Friday, 20 December 2013

*Seasonal Skin Care Tips & Treats*

To get you in the mood for that festive time of the year and start to get ready for the party season, check out our latest article, p5 South Warrington News last pre-Christmas appointments are tomorrow before 2pm, then limited availability on Saturday 28th Dec' and Monday 30th so that's your last chance to look fantastic for NYE. Have a great time everyone :) xxx

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

***Seasonal Skin Care Guide***

Welcome to ‘Skin Deep’ – This month’s feature looks at our ‘Seasonal Skin Care’.
Any questions, just ask Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp or 01925 263660 & 07967 481594. 
Next month – ‘Essential Skin Nutrition’.

During cooler seasons where the weather conditions fluctuate frequently and our skin is subjected to harsh external factors and warmer internal conditions (central heating etc) it can become dry, cracked, red and irritated very quickly. To maximise the effectiveness of any non-surgical procedure it is important to have good pre-care (before the chosen treatment) such as a preparatory cream, as well as after-care in order to keep the skin looking healthy.
By caring for the skin before any procedures such as wrinkle reduction and non-surgical face lifts, it will in turn respond faster and last longer after the treatment. In essence, the skin will only look as good as the new skin coming through beneath the unwanted visible imperfections that are being targeted. In order to achieve great skin it is necessary to protect the natural barrier that it provides whilst reducing inflammation and the build up of dead skin cells at the surface, which can lead to a dull appearance. The end goal is to increase cell turnover, stimulate collagen and elastin production and promote natural rejuvenation.

There is some new research to show that results from laser, IPL, radio-frequency and other procedures can be optimised by using best practice from standard wound care. This helps to prevent excess pigmentation, scarring, folliculitis, itching and general redness/irritation. By following these healthcare guidelines the skin is repaired and restored more efficiently, whilst simultaneously allowing the natural gas and moisture transmission to produce healthy skin cells and providing some additional occlusion to protect newly treated skin. When having any treatments around the eye area remember to ask your practitioner for something that is formulated specifically for this area as the skin is more sensitive here and requires more delicate after-care. Winter needn’t be your skin’s enemy. With a little extra care using formulated home-use products it can be your skin’s ‘most wonderful time of the year’.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Cheshire Skin Clinic - ***Making Headlines***

Don't forget to read this month's Cheshire Skin Clinic Article Online in the South Warrington News this month's article focusses on skin changes during the menopause and ways to combat it - p5 (and our advert with contact details p12). Look your best and feel great as ever :)

Friday, 8 November 2013

Skin Care Special Secrets - **how to look good during the Menopause**

Welcome to ‘Skin Deep’ – This month’s feature looks at our ‘Skin Care Special Secrets’.
Any questions, just ask Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp or 01925 263660 & 07967 481594.  Next month – ‘Seasonal Skin Care’.

Some of the best kept skin care special secrets regarding all aspects of skin rejuvenation are applicable during that ‘time in a woman’s life’ (hot flushes, night sweats….you know what I mean), the ‘M’ word. Common problems that can arise are:
·         Acne – not really what you may expect after your teenage years, but commonly associated with additional adrenal production, this stimulates testosterone and with that comes hormonal acne (mainly lower face/neck). This is not related to oily skin and responds well to light, some chemicals and home-use products.
·         Rosacea – this ranges from general redness to an overall bumpy/uneven skin tone and can be highly irritating. Best treated with intense light and regular hydrating products.
·         Pigmentation – those pesky hormones again, hyper-pigment is common (slightly different to post-pregnancy melasma, which tends to be related to excess oestrogen). Best targeted with a combination of light (for the deeper patches) and peels (for the superficial pigment) and can be assisted at home to prevent any further inflammation within the skin, which contributes towards the excess pigment.
·         Skin ageing – related to a reduction in oestrogen, collagen decline, thinning and lack of elasticity. The skin may become drier, ‘flaky’ and needs excess hydration to compensate for the slower cell turnover and to strengthen the skin barrier defence and natural healing processes. This leads to collagen regeneration.

