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Alkaline wash – our favourite hair removal treatment!!

ALKALINE WASH

We introduced this treatment 8 months ago and its popularity in the salon has shocked us.  Who knew there were so many women (Angelique girls included), who are suffering with the dreaded ‘bum fluff’ face!!!!

The DMK Alkaline wash system is an awesome treatment, because it’s perfect for removing fine downy hair that has previously been difficult to remove with other methods.  By temporarily changing the ph,  the alkaline paste literally dissolves hair in a matter of minutes without discomfort or trauma to the skin. At first hair will return at normal rate, but over time, hair growth will eventually slow down as the follicle becomes damaged and weakened. This treatment is generally pain free, however, first timers may experience a bit of redness or warmth in the area for a short period of time.  Pretty much anyone can use it, in fact the worse your skin is the more overall benefit you will see.  That’s because we also use it in our clinical skin revision treatments.  Although we will be using a much thicker and slower penetrating paste than we do in skin revision, there inevitably is a mini facial treatment when we use the alkaline wash.    Because not only does it dissolve hair, but it also dissolves skin!!!!….. so this makes it great for acne, rosacea, stretch marks, roughened skin, pigmentation and ageing.  So the added bonus of this hair removal treatment is, you will also leave our salon with brighter and clearer skin.
Just see some of our clients before and after photos …..results speak for themselves.

 

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Rosacea – we can help

Angela Hodgkiss – Angelique Day Spa and Skin Clinic
Rosacea is a disorder of the hair follicle and associated sebaceous glands. It particularly affects aged 30-50 years with a paler complexion, more common in women, although the stage 3 is most common in men. It can be controlled, managed and improved with proper treatment methods, however, there is no specific or long term cure. The first step in determining what treatments will work, is to understand this skin condition and outbreak triggers. Avoiding stress, keeping the skin well moisturised and avoiding anything that dehydrates the skin or that raises core body temperature will assist in keeping it under control, however these things do not cause it but merely aggravate it. It is inflammation of the skin, resulting in facial redness, vacillation of blood vessels, burning and itching, enlarged pores, and swelling and raised papules. The skin feels hot and flushed because the blood is closer to the surface and can resemble orange peel. The blood vessels become damaged by constant dilation so that they remain dilated. Early intervention is key.

There are four stages of rosacea:
1 Erythematolangiectatic rosacea- permanent redness and flushing. Small blood vessels on the surface of the skin and broken capillaries.
2 Papulopustular rosacea- permanent redness with red bumps sometimes even pus filled which last 1-4 days
3 Phymatous rosacea- as previous and with thickened uneven irregular skin particularly on nose.
4 Occular rosacea-red, dry, irritated gritty eyes and eyelids.

What do we know about Rosacea:

Rosacea research and its epidemiological origins have varied opinions but can generally be grouped into one of 3 main causes: Gut issues, inflammatory immune responses and bacteria and mites. These are in fact often all interconnected.
Gut
• Helicobacter Pylori bacteria that can be found in the gut and is often found in high levels of Rosacea sufferers. This bacteria is known to stimulate the production of bradykinin protein which can cause blood vessels to expand and lead to rosacea. It is known to cause reflux and stomach ulcers.
• There are genetic links, that interestingly, are all also linked to gut issues such as asthma, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
• Rosacea sufferers have been found to have a much higher level of small intestinal bacterial growth. Eradication of this bacteria induced an almost complete regression of skin lesions and was maintained. (Reference dept of internal medicine, gastroenterology unit, university of geneo, Italy, 2008).
Immune
• An overactive immune system has been found trigger a microbial imbalance in the skin, stemming from bacterial overload of parasites and or a leaky gut. In Chinese medicine, rosacea would be considered a liver, lung and colon problem.
• Some reports have shown an increase of specific inflammatory cells, triggering a chain of chemical responses within the skin, including the release of certain enzymes called MMPs, which can cause inflammatory damage resulting in Rosacea.
• Other inflammatory mediators that further exacerbate the symptoms of rosacea are (ROS) and (NO). (ROS) are chemically reactive molecules containing oxygen. ROS are formed as a natural byproduct of the normal metabolism of oxygen and have important roles in cell signaling and maintaining the skins balance. However, during times of environmental stress (e.g UV, smoking, drugs or heat exposure), ROS levels can increase dramatically resulting in damage to cell structures. This is known as oxidative stress and Rosacea sufferers have a reduced capacity to fight it. The role of NO involves vascular changes and is partially responsible for the swelling and redness, worsening with increased sun exposure as an increase of NO has been linked with UVB rays.
• Rosacea sufferers appear to have more receptors that activate the peptide LL-37 which is responsible for the skins defence system. It is basically allergic to this peptide its own body is producing.
• It has also been found that the epidermis of rosacea sufferers had a higher expression of toll-like receptor 2 (TLR 2). This stimulates enhanced serine protease production of keratinocytes. Abnormal levels of this may explain the enhanced inflammatory responses to environment and may be a critical element in the pathogenesis of rosacea.
• Stress is also a contributing factor in that elevated levels of cortisol over a prolonged period suppress the immune system.
Dermodex Mite
• Research also suggests it is the autoimmune response to the bacteria mite (dermodex) that live in high numbers on our skin. The mite invades the capillaries and causes swelling and acne like pustules.

