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Friday, 27 April 2012

Collagen Stimulation Therapy - testimonial

It is about 2 months since I introduced Collagen Stimulation Therapy (CST) in my practice, and I am beginning to receive positive feedbacks recently. It is too early to see the improvement as a stimulation of collagen production continues up to 2 months after the CST treatment, and even better result observed after 6 months or a year or so. However my clients are already sharing some good news with me!

Y.P from London (2 x CST treatments)
"My skin got definitley much brighter and open pores became smaller."

A.C from London (1 x CST treatment)
"About 2 weeks after my CST treatment, I noticed that my eyebrows and jaw lines look lifted. It is amazing I saw this even after one treatment. I can't wait to have more treatment done!"


YP ロンドン在住(2回施術)

AC  ロンドン  (1回施術)

Thank you for your reports!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Dr Fernandes was in town!

There was annual UK conference by Dr Fernandes last weekend, and again it was really informative and inspirational talk by him. He is a founder of Environ Skin Care but actually renowned plastic surgeon as well. He is nominated as one of the top 10 plastic surgeons in the world chosen by insignia - see here. There were 1.5 days of Q & A session with him, and of course audience bombarded him with lots of burning questions! I will share some informaiton with you on this blog soon...


Friday, 13 April 2012

New size RAD sun screen

It is great news that Environ has upgraded our favourite RAD from size 75ml to 100ml. It can be used for both face and body, and especially we need a lot of them for our summer holiday! If you order this month, you will get a complementary C-Boost (10ml) with RAD 100ml.


Monday, 9 April 2012

Why alcohol is not good for your skin

There is a scientific evidence that a small amount of alcohol can confer the heart health (this more true to men than women though), but how about the effect on the skin? We all know that alcohol dehydrate the skin, thus drinking a large amount of water is a common next day remedy. Yes it is a good move but is the dehydration only after-effect of drinking? Alcohol creates inflammation throughout the body including our skin, and alters (increases) the blood flow to the skin cells. These physiological changes lead to dullness, enlarged pores, discolouration, a red & blotchy complexion, puffiness and lack of resilience. Inflammation can cause the damage to skin cells in general and alcohol induced blood flow increase could damage the capillary walls - actually far outlast dehydration...


Wednesday, 4 April 2012

White rice and diabetes risk

Recently a study published in the British Medical Journal said that a regular intake of white rice could increase the risk of diabetes by 11%. I remember when my grandmother was diagnosed as diabetes, the first thing she was adviced from her doctor was to monitor her rice intake. She was weighing rice at each meal. As you can imagine, older generation of Japanese almost eat rice with every meal, so this was essential regime for her. It is no surprise that high GL (glyceamic load) foods could lead to a higher blood sugar level thus raise insulin level, both associated with diabetes risk.

On the other hand, brown rice carry less risk because of high dietary fibre content. GL for brown rice is about 16 (cooked, 150g), compared to 26 of white rice (cooked, 150g) (this may vary according to the source). As you know, fibre slows down the digestion & sugar release in the blood stream, thus eating brown rice does not affect blood sugar level and insulin level - as much as white rice. A bagel's GL is 25, one slice of white bread's GL is 10.5 and rice krispies cereals' (30g) GL is 22. You can see that white rice has not low GL! Brown rice is a healthier choice, also because of its nutrient contents. It has vitamin B groups, protein, gamma-oryzanol, phytic acid and inositol - much are removed from white rice. Last three, that you may not be familier with, are known to exert anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic and cholesterol-lowering effects. We naturally chew well to eat brown rice, thus our satiety could be achieved before we eat too much. Together with lower GL score, brown rice is a good choice for weight management! If you've already tried and didn't like the drier texture, why not trying to cook with a pressure cooker? Particulary works well with short-grain brown rice, and it makes fluffy and soft - very yummy!

最近出版されたBritish Medial Journalに白米を定期的に食することが糖尿病にかかる可能性を11%上げるとの報告が発表されました。私の祖母が昔糖尿病と診断された時、医者から最初にアドバイスを受けたのが白米を量って食べることでした。それぞれの食べ物から血糖値がどのように変わるのかを示したGL値(グリセミック負荷)を比べてみると、白米はGL値が高いグループに入りますので、当然の研究結果であることはわかりますが、実際科学的に(動物ではなくて)人間相手に調査した結果ですので興味深い結果となりました。

一方、玄米は白米に比べてGL値が低いので、糖尿病になるリスクは低めです。GL値を比べると玄米(調理したもの、150g)が16、白米(調理したもの、150g)が26となっています。ベーグル1個が25、精製された白いパン一切れが10.5、ライスクリスピーのシリアル(30g)が22ですので、白米は決して低くありませんね。玄米がお勧めなのは、他にも白米で失われた栄養素が含まれているからです。ビタミンBグループ、たんぱく質のほかに抗酸化作用・ガンを防ぐ作用・コレステロールを下げると言われている γ-オリザノール、フィチン酸、イノシトールも含んでいます。また白米よりもよく噛まないといけないため、食べ過ぎる前に満腹感が感じられ食べすぎを防ぐことも出来るでしょう。低めのGL値を食べると減量にも良いのと、腹八分目にしやすい玄米はダイエットにも最適ですね。もし玄米のぼそぼそした感じが美味しくないと思うならば、圧力鍋で炊いてみてください。ふわふわでとても美味しい味になります。