The importance of Lymphatic Drainage for skin health

When the skin is inflamed, any overstimulation should be avoided. Manual lymphatic drainage techniques help to relax and gently stimulate white blood cells and lymph nodes do their job. This can be achieved by increasing lymphatic flow will do exactly that. Lymph nodes filter the fluid, trapping bacteria, viruses, and foreign substances, with stagnation or blockages mitigating the filtration process and increasing the amount of toxins in the blood and lymph. This can further contribute to the worsening of inflammatory skin conditions. 

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Period

Women, you may have heard that the oral contraceptive pill (hormonal birth control) can cause depression, loss of sex drive, hair loss and weight gain. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there; high blood pressure, nutrient deficiency and reduced thyroid function can also occur as a side effect. It also alters intestinal and vaginal bacteria which can lead to digestive problems and yeast infections. Finally, studies have shown it can decrease the formation of healthy bones. How can one pill cause so much disruption over so many systems in the body? The answer is the synthetic hormones.

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I healed my skin, SO CAN YOU!

For many years I struggled with problematic skin, and when I say years, I mean from the age of 12 to 25! That’s an incredibly long time if you ask me.

I meet so many people who are struggling through many kinds of skin concerns and this is where my passion for skin health came from - to help you heal from the outside in, and the inside out, to feel comfortable and happy in your own skin.

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Not all Skincare is skin care...

Skincare… it can be your absolute best friend. It can help you to achieve the results you’ve always desired, completely transforming your skin. BUT it can also be your worst enemy, if harmful ingredients within those products are being used. You see, not all skincare is skin care.

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Everything you need to know about light-based skin treatment

You have probably heard of IPL and laser – are they the same thing? If not, how do they differ, and what are these treatments used for? To understand light-based therapy, we first have to understand light. So, what is light?

Light is a type of energy. The electromagnetic spectrum summaries the frequencies of light, respective to their wavelength and energy emitted. I’ve included a diagram below to help with the explanation.

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Winter Skin Care

“Why do I always feel dry during winter?”

Ceramides are a type of lipid found in the stratum corneum (upmost surface layer of the skin) that help to retain skin moisture and form part of the protective skin barrier that shields against external aggressors. In colder months, the production of these ceramides significantly decrease.

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Our SJM signature facial

Our SJM signature facial has become one of out most favourite treatments. Although we love all of the benefits and relaxation from our other treatments, this signature facial is signature for a reason.

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Dark Spots

Working as a dermal therapist, one of the most commonly asked questions we receive from our clients is what they can do to get rid of their “dark spots”. What they refer to as “dark spots” can be anything from freckles, to age spots, or post-inflammatory discolouration caused by an acne flare-up. While these conditions are all different, they are commonly referred to as hyper-pigmentation – conditions that cause a darkening in the colour of the skin.

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The incurable Rosacea

I bet your thinking "is that the one that makes your face look red?" Yes. Thats the one! However a red face is only the start of it, and although the condition is extremely common, not many people know much about it. So let me give you little lesson on the basics.

Rosacea is much more than just red face. It most commonly appears as redness and flushing on the face, sensitive skin, visible blood vessels and pimples. But each person who suffers will vary massively in presentation and severity. 

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Tips on surviving Christmas breakouts!

It can be a tough time of the year for some, rushing around trying to find presents, stocking up on food and organising family functions - your skin can often be the last of your worries.

So this is why I wanted to share some super easy tips on how you can survive the holidays this year, whilst being confident in keeping your skin on track!

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All things ACNE

I’ve been through what most of my clients are going or have gone through and it is also why I got into the health & beauty industry. I was always told that there was no cure for it.

Knowing what I know now, and with a lot of trial and error, I know that there IS a cure for acne, its not a quick fix, but you CAN heal your skin from this condition!

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The Adjustment Phase Explained

Whether you’re new to SJM Skin Aesthetics or an existing client, you would have heard of something that we keep talking about called the ‘The Adjustment Phase’.

We discuss this phase so often - but what does it actually mean?

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Makeup that is GOOD for your skin!

Our Dermaviduals Base Foundation Plus, or better known as, Deco, is best described as a treatment foundation. What on earth is a treatment foundation I hear you ask? A foundation that actually works to not only provide you with coverage, but actually treat your skin concerns whilst wearing it! And the benefits don’t just end here..

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Top 5 tips for your best Winter skin!

In winter, humidity levels drop off, which wrecks havoc on our precious skin and it’s moisture levels; thus provoking flakiness and dry patches - which often result in irritation.

So how can you maintain your skin’s integrity through winter? Here are my top five tips!

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Skin vs Nutrition

Water isn't the only answer to happy, healthy skin. In order for the skin to produce wonderful anti-ageing growth factors, you need to be feeding the cell that is responsible for producing such imperative structures.

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