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LED Light Therapy Treatment

LED light therapy in the beauty industry isn’t exactly new – it’s been around for some time now, especially for treating difficult conditions such as Psoriasis (known as Red Light Therapy).

In recent years though it’s been increasingly used in the aesthetics industry and has proven really quite revolutionary for a number of skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, pigmentation and for skin rejuvenation in general. Research has already shown that skin cells which are energised function far better than their rather stagnant peers, to the extent they can renew up to 200% faster. That’s a huge boost to the skin’s regeneration and repair process, resulting in healthy skin and a great glow.

How is the treatment applied?

The treatment is applied in a relaxed clinical setting, using masks and exposure to low-level light therapy (LLLT). You’ll also wear goggles to protect your eyes from the brightness.

The light has been clinically assessed and is delivered at therapeutic doses to best treat particular facial skin conditions. Treatments the LED therapy can help with include aging skin, pigmentation, rosacea, acne and detoxifying the skin.

Although there are different brands of LED light treatments around, here at Vale Laser Clinic we are big fans of Dermalux LED Phototherapy. There is no downtime with this painless and rejuvenating therapy. In addition, it can be used in conjunction with other beauty treatments at the salon. Clinic

During your treatment, you can enjoy sitting back on a chair relaxing for 30 minutes, wearing the mask,under the canopy, with your face exposed to various different coloured lights – each promoting a particular skin enhancement. And, as well as receiving a boost to your skin’s condition, you’ll also feel a bit brighter mentally. That’s because light does make us feel happier and more alert.

Different light colours for different skin benefits

But, getting back to the skin benefits…

  • The Blue light mode, for instance, is used to help with acne. That’s because it destroys bacteria. It also improves skin clarity and has a calming effect on other skin conditions.
  • The Red mode is all about restoring glow and vitality to the skin. That’s because it energises cells, which in turn speeds up elastin production, as well as increases hydration for smoother firmer skin.
  • The near-Infrared mode offers rejuvenation benefits and reduces pigmentation. It also promotes healthy skin and calms any skin irritation problems.
  • The Tri-Wave therapy is for accelerated results, thanks to its multi-wavelength treatments tailored to your own specific skin condition.

Long-term benefits

And the best bit? The benefits of the Dermalux light therapy go on working long after the treatment has been completed.

A course of 12 treatments is standard and should be taken in as short a timescale as possible in increasing intensity. Then it’s just a case of maintaining that vital skin glow with your usual skincare regime.

Get in touch To find out more aboutDermalux LED Phototherapy you can contact Emma and the team here at the Vale Laser beauty clinic. We offer free skin consultations

The Eyes Definitely Have It

The skin around our eyes is incredibly thin – 0.5mm thick compared to 4mm for the skin on our heels. And for that reason alone, it’s incredibly important to look after it.

Other reasons? Aging causes the skin to lose its elasticity and to sag, resulting in the dreaded eye bags, dark circles, fine lines and even causing our eyelids to drop. Other factors that affect healthy skin are fluid retention, genetics and even facial movement. And, yes, it can be rather depressing to look in the mirror as we age and see these less-than flattering developments.

But the good news is that there are lots we can do about them. Take two revolutionary new treatments – Mesoestetic Global Eyecon and HIFU Eye Treatment – for instance. There’s also a range of eye creams perform well too. But first, what are Mesoestetic Global Eyecon and HIFU Eye Treatment? We explain both below:

Mesoestetic Global Eyecon

This is a painless form of treatment designed specifically for the delicate eye area, which combines peels and a trans-epidermal solution (microneedling). The course involves six sessions – divided equally between peels and microneedling – and there is no downtime. Not only that, but @mesoestetic.uk: “[the treatment is] achieving visible and cumulative results after the first session.”

The Eyecon Periocular Peel combines anti-aging, anti-fatigue and depigmentation products – Azelaic, Salicylic, Lactic, Phytic and Citric acids.

The Periocular Solution is the next stage and involves increasing the circulation in the eye area using microneedling and the sterile fluid containing depigmenting and decongestant action.

