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Hitchhikers guide to skincare in your 40’s and beyond

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Skin inYour 40s: Discover how your skin changes & what can help.   We’re often made to feel that the older we get, the less content with our physical appearance we should be. But in reality, there are so many simple ways to feel beautiful, no matter what your age—and great skincare is one of them. But navigating the complicated world of skincare as you age can be challenging, especially if it’s not your area of expertise. If you need a little guidance on how to look great at 40 and beyond, we can help. How…

Lip threads the pros and cons

Thread lifts for sagging jowls are well known but now lips are getting the treatment. But what do the experts think?   Lip threads are yet another treatment made popular by member of the Kardashian family – in this case Kylie Jenner –  and they’re getting a lot of press at the moment. It’s a novel twist on an already established procedure – the thread lift for the face.  The thread lift has been used for quite some time to lift sagging jaw lines and turkey necks, and if done well it can have impressive results. So, lip threads are…

Carbonated water: should you be washing your face with it

Carbonated cleansing: Skincare magic or a sofizzticated scam? Beauty writer, Jade Moscrop finds out. From the rise of crystals to the reign of retinol, people are taking skincare much more seriously these days, which paves the way for some genius tips and tricks – as well as some that aren’t so smart. One that’s had some beauty buffs scratching their heads while simultaneously reaching for the Soda Stream is the sparkling water cleanse, which advocates swapping your bog-standard tap water for the fizzy stuff when you’re washing your face. These ‘Fizzy facials’ were popularised by skincare gurus in Japan and…

Could fasting improve your skin?

We hear lots about the benefits of fasting diets, including that they can help you live longer, but new research shows they can help rejuvenate your skin as well. With Summer upon us you might be thinking now is the time to pull yourself together and shed some extra pounds. Diets like the 5:2 diet, which involves fasting for two days out of 5 are gaining popularity, and those who’ve done them often say they help with losing weigh and keeping it off and have the added benefit of making them feel more alert and improving their concentration. But, could…

Skin care questions answered

Need skin care help? Aesthetic Nurse, Shirley Nicol answers some common skin care questions – and the answers may surprise you. One of the most common questions I get asked is ‘what can help my skin?’ The answer is more often than not a very simple one – concentrate on repairing your skin barrier. Once you get that in order a lot of other issues will fall into place. Pollution, stress and ageing all take their toll on our skin causing, amongst other things, dry and irritated skin, acne and fine lines and wrinkles. There are, however, some simple things…

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Harley Street Emporium – Your Complete Aesthetics Guide Harley Street Emporium is your complete aesthetics guide.  It’s a website where you can find a doctor, find information and buy the best anti-aging skin care products and the best acne products as well as information on how to treat various skin conditions. It features editorially independent information about skin care, skin conditions and cosmetic treatments. It also has a glossary of ingredients which tells consumers what each one does and if there are any safety concerns associated with them. It also has a shop section which showcases evidence-based products – mostly…

Is the sunscreen in a moisturiser enough

Is the sunscreen in your moisturiser enough? We talk to the experts to find out. Many moistuisers these days come with an SPF, and that’s a great idea. But often the label and packaging doesn’t give you much of an idea of exactly what protection your getting. They may say SPF 15, 20 or 30 and that’s fine if you’re talking about UVB protection, but most don’t say if they have a UVA sun protection rating as well. Does that matter? Yes. There are important differences between UVA and UVB rays and the damage they do to your skin. UVA…

Pigmentation spots. How to prevent and get rid of them

How can you avoid pigment problems and what can you do about them once they’re there? Our experts explain. We may love the sun but there is a price to pay for bathing in it. Age spots, liver spots, sun spots – whatever you choose to call them – are areas of hyperpigmentation and can affect all of us, irrespective of our skin colour. Sun exposure is the main cause, and when it comes to Melasma – a condition that mostly affects pregnancy women or women on the contraceptive pill – hormones are usually to blame. Melasma and sun spots…

Psoriasis: Dermatologist Adam Freidmann explains the treatment options

Psoriasis is a skin condition that can have a big impact on people’s lives. In this video consultant dermatologist Dr Adam Freidmann explains the condition and we hear from people who have it as well. They talk about how psoriasis has affected their lives, how they have coped and come to terms with it, and how the treatments have helped. Importantly they point out that psoriasis is not contagious. It is a long-term, inflammatory condition causing patches of red, scaly skin known as plaques. It is caused by increased production of skin cells. The symptoms come and go throughout life,…

Fillers: there’s more to them than lips and cheeks

Fillers: The evolution. Dr Christine Reader explains what they’ve traditionally been used for and what they can do now. There is no denying that fillers are going from strength to strength in terms of use and popularity. They certainly are the less invasive option when compared to surgery, and can yield very satisfying results. When speaking of fillers, it simply refers to substances that are injected by a needle into the skin with the purpose of enhancing and/or altering the appearance. As we age, we lose general volume and plumpness of the skin. Features such as our cheeks and temples…

Do home use galvanic or vibrating devices really work?

