Monday, 26 February 2018

Rolling back the years - with SwissClinic* πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­

Skin roller?

I did a mini poll recently and whilst most people had heard of skin rollers, they didn't really know what they are supposed to do and and more often than not asked - "Doesn't it hurt"?

The concept is simple and not I promise as scary as it at first sounds.
There is NO pain, but still plenty of g-a-i-n.

Collagen, why should I  bother?

Collagen is what makes skin, soft, plump, smooth but firm and it gives you that youthful look and glow.  We all have it, but as we age the levels in our skin decrease - and that's a fact of getting older. πŸ‘Ž

However whilst the collagen in your skin will start to reduce in your 20's! You can produce more πŸ˜ƒ and this is where a derma roller or micro-needling is going to become your new best friend.

More Collagen, how?

Simply put, your skin will produce more collagen if you skin is 'damaged', and this is what micro-needling via a dermal roller will do - but in a very gentle and non ouchy way.

The 'damage' you do will trigger the healing process within your skin and the production of collagen.

Another benefit of micro-needling is the tiny channels you make means whatever product you put on after use will be absorbed deeper into your skin.

SwissClinic System

SwissClinic have produced a complete Skin Renewal Treatment, and the secret behind this is the combination of two products.

Step 1 is the skin roller, which has 540 micro (tiny) needles.  Below are a couple of close ups of the roller and the needles, which are just 0.2mm in length - as you will see nothing to be afraid of here.
SwissClinic skin roller
SwissClinic skin roller 0.2mm size

The roller also comes with some cleaning fluid as you need to keep your roller nice and clean, so a quick spray after each use is the way to go.
SwissClinic skin roller and cleaner

Advice is to use the roller on a rota, i.e. use for 5-7  days and then rest for 5-7.

I use mine last thing at night as you need to take your time and once you apply Step 2 (serum) the advice is to stop there and avoid any other skincare products for at least an hour.

The process of using the roller is very simple and also pleasant, but you do need to allow time - don't rush your treatment.

Using firm strokes you pass the roller over your skin, up/down, left to right and then diagonally, think of making an asterisk pattern.

It really is pain free, however you will feel it more on the boney areas of your face - i.e. forehead and cheekbones, less so on the fleshy parts and that includes lips which I enjoy using it on too.

I also use it round my eyes but go more gently here as I know the skin is thinner.

Rejuvenating Serum (step 2)

SwissClinic skin roller and rejuvenating serum
Swiss Clinic have also produced a dermatologically  tested serum.

This non perfumed clear serum has been specifically formulated to improve the healing process and the collagen production.  It also contains some powerful antioxidants including Vitamin E.
SwissClinic serum

As I said earlier I've been using the skin roller at night, and applying the serum afterwards however you can of course use the serum at any time.

So recently I have been using this in the morning and then following with my normal moisturiser, SPF etc.


I started using the system at the beginning of the year so as of now it has been about 8 weeks.

I am certainly noticing that my skin is smoother and my open pores are much less noticeable and I haven't had any new milia crop up.

My under eyes appear to be less puffy too.  Generally my skin feels softer and in better condition.

I am not sure I have noticed any reduction in my fine lines but I am very critical of these...

The roller I have been using is 0.2mm which is aimed more at improving skin texture.  SwissClinic do another roller which is 0.5mm which would mean more 'damage' and therefore aimed more at fine line/wrinkle reduction.

It's a bit addictive!

The great thing about the roller is you can of course use it anywhere you like, so not just your face.  I have just started to use mine on my neck.  The routine now is 5 days on my face, then 5 days on my neck and so on.

Personally, I think that any skin over 25 would benefit from using a skin roller.  I also understand that the concept works on scars, pigmentation and loose skin.  Collagen production is the way to go!

If you have acne scars it would be great for them too.  Please remember though to never use the roller directly on broken skin, spots and pimples - and of course to keep it super clean with the cleaner provided.

To find out more about SwissClinic and their Skin Renewal Treatment please visit πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­

*post includes a PR sample


Monday, 19 February 2018

Teeth brushing - its so black and white πŸ€”

Charcoal toothpaste

Charcoal - no longer just for putting on the fire, creating a great smokey eye or for dog biscuits!

Like me you may have seen a lot of health and beauty products featuring the black stuff.  It seems to be getting everywhere - face masks (even fancy magnetic ones), face scrubs etc. and now... toothpaste.

I recently purchased a tube of Ecodenta extra black, whitening toothpaste from Holland & Barrett, mainly because I had a £5.50 loyalty voucher to use up.

Whilst buying some fab Collagen Beauty Milk (well worth it) I saw this the toothpaste on offer at £2.25 and after reading a few reviews I thought, why not give it a go?πŸ›
ecodenta tooth paste and tonic 'giggler' mouse

It comes in quite a smart looking tube which aesthetically pleased me as it matched my Sonicare Black Diamond Toothbrush.
ecodenta tooth paste and tonic 'giggler' mouse and phillips sonicate toothbrush

It is also vegan and does not include fluoride which may tick a couple of boxes for you.

Now for the kinda obvious part, the paste itself is most definitely b-l-a-c-k.

It is the same consistency as regular toothpaste however it doesn't froth.  Once you start brushing it then turns grey - and I found this most alarming!

