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What Is Slugging?


We all know how important it is to cleanse, tone and moisturise each day to help keep our skin looking beautiful and clear, with a lovely healthy glow… but there’s one practice that you may have heard about over the last few months that sounds particularly intriguing.


We’re talking about slugging, which isn’t quite as bad as it sounds. This is one way to help tackle dry skin during the winter months, which can be particularly troublesome because of all the wind, rain and snow, and central heating, all drying us out no end.


Slugging itself involves using Vaseline or similar to coat your face with after you’ve finished your typical night time skincare routine. Leave it on overnight, with the idea being that you can help prevent water loss from your skin as you sleep.


You may not want to do this regularly each night but it could prove to be an effective strategy if you do suddenly find that your skin is flaking or chapped because of all the cold weather. If you want to do a little test patch overnight on a smaller area of your face, this could be a good way of finding out if it’s right for you.


Of course, don’t forget that hydration comes from within, however, so make sure that you’re drinking enough water throughout the day to really help keep your skin looking beautiful and that horrible dryness away. Your diet will also play a part in the quality of your skin, so make sure you’re eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well.


Come and see us at Ealing skin clinic Sarah M Laser & Skin for a bit of a post-lockdown treat.


5 Ways To Pandemic-Proof Your Skin


The lockdown is playing havoc with our skin, with stress, face masks, bitterly cold weather, central heating, and Zoom-overload leaving it feeling parched, blotchy, and spotty.


While facials at our favourite clinics are unavailable until further notice, we will all have to take matters into our own hands and look after our own skin. From protecting yourself against the elements to using the right amount of products on your skin, were have some tips for you to pandemic-proof your skin


Build up your skin barrier

Stress is probably the single biggest threat to a smooth complexion at the moment. Stress hormones like cortisol can increase sebum and oil production, and create tiny microscopic holes in your cell membranes that lead to water leaking out of your cells, dehydrating the skin and causing inflammation, hyperpigmentation, dullness, fine lines and even acne.

Opt for products containing ingredients like ceramides, peptides and hyaluronic acid serum that will protect and build the skin’s natural barrier function, while locking in intracellular water.


Protect from the elements

Even in the winter months, we should all be using a daily SPF to protect against UV damage, but there are several other environmental aggressors we need to consider, particularly in lockdown.


Endless Zoom meetings expose us to HEV light, or blue light, that can generate free radicals that cause skin cells to produce enzymes, breaking down the collagen and elastin and lead to premature ageing. Use a face misting product to prevent dehydration and protect from screen pollution.


What to avoid

If you are noticing increased sensitivity and redness, avoid hot showers (go for lukewarm), as well as sulphates, drying alcohol and synthetic fragrances, as these can exacerbate redness and lead to increased sensitivity when you use actives like exfoliating acids and retinol.


Make sure you maintain a healthy diet, with plenty of greens, like broccoli and spinach, and throw in handfuls of skin-boosting, vitamin C-packed foods like raspberries, blueberries and pomegranate seeds to smoothies to help fend off free radicals and boost collagen production, and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.


If you need a UK skin and laser clinic in Ealing, get in touch today.


What To Eat To Help Prevent Wrinkles



Getting older is a fact of life and one we will all need to embrace at some point, but there is a lot you can do to help retain a youthful visage, enjoying glowing, beautiful, healthy skin for as long as possible… and your lifestyle will have a big part to play in this.


Drinking enough water each day, getting regular exercise and eating a diet that includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables will really help make your skin more resilient, so if you’re worried that it’s been looking a little lacklustre of late, it might be a good idea to look at your lifestyle and see if there are any improvements you could make.


If it’s your diet you’d like to revise, what about eating more avocados? These are great for your skin and have lots of monounsaturated fats in them, alongside lots of other wonderful nutrients, helping to prevent dryness and keeping your skin well nourished.


Blueberries are another delicious little treat you could stock up on if you want to look after your skin, as they contain lots of antioxidants that can help prevent damage, which can lead to wrinkles.


And if we’re talking about antioxidants, fill the cupboards with dark chocolate! This has even more powerful antioxidants in it than blueberries and other fruits, protecting your skin from damage… so, as you can see, eating for healthy skin can certainly be a tasty pursuit.


Of course, there are lots of other foods out there that are great for your skin, including sweet potatoes, salmon, sardines and more. It’s just a matter of doing some research and working out what you like to eat!


