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Muscle Relaxing Treatments As They Are Muscle Relaxing Treatments are often associated with botox - a protein complex that is produced by Clostridium botolinum, which is the same bacterium that causes food poisoning. This is the very reason why botox information is necessary for all those who would want to undergo the procedure. When used in medical settings and in small doses, botox injections block acetylcholine, a chemical that signals muscle contraction. This interference on certain muscles results in smoothed out, fine lines and wrinkle reduction. Thus, you automatically look more radiant and fresh. However, Botox injections are not only used for wrinkle reduction, but also have a variety of other uses. Since the botulinum toxin also suppresses nerve activity that leads to sweating, this is also an effective treatment for excessive sweating of underarms, pulms and feet, a condition known as hyperhidrosis. This type of treatment has become popularly known as sweatox. Botox injections are also used to treat painful muscular spastic disorders such as myofascial pain syndrome and cervical dystonia. They are also effective in treating blepharospasm, a chronic condition that involves recurrent spastic tics of the eyelids. Lastly, there appears to be a rising trend in using Botox for migraines and other types of headaches, but this would often entail weekly injections for sustained effects. The efficacy of Botox injections, as well as the occurrence of adverse events, will depend on the expertise of the persons administering the injections. When choosing to undergo Botox therapy, do not rely on the Botox price but rather, ensure that the establishments performing these procedures have an excellent reputation and proficient, qualified cosmetic doctors.
"Pampers with Champers" article originally from Delicious Magazine Friday, 16 July, 2010 Supping bubbly is an opulent way to relax, but the Body Silk Aesthetic Clinic goes one step further and adds it to a luxurious Champagne facial, discovers Debra Waters. pamper with champers at body silk london Champers is drunk by the gallon in the historically decadent City and now a basement spa at Monument is adding it to beauty treatments – but for good reason. After relaxing with a glass of champagne (or grape juice if you don’t fancy the hard stuff) Magda, my friendly therapist, explains how it works. The clinic uses Dr Belter – a little-known company in the UK although well established in its native Germany. Products are 95-100% natural and include ingredients such as sea algae. Now for the science bit: OPCs are plant-based bioflavonoid complexes that act as foragers in the body mopping up free radicals that damage skin. The antioxidant properties in grape seeds have been shown to offer benefits including an improvement to skin health. I need to lie down after that explanation and stretch out half-expecting a standard, booze-soaked treatment, but the one-and-a-half hour session turns out to be much more than just a facial. After a 10 minute back massage, Magda removes my make-up and gives a mini micro dermabrasion to smooth skin, reduce facial discolouration and help the cream penetrate more deeply. Alcohol is dehydrating but only a dash of real Champagne is mixed in with the OPC ampoule, the content of which is activated by the bubbles. Only decent Brut champagne works: sweet, Cava or Prosecco won’t do. champagne facial at body silk clinic london Once my face is swathed in a velvety unguent I’m given a spine-tingling head and shoulder massage, then the remaining cream is gently applied using a special fan brush massage technique followed by a heavenly face massage. This is undoubtedly the most relaxing facial I’ve had. It’s sumptuous, soothing and indulgent and made my skin glow. Good for all skin types, the treatment works to protect connective tissue, enhance blood flow and improve the nutrient supply to the skin. Even though you can smell the alcohol it’s not unpleasant and the fragranced lotion ensures that you don’t reek like you’ve spent the night in a pub lock-in. It’s also very reasonably priced considering you get a facial, head, back and face massage and a glass of champers. There’s also a caviar facial that uses the real thing, which is good for capillaries as well as protecting against pollution. Either would make a lovely gift to yourself, for a friend, or (listen up, gentlemen) a perfect present for your other half. The Champagne facial costs £85 for 75 minutes.
Our skin is daily exposed to various damaging elements, including UVA and UVB radiation. UVA rays penetrate the connective tissue beneath the skin and damage elastin fibers, collagen fibers, cause skin pigmentation and wrinkling, as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. UVB rays cause tanning, sunburns and skin cancer. Studies have shown that exposure to the sun is one of the main causes of premature aging of the skin and changes to its condition and suppleness. In the past few years an increasing number of academic research studies have been done to check and understand the sunscreen’s effectiveness not only in preventing sun burns and skin redness but also in regards to premature aging of the skin and skin cancers. A recent research, the world-first human study to assess the impact of sunscreen at the molecular level, has shown that sunscreen creams help protect the p53 gene that is responsible for protecting our skin from cancer. Do you use sunblock products? If so, which ones and how often?
We are all well versed on the damaging and ageing effects of the sun. What about other environmental factors? What do you know about pollution, for instance?
Pollution is a growing source of environmental damage. It can severely impact health causing a wide range of problems - from decreased life expectancy, to deadly skin diseases. Together with the sun, pollution can accelerate the skin ageing cycle triggering visibl premature ageing. Industrial and car emissions, cigarette smoke, ground level ozone, and the sun are all sources of pollution. They work in synergy to overwhelm skin's internal defenses, triggering a cascade of damage deep within the skin with a wide range of deleterious effects. What is the solution? How can we help our skin fight the environmental damage?
For a reason, Vitamin C has become one of the most popular ingredients in the cosmetic skin-care products. New research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralises free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage. Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant. In simple words, it means that it can seriosly slow down the skin cells to age. Have you ever used any skin products containing Vitamin C? Which one worked best for you?
Even simple breakouts can influence the way you feel about yourself and the way you interact with people. Usually when we think about acne we think about our face. In fact acne can occur pretty much on any part of our body. If you suffer from acne, there is one way forward - look for help and talk to an expert. Acne is a very common but difficult to treat skin condition. However, the results of the treatment can be amazing with the right approach. If you prefer to deal with your problem at home, you may want to book an Obagi consultation with a doctor to get a prescription for the Obagi system to be used at home with potential follow-ups scheduled every now and then to make sure that they treatment is working and the dose is correct for the effect that you want to achieve. If you’d rather have a treatment for acne in the clinic, you can choose from a few option available, including a treatment for acne with Holy Land skin peels. If, however, you are more inclined towards a holistic approach, a combination of homeopathy, acupuncture and mesotherapy can be considered. You will have to have a consultation with a homeopathy doctor to see which course of treatments is right for you. We will talk about types of acne in one of our next posts. So, please, subscribe to our news letter to be up-to-date with our news!
Did you know that cute freckles that some people get are called sometime 'sun kisses'? Unfortunately, the truth is as simple as that - they are actually the result of a sun damage. You may have noticed that especially after the summer or a sunny beach holiday, some people experience more of those brown discolourations on their tanned skin. In medical terms, it is called pigmentation - a result of excessive melanin levels in the body due to the sun exposure. Special cells in our skin, called melanocytes, produce melanin. If the skin is exposed to the sun and is not protected, the cells become damaged or simply unhealthy which triggers a change in melanin production. These unhealthy damaged cells alter the skin colour. However there may be other reasons for pigmentation, such as hormonal imbalance. Pigmentation can affect both white and dark skin types and needs a different approach. Feel free to ask questions from our skin specialists!.
Body Silk Clinic
Hither Green, Lewisham,
31 Staplehurst Road
London SE13 5ND