PRP, Mesotherapy and Microneedling - My experience during and after 4 months

PRP, Mesotherapy and Microneedling- what’s the fuss all about?

PRP, Mesotherapy and Microneedling- what’s the fuss all about?

August 2018


I’m a little lazy with skincare and if its invasive…. Well, you can assume that its going to be hard to pin me down. We have however, recently introduced a new machine to the practice, our wonderful meso gun U225. Our therapists needed practice and we needed guinea pigs ie my face, neck and tummy.


What is the difference between mesotherapy, microneedling and PRP?

  • Mesotherapy is multiple tiny, non-deep injections into the skin (any part of the body) of ingredients that can trigger the body’s own healing response. These ingredients can be amino acids, vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants, blood (or plasma), plant extracts etc

  • Microneedling is multiple tiny, non-deep injections into the skin but no products are injected into the skin, unlike mesotherapy. Instead, products are applied by hand and infiltrates into the tiny micro channels that are created; thus penetrating deep into the skin but probably not as targeted as mesotherapy

  • PRP stands for platelet rich plasma and is the white part of the blood (after centrifuging or spinning it) with highly concentrated platelet protein which is highly regenerating and is thought to trigger a healing response in the skin. PRP uses the technique of mesotherapy to deliver the plasma


Why did I invest in this particular gun?

  • Its one of the best on the market. Powerful and highly effective in delivery

  • Its way, way less painful than freehand meso (a loaded syringe delivered by the doctor) and can usually be done without anaesthesia

  • We have more and more people coming in for hair loss, wanting meso or PRP (plasma rich platelet) for hair regrowth. Freehand meso is very painful on the scalp

  • My therapists can do it. I seem to have less and less time available for freehand meso

  • It gives consistent delivery in terms of quantity of product injected

  • Depth of product injected is controlled better than freehand meso


The process

  • Deanna, my therapist, cleansed my skin; and started using the loaded gun on my face- without topical anaesthetic or painkillers!

  • The pain was quite minimal. I did feel it but felt quite relaxed about the whole procedure

  • A little blood was drawn but again, fairly minimal

  • Painful areas were around the nose and mouth- but still easily bearable

  • I wanted her to do my eyelids so we covered the eyebrows and went upto the first eyelid crease. Settings were changed for this so that the right depth was achieved for the thin skin of the eyelid

  • The procedure took around 40 mins; around 30 mins for the meso itself and then she applied a serum that penetrated the tiny holes that were created. I liked the thought of this- having both the goodies from my own blood plus active factors from a serum to give me a double whammy effect for my skin

  • I looked a little red after the procedure but went on with my day seeing other patients as normal. I didn’t bother with covering up the redness as it was minimal, although I could have used oxygenetix aloe vera-based foundation that we normally recommend post any invasive procedure http://www.oxygenetix.com/products



December 2018


Today is Boxing Day and time for me to review this procedure which was done in August; so 4 months later. In all honesty, I have forgotten that I had this procedure done and stumbled upon this whilst getting ready to write a hormone blog post.

I’ve just had the busiest few months of my life. Working almost everyday including weekends and most evenings as well after putting my children to bed. I haven’t had the luxury of time to do any facials or any procedures; despite simply having to go to a different room within my practice. My skincare routine is still fairly basic. I’m diligent about cleaning my face in the evenings and about applying a range of facial products that I rate highly. I dream of having a radio-frequency skin tightening treatment - a treatment that brings about so many benefits that if I only had an hour, that would be my treatment of choice.


I started this blog in August as I didn’t want to forget the experience. These are my thoughts today:


  • My skin looks very good despite the high stress and lack of sleep I’ve recently been through (over past 3 months)

  • I have no breakouts. My skin looks clear and healthy

  • My skin on the whole has a good texture

  • My skin has an even tone and even my eye bags are not that bad



All I can say is that it finally makes sense. I couldn’t really understand why my skin looked this good; or at least way better than I had expected. I’m used to it playing up the moment stress mounted. This is completely normal for most people. I don’t normally use foundation or concealer and this hasn’t changed. What everyone sees is literally my own skin; besides lipstick and a bit of eye makeup. On the last day of work, I also had the pleasure of bumping into an old client of mine that we did 2 rounds of PRP on freehand. I must say I was amazed at how different his skin looked. He had very bad pitted acne scarring with a highly uneven texture. That had now smoothed over quite a fair bit. There is still some ways to go but he really hasn’t done much else eg peels, microneedling radiofrequency and more sessions of PRP. But he was really happy with the improvements.


