Medical Cosmetic cover the areas of Bristol, Cheltenham and the Midlands our main clinic locations are:
Bute House, Bridge Road, Frampton on Severn, Gloucestershire, GL2 7HA and Groundwell Farmhouse, Woodcutters Mews, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN25 4AU

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Author: Dr Alison Duncan


New Triple Firming Neck Cream from Neostrata

01/02/2016 at 16:20:18 | by Dr Alison Duncan
Neostrata Triple Firming Neck Cream from the Skin Active range has won the award for Best Product from Aesthetic Awards 2015. It is formulated to synergistically help reverse visible signs of aging in the neck and décolletage,for skin that is firmer, more lifted and younger looking.'Triple' refers to 3 clinically proven matrix building ingredients, each with a unique action to deliver optimal lifting and firming. Pro-amino acid helps stimulate pro-collagen production in the skin's deeper layers, while Neocitrate helps promote new collagen and Neoglucosamine helps build the surrounding matrix. All these active ingredients help to plump, build volume and firm sagging skin.
Neoglucosamine is also a gentle exfoliant that helps to reduce the appearance of uneven pigment and age spots that often appear on the décolletage.
Plant stem cells are where it's at in skin science, currently, and this product includes Apple Stem Cell extract to help protect the longevity of the skin's essential cells, helping your skin to behave like younger skin. 
I personally use this product on my neck and décolleté, and am not averse to using it on my elbows and upper arms! I use it twice a day, and do not get any irritation, as I did with very potent retinol products which I could tolerate on my face. I also wanted a more pluming effect for my neck, and this does the job, in a creamy but not heavy formulation.
i would highly recommend this product.
 
Alison xx 
 
 



How to make skin GLOW

15/03/2010 at 14:46:21 | by Dr Alison Duncan
The skin is the largest organ of the body and is certainly the most visible. It is continually repairing itself and maintaining its status, even though constantly exposed to the elements.

Ageing of the skin is divided into extrinsic ageing - which encompasses photo-ageing and the damage caused by various toxins such as alcohol, drugs and smoking - and intrinsic ageing, which refers to the breakdown of DNA at a chromosomal level, with a resultant loss of structure of the skin.

Ageing decreases antioxidant activity. It promotes a reduction in SOD (super oxide dimutase) and catalase, as well as leaving energy cell repair and renewal diminished and antioxidant enzymes less available. Dehydration is the most prominent, yet easily corrected, cause of accelerated ageing, particularly of the skin. An intake of two litres of water per day, and the exclusion of diuretics, such as coffee, will slow down ageing.

Sunlight damage to the skin can be avoided with the use of SPF factor 30 and a high dose of oral antioxidants. Astaxanthins, with vitamins A, C and E, are also protective.

Skin ageing is accelerated by sun exposure, cigarette smoke, environmental toxins, poor diet, excess alcohol consumption, stress and lack of sleep. One way of counteracting these risk factors is to ensure the diet is rich in fruit and vegetables, increase the intake of antioxidants, as well as direct topical application of antioxidants.

Antioxidants with a low molecular weight, especially vitamins C and E, and and alpha-lipoic acid, exert protective effects to help combat free radical damage. Topical vitamin C esters and vitamin E prevent oxidative damage.

When applied topically, alpha-lipoic acid turns off messenger nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) and decreases glycation and pore size, resulting in the decrease of facial lines. Liposome delivery technology ensures a better application to the inner layers of skin. Internal nourishment for patients can be listed in nine steps:

   1. Eliminate processed foods from the diet, including high sodium, sugar and saturated fats.
   2. Eat fruits, berries, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, as well as small amounts of protein.
   3. Drink two litres of water per day.
   4. Avoid fried foods and barbequed meats.
   5. Limit the intake of alcohol to one or two units daily.
   6. Eat food fich in antioxidants, such as peppers, berries, spinach and cruciate vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, and brocolli).
   7. Take vitamin/mineral supplements.
   8. EFPs, omega 3s, oily fish, walnut oil, hemp seed oil and perilla oil. If eczema is present, use evening primrose or borage oil.
   9. Take vitamin D3, 400IU per day.

Recommendations


Sunscreen -the most powerful and effective anti-ageing cream is a sunscreen. While UVB radiation causes mottled pigmentation, it is the UVA rays that penetrate deeper into the dermis and account more for degradation of collagen, leading to the production of wrinkling and telangiectasia. A sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, combined with a high UVA filter (graded by a five-star system) is recommended. There are numerous sunscreen formulations offering high protection but are light enough to be cosmetically acceptable.

Topical retinoids -the first report on the anti-ageing properties of topical retinoic acid (tretinoin) was published in 1986; by the early 1990s, it had received FDA approval for photoageing of the skin. Newer topical retinods have been tested, but retinoic acid appears to be the best retinoid for anti-ageing. This compound is a prescription item in most countries, and so cosmetic companies use retinol, a precursor, in their formulations. Retinol is about one-tenth the strength of retinoic acid.

Glycolic acid -this compound improves skin dyspigmentation, softens and moisturises dry skin and, with continued use, increases collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycan production, leading to increased dermal hydration and thickness.

Vitamin C - this is a co-factor for the production of collagen.

A good skin prescription involves the four main compounds applied topically. Retinoids are best applied at night. The daily use of a sunscreen, even in the winter months, will prevent further damage to the skin and allow regeneration.

An anti-ageing regime commenced early in life will have more of a preventative rather that corrective role, with little immediate improvement seen, and should be considered as an investment in the future.

Vitamin C preparation will be available shortly at
Medical Cosmetic and Spa
 



SKIN TIGHTENING WITH INFRA RED

08/09/2009 at 09:52:29 | by Dr Alison Duncan
We are offering a  fantastic new treatment called Skin Tightening with Infra-Red Light. It aims to give a younger, more youthful compactness to sagging skin.
 
We all age, yet none of us wish to see the signs of ageing. Until now, major plastic surgery was the only effective treatment for skin laxity, which adds years to our overall facial appearance. Yet, while we want to maintain a firm, fresh look, todays active lifestyles leave little time for post-operative recuperation periods, not to mention the side effects or prohibitive costs of surgery. Besides, who wants to wait until sagging is so serious that it demands a major surgical procedure?
 
Today, there is a simple, quick and non-invasive alternative: pulsed light. Safely and painlessly, this technology tightens loose skin on the face, neck, arms, and abdomen, where sagging skin unattractively points out the passage of time.
 

How does pulsed light technology work?

 
Without damaging the skins surface, pulsed light safely and effectively heats the inner layer - dermis - of the skin, inducing the formation of collagen, essential for a firm, young look.
 

What to Expect?

 
Patients must consult with a doctor to determine their course of treatment. Results depend on factors that include age, the target areas location and the severity of skin laxity. Patients generally note improvement soon after treatment, while others witness results gradually.
 
SPECIAL OFFER (until end of October 2009)
Treatment by Doctor - £250 per facial treatment or book a course of 4 for £900.
Treatment by Aesthetic Therapist - £200 per facial treatment or book a course of 4 for £700.
 
If you would like more details or book a consultation then please call us on 0845 226 1344



Care Quality Commission

08/09/2009 at 09:44:53 | by Dr Alison Duncan
We are registered with the Care Quality Commission. This is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. From 1st April 2009 Care Quality Commission replaced the Healthcare Commission.



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