There’s a buzz about home use devices at the moment, but can those that use electrotherapy or micro-vibration really make a difference to your skin? Dr Christine Reader finds out. On the occasion that I do visit a spa, I must confess that I do not pay a minute’s thought to the science behind the treatments. I have no desire to investigate the reasons why a seaweed body wrap rids the body of toxins as is claimed or the exact effect by which a mud treatment is supposed to rejuvenate one’s complexion. Seeing as I always leave feeling refreshed, younger,…

Seven steps to healthier looking skin.

Want to know how you can keep your skin looking good? Follow Dr Unnati Desai’s seven steps to healthier looking skin. Ageing may be inevitable but there are certain things you can do to keep your skin looking healthier and youthful for longer. 1. Be Sun Safe with Daily UV Protection I know you’ve heard it before but I’m putting this as number one if you want to keep your skin looking good. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays is the leading cause of premature skin aging – even in these cool climes. Using a good sunblock properly is important.…

15 New Years skin care resolutions

It’s New Year resolution time! See what our skincare gurus recommend. It’s that time of year again when we starting thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Lose weight, quit smoking and look after yourself better are often high on the list, but have you considered adding a good skincare regime to the list? After all, your skin is your body’s largest organ and if it looks good – so do you. We spoke to some of Harley Street Emporium’s skincare guru’s to see that they recommend as must do’s for the New Year. Harley Street Dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting, says: Demand…

Skin saving tips for the silly season

Are you burning the candle at both ends during the festive season? Our SKINtellectuals share their tips on how to keep you looking your best. It’s that time of year  when your social life looks like it’s taken on a life of it’s own with a seemingly endless set of social events. But all these late nights, parties and alcohol can take a toll on your skin, leaving your eyes with puffy with dark circles and your skin looking dull and dehydrated. So, what can you do to make sure you’re looking your best when you’ve really been burning the…

Quit Counting Sheep: find out which foods can help you get a good night’s sleep

What foods may help with sleep, and which don’t? Dr A Bolin takes a look. Do you sometimes lie awake at night counting sheep? Have you noticed that your skin can look dull and lack-lustre if you’re not getting enough shut-eye?  Getting a good night’s sleep is indeed related to your skin health and studies have shown that a chronic lack of sleep quality is associated with increased signs of skin ageing, impaired skin barrier function and an increased dissatisfaction with appearance. When you sleep your body is busy repairing damage and building collagen. If you don’t get enough, it’s…

Niacinamide-the beauty benefits of vitamin B3

It might not roll off your lips but Vitamin B3 or Niacinamide is fast becoming a beauty industry favourite. Dr Zara Kassam PhD explains why.   A certain nutrient in the cosmeceutical world has been gaining popularity for its favourable effects on the skin; it goes by the name Niacinamide. Now you’re probably wondering why everyone is suddenly talking about this ingredient. What does Niacinamide do, and why is it being called the “super food” of skin care? So sit tight and let us walk you through this breath-taking product. Niacinamide or vitamin B3 has recently been gaining a reputation in…

Can exfoliating scrubs do more harm than good

Exfoliating scrubs – we’ve grown up believing they’re the key to clear, beautiful skin. But can they do more harm than good? Dr Zara Kassam PhD finds out. Many of us have been utterly convinced, (well those of us who suffer the torment of hormonal changes), that in order to keep our faces free of oil and dead skin we must scrub ourselves regularly to keep lour skin looking fresh and blemish free. There’s no doubt exfoliating is an important part of skincare and is often touted as a ‘detox’ for our skin, but some products can be detrimental to…

JUST HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD WE BE DRINKING?