All of the above can also be discouraged by regularly using an approved SPF with good UVA & B protection.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Cheshire Skin Clinic - South Warrington News

Check out our latest article on men's skin care p5 and also see Angie's nomination for the North West business woman of the year on p8! Happy reading :)

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Men's Skin Care - Tailored Treatments

Welcome to ‘Skin Deep’ – This month’s feature looks at our ‘Men’s Skin Care’.
Any questions, just ask Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp or 01925 263660 & 07967 481594.  Next month – ‘Skin Care Special Secrets’.

Male skin care is one of the fastest growing markets within the industry at present. Much of this can be attributed to the number of products aimed directly at ‘male grooming’ and ‘men’s health’ magazines.
To maximise the results when treating any skin conditions on male skin it is imperative to remember the key differences between male and female skin tendencies, most of which can be attributed to the higher androgenic activity. This results in hair growth patterns, hair loss and a more severe type of acne (although this tends to be shorter-term). Men rarely suffer from the pigmentation abnormality called melasma, which is normally attributed to changes in the oestrogen levels and common around pregnancy, hence a mainly female area of concern.
As men tend to shave facial hair on a regular basis this causes the skin on the face to be thicker, hence products tend to have fewer emollients (softening agents) in them when directly targeting men, but they may benefit from barrier substances to minimise inflammation. The application of Sun Protection Factor (SPF) also tends to be less frequent for men, resulting in the appearance of pigmentation, broken capillaries and general sun damage, which becomes more noticeable and severe during the late 30s. It is this latter point which tends to lead men in this age bracket to seek treatments using pulsed light/laser devices, which are commonly employed to remove/reduce redness and excess pigment in areas commonly exposed to the sun i.e. the nose, cheeks and forehead. All of which can be treated successfully and with minimal discomfort – this time of year is ideal to start these treatments as it tends to be when tans are fading, hence the conditions look more prominent and respond much faster to short burst of energy.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Cheshire Skin Clinic - latest news article online now!

Check out the latest 'Skin Deep' article in the South Warrington News online (if you don't have a copy handy), p5 - High Technology for your Skin - Next month; Skin Care for Men

Thursday, 12 September 2013

***Cheshire Skin Clinic - Women in Business Nomination!***

Well, Great Afternoon all! Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp has been nominated and short-listed as a finalist in the 'Forward Ladies' 'Women in Business 2013 Awards'. Six years of hard-work are all worth it :D xxx


The initial judging for the Women in Business awards is now completed and I am delighted to tell you that you have been short-listed in your category. The standard of entries was extremely high this year so you can be very proud of your achievement. 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Skin Technology - Here's the Science Bit!

Welcome to ‘Skin Deep’ – This month’s feature looks at our ‘Technology for Skin’.
Any questions, just ask Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp or 01925 263660 & 07967 481594.  Next month – ‘Men’s Skin Care’.

Some of the primary elements that drive skin ageing and skin disease are damaging chronic inflammation and an unhealthy skin barrier. Exfoliation and regular dermabrasion can actually exacerbate these conditions by perpetuating the damage to the surface of the skin and not allowing healthy skin cells to thrive.
A great way of repairing damaged skin is using Keratolytic Technology. This involves selecting the skin (Kerato’) that is need of assistance and then removing excess and abnormal skin cells (Lytic’). This in turn increases cell turnover by destroying the unhealthy constituents, cleans out blocked pores and rids the skin of unhealthy bacteria without adversely damaging the desirable, protective barrier that our skin provides.
The most common key targets are to reduce redness, smooth the skin texture/reduce fine lines and wrinkles. This ultimately results in us maintaining clean pores and fresh, healthy skin.  By embracing this technology it is possible to successfully treat acne, congested/under-nourished skin, rosacea, psoriasis, dermatitis and general uneven skin texture. The ‘skin repair technology’ products themselves can be used with or without complementary skin rejuvenation techniques, depending on the severity of the repair and restoration required. Many of these products can also be used at home, at a lower strength, to maintain the whole ‘revamp’ on a long term basis and prevent further detrimental conditions arising.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Body Toning - Look Better than Ever, without surgery!

Welcome to ‘Skin Deep’ – This month’s feature looks at our ‘Body Toning’.
Any questions, just ask Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp or 01925 263660 & 07967 481594.  Next month – ‘Technology for Skin’.

