ARE YOU A CURATOR? Or a creator….

A curator doesn’t paint every painting in the gallery – in fact, they probably don’t paint any of them! And yet where do we head to appreciate creative arts?

For skin, where are YOU heading for information? Is it Google? Instagram? That ‘Beauty Blog’? Or are they trying to work out how Jen Hawkins or Meghan Markle maintain their flawless complexions?

It’s highly likely that your customers are in fact sourcing their information from platforms, OTHER THAN YOURS!, to shape the demands they place on you and your therapists.

How many of you have customers coming in asking for a treatment they saw pop up on their Facebook feed? Or as snap-chatted to them by a friend? Or maybe referring to the latest ‘quick fix’ as reported on the Morning Show?

There’s no point longing for the days where your customers would rely only on their beauty therapists for the latest product releases and treatment trends.

As salon owners and skin clinicians, ‘creating content’ can be both time devouring and over whelming. So, rather than creating something NEW every day, why not source valuable gems of information that resonate with the philosophies of your business and treatments?

Throw some videos, blog posts or SNAPTAKES into the mix between your regular posts.

Become your own GALLERY OF SKIN – a beacon of relevant resources that will educated and reinforce your message with your (and future) customers.

Notice how you walk through the entire exhibition before a small room at the end presents with mugs and postcards to purchase?

REMEMBER. Value first. Sales second xx

Image Credit: https://www.schirn.de/en/exhibitions/2012/george_condo/

BLUE LIGHT

THE ‘SCREEN FACE’ EPIDEMIC
Gone are the days when the only light source was the sun, and people actually connected in person! These days our lives are heavily reliant on ubiquitous technology that empowers us to connect, communicate, and process.

The cosmetics industry has been ploughing time, money and research into the effects of High Energy Visible Light (HEV) – specifically blue light. Yep, turns out we have another ‘Skin Enemy’ tasked with accelerating the ageing process – affectionately dubbed, ‘Screen Face’.

With increasing exposure to digital screens from smartphones, tablets, computers and televisions, our skin is subject to compounding effect. But it’s not just the skin – HEV can affect us internally too – after all, blue light is the most effective melatonin inhibitor (the hormone that regulates our circadian rhythms).

WHAT IS BLUE LIGHT & WHY IS IT POTENTIALLY DAMAGING?
Blue light is a high energy visible light wave, generally considered to fall between 390-500 nanometres (nm). Some articles define the bandwidth between 400-450nm as the most deleterious to the skin.

Given our rising exposure to artificial ‘blue light’ generators, the need for protection has risen – studies have suggested that 60% of people spend more than 6 hours a day in front of digital devices! Blue light penetrates deeper than UVA, UVB, and also has a higher energy output to Infrared – there is a potential here for skin damage to occur

The latest studies have concluded that HEV irradiation generates reactive oxygen species in the skin which lead to oxidative damage and contribute to the photo ageing process. It has also been shown that blue light irradiation delays skin barrier recovery

Note: that there is no evidence to suggest that HEV/blue causes cancer.

IN ANCIENT WORLD
We would wake when the sun rises, and sleep when the sun sets. Blue light is the most effective regulator of our circadian rhythms i.e. “it’s time to get up now – stop sleeping!”

Obviously in the day time, we don’t need melatonin – we need to be alert and full of energy – hence the sun emits blue light. During the night, when we need to rest and recharge our bodies, there is no blue light. Our melatonin would kick in and promote healthy sleep patterns to repair and recharge for the day ahead.

BLUE LIGHT AT NIGHT
Excessive screen time before bed interrupts our body’s natural processes i.e. melatonin production is interrupted resulting is change to sleep pattern and a less quality sleep.

BEAUTY SLEEP
Research concludes that irregular and/or poor quality sleep leads to premature ageing – reduced repair function, depleted natural antioxidant production, weakened immune defence. When we sleep, cortisol levels naturally decrease. Prolonged cortisol elevation can lead to breakouts, reduced immune function, weakened collagen fibres and skin redness.

Human Growth Hormone is reduced production when sleep quality is poor. Therefore, skin will have reduced thickness and reduced ability to produce cells to replace damaged cells

In addition, we naturally produce anti-oxidants when we sleep, essential for ‘tomorrow’s’ protection

HOW TO MINIMISE THE EFFECTS.

