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June 2017

Rejuvenate!Now is the time to rejuvenate your hands and chest.

Our hands and chest receive so much exposure over time and can show visible signs of ageing including pigmentation, loss of fatty tissue and wrinkles. Hand and chest rejuvenation treatments can help to reverse these problems and restore the skin to a more youthful appearance.

Just as sun damage can cause red and brown discolouration of the face, it can also cause similar changes to the hands, arms and chest. We can treat these problems in a similar way as we do on the face.

Depending on your concerns with your hands, arms or chest, we can create a treatment plan for the best results.

Treatments that can be used include:

Hydrating Dermal fillers - Hyaluraonic acid gel that that draws water into your skin.

LimeLight - for red and brown discolouration.

Laser Genesis - for deep redness and to increase collagen. This can be useful if the skin is quite dry and thin.

Vascular Laser - for veins.

Titan - to thicken collagen and tighten skin - especially useful on backs of hands or chest where the skin is thin, crepey and dry looking.

Dermapen® - works well for texture, pigmentation, collagen production and skin tightening.

Photodynamic Therapy - reduces scale and sun damage and makes the skin safer and smoother.

 

Product of the Month

LyteraLytera - Skin brightening complex

  • Reductions in visible dark spots with continued use
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  • Non-prescription product

Lytera - Skin brightening system

If you're looking for a more elevated approach to skin brightening, try our simple yet effective, comprehensive brightening system.

  • Easy to use
  • Optimal results with our specific combination of products
  • Allows for seamless incorporation or your other SkinMedica products
  • This system includes a Facial Cleanser, Lytera Skin Brightening complex and a Retinol Complex

 

Pigment buster treatments at Skinfresh Clinic

Skinfresh Clinic has a range of facial, chest and neck treatments that can reduce or even eradicate red and brown pigmentation.

As the national trainers for Cutera medical lasers and Allmedic photodynamic therapy, you can be assured that Skinfresh's nurses are experts in these treatments.

Many people have a condition called poikiloderma that is a combination of brown and red pigmentation on the neck and chest as a result of accumulated sun exposure and damage.

Surface layer treatment

When treating poikiloderma, it is important to tackle the different pigments in the correct order to get the best results. Skinfresh Clinic has a range of technologies that allows us to target several layers of the skin, thus obtaining a more effective clearing of these pigments.

Skinfresh Clinic's intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment called Limelight can clear up the brown and red discolouration in the uppermost layer of the skin. Importantly, Skinfresh Clinic does a no-charge set of IPL test shots before the treatment to assess which settings will give the best and safest results. This means that we can get all the pigment reduced in fewer treatments.

Note that there are different qualities of IPL machines and operators. Skinfresh are the trainers in the field of medical IPL, light and laser treatments, so you can be confident that at Skinfresh Clinic these treatments are performed by people who know what they're doing.

Deeper layer treatment

The deeper layer treatment is called Laser Genesis. It can treat the deep redness that IPL just doesn't reach. The bonus with this treatment is that it is painless, can be used on dark and suntanned skin, and there is no downtime! It can also treat the larger red veins that IPL doesn't affect.

If your skin discolouration is associated with a history of skin cancers, obvious sun damage, solar keratoses and scaliness, then Skinfresh's photodynamic therapy procedure may reduce the scale and risk of skin cancers along with a reduction of pigmentation.

All of these treatments also rejuvenate the skin by increasing collagen.

Comfort and great results

So Skinfresh Clinic has all the angles covered when it comes to pigmentation. At Skinfresh Clinic, you will discover a new world of comfortable aesthetic treatments with great results.

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Preventing Winter Illness

About 40% of time off work and 30% of school absences are caused by colds. Preventing winter illness will not only make you feel better, but will increase productivity in the economy as well as children's school attendance.

You can help prevent winter illness by eating properly and following a healthy lifestyle. Diet can help you correct nutritional deficiencies and supplement natural substances that are lacking.

Healthy lifestyle choices

One of the sensible lifestyle choices is to go to bed early and be asleep before 10.30pm. Getting enough sleep helps your body to produce melatonin, an antioxidant and replenishing molecule. Regular exercise also helps to increase the number of killer cells in your immune system, cells that combat cancer and viruses.