Known Triggers
Listening to your own gut and digestive system, eliminating factors one by one, and playing around is key to finding out your own personal triggers.
• According to National Rosacea Society the biggest three triggers are sunlight, heat and environmental factors. They also state 2 out of three people will experience a reaction after drinking alcohol. Red wine is biggest alcohol trigger and 75 % of sufferers reported a reaction after consuming. White wine was around 54% and spirts etc 20-30%.
• Foods: Gluten and yeast, red meat, chicken and liver, chocolate, vanilla, soy sauce, vinegar, eggplant, avocados, spinach, beans and peas, citrus, tomato, bananas, plums, raisins, figs, spicy food, hot drinks, salt, MSG, soft drink, refined sugar, fried food.
• Dairy is a double trigger because it also blocks zinc absorption necessary for healing .
• Environment: hot weather, saunas, hot baths, UV, strong winds, cold, humidity, pollution, smoking, exercise (as it raises core temperature)
• Drugs: steroids, vasodilators
• Other: flushing, menopause, caffeine withdrawal, dehydrated skin, hereditary, stress, over active immune system, digestive disorders including irritable bowel, vitamin A and Vitamin C deficiency.
• Cosmetics: witch hazel and alcohol, mineral oils, lanolin, acetone, eucalyptus, chemical sunscreen, soap based products, menthol, peppermint, over use of lipids. The American academy of dermatology link fragrance as causing more contact dermatosis than any other ingredient.

Treatment
Rosacea and Sensitive skin has the tendency to overreact so it’s important to treat carefully and slowly. These skin types need non-irritating products at first to calm and repair skin health and to restore the dysfunctional barrier. Later active ingredients are necessary to remodel the damaged skin in a way that promotes healing. Rosacea reflects two coexisting conditions; an increase in skin’s blood supply, attempting to repair itself and thinning from the excessive inflammation, resulting in visible capillaries. If other skin conditions are present, (eg ageing or pigmentation) rosacea and its associated inflammation must always be treated first.
At Angelique Day Spa and Clinic we prefer DMK treatments because it addresses the skin as a whole system, revising the multiple dysfunctions that contribute to Rosacea, not just calming what we see on the surface like other brands. Our skin revision treatments will address the three main causes referred to above, by: killing the bacteria and mite, reducing inflammation and swelling, re-establishing skin barrier and defence lines, enhancing function and immune system of the skin, improving lymphatic drainage, circulation and strengthening capillaries. By encouraging restoration of the barrier we will have a healthier skin that is able to hold water, have a better defence system and thus less likely to inflame.

IPL
We do not recommend IPL whilst internal disorders are still present as new vessels will ultimately return as they branch out again seeking oxygen. But once the disorder is under control, IPL can be a very effective way of treating the capillaries and redness left behind. Effective IPL often takes approximately 4 treatments , spaced apart every 2 weeks.
Red LED therapy
Many rosacea sufferers find that treatment with all-red LED provides relief from their rosacea symptoms. Studies have shown that red and near-infrared, yellow and green, from LED lamps and also from low-level lasers, have an anti-inflammatory effect. Studies have shown that LED technology inhibits enzymes that break down collagen, also minimising the increased symptoms of inflammation.
Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT needling)
The weakened blood vessels associated with Rosacea can be treated with the use of needling. It will stimulate the epidermal growth factors and increase the density of the epidermis which lessens the appearance of of vessels and overall redness. It will also strengthen collagen in vessel walls and the connective tissue that supports the vessels. Not recommended until the inflammation is under control.

Products
At Angelique we understand Rosacea and have a number of products that will specifically calm the disease, tailored to your specific condition.
• Milk Cleansers that are non soap based, antioxidant and hydrophilic
• Salicylic cleansers to reduce inflammation, detoxify cells, reduce pore size and slow down shedding into follicles thus reducing compaction
• Combination of EFA based oils and mists to repair the skins natural moisturizing factor (NMF) and reduce inflammation.
• AHAs to heal papules and promote healthy blood vessel growth. They have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
• Red vein relief to reduce inflammation, flush out clogged capillaries, repair vein walls and long term damage caused by internal heat
• Barrier creams to seal and prevent water loss
• Serums to attract the Langerham cells which are our skins natural defence system. Their role is to engulf any foreign bacteria or invasion to the skin. Langerhams are the number one essential cell in skins immune system to initiate repair and are often malfunctioning in rosacea suffers.
• Moisturizers to sedate the skin and reduce redness and heat. Help improve circulation and oxygenate blood flow and strengthen weak capillaries.
• Physical sunscreens with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These will irritate skin less than chemical sunscreens which are absorbed by the body and skin thus increasing the potential for skin irritation and exacerbation of rosacea.
• Sulphur masques to retard bacterial infection and the activity of the demodex
• Cooling and healing masques to sooth
• Supplements with evening primrose and omegas to rebuild barrier and repair TEWL. Think fire under the skin and water will put it out. When the barrier is compromised bacteria levels can elevate.
• Supplements for gut health with pro and pre biotics to eliminate unhealthy bacteria contributing to the inflammation and to support the healthy bacteria to restore gut function. The wet oily look of rosacea is not due to loss of oil but fast Trans epidermal water loss. When the acid mantle and ceramides are compromised they lose water which again aggravates rosacea. Therefore EFA and restoration of acid mantle is vital in treatment.
• Vitamin A is our cells supreme regulator and corrects all skin disorders and maintains skin health.
• Vitamin C is required for the formation of connective tissue in between skin cells.

