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8 top tips to having great natural looking skin over winter in Birmingham


Winter’s cold weather combined with stifling office heating is a heady cocktail that quickly takes its toll on the complexion and lips.

But skincare expert Stu Logan from Dermoperfection clinic, in Pinfold Street, Birmingham city centre, is offering insider tips to help men and women maintain a natural healthy glow during the cold snap.

Specialising in rejuvenating skin techniques along with treatments for conditions, such as pigmentation, scarring, skintags or acne, Stu has done over 7,500 non-surgical procedures during nearly nine years in the business and is an expert in the treatment of lines and wrinkles.

frontage of Dermoperfection in Pinfold Street
Dermoperfection in Pinfold Street

We went behind the scenes at the aesthetics, skin and cosmetics specialist clinic to find out Stu’s top tips for having great looking natural skin over winter.

Whether it is skin analysis, facial volumisation, advice with a reparative skin care regime, micro-needling or peeling, Dermoperfection puts clients at ease and gives them the advice and after care to make the best of their skin.

“Much of what we do at Dermoperfection relates to the emotions that people get at looking at themselves and making them feel more positive about ageing,” explained Stu, who also owns MetroSpa in Harborne.

“The treatments we offer enable people to take control to look as natural as they can. With winter approaching, it’s a great time to review your skincare and skin health regime and follow these top tips.”

Dermoperfection can be found at 36 Pinfold Street in Birmingham city centre and takes online bookings here. For more information on treatments, call 0121 439 4350 or visit  www.dermoperfection.co.uk

Hydrate and protect

A key part of having healthy skin over winter is to hydrate the skin and protect it from everyday pollutants. Stu’s advice is to use a high concentration Vitamin C serum, which will protect the skin, keep your complexion bright and helps the skin to repair along underneath a hydrating moisturiser.

Dermoperfection has its own range of skincare products
Dermoperfection has its own range of skincare products

Keeping the body healthy with plenty of water, nutrients and vitamins is essential for skin metabolism, complexion and general wellbeing. The skin needs some support in defending itself from the chill and there’s a selection of vitamin drips now available at the clinic.

Stu has developed the Dermoperfection skincare range with seven steps to fight the first signs of ageing, which includes an endurance moisturiser and C20 maximum strength Vitamin C serum.

Jelly masks are also a new treatment, which completely encase the face while soothing it and are full of active ingredients that directly nourish the skin and are a great add on to any treatment.

Stu Logan from Dermoperfection
Stu Logan from Dermoperfection

Don’t forget the sun

It may be cold but the sun still shines so it is important to use sun protection, warned Stu.

“The number one factor in skin ageing is from the sun,” added Stu. “So using protection against damaging rays of the sun, in the same way you would during the summer, is essential and will make a real difference.”

Remember there is sunshine even on the coldest of winter days
Remember there is sunshine even on the coldest of winter days (Image: BPM)

Peels

The start of the cold weather is an ideal time of year to renew skin with a peel – whether it’s a gentle one for a mild exfoliation or a higher graded peel to hit those deeper layers for an anti ageing result. There’s a wide variety available to suit all skin types.

Stu explained that a peel removes the top layers of dead skin cells in a controlled way, prompting the skins own repairing and renewing cells to reveal new younger skin cells and radiant skin.

“A skin peel gets deeper down below the top level of the skin and promotes new skin growth,” he added. “It can give you a boost of confidence having radiant, glowing and energised skin, so you feel more confident about how the skin can look.”

Discover Profhilo

One of the most popular anti-ageing treatments across Europe right now is Profhilo, explained Stu, adding: “It stimulates the skin and makes it behave how it did years ago, it’s like adrenaline for the skin!”

Dermoperfection highlights the before and after changes to the arm after using anti-ageing treatment Profhilo
Dermoperfection highlights the before and after changes to the arm after using anti-ageing treatment Profhilo

The multi award-winning injectable anti-ageing treatment is made in Italy from ultra pure hyaluronic acid and is aimed at skin that is losing its elasticity and firmness with age.

Over four weeks, the Profhilo starts to diffuse into the skin’s tissue to stimulate collagen and elastin and makes dramatic changes that transform the look of the skin.

