Holiday Preparation

Date: 01/11/2016

Author: Ingrid Katz (Pure Aesthetics)

As we blaze into the Festive Season, we at Pure Aesthetics understand just how difficult it can be to “keep up appearances”; if you’ve ever watched the BBC series of this comedy show, Mrs Bucket (pronounced Bouquet, lady of the house) has a really hard time of it....

The end of the year brings a wonderful and sometime little frenetic wind down to the closing of a year, but more pressing are those jolly end of year functions that seem to never end!

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Pixel Peel

Date: 02/10/2016

Author: Ingrid Katz (Pure Aesthetics)

In May we chatted about a new treatment called The Pixel Peel. It’s a great treatment that delivers visible results, so we want to focus on it again this month and discuss it further.

If you are looking for a little “more” in terms of an in-salon treatment, the combination of a Dermapen needling treatment and a TCA peel allows an even more effective result in one procedure when compared to these, as standalone treatments. We are able to treat a range of concerns from dull ageing skin, deep lines and enlarged pores to sun damage, pigmentation and uneven texture.

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Reactive Skins

Date: 12/09/2016

Publication: A2 Aesthetic & Anti-Ageing Magazine, issue 19

Author: Ingrid Katz (Pure Aesthetics)

In order to treat a sensitive or reactive skin we must first clarify the meaning of “sensitive skin”. Sensitive skin is inherited. Sensitised skin is acquired. The two are similar in appearance and present with redness, itching, heat, flushing and reactions to name a few. They can also be treated in similar ways. The crucial difference lies in the DNA.

Genetically inherited sensitive skin can be treated but never cured. The good news is that sensitised skin is a result of external factors and can thus be treated with greater long-term success. These aggressors often come from various lifestyle choices, including stress and exposure to toxins in various form. Changes in lifestyle to reduce or remove these aggressors can, and will, stop the sensitisation.

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Shedding Winter Skin

Date: 27/07/2016

Author: Ingrid Katz (Pure Aesthetics)

We have all experienced that snake-like feeling during winter; of just wanting to walk out of the dry skin capsule that envelops our face and body to reveal a dewy, brighter and smoother skin ready for warmer weather.

As much as I loathe winter (and I mean l-o-a-t-h-e), it does make us appreciate the warmer, wetter, Spring time that much more. Although it’s not Spring yet, we’re getting ourselves ready for it regardless!

Allowing the skin to rid itself of its winter scales is easier than you think. In order to be effective in this process, we must remember two things:

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Date: 29/08/2016

Author: Ingrid Katz (Pure Aesthetics)

Forget the whole soul thing, our eyes are actually the window to our health – revealing our age, lack of sleep, circulation issues, to name a few.

The skin on the eye area has less structural support due to the fact that is lies over the eye socket. This structural support comes in the form of tissue / flesh and so it means that the blood supply to the skin in this area, sits more superficially when compared with the rest of the face.

When considering dark circles, this is one of the main reasons why they become as pronounced as the do.

Dark circles and puffiness can be caused by a number of factors namely; poor circulation, lack of sleep, illness, stress, medication or poor diet. This area is also under stress due to the constant muscle movement (expression and blinking) which results in the skin being stretched and pulled in different directions. Added to this, the eye socket (bone structure) widens with age and so the skin is under increased pressure as its capacity to stretch is pushed.

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The smarter Plan - Caring for your skin before & after surgery

Date: 14/07/2016

Author: Ingrid Katz (Pure Aesthetics) & Dr Gabriel Doucas

Published in A2 Aesthetic & Anti-Ageing Magazine, issue 18

Dr Gabriel Doucas & Ingrid Katz elaborate how the combination of skin treatments and facial cosmetic surgery complement each other so beautifully.

As our bodies age, the skin changes... and it isn’t in a positive way. Our skin density decreases, meaning the skin becomes thinner. Less density leads to less plumpness, which translates to more fine lines and wrinkles. This loss in density is a result of decreased collagen production, depletion of subcutaneous fat, paucity in the availability of the vascular system (as it is pushed down) and a general breakdown of the finer structures of the skin. 

The skin loses elasticity, making it sit less tightly on the underlying tissues. Additionally, our metabolism slows down with age - resulting in a slower skin cell turnover. More dead skin cells then hang on at the surface of the skin, which can result in impaired wound healing.

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The Rise of Nutriceuticals - Treating from Within

Date: 01/07/2016

Author: Ingrid Katz (Pure Aesthetics)

Much is being talked about in terms of nutri-cosmetics or nutraceuticals. Essentially it’s vitamins and anti-oxidants taken in the form of oral supplementation or delivered to the system via an IV line (drip).

IV supplementation is something that’s been around for some time and used successfully to treat a number of ailments from a hangover through to immunity, dull skin and chronic fatigue syndrome. But lately, it’s become so popular, that you can pop into a “drip bar” to choose your vitamin cocktail, as you would a cup of coffee.

The Myers Cocktail is a nutrient cocktail invented by an American doctor in the 1960’s which kicked off the current attraction to IV vitamin treatments. It was designed as an alternative treatment for a broad spectrum of conditions and is a very fast way of getting critical nutrients and hydration into the body.

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Vascular Laser Treatment

Date: 01/06/2016

Author: Ingrid Katz (Pure Aesthetics)

Broken capillaries, telangiectasia, spider veins... whether on the legs or face, many of us have come across these unsightly bugbears.

There are a few reasons why these veins appear:

  • Standing for long periods of time can cause veins to become more prominent, resulting in spider or varicose vein formation.
  • It could be genetic. If a family member has them, you have about a 50% chance of suffering from broken capillaries as well.
  • Spider and varicose veins can develop during pregnancy. Although these are likely to disappear afterwards, a few thread or spider veins often remain.
  • Extra body weight also puts extra pressure on the veins and there is a higher risk of superficial or varicose veins forming.
  • The natural ageing process also increases the risk of veins appearing on the surface of the skin as the skin structure becomes more compact.

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