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DETOX with REGUL 8 at Angelique Day Spa and Skin Clinic

INTRODUCING REGUL 8 at Angelique Day Spa and Skin Clinic

If your body was a garden it would not matter what seeds you plant. They will simply not grow whilst the garden is full of weeds, robbing all the nutrients. The seeds are the probiotics and the weeds are the bad bacteria.
Regul 8 is a herbal based process that cleanses, soothes and repairs the gastrointestinal system, removing unhealthy organisms, soothing existing irritations and sustaining gut health, rebalancing good bacteria and providing an environment for them to flourish.
1. Cleanse- Assists with bacterial and fungal overloads and parasites whilst promoting improved digestion
2. Restore – Repairs and restores the gastrointestinal tract. Improves blood supply to the intestinal lining, supports liver, kidney and gallbladder function and restores the optimal environment for the good bacteria to flourish.
3. Maintain-has micro encapsulated probiotic cultures that are created to survive the stomach juices on the journey to gut.
IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Hippocrates said 200 years ago, all health begin in the gut. Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases. The digestive system is where vitamins, nutrients and minerals are absorbed. Factors such as stress, lack of sleep, antibiotics, the contraceptive pill, anti-inflammatory drugs, illness, ageing, and poor diet choices can often lead to an imbalance of the bacteria in your digestive tract. We know as well that stress negatively affects your digestive function – when stressed, the blood supply to the digestive system is decreased. Higher stress leads to increased cholesterol, deficiency in essential fatty acids, deficiency in hydrochloric acid-(essential for digestion and for good bacteria to stick to walls) raised cortisol (a stress hormone leading to inflammation) salt retention, insulin resistance (a pre-cursor to diabetes) thyroid and other endocrine problems, reflux, disturbance in the good bacteria in the gut, and increase in all the pro-inflammatory factors. Faulty digestion plays a role in toxicity of our system. Our bodies can be a breeding ground for harmful microbes and chemicals. One of the primary sites in the body for toxins is the colon. A toxic gut can be a home to a host of parasites. Parasites stimulate the immune system and wreak havoc with our digestion and assimilation.
DYSBIOSIS
The mucosal lining in the digestive system is our front line defence. If this is in a poor state, it follows that we will be in poor health. When the bad bacteria and yeast becomes overgrown in your intestinal tract, you have a condition called dysbiosis. When the intestinal barrier becomes permeable (i.e. “leaky gut syndrome”), large protein molecules escape into the bloodstream. Since these proteins do not belong outside of the gut, the body mounts an immune response attacking them.
It is also now known that there are more neurons (nerve cells) in the gut than in the spinal tissue and the whole peripheral nervous system. These produce serotonin – the feel good hormone. No serotonin – no feel good! Poor gut function can also turn to chronic tiredness because serotonin is the neurotransmitter for happiness and its offset melatonin the neurotransmitter for sleep. These neurotransmitters have a calming effect and help control your sleep patterns and if these two are out of balance due to poor gut function, it can turn to chronic tiredness. 70-80% of immune system resides in the gut. 400 times melatonin is produced in the gut rather than brain- hence sleeping problems when our gut is not healthy.
Leaky Gut affects the whole body. It affects:
• Brain and can lead to depression and anxiety
• Skin and can lead to acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis
• Thyroid and can lead to Hasimotos, Hypothyroidism, Graves
• Colon and can lead to constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel
• Adrenals and can lead to fatigue
• Joints and can lead to arthritis, fibromyalgia and headaches
• Sinus and mouth and can lead to cold and allergies and food sensitivities
Food allergies and digestive issues
An expanding field of new research shows that your gut health plays a significant role in:
• Hormone regulation – If you have Leaky Gut Syndrome or a lack of beneficial probiotic bacteria lining your intestinal wall, you are more susceptible to hormonal problems including diabetes and obesity – due to inflammation usually stemming from your gut and then influencing nearly every aspect of your health.
• High levels of inflammation caused by a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle.
• Toxicity (exposure to pesticides, toxins, viruses, cigarettes, excessive alcohol, and harmful chemicals).
• High amount of stress, a lack of sleep and rest.
Why do we need probiotics as well as prebiotics?
Probiotic bacteria do not colonise well when introduced and are eliminated quickly. Therefore, prebiotic foods are vital to encourage probiotic organisms to survive and thrive in the human gut. Rather than passing through the digestive tract and encourage them to adhere to the intestinal wall, beneficial bacteria must constantly be introduced through diet and fed proper food.
How stress affects your digestive system
The human body has “two brains”? The first in your skull and the other in your gut. During foetal development, one part turns into your central nervous system while the other develops into your enteric nervous system. These two systems are connected via the vagus nerve, the tenth cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem down to your abdomen. This “brain-gut axis” is what connects your two brains together, and explains why you get butterflies in your stomach when you’re nervous. Digestion is controlled by the enteric nervous system, a system composed of hundreds of millions of nerves that communicate with the central nervous system. When stress activates the “flight or fight” response in the central nervous system, digestion can literally shut down as the central nervous system reduces blood flow, heart rate can go up, and blood pressure may rise as blood is shunted away from the midsection, going to extremities in preparation to flee. Stress can cause inflammation of the gastrointestinal system, and make people more susceptible to infection.
How stress impacts the digestive system
The stress response causes a number of detrimental events in the digestive system, including: Decreased nutrient absorption, decreased oxygenation to the digestive system, four times less blood flow to your digestive system, which leads to decreased metabolism and as put as 20,000 times the decreased enzymatic output in your gut. Stress results in alterations of your brain-gut connection, which can contribute to or directly cause numerous gastrointestinal disorders, including: Inflammatory bowel disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, Food antigen-related adverse responses (food allergies), Peptic ulcers and reflux. Imbalances in Your Gut Can Make You Depressed and anxious. Stress can cause gut problems which wreak havoc on your emotions. This connection goes both ways. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.

