Archive for June, 2022

Skin care advice for skin affected by menopause by Carly Pearce RGN INP

Posted on: June 24th, 2022

This is a topic that I talk about often in my clinic.

Menopause can have a huge impact on women, they sometimes tell me they feel they have aged overnight, they do not recognise themselves when they look in the mirror and they have lost confidence.

The menopause is when a woman stops having periods for 12 consecutive months and usually occurs between 45 to 55 years of age. The average age is 51.

The decline in oestrogen in the body is naturally occurring and is responsible for the familiar menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, nights sweats, insomnia and vaginal dryness. As if that is not enough to contend with, it can have a significant impact on the skin.

Women often report that there is a great inconsistency in the level of help & support available to them and that of family members & friends. 

I enjoy helping and supporting women with menopause & giving them the tools to help tackle the affects. Having the right help and support can really influence the experience women have & can have a positive impact on their confidence levels. 

Now for a brief overview of the science of Oestrogen, it is a term used for a group of three steroid hormones, estriol, estrone and estradial & are produced by the ovaries.

The predominant Oestrogen steroid hormone, Estradial has over 400 functions in the female body and is produced from puberty.

Oestrogens are responsible for the development of the reproductive organs, controlling the menstrual cycle, creating a suitable environment for egg fertilisation and implantation.

Furthermore, Oestrogen affects virtually all body systems including lungs, cardiovascular, skeletal, gastro intestinal, central nervous systems and skin.

Oestrogen also has an effect on the skeletal muscle, liver and adipose tissue to influence glucose metabolism. This explains why the decline in oestrogen affects women in many ways. 

The symptoms tend to develop over a number of years prior to the menopause as the oestrogen levels begin to decline, the peri menopause. It usually starts when women are in their 40s and continues up to the menopause. 

Clinical studies have shown that approximately 30% of collagen is lost in the first 5 years after menopause. That staggering amount explains the dramatic changes women often experience. The loss of collagen doubles up to 2.1% per year, post menopausal for subsequent years. 

This rapid collagen breakdown and acceleration of skin ageing is the most significant a woman will experience in her life. 

In the clinic, I work together with women to devise a treatment and skincare plan with the aim of achieving skin confidence.

I love hearing they look like themselves again and feel their confidence returning. If you are peri menopausal or beyond reach out for support & guidance. It may make all the difference to your experience. 

What can be done to combat this acceleration in skin ageing? I will focus on a home skincare protocol. 

There are clinic treatments that can help support and stimulate your skin. Having a bespoke skincare protocol for menopausal skin will improve your treatment response.  

I recommend Emepelle and its MEP technology to rejuvenate, restore and rebalance skin affected by menopause.

MEP (methyl estradiolpropanoate ), a new class of cosmeceutical ingredient, is a non hormonal oestrogen receptor.

It works on activating new Oestrogen receptors.  Clinically proven to restore natural skin function and activity safely to improve elasticity, dryness, skin thinning, dullness & wrinkles. 

This innovative MEP not only works only on the skin cells it is applied to topically but if it enters the bloodstream it converts to an inactive metabolite. This allows the positive effects on the skin without the risk of side effects elsewhere in the body. 

The Emepelle protocol is packed with a synergistic blend of advanced ingredients in this powerful product duo to simplify your skincare routine. 

The Emepelle serum is a light and silky formulation to reinvigorate & energise the skin. It helps to reinvigorate the skin’s natural functions 

Its fast absorption makes it perfect for morning use. This oil free formulation combines the MEP technology with peptides, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid with powerful antioxidant activity. 

The blend of antioxidants in the serum include vitamin C, Vitamin E and ferulic acid. Vitamin C is a powerhouse of skin benefits including helping fibroblasts make collagen, protect vitamin A against oxidation, and assist conversion of vitamin E to its active form to prevent melanin formulation. Melanin is a natural skin pigment. 

Vitamin E protects against lipid peroxidation, a process that can lead to skin cell damage. 

Ferulic acid when exposed to UV rays has an increased effect on antioxidant potency, it helps to prevent cell damage from UV radiation by neutralising harmful radicals. Ferulic acid boosts vitamin C activity.

The peptides help combat oxidative stress and improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin laxity. 

Niacinamide helps boost the skin’s barrier function, brightens appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin clarity and tone and further antioxidant protection. Hyaluronic acid improves skin hydration and helps plump the skin.

The next product is the luxurious Empelle night cream. It is highly moisturising, nourishing and restorative. 

It combines high strength, innovative MEP technology with potent retinoid combination, peptides, niacinamide and intense moisturisers. It utilises the skin’s night time repair activity to help restore skin vitality & luminosity.

 The Retinoid complex helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles & sun damage. It decreases skin roughness, aids nightly rejuvenation to reveal skin radiance & glow. 

The high content of Niacinamide is an essential ingredient due to its vast skin benefits.

The peptides combat oxidative stress, improve skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles & powerful combination of skin hydrators and plumpers to help maintain a healthy skin barrier, leaving the skin feeling soft, supple and hydrated. 

