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IV Nutrition by Helen Cleland

How does IV nutrition benefit me?

IV nutrition is the quickest way to absorb vitamins and minerals into your body.

As this form of therapy is already in liquid form it’s the best possible state for instant absorption leading to instant benefits due to 100% absorption whereas, the digestive system only benefits from absorbing as little as 30% of what your body needs . It’s one of the most exciting wellness therapies that replenishes the body with hydration, nutrients, vitamins & antioxidants leading to increased energy levels and wellness.With a variety of vitamins and supplements available IV therapy can deliver a range of health and wellness benefits suchas:

  • Promoting weight loss
  • Hangover cure
  • Cleansing your body from toxins
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Brain boosting – improving cognitive thinking
  • Athlete sport – reducing muscle recovery time
  • Immune booster
  • Hair nourishment

 

A full medical consultation is carried out prior to any treatment.

 

It’s common knowledge that healthy diet compliments our wellbeing and skin.

Did you know that the gut only absorbs a small percentage of all our vitamins and minerals via oral intake.

Factors which influence absorptions

·      Age

·      Time of day

·      Other foods eaten at the same time some help absorption some hinder

·      Preparation of food

·      Drugs taken

·      The bioavailability of the nutrient i.e. iron is more available to humans than it is in vegetables

·      If supplemements are taken – these may hinder absorption if the balance isn’t correct

·      Medical conditions

More than 1 in 3 people take daily supplements and while we know they are beneficial, few people realize that the body’s natural absorption process can render up to 85% of a vitamin pill useless – so only 15% of the active nutrients may actually find their way into the bloodstream.

Many celebrities like Simon Cowell, Madonna and Rhianna have advertised the use of IV nutrition.

If you would like to find out more please contact me

 

Helen

helen@helencleland.co.uk


What’s an antioxidant? Focus Vitamin C

It’s the most abundant and powerful antioxidant available to humans. Humans source it from fruit and green leafy vegetables. But there is another form it can be applied to benefit our skin.

Vitamin C is readily available in topical form and is more beneficial than the oral route when relating to the skin. Vitamin C is found in the two top layers of the skin. As we age our vitamin C levels decrease. Aswell as this oxidative stress such as pollution, climate, sun rays and smoking can cause further depletion of Vitamin C levels.

Vitamin C protects the skin from the UV rays as it neutralises free radicals (the molecules which strip the nutrition form the skin). In combination with sunscreen Vitamin c can protect the skin form sun damage. Sunscreens block 55% of free radicals and with extra protection from topical vitamin C this protection can be increased by a further 20% as Vitamin C neutralises free radicals. Combine Vitamin C with victim E and this makes it more effective and available to the skin.

Vitamin C is known as the super antioxidant due to the fact that it induces collagen in the skin giving it strength. Studies have shown that continual use of topical vitiation C reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Another wow factor with vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory too as it supresses the amount inflammatory properties and is very effective in rosacea and inflammatory acne. Look out for L-asorbic acid (vitamin C)as this is more available to treating the skin effectively.

Using vitamin C

  • It should be applied in the morning after cleansing
  • Combine it with vitamin E makes it more effective
  • Specially formulated to allow maximum efficacy
  • Reduces the visible signs of aging for all skin types
  • Vitamin Rich Smoother is a powerful multitasker that works as a primer by smoothing skin texture and delivering anti-aging vitamins C and E.
  • This formulation is the perfect base for makeup; its silky consistency evens out skin texture, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and
  • wrinkles, and leaves skin looking and feeling smooth.
  • It must be kept out of direct sunlight as it becomes inactive

For your medical grade product and more information please contact Helen Cleland Nurse prescriber.


IV nutrition

Why you should use a Facial Cleanser

Why you should use a facial cleanser.

Remember when your mum used to nag you as a child ‘ Have you Washed your Face’?

Well, there was a reason. Washing your face removes not only grime and dirt but the build up of dead skin cells and bacteria. Sometimes our skin needs a bit of help as dead skin cells tend to stick to the top layer, especially as our skin matures. If we didn’t wash we would end up with congested, irritated, acneic, blemished skin. However, soap and water isn’t the answer!

