Saveface COVID19 Safety Charter Video

Saveface Covid19 Safety Charter Video

FTT Skin Clinics team are delighted that, after the months of lockdown that we are ready to open our doors to you our patients and wish to share the saveface COVID19 Safety Charter Video.  As both a Health Improvement Scotland (HIS) registered medical aesthetic clinic, and a SAVE FACE registered clinic please be assured that we have gone above and beyond with all our protocols, procedures and policies as well as practical additions to ensure your safety without compromise on the pleasure of your experience.  We are fully committed to doing our very best for you, as always. Please know that our warmth and friendliness will surround you as always whilst we observe safety first.

To our longstanding patients that we have missed over recent months, welcome back. To our new patients and followers we have yet the pleasure to meet, we hope that you are reassured that our very best efforts to keep you safe and sound are in place for your peace of mind and safety and we look forward to meeting with you soon.

 


Ingredients Spotlight: Glutathione

What is Glutathione?

Glutathione is tripeptide composed of 3 amino acids, cysteine, glutamic acid and glycine; these work together as a powerful antioxidant. It was originally prescribed as an immune boosting drug; however, doctors noticed the skin brightening and lightening effects and it is now also a popular skincare ingredient to help those with an uneven skin tone due to sun damage. It also neutralizes free radicals, boosts the immune system and reduces pigmentation.

 


What are the benefits of Glutathione?

  • Brightens and evens skin tone
  • Maintains skins moisture level
  • Helps maintain skins elasticity
  • Breaks down melanin, reducing pigmentation
  • Removes free radicals, reducing the effects of photoaging

 


How does it work?

It inhibits melanin production by inhibiting tyrosinase activity, this activates the pheomelanin pathway, and reactive oxygen species generated from UV exposure. It lowers the skins melanin production, by producing lighter skin tones, the skin will gradually appear more like it’s original tone, very similar to the skin on your inner arm.

It  improves overall skin health, it is a powerful antioxidant and removes free radicals, preventing free radical damage and restoring the skins natural moisture barrier.

 


Which of our FTT products contain Glutathione?

 

 

FTT Illuminate Skin Brightening Serum - Alpha Arbutin / Azelaeic Acid /Glutathione

Illuminate –Skin Brightening Serum

5% Azelaic Acid, 2% Alpha Arbutin, 2% Glutathione

This highly active serum provides a poly-focal, clinical, approach to areas of skin discoloration. It contains, azelaic acid to help calm inflammation, alpha-arbutin and glutathione to inhibit melanin synthesis, the main cause of pigmentation, together with vitamins E (and) C to provide antioxidant protection.


Ingredients Spotlight: Vitamin E

What is Vitamin E?

Vitamin E, also known as Tocopherol which is the name used to describe 8 different forms of vitamin E, the most typical forms are d-alpha-tocopherol, d-alpha-tocopherol acetate, dl-alpha tocopherol, and dl-alpha tocopherol acetate. It is a powerhouse antioxidant that occurs naturally in the skin but can also be found in foods such as spinach, nuts, seeds, and sunflower oil. Tocopherol provides great protection for the skin when used in skincare products, which comes as no surprise as tocopherols make up 96% of the skin’s natural antioxidant defence system!

 


What are the benefits?

  • Protects against free radicals and environmental pollution
  • Reduces photodamage, resulting in younger, healthier looking skin
  • Strengthens the skins natural defence barrier

 


How does Vitamin E work?

Vitamin E is an antioxidant, it works to protect the skin from environmental damage by mopping up free radicals, preventing the skin from environmental stressors that could cause signs of premature ageing. Some types of tocopherol help to soothe skin and reduce inflammation. As we age the skins level of vitamin e decreases, reducing our natural ability to fight the signs of ageing – but topical tocopherol, found in skincare is great for replenishing the skins natural levels of vitamin E.

 


Which of our FTT products contain Vitamin E?

FTT C-20 – Maximum Strength Vitamin C Serum

20% L-ascorbic Acid

Clinically proven L-ascorbic acid at its peak concentration of anti-oxidant activity, which is quickly absorbed to remove free radicals to prevent skin damage, helping to brighten skin and maintain a youthful appearance. This formulation is supported with vitamin E and ferulic acid to create this light, effective day serum. Apply to clean skin on face and neck as required. Products containing more than 20% Vitamin C do not have any additional clinical benefits as this makes its half-life shorter


Exfoliate

Glow – Exfoliating Scrub

A luxury anti-ageing wash to exfoliate and help improve the complexion. Containing glycolic acid and quartz, to stimulate, condition and polish skin to perfection. A twice a week routine that will leave skin looking younger, smoother, fresher with a radiant glow

 


FTT Skin Brightening Serum UK

Illuminate –Skin Brightening Serum

5% Azelaic Acid, 2% Alpha Arbutin, 2% Glutathione

This highly active serum provides a poly-focal, clinical, approach to areas of skin discoloration. It contains, azelaic acid to help calm inflammation, alpha-arbutin and glutathione to inhibit melanin synthesis, the main cause of pigmentation, together with vitamins E (and) C to provide antioxidant protection.