Final words? I’m sold. Maybe now, instead of radiofrequency, I will add PRP for overall rejuvenation including for hair regrowth- a huge area within the PRP world. This fits in extremely well with the ethos of our clinic and my personal believe - a better, more rested version of you. Nothing artificial about it!


** PRP is also known by different names e.g. Dracula Facial, Vampire Facial or Facelift. We prefer to call it PRP


Bridal skincare, create your 6 month plan

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It seems we can’t turn anywhere without seeing the gorgeous, glowing, happy face of Ms Megan Markle. With her wedding date set, plans are well and truly in full swing to make sure the big day runs smoothly for the Worlds eyes to see and we’re pretty sure that Megan’s skin is at the top of the list.

Brides all over the nation waited with baited breath for someone to leak news on Megan’s skincare routine before the big day and when her facialist revealed tips on what to do we suddenly saw a surge in client questions about acid peels, microdermabrasion and facial yoga. So here we incorporate frequently asked questions and advice you on when to pencil it into your diary.

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6 months to go

start with correctional treatments

This is the time to get any invasive treatments out of the way giving enough time for your skin to heal and allowing long term results to show, this means fillers, botox, chemical peels etc. Don’t forget, some treatments don’t show optimal results immediately, rather it takes up to 3-9 months to see the best results. A perfect example of this is RF, although you do see some immediate results such as brighter and smoother skin, radio frequency is a treatment which constantly works over time, boosting collagen growth and in turn tightening and lifting the face or body.

If you suffer from acne, you’ll know this is something that can flare-up at the worst of times. Acne can be caused by many things, from congestion, pollution or excessive oil secretion to stress and raging hormones. For those who have tried everything and hit a wall, you should consider a hormonal skin consultation with a doctor to get to the bottom of the flare-ups, sometimes a cream or facial just won't do it, you may need a prescription.

You should also start to consider taking supplements such as Biotin B7 and food rich in vitamin A, not only do they play a role in giving you energy for physical activity but it also helps to give healthy hair, skin and nails. At the clinic, we call B7 the “H” vitamin, stemming from the German term “haar and haut”, which means “hair and skin” and is a staple addition in our IV cocktails. Consider your supplements well in advance of your wedding, at least 6-8 months early or as soon as you can - something is better than nothing.

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5 months to go

fitness & body treatments

You are what you eat, so try to stay away from processed foods or takeaways. You’ve probably heard this a million times but eating the right food before and after a workout can make a massive difference to how your body uses and stores energy. At the clinic, we don’t believe in low fat, calorie constricting or fad diets. We should all be eating like our ancestors, a paleo lifestyle which is balanced and sustainable. With will power and consistency, 5 months is enough time for anyone to get their body into a much better condition. Do not crash diet or workout excessively at the gym it can have the opposite effect, keep your mind and body healthy by eating good fats, doing low intensity, endurance and strength training to tone and sculpt.

Now is the time to banish chicken skin (keratosis pilaris), stretch marks and cellulite. There are so many treatments out there to help with all your body woes. Two of our favourites are the Body Buff and Peel and Secret RF needling with radio frequency. The body buff and peel is exactly what it says on the tin, your body is dry brushed and then using glycolic peel all the dead skin is removed. This is especially wonderful for brides who’ll be applying henna on hands, legs and feel. The peel does not requires prep and ideally it should be done once a month before your wedding, 5 treatments later the skin on your body will be in a much better place.  Secret RF is the creme-de-la-creme of treatments, it works with monopolar radio frequency + two dozen needles to treat everything from sagging skin to stretch marks and can be used anywhere on the face or body. Results for Secret RF, much like the RF only improves over time and had a week of downtime so best to do it in advance.

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4 months to go

hair removal

Please do not shave! Whatever your option (waxing, IPL etc) make sure you look after the skin pre and post treatment with healing products and following all of your practitioners home care rules. Hair removal has a knack of causing ingrown hairs, pigmentation and scars so we recommend always keeping a Healgel Intensive at hand. Removing hair is a necessary evil, so make sure you’ve pre-booked all your appointments to ensure a hair-free-honeymoon. 