Dermoperfection is the leading provider in the West Midlands of Profhilo, which is a versatile product that can be used in the face and body that include areas traditionally difficult to treat, such as neck, hands and arms.

“This kind of treatment creates younger, smoother looking skin that is firmer, brighter, tighter and more energised, in a completely natural looking way” added Stu.

Before and after photos of anti-ageing treatment Profhilo used on the neck at Dermoperfection
Before and after photos of anti-ageing treatment Profhilo used on the neck at Dermoperfection

Microneedling

The great advantage of this, according to Stu, is that it boosts the production of new collagen with regular use and particularly helps with pigmentation issues and crepey skin.

“A lot of women suffer with pigment issues due to hormones,” added Stu. “We can give them the confidence so they don’t have to cover up with make-up.”

Microneedling is a minimally-invasive treatment that uses fine needles to create thousands of tiny micro channels in the skin that allow for active ingredients to be added, like vitamins, to pass through the skin directly to the cells where they have the greatest impact.

It also prompts the production of new collagen to be created through the body’s natural healing process.

In the clinic, pharmaceutical grade vitamin cocktails are available to be added to the microneedling treatment for all skin concerns to give a tailored result – be that pigmentation, general skin ageing, stretch marks or scarring.

Before and after photos of fillers, used to soften nose and mouth lines at Dermoperfection
Before and after photos of fillers, used to soften nose and mouth lines at Dermoperfection

Find out about fillers

Stu is an expert in Juvederm fillers and has trained by the company who produces Juvederm in applying them.

These high quality facial fillers can shape and contour specific facial features with results that can last as long as nine months to two years. That could be enhancing the curve of cheekbones or giving natural definition to lips.

“Fillers can be used to sculpt the face, whether it is to give a more feminine or masculine look or put more structure in areas like the chin,  jawline or midface,” added Stu. “It can change an appearance from looking sad and drab and correct sunken areas, like under the eyes, so people feel more confident, rejuvenated and maintain a fresh look.”

Use good quality products

Think about what you are putting on and under your skin, is the final piece of advice from Stu.

“We only use reputable branded products and treatments at Dermoperfection, that have clinical data supporting its use and effectiveness. For that reason we understand how the treatments will work and how to plan great natural treatments, my team and I are medically qualified registered healthcare professionals,” he said.

Dermoperfection is also a specialist clinic for Obagi Medical, advance skin care and skin transformation systems.

Keep it natural

The main piece of advice from Stu is to always do your research and not go overboard with treatments, but keep it natural.

“My advice is to make the most of a free consultation, so we can see what is best for you to achieve natural looking results,” added Stu. “Take advantage of having a tailored individual service because we know that everyone is different.”

Dermoperfection can be found at 36 Pinfold Street in Birmingham city centre and takes online bookings here. For more information on treatments, call 0121 439 4350 or visit  www.dermoperfection.co.uk

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Notes on… Envy Facial

Diamonds may or may not be a girl’s best friend. Blocked pores, dehydrated skin and hyperpigmentation definitely are not — and it’s with these three post-vacay complaints that I went to transform my visage in under half an hour with the Envy facial, which legit involves some sparkly rock action.

New in town and exclusively available in the Midlands at Dermoperfection and Metro Spa, the treatment simultaneously exfoliates, extracts and infuses using a combo of serums chosen depending on the condition of your skin. The exfoliation bit involved a diamond tip to help clear away the dry top layer of my winter-worn skin evenly, with a slightly-scary sounding pneumatic closed-looped vacuum pressure (that actually feels rather nice) to extract my numerous imperfections. Ever so satisfyingly, you can see all of the dirt and dead skin cells that come out. Apparently mine wasn’t “too bad at all”, despite my skincare regime of water, water, and oh yeah, moisturiser now and again.

This is a lunchbreak-friendly facial with no pre or post requirements — you can exercise straight after and your skin almost immediately glows rather than looking blotchy or red. But the very best feeling for me was when I woke up the next morning, face fully infused, with fresh, plump looking skin that’s still feeling smoother than ever.

