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Boots UK and Macmillan Cancer Support launch new role to help millions access cancer information

According to new research* almost a third of people affected by cancer felt that they had insufficient information and support outside of their healthcare team. Boots UK and Macmillan have specially trained over 500 Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists to help improve the lives of those affected by cancer**. They will be available in many Boots stores to help connect people to information and support in their local area.

The launch of the Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist is the first time that the role of a pharmacist has been extended to include this type of cancer information and support. It is estimated that 2 million people are currently living with or beyond cancer in the UK and this is anticipated to increase to 4 million by 2030***. As the demand for cancer health care is set to rise, the launch of this innovative pharmacy role aims to help the millions of people affected by cancer access the information and support they need, in an accessible and trusted environment.

Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan, commented: “The Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists are the next stage in what is already a strong and sector-leading partnership that we both are extremely proud of. Macmillan and Boots UK believe that by sharing expertise and working together, we can reach even more of the millions of people affected by cancer than we are currently.”

The research also showed that nearly three quarters (74%) of people living with cancer felt that the information and support they received outside of their healthcare team made them better equipped to understand their cancer experience:
– 92% felt it had a positive impact on their emotional, physical or financial well being
– 51% felt able to understand more about their cancer and their experience of it
– 48% felt able to make decisions that were right for them

Alex Gourlay, Chief Executive of Health & Beauty Division, Alliance Boots, added:
“The introduction of the Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist means that for the millions of customers that visit Boots pharmacies across the country, they can access increased cancer information and support. The findings from this research highlight just how important accessing the right information at the right time can be for people affected by cancer and the role it can play in helping them to manage their condition.”

Visit www.boots.com/cancer to find your nearest Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist. For cancer support contact Macmillan on 0808 808 0000 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk.

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BootsWebMD.com launches Baby Personality Quiz

BootsWebMD.com has launched a new, online Baby Personality Quiz which highlights several key traits to look out for when analysing a baby’s temperament.

With the help of the Baby Personality Quiz* on the BootsWebMD.com Children and Parenting Health Centre, users can identify their baby’s personality by answering a series of simple questions about their behaviour. The results of the quiz can then be analysed to identify their behaviour patterns. Essential information about the best approach in managing a child’s behaviour habits can also be found, with a simple step-by-step guide to keeping in sync with the baby. It could even help users to work in tandem with their child’s temperament and personality to make life easier for both parent and child.

Whether the child is feisty or easy-going, the answer to identifying its personality and behaviour patterns lies in a number of key areas. According to paediatrician Dr William Carey, author of ‘Understanding Your Child’s Temperament’, these include:

Activity/energy level – if the child has high or low energy levels, parents need to look for ways to keep them moving at a pace that’s comfortable for them Approach to newness – a naturally hesitant or shy baby will need extra reassurance and patience to overcome their shyness.

Intensity – if a baby is laid back, they can get lost in the shuffle of family life and vice versa. If the baby is intense they must be taught to deal with the curves of life

Sensitivity – if a baby has high sensitivity to lights, noise or texture, parents must be patient and look for ways to avoid sensory overload such as the lighting and the type of clothes the baby wears.

Regularity – if everything is unpredictable, potty, naps, moods, parents have to let go of their controlling ways and loosen up. Conversely, if a baby likes structure, parents might have to adhere to the schedule they crave

Persistence – puzzles are great tools to lengthen attention span, along with a daily dose of bedtime reading.

Overall mood – parents should take the time to observe their baby’s daily patterns and what makes them smile for a happier baby.

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BootsWebMD.com Reveals New Research Into Brits’ Summer Fitness Regimes

BootsWebMD.com has revealed new research showing that Brits are going for gold as they gear up for a summer of sport. However, the research also showed that many are sustaining unnecessary workout-related injuries.

Over half of survey respondents (53%) said they have started a new fitness regime in 2012, with the main motivation among those who have done so being to keep fit rather than lose weight.

Their good intentions are making them feel less stressed (44%) and more confident (31%), yet nearly one in five (16%) has sustained an injury. As well as bruises, the most common injuries are ankle or wrist sprains (26%), shin splints (23%), pulling a muscle (23%) and hamstring injuries (19%).

Over one third (39%) from the survey of 2,000 people who said they have started a new fitness routine in 2012 look online for fitness information. In fact, among the top ten search terms on BootsWebMD.com’s fitness centre are ‘hamstrings’ and ‘shin splints’, reflecting the common injuries identified in the research.

Richard Callender, fitness instructor and TV trainer from ITV’s ‘The Biggest Loser’, said: “It’s really encouraging to see so many people getting more active in 2012. Everyone has different motivations for exercising, whether it’s to keep fit, lose weight, de-stress or just to have fun and socialise with friends and family, but it’s vital they all know how to exercise safely.”

The research shows that for people to continue this positive step, stay healthy and prepare for a summer of sport, they need to be taking greater care when exercising. Over a quarter (27%) of people surveyed admit they do not feel confident they are exercising in a correct and safe way/ Reasons for injury include not following instructions properly (28%), exercising too strenuously (34%) or not being offered proper inductions (23%). A third (33%) of the injuries has led to a long-term health problem.

Dr Rob Hicks, GP and BootsWebMD.com contributor, said: “Exercising is one of the best ways for people to stay fit and healthy, and it’s important that people look after themselves and follow the correct instructions when they exercise and know what level of exercise they should be adopting. There are both short and long-term health consequences of not exercising safely and people should ensure they feel comfortable with what they are doing before they start.”

Further findings from the research showed that more women (54%) than men (52%) have taken up a new fitness routine in 2012. The age group most likely to have started a fitness routine this year is those between 18-24 (64%).

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New National Website Reaches Out To Millions Who Took Defective Acne Treatment Accutane

Since 1982, 5 million Americans and 8 million persons in other countries were prescribed Accutane to fight severe acne. In doing so, they were exposed to a defective drug that’s caused serious intestinal injuries requiring surgery – even colon removal. Now Accutane is off the market in America, and Americans have a fighting chance to recover their medical and other expenses via Accutane lawsuits which already are prevailing in courts.

