SkinMedica HA5

SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

 Description

HA5 is a hydrator that works to support moisture in the skin. Unlike other hyaluronic acid (HA) serums that only temporarily moisturize the surface, HA5 has 5 different forms of HA that work synergistically to provide instant smoothing results and continuous hydration throughout the day. HA5 hydrates your skin. Well–hydrated skin is smooth, soft, and healthy looking, with fewer visible lines and wrinkles.

Key Benefits

  • Improves skin texture
  • Smoothes the appearance of fine lines
  • Results improve with continued use
ABOUT HA

HYALURONIC ACID (HA) AND YOUR SKIN.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural, “water-loving” substance found in the skin—acting as your body’s natural hydrator. HA holds in moisture, keeping skin healthy, resilient, and supple. With age, the amount of HA in the skin decreases, diminishing your skin’s ability to remain hydrated.Between the ages of 40-50, your skin has lost 50% of the HA it had at age 20.

HOW HA5 WORKS

Introducing a new chapter in skin hydration. HA5 supports the skin’s ability to replenish its own HA for overall skin health. HA5 has a proprietary mix of five HA forms that smooth the skin, thereby decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The 5 HA’s work synergistically to provide immediate smoothing and continuous hydration throughout the day.

TIME RELEASE HA

A SKINMEDICA® PROPRIETARY INGREDIENT FOR SUSTAINED RELEASE OF HA.

SODIUM HYALURONATE

FOR IMMEDIATE HYDRATION.

UNCROSS-LINKED HA

FOR SMOOTHNESS AND HYDRATION.

NANO HA

SOOTHES SKIN.

CROSS-LINKED HA

PROVIDES LONG-LASTING HYDRATION FOR UP TO 8 HOURS.

Stem Cell Update

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I have received a lot of enquiries in 2017 about stem cells and what they may promise for better hair. Here is the state of the art.

What’s a Stem Cell?
The body has a supply of fresh new cells that can divide and turn into any cell currently needed. The most famous ones live in the bone marrow and these continually replenish our blood cells. In the hair follicle stem there is a supply of stem cells in a region called the “bulge.” These bulge stem cells kick off the growing phase in a cycling or resurrected hair follicle as well as supplying stem cells to repair nearby skin damage. Stem cells allow us to grow from a baby to an adult as well as replace worn out and dead tissues. Kids have heaps but the numbers decline as we get older. This is one of the ways we age.

How do we use Stem Cells?

There are three ways:

1. Growing plant, animal or human stem cells in a lab and using them to produce growth factors and other specialised proteins to improve the skin or hair. These specialised proteins can be sold in containers and used topically. The stem cells themselves would not survive the trip to your bathroom, they are not like sea monkeys which hibernate when dry. Also if these stem cells were injected or absorbed into the body they would be attacked as foreign invaders. How much do these growth factors and specialised proteins help the skin and hair? A little and temporarily.

2. Harvesting stem cells from your own body fat and injecting these “fat derived mesenchymal stem cells” back into the body. These are the stem cells that you hear about repairing the joints, filling the face and possibly having effects on the brain itself. How well do these stem cells help the hair and skin? About as well as PRP (see the last post about PRP) which means they give a significant boost to the hair which lasts about six months.

3. Using stem cells to clone an endless supply of hair follicles. This is the holy grail of hair loss treatment and it has already been achieved. I attended the World Congress of Hair Research (WCHR) Miami 2015 conference where Dr Takashi Tsuji of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology in Japan outlined their progress in this area. They have managed to clone a single human hair follicle and transplant it into a mouse. But getting from this research project to a commercial organisation that can reliably clone thousands of hairs for thousands of people is a big step. We wish them all the best and I look forward to hearing the update when I attend the 2017 WCHR in Kyoto in November.

Making sense of Stem Cells.
Stem Cell therapy is a promising and rapidly advancing branch of medicine. When you hear about current and emerging stem cell therapy they will likely fall into one of these three categories.

5 Steps to Great Skin

We all want great skin. The journey to unlock our skin’s potential should be easy. It shouldn’t be a complicated process of expensive and seemingly impossible to follow routines. It should also be a pleasurable and indulgent experience! So we decided to make it simple. We’ve picked the 5 treatments that we have seen deliver incredible results time and again over the years and put them together in a simple journey that everyone can follow.

Simply indulge in each of these treatments once a month over 5 months. You’ll be amazed by the results! Follow our Facebook page to stay up to date with each treatment as it is announced and book in!

Step 1 – Clean

Enjoy a deluxe microdermabrasion and add Aspect Dr Deep Cleanser to your daily routine to prepare your skin for the treatments to come.

Treatments available Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am – 5.30pm,

Thursdays 5pm – 7pm.

Only $149.

Step 2 – Renew

Our qualified therapist will prescribe a peel specifically for your skin to encourage new skin to the surface and address your skin concerns. To protect and nourish the new skin, we add the Aspect Dr ABC Kit – cosmeceutical grade skin care. This advanced skin care range is suitable for all skin types.

Treatments available Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am – 5.30pm,

Thursdays 5pm – 7pm.

Only $249.

Step 3 – Hydrate

As part of our 5 Steps to Great Skin, this step uses the Dermapen dermal needling device to stimulate collagen while infusing Hyaluronic Acid into the skin to create deep hydration. Click here to learn more about our 5 Steps Programme. Call (09) 360 4078 to make a booking.

Treatments available Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am – 5.30pm,

Thursdays 5pm – 7pm.

Only $249.

Reducing Excessive Sweating with Botulinum Toxin

Excessive sweating can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and interfere with work. The cost and hassle of buying and cleaning extra clothes can be expensive. Sweat patches on work clothes distract from the good impression you are trying to give. And the associated anxiety can impair performance. More severe sufferers may be unwilling to leave the house or suffer social withdrawal and depression.

Excessive sweating did not really matter back in the days when we all lived on the farm but interpersonal relationships and presentation are important for the modern business career. And quality of life is important for us and our loved ones.

The average person manages well with over the counter antiperspirants. Those whose sweating is a little more severe need “Clinical Strength” antiperspirants containing a higher concentration of aluminium hydroxide (although they may get skin rashes) or clothes made of high tech material. Those who find even this is not enough are the ones we say suffer from hyperhidrosis.

There are few really effective treatment options for hyperhidrosis. Surgery is one but there is downtime, risk of complications and, not uncommonly, an increase in sweating elsewhere on the body. Botulinum toxin (Botox® or Dysport®) is one option that is clinically proven to work. It stops the sweat gland from functioning and reduces sweating to “normal” for up to nine months. But it’s not a treatment that people typically associate with sweating. In fact, it’s a treatment most associate with wrinkles! What have wrinkles and sweating got in common you might ask?

Stop Excessive Sweating

OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox®) is a purified natural protein with the ability to temporarily block nerve signal that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin “turns off” sweating at the area where it has been injected. Botox® injections are very shallow, meaning that the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin, where it remains. A numbing cream helps make treatment more comfortable. The cost of treatment is $1100 and results last anywhere from 4-9 months (individual results vary). Most people still sweat “normally” with exercise and on hot days but it’s that stress related excessive sweating that is reduced. Many people find October the best time to have their Hyperhidrosis treatment. Depending on individual severity a treatment in October could start to wear off during the following winter where it is less of an issue. That can mean once a year treatment!

The treatment is not for everyone and treatment results vary from person to person. So it is important you make a consultation to discuss if this treatment is right for you. If you are ready to consider the next level of treatment beyond specialised clothing and deodorants call 093604078 for a free consultation. You’ll wonder how you ever went without it!