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Gut health and its relevance to skin disorders part 1

Gut health and its relevance to skin disorders

Angela Hodgkiss- Angelique Day Spa and Skin Clinic

Over the past 20 years research has come leaps and bounds in recognising the colon as a major player in overall health. Important discoveries are being made every year on the incredible effects of maintaining a well balanced gut microbiota. Some microbes produce vitamins our bodies don’t possess the genes to make, break down our food to extract nutrients, teach our immune systems how to recognise dangerous invaders whilst leaving friendly species alone, and even produce helpful anti-inflammatory compounds that fight off other disease causing microbes. Friendly bacteria stimulate immune system tissue around the gut, increasing the production of pathogen –fighting antibodies.
At the moment there is an estimated 1000 different types of bacteria growing in the colon, twice the number previously thought. The number of bacteria is in the trillions and at least 10 times the number of cells in our whole body. So when companies sell probiotics that have 5-10 million in one pill or a yogurt drink, it makes you realise just how small that is in comparison.
Our natural bacteria is acquired at birth and during the first 12 months of life this bacteria will permanently colonise the colon tract. This bacteria is crucial to complete health. The bowel is a complex organ and has 4 very important functions: transporting and secreting, nutritive absorption, hormonal secretion and immunologic function.
Disruption of flora can happen in many ways. Medications, high sugar or GI foods and poor hygiene can all compromise the flora. This can cause inflammation, poor digestion, colon disease (chrohns), leaky bowel syndrome and hormone imbalance. Signs of a weak gut also include bloating, constipation, food intolerances, allergies, ridged fingernails, fatigue, depression, arthritis, histamine reactions, irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune conditions such as, coeliac, thyroid and diabetes and propensity for obesity. Chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers have abnormal levels of a specific gut bacteria.
When looking at the skin we need to remember what we see on the surface is a reflection of what’s happening in the body. Epidemiological evidence confirms there is a definite association between the gut and skin disorders including acne, rosacea, eczema, dermatitis and vitiligo. Evidence links gut health with acne. Hormones, stress, poor eating and even allergies are all aggravating pathways to acne. Once the internal inflammation has begun the acne is very hard to control.
Constipation also has a huge relevance to the pathogenis of acne. Studies show significantly lower levels of fecal concentrations of good bacteria such as lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium in cases of constipation as well as intestinal permeability was significantly higher compared to healthy subjects without constipation. Constant or chronic constipation alters the intestinal microflora causing inflammation, which will effect hormonal secretions and the immune system. Depression and constipation are also a link to acne and the same goes for diarrahea.
Rosacea studies have shown a link with celiac, gluten intolerance, chrohns, Helicobacter pylori infection and irritable bowel syndrome. All these conditions are inflammatory which compromise the immune system and upset the endocrine system. So perhaps gut tune ups and lymphatic drainage should be a choice of treatment.
To maintain good bacteria living in the gut:
Probiotics- practitioner only supplements, yogurt (especially greek), kefir, miso, sauerkraut, tempeh. Probiotics act as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents that help eliminate the toxins and free radicals that cause damage and early signs of ageing. They strengthen the skins barrier function and increase and uphold moisture in the skin. Probiotics have shown to improve acne, rosacea and psoriasis and greek yogurt can even be applied on skin twice a week for improved results.
Prebiotics- are substances that create a suitable environment for probiotics to flourish. Our skins microbiome is recognised by our immune system as normal. If we are exposed to harmful organisms the microbiome react by providing an inhospitable environment to the foreign matter or creating by products that stimulate our immune system. They can provide defence mechanisms that our bodies have not even evolved yet to do for itself. By recognising what should be on our skin the t cells in our skin can also develop antibodies to build pathogens so our skin is ready to defend itself. Natural sources of prebiotics include: dandelion greens, chicory, raw onions, leeks, garlic, raw Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, avocados, peas, wholegrain and sprouted grain breads.

At Angelique we offer DMK Regul 8 which is a combination of Pre biotics, Probiotics and so much more.  Please read additional blog for more detailed info about Regul 8 or pop in and see us.

Sources: Womens health mag, Gay Wardle APJ, Belinda Carli, Florence Barret-Hill and Reika Roberts – professional beauty, Gut instincts Matoyla Kollaras, spa and clinic

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introducing DMK

INTRODUCING DMK
Remove, rebuild, maintain and protect

We are so proud to offer DMK at Angelique Day Spa and Skin Clinic because we know the results this brand achieves is second to nothing we’ve used before.

