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Galvanic is a microcurrent that is used to stimulate collagen elastin production, skin tightening and rejuvenation. It aids transepidermal penetration of active ingredients across the epidermal barrier using an electrical current.
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant. It helps to prevent cell damage from free radicals, environmental stressors and even heavy metals. Small studies have also shown that can have a brightening effect on the skin, therefore helping to minimise pigmentation when applied topically. Glutathione is often heralded as a skin bleaching agent but there is no concrete evidence to show that it has a lightening effect when administered intravenously.
Glycerin is a naturally occurring compound found in plants and animals, (including us) and is an extremely versatile substance! It’s a humectant, meaning it has the ability to attract water to itself. This makes it fantastic at hydrating the skin as it draws water from the deeper layers of the skin to soften and maintain hydration levels. Glycerin is also widely used as it is antimicrobial, antiviral and non comedogenic so is suitable for all skin types. It can be sourced from vegetables or made synthetically.
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid derived from sugar cane. It has the smallest molecule in comparison to other acids which means that it can quickly and effectively penetrate through the skin. It’s helpful with improving the appearance of acne skin and is often the ingredient of choice for those struggling with enlarged pores and looking for rejuvenation.
Green coffee extract is sourced from green coffee; coffee beans before they are roasted. They are extremely high in chlorogenic acid - a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from free radical damage from UV rays, pollutants and other environmental stressors. Coffee polyphenols have also been shown to increase circulation, reduce transepidermal water loss and improve hydration levels when regularly drank or eaten.
Green tea extract is sourced from green tea. It is packed full of antioxidants and polyphenols that have protective qualities as well as anti-inflammatory powers. This makes green tea extract a wonderful ingredient to soothe and protect the skin from environmental stressors.
Growth factors are proteins that naturally occur in the body. Their job is to communicate messages across cells, instructing them to heal, grow and replicate. Growth factors are found in abundance in the body, but as we get older the level of growth factors decrease as so does the body's ability to use. This results in less collagen and elastin production, thinner skin and sagging. Topical growth factors have been proven to stimulate cell growth however, they are not without controversy. Some growth factors are sourced from a foetus, bone marrow, or even umbilical cords and whilst the ingredients do not contain any of these cells, merely the proteins they produce, this does bring their ethics into question. They can also be sourced from apples and barley that have been specifically engineered to produce a human growth hormone. Growth factors are a great ingredient in incorporate to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scarring, and enlarged pores.
Hormonal breakouts occur when there are fluctuations in hormone levels in the body. They are more common during puberty and menstruation as there is an influx of hormones during these times. Hormonal breakouts can also occur during periods of stress. They are usually localised to the lower jaw, chin and cheek area.
A humectant is an ingredient that attracts water to itself. In skincare products, it is used to prevent the loss of water from the skin and is commonly found in moisturisers and hydrating serums. Hyaluronic acid and glycerin are commonly used humectants.
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that naturally occurs in the body. It’s a humectant which means it has the ability to draw and retain water in tissues. Each hyaluronic acid molecule is able to hold 1000X its weight in water delivering incredible skin hydration. Hyaluronic acid is also an antioxidant. It is used in skincare for its ultra hydrating properties, as well as being the main ingredient in most dermal fillers.
Known for its skin lightening benefits, Hydroquinone is a topical skin-bleaching agent for hyper-pigmented skin conditions. Hyper-pigmentation is when the skin appears darker in certain areas than the rest of the skin. It can make the skin look noticeably patchy and is caused by excess deposits of melanin – a pigment found in the skin, hair and iris. Hydroquinone is an ingredient used in skincare products to lighten these dark patches and even up the skin tone and whilst it doesn’t typically cause harm, it has in some cases caused side effects such as dryness, irritation, prutirus, erythema and mild contact dermatitis. Because of these side effects, products containing over 4% concentration have been banned in the EU. The tricky thing with Hydroquinone is that its effects are reversed when exposed to sunlight, meaning it can’t just be used as a one hit wonder - it needs regular use. Our rule? No Hydroquinone, no side effects. Simple.
Hyperkeratosis is the thickening of the outer layer of the skin. It occurs when the body overproduces keratin, a tough protein found in skin, nails and hair. If the skin is experiencing pressure, irritation or inflammation, the skin produces extra keratin to protect the skin from further damage. Examples of hyperkeratosis are calluses, warts, eczema and corns.
Hyperpigmentation happens when the skin produces excess melanin, the pigmentation responsible for its colour. This can lead to patches or areas of skin that appear as darker than the natural skin tone. It is an extremely common skin concern and it’s likely that we will all experience some form of hyperpigmentation in our lifetime. Causes of pigmentation include sun exposure, skin injury or hormonal influences such as pregnancy or menopause.
Hypopigmentation are patches or areas of skin that are lighter than your natural skin tone. Hypopigmentation occurs when your skin does not produce enough melanin, the pigment in your skin. Hypopigmentation can be caused by skin injury or can be down to certain conditions such as vitiligo and albinism.
Ice pick scars are a type of acne scar. They are narrow pitted scars in the skin and are usually caused by cysts and papules in more severe cases of acne. Due to the depth and shape of this type of scarring, it is usually hard to completely eliminate ice pick scars but their appearance can be reduced through resurfacing and remodelling treatments such as ablative laser or needling.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a technology which emits a spectrum of light that targets the pigments in the skin: brown pigment called melanin and red (oxyhemoglobin/blood) in the vessels. The heat generated by the absorbed energy causes damage to the vessels or pigmented areas stimulating the body's own natural healing process. Pigmented lesions will typically darken and harden before they flake off or are absorbed by the body. The light absorption is selective and absorbed by targets such as pigment and excess blood without harming the surrounding tissue. IPL also helps to rebuild collagen.
This is an incredible Pulsed Galvanic Current that helps to increase penetration of active ingredients to the dermis by 400%. It is so effective that 30 minutes on our machine equals the results of 7 hours manual application. We combine this with our Alginate Mask which helps to cool and hydrate the skin. We mix up the Alginate Mask which then sets on the skin. It does cover over the eyes and mouth helping to reach all those small problematic areas. The current is then sent through the mask and a roller with concentrated current is then worked all over and focused on you area of concern. You will experience a slight tingle and flashing lights as the current works its magic.
This machine is unlike any other on the market. Created by Dr Dez Fernadez, the patented electro-sonic science of the Ionzyme DF II technology gives you results like no other. It combines Pulsed Iontophoresis and Low Frequency Sonophoresis to deliver important active ingredients into the deeper dermis level of our skin which has proven to create longer lasting results and improve the overall appearance of the skin. What makes it so special is that the technology was created as a results driven treatment that can safely permeate the waterproof barrier of our skin and we personalise the serums used in treatments depending on your concern means we can give you the best results possible. As we bespoke the treatment so it is suitable for all skin types, conditions and ages.
iPixel 2940nm Erbium laser is a fractional ablative treatment for skin resurfacing, face scarring, enlarged pores, rough skin texture, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. This treatment promotes an even skin tone and texture. The Pixel laser creates tiny channels which trigger the body’s natural healing process, stimulating the growth of new tissue. The procedure treats small zones of the skin, leaving the surrounding tissue untouched and intact. These large unaffected areas act as a reservoir for more effective and rapid healing and collagen production. The results: new, healthier, smoother tissue in place of old skin imperfections.