  • Large, wrap-around sun glasses – with darker lenses for better UV rating
  • ‘Computer glasses’ – yellow tinted glasses that help to filter blue light from monitors.
  • Install covers on your screens that block blue light
  • GRAY SCALE at night time – for your phone
  • TURN OFF by 9-10pm
  • Amp up your anti-oxidant intake in topical products

    BENEFITS OF BLUE LIGHT
    It’s not all bad. Blue light has its advantages (in moderation, and generally, of natural source)
  • Enhanced mood
  • Enhanced energy
  • Improved memory
  • Improved alertness

A large body of evidence is available, concluding that violet, blue light, particularly 405 nm, has significant anti-microbial properties against a wide range of bacterial and fungal pathogens, although the germicidal efficacy is lower than UV light. Many LED treatments for acne and rosacea apply a blue/violet wavelength for this reasoning.

In another article however, 405 nm light induced cytotoxicity attributed to reactive oxygen species formation, leading to oxidative stress —- but this was for an exposure period of 2 hours.

SUN PROTECTION FACTOR

THE UNTOLD STORY.

In 2017, AMA Laboratories in New York was raided by the FBI for falsifying test results and providing misleading declarations to cosmetic companies. They are the largest tester of SPF Sunscreens in the Asia-Pacific. It is a fact, that many sunscreens being sold in Australia (including those being manufactured in Australia) are tested in the United States of America and Europe to provide documentation for submission to the TGA 
(Therapeutic Goods Administration)
for registration.

Scores of people in Australia have reported severe burns and skin irritation despite using the Cancer Council’s Peppa Pig-branded product and Banana Boat’s SPF 50+ while out in the sun. It is also a fact, that many registered SPF 50 sunscreens on the market, when tested in vivo (on human skin, in natural conditions), come back with a far lesser SPF rating than what is being claimed.

It’s a troubling topic – after all, this is the stuff designed to protect us against skin cancer, a life threatening disease that one thousand Australians are treated for every day. Of course, the importance of wearing a sunscreen or modern environmental protector is not being questioned here.

What we need to consider is:
1. The individual user’s comprehension of what SPF use means for their sun exposure time
2. The validity of the SPF claims being made and the subsequent ‘false-hope’ marketing that factor provides about protection from harmful sun exposure.

WHAT IS AN SPF?
Sun Protection Factor is best described as a ‘Delay’ Factor i.e. how long you can spend out in the sun, before your skin cells go into trauma. This will vary for each individual but, on average, skin cells without protection go into trauma in 3-4 mins, in the middle of the day.

A consumer must understand that if they can spend 3 minutes in the sun before their cells go into trauma, the application of an SPF50 will protect for 150 minutes before their skin reaches the same point of trauma.

Further, the most common misconception is that by reapplying sunscreen throughout the day, protection time can be extended past the SPF rating calculation. THIS IS A FALLACY.

Once your cells are ‘cooked’ for the day – they’re cooked. Once you’ve experienced your daily dosage, regardless of how much more sunscreen you apply, the cellular functions become impaired and mutation can occur.

Once this is understood, the issue becomes the question of whether the SPF you’re applying is in fact providing the SPF being claimed.

It should be noted that SPF does not relate to protection against reactive oxygen species, pollution, accelerated cell turnover, increased dehydration, infrared radiation or high energy visible light.

HOW IS AN SPF TESTED HERE IN AUSTRALIA?
In Europe, SPF registration is governed by the EU Cosmetics Directive and administered by the EU Health Commission. The standard requires both in-vivo (live human response) and in-vitro (chemical analysis) testing to ensure product reliability. All products produced and imported must provide validated in vivo certification before sale.  In Australia, however, SPF ratings are licensed by the TGA, based on an analytical composition of the formula and an undertaking by the ‘sponsor’ (manufacturer or marketer) that an in vivo SPF test has been conducted.

Professor Sanchia Aranda, Cancer Council Australia, spoke with the ABC explaining the TGA’s involvement in testing, “While the TGA don’t specifically audit the laboratories for formulas, they do audit the goods manufacturing process that’s laid down for those things to be done”. The question must be asked – How does auditing the manufacturing process validate a claimed SPF?  In this same ABC article it was reported, “The TGA Spokeswoman said the TGA does require ‘sponsors’ to undertake SPF testing for sunscreens. All testing is done under an international ISO standard”.

But what if the testing was conducted by the major global testing facility under investigation for falsifying documents?