To launch the process, new legal website Accutane-Lawsuit-Lawyer.com is reaching out to Accutane victims needing representation for Accutane lawsuits in all 50 states. Such suits already have made news this year with jury verdicts favoring plaintiffs, including an Alabama man who received over $25 million for his Accutane-caused inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which led removal of his colon.

Even Hollywood has entered the picture, via a recent Accutane lawsuit launched by actor James Marshall, star of TV’s Twin Peaks and the Oscar-nominated film A Few Good Men. After taking Accutane, Marshall, like many others, suffered an IBD and eventually had to have his colon removed. This severely impacted not only his health, but also his once-promising acting career.

The defective drug’s side effects even were referenced on a recent episode of the hit Fox TV series Glee.

Why has this happened? Indeed, why was it allowed to happen?

“Juries are finding that Swiss-based Roche Pharmaceuticals, creator of Accutane, knew that its product was unsafe but kept selling it anyway,” said a spokesperson for Accutane-Lawsuit-Lawyer.com. “Roche was making up to $1.2 billion per year in profits from Accutane. For Roche, eventual lawsuits were a trade off, and the human suffering was collateral damage.”

Juries are now holding that Roche did not adequately warn potential Accutane users of the drug’s serious side effects dangers. Thus, jury awards totaling more than $56 million already have been awarded in just a handful of Accutane lawsuits.

The Food and Drug Administration provides proof for such lawsuits. Though the FDA first approved Accutane’s use in 1982, the federal agency now calls Accutane’s active ingredient, Isotretinoin, “a potentially dangerous prescription medicine.” The FDA eventually required special warnings with Accutane.

Also in agreement is a Harvard University researcher who’s called Accutane “one of the most dangerous products on the market today.”

The FDA even has linked Accutane to such harmful side effects as severe depression, suicidal impulses and, for women who took Accutane during pregnancy, birth defects in babies. But for many sufferers, the problems involve an IBD such as Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis. Each is a lifelong, incurable and debilitating digestive disorder – not to mention a costly one in terms of medical bills, lost salary and pain and suffering.

To recover such costs via an individual lawsuit – not a class-action suit — Accutane-Lawsuit-Lawyer.com says it can provide victims with an experienced Accutane defective drug lawyer in all 50 states of America. Many such suits may be handled in out-of-court settlements without a jury trial.

The legal website also has produced a special video for persons suffering acne to see. It demonstrates how-to tips on covering up acne with makeup, and advises against treating it with defective drug Accutane. The video can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuptUKD_MGg

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Bridgewater Hospital Launches Revamped Website

The Bridgewater Hospital has announced the launch of its new website, designed to better highlight the full range of services offered, as well as to communicate the hospital’s major points of difference.

Bridgewater Hospital Launches Revamped Website

One of the new features of the site is an interactive body map, whereby individuals can search for a treatment or condition by clicking on the relevant body part. Separate body maps are available for males and females.

The new site also includes a comprehensive database of treatments and other hospital offerings, profiles of the doctors and surgeons that work at the facility, and a forum, where patients and others can post questions for the hospital’s medical professionals to respond to.

The Bridgewater Hospital is located in central Manchester, and was acquired by the Optical Express Group in 2006. Renowned for its state of the art technology, the facility aims to provide the highest standard of patient care, offering treatments ranging f r o m cosmetic surgery, to orthopaedics, to pregnancy scans. Bridgewater also provides extensive diagnostic screening and is the surgery provider to a number of elite athletes, including Premiership and Championship Football Clubs, Premiership Rugby, and a variety of individuals preparing to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

Lesley Taylor, the executive director of the hospital, commented: “We’re incredibly excited about the launch of the new website. We feel that it more effectively communicates the wide range of offerings that Bridgewater has to offer, and provides patients with an informative, interactive, and professional resource.

“There are so many benefits of using a state of the art facility like ours, and we felt that our online presence should reflect these strengths. It is our hope that patients both embrace and engage with the new site.”

In addition to the treatments and services offered, the hospital also hosts regular information events. These events, covering topics ranging f r o m fertility, to teenage skin, to cosmetic surgery treatment options, are all free and open to the public. Information on upcoming events can be found on the hospital’s website.

Being part of the Optical Express Group, the hospital is also used to perform intraocular lens treatment (IOL), as well as other eye surgeries, though LASIK and LASEK are not performed on-site.

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Purify Your Body’s Detox Foot Pads Are Packed With Powerful Ingredients That WORK!

Purify Your Body’s detox foot pads produce more negative ions and infrared light than ANY other pad and are the only pads with NO starch fillers. All ingredients are designed to work together to draw out and absorb harmful toxins.

Remember that as adults we have between 400 to 800 man-made chemicals in our bodies. Detoxifying is an acceptable and necessary part of living a healthy life in today’s world. Purify Your Body’s detox foot pads are one of the most effective and easiest forms of natural detoxification.

What poisons are you carrying around in your body? More importantly, how do you get rid of them? While eastern medicine has known and embraced the virtues of natural detoxing for many years, western nations are only just catching on. Yet it’s a natural, obvious, and effective health treatment which can cure fluid retention, food intolerances, gas or diarrhea, colds and infections, exhaustion, skin rashes, headaches or dizziness, insomnia, and a host of other problems.

As adults, we have around 400 to 800 man-made chemicals circulating in our bodies. Normal healthy body elimination processes do not remove all these chemicals. Food, drinks, polluted air, medications, stress, metabolism, disease, products applied to skin, synthetics, home and workplace chemicals contribute to the body’s toxin load which accumulates daily and builds up over the years.

Introducing the amazing detox foot pad. The detox foot pad warms and opens the pores of the skin to draw out and absorb accumulated wastes via the skin under osmotic pressure from the blood and lymph systems. The all-natural dry ingredients in the detox foot pads adhere to the soles of the feet like a big band aid overnight, when the body detoxifies. Depending on the individual, the detox may take two or three weeks to two or three months, or longer in the case of more severe disease or toxic build up.