In addition to the Emepelle duo I recommend a gentle cleanser that will leave the skin soft and clean & protect the skin barrier. Harsh cleansers can harm the skin barrier and dehydrate the skin. Without a good cleanser, the ingredients in your skin care may not be able to be absorbed so it is worth investing in a good quality cleanser. I always recommend to all my patient’s to use an SPF. I ask them to think of an SPF as daylight protection and should ideally be used all year round not just on sunny days. 

Emepelle allows women to feel more like themselves again when looking in the mirror. An innovative duo that promotes skin confidence and pro ageing. 

Introducing Profhilo body

Posted on: June 20th, 2022

Encouraging body confidence by improving skin laxityOften in clinic the face, neck and décolleté are the main focus of treatment. Profhilo body now offers the opportunity for aesthetic balance between the face and body.Profhilo body is designed specifically to treat skin laxity on the body. The Profhilo body kit provides in clinic injectable treatment and home cosmetic treatment.

The loose skin on the arms and abdominal regions can be targeted.The kit includes a post treatment patch to soothe and protect treated skin. My patients report that the treatment recovery time is accelerated. The Figura body patch contains hyaluronic acid, a plant extract with strong antioxidant properties, arnica Montana to soothe and relieve the skin by reducing fluid accumulation and pineapple extract to support the skin and restore to natural condition.

The topical body cream to be used between treatment hydrates dehydrated and thinner skin. The patches help to soothe and moisturing the skin and provides a physical barrier to protect the skin post procedure.A study indicated a 33% increase in moisturisation and 11% decrease in skin irritation within an hour of application.

The Profhilo Figura body cream formulation is designed to restore hydration and tone by increasing elasticity. Concentrated hyaluronic acids combined with 2 peptides to restore cellular function and encourage tissue remodeling. It is designed in an airless bottle.A clinical study demonstrated a 42% increase in skin hydration, 6 – 9 % increase in skin elasticity and 52% increase in skin firmness, 28 days post treatment.Patients feedback ranged from very good to excellent when considering elasticity, hydration and firmness.

Profhilo Body is comprised of high levels of ultra pure hyaluronic acid and has been clinically proven to target skin elasticity and improve skin roughness on the brachial arm region and abdominal areas.

Book your consultation today to discuss what Profhilo can do for you.

One skincare product you should never be without….

Posted on: June 20th, 2022

A common misconception is to only use SPF in the summer months. It should be an all year round inclusion in your regime and here is why.

Protect your skin by daily application;

  • Sunburn
  • Free radical damage
  • DNA damage
  • Immunosuppression
  • Pigmentation
  • Collagen breakdown 
  • Skin cancer

If in doubt whether to reach for SPF, this image may help you decide….

This image illustrates the skin of a road trucker, ultraviolet A (UVA) rays transmitted through the window of his delivery truck have severely damaged the skin on the left side of his face during the 28 years he has spent driving on the job.

As a result, the left side of his face looks roughly 20 years older than the right, this demonstrates the extent of damage the harmful rays can cause. 

Heliocare offers a daily sun protection enriched with powerful antioxidants, Fernblock and DNA enzymes. Protection against UVA, UVB, visible light and infrared-A. 

By use of intelligent ingredients you can help combat skin damage and protect your skin cells from harm. 

A potent natural ingredient was discovered in plants, Fernblock® comes from the fern Polypodium Leucotomos. The plant developed a protective mechanism from the sun and this plant power can benefit the skin in so many ways such as defending skin cells from damage caused by the sun and protecting skin cell DNA.

Using the benefit of years of research and backed by clinical data, this is why I feel Heliocare is the only choice in supreme skin protection.

Consider this as daylight protection as the UVA, visible light and infrared-A can damage your skin all year round. 

All these rays emitted by the sun are strong enough to penetrate clouds and glass, your skin is at risk even on cloudy days. 


As well as Fernblock®, Heliocare 360° also contains additional antioxidants to help boost the health of the skin, including green tea extract, vitamin C and E.

UV Protection

The Heliocare 360° mineral and non mineral filters absorb and scatter the sun’s rays. This combination offers a high level of protection in a comprehensive range to suit all skin types. 

DNA repair enzymes

DNA damage is a core component of sun damage, this activity can cause the cells to stop functioning or worse cause mutations which could lead to skin cancer. 

Every Heliocare  360° product contains potent DNA repair enzymes that work to repair damage and to prevent additional damage from occurring. 

Visible Light and infrared-A protection

Damage to skin and premature ageing can be caused by visible light and infrared-A. A bioshield system contained in Heliocare 360° protects against visible light- like our own melanin yet more powerful in combating damage specifically caused by infrared-A. 

Furthermore a recent development in skin care innovation saw the introduction of 3 new products. 

Products specifically designed to treat specific skin conditions such as pigmentation, adjuvant protective treatment of actinic keratosis (AK) and help to prevent the signs of ageing. 

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