Welcome To Fitzpatrick/Skin Types

It don’t matter if your black or white…Sorry MJ, in this case- it does.

What is The Fitzpatrack scale I hear you say?!

Well essentially In 1975 Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick developed a way to evaluate a how a persons skin responds to UV exposure in terms of the degree of burning and tanning! (hence the name- I’m going to name a pizza after myself one day- you wait). This system became known as the fitzpatrick scale and ever since has been used by Doctors, nurses and aesthetic practioners to help decide the best/strength of certain treatments like laser and chemical peels.

With it being summer… although not in Britain *shock, sun where art thou? But for many holiday makers and anyone who is interested in aesthetics or considering laser treatments or peels you should hopefully find this helpful and interesting! Watch…well read and learn 💁

SO the Fitzpatrick system consists of six skin types. Starting from type 1 (skin that never tans and always burns) all the way to type 6 (which always tans and never burns).

 

Skin type 1/ Emma Stone: Red, fair hair. Green or blue eyes, pale skin with freckles. Burns very easily, never tans. Very sensitive to UV exposure.

Skin type 2/ Gwyneth Paltrow: Blonde, darker blondes, red hair. Green, blue, grey and hazel eyes. Pale skin. Burns easily, rarely tans. Fairly sensitive to UV exposure.

Skin type 3/ Kelly Brook: light brown, dark blonde, chestnut hair. Brown, blue, hazel, green, grey eye colour. Neutral skin colour. Skin is defined by gradual tan, sometimes burns. Sensitive to UV exposure.

Skin type 4/ Mila Kunis: brown, dark brown, medium brown hair shade. Hazel or brown eyes. Skin is naturally tanned, olive.

Did you know? In lighter skins, signs of sun damage are usually seen through wrinkling and sagging noooo😲, thread veins, liver spots and many more. For those who are a skin type 1 with red hair they produce pheomelanin which is mostly ineffective at protecting the skin against UV rays (now you know redheads!).  Which can lead to pigmentation- described simply as ‘colouring’ it can show itself differently depending on the skin type, skin types 1-4 may start with ‘cute’ freckles but as they begin to age they enlarge and can age you visually- Lather on your high Factor! 👻

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Skin type 5/ Freida Pinto: dark brown to black hair. Brown eye colour. Darker complexion, which never burns tans easily and quickly darkens. Minimally sensitive to UV exposure.

Skin type 6/ Rihanna: black hair, dark eye colour. Dark and deep skin colour, defined by the absence of burns and the ability to obtain a dark tan with ease. Minimally sensitive to UV exposure.

Did you know? Darker skins usually look more youthful for longer, they have inherent protection meaning aging is much slower then it would be for lighter skin types. Those with skin type 6 mainly produce all eumelanin and that is very dark and highly effective at blocking UV rays and protecting the skin against UV damage. But it is a common mistake that people with skin types 5/6 no not need sun protection. While darker skin types have less issues with wrinkling and sagging they are more prone to pigmentation, often seen as sun spots or  ‘dyschromia’ where their skin is no longer that even brown/black tone and now have developed areas of light or dark patches.

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All In All…

I fully believe Protecting your skin at an early age is so, so, SO important! It’s easy, you can literally just start with an SPF in your moisturiser or foundation and there, done. Yes, we all know about the risks of skin cancer as it’s shown everywhere but as I see more and more young’uns hitting the sun beds I think…

 ‘do you want to look good as you can for as long as you can?’ then cover with high factor, simple.

Honestly I laaaaaav to tan but slow bake is better then a quick fry! I promise you will still tan with sun cream on, just take it easy and you will be  a golden goddess/god in no time!

 

I hope this helped you learn something new today and you found interesting if your a skin geek like me!

If you would like to know more about pigmentation, laser hair removal or chemical peels please let me know in the comments below and I would be more then happy to write up a post!

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💕PEACE 💕

 

 

 

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Flint+Flint

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The Secret Of Skin Health…

I’m quite excited to share a little about this brand with you guys!

It’s a skin care brand I know for a fact that works- I use it day in/day out on clients with many of their aesthetic treatments and they see results, simple.

What makes it so special different to any other brand I hear you say? First of all its a cosmeceutical – meaning it’s a cosmetic that contains medical properties and very active ingredients. They are made not only for the appearance of your skin, but for the health of your skin. The creators of Flint plus Flint have put a lot of thought into these products and are very passionate about skin, being in the aesthetic industry for over 10 years (so they know what they’re talking about) they wanted to create something you could take with you, a treatment for at home if you will! It’s also been created for both men and women and for any skin type with the guarantee if you don’t like the products, get your money back!