For help and advice relating to anti-ageing treatments, get in touch with Sarah M Laser & Skin Clinic today.

What Are The Benefits Of HIFU Skin Tightening Treatment?



What is HIFU Treatment?

HIFU stands for ‘High Intensity Focused Ultrasound’ and it is a non-surgical cosmetic skin-tightening procedure; in fact, it could be described as ‘the new facelift’. A HIFU facelift can target the deeper layers of the skin and body tissue to boost cell growth for an anti-aging effect.


The treatment was first approved for aesthetic use in 2009, and has been proved to be a popular, safe and effective way to improve the appearance of tired, aging skin. It was previously mainly used medically to treat tumours.


How Does HIFU Work?

HIFU works by targeting focused ultrasound energy to the layers of skin just below the surface. The ultrasound energy rapidly heats the tissue cells, which stimulates them to produce more collagen. This is a protein which keeps your skin looking smooth and healthy. It becomes naturally depleted as we age, and of a lower quality.


What Does HIFU Do?

HIFU rejuvenates the treated area, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can be applied to the brow area, smoothing out crow’s feet, forehead lines and frown lines.


It can also reduce sagging in the jawline, enhancing its definition, and tighten the skin to lift cheeks and eyelids. HIFU has also proved very effective for reducing fine lines and damage in the décolletage area (upper chest and neckline).

Is HIFU Painful?


HIFU is considered a fairly painless and quick treatment. Some people may experience slight discomfort, such as a ‘pins and needles’ sensation. If you are worried, doctors advise taking an Ibuprofen tablet beforehand. Immediately after treatment, you may experience redness and swelling which will fade in a few hours.


How Long Does HIFU Last?

Full results can be seen two to eight weeks after the first treatment. A one-off treatment can be expected to last for six months to two years, depending on the condition of the skin, and lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet, and exercise.


For more information about HIFU facelift treatment, get in touch today!

The Main Causes Of Acne And How To Deal With It


Nothing can be as annoying as when a random pimple pops ups on your face when you least expect or need it. You might have a tried a variety of acne treatments over the years, and possibly found it’s only made the situation worse.

The requirement for wearing a face-covering has also acerbated many people’s breakouts, with the dreaded maskne.


However, to make sure you get the right treatment, it’s important to understand what causes acne in the first place, and the three main causes of the distressing condition.


Bacteria acne

Bacterial acne appears in different sizes, bumps, nodules, cysts, blackheads and whiteheads. It is caused when excess sebum clogs the hair follicles on your skin, causing bacteria to grow, creating whiteheads or blackheads.


It’s usually prevalent on the face, especially in the T-zone and the neck. To treat, you can use topical application of actives such as retinol, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.


Fungal acne

Fungal acne is due to Malassezia, the same fungus that causes dandruff. You’ll see it in clusters of tiny bumps, and can be associated with itching. If your body can’t keep Malassezia in balance, fungal acne will be overproduced.


It’s most common on the forehead, shoulders, back and neck. Use an anti-fungi body wash or shampoo to help eliminate it. Avoid wearing sweaty gym clothes, change out of them, and wash your face and take a shower when you’re done working out.


Folliculitis

Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicle. It is typical caused by waxing or shaving, particularly if waxing causes ingrowing hairs, and you’re shaving using an old, dull razor. It will appear as a puss boil around the hair follicle.


Folliculitis occurs on the arms, back and legs. Consult your dermatologist who will usually prescribe antibacterial cleansers and topicals that prevent such kind of infection. It may be suggested to try laser hair removal in Ealing if waxing and shaving are causing folliculitis.


Get in touch today for a consultation at our skin clinic in Ealing.

The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal


Unwanted body hair can be one of the most difficult things to deal with when it comes to self-care, and finding the right method to eliminate it, from tweezering each hair out one by one or by getting waxed can be equally as difficult.


There are problems and limitations with each and any method, and finding the right method is essential, there are some areas of the body you certainly don’t want to make a mistake with!


we have trained to laser hair removal in Ealing, which provides the perfect solution as it deals with the root cause of the problem, quite literally!


Laser hair removal uses laser beams that disable hair follicles, that part that is responsible for the regrowth of hair. This means there is far less maintenance by opting for this solution rather than needing to go for regular waxing.


Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

There are many benefits to laser hair removal, most directly revealing that waxing or shaving process.


