Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A; retinol is widely considered as the holy grail of anti- ageing ingredients. The umbrella of retinoids all fall within the same category of vitamin A derivatives and can be classified (for the most part) under the four core categories: retinyl esters, retinol, retinaldehyde, and retinoic acid. Retinol, tazarotene, retinoic acid, adapalene, pure retinol. All of these forms of retinoids seek to activate the three retinoic acid receptors (alpha, beta, gamma), each of which plays a different role in vital skin processes and behaviours, ranging from exfoliation, oil production, cell turnover, pigmentation, and collagen production. By increasing the rate of cell turnover in the skin, studies have shown it to be responsible for aiding just about any skin concern, from fine lines to pigmentation and even acne.
Most skin cancer is caused by UV exposure. At least 50% of sun damage occurs under the age of ten. Kids under the age of one, should not be exposed to sun light, nor should they have SPF applied to their skin. Kids have thinner, more sensitive skin, making it essential for parents to develop good sun-protection habits from the get-go. Their skin barrier while properly formed at birth is different to that of an adult. As infant skin continues to mature through the first years of life, it is important that skin care products are formulated appropriately.
Nuala Woulfe offers tips on how to replicate a salon-worthy facial in the comfort of your own home.
As there is a lot of interest in ‘how to do a skin treatment at home, here we go, these little treats make us not only look great but feel great too. Thankfully, self-isolation can still mean self-indulgence, so here are my tips for a beautiful night in.
Firstly, tell the family that you need some guilt-free “me time”, an hour or so away from the bustle of kids, household chores / meal prep etc where you can put yourself first. When possible, start your night-time facial about an hour before you go to bed because it not only prepares you for a good sleep, but it gives you the time to really take care of your skin. Dim the lights and put some soothing music on in the background to create the perfect ambiance to rest and relax.
Sun beds should be banned!! Using a sun bed before the age of 30 increases the risk of melanoma by up to 75% . Read More
Sun exposure does help the body produce necessary vitamin D, but be aware that the cumulative impact of unprotected UV exposure over the years damages the integrity of your skin . Numerous studies have linked overexposure to UV light with skin cancer . Look to supplements and natural sources of the vitamin in your diet, such as in cheese and eggs, or a supplement of vitamin D3 will ensure you keep your levels high. Even a few minutes of sun exposure on your forearms walking the dog or walking the kids to school provides the average individual with enough UV exposure to make ample vitamin D.
There is no such thing as a healthy tan.
SkinCeuticals vitamin C, E and ferulic acid super serum is worth every single penny when it comes to results. The high concentrate formula contains a whopping 15 % of pure vitamin C, with 1 % vitamin E plus the addition of the antioxidant ferulic acid. Unlike many high concentration vitamin C products, this is gentle enough for sensitive skins. Simply pat on clean dry skin every morning. Then apply an hyaluronic serum plus a broad spectrum SPF.
Unprotected sun exposure is the number one cause of premature skin ageing. If you do not believe this - look at an area of skin that is rarely exposed to the sun and compare to an area of skin that is front and centre when exposed to UV damage.
UVA / UVB.
UV radiation is part of the light spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. It has wavelengths shorter than visible light, which are classified as UVA and UVB rays. Both types of radiation damage the skin in different ways. UVB ( shortwave radiation) these are responsible for burnt, redskin, whereas UVA,(longwave radiation) can penetrate deeper in to the skin and cause DNA damage.
Sun damage can have short and long term consequences, depending on the level of the damage. The immediate visible signs of sun damage is sunburn, redness, dryness, peeling. In more severe cases it may show with blisters, along with nausea and dizziness.
I hope you are well. This week, thankfully we can see a glimmer of hope for the future re reopening!
Following Tuesday’s announcement by Michael Martin, we are looking forward to a staggered reopening of the hair and beauty industry from the 5th May.
As the actual reopening dates will only be announced on 26 April, we still cannot schedule any firm appointments yet and we would ask that you continue to use the link below to join our waiting list.
If you have already added your name to the waiting list there is no need to do anything, your name is automatically included.