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3 months to go

calming facials & home care products

Now that you’re well underway with correctional treatments, some of which should already be making a huge difference to your skin. Speak to your therapist about creating a protocol of calming and hydrating facials for the next 3 months. Hydration is the key to beautiful skin, with or without makeup it’ll show. Not only do you want to look great on your big day, you also want to look great during your honeymoon and limit time wasted applying makeup. Your therapist should look at your bare skin under a magnifying glass before they recommend a protocol and it should be tailored to your skin needs. The best way to make your facials last longer is to follow up with good products at home, our therapists always recommend using the very best quality serum you can afford, it is the most powerful product and the one thing you should spend good money on.

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2 months to go

get your cosmetic products right

It is highly likely that you would have already booked your makeup artist, but if you intend to do your own makeup as Kate Middleton famously did on her wedding day, make sure you have the right stash of products. Thanks to all the beautifying procedures you've carried out your skin will probably not require any super heavy concealers or foundations on the day. 

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1 month to go

pedicure-plus, mani's and brows

Now you genuinely need to start unwinding, let your bridesmaids do all the running around whilst you figure our the best brow shape, kick back and enjoy a Pedicure Plus that'll remove everything and keep it off for a month. This is an upgrade on the usual pedicure, it doesn't compete with nail bars or chiropodists but it's an in-between option.

Intraceuticals Hollywood Facial

 
Actual result achieved at the harpal clinic with Intraceuticals after one 60 minute treatment.

Actual result achieved at the harpal clinic with Intraceuticals after one 60 minute treatment.

 

An Intraceuticals Rejuvenate treatment is a non invasive treatment that targets the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dramatically enhances overall hydration. 

How does the treatment work?

An Intraceuticals Rejuvenate treatment harnesses three elements to achieve instant and dramatic results:

A. Oxygen under light pressure aids delivery of age defying ingredients to the skin at the same time as cooling and calming the skin.

B. Unique Rejuvenate Serum contains lightweight Hyaluronic Acid and a powerful combination of vitamins and antioxidants. The Hyaluronic Acid helps to instantly hydrate the skin resulting in increased firmness, reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improved look to facial contours and overall radiance.

C. Treatment Support Products provide essential layers to seal

+ What is 'The Three Step Hyaluronic Layering' system?

HYALURONIC LAYERING

Hyaluronic Acid is an ingredient found naturally in the skin. The lightweight version of Hyaluronic Acid in the Rejuvenate Serum is absorbed quickly by the skin for maximum dispersion of nutrients. Follow with Rejuvenate Hydration Gel with multi-weight Hyaluronic Acid that offers a reservoir of nutrients for the skin, finish with Rejuvenate Moisture Binding Cream containing multi-weight Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate the skin’s surface. The ultimate in intense hydration is now achieved and we call this Hyaluronic Layering.

STEP 1: THE REJUVENATE PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT APPLICATION

This is the first step in your skin’s visible transformation. Cooling, calming, pressurised oxygen increases absorption of the Rejuvenate serum and naturally improves your skin’s moisture levels while Vitamins and antioxidants protect and defend. A combination of lightweight Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea result in instantly smoother looking skin with reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, better volume and increased firmness. Your skin will emerge deeply hydrated, balanced and glowing with vitality. Results are not only instant but continue to improve in the following days, in conjunction with continued use of at home products.

STEP 2: REJUVENATE HYDRATION GEL

Intensify and maintain your results with Treatment Support Products. Rejuvenate Hydration Gel with multi-weight Hyaluronic Acid provides the next hydration layer to seal in hydration and create an invisible barrier against hydration loss. Apply twice daily. Use Rejuvenate Contour Eye Gel specifically for the delicate eye area with double concentration of multi-weight Hyaluronic Acid.

STEP 3: REJUVENATE MOISTURE BINDING CREAM

+ What are the celebrities and professionals saying about Intraceuticals?

Naomi Campbell - Supermodel "Thank you Intraceuticals. When constantly travelling I get dehydrated and Intraceuticals is an absolute necessity to replenish my skin".

Victoria Beckham "There is nothing like Intraceuticals...it really helps you look and feel your best".

Eva Longoria - Actress “The treatments are a necessity before every major event”.

Katy Perry - Artist "I use Intraceuticals oxygen skin treatment to hydrate my skin and give me that fresh, well slept glowing look before any performance or appearance".

