When your clients move to Switzerland but still return for treatments having tried elsewhere first, then you know you are doing something very right. Una Jefford started out in complementary medicine, graduated with a 1st class honours degree in nursing and holds a distinction in her MSc in Clinical Dermatology. She began specialising in surgical procedures and clinical dermatology in hospital and is a clinical prescriber too. This lady has a true passion for what she does, with a thesis entitled ‘Does Cosmetic Surgery improve Psychological Conditions?’ under her belt, you can be safe in the knowledge that she is an expert in her field, she does her research, she can tell you what products she uses over others and most importantly she stays abreast of developments in her field, never relying on outdated information or practices. Her motto is ‘learning never stops’.
Una was recommended to me by a close friend. With her fair share of celebrity clientele and even some TV work under her belt, it’s only now that she’s really trying to work on her own business, rather than letting other clinics take the glory.
With clinics in E. London, Essex and in London’s prestigious Mayfair there is nothing about skin that Una doesn’t know, which means getting an appointment isn’t easy but it’s worth the wait! With botox and fillers becoming as common as wearing make-up, a startling phenomenon has reared it’s ugly head; unexperienced people taking 1 or 2 day courses now flood the market with their ‘clinics’. One false move, cheap product or slip of the hand can lead to real tragedy. Young girls are flocking in their droves for the same puffy lips and waxy foreheads. It saddens me greatly to see what the norms are becoming for the very young. Una continues her clinical surgical work in hospitals alongside her aesthetic work, so you couldn’t be in safer hands. She also has a brilliant bedside manner. She’s patient and kind and loves what she does.
With a crushingly stressful year on my hands, I felt closer to 400 than 40! Looking after my my external appearance had taken a back seat to 7+ exams and homework. I desperately needed a pick me up.
Una is a true skin expert. Her consultation revealed vascular weakness on my cheeks and around my nose presenting in the form of redness. She recommended IPL and light peeling, I wanted a quick fix. I needed to feel good as soon as possible.
So, putting the longer term issues on the back burner, I cajoled Una into some botox and filler. A few less wrinkles and a little more volume. Ageing is a cruel process. I’m skinny (something that I should be happy about I hear most say!) which means that so is my face. Una also recommended mini threads. Similar to a single long stitch under the skin that dissolve but stimulate collagen production as they do so. Through a single point on my cheekbone she inserts a tiny canular as then two threads on either side. The threads have small cones on them, a little like umbrellas that open when the thread is pulled upwards towards the ear, once in place. This provides a lift to the skin. They are pushed under the skin towards the mouth, then pulled back. Some practitioners inject local anaesthetic beforehand – I’ve been a guinea pig before and it was done that way then, however Una knows her stuff and uses a very strong numbing cream instead. I’ve used these before and was skeptical but Una’s expertise won out and the numbing cream did the job fantastically. Almost nobody I know uses anything but Emla cream and as Una rightly pointed out, it doesn’t work!
Forty-five minutes later, no pain at all for the filler or botox but a little discomfort for the threads but really only the tiniest bit, I felt like a new me. Younger and fresher. The lift very noticeable at first ( looks good but it softens as your skin settles back with gravity). No bruising whatsoever and the filler looked totally natural. Una doesn’t do overdone. She isn’t in the market for this very worrying trend of pumping faces full of filler to completely change a look. She is passionate about skin, and skin health, anti-ageing and being the best you.
Her latest project is running a FREE national campaign antiageingapril.com launching soon it aims to be fun, informative and positive. Likely to be seen on TV screens soon, keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime book your consultation with her here at dermalhealth.co.uk
15th November marks World Cord Blood Day 2018. Smart Cells have chosen to support the day with a social media campaign highlighting stats and facts on cord blood and sharing personal stories of cord blood collection.
As you all well know, I’m a huge fan of stem cell technology and I feel sure that it’s where the future of medicine lies. So, once again I’m promoting this fantastic cause. Continue Reading
I’m a youngish looking mid-forties, scares me to actually write! My skin is good but fair and a little dry. Relatively good in the wrinkle department but for shallow lines around my eyes. Nothing significant but up close still showing a life well-lived.
