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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.

How to Care For Stressed-out Skin

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It’s fair to say that over the past year and a half, we’ve all experienced our fair share of stress. Being unable to see loved ones, social distancing in supermarkets, worry over the future – there has certainly been a lot on our minds.

Whatever your skin type, that stress can often show up in our skin – especially when it’s exacerbated by mask-wearing.

From the dreaded ‘maskne’ to creeping fine lines, here’s our best beauty advice on how to care for skin that’s more than a little stressed out.

Acne & ‘Maskne’

Increased stress levels lead to a boost in the stress hormone – cortisol. This can lead to increased oil production – a nightmare for those who already have greasier skin.


All kinds of skin types can suffer from acne. Couple excess oil with a mask, and you have a recipe for clogged pores and acne – hence the newly-coined ‘maskne’ epidemic.

Even those who don’t normally suffer from spots have found themselves breaking out around the jawline and lower cheeks where masks have been against their skin.

One of the best ways to combat ‘maskne’ is to ensure that your mask is clean every time you use it. You might also opt for a silk mask, as it’s a more breathable material.

If you don’t already use one, adding a mild cleanser to your evening routine can help to keep pores free from oil. A gentle moisturiser that helps to repair the skin barrier is also a must – we love Environ’s Skin EssentiA range.

And whatever you do, don’t pick! Picking at spots can spread the acne bacteria, as well as leading to scarring.

If you’ve found that your acne has become quite serious and doesn’t seem to be responding to a gentle skincare routine, you could try a skin peel.

Our acne treatments target the acne bacteria and exfoliate the clogged pores without harming the surrounding skin.

You’ll generally see results around three times faster than you would with prescription antibiotics or topical treatments.

Target fine lines

More worried about some newly-appeared fine lines than acne? Stress can cause changes to the proteins in your skin, reducing its elasticity.

As we age, our collagen supplies deplete naturally – but stress can accelerate this process leading to prematurely aged skin.

If you want to target these fine lines, our HIFU treatment – High Intensity Focused Ultrasound – can stimulate the deep layers of the skin to produce a tauter appearance. It simultaneously boosts collagen production, leaving your skin bouncier and plumper.

Microneedling is considered the gold standard for stimulating collagen production. Tiny needles penetrate the skin causing the body to produce more collagen and elastin, which heal your skin and have anti-aging benefits. Radio frequency microneedling uses a gold plated needle device to gently penetrate the skin and works well on uneven skin, whether caused by acne, scarring or wrinkles.

Stress-free skin for everyone

Whatever your skin type or complaint, there are a few skin tips that help to combat the signs of stress for everyone.

The first? Stay hydrated. It’s not a quick-fix – but then the best beauty advice never is. Healthy skin comes from consistent care – and that includes both a good skincare routine and drinking enough water.

Water helps our immune system to function, and staying hydrated prevents your skin from drying out and cracking, which can lead to infections (including acne).

Though not quite as crucial, an at-home facial has plenty of benefits. You can opt for a DIY face mask such as our popular Anti-Pollution Masque. Choosing something that will target your specific skin concerns is a bonus – but honestly, the greatest benefit of an at-home facial is the soothing stress relief it brings.

Similarly, any activity that decreases your stress level – whether it’s getting out into the fresh air or nailing a spin class – can help to combat skin stress. Remember your SPF – this is the first rule of Anti aging protection!

Lower cortisol? Fewer problems.

There’s one final all-rounder that’ll do wonders for your skin health (and your overall health): getting enough sleep. Your skin produces collagen when you sleep, and those who sleep 7-9 hours per night typically had more moisturised skin that was less prone to damage.

Say hello to Lumina 2!

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Because of the overwhelming demand for hair removal treatments and living up to our title of:

Best For Hair Removal in Wales 

as featured in The Sunday Times Style Magazine, 

I’m delighted to open appointments for our second LUMINA IPL machine from Lynton Lasers. 

Lumina 2 lives in our second treatment room and as both Myself, Carly and Charlie are fully qualified on all IPL treatments, we can more than double our availability for Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation treatments. 

To celebrate, we are offering 2 EXCLUSIVE Hair Removal Deals

As always, there are certain terms and conditions for special offers.

  • NO TAN in the area being treated
  • Test patch required 7 days before first treatment
  • First treatment must be in May 2021
  • One treatment a month through to December 2021
  • Minimum 4 weeks between treatments
  • No refunds, exchanges, credit
  • Offer subject to availability
  • Treatments with Charlie and Carly

If you are a client of ours and you know someone who is interested, don’t forget our MENTION ME referral scheme.

