Skin care

Dermal Fillers and Botox®: What’s the difference?

In the quest for everlasting beauty, many people are turning to dermal fillers and Botox®. Both of these procedures help to keep wrinkles at bay and maintain a youthful-looking complexion for longer. It’s commonly thought that both treatments are synonymous with each other, but there are some distinct differences between the two.  If you’re considering either of the procedures, it’s impoPreview (opens in a new window)rtant to find out which is the right one for you to ensure you get the best results.
What are dermal fillers?      
Dermal fillers are used to prevent or eliminate the visible signs of aging. As we age, the natural collagen and elastin within the skin diminishes, making the skin look thinner, looser and more prone to wrinkles. Dermal fillers fill the skin with hyaluronic acid, helping to stimulate the skin’s natural collagen production to plump and lift the skin.

During the procedure, hyaluronic acid is injected into the problem areas through a tiny needle. The practitioner will place a series of injections into each area and will usually massage the area after the treatment. The treatment doesn’t take long to perform and is generally completed in under half an hour.

Facial fillers are perfect for combating ‘static wrinkles’ which are visible even when your face is completely relaxed. These areas of the face, such as the lips and around the eyes, are especially prone to collagen depletion so will certainly benefit from the effects of dermal fillers.

What is Botox®?
Botox® is the trade name for a natural, purified protein known as ‘botulinum toxin’ which works to provisionally relax the muscles in the face. Botox® is often used to prevent wrinkles from developing or worsening, helping to maintain a youthful appearance.

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5 Foods to eat for great skin

When it comes to your skin, the old saying is true: you are what you eat. At Swann Beauty we provide a variety of cosmetic services such as dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections, and skin peels to keep you looking your best. However, all the treatments in the world won’t matter if you’re not looking after your skin from the inside too! […]

Summer skincare tips

Having a tan makes us look slimmer, healthier, and makes us feel good about ourselves. But is a natural sun tan worth the risk of skin cancer? We all know the dangers of the sun, yet each summer many of us take the risk and sunbathe without adequate protection. […]

Beauty Advice To Save Your Skin In 2015

Make 2015 all about you by putting your beauty and health first. Looking after your skin on a daily basis is extremely important in order to look and feel beautiful. Our skin suffers a lot more with the winter chill so make sure you are stricter with your regime. Start the year off how you would like to continue it by following our guidance at Swann Beauty to implement these things into your regime. […]

Top 5 Winter Beauty Tips

Staying beautiful and feeling healthy over the winter months can be hard. With the bitter chill and increased sickness your beauty regime needs to be extra tough to keep you feeling and looking fresh. At Swann Beauty we offer practical beauty solutions with our Advanced Aesthetic treatments, but there are a few things you can do at home too.


Choose natural ingredients


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Particularly during winter, opting for products with natural ingredients will give your skin a better boost. Almond, coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba are all sensitive on skin and completely natural. Look closely at labels before you buy products as even some products labelled sensitive contain certain bad ingredients. Avoid products with alcohol or sodium lauryl sulphate which can both dehydrate your skin.


Be kind to hands and feet

The skin on your hands is one of the thinnest areas on your body, with fewer oil glands making it harder to hold onto moisture. Cold weather can dry out your skin even more so it is important to look after your hands in order to avoid itchiness and cracking. A sensitive hand and nail moisturiser will work wonders.


Feet should also be thoroughly moisturised with something a little stronger to tackle winter weather. If you’re constantly on the go, neglecting your feet can lead to sore and tired skin. Try lotions with petroleum jelly or glycerine rather than simple minty ones. They will work faster and sink deeper.


Moisturise strategically

Cold winds and dry air from heaters can have a serious effect on your skin and hair. Apply moisturiser at least thirty minutes before you leave the house to protect your skin against the air. Be careful with certain oils for your face though as some are known […]

Warning: 7 Foods That Making You Look Older

With the infamous saying ‘you’re not getting any younger’ don’t let time be your enemy when it comes to your diet. Certain foods and drinks aggravate skin and teeth over time, accelerating the aging process. At Swann Beauty we know how important it is to stay looking and feeling young. Have a look at these seven things you should try and cut out of your diet.