Lowering stress also helps to promote the immune system, making you less vulnerable to illnesses in general. To manage your stress, you need to get enough sleep and regular exercise. It also helps to think about the way you think - do you tend to be negative? A positive frame of mind helps to combat stress.

Ideally, you should avoid potentially harmful ingredients in your diet, for instance too much coffee, sugar and alcohol. For some people, dairy and gluten are sources of health problems. Make sure you eat lots of vegetables, some fruit and enough protein. The fruit and vegetables help ensure that you ingest the vitamins you need to help your body prevent winter ills.

Vitamins against illness

The major nutrients needed to keep you healthy in winter are Vitamin C, Vitamin D, iron, zinc, selenium and magnesium.

Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and protects other antioxidant agents in the body, including Vitamin A, Vitamin E and essential fatty acids such as Omega 3. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, as well as assist with wound healing, bone and collagen formation, thyroid hormone balance and even provides protection against cancer. On top of this, Vitamin C is an acute antihistamine.

If you take a dose of 200-2000mg daily, it can give you protection against common colds or reduce its severity once you have it. Overall, Vitamin C is helpful to ward off not only common colds, but also flu, hay fever, asthma, shingles, glandular fever, bacterial infections and viral pneumonia.

Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency has reached epidemic proportions worldwide. Some groups run a higher risk of deficiency, including women, the elderly, overweight people, smokers and people with darker skin. Illness, drugs or poor bowel absorption are also factors contributing to deficiency. Most Vitamin D comes from the sun. In New Zealand, people on the South Island are more at risk because they get less intense sunshine.

The main role Vitamin D plays in respiratory illness is that lung function improves when the deficiency is addressed. Vitamin D is associated with improved peak flow in asthmatics. It prevents or at least reduces Influenza A, the most predominant form of flu in winter and one that can cause pandemics. In addition, it acts against pneumoccocal infection (a common cause of pneumonia), A streptococcal infection (the cause of strep throat) and tuberculosis.

Mighty minerals

Taking zinc supplements for 5 months or more has been found to reduce school absences and the need for antibiotics, according to one study. Through its direct anti-viral action, zinc reduces colds, pneumonia and bronchiolitis, while also acting as an antihistamine.

The most common nutrient deficiency in the world is lack of iron, which affects a third to a half of everyone on earth. Studies show that giving anaemic children iron supplements reduces the incidence of upper respiratory infections as well as how long people take to recover from such illnesses. Before you take an iron supplement, it's recommended you first get your blood tested, as having too much iron can also cause health problems.

Magnesium also acts as an antihistamine. It also relieves respiratory illnesses such as asthma by relaxing the airways.

Selenium shortages have been associated with diminished immunity as well as incidence of allergies, asthma, heart disease and cancer. This is an essential trace element naturally found in soil. However, in New Zealand the soil tends to have too little selenium.

Natural supplements

The Echinacea Purpura flower effectively combats the common cold, reducing its incidence and shortening its duration where it does take hold. You can use echinacea as soon as you notice a viral infection starting, or even before the time as a preventative measure. Echinacea may also help with strep throat or bacterial sinusitis. If you are pregnant or breast feeding, echinacea is not recommended. Cancer patients are also cautioned against using echinacea.

The Chinese have been using astragalus for at least 2000 years. Astragalus acts against many viruses, specifically reducing cold and flu. If you have fever or cancer you should avoid using astragalus.

The strongest ingredient in olive leaf extracts is oleuropein. This natural substance is effective against many bacteria, including salmonella, E.Coli and H.Pylori. As far as respiratory illnesses go, oleuropein is known to prevent Influenza A and para-influenza, as well as two common causes of colds, myxovirus and rhinovirus.

Oleuporein counteracts herpes simplex viruses types I and II, Staph Aureus and methicillin-resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA). According to some studies, it even works against the Aids virus.

You can take olive leaf extract at the beginning of an infection to limit its effect. It has not yet been conclusively tested in terms of safety for pregnant or lactating mothers.

The bovine colostrum that cows produce just after birth has been a popular health supplement for thousands of years. Colostrum is rich in nutrients, antibodies, vitamins, minerals and growth factors. In winter, it may help counteract viruses such as influenza and rota by protecting respiratory and gut membranes against infection.


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