Once the course has been completed a Crystal Fiber Eye Mask is applied. Containing hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and cucumber extract it helps to cool, refresh and calm following treatment. It also has depigmentation, moisturising, decongesting and rejuvenating properties.

HIFU Eye Treatment

A non-invasive process, which has also been carefully designed for the delicate eye area, the HIFU Eye Treatment involves probes and ultrasonic energy to stimulate the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. The probes bring heat to the sarcolemma layer and outer membrane of the skin, tightening it and making it more supportive to the rest of the skin layers.

The benefits of this treatment, apart from the excellent results with fine lines, eye bags and other eye ‘problems’ is that it can be used on all types of skin, even sensitive. The treatment itself is long-term and needs only to be repeated every 6 -12 months for maximum results. Again, there is no downtime.

Get in touch

With so many advanced treatments appearing on the market thanks to ongoing research into the aesthetics market, it can be difficult – and, in fact, downright confusing – to know what’s best for you. That’s why we always recommend having a chat with ourselves first so we can point you in the right direction. To maintain healthy skin around the eyes, it may be that an eye cream, rather than a treatment, is all you need. You can book a free skin consultation with myself (Emma Griffiths) and the team here via Instagram.

What Is Purging?

Skin purging is another name for your skin reacting to certain chemicals in creams or treatments, mainly retinols and beta hydroxy acids. Because they are xfoliants these ingredients quickly take off the top layer of dead skin cells, meaning new ones regenerate sooner than they would normally. As a result, It brings any congestion  to the surface of the skin, irritating it and causing breakouts.

Purging is temporary

Just as purging is caused by speeding up dead skin cell removal by exfoliating, the breakouts are also ‘sped up’ in that they don’t last as long as a typical skin breakout. And, in fact, a retinol-etc induced breakout is good as it shows that the product you have just put onto your face is actually working as it should.

Can you stop purging?

You can’t really prevent purging but you can lessen the chances of it happening in the first place by slowly introducing your new Product. If you have a new retinol serum then maybe just use it once in the first week, building up to twice in the second and then, if your skin is coping well, three times in the third week. Eventually, you should be able to use the product every day.

There are certain chemicals that are more likely to cause purging in susceptible individuals than others. These include salicylic acid.

What does a skin purge look like?

A purge often results in types of acne, such as pustules, blackheads, whiteheads and cysts – all of which are referred to as ‘inflammatory acne.’

When sebum (excess oil) mixes with dead skin cells, bacteria can build up inside the pore. To deal with this your body sends white blood cells into the pore to fight the bacteria. Chemicals such as retinol cause exfoliation to happen. It doesn’t attack bacteria but rather removes the inflammation, allowing the skin to clear itself up.

@FeminaIndia: “Purging gets all the nasty stuff out of your skin all at once, leaving only the goodness behind. Think of it as a deep cleanse.”

Difference between a purge and a breakout

It could be that the new product is clogging up your pores, causing a breakout rather than a purge. If the problem with your skin is still persisting a month later then this is a breakout. Purges should only last two to three weeks at the most.

Purges are caused by using exfoliants, such as retinols, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Breakouts are the result of sunscreen, hydrating oil and make-up.

How to treat a purge The way to make a purge less obvious and intense is to continue to keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Don’t touch any of the pimples or break out areas with your fingers, and wear SPF factor when outside (especially if it’s in the summer when the sun is at its most intense). In fact, really try to limit your exposure to the sun. It’ll be worth it though if you really are keen on maintaining healthy skin.

How To Get Healthy Skin With Radio Frequency Microneedling

Late nights, a few too many glasses of vino and burning the candle at both ends. The holiday season can leave your complexion looking tired, dull, or inflamed. Show your skin some love with radio frequency microneedling (RFM), a quick and gentle treatment that will help you get your glow back.