Lowest pain: Compared to other types of hair removal processes, the amount of pain you get to experience is quite low. In fact, most people do not feel anything at all. Even if you do have a lower tolerance for pain, the clinician performing the treatment can apply an anaesthetic gel to make the pinching pain go away completely.


Avoid ingrowth: Improper hair removal, which is quite common in waxing, can lead to ingrowing hairs. Not only does this look unattractive, but it can be a pain to deal with. Laser hair removal attacks the follicle which completely removes the worry of improper hair growth.


No real side-effects: Laser hair removal is an extremely sterile process and the only real effect that one may see is temporary redness which goes away quite quickly.


Effective: Instead of cutting the hair, this process takes out the growth process itself which is extremely effective in removing regrowth for a long time.


Are you looking for laser hair removal in Ealing? Get in touch today!

Does Laser Hair Removal Really Work?


There are many options for removing unwanted body hair these days, but some of them are quite time consuming and need to be carried out regularly, like shaving.


If you’re looking for lasting hair removal, it’s well worth considering laser hair removal in Ealing, or wherever you live.

As the Express recently explained, laser hair removal could give you the long-lasting results you’re looking for. 


Although you need to allow between eight and 12 sessions with a specialist in the procedure, you can expect to see a noticeable difference in hair growth as a result.


Depending on the area of your body that you’re targeting with laser hair removal, you might need more sessions than this, with the face in particular often requiring more due to your hormones.


The newspaper noted that most people will see an 80% reduction in hair growth after their treatment course finishes and may then just require simple top up treatments. What intervals these top ups are at will depend on your hair type and where it’s growing on your body.


All of these elements will be discussed with your therapist before your treatment begins so that you have a clear expectation of how it can help you.


An article for Healthline recently noted that laser hair removal is one option to consider if you notice you have hair growing on the outside of your nose. The news provider noted that the procedure only works for dark, terminal hairs though. It won’t help with vellus or light-coloured hairs on your nose.


For darker hairs, however, the publication revealed that laser hair removal can last for ten years or potentially even longer when it’s carried out correctly. 

Having Trouble With ‘Zoom Face’?




It might not be helped by the cheap laptop that’s ideal for work has a lousy webcam, providing unflattering captures, although there is the technology to sneakily add makeup filters. But the most effective means of ensuring you look your best is to enhance your skincare routine.


‘Zoom Face’ is the name given to this phenomenon that has knocked the confidence of many people trapped in online work meetings. A better quality webcam, lighting, and camera angles can help, but they won’t be much use if you’ve got other issues such as hollowness, puffiness, or saggy skin.


While we’re all in lockdown, the usual facial aesthetic treatments aren’t available to us, but all it needs it a little more time and attention to our regimes to help present clear and fresh-looking skin.


You should be washing your face daily at least, but the winter weather brings drier air, especially if you’re indoors with the central heating on all day. Avoid soap and foaming cleansers, as your skin needs more protective lipids, so go for creamy cleansers instead.


Follow that with moisturiser, and be sure to top it up during the day as needed. A humidifier for your home office could be a wise investment if you’re suffering from dry skin.


Your diet can make a world of difference to your skin, so don’t neglect that five-a-day of fruit and veg, and drink plenty of water.


A good night’s sleep will always be of benefit, not just for your skin, and the darker months mean we’re getting less vitamin D from natural light, so consider taking supplements.


If you’re looking for a post-lockdown aesthetic and laser clinic, get in touch!

Getting A Tattoo Removed? Here’s What You Can Expect


Sometimes we make mistakes in life and, if you’re regretting your choice or placement of tattoo, you might feel as though there aren’t a lot of options open to you.


Laser tattoo removal in Ealing is one way of getting rid of any tattoos you no longer want, but you might wonder what you can expect from the procedure.


A recent article for Hypebae explained what you can expect and what you can do after the procedure to make it as effective as possible.


Before your appointment, you need to keep the tattoo out of the sun and avoid exfoliating, plucking, waxing or applying products that contain the likes of retinols and retinoids that can irritate the skin.


It’s also advised that you shave the tattooed area a day before your appointment and make sure you’re well rested.

You’re likely to need multiple sessions with your therapist to remove a tattoo effectively, so be prepared for that. After each session, there are a few steps you can take to help your skin heal.


Similar to when you have a tattoo in the first place, keep the area covered and protect it with a layer of ointment like petroleum jelly. It’s also important that you keep the area out of the sun between treatments 

How to Prevent “Maskne”


What is maskne?