 


FTT Luxury Eye Serum

Refine – Intensive Eye Serum

1% Lactic Acid, 7% Refined Silica, 4% Vitamin E, 1% Vitamin C

Refine is an intensive eye serum which actively works to rejuvenate and repair the signs of ageing. Containing a unique blend of ingredients including vitamin E to hydrate and lactic acid which has gentle resurfacing properties to diminish the appearance of crow’s feet and visibly improve clarity and tone.

 


FTT Retinol serum

R+ – 1% Liposomal Retinol Serum

A powerful and highly effective serum containing one per cent liposomal retinol, a stabilised vitamin A derivative which has been clinically proven to increase cell turnover. R+ will reduce pore size, resulting in firmer younger looking skin as well as reduce, visible signs of ageing including pigmentation and uneven skin tone.

 


FTT Rejuvenate Active Serum

Rejuvenate – Stimulating Daily Active Serum

12% Glycolic Acid, 2% Hyaluronic Acid, O.5% Salicylic Acid

Contains the natural clinically proven AHA, glycolic acid to gently remove the build-up of dead skin cells. It increases cell turnover to reveal fresh, younger looking skin and it is effective at controlling breakouts, reducing pigmentation and fine lines.

 


More Ingredient Spotlights will be coming to soon so keep an eye out to stay in the loop!


Ingredients Spotlight: Lactic Acid

What is Lactic Acid?

Lactic acid is part of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) group, it is a naturally occurring carboxylic acid found in many foods. It’s a chemical exfoliant which breaks down and dissolves the structure of dead skin cells without causing sensitivity


What are the benefits?

  • Increases the ceramides in the skin’s epidermis
  • Increases water retention
  • Prevents congestion
  • Improves pigmentation

How does it work?

When applied topically lactic acid interferes with the bonds between the cells on the epidermis, breaking off dead, rough skin cell, this therefore promotes cell turnover and the growth of healthy, younger cells, resulting in a more even and smooth complexion. It also increases the ceramides in the skin’s protective barrier, this increases water retention in the dermis, creating more even and hydrated skin.


Which of our FTT Skin Clinics products contain Lactic Acid?

 

 

FTT Prime and Protect SPF 20 – Daily Moisturiser with SPF 20

Organic UVA and UVB filters, 2% Hyaluronic Acid, 2% Vitamin E, 5% Aloe Vera

An ultra-skin nourishing and anti-ageing moisturiser, providing all day hydration and protection. Harnessing peptides, to tighten and firm whilst diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Skin loving antioxidants encourage cell re-growth and regeneration. Your skin will be thoroughly hydrated whilst looking fresher, firmer and tighter.


FTT Refine – Intensive Eye Serum

1% Lactic Acid, 7% Refined Silica, 4% Vitamin E, 1% Vitamin C

Refine is an intensive eye serum which actively works to rejuvenate and repair the signs of ageing. Containing a unique blend of ingredients including vitamin E to hydrate, almond oil to repair and protect against the signs of ageing and lactic acid which has gentle resurfacing properties to diminish the appearance of crow’s feet and visibly improve clarity and tone.


Ingredients Spotlight: Glycolic Acid

What is Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic acid is naturally derived from sugar cane and is arguably the best of all alpha hydroxy acids. It works to dissolve the thickened bonds of dead skin on the epidermis, exfoliating the upper surface, to reveal newer, more hydrate skin. Alpha hydroxy acids have been proven to affect the deeper layers of the skin; this is achieved by increasing the gel matrix which plumps the skin. It is often found in acne targeting products due to its ability to reduce pore size, it is also popular in anti-ageing products for its ability to rejuvenate the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.


What are the benefits?

  • Unclogs blocked pore, dissolving blackheads and whiteheads
  • Exfoliates the epidermis, exposing younger, plumper cells
  • Removes excess oil, preventing further breakouts
  • Protects against free radicals and strengthens skin barrier

How does it work?

Glycolic acid is a chemical exfoliant, it dissolves the thickened bonds of dead skin on the epidermis, allowing dead skin cells to slough off more rapidly than they would in an ordinary skin cycle; this then increases cell turnover and causes the younger, plumper skin cells to surface.