Miranda Kerr - Victoria Secrets Model "Intraceuticals facials leave my skin glowing and radiant! Thank you".

Mezhgan Hussainy - Leading Makeup Artist American Idol “Intraceuticals treatments do what no other product on the market can do! I’ve watched skin’s look and feel change right before my eyes. The treatments instant results make it a must have backstage at American Idol”

Fergie - Artist & Actress "Thank you Intraceuticals. When I'm on the road it's important to take care of my skin".

Steven Klein - Creative Photographic Artist www.stevenkleinstudios.com “The Intraceuticals treatment helps capture the very essence of the most beautiful subjects”.

Michelle Peck - Hollywood Skin Specialist “In just one 30 minute treatment, skin looks and feels rejuvenated, radiant, moisturized and fresh”.

Jenny Shircore- Academy Award Winning Makeup Artist "Makeup artist Gina Brooke introduced me to Intraceuticals treatment in which I could visibly see immediate results. Using intraceuticals on movie sets will prep skin beautifully before any makeup application."

Katherine Jenkins - Welsh Soprano "After a long haul flight from the UK to New York last year, my make-up artist introduced me to the Intraceuticals treatment. My skin looked dehydrated and tired but after a 30 minute treatment with Gina Brooke, I looked like I had had a weeks rest and I was amazed by the results. Everyone complimented me on my glowing skin and the results lasted. I would highly recommend this to anyone in a heart beat, I love the fact that this is a non invasive natural, easy to use and very pleasant way to look my best."

Kristy Hinze - Australian Model, Actress and Television Host "I just received a beautiful gift from Intraceuticals, I just wanted to thank you very much, I love the facials that Meg gives me, it really does help my skin stay vibrant during the long hours of filming on a TV set. The box that it arrived in is absolutely gorgeous too. Thank you very much."

Rachel Zoe - Fashion Stylist to the Stars "Travelling and keeping my hectic schedule can be exhausting, but an Intraceuticals treatment keeps my skin looking well rested and glowing. I can't live without it!"

Preity Zinta - Bollywood Actress "I always want to look my best on the red carpet. Intraceuticals treatmentss are the perfect way to make my skin glow."

Crina Matei - Romanian Actress "Not just a necessity but a joy and a treat for my skin. All these in just one word: Intraceuticals."

Mette Bloch World Champion Rower Denmark "Intraceuticals O2…. 2 B in Heaven! A breathe of fresh air that works”

The final step in the hyaluronic layering process. This moisture rich product contains multi-weight Hyaluronic Acid providing intense hydration and a blend of essential oils – jojoba, macadamia, wheatgerm, sweet almond – to lock in hydration. Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea protect and help defend against environmental stress and the visible signs of premature ageing. This Hyaluronic Layering process offers unmatched hydration and long lasting results. Continued use of Treatment Support Products is an essential stage in prolonging the benefits. Apply twice daily and prepare to be impressed.

+ What are the celebrities and professionals saying about Intraceuticals?

 

 

Naomi Campbell - Supermodel "Thank you Intraceuticals. When constantly travelling I get dehydrated and Intraceuticals is an absolute necessity to replenish my skin".

Victoria Beckham "There is nothing like Intraceuticals...it really helps you look and feel your best".

Eva Longoria - Actress “The treatments are a necessity before every major event”.

Katy Perry - Artist "I use Intraceuticals oxygen skin treatment to hydrate my skin and give me that fresh, well slept glowing look before any performance or appearance".

Miranda Kerr - Victoria Secrets Model "Intraceuticals facials leave my skin glowing and radiant! Thank you".

Mezhgan Hussainy - Leading Makeup Artist American Idol “Intraceuticals treatments do what no other product on the market can do! I’ve watched skin’s look and feel change right before my eyes. The treatments instant results make it a must have backstage at American Idol”

Fergie - Artist & Actress "Thank you Intraceuticals. When I'm on the road it's important to take care of my skin".

Steven Klein - Creative Photographic Artist www.stevenkleinstudios.com “The Intraceuticals treatment helps capture the very essence of the most beautiful subjects”.

Michelle Peck - Hollywood Skin Specialist “In just one 30 minute treatment, skin looks and feels rejuvenated, radiant, moisturized and fresh”.