Water – your skin needs it – but just how much should you drink? Dr Zara Kassam PhD finds out. We all know that water is vital for our health and our skin. Our bodies contain 55% to 78% water, depending on our size, and without it we’d only survive for a few days. Strangely however, there is no specific formula to calculate exactly how much water we should drink and that’s because our needs vary significantly depending on the temperature, humidity, activity levels and caffeine or alcohol intake. While it often said ‘let your thirst be your guide’ the UK’s…

Summer fruits: what you should be eating for your skin’s health

Which are best Summer fruits to keep your skin and hair looking its best? Dr Zara Kassam PhD takes a look at the top 5. What are you eating this summer to get that boost of nutrients that you need for skin and hair health? We all know fruits are great for your health, but are you eating the ones that are best for you? To make things easier for you, we’ve selected 5 of the best Summer fruits and highlighted their incredible benefits. While many foods make great face masks, the best health benefit comes from eating them. To find…

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Harley Street Emporium’s evidence-based skin care gives you the best opportunity avialble on the market today to turn back the clock and stop aging in its tracks. All our brands come from top doctors. dermatologists and the labs that supply the medical aesthetics industry. They are formulated to get results and have the clinical studies to back them up. Using top quality ingredients and in many cases patented formulas these products are active in fighting the visible signs of aging from fine lines and wrinkles to pigmentation and sun-damage. Brands include Teoxane, Beaute Pacificque, Fillerina, Aquateal, NeoStrata, Exuviance, Harley Street…

women shaving

Ladies should you shave your face or put the razor down? Dr A. Bolin looks at the pro’s and con’s of women shaving. Would you like to have a glowing face with smooth skin that beauty serums penetrate easily into and your makeup glides over?  These are just some of the claims proponents of shaving make, but can it achieve that or will you end up with a face full of stubble? It seems many women are willing to find out with shaving becoming increasingly popular. Many women shave to get rid of unwanted hair, whereas others do it for…

What do skin doctors use on their skin?

So, what does a skin specialist use on their skin? Heather Stephen spoke to four skin experts to find out their skincare secrets.   Dr Tatiana Lapa, medical director of the Studio Clinic, Harley Street Mornings “I am a loyal devotee to the Zein Obagi range which has completely changed my skin. I start with a ZO Oilacleanse face wash, followed by ZO Daily Power Defense cream – a light weight lotion which promotes DNA repair and stimulates collagen production – and Heliocare SPF 50 gel. Looking after my skin means that I rarely need to use foundation, a tinted moisturiser…

Silicone: why is it in my moisturiser?

Silicone is a common ingredient in skincare products. Daniel Judd explains why. If you’ve ever taken a thorough look through the ingredients of certain skincare products, you might have wondered why you’re rubbing your face with the stuff used to seal bathroom fittings. Silicone is a truly versatile ingredient with applications ranging from colourful cake moulds to many of the face and hair products you know and love. What’s important to remember is that just because it’s got all sorts of industrial uses doesn’t mean it’s not a great skincare ingredient too. So why does silicone get used in so…

Are we in the midst of a skincare revolution or is it just massaging the facts?

Are your skin care products undergoing a revolution? With all this talk about latest scientific research and cutting edge patented technology are today’s products really any different? Self-confessed skeptic, Dr Haran Sivapalan, finds out.  For thousands of years, people have covered themselves with various substances in an effort to prevent dry skin. As far back as 150AD, the Ancient Roman physician Galen mixed molten beeswax with olive oil and rose water – and was credited as the inventor of the first cold cream. Galen’s concoction likely worked because the rose water hydrated the skin, while the beeswax and olive oil…

Spot the mistakes: errors we make trying to get rid of acne

If you have acne you’ll try almost anything to get rid of it. Our experts look at some of the most common errors people make and what they should do instead. Most of us have battled with acne at some stage.  Although your doctor can help it’s hardly surprising if you try your own zit-busting tricks too – but sometimes you might just be on the wrong track. What we do: Use facial oils Celebrities like Gywneth Paltrow and Emma Stone swear by natural oils to remove makeup and keep their skin clear but while some studies have claimed that coconut oil…

Men: are you taking your skincare seriously?

More men, especially younger ones, are starting to take their skin care seriously. And not before time experts say, as they need a smart skincare regime just as much as women do. Here’s why. According to research by Mintel more than half (56%) of men say they have no need for skincare products and a quarter (26%) claim they don’t care what their skin looks like. But what men  say and what they do may be two very different things as the very same research shows that 60% men aged 16-24 use moisturiser, as do 41% in the 45-54s. In 2015 the mens’…

Probiotics: can these gut-loving bacteria help your skin?

