Simply the Best – it’s official !

After two gruelling months of public voting, expert panel evaluations and ‘mystery shoppers’ (or should I say ‘mystery patients’) testing our services to the core, the big day had come to find out who would take home the ‘gold medal’ in the Aesthetic Awards 2011/2012. It was a nerve wracking evening, but I am so excited to reveal that (dum-dum-duuum…) …

What is the connection between ‘dandruff’ and red patches on your face?

Often in clinic, I get patients coming in complaining about red patches on their face, in particular around the nose and around the eyebrows. These might be mildly itchy on occasion, and the skin here might be flaky or scaly, but otherwise cause no major symptoms. After looking at their skin, they are often surprised why I go on asking …

We made it into the Final – and need you help!

I can’t describe how thrilled we were to find out that we made it into the Final of the Aesthetic Awards 2011. The announcement of reaching the Final came completely out of the blue for us, as we did not even know that we had been nominated. And even better – we made it into the Final in not just …

Living for 1000 years – apparently not so unlikely

I just watched a highly entertaining talk by the brilliant Aubrey De Grey on the possibility of significantly extending human lifespan (we are talking about hundreds of years!) and that this is actually not an unlikely concept even in people of our generation. This is of course an extremely fascinating theory and what is reassuring is that Aubrey is actually …

Hyper- what??

When traveling in the tube in London in rush hour in summer, I sometimes can’t help wishing more people knew about effective treatments for hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a term describing an excessive production of sweat in the skin’s sweat glands. The most common type is a localised, symmetric form, affecting for example the palms, soles and/or armpits. There are millions suffering with …

Revolutionizing facials for breakout prone skin

In my clinic I see many patients with acne or rosacea and it is truly heart breaking to see how much the state of their skin can influence their confidence, mental well-being and quality of life. Once I have worked with them and their skin has begun to clear, it is equally touching to see how much peoples’ lives change …

Why I don’t believe in miracles

There’s no doubt in my mind that using a good skincare regime with effective cosmeceuticals benefits skin immensely. The problem is, the timescale needed to reap real benefits isn’t always reflected by the manufacturer’s claims, or the media’s enthusiasm, come to that. There are too many ‘miracle’ creams on the market promising dramatic, visible skin improvements after a mere two …

‘Botox’ – correction or prevention?

Most people see botulinum toxin (often incorrectly referred to as ‘Botox’ following one of the brand names) as something for correcting significant lines and wrinkles once they are older. In clinic I often hear sentences like “When I am 50 or 60 years old, I might go for ‘botox’, but at the moment I am way too young”. Botulinum toxin is …

Gently round your lips with a `keyhole surgery` like approach

With age, our lips gradually become thinner, less rounded and might develop fine vertical lines on and around them. So for a truly holistic facial rejuvenation process, we need to address this lip ‘deflation’. However, understandably most people do not want to have their lips augmented, fearing that it will be obvious to others and also painful to do. That’s …

The Beauty of Age Research Project

Are you a woman over sixty, interested in skincare and the management of the effects of skin ageing? The Centre for Fashion Science at London College of Fashion is currently researching the beauty of age, an increasingly important aspect of contemporary culture. The Centre is looking for female volunteers aged sixty and over. Researchers are interested in hearing from two …