‘Tis the Season for a Skin Peel

With winter in full swing, the cold and dry air can wreak havoc on even the most well taken care of skin. If ever there was a time to try something new and special, it’s now. Luckily, we’re just launched a whole new range of professional skin peels here at Balance.

AlumierMD was created by a global team of experienced PhD biochemists, physicians and skin care specialists. Using innovative ingredients, advanced delivery systems, and by integrating professional treatments with homecare packages, these skin peels can be tailored to suit your specific skincare needs.

So what is a chemical peel? It’s a treatment used to improve skin tone and texture by lowering the pH of the skin. Ths loosens the connections between dead cells, and stimulates new cell growth. This process causes superficial layers of skin to peel away, leaving you with a smoother and more radiant complexion. When the skin gets used to this treatment, it even begins to rejuvenate itself, just like younger skin!

A single checmial peel can provide the immediate effect of bright and radiant skin, and with further treatment, you can target textural issues, fine lines, rosacea, and inflamed acne.

We currently offer the following skin peels at Balance:

– Glow Peel (dry, normal, oily, dehydrated skin, acne, hyperpigmentation, and ageing)

– Vitamin A Boost (acne, hyperpigmentation, ageing)

– Detox Clear (acne, congestion)

– Radiant 20 /1 0 (acne, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, congestions, open pores, oiliness)

– Radiant 30 (hyperpigmentation, unveven skin tone, dull skin, lines & wrinles)

– AlumerierMD Deep Moisturising Treatment

– AlumierMD Refining Clay Treatment

– AlumerMD Luxury Facial

Book yout treatment today using our online booking system.

The Benefits of Body Brushing

You’ve heard about detoxing, but ridding your body of toxins can be done in ways other than drinking buckets of special teas.

The body is capable of losing 1lb of toxins a day and body brushing can assist in this process by improving circulation, and increasing lymphatic flow, while simultaneously ridding the skin of dead cells. Dry-brushing the skin before showing also helps to increase firmness and tone, and encouraging the dispersal of built-up cellulite deposits. All this means that your body will not only look better, but your energy and immunity levels go up.

The ELEMIS cactus bristle body brush uses natural cactus bristles to help to reduce the appearance of cellulite by improving circulation and softening the skin.

Starting from the soles of the feet and using light strokes, brush in an upward motion following the blood flow towards the heart, and without scrubbing. Focus on the abdomen and back to stimulate the digestive system.

Follow your brushing session with a shower using the ELEMIS Sharp Shower Body Wash and then apply the Cellutox Active Body Oil. This powerful synergy of Sea Buckthorn, Sea Fennel, Lemon and Juniper essential oils is the perfect body detox.

Visit Balance now to purchase your ELEMIS body brush, and homecare products.

Rid Yourself of Acne!

Despite being associated with the skin of a hormonal teenager, acne is in fact a long-term condition, which occurs when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. Characterised by pimples, blackheads, and oily skin, acne can also lead to scarring.

Luckily, AlumierMD have come up with several expert treatments to reduce the effects of acne on your skin.

Treating acne is a multi-dimensional task. Exfoliation must be enhanced to remove cell build up, sebum production must be controlled, and inflammation must be reduced, in order to see results.

The following acne-reducing treatments are now available at Balance:

Glow Peel
(Dry, Normal, Oily, Dehydrated, Acne, Hyperpigmentation & Ageing)
Glow Peel combines lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol, creating a multipurpose resurfacing solution effective in minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation issues like age spots, discolouration and uneven skin tone. This formula exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulates cell renewal. To suit individual needs, Glow Peel can be customized by strength by numbers of layers.

Vitamin A Boost
(Acne, hyperpigmentation & Ageing)
Vitamin A boost is a potent and pure retinol and lactic acid resurfacing treatment. It reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation by boosting collagen production and speeding cell turnover, creating a more radiant and even-toned complexion. Ideal for mature or sun damaged skin.

Detox Clear
(Acne, Congestion)
Detox Clear contains salicylic acid and lactic acid for excellent pore penetration and exfoliation. Salicylic acid penetrates into the pore and exfoliates dead skin cells and excess sebum. Lactic acid exfoliates dead skin cells and hydrates. Eucalyptus provides strong astringent properties. Together, they work to smooth skin, minimise pore size experience, reduce acne and prevent new pimples from forming.