Potent all-natural ingredients work together to draw out the toxic build-up in your feet, and in other parts of the body.

Toxins accumulate in the extremities. For hundreds of years Eastern medical studies have held the view that toxins progress towards the lower extremities in the body during the day. Assisted by gravity they accumulate from the tips of the toes to the ankles. Eastern medicine also understands that toxin accumulation leads to many degenerative diseases. For example, painful rheumatism and arthritis are caused by acidic toxin fluid gathered in the joints. There is another Asian expression that says aging comes from the foot.

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IS Clinical Improperly Using Phytoceuticals Inc Proprietary Research To Sell Products With Proven Quality Issues

PhytoCeuticals, Inc., strongly cautions its customers that some claims being made by IS Clinical about their products improperly uses scientific publications, clinical trials and research that are the exclusive property of PhytoCeuticals, Inc. and its founder, Dr. Mostafa Omar.

Dr. Mostafa Omar, PhytoCeutical’s president, is the highly respected developer and manufacturer of proprietary skin care formulations and the inventor of Stable Liquid L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C).

PhytoCeuticals has developed several formulations, including stabilized liquid L-Ascorbic Acid in 1994. The company had distributed these products through Cellex-C, SkinCeuticals and IS Clinical. PhytoCeuticals permitted these companies the use of these scientific publications, clinical trials and research citations to support the marketing of PhytoCeuticals formulations.

PhytoCeuticals terminated its relationship (July 1, 2008) with IS Clinical by Innovation Skincare (Science of Skincare Inc.). Therefore IS Clinical no longer distributes any products using PhytoCeuticals formulations.

In addition, these companies surrendered the rights to use this materials for advertising and publicity claims. The only legal use of these studies is to support the sale of products formulated or developed by Dr. Omar and PhytoCeuticals, Inc.

PhytoCeuticals continues to retain the ownership of all its proprietary formulations, as well as the scientific research, publications, patents and grants from National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute of Health (NIH).

Since the termination of the business relationship, PhytoCeuticals has received numerous requests from customers who have purchased IS Clinical products, (which do not contain PhytoCeuticals formulations) to exchange these IS Clinical products for genuine PhytoCeuticals PHYTO-C products.

Dr. Omar has stated that, “The acceptance of exchanges of IS Clinical new products for PhytoCeuticals PHYTO-C products was initially a courtesy to patients who thought they were still purchasing our formulations. It is my ethical duty to help and treat these patients – which is more important then making a profit. But we must be fair.”

NEW POLICY
Any purchaser of IS Clinical skincare products who is dissatisfied, should return these products to IS Clinical directly for refunds or substitute products. PhytoCeuticals has no responsibility and does not guarantee IS Clinical products.

PhytoCeuticals is currently is unaware of any controlled clinical testing, stability testing or research undertaken by IS Clinical with respect to the products it has been selling since July 1, 2008.

Dr. Mostafa Omar stated, “Normally a clinical study and testing of a new formulation takes at least 5 years or more before a product is launched into the marketplace. To the extent that IS Clinical claims that it has undertaken extensive research in connection with its products, customers should confirm that the research cited is genuine and not proprietary research using authentic PhytoCeuticals formulations.”

ABOUT PHYTOCEUTICALS
PhytoCeuticals, Inc. is the market leader in antioxidant skin care products. Established by Dr. Mostafa Omar and based in the United States, the company was awarded NCI grant #1 R43- CA83538-01A1 for “Prevention of UV Photoinjury in Skin by Antioxidants”, NCI Grant #1-R43-CA94484-01 for “Photoprotection of Skin by Topical Selenium” , Olive patent # 6,743,499 B2 and Aleoferon patent # 4861761 & NIH.

For further information, please visit www.phyto-ceutical.com or contact us directly at 201-791-2255 or info@phyto-ceutical.com.

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Optical Express Is Currently Launching Its First Television Advertising Campaign Highlighting Its Cosmetic Surgery Brand, The Cosmetic Clinic

The advertisement – a 30 second television ad – was created in an effort to put the brand, as well as the Bridgewater Hospital, on the map, and to let the residents of Manchester know that they have a state-of-the-art hospital at their doorstep.

The advertisement features a series of women in their daily routines; shopping, swimming, and sitting down for drinks with friends. The theme is body confidence and feeling good about yourself, which is the message the company wants to promote with regards to The Cosmetic Clinic, and which fits with the motto of the clinic: Your body, your choice.

Bridgewater Hospital, where The Cosmetic Clinic is based, is a custom-built private medical hospital hailed for its advanced technologies, some of which are unique in the UK. The cosmetic surgery hospital ward consists of private cubicles to ensure privacy for patients, all centrally located around a nurses’ station. The hospital’s diagnostic suite is fully digitised for immediate transmission of information, and equipped with the latest diagnostic radiology equipment.

Each of the three operating theatres has been created to meet extremely high air quality specifications as to avoid airborne infections, and a closely observed recovery area has been created so that patients can be monitored as they wake up from their anaesthetic.

The Cosmetic Clinic offers a full range of procedures, from breast enlargement, reduction and uplift, to liposuction, tummy tucks, and rhinoplasty. Though the current advertisement targets women, The Cosmetic Clinic offers procedures for both men and women. All surgeons are on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council, and FRCS (Plas) accredited, to ensure the highest quality of care.

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Clearwater Aesthetic Medicine Has A Full Aesthetic Line To Offer Patients Safer & Less Expensive Options To Surgery

Clearwater Aesthetic Medicine has a full aesthetic line to offer patients safer & less expensive options to surgery. This is no spa! Clearwater Aesthetic Medicine is a fully operational medical facility. Patients are under the care of Jayam K Iyer M.D, medical staff or an esthetician. Patients who might have otherwise considered liposuction, a full body lift, or a surgical facelift, can now get similar results using the increasingly popular Velashape or skin enhancing laser.