Using tiny needles and radiofrequency, this minimally-invasive treatment penetrates your skin to trigger collagen and elastic production. It’s called ‘controlled skin injury’ and it encourages the growth of fresh new skin. The best thing? It helps combat a plethora of skin woes, from fine lines to large pores. Here’s the lowdown on the benefits.

Treats early signs of aging

In a recent article by @NewBeauty, LA dermatologist Ann C. Zedlitz, MD remarked that “Sublative RF is a great treatment for older skin to help make it thicker, stronger and firmer”. 

We agree. As well as lifting, firming and tightening the skin, it reduces the appearance of crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and fine lines. 

Promotes healthy skin

Together, microscopic punctures and heat energy trick your skin into creating new collagen and hyaluronic acid. These naturally-occurring compounds help with tissue repair and skin hydration.  

Treats acne scarring

Research shows that RFM can soften the appearance of acne scarring and because it also increases the absorption of skincare products, it may indirectly help with current breakouts, too. – collagen remodelling supported by active skin care

Refines pores

Thanks to increased collagen levels, your skin will appear plumper. This in turn helps to reduce the appearance of large pores, leaving you with a smoother, fresher complexion. 

Interested in giving it a go? Here’s what to expect.

First up, your therapist will thoroughly clean and prepare your skin for the treatment. Then, the micro needling device is moved over your skin, delivering numerous tiny pricks at the optimum depth. At the same time, radiofrequency waves are released into the micro-wounds. One session lasts about an hour.

Aftercare

RFM is extremely safe and there’s no downtime. With minimal down time,  erethema (redness) can be expected for about 24 hours.   But there are a few things you should do to care for your skin afterwards. Skip on the makeup for at least 24 hours, and make sure to slather on the SPF for several weeks following. And don’t worry, it’s normal for your face to feel a bit of post-treatment sensitivity. An ice pack can help to relieve any discomfort – no need for icepack,  hydrating skincare will soothe and nourish your skin..

Regular RFM sessions are great for maintaining healthy skin and it’s offered right here at your local beauty clinic – Skin Clinic.. Here at Vale Laser Clinic, we offer two great micro needling options. Our CST (Collagen Stimulation Therapy) Micro Needling treatment utilises a specialised Skin Pen. It’s one of the safest devices on the market and it has customisable depth settings (0.25mm – 2.5mm) to suit different clients. This one’s particularly good for targeting sun damage, scarring, slackened skin, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, and dilated blood vessels.

We also offer Focus Duel, Focus dual incorporates Radiofrequency. Skin pen is just micro needling. (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) with RFM. The HIFU element uses heat to go deep into the skin’s layers. One of the only non-surgical treatments that can reach the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS), there’s zero damage to the skin’s surface and no downtime.

If you’re not sure about the right treatment for you, we offer free skin consultations tailored to your individual needs. We’re happy to give personal advice on the right RFM option for your skin, too. Glowing, healthy skin is only a few sessions away!  Take a look at our treatment menu and book your microneedling appointment today!

Glow From The Inside Out — Healthy Skin Starts In The Gut

An unhappy gut can affect a lot more than just your bowel movements. In a recent article by @Refinery29, Dr. Megan Rossi, founder of The Gut Health Clinic, highlights gut health as an indicator of overall health. “Check in with your gut even if your symptoms don’t appear to be obviously gut-related. You’d be surprised how many of our ailments go back to our gut health,” she says.

Moodiness, fatigue, and thyroid issues are just a few of the things that could indicate an imbalance in your gut microbiome. Your skin will suffer, too. Studies show that spots, rosacea, and eczema can all be exacerbated by what’s going on in your gut. 

So if you’re struggling with problem skin, try combining a good skin care routine with a gut health overhaul. Eating a balanced diet is the first place to start. 

Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains

Plant-based foods — like pulses, beans and whole grains — are high in fibre and nutrients. Eat a good variety to promote healthy digestion and healthy skin.

Try lacto-fermented foods

Think sauerkraut, kefir, and kimchi. Research shows that eating lacto-fermented foods can influence your mood and your skin by reducing systemic inflammation. 