It’s normally £129 for an Envy facial, but book in for your first treatment before Jan 31 and it’s half price, so £64.50. (KD)

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Plasma eye lift and skin tightening

Tired eyes and sagging tear troughs age a face. The surgical eyelift, also known as a blepharoplasty, can require significant downtime and will occasionally leave scars. The skin surrounding the eyes is particularly thin and delicate; surgical scars can heal unpredictably and leave uneven results. A painful procedure, the average cost of a blepharoplasty can average £5000. Until recently, cosmetic creams and superficial eye masks were the only other option available to help hydrate and smooth wrinkles around the eyes. Plasma Pro is a revolutionary skin tightening treatment which uses high temperatures and a non-touch techniques to eliminate excess skin. Exposing the epidermis to (what temp?) degrees, dissolves surface skin cells to tighten fibres. Using a fine, pinpoint diathermy pen to ionise atmospheric gases and burn loose skin, when new cells form, a tighter, fresher appearance is instantly visible. Also effective when treating skin tags and stretch marks, results are visible within two weeks, with the maximum results taking up to twelve weeks to appear.

A quick and relatively pain-free procedure, the Plasma Pro procedure is quick and costs a fraction of it’s surgical equivalent.

Pre-procedure, avoid alcohol and NSAID’s such as Ibuprofen, both can increase bruising and bleeding. Post-treatment, be prepared for significant facial swelling for three to four days. Avoid social events for the next five days and sleep propped up on a pillow to encourage lymphatic draining. Resist picking scabs to protect healing skin from infection; Vaseline can help to shed dead skin. When washing your face and hair, be careful to eyes keep dry. Lastly, be generous with a high SPF over the next six months.

Some people notice an instant result after one treatment of Plasma Pro. If the skin is slightly more resistant to the procedure, further treatment may be necessary. Perfect for under eye areas and lids, your eyes will  instantly appear wider, brighter and more expressive. Results can last a lifetime, revolutionising eye contact and confidence. Visit Dermoperfection to find out more and get a quote today.

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Is surgery after 50 becoming the norm?

It’s true what they say; with age comes wisdom, maturity and a heightened desire to go under the knife and fix our appearance!

A study conducted by SunLife Big 50 revealed that 6 out of 10 people are enjoying life more than ever before since hitting the landmark age. However, being on the ‘wrong side of 50’ can sometimes spur aspirations to stay young and keep the number of wrinkles appearing at bay.

With growing attention surrounding social media and the pressures to look like those ‘perfect’ ‘un-edited’ celebs, it’s no surprise that the wiser generation are popping up more frequently in cosmetic clinics with an ambition to re-gain the lifted face they once had.

According to a study, a quarter of a million Brits admit to having opted for a nip, tuck, face lift or other procedure once hitting the big five-O. The surgeries they are undertaking have said to deduct four years physically but also ten years off their mental age.

The notions behind the surgeries, according to some of the clients, are that the procedures give them the body that matches their mind, looking as young as they feel which ultimately gives them confidence and the ability to no longer worry about what other people think of them.

Whilst those who undergo the cosmetic alterations say the surgeries have produced nothing but positivity in their lives; there is mounting concerns as to whether ‘growing older with grace’ still exists. It all boils down to should we be embracing aging rather than stopping it?

Managing client’s expectations. As a practitioner it is your job to make sure your customers do not come out of the surgery unhappy with the results; to do this they must be aware of what these results will be before they get on the table. Having a patient over the age of 50 believe that when they walk out of surgery they will look exactly like they did 30 years prior is incredibly unrealistic and automatically puts you at risk of a claim when the results are different to what they pictured.

You must make sure the customer has a realistic and reasonable idea of the outcome before the procedure is underway. Emphasis on the fact surgery will not turn the clock back 20 years but enhance already existing features is vital for handling their anticipations.

Ultimately you have to limit any potential risk of a claim. If you believe your client has impossible expectations you need to know when to say no. You can put yourself in danger if you carry out a surgery where you are aware the results will not match the client’s expectations.

If you need help on how to refuse surgery, take a look at our guide ‘How to say ‘No’ to Patients’.

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Celebrities drop the façade around cosmetic procedures

Celebrities are sabotaging one of lifestyle magazines’ traditional scoops by openly admitting to procedures they’ve undergone. The big names of Hollywood, music and reality TV are, it seems, less concerned than ever before about saving face by denying they’ve had work done.

Actors, musicians and others who inhabit the celebrity sphere are taking the guesswork out of “have they haven’t they” features, which are normally accompanied by a before and after photo, by explaining what they’ve had done, why, and in some cases, by whom.