The Velashape is the first FDA cleared device approved for circumferential reduction and the treatment of cellulite. Reduce any body part. Dramatically reduce or remove unsightly cellulite. Lose weight, take off inches without enduring painfull, expensive plastic surgery. With basic aftercare, results from Velashape can be life long.

Residents from Clearwater, Bellair, Clearwater Beach, Palm Harbor, Seminole, Indian Rocks, Largo, and St Petersburg who are battling the signs of aging can also take advantage of procedures like Botox injections, Dermal Fillers, Mesotherapy, Deep cleaning facials, enzyme peels & more. The facility is using familiar top of the line products like Botox Rx, Radiesse, Juve’derm, & Latisse.

For more lasting results, patients may consider laser skin treatments. Clearwater Aesthetic medicine has one of the latest versitile lasers on the market made by Syneron. This multi-functional laser provides skin tightening, color correction, treats wrinkles, spider veins, age spots, sun damage, and permanent hair removal from all skin types.

If you’ve been bothered by inadequate or thinning eye lashes, also known as hypotrichosis, Dr Iyer can prescribe the new Latisse solution. Latisse is a treatment used to grow eyelashes. Making them longer, thicker and darker.

Are you tired of dieting , only to watch the weight come off your face, neck, and upper body? The HCG diet is a rapid weight loss program which targets areas of fat which are virtually impossible to lose using standard dieting & exercise methods. By using the hormone HCG , the body is able to burn off that abnormal fat around the belly and thighs. When under a physicians supervision and followed correctly, patients can lose an astounding amount of weight in just one month. If you are not a candidate for the HCG diet, Dr Jayam Iyer has other weight loss programs to accomodate each patient and meet your particular needs.

The facility also hosts one of the largest pain management practices in the area. Dr. Jayam Krishna Iyer is a Board Certified Aethesiologist and a veteran pain management specialist. The Creative Health Center and Dr Iyer has been treating the residents of Pinellas County for the past 25 years. By providing pain relieving injections, steroid epidurals, radio frequency lesioning, medication and numerous alternative techniques, chronic pain patients are able to enjoy relief from debilatating and distractive pain.

Clearwater Aesthetic Medicine is offering up to 50% discounts on many procedures. If you have been considering a lifestyle change, now is the time to get a great deal while improving your appearance and more importantly….. your health!

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The World’s First Dry-On-Contact H1N1 Sanitising Spray

A sanitising spray that kills 99.99% of Viruses, Bacteria and Germs is now available for purchase in the UK. The SaniGuard wipes, spray and fogger products were invented by David Morgan, president of DEM Technology in the United States.. After patenting the product he was awarded EPA registration for its use on food contact surfaces in 1996.

The World's First Dry-On-Contact H1N1 Sanitising Spray

One benefit of the spray is that there is no “wet dwell” time, meaning that users don’t need to wipe the product away prior to it being effective. According to US laboratory reports, the product kills 99.99% of germs in 30-45 seconds. It also exceeds the requirements of EN1276 in Europe.

Jim Taylor, formerly president of Smith & Nephew and now CEO of Saniguard International, based in Chorley, Lancashire, said: “SaniGuard contains a unique configuration of quarternary ammonium compounds (QUATS) and other proprietary components, which allow for the elimination of microbes that regular QUATS alone cannot kill.”

The dry-on-contact spray can be used in between regular cleaning on “hot spot” areas such as telephones, computer keyboards, light switches, door knobs and other areas that are frequently used and rarely cleaned. SaniGuard leaves no film or moisture on surfaces.

The spray is effective against Swine Flu, MRSA, HIV-1, herpes, herpes simplex 1 and 2, salmonella typhi, staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus epidermidis and pseudomonas aerginosa and fungi such as trichophyton interdigitolo (Athlete’s foot).

MisterSterile.com also offers the Total Release Fogger in a single-release aerosol, which is claimed to sanitise an entire room with the press of a button within 15-20 minutes. The product is available in small room (155ft²) and large room (625ft²) sizes.

The company says this product is safe for all surfaces and helps to stop the transmission of germs in high traffic areas such as lobbies, waiting rooms, hospital wards, GP surgeries and patient care facilities.

Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Virus Swine Flu prevention products from MisterSterile.com ‘Mr Sterile.com’ is authorised by SaniGuard International and have launched their new website to service the explosive demand for anti-bacterial, anti-virus products.

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Menopause Blamed For Rise In Receding Hair

Hair loss is often the hardest aspect of growing old, but for a number of people the problem is not confined to their later years.

And it’s not just men suffering from the affliction, with studies suggesting an increasingly number of post-menopausal women are finding their hairlines receding.

This new epidemic is a type of alopecia, which damages hair follicles so that hair falls out and cannot grow back.

The condition known as Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA) can cause women to lose up to five inches from their hairline as well as their eyebrows. If FFA goes undiagnosed, women can even lose hair at the sides and back of their head.

Scientists believe that FFA is a result of the immune system attacking hair follicles, which causes inflammation at the root. This can damage stem cells in the follicles and prevents hair from growing back entirely.

The only treatment available involves controlling this inflammation, so only offers a reduction in overall hair loss rather than a cure.

However, the damage for most has already been done and the only alternative is to undergo a hair transplant.

The Hospital Group, one of the country’s leading cosmetic surgery providers, is at the forefront of hair restoration surgery, treatments and techniques. Those seeking a solution to their hair loss can undergo a hair transplant, which involves splitting the follicles of existing hairs and relocating them in the sparse area.

Providing expert advice and assistance, The Group carries out more hair transplantations than any other clinic in the UK and recognises that hair restoration is an art just as much as a surgical procedure.

Since The Hospital Group was established in 1992, it has grown from a small pharmaceutical company to one of the UK’s foremost weight loss surgery providers.

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Boots Stocks New Alli Weight Loss Product

Boots have announced the arrival of alli, a new over the counter weight loss medicine. alli (Orlistat 60mg), available at Boots without prescription and is suitable for adults with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 28 or over, who are prepared to make changes to their diet – and Advantage Card holders who purchase alli from Boots are eligible for a whole host of added savings and benefits.