DERMATEST
John Staton runs Dermatest, the number one analytics and in vivo testing company in Australia and the only independent laboratory testing sunscreens in Australia. Staton says that his company conducts tests for about half of the sunscreens on the market, whilst the remaining half would be tested overseas.

“Nowhere in the world are there audits of the labs that do the testing” Staton told the ABC in 2017. “The TGA, as far as I know, doesn’t test anything, they actually rely on submissions that are put to them and they can do analytical testings but that’s different to actually testing if the product really works in the marketplace as used by consumers”.

Published in the DERMATEST Newsletter in July 2015 “Earlier this year, the Consumer Reports.org published a list of 34 US SPF tests, reported from an independent US Test lab. Of these, when compared with label claim, 14 were found to be deficient according to the SPF measured in vivo.” A troubling revelation!

BANANA BOAT AND PEPPA PIG
As increasing cases of adverse reactions and severe skin burns are reported, there is a growing consumer concern surrounding SPF reliability and safety. Michael Moore, Chief Executive of the Public Health Association told the ABC, “We can see there are problems, it does point to an inadequate system with the TGA and I think it requires the TGA themselves to look at what they’re doing”.

CONSUMERS
The respective regulatory bodies around the world e.g. TGA, FDA, require submissions of clinical data by the manufacturer (sponsor) to substantiate the claims being marketed to the public. But as consumers, we have no way of verifying the validity, nor is there any information published on product packaging or marketing material that identifies the testing conditions or types of individuals on the testing panel.

mydadthechemist.com published an article in April 2018 that explained what happened when the author phoned ‘Australian Gold’, sun care and sun protection company, and asked them to share their lab results – the answer was disappointing; “The ingredients and [SPF] levels have been tested by a third party company, which we pay them to do. We do not have the test results for consumers to review.”

If tests have been conducted, paid for, and the results are positive, why wouldn’t you share them as part of your marketing strategy to instil even more confidence in the consumer’s perception of your product?

CONCLUSION
Hopefully, one day, there will be uniformity in validation, certification and consumer education explaining the practical limitations of an ‘SPF’ product. Hopefully, one day, we will see product companies and manufacturers held accountable for the claims they are making, with public declarations of their scientific data to substantiate their ‘SPF’ rating. How difficult is it to add a page with this information on their website? Sun protection should be held in high esteem by consumers, manufacturers and testing facilities alike, given its critical role in the prevention of skin cancer.

The next generation of skin protection starting to appear around the world includes the use of peptides to add layers of defence beyond simply reflection and refraction of UV rays. At present, these new formulas have no common certification developed to allow comparison in the ultimate pursuit of protecting DNA from mutations – but I’m sure that will come.

 

GLYCOLIC ACID. Friend or foe?

It’s the go-to ‘anti-ageing’ ingredient to reveal smoother, younger, brighter skin cells. BUT did you know that Glycolic is also used as an industrial-strength chemical cleaner? Did you know that Glycolic Acid produced on mass-scale is synthesised from formaldehyde?! Is it possible that we’ve now overdosed on this active, and in the process caused irreparable damage to the health of the skin? Have we become addicted to Glycolic? (In a word, YES!!!)

We are addicted to that silky, baby smooth feeling that AHAs, like Glycolic Acid, leave behind. ‘Instant Gratification’ is now entrenched in our culture, and let’s face it, Glycolic Acid is a quick fix!

It’s found in everything from professional peeling solutions to serums, from cleansers to toners, from masks to moisturisers – name a skincare brand, and chances are it uses Glycolic Acid!

NOPE! COMMERICAL GLYCOLIC IS NOT MADE FROM SUGAR CANE.    Image: https://www.smart-fertilizer.com/articles/guide-to-growing-sugarcane

Before we get to the punch line, let’s look at why Glycolic Acid has been ‘heroed’ for the past 3 decades…..

  • Brilliant exfoliant
  • Brightening action
  • Softens lines and wrinkles
  • Decrease scar tissue, melasma

(Sounds pretty good hey!) But before we go reaching for a Glycolic Serum, let’s first look at the side effects….

  • Temporary or long lasting redness
  • Stinging/burning
  • Peeling, flaking
  • Dryness
  • Pigmentation
  • Impaired barrier function…. hmmmmm, not so great

The reality is, that there are no long-term benefits to using Glycolic Acid.

