Recent technological advances mean that we are seeing more and more at-home high-tech beauty devices, able to deliver professional results that were previously only available in-clinic. Here we take a look at the best gadgets on the market:

Skin exfoliation:

Microdermabrasion has long been a popular in-clinic treatment, which gently exfoliates the top layer of skin to produce a glowing complexion. Younger, healthier skin is revealed and collagen and elastin production is stimulated as the body produces new skin. It can also be used to treat a number of common skin concerns, including acne, acne scarring, poor skin tone, areas of pigmentation and the first signs of skin ageing.

PMD Personal Microdermabrasion Facial Exfoliating Brush

This gadget is tipped with aluminium oxide discs which gently exfoliate the dead skin cells, combined with a vacuum that sucks up the debris to leave instantly clearer, brighter and softer skin.

Acne zapping:

There are numerous light therapy devices now available that emit blue LED light to treat acne. They have been used in-clinic for many years, as the blue light is clinically-proven to kill acne-causing bacteria. The devices typically also emit red light that is great for calming inflammation so they can be used both for a long-term treatment for acne and for dealing with an unexpected breakout.

The TANDA Clear Plus Professional Acne Clearing Solution Device combines blue light technology with gentle warming and sonic vibration to deliver calm and clear skin as quickly as possible.

Teeth brightening:

Teeth whitening treatments are becoming increasingly popular in the UK as we seek to emulate the pearly-white smile of our favourite celebrities. Now, with home tooth whitening kits delivering safe and predictable results, a trip to the dentist is no longer required.

The Pearl Brilliant White Ionic Teeth Whitening System is the first at-home kit to be cleared by the FDA in the US in ten years and claims that it can make your teeth ten shades whiter in just five days.

Hair removing:

Women typically spend many thousands of pounds in beauty salons in the pursuit of hair-free limbs, but now at-home hair removal devices can deliver the same quality results a professional can achieve, but in the comfort of your own home.

The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X utilises the same core diode technology that’s used by laser hair removal machines in clinics. It disables hair follicles by targeting pigment and users report a 70% reduction after four treatments with full results after 12 weeks or your money back.

Wrinkle busting:

The latest innovation in at-home beauty gadgets is incorporating smartphone technology to tackle many of the visible signs of facial ageing.

Play Skin is a revolutionary DIY beauty device that combines a rejuvenating facial mask, which contains hyaluronic acid and potent antioxidant Coenzyme Q10, with the low-intensity micro-currents produced by your smartphone. These micro-currents improve skin elasticity and tone and supercharge the anti-ageing benefits of the hydrogel face mask.

For more information on the Play Skin device, call 020 7224 2247 to speak to one of the team.

News was recently released just before Christmas that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) are considering a new measure to tackle ‘harmful drinking’. Women who drink more than 35 units a week and men who drink more than 50 should be sent for scans to detect liver scarring known as cirrhosis. The document, which is in consultation until February, also stated that cirrhosis sufferers should undergo regular ultrasounds to check for liver cancer.

The benefits of a booze-free January

Many of us might have decided to join Cancer Research UK in their January Dryathlon and enjoy a month without drinking. As well as 31 days without a hangover, there are a myriad of benefits associated with not drinking for a month. As well as increased energy, dryathletes can expect to sleep better, lose weight and save money.

Consuming too much alcohol on a regular basis increases the risk of a number of serious health concerns, such as stroke, liver disease, heart disease, dementia, as well as cancer of the throat, mouth, stomach, liver and breast.

In a small-scale study carried out two years ago, a liver expert at the London Royal Free Hospital studied 10 participants who underwent a dry January. The volunteers lost 40% liver fat, 3kg in weight and significantly reduced their cholesterol and glucose levels.

However, it is important to realise that just stopping drinking for one month will not address excessive alcohol consumption for the other eleven months. As with all things, moderation is key.

Considering cutting back on the booze for the long term?

At Wimpole Aesthetics, we’ve spent many years working with patients who are keen to control their drinking, offering the clinically-proven Sinclair Method. Most patients we see do not want to abstain from drinking completely, but wish to continue drinking safely. The Sinclair Method takes a unique approach to alcohol consumption; Naltrexone, a short-acting opiod inhibitor is administered while you continue to drink normally and, over time, the urge to drink to excess is eliminated.

Many critics of these new guidelines believe that NICE are employing heavy-handed scare tactics against those who simply enjoy a drink, but if you’re interested in bringing your drinking under safe limits, call 020 7224 2247 to speak to one of our team about the Sinclair Method.

Robbie Williams’ return to pop last month saw him being typically outspoken and it was in his appearance on the Graham Norton’s show that he admitted that he has had several cosmetic surgery procedures as well as a regular routine of non-surgical interventions to keep him looking fit and fresh-faced.

After he’d left Take That, Robbie rebelled and became a chain-smoking, hard-drinking, drug-taking star, known as ‘Blobbie Williams’ among other names. Determined to look his best for his return to the spotlight, Robbie embarked on a programme of surgical and non-surgical treatments. Robbie said: ‘I’ve had some fillers, and some Botox, and I’ve had something done to my chin which means I can’t even move my f***ing forehead.”

In recent years, we’ve seen a rise in male patients attending our clinic for aesthetic treatments, but whereas before they may have wanted to keep it hush-hush, now men are becoming more open about what work they are having done.

Here’s our top 3 male cosmetic treatments:

1. Laser skin rejuvenation

Male skin differs quite significantly from women’s. Male skin is thicker, tougher and with more, bigger pores than a woman’s and it produces more sebum so is much oiler. Typically, signs of ageing may appear slightly later for men, but changes occur more quickly when they do start and lines can appear deeper and more grooved and skin can look congested and dull with enlarged pores. Laser skin rejuvenation can tackle all those skin concerns without looking ‘done’.

