When will I see results from microneedling?

Anne Stewart, head therapist
Anne Stewart, head therapist

Microneedling is a minimally invasive aesthetic procedure that stimulates cellular renewal to build new skin and so offer exceptional results for a number of common skin conditions including

  • lines,
  • wrinkles,
  • scars,
  • pigmentation stains and
  • poor skin texture.

Growing new tissue takes time… be patient with your body

The process of building new skin tissue takes time, and is progressive, and so the full effects of the treatment may not be seen immediately. Optimal results generally require a course of 3-6 treatments.

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website maintenance

If you can see this, congratulations to both of us 😃

You’re reading this on the new website now (you may even be the first visitor), and I’m probably asleep!

Take a look around and let us know what you think.

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Refer a Friend scheme

Refer a Friend scheme

It’s here. It’s generous…

We hope that you will refer a friend (or all your friends) to us.

To thank your friend, they get 30% off their first treatment.
And to thank you, we’ll give you 30% off your next treatment for each friend who purchases for the first time.

All the details are on the Refer a Friend page.

For your friends (and you): 30% off.

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new site coming

We’ve moved the Timeless Allure website to WordPress.
Please bear with us during any teething troubles!

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Retinol, the ‘Holy Grail’ of skincare?

mature skin options

Serums containing retinol are, arguably, amongst the most effective products available to support skin health and should be a staple of all good skincare regimes, alongside a suitable cleanser, moisturiser and broad-spectrum sun protection, plus, Vitamin C (and that’s another blog post…)

Retinol is a form of vitamin A, and vitamin A itself, is long established as being central to cell renewal. Extensive research has shown that Retinol, by encouraging new skin cell production, can improve a variety of skin concerns –

·         Firming skin: by encouraging the production of the skin’s structural proteins (Collagen & Elastin) and Hyaluronic Acid (the natural water retaining molecules in skin tissue)

…which also has the added bonus of …

·         Reducing wrinkles

·         Improving Acne: by encouraging ‘desquamation’ – the skin’s natural exfoliation process – so that pores don’t become blocked by dead skin cells

which also has the added bonus of …

·         Improving the appearance of enlarged pores (this is also thought to be helped by the increased Collagen and Elastin production, as the pores are strengthened)

So, if it is ‘the holy grail’ of skincare, why has it got such a questionable reputation?

Unfortunately, Retinol is one of a family of vitamin A derivatives called Retinoids, which vary in strength and effect. The strongest, and the one with the greatest effect on skin cell turnover, is Retinoic Acid.

Retinoic Acid can most easily be described as ‘prescription strength’, and it is used in cream/gel format (Tretinoin) and tablet form (Isotretinoin) to treat Acne. Its strength means that cell turnover is very rapid indeed, and so, in the short term, it can cause irritation, dryness and flaking. This has led people to believe that Retinol thins the skin.

However, this is misleading, because, it only thins the very most outer layer of the epidermis, removing those skin cells that would be exfoliated naturally.  In fact, evidence shows, that over time, Retinol actually thickens the skin, by encouraging the basal layer, which contains the stem cells, to reproduce more quickly. Used appropriately, it will not detrimentally affect the skin, as it has a regulatory effect on the cells and renewal is controlled. So, in the short term, this leads to brighter, healthier looking skin, and in the longer term, to the strengthening of the deeper dermal layers of the skin which helps to smooth lines and wrinkles!

So, should we all rush to add Retinol to our daily regime?

The answer is yes & no!

As already explained Retinoids (of which Retinol is a form) come in varying strengths

·         Retinyl Palmitate, which is the weakest, but the least potentially irritating form

·         Retinaldehyde

·         Retinol

·         Retinoic Acid, the strongest but the most potentially irritating form

Ideally, in order to see the greatest improvement in the look and health of our skin, we should opt to use Retinol on a daily basis. However, as already discussed, it is potentially irritating when first used. The sensible approach, is to gradually introduce it into our regimes, either by starting off with a lower strength product, such as one containing Retinyl Palmitate, or by initially using it only once or twice a week, and slowly reducing the time between applications. It is important to note that the onset of irritation can be delayed, and so may not be apparent for 2 or 3 days.  The goal should be to use a moderate strength Retinol (0.04-0.1%) every evening, but if your skin is sensitive, you may find that 2 or 3 times a week is all that it can comfortably tolerate. If irritation is still an issue you may need to look at products containing weaker retinoids. These options will still provide the improvements, but progress will be slower.

So, is Retinol suitable for everyone?

Natural collagen production begins to slow down from our mid 30’s, and so from this age, everybody should think about boosting it through Retinol use. However, if you are prone to irritation, or suffer with conditions like Eczema, then you should seek help to ensure that your choice is appropriate.

Retinol is not suitable for use during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding, and should be discontinued for a month prior to attempting conception.

Finally…..SPF,SPF,SPF: daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen (minimum SPF30 & 5 crowns) should be one of the mainstays of your skincare regime. But retinoids have a photosensitising effect on the skin, it is therefore imperative not to skip this vital step, and if/wherever possible avoid strong sunlight in order to avoid pigmentation issues.

It’s also important to make sure your skin’s barrier function remains intact, by moisturising and maintaining your hydration levels. This will ensure that your skin remains healthy, and irritation is kept at bay, once you have established the use of skincare’s ‘Holy Grail’ in your routine!!

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What’s in a name? “Classic Facial”

What’s in a name?

We’ve renamed the “Essential Facial” to “Classic Facial” to avoid confusion (and because it is a classic!)

So now you can have:

& getting more specialised:

(plus countless variations of these; we tailor them to your needs)

and for the guys:

Hope that makes it clearer!

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Dry skin vs Dehydrated Skin

Anne in Death Valley

Dry or Dehydrated Skin?

Struggling with dry skin can be hard.

Maybe it isn’t that dry at all, maybe it’s dehydrated… it can be difficult to know the difference.

If you’re having problems with your skin it could be because you’re misunderstanding what is causing the difficulties…we can help – contact us for a quick chat or book in for an in-depth consultation (we even give you a mini facial).

Let’s get talking!!

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Firmer, smoother, more youthful looking skin without surgery!

You’d like to turn back the the clock on your appearance,
…but you’re hesitant about surgery

If this sounds like you, you’re not alone!

Microneedling might be your answer.

It works by stimulating your body’s natural healing processes

  • Non-surgical
  • Minimally invasive, minimal downtime
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Benefits:
    • Creates a younger appearance
    • improves skin tone & texture
    • Reduces scar appearance

P.S. If you’ve heard of “Collagen Induction Therapy”, it’s the same thing.

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Problem Skin? Mature Skin?

We specialise in anti ageing skin treatments and problem skin.

There are now a number of exciting non-surgical techniques which help your skin look good, and help you feel good.

  • Microneedling stimulates the healing response, to regenerate collagen and elastin, and helps actives penetrate deeply. Blog posts.
  • Microdermabrasion cleanses and refreshes the outer skin layers. Blog posts.
  • Chemical Peels smooth and soften skin, and can help with pigmentation issues. Blog posts.
  • Plasma Pen treatments directly tackle loose skin and wrinkles.
  • Ultrasound Cavitation and RF treatments directly target fat cells and cellulite .

If you’d like to know more about how these and other treatments might help you, then get in touch with me.

Anne (01245931646)

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