The most popular treatments at beauty and cosmetic clinics tend to be for facial areas. They range from hair removal, thread veins and acne, to non-surgical face lifts.  The last thing that people tend to consider is their body, and yet this can cause us the most concern in terms of appearance.  We all know that a healthy lifestyle consists of a good diet, exercise and general well-being. However, there are times in our life when we may have a change in weight, excess stress or find it generally difficult to maintain our appearance.  In these instances, a small amount of assistance can greatly improve our confidence and aid us in attaining and maintaining a healthier physique.

Body toning is a great way of reducing cellulite, stretch marks and loose skin. It is best done in conjunction with physical training and an improved diet, but can be started on its own as a ‘kick start’ and is an excellent way to bolster our self-belief that we can make steady, small changes, in order to have a great, sometimes dramatic, affect on our physical appearance.  Body toning is frequently pain-free and can take from 15-40 minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated.  It is a treatment that is not adversely affected by a tan and also has no limiting downtime.  Treatments start from just £40 for a small area and the effects are cumulative, hence you get a longer lasting improvement with subsequent treatments. This means that you do not need to keep up the appointments indefinitely. So don’t think you have to cover-up for confidence, a new-improved you is not too far around the corner.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Celebrity Treatments and their associated FAQs

South Warrington News

Welcome to ‘Skin Deep’ – This month’s feature looks at our ‘FAQs’.
Any questions, just ask Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp or 01925 263660 & 07967 481594.  Next month – ‘Body Toning’.

People often ask a range of similar questions regarding non-surgical/laser based treatments, mainly regarding colours of hair that can be treated, number of treatments, costing etc. However, every year there are a variety of new ‘popular celebrity treatments’ that creep into the market and demand high interest. Hence in this series of ‘frequently asked questions’ I’m going to focus on a few of those.
1.       Can dermal rollers get rid of scars and stretch marks? If used on their own, dermal rollers will not completely remove scars or stretch marks, but they will greatly improve their appearance. If used in conjunction with a light based treatment and/or chemical peel, then, in some instances, they will become completely invisible to the naked eye, with just a slight indication of where they were if the area is pressed firmly.
2.       How does a laser help to reduce wrinkles? Depending on the specific wavelength selected by the operator, the penetration depth of the light used can be tailored to target superficial (fine) lines or deeper epidermal lines.  The body then perceives the skin as requiring repair and initiates fibroblasts to produce more natural collagen, thus plumping and smoothing the area. This gives an overall rejuvenated appearance and a more youthful complexion.

3.       Can I have a laser treatment to eradicate acne if on medication? If the medication is not photo-sensitizing (doesn’t make the user sensitive to light) then the answer is yes. However, many of the stronger, acne related medicines, such as Roaccutane are contraindicated so you would have to complete/cease the course of medication before having laser (some medication also has strong side effects, so laser is frequently preferable).

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Cheshire Skin Clinic - Celebrations for 6 years!

Please check out the TWO articles this month in South Warrington News - p5 AND p7 for our 6 year anniversary specialising in skin treatments, hair removal and sports injuries

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Cheshire Skin Clinic - 6th Year Anniversary

Log onto to read our latest article (p5) and email asap to book a spot in our Limited Place ArtDeco evening next week, less than 10 spaces available

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Skin Care in the Sun - *Proactive Protection is the Key*

South Warrington News

Welcome to ‘Skin Deep’ – This month’s feature looks at our ‘Skin Care in the Sun’.  
Any questions, just ask Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp or 01925 263660 & 07967 481594.  Next month – ‘FAQs’.

Well the sun is certainly making a bit of an appearance at the moment, much to most people’s delight. Sometimes, however, it’s easy to forget about looking after our skin in the sun when we’re not on holiday. It is vitally important to wear a daily Sun Protection Factor (SPF) to avoid premature ageing, redness, pigmentation and of course minimise the risk of skin cancer.  The SPF doesn’t have to be high, for most people 15-25 is adequate, as long as it is reapplied on a regular basis. There are also a range of hydrating products that can be used to ensure that our skin remains supple and fresh.  I recommend a specific range of products in the clinic including a rejuvenating lotion, moisturising protector, SPF and a medically formulated serum to maximise skin care and ward off any damage from the heat and light.  At the same time improving the appearance, hydrating and protecting your skin. Skin care isn’t all about reactive repair, proactive protection is the key!

