinol is also very helpful for both fighting and preventing milia.
- When brushing your teeth, limit possible fluoride irritation to the skin by removing excess froth around the lips
- Drinking lots of water will help to flush out toxins and keep your skin hydrated
- Keep make-up light and opt for mineral based makeups
- Reduce high cholesterol foods
If you think you might have milia and would like a free consultation please call us on 018063200 or use our online booking form
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a time to increase awareness of the importance of the prevention, early detection, and treatment of skin cancer.
More than 90 percent of skin cancers are associated with sun exposure. And since sun exposure adds up day after day, the best option is to create a habit of protection under the sun.
Reduce Your Skin Cancer Risk:
- Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM when the sun is strongest. An extra rule of thumb is the “shadow rule.” If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s harmful UV radiation is stronger; if your shadow is longer, UV radiation is less intense.
- Do not burn. A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns at any point in life.
- Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths. UV radiation from tanning machines is known to cause cancer, and the more time a person has spent tanning indoors, the higher the risk. Those who make just four visits to a tanning salon per year can increase their risk for melanoma by 11 percent, and their risk for the two most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, by 15 percent.
- Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. Clothing can be your most effective form of sun protection, so make the most of it with densely woven and bright-or dark-colored fabrics, which offer the best defense. The more skin you cover, the better, so choose long sleeves and long pants whenever possible.
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens may be used on babies over the age of six months, but they should also be protected by shade and clothing. Children are very sensitive to ultraviolet radiation— just one severe sunburn in childhood doubles the chances of developing melanoma later in life.
- Examine your skin head-to-toe every month. While self-exams shouldn’t replace the important annual skin exam performed by a physician, they offer the best chance of detecting the early warning signs of skin cancer. If you notice any change in an existing mole or discover a new one that looks suspicious, see a physician immediately.
- See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
What to look for
Important warning signs of melanoma include changes in size, shape, or colour of a mole or other skin lesion or the appearance of a new growth on the skin. Changes that occur over a few days are usually not cancer, but changes that progress over a month or more should be evaluated by a doctor. Basal cell carcinomas may appear as growths that are flat, or as small, raised, pink or red, translucent, shiny areas that may bleed following minor injury. Squamous cell cancer may appear as growing lumps, often with a rough surface, or as flat, reddish patches that grow slowly. Another sign of basal and squamous cell skin cancers is a sore that doesn’t heal.
If you have any concerns about a mole or lesion please contact us today on 01 8063200 for an appointment with our doctor who can analyse the area of concern.
The weather outside may be a little lackluster, but your skin doesn’t have to be. Here we give you the tips on how to banish dry skin and give your winter skin care regimen a boost.
Just as your body needs different clothing to protect it against the changing weather, your skin can often need a different skin care regime to properly protect it from the elements. Winter months generally are colder and drier than summer months when heat and humidity levels are on the rise. When skin is exposed to the harsh winter weather it starts to crave hydration and can become excessively dry, irritated and chapped. Cold weather, winds and spending much of the time in a home or office with dry heat blasting can all contribute to dry skin.
Tips for protecting skin during the Winter months
As our skin is directly exposed to the fluctuating weather, it’s important that we care for and protect our skin accordingly.
Sunscreen: Even though you can’t see it, the winter sun is still emitting harmful UVA and UVB rays. They may not be as strong as they are in the summer, but they are still doing damage to your skin. Use products that contain SPF to protect your skin from the harmful rays of that sneaky winter sun. And don’t forget to reapply your SPF every two hours just as you would during the summer.
Snow: Did you know that the reflection of the sun from the snow can cause sunburn, irritation and premature aging? Before you head for the slopes lather up withSPF!
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture: If the skin’s natural barrier is weakened, moisture is lost and the surface layers of the skin crack easily. Potential irritants are also able to penetrate the barrier, which can cause redness and sensitivity. Over the longer term, this is thought to damage collagen production, contributing to skin ageing. Moisturising regularly should be a key part of your winter skincare routine to prevent this.
Exfoliate: The cold weather makes your skin drier and, as a result, more dead skin cells are found on dehydrated skin. The build-up of dead skin cells dulls the complexion by making your skin appear blotchy and uneven. You can physically exfoliate your body by using a natural loofah, a granular body scrub such as Image exfoliating body scrub, a body brush or washcloth.
Keep Hydrated: Moisture works from the inside out as well as the outside in, so in addition to nourishing your skin externally with creams and lotions, drink plenty of water which will hydrate from within.
Give Your Hands a Hand: The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside and use a hand cream that has an spf such as Image rejuvenating hand cream with spf 15.
Protect sensitive areas: Protect sensitive areas such as broken skin capillaries against temperature change and wind – this is particularly important if you suffer from rosacea, or skin reddening. Sufferers may notice that exposure to temperature fluctuations inside and outside makes this worse. To combat this, look out for skincare products containing Vitamin C such as the Image vital C range.