  • It’s best to use a targeted medical cleanser to treat your skin type.
  • Cleansers should not only remove makeup but pollutants such as dead skin cells, dust dirt and grime from the environment along with invisible pollutants like the residue from carbon monoxide fumes.
  • Cleansers should unblock clogged skin pores
  • Cleansers should be free from sulphates as these are endocrine disruptors and can strip the skin of its natural oils and break down the precious barrier leading to blemishes, sensitivity and redness
  • The cleanser you choose should be free from chemicals and irritants, such as perfumes and fragrances
  • Don’t use alcohol wipes- these dehydrate the skin and lead to barrier breakdown
  • For oily skin, use a cleanser that lowers the skin’s Ph.
  • Cream cleansers are suitable for drier skins whereas oily and sensitive skin prefer foaming cleansers

Benefits:

As long as the correct medical-grade products are used suitable for your skin:-

  • Cleansers reduce pore size
  • Cleansers help mop up excess oils in oily skins
  • Cleansers help medical skincare penetrate to the correct skin layer
  • Cleansers can help skin hydration in dry skins
  • The correct cleanser will benefit your skin by helping improve shine and radiance x

 

 

For advice on a Medical Grade skincare regime which is suitable for your skin

Please contact me for your FREE online consultation

Thanks,

Helen


Mole Removal by Helen Cleland

How pollution affects the skin

How pollution affects the skin and what to do about it.

We all know that pollution isn’t good for our skin, but how does it damage the skin?

Pollution is in the form of particles in the air. Dust, dirt, soot, fossil fuels (car pollution factory fumes), sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide are all forms of pollution which can lead to a negative impact on the skin.

Along with climate and UV rays, pollution may be classed as one of the external stressors which we encounter daily. The skin acts as one of our natural defences to the environment.

When pollution comes in contact with the skin it doesn’t just sit on the surface. It can penetrate into the skin by infiltrating through pores and deep into the first layer of the skin. It dehydrates, inflames and disrupts the skin’s barrier distorting collagen which results in wrinkling and ageing. The reactive endpoint of pollutants influences the chemical reactions of the body cells. Inflammation, acne, skin sensitivity and hyperpigmentation may occur.

Studies have been performed in urban and rural areas comparing skin reactions and found that those living in urban areas were exposed to more airborne pollutants and in turn, suffered more age spots and wrinkling. It has also been proven that in high pollutant periods in cities that women experience more acne. Other studies have shown that ageing is increased by 10% in the city environment in comparison to the countryside.

How can we protect the skin?

Use a sulphate, paraben, alcohol and perfume free skincare range.

Cleanse – a twice-daily wash in the morning and at night. Not only to remove makeup but to clean off the toxins that the environment subjects the skin to. Ensure they are natural and free from nasties like parabens and alcohol that won’t irritate the skin.

Hydrate- your skin with a moisturiser that will hydrate that lipid barrier. Replenish the skin’s lost moisture with serums and moisturiser.

Protect & Nourish– With antioxidant serums which contain all those essential vitamins, such as A (exfoliates), B (retains moisture), C (an antioxidant &collagen maintenance), D (cell growth and repair) and E ( an antioxidant to the elements). Lactic acid and AHAs to exfoliate and renew skin cells and of course a physical SPF to protect the skin from those harmful UV rays.

Make the most of your skin by using professional treatments. and homecare products.

Contact me for your medical skincare regime bespoke to your skin.

Hope you find this helpful

Helen

Skincare by Helen Cleland

Sunspot treatment by Helen Cleland

Medical grade skincare Vs High Street. What's the difference?

Medical grade skincare Vs High Street. What's the difference?

Sunspot treatment by Helen Cleland

Believe it or not there are rules around advertising and skincare. Legally, high street skincare products can only treat the top, dead, layer of the skin.

What does this mean?

There are many buzz words around marketing skincare products!

Facts

  • The top layer of skin is made up of dead skin cells which are replaced every 4 weeks in a healthy young skin.
  • The molecule size of over the counter (OTC) skincare is large so it just sits on top of the dead skin cells.
  • Due to large size of the molecules it cannot penetrate below the dead layer (epidermis) but can still damage during cell renewal.
  • OTC products may seem to make a short term difference but continued use will cause ongoing skin problems.