Radiant 20/10
(Acne, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, congestion, open pores & oiliness)
With lactic and salicylic acid, radiant 20/10 resurfacing peel contains a powerful combination of them both which improves skin tone and texture by exfoliating dead skin cells and speeding cell turnover. The multipurpose resurfacing peel reduces acne pimples and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, hyperpigmentation and sun damage.

How Sugar Affects Facial Aging

Glycation and AGEs: What are they and why sugar affects facial aging

We all know that sugar is bad for us–we shouldn’t consume too much as it has negative effects on the body and mind. But did you know that sugar doesn’t just affect your internal health, but also the look of your skin?

In a 2013 study by Leiden University Medical Center and Unilever R&D, a direct correlation was found between people’s blood sugar levels and their perceived facial age. In other words, the more sugar these people consumed throughout their lives, the older they looked.

The study found that people aged 50-70 with high random blood sugar levels consistently looked older than those with lower blood sugar levels. For every 1 millimole per litre increase in blood sugar, perceived facial age increased by five months. Isn’t that crazy! The smallest amount of sugar really takes a toll on your skin’s look and health. These results remained significant even after taking into account other factors known to influence facial aging such as smoking, sun exposure and body mass index.

So how exactly does sugar affect the skin?

Here’s an easy way to think about it: remember all of those times you’ve cut up a piece of fruit like a banana, apple or pear, only to forget about it, and come back and it’s turned brown? This is an example of glycation. Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are proteins or fats that have become glycated as a result of exposure to sugars. AGEs aren’t only linked to skin aging, but also cataracts, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other health issues. AGEs can be formed internally in the body or ingested by eating broiled, fried or barbequed food.

Glycation contributes to the visible signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and skin thinning. It also affects important anti-aging proteins such as collagen and elastin, which keep skin plump and firm. Glycated collagen is stiff and less flexible, and first appears at the age of 20. The signs of aging and glycation are usually seen by age 35 when the body becomes less resilient and produces less collagen.

For healthy people with normal blood glucose levels, glycation happens gradually and slowly over a lifetime. Diet and lifestyle choices can affect glycation. AGE formation increases with age, smoking, poor diet and UV exposure. You can see the effects quite clearly in smokers, for example. The yellowing of skin that appears prematurely in smokers is a sign of glycation. Smoking reduces antioxidants in the skin so there is little antioxidant left in the body to slow glycation.

What can you do to fight AGEs?

Other than doing what you can to reduce your sugar intake, you can also use skincare products with antioxidants and consume foods that are high in antioxidants.

AlumierMD’s new Alumience A.G.E. helps reduce the visible signs of aging caused by free radicals, pollution and AGEs. Arginine, an amino acid, prevents glycation and reduces AGEs. A mix of Carnosine, Silymarin and Vitamin E, combines the power of antioxidants with amino acids to fight free radical damage and glycation.

Source: AlumierMD

NEW: Alumier Skin Peels

Alumier was born out of an understanding that everyone wants beautiful clear skin! This number one facial treatment is available only at selected professional spas, and we are very excited to announce that it will be available at Balance from the 1st of November 2017!

If you suffer from hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, uneven skin tone, wrinkeles, or the signs of aging, these treatments are for you.

Glow Peel
(Dry, Normal, Oily, Dehydrated, Acne, Hyperpigmentation & Ageing)
Glow Peel combines lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol, creating a multipurpose resurfacing solution effective in minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation issues like age spots, discolouration and uneven skin tone. This formula exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulates cell renewal. To suit individual needs, Glow Peel can be customized by strength by numbers of layers.

Vitamin A Boost
(Acne, hyperpigmentation & Ageing)
Vitamin A boost is a potent and pure retinol and lactic acid resurfacing treatment. It reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation by boosting collagen production and speeding cell turnover, creating a more radiant and even-toned complexion. Ideal for mature or sun damaged skin.

Detox Clear
(Acne, Congestion)
Detox Clear contains salicylic acid and lactic acid for excellent pore penetration and exfoliation. Salicylic acid penetrates into the pore and exfoliates dead skin cells and excess sebum. Lactic acid exfoliates dead skin cells and hydrates. Eucalyptus provides strong astringent properties. Together, they work to smooth skin, minimise pore size experience, reduce acne and prevent new pimples from forming.