About the brand and what makes it different
DMK was developed by botanical scientist Danne Montague King, around 50 years ago and is now in over 30 countries. DMK is a Paramedical range. It works on the structure, function and cause of the skin disorder, NOT just the result of it. All skin conditions are a result of disharmony in the skin. DMK uses only High grade botanical ingredients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are all recognised by the skin (think eye fillet beef compared to chop beef). DMK is a Pharmaceutical range which means that the actives used are a high percentage compared to base ingredients unlike over the counter ranges. There are no synthetics, polymers, waxes and lanolins. DMK uses a Transdermal delivery system which means ingredients sit in the voids of the skin for up to 8 hours delivering nutrients.

Enzyme mask?…. what’s the big deal?
DMK Enzyme Therapies initiate rapid and effective action. Within 45 minutes of a DMK Masque, a back flushing called reverse osmosis occurs forcing fluids through the membrane around the cells and leaving behind a clear, clean, toxin free environment in which the cells can function more efficiently.
After the initial application of Enzyme masques, the client will experience sensations such as itching and then a regular pulsing as their own body temperature helps activate the enzymatic action on and within the skin. A subtle dilation of capillaries will follow. This is called plasmatic action and will flush out clogged capillaries that are often perceived to be broken. Capillaries are the conduits of oxygen to the cell and oxygen is the principal energy source of the cell. A lack of oxygen leads to malfunction of the mitochondria (battery of a cell) and cell death. When skin is poorly oxygenated angiogenesis can occur. Blood vessels become clogged and dilate, and capillaries branch out and grow as they try and find more oxygen. DMK treatments will irrigate the capillary with fresh oxygenated blood by dilating capillaries and delivering nutrients. The ‘road map’ of capillaries indicates a successful treatment.
Lymphatic drainage improves as the mask tightens. All cells exist in a sea of lymph fluid. It feeds the cells as well as removing toxins but sometimes this waste system can become blocked and an oxygen starved environment is created. Enzyme therapy improves the drainage into the major ducts at the base of the neck and increases healing, strengthens veins and removes inflammation.
DMK is the only company in the world to utilize the beneficial effects of transfer messenger enzymes. Live enzymes are stored in an albium base and are deactivated after 45-60 mins of exposure to air and fluids. Enzymes orchestrate all chemical reactions in skin to bring about removal of dead cells, toxic gases and impurities. They regulate health and work with certain minerals in the body to form anti oxidants and fight free radicals.
Enzyme treatments are the most effective way of hydrolysing dead cell material. As they do not alter the PH of the skin like acids and alkalines they are perfect for reactive skins. DMK Enzyme therapy is also capable of tightening the skin progressively through the voluntary contraction of muscles.

At Angelique we offer a tailored program to suit any skin condition.  It may include subtle to extreme peels depending on your needs and skin condition.  Within the DMK programs we offer solutions for acne, rosacea, ageing, sagging, pigmentation and so much more.  We also will consult with you on supporting skincare to achieve your desired results.  We are super passionate about what we can do with DMK and look forward to discussing with you in a free consultation.

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SKIN NEEDLING or Collagen Induction Therapy

SKIN NEEDLING or Collagen Induction Therapy

Angela Hodgkiss – Angelique Day Spa and Skin Clinic

What is it?
Commonly known as skin needling, collagen induction therapy is the most effective tool for skin rejuvenation. Its scientifically proven to target cells that are responsible for producing GAGS (increasing hydration), collagen and elastin, and increase capillary strength and certain growth factors that are beneficial for skin health. It also produces microscopic channels in the skin for better penetration of ingredients (80% of product is absorbed as opposed to around 7% with just fingers), and most importantly it uses the skins own natural healing process to stimulate cell regeneration. Within weeks you will begin see an improved structure and appearance of skin in firmness, tightness, plumpness and hydration.
Who is it for?
Unlike extreme over peeling or over use of injectables , the results will always look natural. There is no risk of heat injury to the melanocyte (therefore no risk of pigmentation unlike IPL and laser), in fact there is barely any risks at all with this procedure. Just about anyone can benefit from this procedure, and only some active skin conditions such as Acne, eczema, warts, moles, keloids, active rosacea are excluded. Recommended for lax skin, fine lines and wrinkles, poor skin texture, large pores, scarred or pitted skin, thin skin, pigmentation, rosacea (when not too inflamed), baldness, stretch marks, poor barrier function.

Recommendations
It is essential that Collagen Induction Therapy be accompanied with a skin regime that will support the rejuvenation process your skin conditions requires, because needling will initiate an injury that will zap the cell of local resources that are needed to rebuild and repair. The more you use the required products the better the results will be so why wouldn’t you anyway??
3-5 treatments, 6 weeks apart, are usually recommended for to achieve optimal results. (Collagnese in the enzyme that peaks at around 14 days in the wound healing process, so to do more frequently than once a month means the enzyme is constantly peaked and will have a negative effect long term).
Use of at home dermal roller 2-7 nights per week for 5-10 mins will also increase the results.
Will it hurt and is it safe?
Your safety during this procedure is our priority. Our pen has a bio-sleeve technology to prevent cross contamination and of course single use sterile needles are medical grade and 100% sterile. Some discomfort will be experienced during procedure in bony areas such as forehead and chin, (it will feel like slightly stingy or prickly). Redness and slight stinging may be experienced for 24 hours. Makeup is not recommended before 30 mins after treatment but preferably not applied until next day.

