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What is Hyperpigmentation and How can we Treat it?

What is Hyperpigmentation?

There are many types of hyperpigmentation, but the following are the most common:

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Pigment spots such as age spots are caused by sun exposure. When there's dark discoloration on the skin, too much melanin has been produced. For this reason, they appear mainly on body parts that are frequently exposed, such as the face, hands and arms. They tend to be small, darkened patches of skin. Factors like the UVA rays in sun "turn on" your pigment-making cells called melanocytes, which then pump out melanin to protect your skin. While that means a tan for many, the process can also cause dark spots and patches to crop up in over-exposed areas. Sometimes, spots can take a decade or two to show up, so if you've got hyperpigmentation making an appearance now, the damage may actually have come from your child or teen years.

Melasma is often referred to as “the mask of pregnancy”, as it affects up to 90% of pregnant women. It occurs as a result of hormonal influences such as pregnancy and birth control pills, and causes dark and irregularly shaped areas on the face or arms that can be quite large.

Post-Inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs when a skin injury or trauma heals and leaves a flat area of discolouration behind. It’s commonly found among acne sufferers, and can also be caused by cosmetic procedures such as dermabrasion, laser treatment and chemical peels.

How can we Treat Hyperpigmentation?

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One of our favourite Professional Only Cosemeceutical Treatments is our Amazing Radiance Plus+ which makes use of the Ultraceuticals 'Ultra Brightening Accelerator Mask'. This treatment is designed for skins concerned with hyperpigmentation and post inflamatory hyperpigmentation and is suitable for skins of fitzpatrick 1-6. The mask combines a powerful blend of 8 skin brightening agents that work in synergy to rapidly reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, dark spots and blotchiness to instantly reveal a luminous complexion as well as inhibit the future formulation of melanin for a more uniformed and lighter skin appearance with minimal discomfort to the skin.  

For more detailed information and advice on how this treatment could help improve YOUR skin, why not book an appointment with one of our expert skin therapists for a consultation. 

Click HERE to book an appointment online. 

What is Hyaluronic Acid?
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Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful skincare ingredient. But don’t let the word “acid” put you off. This gel-like water-holding molecule is a moisture-binding ingredient that helps keep skin plump and hydrated. And, it’s actually something our bodies naturally produce.

Hyaluronic Acid helps retain over 1,000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it an excellent moisturiser. 

Scientific studies have shown that Hyaluronic Acid helps improve skin hydration and production of collagen, fight free radicals, maintain skin elasticity, and even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help with wound healing. Yes, please!

So why do we need more if our bodies already produce it?

Well, the average human body contains about 15 grams of Hyaluronic Acid. However, one third of that gets degraded and synthesised on a daily basis. We also produce less and less as we age. So we need more, which is why many anti-ageing products contain Hyaluronic Acid. Just choose a serum or moisturiser that contains Hyaluronic Acid (also commonly listed as Sodium Hyaluronate) for softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.

Have you heard about Threading?
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What is “eyebrow threading”?

Eyebrow threading is an ancient hair-removal technique, practised for centuries among the most beautiful women of Asia and the Middle East. It is the best alternative to waxing and tweezing. This method creates a graceful brow with clean, well-defined edges that frame the eye.

How does threading work?

Our threading therapist takes a thin cotton thread and twists it into a double strand, which then is swept along the skin. With rhythmic – almost hypnotic – movement, the unwanted hairs are secured in the thread and lifted from the follicle with precision and finesse.

Is eyebrow threading painful?

Many of our customers agree that threading causes less discomfort than waxing. Because it targets individual hairs, threading keeps skin irritation to a minimum. Excessive pulling on delicate skin around the eyes is eliminated, and for those sensitive to waxing products, there is no exposure to irritants or heat.

How long does threading take?

A simple eyebrow threading can take just 5-7 minutes. The upper lip takes about 3 minutes; a full face thread takes about 15-20 minutes.

Is threading better than waxing?

Yes threading is known to be a superior option to tweezing, sugaring or waxing. This eastern method of hair removal eliminates the chance of your coming in contact with wax that is too hot for tender facial skin. Hair is removed from the root so there’s less of that “grow-back factor.” This extends the time between salon visits, saving time and money and maintenance in front of the mirror! …And, because of the precision involved, “threaders” can hone their artistry, creating perfect brows for everyone’s unique face shape and personality.

What’s the main benefit of threading vs. other hair removal method?

Threading’s main benefit is the manner in which the eyebrow is shaped-not just from underneath, but also from the top. One of the major drawbacks of tweezing, especially when done at home, is that it’s easy to remove the wrong hairs, creating holes or divots in the shape of the brow. Certain thicker hairs on the bottom line of the brow act as supportive “scaffolding” for the entire brow, so if you inadvertently remove the wrong hairs, the whole shape collapses. Then you are left with trying to camouflage your mistake until the hairs grow back. Threading eliminates this common mishap.

Benefits of Threading:

• Less messy and time consuming than waxing.

• 100% natural; no artificial waxes, chemicals or invasive techniques used

• Hair does not grow back as fast.

• The skin doesn’t usually get red and irritated.

• Threading can target individual hairs.

• Hair only needs to grow just above the skin to get threaded.

• Over time, hair becomes finer and more sparse.

• Threading will pick up the finest hairs from the surface of the skin.

• Excellent option for those who use RetinA, and Accutane. 

• 100% suitable for skin that is too sensitive for waxing or laser hair removal

• Many people who breakout from waxing tend not to breakout from threading