‘My High street skincare cream feels and smells nice’ – Perfumes, fragrances over time irritate the skin and can lead to: inflammed , sensitive , persistent dryness, especially in menopausal years. It will also interrupt the skin cell cycle and cause skin barrier breakdown.

‘But my high street cream tightens my skin’ – This is because it contains alcohol. Prolonged usage of alcohol will leave the skin dry and flaky as it eats away at the skin surface. This unnecessary stress on the skin will lead to the interruption of the skin renewal cycle, resulting in an extremely unhealthy skin condition. On oily skin it will causes blemishes due to damage.

Medical skin care products  penetrate the 2nd layer of the skin where the collagen and elastin are found and where cells are activated to renew the top layer of skin maintaining the barrier function. The molecule size in medical skincare are specifically designed to penetrate below the top layer and  to actively manage skin conditions suchas oiliness, dry and sensitive skin, whereas high street products may breakdown this causing irritation, redness and dryness.

My advise is use a medical grade skincare regime which will effectively treat your skin condition. I always opt for there sustainable chemical free option

For more information contact me.

Best regards,

Helen

 

 

 


Dermal Fillers

5 popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments that work

5 popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments that work

1. Eyelid lift using Plasma BT technology

An energy is delivered in the form of heat which pinpoints the folds of the eyelid causing contraction of the skin and in turn an eyelid lift. The lift lasts approximately 2 years.
For best results – 2-3 sessions may be required.
(BT Plasma can also remove skins tags, common moles, help acne and scarring – see my website for more information on these areas)

Find out more

2. Lifting the face by PDO Thread lift

Threads are used to lift sagging skin in the mid and lower face area. The threads are placed under the skin to lift and tighten. This procedure can be performed in about 45mins with no hospital stay and minimal downtime.

Find out more

3. Volumising with Dermal fillers

A gel is placed in the layers of the skin and deeper to instantly add volume to cheeks and chin. Fillers can also be used to condition skin and soften wrinkles all over the face by lifting defining and hydrating.

Find out more

4. Chemical Peels

This form of exfoliation eradicates dead skin cells from the upper layer of your skin. Peels can tighten, lift, soften, refresh and prevent wrinkles. Bespoke peels can be used to target pigmentation, rosacea, oily and dry skin. Peels also stimulate skin remodelling by accelerating collagen giving the skin more strength and structure.

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5. Micro Needling

Tiny needles penetrate the skin precisely stimulating growth factors, collagen and elastin production. This is great for skin tightening, lifting and rejuvenation, acne scars and wound healing, improving wrinkles and fine lines and minimising pore size.

Find out more


For more detail and information visit my Treatments page
Or email for any help or advice you may need - helen@helencleland.co.uk


Amazing benefits from non-surgical cosmetic procedures

Amazing benefits from non-surgical cosmetic procedures

Over the last several years there has been an explosion of sophisticated and successful options available. To make you look fresher and rejuvenated without the need for complex surgery.

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures are on the rise and this totally makes sense for so many reasons:
• no general anaesthetic or scalpel
• shorter recovery time, fewer risks
• a fraction of the price
• minimal downtime
• scars uncommon
• you can return to work soon after

For instance, take the non-surgical eyelid lift which can be achieved with only 2/3 treatments at an eighth of the price of surgery and it works!

Eyelid lift by Helen Cleland
Before and After Treatment

What are we looking for?

Nowadays, we want to look natural, not drastically different, yet defy ageing as much as we can. If you’re seeking the natural, refreshed look that will allow you to look rejuvenated and fresh faced, non-surgical treatments will achieve exactly what you want. The end result is a difference that your friends won’t be able to put their finger on, but they will definitely remark on how well you look!

An experienced aesthetic practitioner is artist of the face. Sculpting with dermal fillers, softening lines with anti- wrinkle treatments, nourishing skin with IV nutrition, skin boosters and skin care, lifting and tightening skin with threads and Plasma BT.

Every face has a unique identity it is important this is maintained otherwise you loose your naturalness and personality.

Who is suitable for non-surgical treatments?

If you pinch your skin and there is less than 2cm of loose skin then a non-surgical option may be your best answer.

For more detail and information visit my Treatments page
Or email for any help or advice you may need - helen@helencleland.co.uk