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Medical aesthetic facilities are run by licensed healthcare professionals who offer different ways of improving your appearance and wellbeing by recommending combinations of holistic therapies and day-spa treatments with traditional and complementary medical methods. Some medical spas focus on facial and body aesthetics, offering day spa services alongside medically supervised cosmetic and beauty enhancing procedures. Needless to say, technology has improved to the extent that you can have a lot done these days without surgery. The non-surgical medical aesthetic market technically began with the development of the first non surgical product, Zyderm® in 1981. Twenty six years later, this multi-billion pound industry has certainly evolved with a diverse range of solutions and treatments including Muscle Relaxants, Fillers, Chemical Peels and cosmeceutical products for skin care.
One of the major problems in the medical aesthetic industry is that almost all of the new developments are focused around skin and health problems related to the dominant Caucasian market. In fact, there are very few UK clinicians or beauty therapists who have the requisite experience to deal successfully with ethnic skin [such as black or asian skin types] and therefore the dermatological, medical or beauty advice given to ethnic people who present with problems is imprecise and clinically unproven. This comes as no surprise since the beauty and cosmetic industry which is much older, has continuously failed to include any other ethnicities other than the Caucasian market. Fortunately, the UK ethnic market does not have to wait any longer. At the Health and Aesthetic Clinic is one of the most innovative and all-inclusive medi-spas. The Health and Aesthetic Clinic’s philosophy is to provide an integrated approach to beauty and non-surgical medicine for all ethnicities.
We are aware that there are problems which affect people of colour and require specialist assessment and treatments. There are various factors that can affect your skin, hair and nails which might cause embarrassment and frustration. .To meet the changing demographics of patients requiring cosmetic and aesthetic procedures it is important to have a thorough understanding of the structure and function of the skin as well as how it differs with special reference to pigmented skin types.
Our team consists at the Health and Aesthetic Clinic specialise in skin care for the general population but have an expertise in treating conditions affecting people of colour. Our facilities have state of the art equipment and we use bespoke cosmeceutical products to meet all of your needs.
What Skin Type Are You?
Skin-type I - Pale skin, Always burns, does not tan. Must use sun protector to prevent ageing and to maintain the youthful ness of the skin. Anti-oxidants under sun protector reinforces the effectiveness of the sun block. This skin types will need experience early signs of ageing much quicker than the other skin types so anti-ageing lifestyle is necessary as a preventative measure.
Skin-type II - Fair skin, Blue eyes Tans after initial burn. Similar to skin type 1, this skin type will experience the early signs of ageing much faster than skin types 3-5. Sun protection and understanding how to prevent ageing by improved lifestyle will help this skin type to look younger at all age.
Skin-type III - Darker white skin. Tans very well but is still capable of burning. As in all cases, a sun protector is necessary to prevent deep dermal damage (premature ageing) and to prevent pigmented skin which is a by product of extensive sun exposure. This skin will age slower than the two skin types above but is prone to skin imperfections. Lightening cream and chemical peels are effective treatments for skin damage due to sun and lifestyle.
Skin-type IV- Light brown skin Burns minimally, tans easily. Skin ages less rapidly than the above but need sun protection to prevent pigments and to slow down the ageing process. Special creams with Kojic acids are essential as a maintenance program for this skin type.
Skin-type V- Brown skin Rarely burns, tans darkly easily. This skin type has more active melanocytes and ages more slowly due to the inate protection factor but sun protection should not be ignored to slow down the ageing process and to keep the skin clear from Hyperpigmentation. Exfoliation, sun protection and specific anti-ageing products will keep this skin looking its best for a long time.
Skin-type VI-Brown, black skin Never burns, always tans darkly. Very youthful skin but has its problems with Hyperpigmentation and sometimes acne. The Health and Aesthetic Clinic has an extensive range of products to treat any skin or cosmetic problems associated with this skin types.