A longer version of this article has already appeared in the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, for which Constance is a regular columnist.The objective of this series of articles is to highlight the history of nursing in the establishment, attainment and development of the nursing science of medical aesthetics. Aesthetic medicine originates from the practise of aesthetic surgery, which is rooted in and an element of plastic surgery. Although aesthetic surgery can be traced back 2,500 years,...
It would be difficult not to notice the vast array of innovative technologies that have sprung up within the growing aesthetics marketplace since the birth of medical aesthetics in the early 90s. Steadily developing over the past twenty years, the menu is expanding unabated. What professionals are now starting to note more seriously however, is what our advanced beauty shoppers’ and aesthetic patients actually want. Most notably is the claim by Clairol and P &G Beauty Research  that 87%...
M Y – C H I L D H O O D I have always been partial to a cup of tea. In fact, one of my earliest memories is of giving up sugar in my tea for Lent when I was three years old. Tea drinking played a central role in my childhood. There was never a specific ritualistic tea time, when tea was actually served in my home; the kettle was on the go and everyone drank endless cups of tea all day long. I regarded tea drinking as a very grown-up thing to do, so I got hooked very young! M Y  F A M I L...
Red Lentil Hummous from Debbie Shaw who is a wonderful Ballymaloe chef whose course I will be joining in Ballymaloe House on 23rd June, when I go over there! Serves 6-8 7 1/2oz (215g) red lentils 12 fl oz (350ml/1 1/2 cups) of water 2 fl oz (50ml/1/4 cup) of Extra virgin cold pressed olive oil Juice of 1 1/2 lemons 2 teaspoons of ground cumin 2 cloves of garlic, finely crushed 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne powder Salt and Pepper Rinse the lentils well. Then place the lentils and water in a...
There can be no more frustrating a skin complaint than battling with pigmentation. I’ve found in my many years of clinical practice that knowing what kind of pigmentation one is dealing with is crucial to successful management and results. W H A T  –  I S  –  M E L A S M A Pigmentation is a discoloration of the skin that can plague women and men of all ages. Hyperpigmentation is caused by sun damage or irritation and inflammation to the skin. It can be resolved with a good...
Product training may form part of the professional development and endeavour necessary, but it should not be relied upon in order to recognise, diagnose, or to competently manage the common cosmetic skin concerns that one sees in everyday practice. “Skin is an organ and not just a face”, is our practice’s mantra. The health status of a patient interfaces with their skin, is an important factor, when it comes to successfully resolving common cosmetic skin conditions. The success to...
A reliance on the use of Glycolic Acid is widely used by the vast majority of therapists and practitioners in the hope that it will resolve common cosmetic skin concerns of every type. Leading author Leslie Kenton, founder of Origins discusses the merits of chiral correction in her book Skin Revolution. Kenton describes Glycolic Acid as the most widely used AHA and adds that glycolic acid is a caustic chemical related to the amino acid glycine, used in peels and to dissolve the dead sells on...
Eva Lana is a Harvard-educated prolific chemist with extensive experience in organic chemistry and pharmaceuticals. An expert on the physiology of the skin and the chemistry of skin care ingredients, Eva is highly sought after by skin care and pharmaceutical companies in the United States for her insight into the effects of new and emerging products and technologies within the arena of skin health. She is also famous for her brilliant work in having established an ingenious learning programme...
If you have been advised a series of vitamins and are wondering about their effects, here are a few facts you need to know about vitamin D. It is one of the more complex vitamins that are needed by the human body in order to grow and develop. Vitamin D is actually available in two forms, cholecalciferol and Ergocalciferol, better known as vitamin D3 and vitamin D2. First things first. Vitamin D can be found in 2 forms. Vitamin D2 is manufactured by plants or fungus. You would include it through...
“The state of our health reflects the food we eat, the exercise we take, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the quality of our housing and sanitation. I believe it also extends to our social needs and circumstances—the need to belong to a community, the need for meaningful work and daily purpose. The need in our lives for dignity and kindness, for self-respect, for hope, and, about all, for harmony and, dare I say it, beauty. It encompasses the power of art, the healing...
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