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How To Fight Signs of Ageing

anti ageing tips

Do you want to grow old gracefully? Then follow our top tips on preventing, protecting and fighting against signs of ageing.

Use Your Skincare Products as Directed

While this might sound like common sense, it’s very common practice for some to go overboard with their skincare. Whether it’s excitement at having a new product or impatient at slow results. Active ingredients can do more harm than good when used too much. Applying more than recommended can cause clogged pores, an uneven complexion and many other unwanted effects. So just be patient and follow instructions to get the best results.

Stop Using Products that Sting or Burn Unless Prescribed by a Dermatologist

Irritating the skin makes signs of ageing more noticeable. Some anti-ageing products prescribed by a dermatologist may burn or sting.  When using a prescription anti-ageing product, this can be okay. Just be sure to let your dermatologist know.

Give the Product Time to Work

As mentioned above, while a hydrator can immediately plump up fine lines, most products take some time for results to appear, so be patient.

Do Not Sunbathe

Regardless of whether you get your tan from natural sunlight or a tanning bed, these are both dangerous practices. This is because you are exposing your skin to harmful UV rays that can accelerate ageing, such as an onset of wrinkles, brown spots and a blotchy complexion. What’s more, it can cause skin cancer. As an alternative, if you are absolutely desperate for a tan, why not apply a self-tanning cream to achieve a summer glow, the safe way.

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Sun Protection

Speaking of harmful UV rays, you must wear an SPF year round to protect your skin. 80% of UV rays still penetrate a cloudy sky, so you’re still susceptible to sun damage, even it’s not blazing hot. Why not use the Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer. This multi-tasking beauty works to protect your skin and doubles as a makeup primer!

If you Smoke, Stop Now!

Apart from the countless health complications, smoking also greatly speeds up ageing skin. It causes wrinkles as well as a dull, sallow complexion.

Avoid Repetitive Facial Expressions

When you make a facial expression, such as squinting or frowning you contract the underlying muscles. If you repeatedly contract the same muscles for many years, these lines become permanent. So try to get out of the habit.

Follow ZO’s Recommended Daily Skincare Program

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Of course, alongside all these lifestyle tips, following a regular skincare regime is an absolute must.

Daily Skincare Programme

Step

Morning

Evening

1

Apply a generous amount of Oilacleanse™ and wash your face for 40-60 seconds. Apply a generous amount of Oilacleanse™ and wash your face for 40-60 seconds.

2

For Dry Skin: Use Offects® Exfoliating Polish 2-3 times a week, only.

For Oily Skin: Apply a small amount of Vitascrub™ to a damp face and neck and then massage it into your skin for 40-60 seconds.

For Dry Skin: Apply Balatone™ with a cotton pad.

For Oily Skin: Use 1 Cebatrol™ pad

3

For Dry Skin: Apply Balatone™ with a cotton pad.

For Oily Skin: Use 1 Cebatrol™ pad

Apply 2-3 pumps of Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair 2 times week and then increasing as tolerated. However, make sure to skip days between applications.

4

Apply 1-2 pumps of Glycogent™ for each application or as directed by a physician. Apply 2-3 pumps of Ossential® Growth Factor Serum Plus to face and neck on nights when Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair is not used.

5

Apply 2-3 pumps of Ossential® Daily Power Defense on your face and neck to strengthen skin.

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6

Apply Oclipse-C™ Sunscreen SPF 50 or Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 generously to the face and neck. n/a

The Necessity of UV Protection; Even in Winter

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It can’t be stressed enough, how important UV protection is year-round. UVA and UVB rays still penetrate the skin even when it’s grey and cloudy! Your skin is just as susceptible to developing skin damage or skin cancer in the winter months as in the summer.

Sun damage is connected to signs of premature skin ageing. Even a few minutes of exposure daily throughout the years can cause damage to the skin. From hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles to loose, leathery skin. The damage caused by repeated exposure to the sun is often referred to as photo-ageing. The skin loses its ability to repair itself, prohibiting the breakdown and production of collagen, as well weakening skin elasticity. This is what results in skin looking loose, leathery and wrinkled.

The intensity of photo-ageing is dependent on a person’s skin colour combined with their history of sun exposure. People with fairer skin tones commonly suffer more than those with darker skin. Those with darker skin tones are fortunate to be limited to fine lines, wrinkles and possibly an uneven, pigmented skin tone. However, it is important for all skin tones to take the proper precautions for UV protection.