Snack on probiotic yoghurt

Some experts say that consuming live yoghurt or probiotic drinks will encourage more microbes to grow. Just be sure to choose products that aren’t also full of gut-depleting sugar. 

Avoid processed foods

According to many studies, eating lots of fast food and animal-derived fatty foods can lead to greater levels of destructive gut bacteria. The message is clear: stick to what’s natural for a healthy gut. 

More tips for a healthy gut and healthy skin

Eating a balanced diet is just one of the lifestyle factors that affects gut and skin health. Keep things moving through your digestive system by exercising daily. Experts recommend 30 minutes a day. Keeping stress and anxiety to a minimum is also important. 

Because the brain is directly connected to the stomach, stress can wreak havoc on your gut health. It can both delay the emptying of stomach contents and speed up the passage of material through the intestines. Think about when you get a bout of diarrhea or repeated urges to wee before big presentations or events. 

Finally, remember that antibiotics kill off both good and bad bacteria. That means that a course of meds can leave your immunity at an all-time low. If you have to take antibiotics, try balancing things afterwards by eating probiotic yoghurt. Your stomach and skin will thank you taking pro biotics to balance the gut biome should be taken all the time,  don’t need to refer to yogurts all the time, as have probiotics in the clinic is supplement format.  Live cultures create a healthy envirnment

Pairing a healthy lifestyle with a good skincare regime and the right aesthetic treatments will give you the best results. Here at Vale Laser Clinic in St Athan Village, we pride ourselves on delivering evidence-based skincare solutions with a personal touch. From premature aging to acne, clinic director Emma Griffiths is on hand to offer expert advice on the right treatments for you. Book a free skin consultation today and start your journey towards a glowing complexion.

Give Your Skin A Fresh Start

The decorations are down and Christmas is done for another year. Whether you overindulged over the festive season or not, the New Year is a popular time for taking a look at how you want to live your life in the coming months. And what better place to start than with your skin.

Great skin and hair are an important part of how you feel about yourself. At Vale Laser Clinic we make sure our clients have glowing, radiant skin by offering a range of chemical peel treatments.

All our peels are by AlumierMD and can be used to treat a range of different skin conditions – many of which tend to flare up with the harsh winter winds and cold weather.

How does a chemical peel work?

Chemical peels use acids to exfoliate the skin. But don’t be alarmed, these acids are specially formulated to remove just enough of the skin so that the damaged cells are removed. This allows the ‘good’ unblemished skin underneath to come to the surface.

The acid works by lowering the pH of the skin which, in turn, loosens the dead skin cells, improving exfoliation and stimulating new cell growth.

The parts of the skin affected by a peel are the epidermis (the outer layer) and the dermis (the deeper layer where the nerve endings, hair follicles and sweat glands lie). A light to medium peel will remove the top layers of the epidermis. In some cases, a stronger medical peel will also take away a small section of the dermis too.

Who are chemical peels good for?

Anyone can benefit from the skin brightening and rejuvenating effects of a chemical peel, since it will improve both the texture and tone of the skin.

But peels can also be used to treat and improve specific skin conditions. These include: acne, rosacea, scarring, enlarged pores and hyperpigmentation. In the case of acne, a medium-deep peel would be required while hyperpigmentation requires a deep peel.

How many sessions an individual requires depends on the extent of the initial skin damage and what type of peel they have in the first place. Acne can take up to eight weeks before there are significant results. A standard peel provides instant results; it can be a one-off treat or repeated every two to five weeks. The bonus with regular peels is that your skin adapts to the process and learns to rejuvenate itself.

Tips on having a chemical peel

  • Afterwards you must apply an SPF cream or sunscreen on a daily basis to protect the new skin layer from the sun
  • Expect some ‘downtime’ after a deep peel
  • Pre-treatment solutions can accelerate results of the peel
  • Post-treatment skins and balms will soothe the skin

Get in touch today

If you are considering a peel and haven’t experienced one before then do come into the salon in St Athan Village, near Cardiff for a consultation and skin care advice with one of our skin therapists.