Alli Weight Loss

As one of UK’s leading healthcare retailers, Boots is a popular destination for those wanting to find out more about how to lose weight safely and effectively through taking alli. Boots pharmacists are on hand for expert, personalised help and advice without an appointment, and will be able to recommend the best way to help customers lose weight with the help of the weight loss aid, alli.

Weight loss advice from Boots experts:

“If customers want to lose weight, their pharmacist is a good first point of call,” said Boots Pharmacist Angela Chalmers, “They will be able to ascertain a method of weight loss which would be suitable, provide advice and set realistic goals. They are there to help the customer and monitor their progress, so they really don’t have to go it alone. They don’t even have to make an appointment, just pop into their local Boots store.”

The first step towards losing weight is for customers to find out their BMI, which for a healthy person is between 18.5 and 24.9. Boots has installed easy-to-use Healthy-Weight Check Machines in larger stores throughout the UK which enable customers to ensure they are making the right weight-loss decision for their individual needs. The machines give a healthy weight assessment that measures their height, weight, and BMI at the cost of just 50 pence.

For those on a reduced calorie and lower fat diet, they may find it helpful to consider supplementation, to help ensure they are meeting all their nutritional needs while on a diet.

Boots Positive Healthcare Technical Expert Nick Bennett said: “If customers are taking a weight loss product that reduces fat absorption, then they may wish to consume extra fat soluble vitamins and important fatty acids such as EPA and DHA which may otherwise be lacking in the diet. A good way to do this is by building a foundation of supplementation to include a complete A-Z of vitamins and minerals, an omega 3 supplement, such as a high strength fish oil, and a probiotic supplement to help maintain the health of the digestive tract while it experiences potentially radical changes in food intake.”

About Boots:
Boots UK is the UK pharmacy-led health and beauty retailing business of Alliance Boots. Boots Pharmacy Superintendent is responsible for healthcare advice provided in relation to Pharmacy medicines and other healthcare advice located within the Boots Pharmacy pages of Boots.com. Boots.com is the trading name of Boots UK Limited (registered number 928555) a member of Alliance Boots. All other information and advice on boots.com is the responsibility of Boots UK Limited.

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The Harley Medical Group Launches Its New Sculptra Volumising Treatment In Response To The Latest Celeb Trend For Baby Smooth Faces Hits London

The world’s most beautiful people are ditching the ‘heroin chic’ look of gaunt faces and sharpened cheekbones and instead opting for apple-shaped cheeks and rounded foreheads. The recently reported LA trend for the so-called ‘pillow face’ is seeing celebs swap Botox for plumping treatments. Now, inspired by the likes of Kylie and Madonna, women in London are embracing the smooth, padded look sported by the stars.

The Harley Medical Group, the UK’s largest cosmetic surgery provider, has anticipated the uptake of the trend in London by launching Sculptra, an injectable volumising treatment – in its six London clinics. Thanks to growing demand for ‘apple’ cheeks, the introduction of Sculptra has been its fastest ever non-surgical launch.

Liz Dale, Director at The Harley Medical Group, said: “We counsel all our patients to have realistic expectations – no procedure will leave them looking like exactly like Nicole Kidman or Liz Hurley. However, Sculptra will fill in lines and wrinkles and make the face look plumper and more even. It’s a really great investment as the results can last up to three years.”

Sculptra stimulates the build up of the body’s own collagen. Like more traditional dermal fillers, Sculptra is introduced into areas of the face that have lost their natural plumpness and elasticity. The non-permanent restoration of lost facial volume gives smoother, younger-looking skin.

The main ingredient of Sculptra is Poly-L-lactic Acid. The PLLA works from deep within the skin’s layers stimulating the body’s own production of collagen. Poly-L-lactic acid has been used in surgical procedures for over 25 years and is gradually and naturally broken down by the body.

Dr Nicky Naylor, The Harley Medical Group, said: “We’re seeing patients using Sculptra on sunken cheeks to give a fuller-faced look, or a little higher up on the face to give a more sculptured effect. A lot of women that come in are after a heart-shaped face – à la Madonna – which can be achieved by rounding out the cheeks.”

Liz Dale continued: “The surgical side of the business continues to grow steadily but we’ve seen real increases in the demand for non-surgical treatments, particularly in London where LA trends tend to hit first. We’re responding by committing to a series of new treatment launches this year. In addition to Sculptra, we’ve also recently launched the radical Obagi Blue Chemical Peel, which has been dubbed the ‘Recessionista’s Facelift’ by fans thanks to its effectiveness at improving skin tightness and reducing lines, wrinkles and scars at a relatively low cost.”

 

About The Harley Medical Group
The Harley Medical Group is the UK’s largest cosmetic surgery provider, performing more procedures and with more cosmetic surgery clinics than any other provider. It has been established for over 25 years and is one of the most highly-regarded Cosmetic Surgery Groups operating in the UK, with over treated 435,000 patients to date.

The Harley Medical Group is renowned for introducing and pioneering most new surgical and non surgical techniques to the UK and Irish markets, such as Aesthera PPx, Laser Hair Removal, Cool Touch Laser, Silk Touch Laser, Collagen for lines and wrinkles, Laser for snoring, Tumescent Liposuction, LPG cellulite treatment etc. All new treatments and techniques are first thoroughly researched and tested before they are submitted for approval by the Group’s Medical Advisory Committee, as being suitable for application by the Group’s fully trained and specialized Plastic Surgeons, Doctors and Treatment Nurses.

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Following National Nurses’ Day, The Harley Medical Group Has Announced That It Will Be Helping To Reward The Valuable Work Done By Nurses In The UK

The Harley Medical Group has launched a special discount on all non-surgical and surgical treatments for all registered nurses. The 10% non-surgical discount and a £250 reduction on all surgical procedures will be available across The Harley Medical Group’s 26 clinics and can be taken up by nurses throughout the summer.

Liz Dale, Director at The Harley Medical Group said, “Nurses are the backbone of our sector and we wanted to show our appreciation by giving a little something back. Hard working nurses can take advantage of the offer and treat themselves to a Medical Microdermabrasion for example, which helps bring back a healthy glow to the face and rejuvenate the skin.”