In fact, these side effects can lead to an acceleration of the ageing process through impaired barrier function and inflammation, not to mention increased sensitivity to the environment.

So….. Is there a better way you ask – ABSOLUTELY!

 

Given the advancement in professional strength skin care ingredients, there are far superior raw materials out there that can have the perfect anti-ageing effect, without the side effects that Glycolic Acid has.

Here’s the deal:

  • Use GA only as prescribed by a specialist professional
  • Use GA only in synergy with other acids which can buffer eachother
  • Use sparingly, with caution, and at low concentrations
  • Rather incorporate fruit enzymes for a non-irritating, yet very effective exfoliation (Skinfaktor’s Enzyme Exfoliant is a MUST HAVE)
  • DON’T BUY GLYCOLIC PEELS ONLINE & DIY- it’s low quality, often unbuffered and extremely irritating on the skin
  • IF YOU FEEL DRY, DON’T — USE GLYCOLIC ACID – it will only dry out your skin more

And remember the golden rule when it comes to AHAs – KNOW YOUR pH. Be sure to ask what the pH of your AHA product is, to determine the TRUE STRENGTH 🙂

Mind your A.

Firstly, let’s start by saying that this article may challenge popular belief. Vitamin A, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol, Retinoic Acid – these are ingredients that have been hailed as the anti-ageing miracle workers in skin care. Known, and published, for their ability to encourage healthy cell renewal, collagen production, reduce wrinkles, it’s no wonder that many product companies have formulated with these little heroes to claim skin transformation benefit.

Now we all know that not all A’s are created equally – some are more stable/less volatile/less active than others, but the long and the short of it is, that we are seeing a wave of increased sensitivity, resultant from the level of actives our customers are using on their skin.

In January 2018, Professional Beauty Magazine published an article where Dr. Ronald Moy states “There is little scientific evidence that topically applied vitamin A actually improves skin health very much. Big pharma is largely behind the popular belief, although most of the original evidence was based on a study of just 17 people over 12 weeks, which showed that the patients got small benefits (and irritated skin).”

Too much (and too often) Vitamin A, just like we’ve seen in earlier years with glycolic acid, causes a dangerously thin epidermis, reduced ability to heal, reduced capacity to house moisture (cue a dramatic increase in dehydration) and redness – sensitisation, prolonged erythema, irritation – all factors that lead inevitably to premature ageing, hyper pigmentation and sometimes, rosacea.

So, in our quest for the eternal fountain of youth, are we in fact catalysing skin ageing
with certain actives?

Ingredients have come a long way. Each year, hundreds of new complexes and molecules become available, after years and years of research and case studies. Vitamin A therefore, whilst not strictly ‘enemy of the skin’, has in fact been pushed off its pedestal to make way for hero peptides and skin nutrients that focus firstly on skin strength, hydration and cellular communication to ensure a healthy breeding ground for collagen regeneration, cell birth and skin maintenance.

It needs to be mentioned here that the FDA in the USA has been trying to ban topical application of Vitamin A over the counter for its documented increased risk of skin cancer when used on a lesion or wound. This follows several therapeutic studies cited by the FDA in their lobbying of Congress. The big tip here is never use Vitamin A in conjunction with needling.

Just as the body requires a delicate balance of nutrients to perform at peak, so too does our major organ of protection. Any over powering ingredient therefore can disturb the unique equilibrium of the skin, resulting in cell weakness and malfunction, impaired barrier and undesired skin conditions.

At SKINFAKTOR, it has always been our number one priority to consider the effects (good and bad) of the collective ingredient diet you feed the skin – daily, weekly, monthly.

In successful skin and age management planning, the ideal is to build balanced skin care products that not only stimulate skin processes but restore balance, ensuring optimal functioning of this protective organ. And this right here, is what we at SKINFAKTOR are all about!

EXFOLIATION | When is enough, enough?!

 

Let’s face it, we’re all addicted to that baby smooth feeling that a good scrub or peel leaves behind. Not only does the skin feel fresh, but the new youthful skin cells that appear are radiant and plump!

Our body naturally exfoliates through a process known as desquamation. In fact, every minute, of every day, we shed 30000-40000 cells – that’s app. 4kg a year! However, as a result of our modern world – sun exposure, pollution – use of incorrect skincare products, excess oil production and the natural ageing process (where metabolism starts to slow down), sometimes our skin needs a helping hand.

