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Facial peels

24/03/2016 at 09:48:48 | by Dr Alison Duncan
The VI peel and VI peel acne represent the next generation of chemical exfoliant unlike any others you may have experienced. It is comfortable to have applied, which is a huge improvement on the acute severe burning you experience with 20-30% TCA peels. It is convenient, with peeling occurring through the 3rd to 6th days after treatment. You go home with a lovely after care pack, too.
VI peel, contains five acids, and TCA is one of them. It also has phenolic acid, the strongest acid peel currently used in aesthetics, retinoic acid, salicylic acid, and ascorbic acid. With all of those ingredients and the comfort afforded by the phenol, it is the best peel I use. It gives the results of a good deep peel, not that from shop bought or beauty salon glycolic acid peels.
It it is indicated for anti-aging, acne,  Hyperpigmentation, melasma, sunspots, mild acne scars, dull lifeless skin, it improves tone and texture and is suitable for sensitive skin types. Fine lines and wrinkles improve, with the skin appearing smoother. Up to 71% of patients report such. The collagen content of the skin is increased which gives a suppleness to the skin.
The radical thing about VI Peel and s that it can be safely used over the eyelids! We all have fine lines and wrinkles around our eyes that we want to improve. The peel can also be used on neck, décolleté, hands.
i've has the VI peel twice and can vouch for it's effectiveness and comfort. There is no way I would go back to pure TCA which is barbaric, less are, and cannot be used around the eyes out over the eyelids. It is safe to apply over the neck and décolleté which are prone to "catching" with TCA . Would highly recommend this peel even for the scariest of patients!

PRP - platelet rich plasma therapy for body rejuvenation

06/02/2016 at 14:43:06 | by Dr Alison Duncan
We all concentrate on our faces, and hopefully neck and décolleté. and hands? These areas when showing the ageing process disproportionately to the maintained face, can actually exaggerate one's age. Now we're getting to the summer, we will all be hoping for sunny, hot weather and beach holidays, where our arms and legs will be on display. It is said, that after a certain age, one should hide the upper arms, but when it is baking hot, strappy tops are a lot more comfortable. Although our dress length may hide our knees, crossing the legs, when seated, always reveals our knees and lower thighs. Standing only makes it worse, when wrinkly saggy knees are really on show. Fake tan helps to disguise, but what else can be done to help sagging, knees, elbows and upper arms?
You want a treatment that packs a punch, which means injections. The two main options are Mesotherapy and PRP. Platelets therapy has been described as the Vampire Lift or Dracula therapy.
Both of these treatments tackle the weakened, thinned dermis by stimulating collagen production. Take your pick, as to whether you use your own body's mechanism via platelets, or use the injection of plant and organic compounds to do the job.
Either way, sun protection is really important; exercise to tone your limbs, optimise your diet, and use a topical cream to aid moisturisation. Exfoliation will allow better absorption of a body cream that should ideally contain, retinol, peptides and plant stem cells. Both Environ and Neostrata can deliver at least tow out of three. 
I have discussed tricky age revealing zones. All of the above still applies to the face! 

Day by day account of my first Vi Peel

01/03/2013 at 12:50:04 | by Liz Tilton
Skin Type II - Peel applied to Face, Eyelids, Neck & Decolletage and Hands
I had my first Vi Peel three weeks ago and wrote down daily what I was feeling/seeing so others can find out what to expect before they have their peel.
Day 1 Had peel applied by Dr Alison Duncan at 4pm, felt really zingy not too red!
8pm Little bit tight, tingly.
9.30pm Face feeling a bit warm, looking more red.
10pm Washed peel off, face fairly red! Could have taken some paracetamol but felt I didnt need it. Applied my towlette, which was quite stingly and put lots of post peel protectant on.
1.30am Woke up early in the morning, quite itchy so put on some more peel protectant to soothe this and fell back to sleep.
Day 2 Little bit pink, using sun protection and post peel. Went shopping with a little bit of foundation. Skin looks quite nice!
4.30pm Still a bit pink, feels a little bit tight. A little bit of skin flaking on cheeks and starting at one corner of mouth. More post cream applied. Had two compliments about my skin today!
Used last towlette tonight, one hour before bedtime and was a bit stingy but otherwise fine.

Day 3 Wake up and yes, Im peeling! Trying to avoid temptation to pick! Use my microfibre cloth, skin feels really soft underneath, little bit sore and red. Still using sun protection and post peel cream.
7pm Most skin off, still little red. Skin was more flaky and didn't come off in a big sheet as expected.

Day 4
Woke up, skin feels tight, bit puffy around my eyes but this went down quickly. Still fairly pink. Flaking a little on nose, round jawline and hairline but somebody said I looked line free! Used post peel cream and of course sun protection. Put make-up on and went out for day as half term! Skin quite dry by the afternoon but put post peel on and lots of Vaseline.
Day 5 Skin quite dry and still flaking. Eyelids dry today. Neck peeling, along with a little on decolletage. Still using post peel cream and sun protection.

Day 6
Skin not as tight/red today. Hands peeling a little.

Day 7
Back to normal, still using my peel protectant for a little dryness but improving each day. Resumed my use of Environ products on Day 8.
Overall Conclusion - I am so pleased with my Vi Peel and my skin is lovely and soft. I've had a few compliments about my skin from clients to the clinic and can honestly say I would have another. Even the fine line under my right eye which I was fairly self concious about has improved.
If you would like more information on the Vi Peel or would like to ask me any questions, please give me a call on 0845 226 1344

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.


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

Retin A cream back in stock!

02/12/2009 at 14:50:16
As you may well be aware, there has been an International shortage of Retin A cream. We have been able to obtain a limited supply of 0.05% 30g Retin A Cream through our reputable pharmacist.
Please find more details of this anti-ageing treatment on our website.
They won't be around for long, so if you would like to purchase one then please call us on
0845 226 1344

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