She continued, “It’s thanks to our nurses that we’re a trusted cosmetic surgery provider, as shown by our continued growth. Our patients are met on their very first appointment by a qualified nurse who will give them full, impartial advice on what course of action they should take and guide them through any chosen programme of treatment.”

National Nurses’ Day is celebrated on 12th May each year, as a tribute to the work of Florence Nightingale who was born on the day in 1820.

All patients considering cosmetic surgery should ensure that their surgeon is trained and registered in the GMC Specialist Register as a Plastic Surgeon and ensure that their first consultation is carried out by a medical professional. All consultations at The Harley Medical Group are carried out by a fully qualified Cosmetic Surgery Nurse Counsellor.

 

About The Harley Medical Group 
The Harley Medical Group is the UK’s largest cosmetic surgery provider, with 26 clinics nationwide, performing more procedures and with more clinics than any other cosmetic surgery provider. It has been established for over 25 years and is one of the most highly-regarded Cosmetic Surgery Groups operating in the UK. It has treated over 435,000 patients to date.

The Harley Medical Group is renowned for introducing and pioneering most new surgical and non surgical techniques to the UK and Irish markets, such as Aesthera PPx, Laser Hair Removal, Cool Touch Laser, Silk Touch Laser, Collagen for lines and wrinkles, Laser for snoring, Tumescent Liposuction, LPG cellulite treatment etc. All new treatments and techniques are first thoroughly researched and tested before they are submitted for approval by the Group’s Medical Advisory Committee, as being suitable for application by the Group’s fully trained and specialized Plastic Surgeons, Doctors and Treatment Nurses.

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Men’s Careers Push Them Into Surgery

The Harley Medical Group has reported that UK men are becoming more preoccupied with their appearance, especially within four key career areas. The increase in awareness and anxiety amongst men that their bodies may not look their best, has been met with an explosion in the number of slang terms for unwanted areas of the male body, along with rise in the number of operations to remove them.

The cosmetic surgery operation to reduce male breast tissue, or ‘moobs’, is now relatively commonplace, but the removal of ‘Simon Cowells’ (modern day rhyming slang for jowls), and the removal of ‘mandles’ (male love handles) are also becoming more popular than ever.

The demand for male cosmetic surgery is in part being driven by long working hours and work stress, according to the UK’s largest cosmetic surgery provider, The Harley Medical Group. An audit of the most common career choices amongst the UK’s burgeoning male cosmetic surgery market revealed that some punishing careers appear to be taking their toll on British males, who are now seeking the help of the UK’s leading surgeons to turn back the clock.

The audit was carried out by The Harley Medical Group, which has carried out more than 55,000 procedures on British males and showed a recent 26% year-on-year increase in male surgery. The audit also revealed that male patients over the last 12 months are predominantly from four career areas:

Bankers and city workers
Civil Service
Politics, Public affairs and local councils
Professional Services – legal and accountancy

Mr Frati, Surgeon, The Harley Medical Group commented, “The bad diets, punishing hours and stress that often goes hand in hand with these types of professions make men prime candidates for premature aging. We’re not surprised to see a trend emerge for professions most likely to opt for surgery as the side-effects of a punishing job can cause the loss of skin elasticity and encourage build up of stubborn fat in key areas.”

Liposuction on ‘mandles’ and ‘moobs’, face lifts including mini-face lifts to improve the jowls, or ‘Simon Cowells’, are amongst the most popular male procedures in 2009. Rhinoplasty and Otoplasty are also proving popular; particularly amongst male cosmetic surgery patients aged 25-35, and ‘Boytox’ (Botox for men) – continues to be very popular, up 12% year-on-year.

Liz Dale, Director of The Harley Medical Group, commented, “There is no doubt that in some areas, men are feeling more under pressure to look the part as the work place becomes increasingly competitive.”

All patients considering cosmetic surgery should ensure that their surgeon is trained and registered in the GMC Specialist Register as a Plastic Surgeon and ensure that their first consultation is carried out by a medical professional. All consultations at The Harley Medical Group are carried out by a fully qualified Cosmetic Surgery Nurse Counsellor. The Harley Medical Group has been established for 25 years and has 26 clinics in the UK.

 

About The Harley Medical Group:
The Harley Medical Group is the UK’s largest cosmetic surgery provider, performing more procedures and with more clinics than any other cosmetic surgery provider. It has been established for over 25 years and is one of the most highly-regarded Cosmetic Surgery Groups operating in the UK. It has conducted over 435,000 procedures to date.

The Harley Medical Group is renowned for introducing and pioneering most new surgical and non surgical techniques to the UK and Irish markets. All new treatments and techniques are first thoroughly researched and tested before they are submitted for approval by the Group’s Medical Advisory Committee, as being suitable for application by the Group’s fully trained and specialized Plastic Surgeons, Doctors and Treatment Nurses.

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Breast Augmentation Surgery Is Still Top Of The Ops

The Harley Medical Group has reported a rise in breast augmentation surgery, with a growth of 27% year on year. This increase has been driven by a boom in post baby surgery, with mothers now accounting for 60% of breast augmentation patients, making it the third most common type of post-natal procedure.

Angela Fry, 38, from Maidenhead had a breast augmentation after she had her fourth child. She comments: “After each birth my shape changed dramatically and my breasts sagged and lost their shape completely. For me, having a Breast Augmentation wasn’t about getting bigger breasts but getting them back to the shape and size that was right for my figure. Having the surgery has made me feel more feminine and given me much more confidence in myself.”

Breast augmentation surgery was first performed in 1895 and is today the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure for women. During the procedure an incision is made in the crease of the underside of the breast and the implant is inserted into a pocket created by the surgeon. The result is fuller and more evenly shaped breasts. The treatment takes around one hour to perform and a general anaesthetic will be administered to the patient.

Breast augmentation surgery at The Harley Medical Group costs from £4,275. For more information visit the www.harleymedical.co.uk.