Kylie Jenner has become the poster-girl for lip fillers by not only citing the specific treatment used for her lip fillers (Juvéderm), but the clinician (Dr Ourian in Beverly Hills). Meanwhile, her sister Khloe Kardashian is not only happy to divulge her use of non-invasive fat banishing treatment CoolSculpting, but even documented it on her familial reality TV show, Keeping Up with The Kardashians.

As treatments and procedures have changed, so has the rhetoric. In the past, celebrities could truthfully say they had not “gone under the knife” – thanks in large part to the approval of botulinum toxin for cosmetic use in 2002 which meant that radical surgery was no longer necessary to achieve a youthful appearance.

Paradoxically, now that cosmetic enhancements are generally far more subtle and less invasive, celebrities are de-stigmatising aesthetic enhancement and not holding back when asked what was, for many decades, a question they dreaded.

Just ask Jamie Lee Curtis.

“I’ve done it all,” she confessed. “I’ve had a little plastic surgery. I’ve had a little lipo. I’ve had a little Botox.”

Curtis’ reasons for her no-holds-barred disclosures are part of a bigger picture in which she describes addictions to painkillers and surgery.

For every cosmetic procedure, celebrity or otherwise, there’s a motivation behind it, whether it’s a desire to cover over the imprint of 10 years worth of grief, as with singer Linda Nolan, or simply a wish to enhance a specific feature or reduce the signs of ageing. Noticeably, celebrity openness about the procedures they have undergone is increasingly accompanied by an outpouring of the reasons why.

However, while the reasons may not have changed significantly over the years, the acknowledgement by celebrities that they have undergone cosmetic procedures is a more recent phenomenon.

Rapper Iggy Azalea is no stranger to more drastic enhancements, having undergone rhinoplasty and breast enhancements, and has no interest in pretending otherwise. “I’m not denying it,” she says. “Denying it is lame.”

Meanwhile, some practitioners have raised concerns over normalising cosmetic procedures. One such surgeon is Anthony Youn, who has noticed more and more young patients requesting enhancements.

He has warned that there are just as many psychological ramifications as physical risks around having work done, “With plastic surgery, the fact is you don’t always look better. Sometimes you just look different — and that can be traumatic for certain people.” While celebrity openness about undergoing cosmetic procedures may be a positive shift in some respects, it could also be contributing to these concerns about normalising such procedures, particularly for younger patients who are perhaps more likely to be influenced by celebrity culture.

Despite the fears expressed by Youn and unlike celebrities who’ve been cajoled into “confessing” because changes are so noticeable, others, such as Azalea, are wholly unapologetic about her decision to undergo surgery.

“There was nothing wrong with me. I think it’s a personal choice and anybody, man or woman, should be able to make an informed decision. If you want to change something, then that’s up to you.”

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Beauticians dropped from new cosmetic filler register

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Beauticians have been banned from joining a new register designed to make getting injected with fillers safer.

The voluntary register was opened by the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners in April to everyone trained to a high standard.

But now it will include only those with medical training, after doctors and nurses threatened to boycott it.

The joint council said two beauticians had applied to be listed, alongside 20 clinicians with a further 105 pending.

However, the register will continue to list beauticians for other treatments, such as laser and chemical peels.

David Sines, who chairs the joint council, told BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme there was no way of checking whether beauticians had been adequately trained to inject fillers.

“We have found there are no training organisations or programmes in place in the UK to enable beauticians to qualify to the level we require.”

“We are arguing for statutory regulation.

“We cannot enforce these standards without that.”

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A Department of Health and Social Care official said: “The government takes the regulation of cosmetic procedures very seriously and we are currently exploring options to strengthen regulation.”

The register was backed by the actress Lesley Ash, who was ridiculed in the press for her “trout pout” after her lips were injected with industrial fillers.

She said: “I think it’s a fantastic thing that is happening now with the register. And I think a lot of it had to do with the publicity I got.

“Women having their lips filled were saying, ‘I don’t want to look like Lesley Ash.'”

Sue Ibrahim, from the British Association of Aesthetic Nurses, Doctors and Dentists, said the inclusion of beauticians for filler treatments had put the public at risk.

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