PRICE
$225 PER TREATMENT OR $550 FOR 3. Treatment also includes application of serums and LED treatment to improve healing process by 200%
**PLUS purchase an at home skin care kit for 15% off with any treatment including Dermal rollers, and serums

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Is your skin dehydrated or dry?

Is your skin dehydrated or dry?
Angela Hodgkiss –Angelique Day Spa and Skin Clinic
Its winter and your skin feels tight, flaky, sensitive, dull, itchy and irritated. But is it dry or dehydrated and what is the difference when they both feel and look the same?
Dehydrated skin is a loss of water not oil. It is a ‘condition’ which means we can change it, unlike dry skin which is a ‘type’ and we are born with it. It can come and go. You can still experience breakouts because skin can still produce oil (unlike dry skin which typically does not have much sebum) and dehydrated skin can be both oily and dry at the same time and is common in oily skin types because we tend to dry it out with harsh products that strip the oil. If skin is pinched into a fold it doesn’t bounce back because the epidermis cannot retain water efficiently. It appears dense and dull and with a light touch on the side of cheeks the skin looks crepey. The pores can appear large and open because they are thirsty, whereas dry skin will be tight and small because the follicles are not dilating due to lack of producing oil. Dry skin can be dull looking, flaky and scaly and feel tight after washing. Dry skin can be sensitive and inflamed which leads to collagen and elastin breakdown and premature ageing.
Because we cannot change our skin type there is not a lot we can do with a dry skin apart from use gentle cleansers and nourish, nourish, nourish with good serums and moisturisers. They ARE some things however we can do to change a dehydrated skin. A few tips below will be useful for both.
As we age cells are replaced by other cells that do not hold as much water. A new born is 80% water an old person is 50%. There are also external causes such as cleansers that are too alkaline and strip the hydro lipid film, not drinking enough water, smoking that will constrict blood flow and nutrients, medication such as diuretics and illness, inadequate moisturizers and alcohol based toners, Air conditioning and dry climate, hot showers, too much salt, alcohol and excess sugar and caffeine in our diet are also big contributors.
It’s not just our skin that is affected when we are dehydrated. Our blood becomes sticky and thick which affects the transportation of oxygen around our body. It affects oxygen to our brain so that we are not as alert and it makes the heart work harder. Water helps our bodies to get rid of toxins. Not enough water can lead to an unwell feeling, increased risk of urine infection, constipation and kidney stones. Headaches occur because our brain is mostly water and when it is dried out it shrinks from the skull causing pain. Muscles become tight and cramped so are at greater risk of injury.
To combat dehydrated skin it’s necessary to treat the condition internally as well as externally. Our skin is our largest organ but it is the last organ in the body to receive nutrients and water. The epidermis can only draw what it needs from within the body. In winter it needs extra care as it’s more likely to become dehydrated due to increased time in central heating etc. Skin becomes patchy, itchy, flaky and tight and it can become rougher. First step is to restore the acid mantle and ensure the keratin cell membrane is in optimum condition so that our skins barrier is water tight and there is no additional water loss. Use serums because they penetrate deeper as they have smaller molecules. A light peel followed by moisturizer is recommended. Lactic peels are particularly good for dehydration as they are a natural hydrator and will help to exfoliate dryness and fine lines and will increase production of skin protecting ceramides.
Look for humectant ingredients such as glycerine, urea, BHA and shea butter as these are water soluble agents that work by drawing water into the skin. Be careful though because in dry weather the action can be reversed and they will suck the moisture the other way (because the air is dryer than the skin). For this reason they work best with occlusives that will stop water from evaporating such as lanolin, jojoba oil, petrolatum, evening primrose and sunflower or olive oil. Hyaluronic acid is another extremely important ingredient as it increases the natural moisturizing factor and it will hold 1000 times it weight in water and will form a protective barrier in arid enviroments. Vitamin C assists in further penetration. It is found naturally in skin, joints and tissue and it cushions and lubricates. Diet and smoking however can affect hyaluronic levels.
Essential Fatty Acids or omega 3’s are also vital in increasing epidermal lipids by protecting the keratinocyte membrane. The body does not normally produce EFA’s so they must be obtained through food. EFA’s improve blood flow in the layer below the skin so there is an increased supply of nutrients for the creation of healthy skin cells and they prevent arteries from clogging with increased deposits of bad lipids. They are anti-inflammatory and aid body’s own defence against other skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. If our diet is too high in sugar, alcohol or trans fats the enzyme levels are most likely to low to allow our system to convert the fatty acid into what body needs. Smoking, stress and viral infections also affect conversion. Krill oil is a rich EFA and maintains cholesterol levels and is a strong antioxidant and reduces inflammation, minimises skin degeneration, and sustains healthy skin tissue. A fishy aftertaste means it is poor quality. Other good sources are Evening primrose, stearic acid, ceramides, safflower oil, salmon, fish oil, tuna, flaxseed oil, nuts, sardines, avocado and green vegies.
Food that will help restore collagen after damage has already been done, are soy, turkey, dark chocolate, manuka honey, avocado oil, dark green vegies, beans, red fruit and vegies, citrus, prunes, omegas (flaxseed, salmon, tuna, and nuts)and things high in sulphur such as olives, cucumber and celery. Supplements that will help restore collagen and promote the GAGs are flaxseed oil, copper peptides, silica, vitamin e and c, selenium, zinc. Alpha-lipoic acid can also provide the greatest protection against free radicals than all other antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to help fight future skin damage and also help repair past damage. Alpha –lipoic acid is soluble in both oil and water which means entry is permitted in all parts of the cell diminishing fine lines and giving skin healthy glow.
And of course drink LOTS of water with your DMK EFA Ultra supplements (details in previous blog)

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Electrolysis explained

Electrolysis what is it?