Jenny Shircore- Academy Award Winning Makeup Artist "Makeup artist Gina Brooke introduced me to Intraceuticals treatment in which I could visibly see immediate results. Using intraceuticals on movie sets will prep skin beautifully before any makeup application."

Katherine Jenkins - Welsh Soprano "After a long haul flight from the UK to New York last year, my make-up artist introduced me to the Intraceuticals treatment. My skin looked dehydrated and tired but after a 30 minute treatment with Gina Brooke, I looked like I had had a weeks rest and I was amazed by the results. Everyone complimented me on my glowing skin and the results lasted. I would highly recommend this to anyone in a heart beat, I love the fact that this is a non invasive natural, easy to use and very pleasant way to look my best."

Kristy Hinze - Australian Model, Actress and Television Host "I just received a beautiful gift from Intraceuticals, I just wanted to thank you very much, I love the facials that Meg gives me, it really does help my skin stay vibrant during the long hours of filming on a TV set. The box that it arrived in is absolutely gorgeous too. Thank you very much."

Rachel Zoe - Fashion Stylist to the Stars "Travelling and keeping my hectic schedule can be exhausting, but an Intraceuticals treatment keeps my skin looking well rested and glowing. I can't live without it!"

Preity Zinta - Bollywood Actress "I always want to look my best on the red carpet. Intraceuticals treatmentss are the perfect way to make my skin glow."

Crina Matei - Romanian Actress "Not just a necessity but a joy and a treat for my skin. All these in just one word: Intraceuticals."

Mette Bloch World Champion Rower Denmark "Intraceuticals O2…. 2 B in Heaven! A breathe of fresh air that works”

The final step in the hyaluronic layering process. This moisture rich product contains multi-weight Hyaluronic Acid providing intense hydration and a blend of essential oils – jojoba, macadamia, wheatgerm, sweet almond – to lock in hydration. Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea protect and help defend against environmental stress and the visible signs of premature ageing. This Hyaluronic Layering process offers unmatched hydration and long lasting results. Continued use of Treatment Support Products is an essential stage in prolonging the benefits. Apply twice daily and prepare to be impressed.

PRP Therapy - not just a fad facial

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PRP has a long history within the medical field, it was first introduced in the 1970's for sports medicine, orthopaedics and dermatology to heal muscle, tissue and skin damage and more recently, it has been reported that Rafa Nadal used PRP to repair his knee injury. It has since been used by some of the worlds most beautiful people, to stop age in its tracks. However, it was thrust into the spotlight by non other than Kim Kardashian when she took her famous selfie lying on a bed, face covered in blood (we'll get to this part later) and there has been a buzz around this intriguing facial ever since. Kardashian, along with Rupert Everette and Bar Rafaeli are all reported to big fans of the treatment and all have remarkably smooth, youthful skin. 

Not known for the faint hearted mainly because it requires blood being drawn and injected back into your skin, it is certainly not a fad and certainly for those serious about their skincare.
The most comforting fact is knowing that chemicals or synthetic substances aren't being injected into your skin, on the contrary, this technique relies on your own blood; packed with rich platelet cells, growth hormones and a number of proteins such as cytokines along with other bioactive factors which have healing components to repair damage in the body. What better way to improve your flaws, naturally?  

To put the science plainly, blood is drawn from your arm, spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the rich platelet. The rich platelet is then extracted and subdermal injections are made into the area of concern or used with microneedling for doubly whammy rejuvenation. Once the PRP enters the area in need of healing, it clots and begins to regenerate bringing with it all the benefits of anti-ageing - stimulating the growth of collagen and healthy skin cells.  When combined with microneedling, hundreds of micro sized injuries are made to the skin, the aim here is to kick start your skins healing process on the surface and at the same time the rich platelet is smothered over the area to sink deeper and cover more surface. 

Our verdict? If you're squeamish about what you've read so far, you'd be forgiven for not including this strange method in your skincare regime, but take it from us, it's not as painful as it looks and considering the benefits it will be worth biting the bullet for. Clients see a significant improvement in skin tone after just one session, for more complex concerns such as wrinkles, loss of elasticity, acne scarring and hair loss you would benefit more from 3 or more consecutive sessions. If you do decide to have this treatment, our best advise is to be patient as some of the results can take a couple of sessions over a period of weeks, so don't be disheartened if you don't see the desired immediate results.

