Showing posts with label skin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skin. Show all posts

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Skincare | Laser Hair Removal [Video Update]

It's been while since I've spoken about my laser hair removal progress on the blog (first posts here and here) but I've been continuing to have sessions every 2 months since May 2016. I had my 11th session a couple of weeks ago so decided to sum up my experience so far and answer the questions I've had regarding the treatment in the below video. 

Overall it has been successful but I haven't quite finished having sessions just yet. If you have any questions on the process let me know 

The Video 

Christine Stewart x

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Laser Hair Removal at the Pulse Light Clinic

I've toyed with the idea of getting laser hair removal for some time, especially on my underarm area which is literally a pain to preen. My underarms are really sensitive so I find waxing, which removes the hairs well, too agonizing and hair removal creams only result in very sore underarms with hair still waving hello after the ordeal. The result? Shaving. Every. Single. Day. My underarms became more irritated and discoloured as a result. The  contacted me last year about potentially reviewing their laser treatment and whilst I was keen (given my problems with hair removal) I wanted to do research before diving in. My main concern was that I've been given contradictory advice regarding laser treatments when I was looking for a solution for my acne a few years ago, notably that I wasn't a suitable candidate for laser due to my skin colour. What wasn't explained to me is there's actually a few different types of lasers which are tailored to different skin types and hair colours. The Pulse Light Clinic have 3 types of laser machines available at their clinic including NDYag which is suitable for dark and asian skin types and this definitely put me more at ease when deciding to go ahead with the treatment.

I had my consultation with practitioner Renee at the end of April at The Pulse Light Clinic on Percy Street. I was given more of an idea about the treatment and what to expect. I was advised that it can take around 8 sessions of the laser treatment to reduce hair growth and sessions are usually spaced 4-6 weeks apart depending on how the hair grows back. 'Top up' sessions can also be done if needed. According to their website the cost of one session for underarms is £83 or a course of 8 is £269*. A patch test was also conducted and I was advised to check for any scabbing or redness. I had no reaction to the laser at all and the feeling of the laser was like a pin prick, not painful but it felt slightly uncomfortable for a few seconds. 

I had my first session at the beginning of May. I was advised to shave my underarms before the treatment and to not wear deodorant. At first I found the session very uncomfortable. I asked the practitioner Renee to stop for a second as the patch test was such a breeze I was worried something was wrong. She used more air to cool the area during the laser process and this helped immediately with the discomfort. Overall the process was quick and I was in and out of the clinic within 20 minutes. My underarms felt a little sore but there was no visible redness.

In the weeks following the treatment I opted not to shave my underarms, though you can shave as much as you like between sessions. I really wanted to see how well the laser had worked and I wanted to give my underarms a bit of a break from shaving. I now no longer have any discolouration and half of the hair fell out completely and hasn't grown back yet. There was some hair which grew back but this was much finer than usual. I'm due for my next session very soon so I'm excited to see the results after a full course of treatment. If the treatment works as well as it has already I'd definitely consider getting laser hair removal on other areas of my body. 

As I've only had one session of the treatment so far I'll be posting an update of my experience in the next few months. If there's anything specific you'd like to know about my treatment feel free to ask and if you're interested in knowing more about laser hair removal from the Pulse Light Clinic they have details on their website .

*complementary treatment received - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried laser hair removal?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Skincare | Getting Rid of Dark Marks

Hyper pigmentation is something that has plagued me as far back as I can remember. Dark spots (or hyper pigmentation) occurs when there is an over-secretion of melanin (the pigment responsible for skin colour). This can be caused by various reasons, including hormone imbalance, acne scarring, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, stress and pregnancy. It’s best to check with your GP to find out what the cause is for you but when they do occur you’ll be glad to know there are a few ways to get rid of pesky dark marks.

1 Hydrate
Dark patches and discolouration is often evident in dry skin and dryness is worsened by extreme weather, both hot and cold. Drinking plenty of water will help keep the skin hydrated, but try to moisturise daily too. It’s best to use gentle, unfragranced creams suitable for sensitive skin to prevent causing any irritation. When washing, avoid scolding hot showers as this can dry out the skin. Also swap out any harsh soaps or shower gels for more moisturising formulas with natural oils like jojoba and sweet almond. 

2 Exfoliate
A build up of dead skin cells can lead to clogged pores and uneven skintone. Counter this by gently exfoliating as often as you find necessary. Exfoliation also encourages the formation of new healthy skin, making your skin appear brighter and fresher. You can use a scrub (like  one), body brush or exfoliating gloves to slough away any excess skin. 

3 Natural masks
By raiding your kitchen cupboards you may find a natural solution for dark marks. Lemons, potatoes, milk or tumeric can be mixed and matched together into a face mask to help even out the skin. It's best to do these treatments at night, particularly as they tend to have a subtle bleaching effect which might make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Apply for at least 10-15 minutes to give the mask time to work and moisturise afterwards to keep the skin hydrated. Natural masks are not an instant fix so repeated applications will be needed depending on the severity of your dark marks.

4 Ditch shaving
Using a razor regularly irritates the skin and the resulting short, sharp hairs from shaving can grow back into the skin causing bumps and discolouration. You can either lessen how often you shave to prevent problems or switch to using hair removal creams or wax to get rid of any pesky hairs. The latter methods pull hair out from the root and generally don’t have to be done as often as shaving, preventing dark marks from occurring. 

5 Sunscreen
It's not just fair skin that needs an SPF. By applying a liberal amount of sun protection every day (yes even in Winter) your face and body is shielded from the sun rays, preventing sun damage. Several makeup and skincare brands now include products with small amounts of SPF to make protecting your skin easier. If you want maximum protection it's best to apply sun protection separately underneath your foundation. Look for products which claim to protect against both UVA and UVB damage. 

6 Professional Treatments
If you find your dark marks particularly embarrassing a professional treatment on the recommendation of your doctor or dermatologist might be your best solution. Popular treatments which help lessen the appearance of dark marks are laser treatments, microdermabrasion and chemical peels. These treatments are more invasive than using natural products, so the effects can be more dramatic and seen much more rapidly. 

How do you get rid of dark marks / hyper pigmentation?

Christine Stewart x

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