Glycolic acid also has inhibiting capacity against the production of MMP’s, also known as collagenase. This acid stimulates the skin to create more collagen, helping to fight against the visible signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles.

 


Which of our FTT products contain Glycolic Acid?

FTT Foaming Wash

FTT Reveal – Glycolic Wash

5% Glycolic Acid, 2% Salicylic Acid

Contains the natural clinically proven AHAs, glycolic and citric acid to gently remove the build-up of dead skin cells together with salicylic acid to remove impurities and excess oil. This combination will cleanse the skin and increase cell turnover revealing new younger looking cells while preparing the skin for the further application of recommended daily care. Massage one pump onto dry skin. Leave on the skin for a few minutes to get to work before rinsing with warm water and patting dry. Do not use as an eye make-up remover. Can be used once or twice daily.


Ingredients Spotlight: Alpha Arbutin

What is Alpha Arbutin?

Alpha Arbutin (A-A) is a synthetic and functional active ingredient for skin lightening. It is a biosynthetic ingredient, derived from bearberry, bearberry extract is broken down to produce hydroquinone, hydroquinone and dextrin (a sugar) reacts with a glycosylating enzyme to produce A-A. It is also considered a safer, but not less effective than hydroquinone, even at similar or greater concentrations!


What are the benefits?

  • Lightens skin.
  • Evens skin tone
  • Prevents melanin formation
  • Reverses existing pigmentation such as freckles, sun damage, age spots or liver spots etc

How does it work?

A-A blocks melanin synthesis, resulting in lighter skin. It successfully blocks skin’s tyrosinase activity, therefore preventing and minimising the formation of melanin. A-A also suppresses the enzymes that stimulate the production of melanin, without killing them, thus preventing the future formation of pigmentation.

Alpha Arbutin Vs Hydroquinone?

A-A  is a naturally occurring ingredient and is considered safe and effective.  Hydroquinone inhibits melanin production to lighten skin, but used over a long period of time it can damage pigment cells. Hydroquinoine is a prescription only topical medication found within the Obagi Nu-Derm Range which requires guidance, support and advice for usage.


Which of our FTT products contain It?

FTT Illuminate Skin Brightening Serum - Alpha Arbutin / Azelaeic Acid /Glutathione

FTT Illuminate – Skin Lightening Serum

5% Azelaic Acid, 2% Alpha Arbutin, 2% Glutathione

This highly active serum provides a poly-focal, clinical, approach to areas of skin discoloration. It contains, azelaic acid to help calm inflammation, alpha-arbutin and glutathione to inhibit melanin synthesis, the main cause of pigmentation, together with vitamins E (and) C to provide antioxidant protection. Apply liberally to areas of concern at night-time only.


Ingredients Spotlight: Azelaic Acid

What is Azelaic Acid?

Azelaic acid is a dicarboxylic acid, it is naturally occurring acid found in grains such as barley, wheat and Rye. It is a white powder in its natural form. It is produced naturally by a yeast known as Malassezia furfur  which  lives on the skins surface. It is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory so works to reduce rosacea and acne prone skin. Alongside this it also brightens and lightens the skin. Unlike many acids it doesn’t cause irritation and has been shown to reduce redness and rosacea.


What are its benefits?

  • Unblocks pores and refines the skins surface
  • Evens out skin texture
  • Reduces pigmentation caused from sun damage
  • Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

How does it work?

Azelaic Acid

This image displays the effects of Azelaic Acid (AzA) or keratinocytes.

  1. Decreases ATP synthesis by inhibiting respiratory chain molecules in the mitochondrion.
  2. Reversibly inhibits DNA synthesis and cell proliferation in keratinocytes.
  3. Reduces filaggrin expression in keratinocytes

It is an anti-inflammatory ingredient, it helps to reduce the bumps, swelling and redness in acne prone skin, and prevents the formations of comedones. It works to treat the active acne by killing the bacteria that infects pores and decreases the production of keratin. It reduces expressions of kallikrein-5 (KLK-5) and pro-inflammatory cathelicidins such as LL-37. It also works to brighten and lighten the skin and reduce pigmentation by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase, which is needed for the production of melanin.


Which of our FTT products contain Azelaic Acid?