Radiant 20/10
(Acne, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, congestion, open pores & oiliness)
With lactic and salicylic acid, radiant 20/10 resurfacing peel contains a powerful combination of them both which improves skin tone and texture by exfoliating dead skin cells and speeding cell turnover. The multipurpose resurfacing peel reduces acne pimples and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, hyperpigmentation and sun damage.

Radiant 30
(Hyperpigmentation, Uneven Skin tone, dull skin, line & wrinkles)
Radiant 30 is an alpha hydroxy acid resurfacing peel containing lactic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells. Boost cell turnover and stimulate collagen, improving skin texture and tone. This multifunctional peel targets multiple skin conditions, including fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, sun damage and large pores.

Take a look at these amazing results from real customers, and book your appointment now at www.balanceclinic.ie/book-online/

3 Steps To Skin That Glows

All I Want For Christmas is Skin That Glows!
By Sally Penford, Education Manager to the International Dermal Institute

Why is it that at this time of the year my skin suddenly starts to look dull? We might think that it’s because the warm flush of summer is departing but it’s actually more likely to be a
symptom of dryness.

As the temperatures drop and we warm up indoors, our skins moisture levels decline. “Big deal” we might say. But actually it’s a huge deal because without moisture, your skin cannot function to its optimum. Water is required for cell regeneration, skin smoothness and most importantly, luminosity. So what can we do to make sure our skin is party prepped and glowing for the Christmas season.

Step One: Double Cleanse

This is a vital step in achieving a glowing skin. Effective cleansing removes debris such as make up or pollution which can dull the skin by reducing the light reflectiveness. As a professional skin therapist, we always recommend a double cleanse. First with an oil based cleanser to lift that pollution, makeup or residue of skin care products, then the second cleanse to truly clean your skin using a skin specific cleanser that will target your skin concerns, while brightening your complexion.

Step Two: Exfoliate

Think of a highly polished piece of furniture and see how it shines. It shines because the surface is so smooth that it reflects the light. This is what we want to achieve through exfoliation. With regular exfoliation, we peel and smooth the skins surface which will provide a silky even texture. At home, you might choose a rice brand exfoliant to use in the shower daily. If time allows however, my favourite: a Dermalogica BioSurface Peel professional skin
treatment. No redness, no sensitivity, just amazingly smooth and clear skin.

Step Three: Exfoliate

Now we have that smooth skin surface we are going to boost the moisture level to really amplify that skin glow. Hydrate with a cooling spritz which provides critical water to the skin and
then provide a boost of nourishment to strengthen your skin (while providing an antioxidant shield against pollutants) in the form of a daily mosituriser. You may want to switch to a richer texture during winter months, to provide a richer cushion against moisture loss. Finish with your favourite primer and hey presto, clear glowing skin!

Hello, Nacolle!

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We’re thrilled to welcome the newest member of the Balance team, Nacolle!

Nacolle comes to Balance with 6 years of beauty experience under her belt. Having studied beauty therapy at the International College of Beauty by Mairin G in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, she went on to work at in a beauty salon in Athboy for 6 years.

She is originally from Athboy but excited to be living in Navan currently.

Nacolle specializes in CND shellac nails, eyelash extensions and CACI facials.

She is always updating her beauty knowledge and loves learning new treatments.

Qualifications

– ITEC and CIBTAC.
– Skincare: Thalgo and Dermalogica trained
– Nails: CND shellac manicure and pedicure
– Eyes: Eyebrow and eyelash tinting, Minx individual eyelash extensions
– Waxing
– Spray tan
– Swedish massage
– CACI facials
– Venus Freeze and Venus legacy
– Microdermabrasion
– Dermapen needling

NEW: Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm

Now available at Balance, the expertly-formulated PreCleanse Balm from Dermalogica!

Heathier skin begins with step zero:
– Zero makeup
– Zero irritation
– Zero residue

PreCleanser deconstructs layers of excess oil from the skin; removes waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual product buildup; and easily rinses debris from the surface of the skin. Add water to transform this hydrophilic (water-loving) formula into a milky emulsion, which you can follow with your usual Dermalogica Cleanser to provide professional results.

PreCleanser is ideal for all skin conditions and types, safe for use around the eyes, and comes with an all-in-one soft touch mitt for easy application, and a gentle, effective cleanse.

Visit us now at our spa at 8 Trimgate Street, Navan, Co. Meath, to find out more, and purchase your products.

What is Microneedling?