Cheshire Skin Clinic celebrates it’s 6th year anniversary this month - Cheshire Skin Clinic is run and owned by Dr. Angie Winnington. Angie has specialised in treatments incorporating pulsed light for clinical applications for a number of years and has a vast experience in training and education within this field, including work within private practice and the UK National Health Service. Angie’s personal qualifications stem from a Ph.D. in applied chemistry (specialising in medical and cosmetic formulations that have or are purported to have medicinal properties – cosme(tic) and (pharma)ceutical – cosmeceuticals), followed by a senior research fellowship at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. Amongst her published work are a number of articles in the field of cosmeceuticals

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

South Warrington News - May Article - Skin Deep

To read the latest article from Cheshire Skin Clinic you can also go to p5 in the South Warrington news online - available now. This month is looking at tacking unwanted pigmentation.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Skin Deep - How to combat unwanted pigmentation

South Warrington News

Welcome to ‘Skin Deep’ – This month’s feature looks at our ‘Pigmentation’.  
Any questions, just ask Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp or 01925 263660 & 07967 481594.  Next month – ‘Skin Care in the Sun’.

It only takes a few days of sunshine to make us smile and feel more positive. Maybe this year we will get a lovely summer and a few more glorious bank holiday weekends where we get to wear our sunglasses and flip-flops. 
We know that Vitamin D is good for us, but we also know that exposure to UV light isn’t, hence wearing a good SPF is essential to protect our skin from damage and premature ageing. One thing that can have a more noticeable ageing affect than fine lines and wrinkles is excess pigment in our skin. As  I am someone who develops more and more freckles each year, despite wearing  a daily SPF, I am careful in the sun as there is a difference in appearance between small freckles that develop quickly in bright sunlight and the gradual onset of age spots that tend to be larger and don’t retreat when the weather cools down.  They can make a person look a little older if on the more visible areas of the body, such as the face, chest and hands. A good way of reducing them and then keeping them at bay is to treat them with visible light that has the UV filtered out of it.  This is a non-invasive way of removing excess pigment, without damaging your underlying natural skin tone, and it takes just a few minutes. The best time to treat darker pigment is just before or after the main summer months and any planned holidays. So then next time we get a dip in the temperature, why not take advantage of the cooler conditions and perfect your skin before the holiday season really starts.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

South Warrington News - Skin Deep

Check out p5 for Cheshire Skin Clinic's latest article. Please email any questions to

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Non-Surgical Face Lifts

South Warrington News

Welcome to ‘Skin Deep’ – This month’s feature looks at our ‘Non-Surgical Face Lifts’.  
Any questions, just ask Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp or 01925 263660 & 07967 481594.  Next month – ‘Pigmentation’.

As we are bombarded with more and more adverts and programs insisting that we should all aspire to have the perfect face and body; get rid of embarrassing features and generally ‘seek perfection’, it can become all too easy to opt for drastic, risky surgery and then spend months, if not years, wishing that we hadn’t rushed into it.  Surgical procedures clearly come with an element of risk, as any use of anaesthetics and/or surgical intervention can induce a negative response from our bodies.  This is why more people than ever are deciding to ‘ease themselves’ into appearance altering treatments by starting off with something non-surgical and thus minimising the risk and the financial costs. Non-surgical face lifts are the ideal way to see an improvement in our appearance without any incision or invasion to the skin’s natural barrier, whilst still lifting, toning and tightening an area and thus altering our outward appearance. Radio-frequency and pulsed light/laser techniques can be easily combined to give exceptional results, which, in time will revert back to our starting point if not ‘topped-up’. Therefore, these treatments can be used as a stepping stone to surgery, if this is what someone’s ultimate goal is, or as a complete alternative on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis, hence negating the need for surgery completely. We are all familiar with the saying, “don’t run before you can walk”. In this instance, why have surgery unless it is absolutely necessary, especially when you can get such fantastic results without the risk.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Cellulite and Stretch Marks - Disappear!