Angela Hodgkiss – Angelique Day Spa and skin Clinic

We get a number of enquiries a week about electrolysis and even have clients driving 40km to us because there are so few salons around these days that still offer the dying art of electrolysis. Why? Firstly because few schools still offer this subject as a core unit and secondly IPL and laser are by far the quicker and easier modality. However, electrolysis definitely still has its place in the beauty industry. It is the ONLY modality that will permanently remove unwanted hair for good. IPL and Laser are only permanent hair ‘reduction’ methods. All modalities will take at least 8 sessions to remove hair and IPL and Laser will generally have a once a year follow up.
How does it work? Hair follicles have 1000’s of growth cells around each hair follicle and with every treatment and few hundred are killed off each time. Once they are dead they are dead forever. However clients must be loyal to the process (as per IPL and laser) and need to come fortnightly so stunned growth cells that are left do not have time to rebuild. There are two types of electrolysis methods. Galvanic and thermolysis. Galvanic creates build up of alkali to destroy hair follicle and can take up to a minute each hair. Thermolysis is the chosen method at Angelique’s because it’s much faster at around 5 secs per hair. It uses current to destroy hair follicle.
Advantages: It is permanent. It doesn’t rely on pigment in the hair to work so it is the only method that can effectively work on grey and white hairs too. Unlike IPL and laser, skin is not more sensitive to UV.
Disadvantages: It is a lot slower than laser and IPL so definitely not recommended for large areas, histamine is sometimes triggered which results in hive like bumps for a few hours (nothing a telfast doesn’t fix), it is uncomfortable (but so is laser and IPL).
So if you are interested in removing body or facial hair once and for all give the experts at Angelique a call for a free consultation to determine what method is best suited to you. 9326 2339

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Introducing DMK EFA Ultra

Introducing DMK EFA Ultra supplements
Because your skin is just a mirror of what’s happening within. Packed with over 100 nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory’s it balances the whole body. The root of every disease is inflammation and preventing that is key. EFA ultra can assist with:
Skin conditions: Dehydration, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, poor skin healing, regulates cell function, better oxygen transfer at a cellular level (oxygen magnet effect), Psoriasis dry scaly skin,Brittle nails, dry hair
Health and inflammatory conditions: nerve and immune function, balances insulin levels, rheumatoid arthritis- EFAs moderate inflammation by reducing the production of the cytokine messenger that cause inflammation, retards cancer cell growth, Balances thyroid function which is primary in eliminating cholesterol by protecting progesterone (master hormone), decreases blood clotting, Autoimmune diseases, Cardio and gastrointestinal disease
Weight issues: normalizes fat metabolism and burn off, reduce risk for obesity and diabetes type 2 by assisting insulin response through stimulating leptin secretions, a hormone that helps regulate food intake, body weight and metabolism
Mental health: Helps reduce stress, and anxiety, Improves ADD, ADHD, alzheimers, depression, learning deficits, memory loss and lack of concentration
Hormonal conditions: relieves symptoms of PMS and menopause
Self abuse: Prevents liver damage from excess alcohol consumption, Preparing for, and recovering from excess UV ray exposure (sunburn)
Key Ingredients:
• Seabuckthorn: is an outstanding rich source of vital nutrients, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. It is complete with everything needed for skin, from healing, anti inflammation to age prevention. It provides more than 190 nutrients to build the skin’s immune system. Including: Omega 3, 6 which reduce oxidative stress in cells, Vitamin A, E ,C,D (bone health) and K (all antioxidants essential for skin health and immune system) carotenoids, Polyphenols, Flavonoids, Amino acids, Riboflavin (for red blood cell production and antioxidant), Folate, Lignans (plays a role in preventing some cancers including breast cancer), Seratonin, copper, manganese and selenium, iron (essential for red blood cell health), zinc, calcium… It is invaluable in scar and CIT revision treatments. Also has a full family of vitamin A which folliculitis (chicken skin arms) are deficient in.
• Evening primrose: known to regulate hormones so useful for menopausal women. Most of the Evening Primrose Oils on the market is cold pressed, which works well for larger seeds but Evening Primrose seeds are microscopically small. The increased revolutions needed to extract oil from such tiny seeds increase friction, which in turn becomes heat. It is this heat that destroys about 60% of the powers of the golden Evening Primrose Oil which renders the oil inefficient. DMK evening primrose uses carbon dioxide process to ensure highest level of nutrients remain.
• Pure Spanish virgin coconut oil – Medium chain monoglycerides found in coconut oil is the same as breast milk. Coconut oil is known to have the highest level of medium chain fatty acid, lauric acid in the world (50%). It can actually destroy lipid coated virus’s such as HIV, herpes, flu, bacteria and thrush. It is well known to help digestive system. Assists in cholesterol, cardio disease, diabetes, weight loss, healing, brain boosting, antioxidant.
• Melcabu seaweed extract- with Fuccidans is anti-inflammatory, anti viral and anti bacterial and is rich in minerals and vitamins and amino acids. Seaweed is high in iodine which absorbs radio activity and detoxifies body from harmful metals. Studies have found Japanese, who consume the most seaweed, have lowest rate of cancer and tumours. Fuccidans have been found to prevent binding of breast cancer cells. It is high in magnesium which relaxes muscles, transport energy and helps with protein production. It improves insulin resistance, burns fatty tissue and fights free radicals. it protects against Alzheimer’s, arthritis, kidney disease, inflammation, thyroid disease, breast, brain, lung and colon cancer, diabetes, Hep C, high blood pressure, HIV, protects immune system during chemo, stimulates stem cells and cancer cell death. It regulates cholesterol, suppresses sugar levels, promotes hair growth and ensures healthy liver function. Anti H pylori bacterial infection (stomach inflammation and suspected cause of rosacea). It is skin moisturising, increases thickness of skin through protein production, inhibits tyronase (cause of pigmentation), increases fibroblast activity and fights glycation. In 2008 the Australian government paid 1.5 million to investigate Fucoidan benefits. To read more about Fucoidan look at published papers : ncbi.mlmsnih.gov.pubmed (1026 research articles to date)
Take 2 in the morning and 2 and night and start to feel the difference in 3 weeks.