 

About The Harley Medical Group:
The Harley Medical Group is the UK’s largest cosmetic surgery provider, performing more procedures and with more clinics than any other cosmetic surgery provider. It has been established for over 25 years and is one of the most highly-regarded Cosmetic Surgery Groups operating in the UK. It has treated over 435,000 patients to date.

The Harley Medical Group works tirelessly to maintain the highest standards in the industry for the benefits all cosmetic surgery and non surgical patients. We are currently at the forefront of the campaign to ensure that the Government continues to regulate the use of certain laser types used in cosmetic surgery and non surgical treatments so that patients are protected from rogue practitioners.

All of The Harley Medical Group’s clinics are registered with the Healthcare Commission and there are now 26 clinics in the UK and Ireland: London (Harley Street, Wimbledon, The City, Chiswick, Finchley & Watford), Marlow, Birmingham, Leeds, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Chester, Nottingham, Southampton, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Dublin, Northampton, Cambridge, Maidstone, Belfast, Reading, Sheffield and Liverpool.

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Advanced Technology Laser Company Receives 510(k) for Its Cosmetic IPL Skin Therapy System

Advanced Technology Laser Company (ATL), a leading provider of aesthetic laser products, today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), enabling the Company to manufacture and market its Angelite family of intense pulsed light skin therapy systems.

The Angelite Family of Intense Pulsed Light Systems (inclusive of the hand pieces used to deliver pulsed-light energy) will be widely used in the area of photothermolysis, photocoagulation and dermatology, especially for surgical, aesthetic and cosmetic applications in the treatment of acne, various benign pigmented lesions and hair removal, that require in.

Angelite Intense Pulsed Light System uses wavelengths ranging from 400 – 950 nm for the treatment of inflammatory acne, and wavelengths ranging from 560 – 1200 nm are indicated for the treatment of benign pigmented (epidermal and coetaneous) lesions including warts, scars and striae, and for the treatment of benign (coetaneous) vascular lesions including hemangiomas, facial, truncal and leg telangiectasias, rosacea, melasma,angiomas and spider angioma, poikiloderma of civatte, leg veins, facial veins and venous malformations. Wavelengths ranging from 700 – 1200 nm are indicated for the treatment of unwanted hair.

About Advanced Technology Laser Company (ATL)
Advanced Technology Laser Company (ATL) is a high-tech company and has been recognized to be a leading company in developing, manufacturing and distributing medical laser and optoelectronic systems. At ATL, a solid R&D team keeps strong connections with universities and research institutes all over the world, assuring it to produce cutting-edge products. Our goal is to continue bringing you the latest technologies and best quality products in industry of medical laser and optoelectronics at the affordable prices. For more information, please visit http://www.LaserATL.com.

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7 Tips of Fighting Eye Wrinkles and Fine Lines Effectively and Some of the Best Eye Creams Do Work

Fine lines reveal the secret of a person’s age. The skin around the eyes is particularly sensitive and fragile. Do not wait until you have fine lines and wrinkles to start using eye creams. It is difficult to eradiate fine lines and wrinkles after their emergence. Taking preventive measures – apply an eye cream that delivers anti-aging and firming functions sooner is the best way to fight eye wrinkles.

Generic and lifestyle aside, half of your success of preventing and reducing fine lines and wrinkles relates on choosing the appropriate anti-aging eye cream, and the rest is how to apply an eye cream correctly.

Protecting the eye skin area by coating it with the appropriate eye care products daily and nightly are the basic steps. When applying an eye cream, do not indiscriminately wiping or spreading it over the eye skin area. It is necessary to use a correct method to help the eye cream to penetrate into the skin effectively.

Tip 1
Understand your skin type and do some research before buying an anti-aging eye cream on whether its ingredients are appropriate to your skin. This helps the skin care ingredients to address the problems of the skin more effectively and the possibilities of irritation and inflammation can be greatly reduced.

Tip 2
Pick an anti-aging eye cream with sufficient amount of active ingredients. The effectiveness of reducing wrinkles and fine lines depends on whether the active ingredients (e.g. high strength ascorbic acid, growth factor, peptide to name a few) work on your skin and penetrate into your skin with sufficient amounts.

Tip 3
Start with the lowest possible concentration of active ingredient. Before trying the eye cream on the eye skin area, apply it on the neck first. If no irritation occurs in 24 hours, you can apply it to the eye skin area. After 2 weeks, you can consider increasing the strength if needed.

Tip 4
Cleanse the skin before applying any products. Apply the eye cream when the skin is still moist. Using heat of the fingertip to warm the eye cream, and then use the middle finger to gently press the eye cream on the eye skin area.

Tip 5
Spend a few minutes every day for a deep massage over the eye skin area. Not only can it enhance ocular circulation, but also reduce the appearance of dark circle and puffiness.

Tip 6
Apply a non-comedogenic sunscreen on the eye skin area during the day time.

Tip 7
Do not apply acne products on the eye skin area. Also do not apply too many eye care products on the eye skin area at one time.

Best Eye Creams Recommendation? No problem,

1. Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum
Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum contains a concentrated form of amino-peptide complex that hydrates to firm and visibly lift skin around the entire eye area. Skin’s natural glow will be restored and skin is left feeling velvety smooth.

2. Perfective Ceuticals Anti-imperfection Eye Therapy
Perfective Ceuticals Anti-imperfection Eye Therapy Cream (for mature skin) is consisting of unique combination of human growth factors, matrixyl, retinol, and ginseng extract to ensure complete care for the skin surrounding the eye area. An “Eye Lift in a Bottle”, Perfective Ceuticals Anti-imperfection Eye Therapy helps fight fine lines, wrinkles and under eye bags while moisturizing and firming the delicate skin around the eyes.

3. Ultraceuticals Dark Circle Eye Cream
Ultraceuticals Dark Circle Eye Cream (for dark circle) contains pure retinol and vitamin K to significantly reduce the appearance of discolouration under the eyes.