You’ve definitly heard of Microneedling, but do you know just how beneficial this treatment can be for the appearance of your skin?

From the age of 30 onwards we loose 1% of our collagen every year. Microneedling stimulates the
body to reproduce collagen naturally; no chemicals are used or injected into the face! It is a fantastic, holistic way to improve the quality & appearance of your skin.

The premise behind Micro-Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy), is to stimulate the production of new collagen, using our skin’s ability to heal itself. The tiny needles used in skin Micro-Needling make microscopic channels in the dermis, triggering the body’s healing response. The micro channels also allow for increased absorption of topical solutions which we use during and after the procedure. This stimulates production of new collagen and elastin, so your skin plumps up, looking refreshed and radiant. 

After the procedure your body will start to naturally regenerate and repair the skin, working below the surface in the dermis. This takes time as new collagen is formed, new skin cells are generated and blood supply is enhanced. It can take up to 6 weeks before visible signs of regeneration and repair are seen and the process will continue over the following months, providing you with a natural and long lasting enhancement. 

A single treatment can produce noticeable results, however a course of 4–6 treatments spaced is recommended to achieve optimum results, in conjunction with a home skincare regime.

The theory of Medical Micro Needling is rooted in its ability to promote one of the skins natural functions which is collagen and elastin synthesis. This is achieved by introducing a series of very fine, sharp needles into the; the skin responds by stimulating the production of new collagen & elastin. As a result the skin becomes thicker, plumper and more youthful.

Microneedling is effective in treating post acne scarring, stretch marks and fine lines & wrinkles in a safe and gentle way. It is also effective for treating a host of other effects, including:

– Wrinkle Reduction
– Stretch Marks
– Cellulite Reduction
– Acne & Chickenpox
– Scarring
– Aging & Sagging Skin
– Pigmentation
– Open Pores

Will it hurt?
30 minutes before treatment, an anaesthetic cream is applied to the area to be treated. This has a temporary numbing effect on the skin and makes the treatment comfortable.
Are there any side effects?

Immediately after your treatment you can look like you have moderate to severe sunburn (redness) and your skin may feel tighter than usual. This will start to subside after a couple of hours and you will normally recover within the same day with a slight redness the following day (exceptionally there may be some redness for up to 4 days).

How long does the treatment take?
30 minutes for the anaesthetic cream to work and approx 15—30 minutes for the treatment depending on the extent of the area.

When can I resume my normal daily activities?
As soon as you feel comfortable to do so. Your skin should not feel sore or painful so its a matter of how quickly the redness subsides and how much that bothers you. You can expect to be back to normal within 24—48 hours but some reactions can take up to 4 days to completely vanish.

Can I wear make-up after treatment?
It is not advisable to wear make-up for at least 12 hours after treatment. 

Microneedling treatment is available now at our spa in Navan, you can book online at www.balanceclinic.ie/book-online, or call us on 046 9060333.

Special Offer: Dermalogica 30 30 30

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There’s no better time than right now to treat yourself to beautiful skin! And with our latest exciting offer, it’s quick, easy, and affordable – so you’ve no excuse!

Now available at Balance for a limited time only – the Dermalogica 30 30 30 deal. Join us for a 30 minute treatment, and then take home 30 days’ worth of product – all for only €30. What could possibly be better? Why not get you mum, daughter, sister, or best friend to join you for a treat? The quick 30 minute session is easy to fit in after work, or before a fun day of shopping.

So, what exactly will you get when you take us up on this excellent offer?

30 minutes of skincare, including Face Mapping analysis, and a 20 Minute MicroZone Treatment.
Face Mapping is a revolutionary approach to skin analysis developed by The International Dermal Institute exclusively for Dermalogica. Using the zones and a specially-created Face Map as a guide, our therapist will conduct an inch-by-inch analysis of your face, to ensure that further treatment (both by us, and at home!) professionally addresses your unique skincare concerns. This helps us determine which “zones” on your face are problem areas, so that we can tailor your MicroZone facial to your specific needs.

30 days product to take home.
You’ll get a supply of these specialised Dermalogica products, to revolutionise your beauty routine:

– Special Cleansing Gel
– Daily Microfoliant
– Skin Smoothing Cream
– Multivitamin Power Firm

And don’t forget – it’s only €30! Book online at www.balanceclinic.ie/book-online, or call us on 046 9060333, to book your treatment!

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