Alternatively, we also provide online consultations. We can answer all your questions and discuss the various Alumier peels that we offer. Make 2022 the year of great skin. Contact us on 01446 750 880 or via email: Skin@valelaserclinic.co.uk.

Winter Skincare – More Hydration and Stimulation

Now that winter is here, (please delete the text in blue) It’s important to step up your skincare routine. That’s because cold weather is tough on our skin.

Both plummeting temperatures and a lack of humidity draws moisture from our skin with the end result, it dries it out. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, the winds add a further chill factor while indoor heat can be the final straw and even make our skin start cracking (hello eczema and psoriasis).

Yes, it’s enough to want to head to the sun for a long winter session. Unfortunately, that’s not available for the majority of us. But, what we can do is look after our skin and make sure it’s as healthy and glowing as possible.

At Vale Laser Clinic we have a team of skin experts who are happy to pass on their specialist advice during client consultations and treatment sessions.

Our skin treatments are non-surgical and, as such, non-invasive. This makes them painless but still very much effective. Here are specialist areas of expertise:

Skin rejuvenation

This treatment helps remove red veins, pigmentation and balance uneven skin tone. By stimulating the collagen and elastin in your skin. The result is firmer, smoother and therefore younger-looking skin. The procedure can be applied to the face, neck, chest and hands.

Laser red vein removal IPL Red vein treatment can also help with embarrassing problems, such as red flushing (rosacea), thread veins, spider naevi and even red spots (including port wine stains). This is achieved through using an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) which is absorbed by the haemoglobin in the blood and heats the offending veins and spots until they are destroyed and the vessels cleared. The results are nothing short of miraculous – as if the blemish hadn’t existed in the first place.

Other areas we work on include liver spots and age spots. These tend to have too much melanin. The IPL can also cause this to coagulate and within a few days your skin will be clearer and brighter. We can also help with problems concerning enlarged pores and acne scarring.

It’s possible to see results from within 2-3 sessions of IPL care. If the problem is particularly small then it may even take just a single session.

Winter skin care tips

  • Even in winter you still need an SPF cream with protective levels of UVA for this time of year.
  • The winter months are great for booking your treatments to stimulate new collagen and restore skin glow, such as microneedling or laser treatment.
  • Now is the time to think about laser hair removal so you’re all ready for spring and summer ahead.
  • Keep your skin hydrated with specialist winter products such as a good moisturiser and gentle cleanser

Get in touch today

If you have an annoying skin problem you would like cleared up – or even if you just want to give your skin a brightening treatment to combat the winter weather – then do get in touch. We’re based in St Athan Village, just outside Cardiff. You can book an appointment today right here.

All You Need To Know About Laser Hair Removal

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At Vale Laser Clinic we’re proud to be experts in laser hair removal. We’ve even been awarded the Sunday Times best for hair removal so you can be sure we know all there is to know about getting rid of your unwanted hair. If you’re researching laser hair removal you’re not alone. This safe, effective method of hair removal is growing in popularity. It’s virtually pain free and permanently reduces growth so if you dream of removing unwanted hair for good then read on.

We get asked many questions regarding the process, so we have put together this helpful guide covering everything you need to know about our laser hair removal service.

How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

One of the main benefits and attractions of laser hair removal is that the hair treated is gone forever. The light energy destroys the base of the hair follicle preventing regrowth.

A short burst of light energy is delivered onto the skin by a laser or IPL (Intense Pulse Light). The melanin (colour pigment) absorbs this energy and turns it into heat. This heat destroys the germination centre in the hair follicle preventing regrowth.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Hair grows in cycles. Laser hair removal only works if the targeted hair is in its growth cycle. It is for this reason that we recommend several sessions to achieve the desired results of smooth skin with no regrowth. We recommend a course of 6 to 8 sessions which we will discuss in our free consultation.

How Long Does A Treatment Take?

It can be as quick as ten minutes for a smaller area. Up to an hour for a larger area. You will be advised of this in your free consultation.