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Acid and why it’ so important to regulate

Acid intake and why it’s so important to regulate
Angela Hodgkiss – Angelique Day Spa and Skin Clinic
I read an article last month that really resounded with me and got me thinking about my diet and the impact it has on my body and skin in a way I’ve never considered before. Acid…..There is not a pore or molecule in our body that isn’t corrupted by it. Our bodies were not designed to deal with the amount of acid that mass food production have brought us and ALL food EXEPT fruit and vegetable are acidic. WOW!!!
Acid leaches vital nitrogen from our muscles and calcium from our bones. An acid surplus compromises the function of insulin, one of our master hormones. Insulin gives us our energy but also oversees the brain centre that governs our emotional and mental faculties, as well as sleep function. Derailing insulin makes it harder to burn fat and affects our emotional stability.
Too much acid makes us more sensitive to pain because ion channels are opened up heightening our sensitivity. It increases inflammation, paving the way for osteoporosis, heart disease and dementia. Inflammation is also the number one cause for skin concerns such as advanced ageing, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema and simple rashes and sensitivity. There is even evidence that TIA proteins, some of the toxic substances associated with Alzheimer’s, multiply in a toxic acidic environment. Joints become stiffer leading to gout and arthritis. Back and joint pain, headaches, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, nausea, and confusion all point to acid overload. Cancer cells flourish in a non alkaline environment. Acidity decreases your body’s ability to absorb the vitamins and minerals from your food. It interferes with your ability to detoxify. It disrupts your metabolism and it makes you more prone to fatigue and mood changes. It can make our hormones go on the fritz. Cortisol is a hormone that gets us out of bed in the morning, but at night we need to reduce it to get a good night’s sleep. When acid is high cortisol goes into overdrive thus making sleep harder. Too much cortisol also leads to depression and anxiety. Our thyroid works the opposite way with too much acid. We need it for our energy but too much acid slows it down, making us sluggish, cold and flat. It also interferes with hormones like oestrogen and testosterone by disrupting menstrual cycles, drying out skin and triggering emotional turmoil. Men experience decreased libido and depression.

Do the acid test:
You can test your body fluids using litmus paper strips ( remember chemistry classes). Test your PH first thing in the morning.
• Saliva: before brushing, fill your mouth with saliva then swallow; repeat, then spit onto PH strip. Measure in same manner again later in day at least 2 hours before eating.
• Urine: wee in a jar first thing in the morning and dip PH strip into container.
• A healthy reading will be 7.2-7.4 for saliva (usually dark green or bluish depending on the brand of PH paper) and for urine 6 in the morning(because the body is eliminating waste) and 7 at night. Anything under this indicates acid build up.
• A further medical test can establish acidity with an estimation called the anion gap. This is calculated by using a blood test which calibrates kidney electrolytes and then adds sodium and potassium and subtracts chloride and bicarbonate. An elevated anion gap 13 or greater confirms acid levels are too high.
Reducing Acid Levels
To help rebalance your body’s pH levels you should:

• avoid acidic foods and opt for alkaline foods such as potato, Green vegetables, coloured vegetables (except tomatoes),Milk, Almonds, Brazil nuts, Bananas, millet, quinoa, soy, wild rice, avocado, and plenty of water
• Reduce high protein foods, processed cereals and flours, sugar, coffee, tea and alcohol which are all acidifying
• Upon rising, before bed and prior to meals, drink the juice of half a lemon and some ginger in warm water because lemon is naturally alkalinising.
• Choose fish and lamb over beef and chicken because they are less acidic.
• Choose olive oil over other oils
• Vit c powder (half a teaspoon per in day in water before bed to alkalinise your body)
• Or a teaspoon of bi carb soda in water before bed
• Finally as you would need 12 serves per day of green leafy veggies to counteract the acid invasion thankfully supplements of magnesium and citrate have been shown to also have significant alkalising effects. It has been used in trials to demonstrate they can help with weight loss, bone mineral density, reduce pain and turn on endorphins (the brains happy molecules).

• Sources:
Dr Micheal Elstein specialises in anti ageing medicine, Naturaltherapiespages.com, Natasha Turner N.D author of Hormone Diet