Now we are 8 months into the coronavirus pandemic, wearing a face covering in shops and other public spaces is starting to feel completely normal. However, some people have noticed outbreaks of spots and pimples, known as acne, on the areas of their face which come into contact with a mask. This has been dubbed “maskne”.


Why does maskne develop?

Unlike regular acne, which is caused by hormonal change, acne caused by wearing a mask is the result of a direct irritant to the skin. The physical rubbing of the mask on the skin can cause micro-tears, which makes it easier for bacteria and oils to get beneath the surface of your skin and clog up the pores.


How can you prevent maskne?

Prevention is better than cure, so make sure you are following these simple steps to care for your skin.


1. Wash your mask thoroughly after each use with hot water and detergent to kill off any bacteria and remove dead skin cells. If you use disposable masks, make sure you use a fresh one each time.


2. Cleanse your face with a gentle lotion at least twice a day, and try and avoid wearing heavy moisturisers or foundations on the areas of your skin which come into contact with a mask.


3. Make sure that your mask fits well to prevent excess rubbing, and if possible choose a natural material such as cotton or silk, which are less harsh on the skin.


How can you treat maskne?

If you still experience breakouts of acne despite your best efforts, there are ways to treat it effectively.


1. Try to avoid use harsh face scrubs which will damage and dry out your skin. A simple unperfumed cleanser is best, followed by a toner if you have been wearing make-up.


2. Over-the-counter lotions and gels which contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid have been clinically proven to kill bacteria and help prevent spots.


If your acne symptoms are still severe after a couple of months, it is recommended to seek clinical advice for further treatment.  

Remember That Skin Care Is Self Care


In between working from home, homeschooling, remembering to wear a mask to the supermarket, worrying about your health and an uncertain financial or employment future, or a million and one other things, you might have neglected your skincare regime for the moment.


However, when it comes to some well-needed self-care, then skincare should be top of the list, even your grandmother will tell you so! When there is so much out of your control in 2020, dedicating yourself to something you can control will be good for your skin and mental health.


We have a few tips for your skincare regime to help you feel better overall.


Moisturise

Moisturising should be part of your regime, no matter how busy you are! However, you should not forget to moisturise your hands also. Your hands can show the signs of age before other parts of the body, so take care of your self-esteem by caring for the parts of your body you see every day.


Cut out the caffeine

For many, who rely on their morning brew to kickstart the day, asking you to cut out coffee and caffeine sounds like the impossible. But caffeine can lead to dry skin, so replace your coffee with water or juice to keep hydrated. The more hydrated you are, the better your skin will be.


Reduce salt

Salt will cause dehydration of the skin and your body, and neither is it good for your heart. By cutting back on salt you will maintain your skin whilst also protect your health.


Exercise

Exercise is essential to maintain good health, and it helps you sweat out the toxins and removes the dead skin cells. Although, be aware of sweating out all kinds of hair products onto your skin. Wear a headband, always take a clean towel with you, and remember to wash your gym kit to make sure you stay fresh and clean!


If you need a UK laser and skin clinic in Ealing, book an appointment today!

Five Top Tips For Skin Hydration


With winter just a few short weeks away, it’s more important now than ever to make sure that your skin is properly hydrated. Without this, you will be prone to dry skin and breakouts, and fine lines and wrinkles will appear more prominently… which nobody wants! Especially with constant masks on


So what can you do to keep your skin well hydrated, properly nourished and looking beautiful right the way through till spring? The answer, thankfully, is quite a lot and your first step towards healthy skin is making sure you drink enough water during the day.


Hydration comes from within, so make sure you’re drinking at least two litres of water a day (with an extra litre per hour of exercise you do to replenish lost liquid).


Also take a look at the skincare products you’re using and make sure you have some that prioritise hydration in your washbag, with ingredients including hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides and panthenol.


And, although it might well be chilly outside and you may want to warm up quickly, avoid taking long hot showers over the coming months, as this can really dehydrate your skin. If possible, go for lukewarm water and your skin will really thank you for it.


You can also give your skin a real boost at this time of year if you use a weekly face mask. The party season is just ahead of us and this can really take its toll, so give your skin a much-needed treat by applying a hydrating face mask once a week.


For further help and advice, come and see us at Sarah M Laser and Skin Clinic in Ealing today.