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The lead up to the menopause can be a tricky time. Perimenopause is the phase before menopause actually takes place and normally lasts between 3 – 4 years. During this phase, hormone production begins to decline and fluctuate.

Declining oestrogen levels mean skin becomes thinner with more pronounced wrinkles such as those on the upper lip. Loss of collagen and elastin combined with reduced volume (subcutaneous fat) and bone shrinkage results in loss of structural integrity and the face literally sliding south. The severity of these symptoms will depend on UV exposure from childhood, genetics, lifestyle as well as medication which will each have an impact on the quality of skin.

The hormones that help regulate the sebaceous glands, such as oestrogen also start to decline, leading to stubborn breakouts or acne in some women. This is further aggravated by the slowing-down of the skins cell renewal process in more mature skin. As excess skin cells build

up, blocked pores already clogged with sebum, are further irritated causing inflammation.


Balance from within

Look at your diet. Balance blood sugar levels with a combination of vegetables, wholegrains with lean protein foods including meat, fish, eggs, nuts, lentils and fibre. Cut down on caffeine, sugar and alcohol. Smoking is a no no.

Get physical

The decrease of hormonal levels means increased risk of osteoporosis so keep moving with daily exercise such as walking daily for at least 30 minutes. Building in weight bearing exercise is essential to help strengthen bones. Exercise is also great for beating depression and anxiety and boosting your libido.

Supplement your diet

Introduce a good multivitamin to ensure appropriate levels of magnesium, vitamin D to channel calcium to the core of the bones and ensure daily essential Omega 3 to help With dry skin, low mood and depression.


Next in the series: Fifties – Skin and the Menopause

Source: IIA Bulletin March 2018

The Rise of concern Based Skincare


As skincare professionals, we see clients seeking treatments for skin concerns such as Acne, Rosacea, Pigmentation, Dry, Sensitive or Fine Lines/Wrinkles on a daily basis. Research from the British Skin Foundation has found that 60% of British people currently suffer from or have suffered from a skin condition at some point during their lifetime.


When it comes to skincare efficacy, a ‘one size fits all’ approach is no longer enough. Discerning clients armed with more information via the internet, reality programmes and social commentary, want to treat specific skin concerns to benefit from skincare regimes tailored to meet their personal needs


When looking at skin concerns, it appears that overall, both men and women are paying more attention to the ‘what’ and the ‘how to resolve if. A recent study of 92 dermatology clinics found a 200% rise in the number of adults seeking specialist Acne treatment’. Other skin conditions on the

rise include Rosacea and Pigmentation. Rosacea treatment enquiries are up by 92%, double compared to the year before. Hyperpigmentation, caused by the overproduction of Melanin resulting in darker patches on the skin, can not only make skin look uneven but can also give the appearance of aged skin.


What has caused this rise in skin concerns? Note: a few modern day factors that have huge impact


Diets high in sugar, lacking nutrients and full of processed foods can lead to a host of adverse health issues, including heart disease, weight gain and also skin problems. Yet, as a nation, we are consuming more sugar and processed foods than ever before. The World Health Organisation has stated that people should aim to get just 5% of their daily calories from sugary foods. However, the average is 12.3% for adults under 65 according to the national diet and nutrition survey (NONS). Sugar can trigger a spike in blood sugar levels. This increases levels of insulin that can cause skin problems such as acne and rosacea. In fact, an overview of research carried out over the past 50 years has found that eating foods with a high glycaemic index (GI) not only aggravated acne, but in some cases triggered it, too”,


A survey of 4,000 people ‘ found that four out of five adults feel stressed during a typical week, while almost one in ten were stressed all the time. There is now a greater understanding of the link between stress and adverse effects on skin health. For example, stress hormones trigger overproduction of sebum that can create or worsen Acne. Raised levels of stress hormones promote transepidermal water loss resulting in dry and dull skin appearance. While in general. hormonal imbalances can play havoc on the health of skin whether caused by stress or other factors such as PMS, pregnancy, puberty and menopause.


Daily exposure to free radicals, including pollution, UVA/UBA rays can also lead to various skin issues. Air pollution can lead to premature ageing by accelerating wrinkles and age spots, according to emerging scientific research’. Clients reporting sun damage is also very common. Although more than eight out of 10 people are worried about skin cancer, 72% have been sunburnt in the past year”.

UVA rays are particularly dangerous because they don’t cause burning, so there’s no immediate sign that any damage is being done. In fact, the tell-tale pigmentation marks, excessive wrinkles and leathery texture often don’t become apparent until many years later



Personalised and information based skincare is the future. Providing a consultative approach enables client confidence and loyalty through a longer term treatment programme. Therapists should be taking a three pronged approach when treating their clients:

  1. Start with a detailed skin analysis, in order to really understand your client’s skin. Use skin imaging technology and take photos regularly to show progress.
    Discuss and design a personalised treatment programme – the #100DayReset programme is ideal for both new and existing clients. Combine professional treatments with a personalised homecare routine to address the client’s concern.
  2. Treat from within. Skin nourished from the inside looks healthy on the outside. Clients who use appropriate supplements are likely to achieve far superior results.
  3. Use topical treatments that are about efficacy and integrity.
    Topical vitamin treatments that contain vitamin A have shown to make a dramatic difference to skin concerns.