Spotlight: Men's Grooming

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If your significant other is helping himself to your moisturiser with annoying regularity, its time to get him educated. Send a link of this piece so he can read it - its for his own good.

Men are getting into skincare in a big way, and thats why there is a sudden fluctuation of tremendously fresh, glowing men bouncing around the City. This could be for various reasons, maybe its the amount of advertising being bombarded on them recently, maybe it's the rise of the 'selfie' or maybe they're just born with it. Who knows?

What 's true is that while some men are confident enough to buy their own products, others are more than happy just to use their partners. You may be wondering, why not? Well, women's products are designed for women - and spoiler alert guys, your skin is not the same as a girl. 

Dr Harpal explains: 

First of all, men have more testosterone so this contributes towards oilier skin which has some positives. The plus sides of oily skin is the ageing skin manifests longer than it does in women, the off side is that they'll be more prone to acne and during adolus and hormonal surge we'll see acne resulting in pitted scaring. We see quiet a lot of men with pitted scarring at our clinic than women. Also note, their skin is thicker, they have hair growth on the skin which causes excessive irritation and damage. They can get folliculitis from poor shaving habits similar to when women shave the bikini line. 

Although something is better than nothing, your complexion needs its own formula. But, we understand that you'd rather be watching the FA Cup Final, so we've got you covered. 

Get a bi-monthly facial

The 'steam facial' usually seen at the barbers only has 3 steps, all too often this is comprised of steam, extract, moisturise. Whereas in a 'true' facial, the whole process has 7 steps: cleanse, steam, extract, mask, massage, tone, moisturise. Every step is essential and has its purpose to ensure you have instant yet long lasting results. We like to keep things as simple as possible and for this reason we have 3 staple facials:

1. Detox Lymphatic Facial.
Ideal for: everyone, especially those who shave a lot, spotty, large pores, dull skin. 
(30 min or 60 min) a hard working treatment to unclog every single pore, the therapist will even show you how much gunk she extracts from your face!
2. Oxygen Facial
Ideal for: just before a big event, this is the full works and suitable for all skin types. 
(45min) with luxury in mind this facial hydrates, plumps and leaves you glowing for up to a week. Best just before an important event.
3. Anti-Ageing Facial
Ideal for: early 30's-mature skin. Targets all signs of ageing. 
(60min) this one turns back the hands of time and restores your factory settings. Powerful ingredients to banish fine lines and sagging. Ideal for 

Our facials are as bespoke as a suit from Saville Row, we understand that your skin can change from time-to-time and so, we have created mini-enhancements to add to your facial for maximum results. Check our facial page for more info on enhancements.

Keep these staple products in your bathroom

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NeoStrata Exfoliating Wash. Good for: ingrowing facial hairs, dull, oily, acne

This lightly exfoliating wash helps enhance exfoliation and prepares the skin for treatment. 

The key ingredient is Polyhydroxy acid to enhance exfoliation and remove debris from pores. This uber simple wash doesn't dry the face and is suitable for all skin types.

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Healgel Intensive (the green one)
Good for: post shaving, reduces ingrowing hairs, wound healing

Keep this next to your shaving kit. Healgel products have been designed by British plastic surgeons for wound healing, so it's perfect post shave. Soothes, repairs and protects the skin and can help with a wide range of skin care concerns including scars and eczema so feel free to use it on the body too.

Healgel Face (the pink one)
Good for: lazy days, slap it on all over the face and you're good to go
Packed with naturally derived minerals and omega oils to help "rescue" skin from the daily rough and tumble. Don't mistake this with Healgel Intensive, whereas the green one targets specific problem areas, the pink one is a lightweight formula for all-over-use. 

Healgel Eye (the blue one)
Good for: the morning after the night before, bags, dark circle

Whether you're working too hard or partying too hard, the results can often show around your eyes. This gel-like formula cools, lifts, brightens and hydrates the skin around the eyes for that instant "awake look".

City Skin Defence

Suddenly, everybody is talking about nitrogen dioxide and free radicals in the air and the direct effect it has on our skin. I, for one work in the City of London where the air is thick with harmful pollutants and I do worry about the how it can have a significant impact on my skin, not just on the surface.
The tipping point was in January 2017, when pollution readings taken from Brixton, Oxford Circus, Kings Road, Chelsea and Kensington High Street showed that nitrogen dioxide levels had breached the EU annual limit for an entire year - in just five days. Since then, MP's called the crisis a "public health emergency" whilst the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatrics have reported around 40,000 deaths each year are due to the exposure of pollution.