Some important things to remember for the colder months…

  • While UVB rays may decrease during the winter, UVA rays are still ever-present and dangerous. They can play a major role in premature skin ageing alongside risks of skin cancer.
  • Cloudy weather does not offer much protection. Up to 80% of UV radiation can penetrate this deceptive cover and cause harm to your skin.
  • Sun damage is cumulative. Many do not realise that skin cancer and premature ageing can occur at its worst from a day in and day out exposure to UV rays, not just in the summer. 
  • The damage over the years from daily exposure to UV rays is not necessarily externally visible, but rather a collection of micro-scars that damage the skin.

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Make sure to protect your skin with a good sunscreen for UV protection

ZO Skin Health’s, Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF30 is clinically proven to be a non-irritating UVA & UVB blocker. It fights the damaging effects of the sun with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as well as providing additional protection with natural melanin. But that’s not all, it also multitasks as an anti-ageing product, helping to smooth the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines. Plus it doubles up as a makeup primer! So it’s something you’ll want to wear every day. Have you ever said that about a sunscreen? It’s the smart sunscreen. So if you’re going to do just one nice thing for your skin this is it.

Introducing Dr. Askari – Our New Trainer

Askari Townshend

As of September, Wigmore Medical is thrilled to announce that Dr. Askari will be running all Basic and Intermediate courses for ZO Skin Health in London. He will begin this new role from the courses that begin on the 13th and 14th September.

Background on Dr. Askari

Dr. Askari Townshend BMedSci, BMBS, MRCS, qualified as a doctor in 2002 and gained MRCS in 2006. Already with several years of injectable experience, he opened his first aesthetic clinic in 2008. Dr. Askari then went on to spend 5 years with the largest chain of laser & aesthetic clinics in the UK during which time he held the position of Director of Medical Services.

Dr. Askari launched his latest project, ASKINOLOGY, in the City of London in July 2015, comprising of an advanced cosmeceutical boutique, 3 room laser & aesthetic clinic and the UK’s first (award-winning) facial & makeup bar.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Askari is the UK Medical Consultant for Sculptra and a national trainer and speaker for both Sculptra and Ellansé. He has taught on the UCLan MSc Course in Facial Aesthetics and is an enthusiastic speaker.

What His Courses Will Be Like

Apart from his long list of impressive credentials, Dr. Askari is an enthralling speaker with a keenness to deliver the most effective training for all attendees. His unique focus on integrating and relating his knowledge to real life in clinical practice is unmissable. What’s more, he will apply his extensive business experience from both large national chains and running his own clinic into his training sessions.


All upcoming dates for ZO Skin Health Training

London Dates 2016

Dublin Dates 2016

Manchester Dates 2016

Basic

19th Jan, 9th Feb, 8th March, 19th April, 17th May, 28th Jun, 12th July, 9th Aug, 13th Sep, 4th Oct, 8th Nov, 6th Dec 26th Jan, 16th Feb, 25th Apr, 9th Jun, 20th Jul, 29th Aug, 20th Sep, 12th Oct, 15th Nov, 13th Dec 21st Jan, 10th March, 7th June, 22nd July, 15th September and 10th November

Intermediate

20th Jan, 10th Feb, 9th Mar, 20th Apr, 18th May, 29th Jun, 13th Jul, 10th Aug, 14th Sep, 5th Oct, 9th Nov, 7th Dec 27th Jan, 17th Feb, 26th Apr, 10th June, 21st Jul, 21st Sep, 13th Oct, 14th Dec 22nd Jan, 11th March, 8th June, 23nd July, 16th September and 11th November

Advanced

11th Feb, 21st April, 30th Jun, 11th Aug, 6th Oct, 8th Dec 27th Apr, 30th Aug, 16th Nov 12th March, 17th September

For more information or to book into the next training:

Visit: www.wigmoremedical.com/events Email: training@wigmoremedical.com | Telephone: 020 7514 5979 | Fax: 0207 493 9989

How To Get Vitamin D Safely From The Sun

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Why is vitamin D important?

Vitamin D is vital for healthy bones, teeth, and muscles, as it helps the body to absorb calcium and phosphate from your diet. Suffering from a vitamin D deficiency could lead to some really bad health problems like soft and weak bones. The sun is one of the best sources for this vitamin but is also one of the biggest causes of skin cancer. Consequently, you just need to find the right balance between a healthy dose of sunlight and excessive sun exposure.

How long can you be under the sun?