If clients are using the wrong kind of make-up it could undo all the hard work. Encourage the use of non-comedogenic cosmetics to avoid aggravating concerns. Remember, mineral make-up, such as Jane Iredale, is the best kind for clients with problematic skin as it allows the skin to breathe.

Don’t worry about discussing your skin issues with a professional skincare expert, we are here to help and support you, to get your skin in its best possible condition.

Call us on 01283 561208, or pop in for a chat.

Mini Series Vitamin A Myths #4

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.”

See our Environ Skincare range at http://www.skyebluebeauty.net/Environ-Stockist.htm

AVST Moisturiser 1
Environ Step-Up System Skin Essentia Moisturiser No.1

Adapted from a post in the September 2017 IIAA Bulletin

Mini Series Vitamin A Myths #3

Mini Series Vitamin A Myths #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”.

Vitamin Facial
Environ Active Vitamin Facial

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

Mini Series Vitamin A Myths #1

Mini Series Vitamin A Myths #1

Vitamin A thins the skin

Studies show that vitamin A compacts the stratum corneum and thickens the epidermis, which runs completely contrary to the idea that it has a thinning effect. It influences the genes that cause epidermal stem cells to grow into fully functioning keratinocytes and mature into healthy layers of the epidermis. Vitamin A increases the growth of the basal layer which is why the epidermis becomes thicker and therefore more tolerant to damaging environmental effects.


“You can thicken the epidermis by up to 100 per cent compared to not using vitamin A”
Environ® Founder Dr Des Fernandes

Adapted from a post in the September 2017 IIAA Bulletin

Know your Vitamin A with Environ Skin Care

Know your Vitamin A with Environ Skin Care

Know your vitamin A – Environ Skin Care

Although there are several forms of vitamin A, they are all ultimately converted into retinoic acid, which is the one that does all the work.


1. Retinyl Palmitate, Retinyl Proprionate and Retinyl Acetate
These are known as retinyl esters and are the milder, more stable fat soluble forms of vitamin A which are active but still easily tolerated by skin. This is the form of vitamin A stored in our liver, our skin and cells all over our body. 


2. Retinol
This is the alcohol form and is used to transport vitamin A in the bloodstream. It’s highly active so although it does achieve excellent results it can also be quite irritating on skin, sometimes causing it to peel. You should only use this as part of the Environ® skincare programme once the skin has become accustomed to high levels of retinyl palmitate and acetate within the step –up system.


3. Retinyl Aldehyde
This is the form of vitamin A which is essential for night vision. It is sometimes used in skincare because it is only one metabolic step away from retinoic acid and can make the same changes to the skin, but is less irritating. However, once it’s applied virtually all of it is converted into retinyl esters and only a tiny fraction becomes retinoic acid.


4. Retinoic Acid
This is the metabolically active form of vitamin A which works on the DNA of the cell’s nucleus. It is a drug and only available on prescription


What form of vitamin A is in Environ’s Youth EssentiA® and Skin EssentiA® ranges?

These Environ® ranges use the milder forms of vitamin A to avoid retinoid reactions and to enable skin to become accustomed to increasingly high levels.

• Retinyl palmitate is used in Environ® Skin EssentiA® Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturiser 1-3

• Retinyl acetate can be found in Environ® Skin EssentiA® Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturiser 4 

• Environ® Skin EssentiA® Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturiser 5 contains both.

• The Youth EssentiA® range features retinyl proprionate in levels 1-4, but Vita-Peptide C-Quence Serum 4 also includes retinyl palmitate.




Adapted from a post in the September 2017 IIAA Bulletin



The Environ 100 Day Reset Programme

What is it?
Quite simply, it’s a 100 day journey to healthier skin. A proven way to forget quick fixes and learn a longer term solution

How does it work?

It is carried it out in 3 phases.
Phase 1: Getting started. In this stage you’ll receive an in depth consultation to really allow us to understand you, your skin and your lifestyle. Based on your concerns, we’ll slowly build you a personalised skin health programme. Days 0-30
Phase 2: So at around day 30, you’ll come back in to us and check your progress. You’ll see changes as your skin responds to your tailor-made regime. Here is where we’ll make any adjustments or add something to really keep you going. Days 30-60
Phase 3: You’re over half way here! Its around day 60 you’ll really be seeing the differences to your complexion. You’ll have an extra glow, be maintaining more moisture and your skin will be more plump. We’ll make any final changes and marvel at your results! Days 60-100

If you want to know more details or book a consultation, either send us a message or call us on 01283 561208

Let’s get healthy skin, together.

#100dayreset at Skye Blue Beauty