FTT Illuminate Skin Brightening Serum - Alpha Arbutin / Azelaeic Acid /Glutathione

Illuminate – Skin Lightening Serum

5% Azelaic Acid, 2% Alpha Arbutin, 2% Glutathione

This highly active serum provides a poly-focal, clinical, approach to areas of skin discoloration. It contains, azelaic acid to help calm inflammation, alpha-arbutin and glutathione to inhibit melanin synthesis, the main cause of pigmentation, together with vitamins E (and) C to provide antioxidant protection. Apply liberally to areas of concern at night-time only.


Ingredients Spotlight: Vitamin C

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid or ascorbate, is a vitamin found in several foods and is often sold as a dietary supplement or used in skincare. It is an essential nutrient for the repair of tissue and the enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters. It is also used in skincare due to its anti-ageing benefits, vitamin c is a powerful antioxidant, protecting the skin from free radicals and toxins in the environment, which can lead to the breakdown of collagen, encouraging wrinkles and skin laxity.

 

Free radicals are essentially molecules of singular oxygen which can cause a lot of damage to proteins such as collagen and blood vessels and these can cause the skin to age. They are in high concentration in our bodies if we live in polluted areas, drink alcohol or smoke tobacco.

 

We cannot store Vitamin C in our bodies and do not produce it, so we must get it from our diet or apply it topically in skincare. Fortunately, it is readily absorbed in the skin and we can absorb more Vitamin C when applied topically as opposed to in dietary supplements.


What are the benefits?

  • Brightens and evens out skin tone
  • Reduces pigmentation
  • Shields skin from the visible impact of pollution
  • Improves hydration

How does it work?

When exposed to UV light the skin generates reactive oxygen species (ROS). These reactive oxygen species have a potential to start chain reactions that damage the cells, their DNA, and the cell membrane and cellular proteins, including collagen. Vitamin C is an ROS scavenger and mops up reactive oxygen species from the skins surface, preventing them from causing damage to the skin. This prevents the skin from damage caused by environmental toxins, and stops the breakdown of collagen, giving the skin and more full and brighter complexion.


Which of our FTT products contain Vitamin C?

Vitamin C Serum - Vitamin E - Ascorbic Acid

FTT C-10 – Professional Strength Vitamin C Serum

10% L-ascorbic Acid

Our advanced signature C-10 serum uses scientific and evidence based formulas, offering daily antioxidant protection. C-10 contains stabilized L-ascorbic acid – a form of Vit C which is easily and quickly absorbed by the skin for greater potency. Apply daily to cleansed skin before applying SPF or makeup, gently massage until fully absorbed. For external use only.


Vitamin C Serum - Vitamin E - Ascorbic Acid

FTT C-20 – Maximum Strength Vitamin C Serum

20% L-ascorbic Acid

Clinically proven L-ascorbic acid at its peak concentration of anti-oxidant activity, which is quickly absorbed to remove free radicals to prevent skin damage, helping to brighten skin and maintain a youthful appearance. This formulation is supported with vitamin E and ferulic acid to create this light, effective day serum. Apply to clean skin on face and neck as required. Products containing more than 20% Vitamin C do not have any additional clinical benefits as this makes its half-life shorter

More Ingredient Spotlights will be coming to soon so keep an eye out to stay in the loop!


Coronavirus Clinical Update

The team at FTT Skin Clinics wish to assure you that all measures to ensure we continue to provide a safe environment  for your treatments will be taken during this Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Beyond the routine infection control measures we take as a matter of policy, staff will be extending disinfection to frequently touched surfaces which will be wiped down with alcohol or bleach between patients.
  • All visitors will be offered an opportunity to wash hands and an application of alcohol hand gel on arrival and departure.
  • If you are feeling unwell or if you have been in contact with anyone displaying symptoms, we ask that you don’t hesitate to reschedule your appointment until you are better.
  • Staff who feel unwell will also stay at home, so we ask for your understanding if this causes any inconvenience to you.
  • Our staff may be wearing face masks or other personal protective equipment during your treatment, this is just a precautionary measure to keep patients and staff well and you do not need to be alarmed!
  • Appointments will be scheduled to minimise the number of patients in the waiting room and we ask that you avoid bringing friends and family along, unless absolutely necessary.
  • Appointments via video call will be offered to new patients who would like to discuss treatment options and to existing patients that need advice or a review following treatment. Please contact the clinic for further information.
  • Most products used at the clinic are sterile and single use so you will be protected if you do proceed with treatment.
  • We are constantly reviewing and following the advice from Government and NHS Scotland and will keep everyone informed via our website and social media if the situation changes.

Aside from the above, we will be continuing to practice as usual and we would like to thank you for your support.

Of course, we will be monitoring coronavirus advice from authorities and will advise of any further measures we need to take.  If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to speak to us.

Current Department of Health advice is linked here.