Most people can make enough vitamin D from being out in the sun daily for short periods. What’s more, you only need to have your forearms, hands or lowers legs uncovered to get an effective amount of vitamin D production. So we are sorry to say that for those who love to sunbathe, it is both detrimental to your health as well as being an entirely unnecessary risk.

What factors are at play with vitamin production?

It is important to remember that there are several factors that can impact how much vitamin D is made from sunlight, such as your skin colour. People with dark skin will need to spend longer in the sun to produce the same amount of vitamin D as someone with lighter skin.

However, regardless of skin colour, you should still be vigilant about protecting your skin from burning. According to Cancer Research UK, though people with naturally brown or black skin are less likely to develop skin cancer, it does not make them invincible to it. Often, the most common parts of the body that are not exposed such as the soles of the feet can be affected by skin cancer.


Sources:
Cancer Research
NHS

5 Factors That Increase Risk of Sun Damage

Summer is coming and we are ecstatic because when the sun is shining, our spirits just seem to get an instant lift! However, we don’t want your skin to get damaged by the summer sun, so we believe it is important to be informed about the dangers of sun exposure at all ages. Keeping reading below for everything you need to know about sun damage, what it does to your skin and what you can do to protect yourself. sunscreen

Why is sun exposure so bad for the skin?

Sun exposure induces chronic inflammation. This type of inflammation is a destructive process that leads to abnormal cellular function and weakens skin’s immunity, specifically the immunity that helps skin repair itself (reduced Langerhans cells). Sun exposure will weaken skin’s ability to repair damaged DNA. With repeated sun exposure, more damaged DNA-mutated cells appear (pre-cancerous cells that will eventually cause skin cancer). Sun exposure will also disturb many cellular functions and normal skin texture, resulting in:

  • Discoloration due to abnormally functioning melanocytes or their mutations (melanoma or lentigo maligna)
  • Dryness and roughness due to increased transepidermal water loss and the appearance of hard keratin due to the abnormal functioning of keratinocytes
  • Sensitivity and redness, as skin becomes photosensitive due to inflammation induced by sun and disruption of skin-barrier function, initiating a negative body response, creating abnormal blood vessels (telangiectasia) and redness
  • Damaged skin collagen and elastin from repeated sun exposure, which will be apparent later in life as leathery skin texture and accelerated skin aging (earlier and deeper wrinkles and folds)

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Sun Exposure Before Age 20

Before the age of 20, the skin is rich with vitality due to proper and active cellular function and repair. The earliest sun-damaging effect seen in this group is the appearance of freckles in light-skinned individuals. This freckling is an indicator of early photosensitivity and susceptibility to severe sun damage later in life (due to unstable and false melanin, known as pheomelanin) that can affect skin texture and lead to a high possibility of skin cancer.

Individuals who tan well may have less chance of skin cancer in the future as tanning represents the presence of strong natural resistance (due to stable, real melanin, also known as eumelanin). However, they will suffer from severe textural damage, resulting in skin with a leathery feel and solar elastosis. It should be clear that no one escapes sun damage if their skin is not protected at an early age. This is true even in individuals who tan well, as tanned skin is essentially skin that is screaming “help.”

Sun Exposure After Age 20

After the age of 20, sun damage is manifested by skin dullness, discoloration, and roughness. In your 30s and 40s, it is characterized by the appearance of actinic keratosis and lentigines. During your 50s, full-blown textural damage and precancerous lesions are evident, as is the appearance of skin cancer in some.

5 Factors That Increase Risk of Sun Damage

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  • Skin Type: Fair skin will have more damage than darker skin; thin skin will show earlier sun damage signs compared to thick skin.
  • Skin Diseases: Skin diseases that cause inflammation (i.e. acne, rosacea) can increase susceptibility to sun damage.
  • Autoimmune Diseases and Certain Genetic Disorders: Certain diseases and genetic disorders (i.e. lupus, xeroderma pigmentosum) can increase photosensitivity, accelerate the appearance of sun damage and result in skin cancer.
  • Location: Sun-damaging effects are stronger near water, snow or at high altitudes.
  • Medication: Some blood pressure medication, antidepressants, Isotretinoin and Tetracycline are among the many medications that can induce photosensitivity.

So What Can You Do To Protect Yourself?

In the ZO® sun protection principle, a combination of organic and/or inorganic sunscreens plus fractionated melanin offer protection that is both short-term (with the sunscreens) and longer-term (with the fractionated melanin). By increasing skin tolerance, stimulating skin renewal and using proper sunscreen, the skin will be better protected. The ZO® Triple Approach combines tolerance, renewal and protection for safe and healthier sun exposure. The table below displays what this approach consists of and how each step helps your skin.