Something that is becoming harder to miss is the effect it is having on our skin, although pollution particles cannot be seen or smelt, women living in urban and built-up areas are seeing more visible signs of ageing, higher rates of dark spots, pigmentation, imbalance in pH levels and adult acne. According to the Journal of Dermatology, environmental pollutants increase age spots by 25% around the cheek area as a direct result of nitrogen dioxide concentrations. So with all this bad news in mind, we now know that air pollutants can deplete antioxidant defences and perhaps even degrade proteins in the skin. 

While politicians debate and universities research about how to clean up the air, there are some everyday simple things we can do to protect ourselves, on the surface and from within. Here's our breakdown of treatments and products available to help defend your skin against the baddies in the air. 

Antioxidant Defence Serum by NeoStrata

  • Concentrated SynerG Formula containing 8 powerful multi action antioxidants is designed to combat oxidative damage and protect the skin from premature ageing
  • Patented Bionic and Polyhydroxy Acids trap oxidation promoting metals and help prevent sun-induced cellular damage
  • Citric Acid, Lilac, Green Tea, and Chardonnay Grape Seed Extracts work together to neutralise free radicals and help preserve healthy DNA, lipids, and cellular membranes.

Antioxidant Booster Serum by Intraceuticals

  • Revitalises and balances dull, stressed skin with exceptionally powerful natural antioxidants sourced from the Australian Rainforest.
  • Clarifies and refines the appearance of skin prone to blemishes, visible pores, sun damage, uneven texture or deep wrinkles.
  • As a booster serum, it can be used in conjunction with your own daily serum or as a stand alone. It's also very pocket friendly.

Glutathione supplements or intramuscular shots

  • This works from the inside, if you're taking injections you'll only need it once fortnightly/monthly depending on what your practitioner tells you. Or opt for supplements.
  • Plays an important role in detoxification reactions, protecting the cells from harmful effects of unwanted chemical substances, such as free radicals.
  • With high cysteine concentrations in the cells, explaining the protective effect against unwanted foreign chemical substances.
  • It helps with cell growth, wound healing and immune function.
  • Plays pac man and eats up free radicals which are created during exposure to hot and cold environmental temperatures and UV light from the sun or toxicity. There are others factors such as exhaust fumes, pollutants for those in the City and for those who travel a lot by trains or planes where cabin fever can effect the air (re-circulated air).

Harpal skinCity Detox Lymphatic Facial 30 & 60 minutes

  • The lymphatic system is designed to remove waste products and toxins in the body. 
  • We use a lymphatic drainage suction devise to draw out impurities. 
  • Deep cleanse, steam, extraction and mask with the full hour facial.
  • Your therapist will even show you the suction devise at the end to prove how much grime can build up in your pores! This is a very satisfying facial, consider your skin well and truly cleansed.

Heliocare 360 Fluid Cream SPF 50+

  • Protect, protect, protect with spf
  • Very high photoimmunoprotection with an innovative ulra-light fluid cream texture. 
  • Its exclusive combination of advance filters and BioShield System provides broad spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, IR-A and Visible Light.
  • Enriched with Fernblock FC for powerful antioxidant activity, and actives which repair sun damage. Suitable for all skin types, with a soft, invisible skin-feel.

NeoStrata Resurface Ultra Daytime Smoothing Cream SPF15 10 AHA

  • Correct the visual signs of photo-ageing and prevent future damage with a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen in this antioxidant-rich day cream.
  • Ideal daytime exfoliating moisturiser helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • It contains three potent antioxidants, including MMP inhibitor Lactobionic Acid, plus broad spectrum sunscreen, to help preserve collagen and maximise protection against oxidative damage. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) exfoliate to visibly smooth skin. 

Intraceuticals Bespoke Facial with Antioxidant Booster

  • There is no greater satisfaction than having serum sprayed onto your face with pure oxygen, truly the essence of a city smart facial. The Antioxidant Booster will bubble wrap your face against the elements, smooth, brighten, refine.
  • Low molecular hyaluronic acid is infused with an antioxidant booster to leave you looking and feeling clean and radiant for up to a week.