With that said let’s have a look at some of their products, with the full skin care range it covers 11 products but they have also created skin kits to cater to specific skin concerns and skin care needs. So today I want to share with you their ‘everyday essentials’ kit- containing three staple products this is a good place to start if you wanted to try it out!

https://flintplusflint.com/products/everyday-skin-essentials

£90

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Glycolic cleanser £30 – A must have in my opinion! A nightly cleanser that resurfaces the skin, dissolves dead dulling skin cells, tightens pores (thank the lord) and reveals a more youthful radiant you! I will warn you it does tingle but that is completely normal and personally I quite like that fact as I know its doing something and leaves me feeling fresh. Glycolic acid is made from sugar canes and is famous for its anti-aging  and exfoliating properties and unlike many other acid based products, flint’s contains 12% glycolic acid (EU allowance is normally 10%) but as it contains soothing agents definsil and panthenol  it is not harsh or drying on the skin. All I would say is to avoid your eyes and any cuts, as its acid based that will definitely sting!

Serum £48 – I love, love, loooveeee this product. It smells lovely, feels lovely and basically its heaven. This product is for the nourishment and revitalisation of your skin and honestly leaves you feeling so, SO soft. Being vitamin C based its vital to your skins health, known for aiding in collagen production/ firming the skin and slowing down free radical damage it helps to reduce dryness, fine and lines and to reduce the appearance of pigmentation/scaring. Atoligomer rich in minerals also stimulates the vitality of skin cells while borage oil rich in fatty acids gives your skin that burst of hydration and heals dry/damaged tissue. For me this is perfect in the evening after I’ve cleansed and helps repair my skin after all my daily tasks and just leaves me looking a lot brighter and even! But you can also use it in the morning if you wanted to use something a bit richer then a moisturiser.

Moisturiser £32 – Where would we be without our trusty moisturiser, I don’t even want to think about it. Perfect for AM and PM this moisturiser is super light weight, absorbs in quickly and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy hurrah! Containing red raspberry seed oil its high in essential fatty omega acids and vitamin E giving instant moisture. Glycofilm also creates a second skin matrix and a film over the skin protecting from environmental damage and pollution.

There you have it! If you don’t take my word for it check out their product reviews online

✨ https://flintplusflint.com/blogs/news-reviews  ✨

Before you go…

Want to try the products with a facial treatment or learn more about the brand? Then why not visit their new concept clinic located in Harvey Nichols Manchester. Staffed with highly educated and experienced aestheticians, nurses and doctors they will advice what best to treat your skin concerns or even if you just want to have a pamper! There is plenty to choose from.

Book now on 0161 828 8856 or email man@flintplusflint.com

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Hope you found this post helpful and If you have any questions about any of the products please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below!

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Until next time, may your skin glow from the inside out!

Steph x

 

 

 

 

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FAT FREEZING: CRISTAL CRYOLIPOLYSIS

                                                   

What on earth is cristal cryolipolysis I hear you say?!

A treatment popular with many celebs, it’s technology based on the fact that the fat cells in our body are very sensitive to cold temperatures, and at a certain temperature fat cells begin to die and our body naturally and gradually flushes them out. It’s non-invasive and designed to select and freeze fat cells through controlled cooling without damaging any of the surrounding tissue and after 8 weeks you should see a significant reduction!

If its good enough for a Kardashian, it’s good enough for me! (you go gal KoKo)

So could not wait to try this new treatment at my local skin clinic Skin Health Spa as soon as it became available!

THE PROCESS

Once in the room your aesthetician and yourself discuss the process and what area you would like to be treated ( you can choose from upper arms, love handles, lower/upper stomach, bra fat and thighs!) For me personally I HATE my arms and with going away on holiday soon it was a no brainer. Next the aesthetician measured my upper arms and noted it down so for my next treatment we can see what difference we have achieved!

After marking my chosen area out it was time for me to get on the bed and get myself comfy (you will be lying there for an hour so this is of utter importance) and then a protectant gel is placed on your chosen area as well as a material sheet to prevent discomfort and finally the hand piece is positioned on the area and the suction/cooling begins… now the fun part

For the first 5-10 minutes while your hand piece is on, I won’t lie it is a strange experience. However once you are numb you can’t feel anything and is up to you whether you nap, listen to some music, scroll through your phone or whatever takes your fancy! Your aesthetician will leave you to relax but will come and check on you every so often to make sure your still comfortable and to see how your getting on.

Once the hour is up your hand piece is taken off and the area is massaged to bring back to room temperature to help speed up the lymphatic and metabolic processes in the body. You may feel a little tender after, feeling numb is the weirdest part! you can also be a little swollen and bruising can occur but these are all normal contra-actions and will disappear in a few days. But carry on as you would do on a normal day! there is no downtime woooo!

THE BEST BIT

THE RESULTS ARE PERMANENT! Similar to lipo once the fat cells are gone…they are gone. They won’t come back in that area, however be warned if you do not keep up with a healthy lifestyle and put weight back on it will go onto another area, eek!

As the fat cells are naturally and gradually flushed out of our body you usually see results as early as 6-8 weeks, however the process keeps on going for up to 4 months (generally there is a fat loss of 30%-40% in that area WOW) , and if your not satisfied you can return for another session 4 months after!

Simples! 

Personally I really enjoyed this treatment, virtually pain free and didn’t have to step foot in a gym or break a sweat, what’s not to like?!

Keep an eye out on my Instagram @stephaniegrace_blog to see how I get on with my own results!

Want to know more? Book in for a free consultation on 01270 613890 or email the girls Nantwich@skinhealthspa.com

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