Does It Hurt?

At most you will experience mild discomfort. We use an effective skin cooler to ensure that the warm pulses of light from the laser are comfortable for you.

Do I Need To Let My Hair Grow Before Treatment?

No, we don’t need the hair above the skin surface so you can shave or trim as often as you like. You will be asked to cut or shave the area prior to treatment. Never wax, thread or pluck as this will remove the hair from the follicle.

Can Any Colour Hair Be Treated?

Dark hair on light skin sees the best results due to the contrasting melanin. We do however offer treatments that are effective on darker skin tones and fairer hair and have specific technology within our IPL specifically for this. Due to the lack of melanin white or grey hairs don’t respond to laser hair removal.

Are There Side Effects?

As long as your treatment is conducted by trained professionals using the correct, up to date equipment, side effects will be minimal. The area that has been treated may feel a little warm for a while afterwards. This can be managed with aloe vera cream or gel. It is also advised to avoid perfume, deodorant and makeup for at least 48 hours after treatment. Protecting your treated skin from the sun is essential, sun block should be worn for at least 6 weeks.

Is It Suitable For Men And Women?

Our laser hair removal treatments are suitable for both men and women.

What Areas Do You Treat?

We offer a full range of treatments for any unwanted hair, even evasive hair removal . Click here for our full price list.

Ladies: Chin, top lip and chin, lower face, under arms, lower arm, basic bikini, extended bikini, full bikini, half legs, full leg with basic bikini.

Men: Between brows, earlobes, hands and fingers, full beard, upper back, chest, full back.

You can book a course of treatments where you pay for 7 and get 1 free.

Or we offer a 20% discount on a second area when treatments are carried out at the same time. The discount will be applied to the lower cost area.

Are There Any Things That May Affect The Treatment?

Having a suntan, either real or fake can affect the treatment. This is due to the melanin levels in your skin being raised. The laser treatment will be attracted to the skin rather than the hair. You can not have a tan at all at the time of treatment

How Do I Book?

If you are ready to say goodbye to unwanted hair for good, simply go to our website to book.

We will arrange a free consultation which will take around 45 minutes. Your treatment plan will be discussed and you will be given a price for your treatment plan. Our laser hair removal experts will offer you any advice and answer any questions you may have.

We will do a hair removal test patch to ensure that you won’t have a reaction to the treatment and we can book your first full session for the following week.

We are an independent business and pride ourselves on offering you impeccable service with a personal touch. We want you to feel comfortable and at ease. Feel free to get in touch with any questions you have.

The Benefits of Active Vitamin A in Skin Care

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It is commonly known that vitamin A has numerous health benefits. Vitamin A is an essential component for skin health and in the form of retinoids can be applied topically to the skin which absorbs the goodness. It is for this reason that many skincare products contain active vitamin A retinoids.

Benefits of Retinol

Retinol stimulates the production of new skin cells preventing skin problems like premature aging, acne and severe dryness. It is best that products containing vitamin A are used as part of your daily skincare routine for skin that glows. The investment and technology in skin care products is always evolving. It is from this evolution that active ingredients are used in skin care to achieve the best results.

Specialist Skin Care Products

At Vale Laser Clinic we are authorised stockists of Environ Skin Care products as well as the popular professional skin care range Alumier . We are advocates of a long term skin health regime rather than a quick fix. Both brands offer superior care for your skin, meaning that you see the benefits of healthy, brighter, reinvigorated younger looking skin.

In order to deliver an adequate amount of vitamin A to your skin it is important that active ingredients are used in your skin care products. Over the counter moisturisers, creams, serums and oils will contain vitamin A, however it is the scientifically proven active ingredients found in Environ Skin Care and Alumier products that set them apart from their counterparts that are available to purchase anywhere.

Skin Consultation For Optimum Results

The products we use are only available from authorised salons who are experienced in skin care. It is essential that you undergo a skin consultation with our Environ and Alumier experts in order to advise you on the most suitable product for your skin type. This consultation can be taken online. Once you have had an initial skin consultation you can reorder your products via our website.