Welcome to ‘Skin Deep’ – This month’s feature looks at our ‘Cellulite and Stretch Marks’.  
Any questions, just ask Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp or 01925 263660 & 07967 481594.  Next month – ‘Non-Surgical Face Lifts’.

Many people have cellulite or stretch marks and spend a good deal of time trying to cover them up and make them less noticeable with creams and oils, or just ‘body conscious’ clothing.  However, the good news is that both conditions can be treated to either drastically improve the appearance, or remove them altogether. Cellulite is commonly described as fatty deposits, causing a dimpled or uneven
appearance, often around the thighs and buttocks’. It is often genetic and not always related to a person’s size. It is possible to remove cellulite by radio-frequency, which can naturally heat up the effected area and break down the deposits, which are then naturally removed as waste from the body, whilst simultaneously toning and tightening the effected areas.
Stretch marks frequently result from rapid stretching of the skin linked with rapid growth or rapid weight changes. Stretch marks may also be influenced by hormonal changes associated with puberty, pregnancy, body-building and hormone replacement therapy These can also be treated in a similar manner to cellulite in terms of tightening the surrounding skin. However, to get the best results it is ideal to treat when still slightly pink/pigmented as this appearance can also be alleviated with the use of a vascular targeted laser system to make the area look less visible, thus allowing the person being treated to return to wearing short sleeves, a bikini or shorts etc without worrying that the area is noticeable to others.
Both treatments are assisted by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and ensuring that the body is hydrated. In addition, both also benefit from being treated as early as possible as they take longer to respond they age. Look forward to great skin and body confidence for the summer.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Vascular and Pigmentation Removal - Fast!

South Warrington News

Welcome to ‘Skin Deep’ – This month’s feature looks at our ‘Thread Vein and Pigmentation Removal’.  
Any questions, just ask Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp or 01925 263660 & 07967 481594.  Next month – ‘Cellulite and Stretch Marks’.

There aren’t too many positive things to say about snow, sleet and central heating at the best of times, but the fact that they all conspire to make the appearance of thread veins look more pronounced and flushing more regular really does take the biscuit. However, on a positive note, thread veins are most successfully treated when they are exacerbated as they respond more to light based treatments. In addition to this, it is also the best time to treat unwanted pigmentation as there is not a risk of high sun exposure unless you’re jetting away to escape the February blues.
In fact, if you begin a course of treatments in the first quarter of the year, there is the best chance of unwanted redness and pigment being eradicated by the time the weather is too warm for foundation and you are trying to achieve a healthy, youthful glow, rather than the bright red nose and cheeks that the biting wind and radiator warmth encourages.
Wouldn't it be great to light up the room for the right reasons? A rejuvenated, beautiful radiance beats Rudolph’s nose any day of the week.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

New Year - New (Improved) You

Welcome to ‘Skin Deep’ – This month’s feature looks at our ‘New Year – New You’.  
Any questions, just ask Dr. Angie Winnington-Sharp or 01925 263660 & 07967 481594.  Next month – ‘Thread vein and Pigmentation Removal’.

Wow, it really doesn’t seem like a month has passed since the last article, describing the ‘Christmas Top Five Treatments’. Now the New Year has been and gone, such a lot can change in a short period. It is traditionally the time that we tend to cut back on, well, pretty much everything i.e. less food, less alcohol, less shopping etc. However, it could be an ideal time to start doing more for ourselves rather than less. Having a post-festive break off high fat and carbohydrate based products is definitely a good way of ‘downsizing’ back into our favourite jeans but sometimes we need a little additional help to keep our spirits up. Radiofrequency body toning (which feels like a warming massage), non-surgical face lifts (that don’t hurt) and peels (with no downtime) to eradicate dead, dull skin can definitely provide the additional boost to keep us motivated and seeing many positive small steps instead of heading for another one-off ‘big diet’ that lasts for a few weeks before we revert back to type. So if you’re feeling like putting your best foot forward, getting back to the gym or out in the fresh air, why not give yourself an additional treat when you reach your first mini-milestone, it really does keep the momentum up and means that your hard work will last longer, look better and feel fabulous.