Tuesday, 16 January 2018


The importance of visiting a professional to carry out potentially risky treatments was thrown into the spotlight time and again in 2017. Much to the frustration of therapists and techs, it seemed stories of consumers injuring themselves as a result of DIY treatments were rarely out of the news.
In May, the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) reported a surge in people suffering from allergic reactions after using home gel-polish and acrylic kits, ranging from sore cuticles to the natural nails lifting from the nail beds.
It wasn't just consumers at fault though - the adverse reactions were also attributed to techs mixing products and technologies from different brands systems.                                                                      
Separately, a survey revealed just how often people injure themselves when attempting to remove their own pubic hair, with 14% admitting they had sustained injuries that required medical attention.
Even more seriously, experts began warning consumers against buying skin peels from eBay following reports of people suffering severe facial burns. Campaign group Safety in Beauty received 27 complaints of chemical peels gone wrong from products containing banned ingredients such as trichoroacetic acid.

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Monday, 18 December 2017




Poor nutrition can result in immunosuppression. A healthy diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, good quality protein and healthy fats will provide you with the fuel to cope with stressful situations. Keeping your blood sugar levels steady by eating smaller meals throughout the day has been shown to help reduce cortisol levels. Incorporating a well formulated multi-vitamin/mineral supplement into your diet is an ideal way to ensure that you're getting the right nutrients on a daily basis


Exercise is a great way not only to reduce stress, but to also achieve healthier skin. However, the type of exercise you do should involve relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and mindfulness, for example yoga and Tai Chi. People often assume that a lot of exercise is the cure for stress but too much rigorous exercise can have the opposite effect, so it's important to build in rest. Getting more oxygen to flow to the brain will result in a reduced physical and mental response to stress. Studies have shown that exercise not only reduces stress, but it also encourages blood flow to your skin. Exercise produces endorphins which can help improve sleep, which will in turn help reduce stress. You should be moving but not over-doing it. If your body has at least eight hours rest, it will renew and rejuvenate itself which will also show in the quality of your skin.


A good remedy to help with stress is often just talking. It's important to take a step back and talk to someone about whatever is causing stress. Talking things through can help relieve stress and put a different perspective on a challenging situation. Sharing problems with a close friend or family member rather than 'bottling up' issues can be an effective way to start tackling stress. Sharing your burden can often help to lighten the load, and knowing that you have someone to talk things through with and discuss your issues can make the world of difference

Original article: IIAA Bulletin November 2017

Thursday, 14 December 2017



Stress can also have a major impact on the skin's appearance. with certain skin conditions actually directly caused by stress. These include:
Dryness/Dullness. Raised levels of cortisol promotes transepidermal water loss resulting in dry and dull skin appearance.
Fine Lines. Raised cortisol can trigger elevated blood sugar levels via a process known as glycation. Ultimately, glycation damages collagen and elastin, two fibers that help to keep skin smooth, plump and firm. Counteract the effects with vitamin A along with antioxidants to stimulate collagen production and help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Acne. Stress triggers the release of androgens (male hormones) like testosterone which are responsible for the production of sebum. Women suffer more than men as they produce a much higher amount of androgens in the adrenal gland than men. Incorporate treatments with salicylic acid and vitamin A to control bacteria, clogged pores and to normalise sebum production.

Your skin is the window to what's going on in your body internally, so if you're not sleeping and your system isn't functioning properly, you're going to notice a dull complexion, dry, flaky skin and breakouts. Stress causes magnesium deficiency. The benefits of magnesium for anxiety and stress are substantial. When people are low in magnesium, they feel anxious, suffer with muscle cramps and may experience insomnia. Lack of sleep will also have a negative impact on skin health. A recent study found that poor quality sleepers showed increased signs of intrinsic skin ageing including fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced elasticity.

Stress can put more demand on the B vitamins in the body.
B vitamins are depleted by stress hormones such as cortisol. which get used up during stress responses such as the tensing of muscles and the rise of blood pressure.
B vitamins are important vitamins as they contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism and are key for supporting mental health and combating stress. As B vitamins are water soluble they need to be replenished on a regular basis. Good sources of foods rich in B vitamins include cereals and grains, meats, fish, poultry, milk, eggs and vegetables. Supplementing your diet with B vitamins is an effective way to ensure you get enough on a daily basis.

