Safe sex and safe sun this summer!

August 21st, 2013

Paula Shurrock RN, Aesthetic NurseA message from Paula fresh back from holiday!

Safe sex and safe sun are both important health messages!

Sex and sun are part of life, there’s no denying that!  We have for some years now had a very clear health message about having safe sex, it is thought to be ignorant of us to assume venereal disease will only happen to others, and using condoms and discussing our sexual health is intelligent!

So why is sun protection not receiving the same health message from the government or even our GP surgeries ? I’ve never seen a poster in England engaging the general public on safe sun!  Yes we do need the sunshine, it makes us feel better in our well being, and of course we need the vitamin D it delivers, however, only  fifteen minutes of skin exposed a day is said to be the minimum required.

What do I mean by safe sun ? Well here are my top tips:

1  Use sun protection daily, using an SPF 50 which also is an anti-ageing cream is a good start for exposed skin for protection against those damaging free radicals.

2  Be mindful of intense sunning!  Let it kiss your shoulders and not scorch your face is my advice!

3  Enjoy a lunch alfresco with your seat facing away from direct sunshine.

4  Wear a hat to shade your face and décolletage.

5  Wear sun glasses to avoiding squinting!…. blue eyed blondes I can hear you agreeing!

6  Re-apply your SPF regularly if out and about.  Don’t expect your morning application to last all day if the temperature is up!

7  When on holiday, choose a lounger under the shade, a parasol or  tree or both, as I do!

I’m not being the sun police really, I’m just advocating safe sun. Ensure you protect yourself on a daily basis for life, and in doing so,  you are doing your best to protect your health.   Sun damage is not just about anti ageing,  now we are seeing at MBNS that skin lesions are becoming a health risk and prevention is always better than cure.

While I was on holiday, I had some interesting conversations with ladies on the beach.  They remarked:  “Your skin looks so clear, what make up are you using?” (I was wearing iS Clinical’s tinted SPF  50).   I also was wearing a floppy brimmed hat and sun glasses whilst sitting out of direct sun and sipping on my 5 o’clock cocktail.  I took a look at the ladies’ faces around me and saw  broken vessels, hyper-pigmented skin,  and even all over sunburn …oh my!

I know I was on holiday but…

There’s still a health message to deliver, and I am a nurse,  so I gently advise an SPF with antioxidants and a protection of SPF 50.  It was my duty of care after all, but the next day, the same ladies were laying unprotected in the morning sun!

More education is definitely required on a larger scale for sure… don’t get me started on sun beds….!

If you would like to have a consultation with one of our specialist nurses regarding sun damaged skin, or any other area regarding skin health , why not give us a call on 01844 213007 or fill in the form here, and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

Dermal Filler and Toxin Treatment – a picture paints 1000 words

August 14th, 2013

Here is a case study of one of our patients , Jo, having had dermal filler and toxin treatment. Before and after photographs really highlight the impact of the treatments. This case study shows what can be achieved without the need for surgical intervention and the risks and costs associated, not to mention the much reduced recovery time.

Jo has achieved what she wanted to with her rejuvenation goals – and all without the need of a scalpel – scroll down to see her journey.

If you would like to find out more about Dermal Fillers and Toxin treatment performed here at MBNS by our experienced team of aesthetic nurses, call us now on 01844 213007 or fill out the contact form here and we will get back to you swiftly!


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Sun damage – how the sun can age you

August 7th, 2013


Ageing man due to sun exposure

This man is 69 years old, but one half of his face looks far older, due to years of sun damage to his left side.

The unnamed man spent 28 years driving a truck, meaning he was far more exposed to the sun’s rays coming through the window on the left of his vehicle as he drove.

The shocking difference between the two sides of his face shows the dramatic premature ageing effect that sunshine can have on the skin – even when it is shining through a windscreen!

That’s why we here at MBNS advocate the use of good skincare that helps block both the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun.  This can be achieved by using the iS Clinical range of products, specifically Super Serum Advance which contains powerful antioxidants  (Vitamin C and E) that can help prevent the sun from penetrating the dermis.    Super Serum also builds collagen and reduces pigmentation.  All in all, a powerful ally to have in your fight against sun damage!  Super Serum



iS clinical products help in the fight against sun damage!


Used in conjunction with Super Serum in the day is the new and improved Eclipse SPF 50 Treatment sunscreen that not only help in blocking the damaging effects of sun exposure  but also is a fabulous moisturiser.

SPF new ECLIPSE factor 50This month MBNS are offering the SPF 50 at only £30 (regular price is £35).  Click on the picture on the left to take you straight to the online shop now!

So in order to guard your skin against rapid ageing and damage, make sure you use  good medical strength products such as the iS Clinical range, and being to help your skin replenish and recover from what the sun can do!

If you would like to find out what MBNS’ specialist nurses can do to help you achieve your skin health goals, why not ring us on 01844 213007, or fill out the form here.  We look forward to meeting you!