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Covid Safe Procedures

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Please read the following carefully to make sure your appointment runs as smoothly as possible.

VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS

– If this appointment is for a virtual consultation or follow up call, please make sure you are following us at www.instagram.com/emma_valelaserclinic and so we can use the video messaging, please drop us a DM to make sure we can call you. 

IN CLINIC APPOINTMENTS 

We want to reassure you that we have implemented COVID Secure Measures throughout the clinic to minimise the risk of infection and transmission of Coronavirus. These enclude:

– Enhanced Infection Control

– PPE

– Staggered scheduling of appointments

– Social distancing

– Staff training

– Reduced client access

– Paperfree consultation and treatment forms

ATTENDING YOUR APPOINTMENT:

– Hand sanitiser is available at the enterence door, please make sure you are wearing your face covering before coming up stairs. The Track & Trace Check In is located on the wall as you come to the stairs. 

– Please arrive at the time of your appointment. If you are more than 10 minutes late, your appointment will be cancelled. If you arrive early, please wait in your car until your appointment time, please don’t come in to wait in the clinic as this may break the social distancing guidelines. 

– You should attend your appointment alone. Unfortunately friends/family will not be able to accompany you.

– When you arrive, you will be able to walk straight into the treatment room. Please allow your therapist to close and open doors for you. 

– Personal belongings that you bring into the clinic should be limited to a mobile phone, purse/wallet and a drink. You will be asked to place these in a tray. Please leave large bags and coats in your car where possible. 

– Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer clients any refreshments, although you may provide your own. Bathroom facilities will also not be available. 

– You are required to wear a face covering at all times. This will only be removed when you are lying on the couch for any facial treatments. 

– On arrival in to the treatment room, you will be asked to wash your hands using soap provided. There is a pedal bin for hand drying tissues. 

– Payments will be taken by credit/debit card or bank transfer. Payment terminals will be sanitised between clients. 

We are following WAG guidelines, but please be assured that we will be our usual chatty selves so please don’t be put off by the new normal. 

If you or a person you live with has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19, or if you have been in direct contact with someone who has symptoms, YOU MUST NOT COME TO THE CLINIC. You should contact us immediately so that we can reschedule your appointment. 

If something unexpected pops up, you can rescedule on line here up to 24 hours before your appointment. If its less than 24 hours, pleaser call us on 01446 750880 so we can offer the appointment to someone else. 

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you for your appointment,

Emma, Carly & Charlie x

Demalux Flex LED Light Therapy

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BEAUTIFUL SKIN POWERED BY LIGHT

LED Phototherapy for visibly radiant, rejuvenated and refined skin.

Dermalux LED Phototherapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses clinically proven therapeutic light energy to trigger the skins natural rejuvenation and repair processes without pain or downtime.

From the first treatment, Dermalux instantly boosts the complexion to restore vitality and glow. A treatment course offers cumulative benefits and can be targeted to specific skin concerns for the face and body with lasting and visible improvement.

We believe everyone deserves beautiful skin. Discover the benefits of Dermalux as part your essential skin health regime.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Our skin has the ability to absorb light energy and use it to stimulate or regulate essential cell processes. LED Phototherapy is the application of beneficial wavelengths from the visible and infrared part of the light spectrum which have proven skin enhancing benefits. Skin cells that are energised function better and can renew up to 200% faster accelerating regeneration and repair.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Dermalux uses unique combinations of clinically proven Blue, Red and Near Infrared wavelengths to boost collagen production, increase hydration, calm redness and irritation and blitz blemish causing bacteria. As the light triggers a whole cascade of skin enhancing processes, the benefits continue even after the treatment has finished.

WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT INVOLVE?

Dermalux is a relaxing, pain free experience with proven mood enhancing effects. Enjoy some luxury me-time as your skin absorbs the energising light to kick start cell regeneration, calm irritation or restore radiance. Each treatment last up to 30 minutes and with no downtime, you can simply get up and glow!

CHOOSE YOUR DERMALUX TREATMENT

Dermalux is essential part of any skin care programme to optimise and accelerate results and provides the foundation to beautiful skin.

ACTIVATE

An intensive course of 12 treatments taken in close succession is recommended for optimum cell activation. Supercharge your skin for visible and lasting improvement. Once completed follow with maintenance treatments.

BOOST

Individual treatments energise the skin to instantly revitalize a dull complexion, restore luminosity or calm irritation. A perfect boost before a special event or as part of an on-going maintenance programme.

COMBINE

Upgrade your favourite facial treatments with Dermalux for superior and longer lasting results or to calm sensitivity. Your Dermalux practitioner will advise you on the best combination for your skin.