BUT, when is enough, enough? Could you be sensitising your skin? Could you be reducing the healing ability of your skin?

Are you actually accelerating the speed your
skin ages by over-exfoliating???
{ In a word, YES! }

 

MODERN SKIN CARE RITUALS.

It’s 2018 and many of our everyday skin care products and treatments use ingredients and techniques that exfoliate, with the promise to correct surface damages and reveal a younger looking skin. From scrubs, to cleansing brushes, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to enzymes, micro-dermabrasion procedures to laser resurfacing and professional strength peels – there’s no shortage of exfoliation options out there to choose from. And let’s be honest, it’s hard to know what’s what!

Gone are the days where we’re using mineral-oil based, occlusive moisturisers that glue down the dead skin cells and restrict natural exfoliation. Gone are the days where a grainy scrub was needed just to remove the build-up of sticky skin cells that hadn’t naturally been able to fall off.

Our skin care now contains actives that both absorb (i.e. don’t clog the surface) as well as promote healthy cell turnover and therefore, we aren’t seeing the same ‘build-up’ to justify using numerous exfoliation techniques. If anything, the focus has shifted away from skin rejuvenation to skin strengthening!

DISTURBING THE PEACE.

Let’s first remember – the skin is a living organ designed to first PROTECT the body against aggressors. The truth is, scrubs and acids are considered ‘aggressors’ by the skin.  So the frequency and strength of the product you use is incredibly important – the last thing you want is an impaired barrier!

In addition to disrupting healthy barrier function, over exfoliation (or exfoliation with the wrong ingredients/technique), can cause inflammation which weakens the cell network, strains the immune system, causes hyper-pigmentation, acne and, you guess it, PREMATURE AGEING!

{ Here’s a thought } Instead of potentially destroying healthy cells, it might just be a better approach to first strengthen, hydrate, nourish and protect the skin.

OVER-EXFOLIATION What to look for?

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s time to STOP + REASSESS your skin health routine.

  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • Tightness
  • Excessive dryness, dry flay patches
  • Uncomfortable stinging
  • Burning sensation
  • Inflammatory acne
  • Blackheads (over-exfoliation can cause inflammation which triggers the release of interleukin 1a which has been linked to comedone formation)
  • Puffiness
  • Skin that looks thin in appearance

So……. HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

The very best advice we can give you is to consult with a Professional Skin Therapist. Take out the guesswork and develop a sensible skin health program to ensure that you aren’t overdoing it with your home care and professional treatments combined.

The following considerations will be made by your Skin Therapist to ensure your skin care regime is causing no harm:

  • pH | this determines the strength of the product (too acidic, or too alkaline for that matter, will affect the function of the skin)
  • Frequency of use | just because the result is good after one application, doesn’t mean the results keep getting better and better if you use the product every day – your Skin Therapist will advise you on how often you need to use your active skincare (it might not be every day)
  • How many exfoliation products are being used at home | if there’s exfoliating ingredients in your cleanser, toner, serum and exfoliant, you’ll need to reassess!
  • What Professional exfoliation treatments are you having and how often???

Time to book in for a SKIN HEALTH CHECKUP???

You bet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MODERN SKIN PROTECTION

Any modern protection product MUST consider the modern environment to be effective. This includes ingredients that protect not only against UV, but against Infrared, free radicals, pollutants, changes in temperature and actively work to repair existing damaged cells.

Rather than just come to you with the problem, let’s look at just some of the ways that the industry is responding to the effects of IR and pollutants, and how best to protect against our modern lifestyle.

(all as featured in our very own Element Protector!)

1.  DIPEPTIDE-3 AMINOHEXANOATE This miracle peptide stimulates the
production of Heat Shock Proteins within the skin, therefore improving the
skin’s resilience to stress – particularly stress caused by temperature
variance e.g. the heat caused by IR

2.  PSEUDOALTEROMONAS EXOPOLYSACCHARIDES It has a super-long name, but it’s not to be forgotten. This ingredient provides far superior water retention ability to traditional Hyaluronic Acid and therefore reduces moisture loss and stabilises moisture retention even in extreme variations of climate.

3.  DIAMINOPROPIONOYL TRIPEPTIDE-33 Reinforces the skin’s natural immune response to reduce the risk of infection, free radical damage, airborne pollutants and microbial growth. Thus inhibiting the conversion of IR created Reactive Oxygen Species into the more harmful free radicals.