Eucerin is a brand that has always appeared to be serious and science-based. No big marketing campaigns and false promises, just quality products for every skin type. I’m not into designer skincare, preferring substance over style.
I have a simple routine, simple face wash, retinol serum then plump up my face with a moisturiser that leave skin glowing and shallow wrinkles filled. Eucerin Hyaluron Filler is the perfect anti-ageing moisturiser if you are looking for real results. Without it, or with other moisturisers my skin can looks parched and wrinkles are more obvious, or you go greasy, which is never a good look. I simply can’t live without it.
The Eucerin Hyaluron Filler comes in different consistencies and with spf protection too. Whether combination or dry skin and there’s a wonderful CC cream with colour and coverage that looks 100% natural; something not easy to find!
Lastly, there’s now Elasticity and Filler – a double action super-cream which improves elasticity too. So, if you haven’t yet found your Prince Charming, get yourself to Boots!
They have been in the UK less than one month but they are the biggest and most popular in the US and are here to roll out what I think is a particularly great way of teaching football in the UK.
As a parent you are inundated with choice for extra-curricular activities, ridden with guilt for not ‘stimulating’ your child enough. There are waiting lists for classes and there are classes for everything. You can drive yourself mad and more importantly, you can drive your kids mad. In London today, competition is everywhere.
No longer are children allowed to roam free, play free and just be children. It’s a sad state of affairs. So, although I’m not a fan of subscribing to every class that there is out there, I can see the benefit in choosing carefully.
Exercise is one of the things that I am very keen on. As we bring up a nation of obese children; glued in front of TV’s, computers and smartphones. Don’t get me wrong my little one sits with my beloved new HP Envy laptop learning his numbers and letters just as much as the rest of them, but moderation is key. Parents are time poor and gadget rich though and what was once an advantage soon disadvantages. Space is at a premium in London too; back gardens aren’t the football pitches that they used to be. Parents are more aware of dangers lurking outside of the home so kids don’t take themselves off to the park like they used to in my day. Bearing all this in mind, regular games/sport is a must.
Football, of course is probably the most popular games option for a 3-year-old boy and classes have been popping up all over the place to satisfy the demand of every pushy parent and every little kid with too much energy to burn. Super Soccer stars stood out to me whilst doing my research. The newest of the bunch in the UK but a tried, tested and most popular option in the US for early childhood soccer development that is being re-imported back into the UK. Run by an ex-Arsenal coach, the roll-out is happening now. They already have five venues in my vicinity but I chose one that offered Sundays (for Dad to take LO) as well as indoors AND outdoors. I am a big fan of sunshine and sunlight, in every season. Our kid’s are becoming vitamin D deficient because they aren’t getting enough of it.
What I love about this program is how each age group is split in to six-month increments for classes. Between the ages of 2 and 4, a child’s ability and developmental level changes dramatically. Keeping age groups separate and in small groups means that the focus is truly on what your child can learn at that given time. At 2 even 2 months makes a difference in language and mental and physical capacity. There are two coaches per class too and class sizes stay small because little ones need individual attention; you don’t expect to pay your money for a class where your child is running off on his own doing his own thing! Focus is on teaching through play; role play, imaginative play, in a non-competitive environment (until you move into older age brackets).
It’s not just about teaching to kick a ball in to a goal. A lot of thought has been put into the learning process. They nurture and teach using props and an abundance of experience with children. Qualifications both in football and childcare are high so you know that you are getting the best of both worlds. Their training process is rigourous for new recruits.
I have a relatively shy little boy, at least to start with but by the end of the first session he was talking about going back and by the second week he was really enjoying himself and coming out of his shell to join in. If you want to start your child playing football or just getting them out into the fresh air playing sport, then Super Soccer Stars it should be. They offer the best in nurture, fun and learning. You won’t be disappointed.