THE POWER OF LIGHT

DERMALUX BLUE 415nm

Blemish fighting blue light destroys the bacteria which causes spots and improves skin clarity without irritation. It also has a calming effect for problem skin conditions.

DERMALUX RED 633nm

Rejuvenating Red light energises cells to accelerate renewal, boost collagen and elastin production and increase hydration for smoother firmer skin. Ideal for restoring vitality and glow.

DERMALUX NEAR INFRARED 830nm

Regenerating Near Infrared light offers advanced rejuvenation benefits, promotes healthy skin, calms redness and irritation and helps to reduce pigmentation.

DERMALUX TRI-WAVE THERAPY

For enhanced and accelerated results, Dermalux therapy uniquely delivers multi- wavelength treatments which are tailored to your skin condition.

#LoveLED

EXCLUSIVE LAUNCH OFFER

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Introducing the CE approved medical devise SkinPen Precision Microneedling handset, offering you the safest and most effective treatment available on the UK market.

Microscopic needles comfortably penetrate your dermis kickstarting the skin’s natural healing and floods the area with collagen and elastin. with redness for about 24 hours, the downtime in minimal and your skin improves for the next 4 to 6 months.

Usually £260 per single treatment, we are offering our current clients an

introductory price of £165!!

Email us at skin@valelaserclinic.co.uk to confirm your availability for the month of June.

Emma & Carly xx

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Micro-needling

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Causing micro incisions through the epidermis to trigger the bodies natural heeling process in the dermis and create new collagen. This recreates the skin reducing scaring, wrinkles and pigmentation.
When you are researching this treatment consider the following:
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⭐️ Mechanical devise used: CE medical device certification is required.
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⭐️ Needle length. Can this be altered depending on the location and condition of the skin being treated. Scar tissue will be treated differently to skin around your eyes.
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⭐️ Hygiene. Is the devise sealed from fluid transfer? Is the mechanical needling section fully enclosed and disposable? The possibility of cross contamination has to be fully removed.
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⭐️Numbing cream. If you don’t require it the treatment isn’t penetrating deep enough to cause an improvement in collagen production. Our Heathcare Inspectorate Wales Registered Responsible Person is a registered pharmacist ensuring best practice and clinical excellence.

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Why we don’t do Dermaplaning.

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We get asked if we do dermaplaning almost every day, it seems to be the latest fashionable treatment at the moment. 
It’s a treatment we have chosen not to do and here is why.

Dermaplaning is mechanically removing the top layer of your epidermis (the outer layer of your skin) and shaving your vellus hair. 

Our ethos is to make the skin as healthy as possible, fighting free radicals and UV damage. We do this by reinforcing the skin’s health using luxury medical skincare usually referred to as cosmeceuticals. These products cannot be bought in department stores or picked up off the shelf as you need to have a consultation with a skincare specialist to make sure you are using products with ingredients that are treating your skin type and condition effectively, to give you the best results for your skin. 

UV damage happens every day. UVA rays are present if it is daylight, they are ageing your skin even if the sun isn’t shining and they penetrate clouds and glass. Your epidermis and vellus hair is your own natural last layer of protection against UV rays, that’s why we don’t mechanically remove it. 

When it is mechanically removed, it’s gone in an instant and the lower layers aren’t quite ready to protect you. What we do to aid desquamation (the natural shedding of your skin) and remove the skin that’s clinging on a little too much, is chemically remove them. That sounds scary but it isn’t. It’s using ingredients within a facial that break down the chemical bonds between the layers of your skin and this happens over the few days after you have had your treatment. Slowing down the removal process allows the bottom layer of your skin to turbo charge cell production, meaning the skin that will become exposed is that little bit more ready to defend against free radicles and UV rays. 

As for removing the vellus hair, would you take a bic razor to your face to shave it? Dermaplaning is doing the same thing. Any hair, especially vellus hair, grows tapered. It is naturally thinner at the ends. When you cut this hair at the skin’s surface you are cutting it blunt and it will continue to grow with a blunt end, giving the impression of it growing thicker. Nobody wants thicker hair growing on their cheeks or chins. 

The instant exfoliation from Dermaplaning gives a smooth feeling to the skin. Unless the skin function is changed by using active molecules within your skincare consistently, your skin will return to how it was pre treatment. We believe that you can obtain that smooth feeling every day by using the active skincare whilst protecting the skin at all times against free radicals and UV damage. This in turn will slow down the aging process and give you your best skin every day. 

If you want to ask any questions about our treatments, which make a physical improvement to the function and therefore appearance of your skin, then please do get in touch here.