We’ve all heard that probiotics are good for our gut, but now there are claims they can help your skin? Dr Hannah Sweilem looks at the evidence. Trends in skincare come and go as we know, but one that’s growing in popularity now is idea that probiotics – the good bacteria that live in our guts – can help improve our skin. But the idea is not new. Back in the day (in 1930 to be precise), two well-known dermatologists made a prediction: that gut health affects skin health. They predicted that an imbalance of gut microbes increases gut permeability…

Get skin savvy: common skincare mistakes and how to fix them

You spend a fortune on serums and never go to bed with your makeup on, so why isn’t your skin flawless? Some top doctors talk about some common skincare mistakes and share their top tips. Most of us probably have a bathroom cupboard stacked full of lotions and potions. In fact, here in the UK we spend more than £2 billion a year on skincare, but are we really making the most of our money? Faced with rows of products promising the earth it can be tricky to pick the right ones, let alone work out how to use them properly. Don’t worry, you’re not alone,…

Microencapsulation-how it’s changing skincare

Good things may now come in small skincare packages. Daniel Judd looks at how packaging ingredients into micro-capsules could benefit your skin. There’s a quiet revolution going on at a cosmetics counter near you. You may have heard the buzzword – micro-encapsulation. It’s a big word for packaging ingredients into tiny capsules that will either better preserve or release ingredients into the skin in a very different way from what we’re used to. Cosmetics can be tricky things to build. Many of the ingredients you love, your antioxidants, your vitamins, your nutrients and your fragrances all have problems that limit…

Skincare: 7 things your doctor does want you to know

Consultant dermatologist and Harley Street Emporium SKINtellectual, Dr Anjali Mahto, gives us her top skincare tips.   1. Watch that mole  “Because of cheaper travel and the popularity of tans, skin cancer rates have increased by over 300% since the late 1970s,” says Dr Mahto from the Cranley Clinic on Harley Street. “Only five or more sunburns before the age of 18 can double your lifetime risk of developing melanoma so annual mole checks carried out by a dermatologist should be part of your preventative health screening as skin cancer picked up early is easily treatable but left alone it can be…

Are you guilty of the ten cardinal skin care sins?

Dr Jane Leonard, GP and aesthetics guru, talks you through the ten cardinal skin care sins. 1. Forgetting to take your make up off at night. We have all been guilty of climbing into bed without taking our makeup off after a night out or long day at work. So what is the harm? Well, it’s so important to fully cleanse your skin, not only to remove your make up, but also to remove the toxins that have built up during the day. Pollution, smoke, car fumes – to name a few, all create an invisible film on the surface…

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Dr Jane Leonard is a fully qualified GP and Cosmetic doctor, graduating from the University of Manchester. She also has a first class honours degree in anatomical sciences, in which she focused her studies on the anatomy of the face, head and neck. She completed her aesthetic training on Harley Street following a stint at The Alfred Hospital Medical Research Centre, in Melbourne, Australia. Her work in Dermatology research has been published in the prestigious Australasian Journal of Dermatology. Almost a decade of aesthetic treatment experience, Dr Leonard has been nominated for the Cosmetic Doctor of the Year in the prestigious…

What are the top five ingredients to look for in skin care?

What are the top 5 ingredients you need in your skincare regime? Rosie Taylor finds out. There are thousands of skincare products out there and the list of ingredients can be baffling. But there are some key ingredients that experts agree are vital for smooth, clear skin and to fight signs of ageing. Here’s our list of the 5 essentials for great skincare:  1. VITAMIN C What is it? Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is a naturally occurring antioxidant which we need for cell growth. We get it through our diet – citrus fruit, berries and dark leafy…

PRP – the Vampire or Dracula Facelift

What are Vampire or Dracula facelifts or facials? The Vampire or Dracula Facelift is a procedure which involves drawing a small amount of your own blood to obtain platelet-rich plasma (PRP) which is then injected back into the face to boost collagen and plump up the skin. In the case of the Vampire facial, made famous by Kim Kardashian, micro-needles are used instead of injections. The micro-needles, make a multitude of small punctures allowing the PRP to penetrate the skin barrier. PRP therapy was developed in the 1970s to help with wound healing after surgery and went onto be used for sports…

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Harley Street Emporium is a website where you can find a doctor, find information on perimenopause and menopause, women’s health and skin care. We feature the best anti-aging skin care products and the best acne products as well as information on how to treat various skin conditions. Consumers can also book with some of the UK’s best menopause doctors, plastic surgeons, dermatologists and aesthetic practitioners. Harley Street Emporium features editorially independent information about skin care, skin conditions and treatments. The site also features a glossary of ingredients telling consumers what each one does and if there are any safety concerns…