Maybe I am a bit old fashioned, but I now realise I am a bit of traditionalist when it comes to toothpaste colour.

I can tolerate pale blue, and maybe some stripes but on the whole I think toothpaste should be white.
ecodenta tooth paste and tonic 'giggler' mouse and phillips sonicate toothbrush

I tend to stare blankly at myself in the mirror whilst I brush my teeth as I like to let the Sonicare do its job (which it is very good at, even if it is on the pricey side).

However staring in the mirror to watch my teeth turning grey just felt weird - it was almost like immediate ageing!

Of course it all rinsed away and I dare say it may well clean them very well but after only one use I decided that Charcoal toothpaste is just not my bag.

The taste was fine, minty, but I hated the colour and the non foaming, plus there is one other important thing to point out and that's b-l-o-o-d!

I don't have the best gums in the world, due partly to some ill fitting crowns and a bit of family history of gum disease.

This means I do on occasions spit blood after brushing - and this would not show up with a Charcoal toothpaste, as gross as it sounds I do need to know.

Other uses for toothpaste?

I am now left with a tube of something I don't want in my mouth, but neither do I want it in the bin.

Do a Google search and you will find many uses for toothpaste, such as:
  • Brushing your teeth! πŸ˜†
  • Removing minor furniture scratches
  • Cleaning jewellery
  • Healing spots
  • many more..
I have a few old manual tootbrushes that I use to clean round the kitchen and bathrooms taps and to get into the grooves round the toaster, shower head etc.

I decided to see how the toothpaste would fare cleaning round the bathroom sink tap.

It made a lovely mess to start off with, but with a good scrub and a lot of rinsing it came up a treat.   Good enough to admire yourself in - no mousing around! πŸ­πŸ˜†
tonic giggler mouse admiring himself
So, not for the bathroom shelf after all, but the cleaning cupboard under the sink.


I don't like to throw things away unnecessarily and would always try and reuse/recycle them.

What do you do if something just isn't right? 


Monday, 5 February 2018

I don't know about you but I'm feeling 22!

Invisalign tray number 22, halfway there - update #3

Tray number 22 is the hump tray - tray 22 of 43 so I am officially halfway through my 'invisalign journey'.

So far so good.  If you have read my earlier posts you will know that I am speeding along now.  I started off changing trays every 2 weeks but at tray 12 I was told I could do a weekly change. πŸ˜ƒ

I am still managing to do that once a week with no real problems.  Tray number 18 was a bit tricky to get in (top only) as was number 20 but this was just the first time.

I don't want to be in a position where a tray won't go in so I am really making sure when they are in they are sitting tight and I am using my chewies a lot.

What's a chewie?
Moomin tray and an aligner chewie

A bit difficult to make them look pretty but chewies are small rubber coloured cylinders with a hole through the middle which you chew on once your tray is in to make it sit nice and tight.

My orotodontist said to chew until my jaw started to ache.

The chewing process is quite noisy and a bit anti-social, I sound like a donkey eating an apple!  Plus chewing makes you produce saliva which occasionally squirts out through the hole!!  So I don't do it in public.

I have a lot of chewies in the house and car in various states of deterioration.  Unlike Bunny's (my cockapoo) kong they are not indestructible.

When I go to the orthodontist for a check up every 6-8 weeks I pick up some more.

Check ups and more

If you are going to go down the Invisalign route you need to be prepared that:
  • It is expensive £3000+ in my case (I was able to get some back on insurance)
  • It is not a quick fix. It is a commitment in time, be prepared for 12-18 months
  • Wearing the trays could hurt...
  • People may notice - the trays are great but not totally invisible (although in my case people only see them if I draw attention to them)
  • Attachments - more likely than not you will have to have these (they are not permanent)
  • You will have to take the trays out every time you eat or drink (but not coffee/tea!)
  • You will be have to make regular trips to the orthodontist for check ups - so make sure you like them!
The check ups are very straight forward and there is never any pain.  Apart from a visual check the only physical thing that happens is my orthodontist files my teeth a little between the gaps to make sure they have room to move.

The file is tiny, thinner than a piece of paper and really gentle.

What does 22 look like?

Below is tray number 22 fresh out of the packet.
Invisalign trays on a moomin  wooden tray

And here is tray 22 above tray 1.
Invisalign trays on a moomin  wooden tray
Tray number 1 looks so grotty because it was in for 2 weeks and as I said earlier I don't have to take them out to drink coffee (but I would if I took it with sugar).

Caffeine stains the trays.  I have got some Retainer Brite Tablets that can be used to clean trays and giving the trays a brush helps too (they never smell).  But I will be honest, I don't do a lot of tray cleaning...

You get two trays in each pack - top and bottom teeth.  I have laid the trays out top then bottom.  What you can really notice is the difference between the top trays.

Top tray 1, has a much narrower arch, with tray 22 the arch is getting wider and a wider arch means a wider smile, plus in my case less of an overbite and my front teeth are being gently pushed back.

The changes are subtle but it shows my teeth are definitely moving.

Once you have finished with a tray there is no need to keep it but I have kept them all so far, it is a great way to see the difference.

Expect to hear more from me when I get into my late 30's!!


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