Avoid hot water: Take shorter, warmer showers and baths. Hot water strips away natural oils as does staying submerged in water. Tip: As soon as you step out of your warm bath, gently pat yourself dry and massage in a nourishing body moisturiser or oil while your skin is still moist. Doing this will help seal in the moisture
For more information or tips on how to keep the skin looking its best call us on 8063200 and we will book you in for a complimentary consultation and skin analysis.
When it comes to turning back the clock and fighting the signs of ageing your hands can often give you away. The skin on the hands tends to age faster as they are exposed daily to chemicals, smoke and, most importantly, UV radiation. Over time the plump layer of tissue on the back of your hands diminishes, allowing veins and tendons to become more visible. Pigmentation and age spots can also cause the hands to age.
Celebrities such as Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker appear to have aged very well but their hands give away their true age. Madonna has now even resorted to wearing gloves to hide her hands.
Treatments such as IPL Skin rejuvenation, Dermal Fillers and Resurfacing treatments such as Peels can all help to rejuvenate, replenish and protect the hands.
Intense Pulsed Light treatments works by targeting any pigmentation on the hands such as sun and ages spots. The wavelengths of light penetrate deep into the skin tissue to stimulate the cells beneath the skin’s surface, and triggers the body’s response to eliminates injured tissues and dead skin cells.
Dermal Fillers add volume to the skin, plumping the skin and smoothing any lines and wrinkles. There is very little fat on the backs of the hands, so when even a small amount of collagen or elastin fibers begins to break down, which is part of the normal aging process and partly from sun exposure, it is going to have a noticeable impact on your hands.
A resurfacing treatment can improve clarity, even skintone, improve colour and texture. The Image Lightening Lift is a gently blend of lactic acid and lightening and brightening agents to reduce sun spots and pigmentation.
Tips for younger looking hands
- Protect your hands from the elements: Whether its cold weather or hot dish water, protect your hands. The skin on your hands is very thin and not protecting them will cause aging.
- Suncreen for the hands: Since hands are the most sun-exposed part of your body, apply anti-aging hand balm with a high SPF daily. At all times skin must be protected from UV rays, which cause damage even in the winter.
- Lightening agents: If aging spots are already visible, try products that contain Vitamin C or kojic, which can reduce spots after only three months of daily use. Moisturizers with light-diffusing particles can also make bulging veins less noticeable.
- Exfoliate your hands: To get the best results from your hand creams, the hands need to be exfoliated, so that the creams you apply are absorbed into the skin
- Moisturise and Hydrate: By keeping it by your sink, you’ll get into the habit of applying lotion after you wash and dry your hands.
- Provide nourishment: For damaged or chapped skin you need a cream containing anti-inflammatories. Choose lavender and chamomile and avoid creams containing citrus or flowery ingredients, which can increase soreness and irritation
For more information on any of the treatments mentioned please call us on 806 3200
Here comes the Sun! Summer Skin Care Tips
Sunshine, heat, humidity and Chlorine can all play havoc with your skin. Keep these summer skin care tips in mind to protect your face and body while looking your sun-kissed best.
Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen: Choose products that provide broad spectrum protection, which block both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Apply sunscreen liberally before you go outside; reapply every two hours and always after swimming. And don’t let those clouds fool you – apply sunscreen everyday! Not only can you burn from the sun’s rays, it can also increase your chances of developing wrinkles, age spots – or even worse- skin cancer.
Don’t skip the moisturiser: Your skin may be less dry during the summer months but don’t banish your moisturiser as chlorine, heat and humidity can all dry out the skin. Instead switch to a lighter, water-based formula for both face and body, and swap your eye cream for a lighter serum.
Fake it: Minimise your chances of wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer by skipping the suntan altogether and opting for a sunless self tanner such as Image Face and Body Bronzing Creme, which gives a gradual, even golden glow.
Exfoliate regularly: Sun, sand, sweat and sunscreen increase the amount of dead skin cells that build up on your face and body. Slough them off with an exfoliating scrub a few times each week. Exfoliating will also help your self tanner go on more evenly and prevent streaking.
Beware of sun sensitivity: If you are taking prescription medicine, ensure that you check the labels to see if they affect your bodys reaction to the sun and heat, or ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water or fluids during the summer so that the body remains hydrated and healthy. Eating water- filled foods like watermelon, is an easy and refreshing way to keep hydrated.
Colourful fruits: Have plenty of colourful fruits as they are powerful antioxidants and fight the free radicals caused due to the sun. They are also rich in Vitamin C which helps prevent pigmentation.
Sip some red wine: Resveratol, a naturally occuring phenol found in the skin of red grapes, has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect so can be good for redness and acute sunburn. Who needs any other excuse!
Don’t forget your hands: The thin skin on your hands wrinkles and pigments easily so include them in your routine when applying sun block. The Image rejuvenating hand creme both hydrates and protects the skin, and goes on sheer so won’t leave any heavy residue or white streaks.
Use these tips for skin care in the summer and you’ll have the best looking- and healthiest- skin on the beach!
Simon Cowell once described Botox as “no more unusual than toothpaste”. Certainly the use of “Brotox” – Botox® used by men, has grown in popularity in recent years. More men are placing a higher value on the importance of a youthful and fresh look, resulting in men now accounting for almost 1 in 5 Botox® patients, as the treatment has become more and more acceptable.
