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01 January 2018
HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2018
NEW YEAR - NEW YOU?

07 December 2017
A Merry Christmas from the team at Woodford Medical

09 November 2017
New Treatment Launch - Dermaplaning
To tackle peach fluff facial hair as well as providing gentle exfoliation

Vitamin D - are you getting enough?

30 August 2017

     

Recent scientific studies have made new discoveries of the medical benefit of Vitamin D and the quite striking effects that a deficiency can have.

Vitamin D is vital for assisting with the absorption of Calcium into the body which in turn promotes strong bones and prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia (softening of the bones) in adults in certain vulnerable groups.

 It has major benefits for the skin in that it contributes to skin cell growth, repair and metabolism. It optimises the skins immune system and helps destroy free radicals (pollutants) causing premature ageing.

It can also be helpful in preventing type 1 and 2 diabetes and Hypertension (high blood pressure) and reduces the risk of heart disease.

It has been shown to help Seasonal Depression known as SAD syndrome by boosting beta endorphins which improves the feeling of well-being. This also helps with unexplained fatigue syndrome and has been shown to reduce cognitive impairment (confusion) in the elderly.

In addition Vitamin D in sunlight stimulates various other chemicals in the body which help to modulate the immune function to reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases.

Interestingly people with skin types V (Asian) and VI (black) who live in the UK are the most likely groups to have a deficiency. This is because these skin types are very efficient at blocking the UVB rays but as a by-product also blocks the process in the skin that produces Vitamin D.

All in all the benefits of Vitamin D seem to be many so what sort of intake should we be aiming for and how best to get it?

Doctors recommend that if you are in the 50 – 70 year age group the daily intake should be 10mcg (400 IU) and the over 70’s more at 15mcg (600IU).

 Food sources which can help in a moderate way with naturally occurring levels of Vitamin D include oily fish such as mackerel, salmon and tuna. Good quality beef, cheese, egg yolks (free range preferably) fish liver oils and mushrooms.

Vitamin D is now routinely added to foods such as breakfast cereals, yoghurt, orange juice, milk and margarine and again this can be moderately helpful.

However a recent study in the British Journal of Dermatology shows that by far and away the most effective way of getting adequate doses of Vitamin D is also the most natural – the sun. It involves a series of chemical reactions triggered by sun exposure .It takes between 5 and 30 minutes of sun exposure twice weekly for skin types II to III to keep Vitamin D to its optimum level. The exact amount is dependent on the strength of the sun in various seasons.  It also needs to be sun exposure without SPF as this can reduce absorption by up to 95%.  Protecting the face with a high SPF is still vital but leaving arms or legs exposed to moderate sun for such a small amount of time will provide the necessary boost without the risk of sun damage. Darker skin types IV to VI will need more sun exposure than fairer skin types to get the same benefits.

 Also just in case you think that driving in your car on a sunny day will suffice be aware that sunlight through windows almost completely blocks UVB light so therefore it is totally ineffective at boosting Vitamin D levels.

So to conclude, a little sun exposure is extremely good for us and by far and away the most effective way of getting that all important Vitamin D boost. As long as we take care to apply  good sun screen protection to our face and limit our unprotected time outside to just a few precious minutes we can get all the Vitamin D that we need.  So it’s an excellent excuse to take a walk or your sandwich outside at lunchtime knowing that we are giving ourselves that all important Vitamin D boost.

It’s Mother Nature’s gift to us so let’s all enjoy it.

 

 

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4 days ago
Dr Hilary Allan and Dr Mervyn Patterson offer their top tips “Before you Book” advice to Health and Wellbeing Magazine. This tells you what to look for in a clinic and practitioner before booking an aesthetic treatment: “Find an expert who is prepared to spend a long time discussing your options. If you feel rushed or unsure then defer treatments until you feel more confident. Take baby steps- start with the minimal and always seek the subtle outcomes that family and friends don’t notice. Look for established clinics that provides lots of different options and that are headed by a named medical team on the website. Remember that cheap doesn’t always mean quality. Paying a bit more may be worth it in the end and, above all, be safer.”

1 week ago
Did you see the lovely post in Health and Wellbeing magazine about the benefits of Micro-Needling? “A great method to improve skin texture and fade skin imperfections, this favourite of A-listers such as Kourtney Kardashian uses hundreds of little needles to create small punctures into the skin, a bit like aerating a lawn! The tiny micro-traumas allow a cocktail of nourishing anti-ageing ingredients to penetrate deep into the dermal layer, while triggering a healing response to boost collagen production. It’s a good way to fade acne scars and sun damage and give you fresher, younger looking skin. As with most of these techniques, a course of several treatments gets the best results.” “DermaFrac is a three-in-one anti-ageing and re-surfacing treatment combining microdermabrasion, growth factor skin infusions and micro-needling for plumper, smoother skin.” (At Woodford Medical we also offer Collagen Pin for those looking for a deeper level of Micro-Needling), phone us on 0845 602 1161 to speak to one of our treatment advisors for more information.

2 weeks ago
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We would like to wish our staff and clients a very happy new year and we look forward to seeing you all in 2018!

1 month ago
CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS Saturday 23rd December: 9am -12pm Christmas Eve: Closed Christmas Day: Closed Boxing Day: Closed Wednesday 27th December: 10am - 5pm Thursday 28th December: 10am - 5pm Friday 29th December: 930am - 430pm Saturday 30th December: 9am-12pm New Years Eve: Closed New Years Day: Closed Tuesday 2nd January: Normal hours resume

1 month ago
We will be closed today from 12:30pm for our staff Christmas lunch! We will be open as normal tomorrow between 9am-2pm.