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If you’re a fan of BBQs you may want to monitor how long you leave your meat to cook. The black char on meat can contain molecules that irritate skin and cause inflammation. Processed meats are also known to trigger skin inflammation, and the fat in red meats suffocates healthy cells, affecting your skin’s ability to protect itself. For a bigger impact, why not give veggies a go and swap up your diet?



A sugar-heavy diet will prevent your skin from staying firm and youthful. When you eat too much sugar for your cells to process, the excess sugar combines with proteins which then damage your skin’s collagen. To still satisfy a sweet tooth try setting a limit for your sweet allowance or drop how many sugars you put in your tea. Drink plenty of water afterwards to prevent rotting teeth.


Citrusy foods

In the same way that sugary foods and drinks have an impact on your skin and teeth, citrusy things can wear away your teeth’s protective coating of enamel. Citrus foods have high acid levels which can lead to dry skin and stained teeth. In moderation though eating citrus fruits has been associated with a lower risk of skin cancer.


Spicy food

Eating spicy food dilates your blood vessels so can have a particular impact during menopause. Blotchy, aging skin […]

Tips for looking after your body and skin as you age

Staying confident and feeling beautiful as you age is vital to your self esteem. With a number of ways you can maintain your body and skin it is all about knowing what works best for you. Don’t give up on a healthy lifestyle or let your beauty regimes slip at the sight of your first grey hair! Embrace your inner youth with these tips.


The Hair

Whether you plan to embrace your grey hair or cover it there are things you still need to do to look after your hair. Using a nourishing conditioner will prevent your hair from becoming dull or lifeless. Also avoid tying your hair back too tightly as this can cause damage to the hairs making them brittle, and often results in hair loss.

Keep having regular appointments at the hairdressers to avoid any lasting damage from split ends or to cover up your roots. If you are dying your hair do something that is right for you and makes you feel comfortable. Just don’t forget that grey is also a statement look, should you choose to keep it!


The Mouth

The ultimate attention-getter and a key focal point of your face. Keep your lips full and hydrated by regularly applying a lipbalm. Chapped and cracked lips are easily solved so there are no excuses! If you love to wear lipstick then there’s no need to give this up! Just try out what colours work best for you and your skin tone. A lot of older women live by subtlety or muted tones such as plums or browns, but opting for something bright is not off the cards either.


The Face

The way you apply your makeup can be an essential part of how you age. Flattering […]

Worried about sun damage? Reverse the effects with a skin peel

Most of us love soaking up the summer sun. We feel happier and the vitamin B we get from sunlight is fantastic for our general health too. However the sun also causes damage to our skin. You probably can’t even see the damage that has happened as most it isn’t visible to the naked eye. Sunburn and freckles are the external signs of sun damage but they only tell a fraction of the story.
Skin Peels
One popular treatment for sun damaged skin in to use a chemical peel or skin peel. We offer several different formulas but the one we recommend for sun damage and hyperpigmentation is Skin Tech Easy Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel.

Easy TCA peels are a powerful formula that must be administered by a nurse or doctor, not a beautician. However, when applied in the proper setting by a professional it is one of the safest peels and most effective peels.

An Easy TCA peel requires multiple applications over a period of about a month. If you choose this treatment you’ll need to visit once a week to have the peel applied. Following the application and removal of the peel your skin will begin to flake and peel, causing some irritation and revealing some redness. Although these results may look a little unpleasant your skin won’t experience any actual ‘downtime’, meaning you can go about your normal routine if you wish. There’s no need to stay away from sunlight. Each peel will target the uneven skin discolouration, lightening it and reducing the sun spots that have built up at the surface and deeper dermal layers.

Once treatment is complete your skin will look fresher, feel firmer and your sun spots will be greatly reduced.
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