The comfort and convenience of a Botox® treatment have made it a popular cosmetic option for men. For men who want to look younger and more vital, the procedure represents one of the quickest, least invasive cosmetic procedures available.
The most common reason men give for using Botox® is a desire to remain competitive in the workplace, especially for those in white-collar professions. But it can also help soften facial expressions which may have made them appear angry or tired, such as deep furrows between the eyebrows.
How does the treatment work?
The muscle relaxant is injected directly into the muscle tissue to be treated, which results in the blocking of neural pathways between the nerves and the muscles and so inhibits muscular contraction.
What areas can be treated?
Muscle Relaxant injections are used to treat lines in the upper part of the face. There are three main areas that can be treated, the first area is just above and between the eyebrows known as the Glabella (Area 1), the second area is the Forehead (Area 2) and the third area is the Crows Feet at the side of the eyes (Area 3). It can also be used to treat excessive sweating in the underarms, for more information please click here
Post Treatment – What to expect
While Botox® injections for men often produce dramatic cosmetic improvements, these results are not permanent. Typically, patients can expect one treatment to last roughly approximately 4 months, after which additional injections will be necessary to maintain the result. However, there is evidence that subsequent treatments produce increasingly longer-lasting effects.
For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Caraher please call us on 01 806 3200.
It’s no secret that magazines and other media outlets use Photoshop to make celebrities and cover models flawless. For most it can hide a multitude of sins, but more often then not the technique is used for hiding acne and acne scarring. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie and Britney Spears have all been airbrushed to within an inch of their life but in truth have been faced with adult acne, a condition that can affect both male and female, all skin types and ages, although generally begins during puberty.
In reality us mere mortals cant hide behind photoshopping so what is the answer? Acne can very from person to person and accordingly so can the treatment. Often a combination of treatments are used together to actively manage your Acne, along with an appropriate homecare regime to enhance and maintain results.
Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments can provide an effective acne treatment, as well as a permanent solution to acne scarring. IPL treatments utilise a high intensity light source to penetrate through the tissue and destroy acne bacteria quickly and easily. Typically, just 4 -6 treatments over a two month period will greatly improve the appearance of skin as well as evening out skin tone and producing collagen.
AHA peels can be very helpful in treating acne, especially as a part of an overall acne management program. AHA peels work by exfoliating the upper layers of the skin, and removing debris and irritants from the skin. This improves the skin and increases cell turnover. AHA peels also stimulate new collagen formation and improve acne scarring.
Acne scars are most often the product of an inflamed lesion. The greater the inflammation on the skin, the more likely scarring is to occur. Deep breakouts that take a long time to heal also increase the chance of scarring. Medical microneedling is a treatment that safely and effectively treats Acne Scarring. It stimulates the skin, encouraging the production of new collagen and elastin which enables it to regenerate and repair itself.
It is important to combine your treatment with a suitable home skincare plan to enhance and maintain results. The Image Clear Cell line can treat oily problem skin, and non- inflamed acne or inflamed acne. The products are based on salicylic acid to purify and reduce inflammation in the skin. The medicated line also contains benzyl peroxide which will treat infected pustular skin.
Tips for Acne Management
Once you have started your treatment plan and are following a suitable homecare regime there are also a few tips that are important to remember to keep Acne at bay.
- Zinc is one of the best vitamins that you can take for acne, as it helps to reduce the
formation of free radicals under your skin. If you have cystic acne and want to reduce the bumps on your face, try taking a zinc supplement once a day to destroy your acne from the inside out.
- Keep yourself hydrated to help with acne breakouts. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to maintain clear skin. Water flushes out the toxins in your body, which also includes your skin. It will allow your skin to retain the correct amount of moisture and give it a healthier glow.
- Also clean your makeup brushes regularly and throw out all of your old makeup. Old makeup and dirty brushes can add dirt and bacteria to your face that can cause blemishes and blackheads. Anything that touches your face should be fresh and clean.
- Don’t squeeze or pick. It’s important to adopt a strict “hands off” policy when it comes to acne. Picking can lead to more inflammation and permanent scarring.
- As part of your skincare routine try to include salicylic acid. This component destroys the bacteria that you can get during the course of the day, and prevents free radicals from forming. Using a cleanser with salicylic acid can help control your oil level and reduce the chance for severe acne formation.
For more information or to Receive a personal skin analysis and consultation to determine the best treatment plan for you please call us on 01 806 3200.
To celebrate Mothers Day this year Renaissance Clinic is running a competition where you can win an amazing prize for you and your mum. All you have to do to enter our “Queen of mums” competition is tell is in one sentence why your mum is the Queen of all mums. Maybe it’s an amazing skincare tip she has passed on! Post it on our facebook wall and you will be automatically entered into the draw.
The prize is an amazing Package of Skin Rejuvenation Treatments and Image Skincare products to the value of over €500!!!!
The competition will run for the month of March with the winner announced at the end of the month. Terms and conditions apply.
To enter you must be a fan of ours on facebook. If you are not already a fan click on the facebook link below. Good Luck!