Whilst there are few ingredients that directly protect against infrared (the main one being iron-oxide – but the orange colouring of this particles makes for difficulty in mainstream product acceptance), the aim is to buffer the effect and ensure that the cell has amplified strength in coping with the fluctuation in temperature.

HOW ARE YOU PROTECTING YOUR SKIN??

RED HOT. Infrared – the bad guy.

Infrared Radiation (IR) poses a huge threat to the longevity of skin cells and plays a critical role in how fast that the skin ages. The beauty industry is focusing time, research and money into ingredients that help buffer or neutralise damage caused by IR.

Terri Vinson, well respected cosmetic chemist and formulator, has warned the industry that “infrared protection is the next big challenge against skin ageing. Recent clinical studies have shown that infrared damage is just as destructive to the skin as UV rays and is also a key contributor in photo-ageing”. (for full article, head to Professional Beauty Magazine)

Did you know, that of the radiation emitted by the sun that reaches the skin, only 7% is Ultra Violet!?? (Yep, those SPF sunscreens are only protecting you against 7% of the environment…) 39% is visible light, and a STAGGERING 54% is Infrared Radiation.

SO, WHAT IS IR???
Invisible to the human eye, IR is felt as heat in the atmosphere, is emitted by the Sun and falls between 760nm-1400nm on the electromagnetic spectrum. Although there are three categories of IR – IRA, IRB + IRC, in the industry of skin health + longevity, we’re most concerned with IRA – Near Infrared Radiation. Not only is IR emitted by the sun, there are additional, man- made sources of infrared that can also affect our skin e.g. infrared lamps (which on a side note are a big NO- NO for skin!).

WHY IT’S A BAD-GUY
Mibelle Biochemistry released studies at the end of 2017 indicating that IRA (near infrared) ‘induces significant production of free radicals in the dermis and diminishes the skin’s anti-oxidant capacity’. What was discovered, is that although both Ultra Violet and IR generate reactive oxygen species (unstable by-products), the ROS generated by IR pass over the cell membrane, into the cell, where they directly affect the mitochondria, or energy house. The ROS eventually leak into the cytoplasm (the body of the cell) and signal a cascade which leads to the up regulation of MMP-1 (the enzyme that breaks down collagen) PLUS the down regulation of collagen type 1 production.

{In English – collagen is broken down prematurely, replacement collagen production is slowed, the cell’s metabolism becomes sluggish and free radicals are generated, causing the skin to malfunction.}

IN CONCLUSION, these studies found that IRA is a primary contributor to the photo ageing process which accelerates age spots, wrinkles, skin discolouration and causes the skin to lose its elasticity and firmness. In addition IR can cause skin irritation, sensitivity and dehydration.

For Mibelle Biochemistry, this research lead to the development of new ingredients that could minimise the damage of IR within the skin.

Dermatologist and skincare specialist Andrew Birnie has spoken about a discussion he had at the Americal Academy of Dermatology: “one of the things being discussed was whether visible light such as HEV and Infrared ought to be protected against in our sunscreens”.

It’s an interesting thought. Why are we not protecting against 54% of the sun’s radiation?? Why are we not talking about just how damaging IR can be to human cells???

Any modern protection product MUST consider the modern environment to be effective. This includes ingredients that protect not only against UV, but against IR, free radicals, pollutants, changes in temperature and actively work to repair existing damaged cells.

I DONT CARE HOW. I WANT IT NOW!

Instant Gratification (IG) is the need to experience fulfilment without any sort of delay; it’s not a trend – it’s a culture. And it’s fuelled by our addiction to ubiquitous (devices that we never ‘quit’ or turn off) modern devices + info exchange.

With everything available at the touch of the button, could it be that when it come to the skin, DELAYED GRATIFICATION actually yields superior results?

As a society we have acquired an expectation + culture for this need: everything can be delivered on demand – flowers, furniture, laundry, clothing, cosmetics. No longer do you need to wait until next Tuesday – entire TV series can be binged in a single day thanks to Netflix. Look at instant messaging – you name it, there’s a way to fast track it.

This culture of ‘quick fixes’ has made a number of tasks SO easy. With the touch of a finger on your smartphone there’s no need to have patience.

DID YOU KNOW The average tenure in a career is now only 3.3 years. There’s an expectation that you should become an instant success! You don’t need to work your way up – simply start an Instagram account and hey presto – you’ll have hundreds of thousands of followers + make millions! (yeah right!!)