Step

Product(s)

Benefit

1

Ossential® Daily Power Defense (AM/PM) Strengthens skin’s barrier function to increase its tolerance to sun exposure and its ability to repair itself using a topical formula containing antioxidants, DNA-repair agents, and anti-irritants agent.

2

• Mild stimulation: Ossential® Growth Factor Serum Plus (PM)

• Strong stimulation: Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair or Retamax™ Active Vitamin A Micro Emulsion (PM)

Stimulates skin’s ability to renew itself during the night with a formulation that helps upregulate elastin, collagen and keratinocyte production in addition to increasing skin’s strength.

3

Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30

Oclipse-C™ Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50

Oclipse® Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50

• Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50

Increases and lengthens sun protection with ZO® specially developed sunscreens containing both physical blockers and fractionated melanin. The added melanin creates an umbrella-like protection on the skin’s surface that helps protect it longer than using SPF alone.

Final Notes on Avoiding Sun Damage

A few final pointers on how to avoid sun damage excluding the obvious that you should avoid sun exposure whenever possible are:

• Wear protective clothing
• Observe proper sun exposure guidelines
• Limit exposure to before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
• Avoid daily exposure (follow one day of exposure by a day of minimal or no exposure)
• Use sunscreen (organic and inorganic blockers)

Winter Skincare

Winter Skincare
We all know we shouldn’t be lazy when it comes to our winter skincare regime. Yet every year when the colder months come around, we find ourselves slacking on the routine we were so dedicated to, during the summer. It’s easy to become indifferent to skincare when you’re covered by a ton of layers, but trust us when we say, your skin will thank you for being attentive year-round!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when updating your winter skincare routine.

GSR™: Getting Skin Ready

ZO Skin Health’s first steps to achieving healthy skin are; cleanse, scrub and oil-control. These objectives enable the skin to function properly and to tolerate all daily exposure and activities.

Correction

You can correct and restore the surface texture of your skin through exfoliation. Exfoliating promotes skin-cell turnover and avoids a build up of dead skin cells to allow your skin to look it’s freshest.

SPF

Remember to ensure that your daily primer or cream has SPF such as our Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer in SPF30. UV rays can still damage your skin even in winter so an SPF is always essential.

Stabilisation

As the temperatures drop and indoor heating rises, it will cause your skin to become dull and lack-lustre. So after you’ve cleansed your face, it’s essential that you strengthen your skin and restore normal hydration to it. ZO’s Ossential Daily Power Defense is the perfect serum as it speeds up the skin’s natural mechanism to repair DNA damage and protect against future oxidative damage. In addition to providing antioxidant protection to combat free-radical damage and restore the skin’s barrier system.

Diet

During the summer you’re constantly drinking water because of the warmer weather but in the winter it’s still just as important to keep yourself hydrated. It doesn’t matter how good your skincare routine is, if you’re not drinking enough your water, your skin will be negatively affected. Alongside a healthy supply of water, your body also needs as good a diet as ever, so avoid the comfort foods and stick to healthy alternatives.

Anti-Aging skincare for those in their mid-20s

Interview with Dr. Petrou-Amerikanos, Agno Aesthetics, about anti ageing skincare program for mid 20s.
Under the Skin is a one-to-one interview that addresses different skin issues and concerns, providing the latest information about ZO Skin Health protocols and treatments for the consumer clients.

Under the Skin: Effects of HEV Light – Dr Eccleston

Interview with Dr. David Eccleston, Medizen Clinic, about the harmful effects of High Energy Visible (HEV) Light.
Under the Skin is a one-to-one interview that addresses different skin issues and concerns, providing the latest information about ZO Skin Health protocols and treatments for the consumer clients.

Under the Skin: How to treat sun damaged skin – Dr Eccleston

Interview with Dr. David Eccleston, Medizen Clinic, about how to treat sun damaged skin.
Under the Skin is a one-to-one interview that addresses different skin issues and concerns, providing the latest information about ZO Skin Health protocols and treatments for the consumer clients.

Under the Skin: The Most Common Skin Conditions – Dr Eccleston

Interview with Dr. David Eccleston, Medizen Clinic, about the most common skin conditions and how to treat them.
Under the Skin is a one-to-one interview that addresses different skin issues and concerns, providing the latest information about ZO Skin Health protocols and treatments for the consumer clients.

The most common skin conditions and how to treat them