When the body is under stress, cortisol diverts energy away from the gut to muscles and the brain. It works to keep blood sugar elevated by feeding glucose to the brain and retains sodium to keep blood pressure levels up. During this fight-or-flight response, immune system and digestion slows down, this can cause the gut to become vulnerable to infection and inflammation.
Probiotics help supply the gut with beneficial bacteria. These 'good' bacteria play key roles in helping to maintain a healthy gut. They assist in digestion and, in fact, produce substances that nourish the lining of the intestines. By supporting digestive health, and addressing these internal imbalances, this may help reduce bloating and improve general well-being. A recent study published in The Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology found that consistent stress negativity affects the amount and diversity of your good gut flora.

Original article: IIAA Bulletin November 2017

Wednesday, 6 December 2017



One in six people in the workplace are affected by stress, anxiety or depression at any one time in this country, according to the leading UK charity MIND.
Skin and well being

The drive to work longer hours is now a reality for many. Work life balance is harder to achieve and the digital economy adds pressure to personal and professional performance. Stress is a natural part of life today and hard to avoid. However, managing stress and recognising the signs are important [the good and the bad news is that your skin will often be a visible indicator of stress).

When stress occurs, the body produces two hormones - adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline helps the body to react to perceived 'danger' and once that threat is over, will return to normal levels. Cortisol, produced by the adrenal glands, also helps your body cope with stress and is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system, however if allowed to continue at high levels, can have a negative impact all over the body. Signs include thinning skin, weaker bones, higher fluid retention and bloating, a higher risk of bruising easily, delayed wound healing, weight gain and overall hormone imbalance between estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

Stress causes high levels of cortisol leading to increased inflammation. As prolonged stress causes irregular levels of cortisol, this results in the gut becoming inflamed. Specifically in skin, multiple neuroinflammatory conditions can be triggered or aggravated by stress, such as: psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, acne and contact dermatitis.

Original article: IIAA Bulletin November 2017

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Mini Series - Vitamin a Myths #4

Vitamin A causes skin to become inflamed

If skin receives high levels of vitamin A too quickly, it can experience a transient retinoid reaction. “Ironically, the people most likely to react to vitamin A are the ones who need it most”, says Tracy Tamaris, Director of Education at the International Institute for Anti-Ageing (IIAA). “Clients with sun damage are likely to have far less vitamin A receptors in their skin, which means that they are deficient. The key is to introduce it very gradually so that the skin slowly becomes acclimatised. That’s why the Environ® Step Up programme is unique, it has been designed so clients are introduced to vitamin A in a controlled way to maximise positive benefits and minimise risks of retinoid reaction which is simply the skin’s way of saying ‘ Wait – I’m not ready yet’. Always start on the first level and only progress to the next level once your skin is fully accustomed to it.”


 Adapted from a post in the September 2017 IIAA Bulletin

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Mini Series - Vitamin A Myths #3

MYTH #3 - Vitamin A is toxic

This is one of the most common myths and often arises from confusion about the Recommended Daily Amounts (RDA) for oral consumption. The RDA is the minimum amount needed to prevent diseases such as rickets and scurvy, NOT the maximum. According to the European Food Safety Authority, the upper tolerable level is 10,000 ius daily, and experts argue that it should be much higher.
Dr Fernandes is a strong advocate of supplementing with vitamin A. “When we apply vitamin A to the skin, only a fraction of it penetrates down to the level of the dermis and even the most sophisticated modern tests have barely been able to detect any vitamin A in the bloodstream even when very high doses are applied”, he says.
“I feel nervous if I don’t apply it every day via my Environ® creams, and feel more assured if I take 40,000 – 50,000 ius of vitamin A daily”, he adds. “It works with our DNA to determine how skin cells behave, how they differentiate into specialist cells and how they mature, not just in our skin but throughout our whole body… It is fundamentally the most important molecule in addressing sun damage and anti-ageing. There is nothing else like it”.

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Lorraine Perretta, Head of Nutrition at the International Institute for Anti-Ageing (IIAA), agrees that taking vitamin A orally is key. “It’s important to feed the skin internally as well as externally. Unless you eat liver a few times a week, you will find it very hard to get adequate vitamin A levels from your diet, so I’d recommend at least 5000 ius a day.”
Adapted from a post in the September 2017 IIAA Bulletin

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Burton Beauty Therapist Appears at Screamfest 2017

By day Leanne Jones, beauty therapist at Skye Blue Beauty in Burton likes to pamper people and make them feel relaxed. By night she loves to make them scream with fear as she performs her character role at the annual Halloween Screamfest at the National Forest Adventure Farm in Tatenhill, near Burton on Trent.
Here she is getting made up for one of her characters;

We pulled this photo from her linkedIn profile, so you can see what she really looks like;

So, if you like a good fright visit the Screamfest scare attraction, and keep a lookout for Leanne - More details at https://www.screamfest.co.uk/

You can find Skye Blue Beauty at 153 Station Street in Burton Upon Trent

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