FOR THE RECORD: DIMMI (market-leading online restaurant booking service) This ‘overnight success’ in fact was the ‘7-year start up’ – a realistic and sobering account of what it takes to ‘make it’. The idea for DIMMI was rejected 37 times – if you have ever felt like giving up, remember this, have trust and belief in yourself.

The latest stat is that 25% of the USA population is Gen Z – the digital natives of society. Born between 1995-2010, GEN Z outnumbers baby-boomers +
millennials. They demand instant info, communications, convenience and simplicity, they multitask (digitally) + expect personalisation without extra effort. THEY HAVE AN 8 SECOND FILTER: thanks to an information bombardment, Gen Zs have an attention span of 8.25s – that’s shorter than a goldfish!!! (GenY’ers probably stopped reading up the top at Netflix!)

In recent times, Attention Deficit Disorders have skyrocketed in children and even medication being prescribed for adults has increased noticeably.

With all this being said, I think we can all agree, technology is ‘the man’. We can’t get by without it anymore + you’re mad not to embrace it!

But, we are at risk of losing a sense of human connectedness? With this overdose on technology (+ not being able to escape it), people are seeking refuge within the health + wellness arena – yoga studios, health retreats + you guessed it, beauty salons and day spas.

Taking time out for yourself, to disconnect with wifi, emails, mobile devices and reconnect with ‘human’ touch is an important consideration to make for the longevity of our ancient body in this modern world.

SHIBATA. Next-gen skin needling system.

More and more support is building for the ‘less is more’ theory. Gone are the days when we believe drawing blood, seeing redness or creating a wound are treatment landmarks to be celebrated.

The latest research coming out of both the USA and Europe concludes that when it comes to ‘Skin Needling’ (and other ablative treatments), we never want to create an inflammatory skin response, nor do we need to create a wound to stimulate natural collagen production.

A well respected authority on dermal needling, Dr. Lance Setterfield has written a comprehensive guide to needling for skin rejuvenation and collagen regeneration. His views reflected in the latest edition are in-sync with where SKINFAKTOR’s Shibata Skin Needling system was developed.

“Clearly wound repair offers results that may appear to be positive from a cosmetic perspective, but is any consideration given to the long term effects on normal function and physiology. There is a fine line between a normal vs. pathological response to injury with overwhelming evidence that inflammation leads to pathology. This line is now being crossed by some in an attempt to gain greater results with the idea that ‘more is better’.”

“Inflammation is absent in the embryo wounding healing model for skin. Therefore, we can reasonably conclude inflammation is not a necessary process or requirement for repair or rejuvenation.”
Dr. Lance Setterfield

You’ve only got to ‘Google’ search “inflammation” to see just how damaging it is to the body – this includes the skin!! In any intensive skin treatment program, the Holy Grail is: skin stimulation without trauma, inflammation or blood.

Optimised delivery of nutrient-rich serums + no-risk collagen induction therapy.

THE SHIBATA METHOD.

1.  NO FUTURE DNA DAMAGE – our Shibata tips never destroy or damage DNA stored in the basal layer.

2. NO BLOOD – the proprietary polymer tips never pierce the cell, rather they create minute channels between the cells to allow for safe passage of serum (Note, serum cannot be delivered when the skin is bleeding – full stop)

3. NO CYTOKINE STORM – rather than millions of Cytokines screaming for repair, Shibata Skin Needling triggers messages of ‘regeneration’ i.e. “there’s something happening up here, can you please start to send some replacement cells?”

4.  NO SCAR COLLAGEN – no risk of fibrosis or scar collagen. Did you know that scar tissue can continue developing for up to 10 years!?

5.  NO RISK – as beauty therapists we must realise that there is a greater risk factor when performing intensive treatments, especially when blood is drawn. Shibata Skin Needling has been developed to empower the beauty therapist, who, in many parts of the world, isn’t legally permitted to perform ‘Medical Needling’ treatments (over 0.3mm steel).

This really is the ‘skin needling’ of the future – optimal (and safe!) collagen induction + advanced serum delivery – all without pain, irritation, blood, reduced downtime, topical anaesthetics, trauma or risk.

20 ultra-fine Shibata tips are made from hypo-allergenic, medical grade polymer.

 

Don’t waste half the ‘results’ time on healing first!