Why Buy Environ Skin Care And Alumier Products From Vale Laser Clinic?

Following your skin consultation our experts will analyse your skin, any areas you would like to address and advise you on an effective course of action. We will formulate a skin care regime including the best products for your skin, face and body. Our family run business is here to make you feel your best. We offer skin advice and guidance based upon your individual skin care needs. With our personal touch you will feel comfortable and trust that we will help you to achieve the best skin. Your confidence will soar with your radiant glow.

Areas That Environ Skin Care And And Alumier Products Can Help

Aging Skin

Are you worried about aging skin? The active vitamin A in Environ Skin Care products have been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of the tell-tale signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

Dull Skin

Sometimes skin can look dull. Lacking that glow that is associated with youthfulness. If you want to reinvigorate your skin, Environ Skin Care and Alumier products can help you to feel fabulous again.

Acne

Many people who suffer from acne have tried numerous fixes to no avail. Our skin experts will assess your skin and advise the best product to reduce the inflammation of acne. Leaving you feeling confident once again.

Dark Spots

Sun spots or a sign of aging dark spots on skin are a common complaint. One that can be reduced with the right mixture of active ingredients.

Severe Dry Skin

Severe dry skin can be debilitating. Causing itching, discomfort and soreness. Soothing the irritation of severe dry skin is something that Environ Skin Care and Alumier products can offer.

If you’re ready to reap the rewards of a skin care regime, rich in vitamin A and tailor made for you and your skin’s requirements don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Melasma and How To Treat It

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Concerned about discoloured blotches appearing on your skin? You might be experiencing melasma – an annoying but harmless skin condition.

What is melasma?

Melasma is characterised by brown or blue-grey patches appearing on your skin. It’s a harmless condition, but one that can damage our self-confidence. This is especially the case because it commonly affects the face, including the upper lip – although it can occur anywhere on the body.

It’s not at all an indication that you are practising poor skin care – melasma can just be one of those pesky things that happen.

Maybe you searched the internet for ‘skin treatment for blotches’ to get to this page, or perhaps you have already heard the term melasma.

Either way, we know that many people want to seek out melasma treatment – and our expert team is here to help.

Why does melasma occur?

Melasma can appear randomly throughout one’s life, though certain factors make it more likely.

Some good skin advice, in general, is to wear SPF year-round, as this can prevent melasma from appearing. Fair-skinned people are more likely to experience melasma, and many people find that it improves during winter and worsens during the summer months. However, sun exposure isn’t the only reason you might have melasma.

Melasma is often called the mask of pregnancy – it’s estimated that between 15 to 50% of pregnant women experience it. It can be linked to hormones, and those who are taking oral contraceptives or additional hormones can be at increased risk of developing it.

In fact, just being a woman increases your chances: around 90% of melasma cases are in women. Both men and women can experience melasma though, and there’s a genetic element at play too. There’s no shame in it – or in seeking treatment – but rest assured that it’s a harmless condition.

If you’re not sure whether you have melasma or something more serious, it’s best to check in with a GP or dermatologist.

What are the treatment options for melasma?

Knowing how to treat melasma can be confusing – and the condition itself can be really hard on your self-confidence.

Luckily, there are ways to address the issue, and our expert team knows exactly how to treat melasma.

Melasma treatment should occur during the winter months, as sun exposure can worsen the condition and many treatments can affect the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.

We offer different types of treatment for melasma: chemical peels, which gently remove the dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin, and Mesoestetics treatments. These can be applied in the clinic or used at home for ongoing treatment options. It might be that your skin needs a combination of both to achieve the best results.

If you want to know more about treating melasma, why not book yourself in for a free melasma consultation with one of our team members? We’ll be able to assess your skin and suggest the appropriate treatment method. If that involves home care, we will create a bespoke skincare plan for you to follow that’s designed to optimise your results.

Our experienced team are passionate about skin health and always have your best interests at heart, so won’t recommend any treatments if they don’t think they’ll work.