2. Brotox

It’s not just women who are self-conscious about ageing; men are turning to anti-ageing injectable treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers to make them appear vigorous and dynamic in an increasingly tough job market that often prizes youth over experience.

3. Fat reduction

With celebrities such as David Beckham and David Gandy flaunting their physiques in underwear adverts, it’s not surprising that men have become increasingly conscious of any stubborn localised pockets of fat.

At Wimpole Aesthetics we offer a whole range of fat reduction devices – from liposuction, laser lipolysis to the innovative new process of cryolipolysis or fat freezing – and we can advise you on the most appropriate treatment for your individual circumstances and expectations. Areas we can treat include the arms, thighs, stomach, buttocks, chest and even the chin to produce a defined, masculine jawline.

For more information on all the male cosmetic treatments, we offer at Wimpole Aesthetics call 020 7224 2247 to speak to one of the team.

Want to shine this party season? The first step is to make sure your skin is in the best possible condition, but we all know how quickly late nights and too much booze leave us with a less than glowing complexion.

Here’s how we keep our London ladies – and gentlemen – looking great all festive season long:

Prepare

Skin peels have been around for thousands of years and their continuing popularity is down to their effectiveness and versatility. At Wimpole Aesthetics, we can offer a course of light peels that can stimulate skin cell turnover and remove dead skin cells, to reveal healthy, glowing skin underneath, with minimal downtime so you can embrace the party season.

Protect

SPF isn’t just for the summer months; even when it’s grey outside you should be protecting your skin from the sun’s rays and environmental pollutants. Both are incredibly damaging to the skin because they release free radicals that impair the skin on a cellular level. Cutting-edge skincare brands now offer sun protection creams, such as the Cosmedix Reflect product, that as well as offering a barrier to the elements, also contains antioxidants that fight free radical damage.

Plump

If you’re puckering up for a kiss under the mistletoe, then a temporary dermal filler treatment to enhance lips that get thinner as we age is an increasingly popular aesthetic treatment. These hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can also fill lines and folds and restore the soft, rounded contours of youth and results are immediate so you can be instantly party ready.

& Hydrate

If you have had a late night, then repair the damage quickly with an intravenous drip designed to rapidly hydrate you so you’re ready to face the next day or party. IV Boost UK’s Hydration Booster IV is a cocktail of saline and electrolytes which can flush out toxins and rebalance salt levels. As well as relieving nausea and boosting energy, it also rehydrates the skin.

Our skin is the biggest giveaway of how well we are ageing; when we are younger our skin looks firm, elastic and well-hydrated, all of which stems from the presence of collagen fibres in the skin. Collagen is thought to account for 75 to 80% of our skin, but studies have shown though that collagen levels start to drop from our twenties onwards.

The collagen matrix in the dermis quickly becomes weakened and fragile, losing its capacity to maintain hydration and provide lift and support. Lack of collagen starts to present itself as wrinkles and fine lines, sagging skin and a more marked, dry and dull complexion.

Apart from chronological ageing which affects us all, there are a number of ways that collagen loss can be accelerated in the skin. Here are five threats to our collagen:

1. Sun damage

The sun is probably the chief culprit in the depletion of our collagen levels in the skin, resulting in premature ageing. Sun worshippers – and those that enjoy sunbeds regularly – will typically see deeper wrinkles and more skin laxity and pigmentation problems than those that slather on the SPF. UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, damaging collagen fibres and affecting the body’s ability to repair this damage.

2. Smoking

Cigarettes can also speed up your ageing, increasing lines and wrinkles beyond the appearance of smoker’s lines around the mouth. This was evidenced by a recent study that compared identical twins and found that the twin that smoked had much thinner skin, with more severe lines and noticeable folds on the cheeks.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23924651

Smoking produces collagen-destroying enzymes that also slows down new collagen production. Nicotine also causes blood vessels to contract, reducing the amount of oxygen-bearing blood the skin receives.

3. Pollution

For years, sun protection has been the big buzzword in beauty, but it looks like scientists are now turning their attention to protecting our complexions from the damage caused by airborne pollution.

Air pollution caused by traffic contains microscopic particles called PMs as well as nitrogen dioxide. PMs have been shown to increase age spots and wrinkles and now a recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology has found that nitrogen dioxide also increases premature ageing.

http://www.jidonline.org/article/S0022-202X(16)00453-X/abstract

These pollutants irritate the skin, increasing inflammation which in turn destroys more collagen than the body is able to produce to repair the damage.

4. Sugar

As well as piling on the pounds, too much sugar can also make you look older. A process called glycation occurs when you indulge your sweet tooth; sugar in the bloodstream attaches itself to proteins to form a new molecule called advanced glycation end products. These AGEs damage collagen fibres, making them brittle and ineffective. It also affects what type of collagen you have. Type III collagen is the most stable, long-lasting form of collagen and glycation transforms type III collagen into type I which is far more fragile.

5. Menopause

As well as chronological ageing, women are also affected by hormonal ageing. Oestrogen plays an important role in the production of collagen and, as levels of oestrogen dramatically plummet during the menopause, our skin can appear worse overnight.

Is it possible to replace lost collagen?

As our understanding of ageing develops, more and more aesthetic treatments are embracing the need to stimulate collagen production. One treatment that tackles this head on are nithya Collagen Injections; these directly replenish collagen in the skin and restore the fullness of youth.

LinErase is a collagen powder which stimulates production of collagen-producing fibroblasts. A whole host of ageing changes can then be tackled at the same time, including smoothing wrinkles, lifting the skin, restoring volume and improving overall skin quality.

If you’re interested in what Collagen Injections can do for you, call 020 7244 2247 to book a consultation.

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