4. Valmont Elixir Des Glaciers Vos Yeux
Valmont Elixir Des Glaciers Vos Yeux (for puffiness) is enriched with decongestive green tea and arnica extracts and draining Red algae and caffeine extracts to: lift the wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes, remove dark circles and unsightly puffiness.

Contact Details: skinsolution@hush.com

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The Harley Medical Group reveals UK employers are beginning to offer staff botox leave to prep for parties

Most people have heard of ‘duvet days’ and even Christmas shopping leave. Now some businesses are introducing ‘Botox leave’ in a bid to deter employees from taking sick leave for their pre-party beauty treatments.

Cosmetic surgery provider, The Harley Medical Group has reported that enquiries for Botox treatments have increased by 21% over the last six weeks, and has noted that a number of businesses have introduced ‘Botox leave’ to cope with increase demand from their staff looking to take time off for beauty sessions. Businesses have introduced two hours leave to ensure staff can make their annual appointment for the £210 jab with their Botox Doctor without taking unauthorized leave.

Recruitment company, Blue Skies, said; “Companies are right to be inventive with their incentives. Although ‘Botox leave’ is certainly quirky, if people are adopting this incentive there is obviously a call for it. In the current market, giving people time off for endeavours that suit their lifestyles can be a cost effective way of incentivising staff if budgets do not stretch to other more obvious benefits”.

Liz Dale, Director at The Harley Medical Group said; Enquiries for Botox increased rapidly in November and December as people want to look their best for the Christmas parties. We think ‘Botox leave’ is an interesting incentive to offer employees and have seen a number of patients particularly in our Chester, City and London clinics who have been granted time away from the office for their injections.”

Stephen Fox, Managing Director of Fox Kalomaski, the marketing and advertising agency, commented; “We noticed a demand amongst our staff for a day off in the run up to Christmas to not only pick up their Christmas gifts, but also to make appointments for their hairdressing, beauty and particularly Botox treatments. We now offer all staff a day’s leave in December and have unofficially called this day”Botox Leave” because we’ve heard rumours that this is what people do with this day – to make sure they’re looking their best for the Christmas party photos”.

About The Harley Medical Group:

The Harley Medical Group is the UK’s largest cosmetic surgery provider, performing more procedures and with more clinics than any other cosmetic surgery provider. It has been established for over 25 years and is one of the most highly-regarded Cosmetic Surgery Groups operating in the UK. It has conducted over 450,000 procedures to date.

All new treatments and techniques are first thoroughly researched and tested before they are submitted for approval by the Group’s Medical Advisory Committee, as being suitable for application by the Group’s fully trained and specialized Plastic Surgeons, Doctors and Treatment Nurses. Further information is available via The Harley Medical Group website or the cosmetic surgery blog.

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Six Anti-Ageing Products Reviewed

There are hundreds of skin care and anti-ageing products sold in the market. All these products promise one thing, to keep the skin young looking. Through this reviews, the public will be equipped with ideas about these products for them to make a good investment.

Beautiful Review, an online based company dedicated to providing unbiased reviews on leading cosmetics, skin care, and anti-ageing products, announced their findings after concluding their review on six other skin care products. The company has been providing several other reviews in the past.

Products reviewed include companies providing skin care formula and therapy and leading cosmetics available today. The company’s latest findings cover AlphaDerma CE, Derma Wand, Hydroderm, La Mer, Meaningful Beauty, and Natural Advantage.

The rest of the sections are the results of the study:

AlphaDerma CEAlphaderma CE is an expensive skin care formula manufactured by Janson Beckett’s company. The product contains Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) which research shows to help develop alertness and vigilance; in some cases it shows to reflect a positive mood impression. DMAE also helped in extending the lifespan on the subject of the study.

Other ingredients labeled on AlphaDerma CE include Argireline and Vitamin C Ester, Elastin, and Soy. Elastin is a protein found in connective tissues that is proven to help restoring tissues of the body to its original shape.

What the public should be aware:
The product does not contain Hyaluronic Acid which a common ingredient on most skin care formulas. HA is proven to help the skin look younger, smoother, and more radiant.

Derma WandDerma Wand is a hand held device effective for maintaining and developing healthy skin. It works similar to treatment done in spa where parts of the face are massage. The process helps in tightening and lifting the area of concentration making it younger looking when done regularly. It also helps increase the Collagen presence of the body to enhance the skin.

What the public should be aware:
The product has not yet been proven effective and no research is associated with the product. The company is offering free trials of their product for interested individuals.

HydrodermHydroderm, a California based company that manufactures several skin care products including exfoliates, moisturizers, creams, and anti-ageing products. Hydroderm’s Age-Defying Wrinkle Reducer is formulated to deliver a “brighter and smoother” skin.

What the public should be aware:
Hydroderm’s Age-Defying Wrinkle Reducer does not label a complete list of ingredients used including what type of Collagen is used. It is unknown if it contains ingredients including Hyaluronic Acid and Matrixyl 3000 that are commonly found in leading anti-ageing products. In addition, there is still no related research about the product posted on the manufacturer’s website.

La MerLa Mer is a well known maker of luxurious skin care and anti-ageing products. Among their pride is the Crème de la Mer that carriers the company’s success. It is known to be a product of “miracle broth”, a process popularize by former NASA scientist, Dr. Max Huber. The company’s website offers an FAQ page to direct visitors with their basic inquiries.

What the public should be aware:
Crème de la Mer is an expensive product and introduced at prices close to $110 per ounce. It does not contain Collagen-boosting ingredients as what most anti-ageing products offer.

Meaningful BeautyMeaningful Beauty Facial Masque is a product of Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh, a renowned dermatologist based in Paris. The company manufacturers other line up of skin care and anti-ageing products. Meaningful Beauty Facial Masque contains several ingredients including water, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, and Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract.

What the public should be aware:
The product contains basic ingredients found on most anti-ageing products, but does not contain Hyaluronic Acid and Argireline®. Most products sold in the market contain Hyaluronic Acid as a major component in their formulation.

Natural AdvantageNatural Advantage is an anti-aging system designed to help develop and restore youthful glow of the skin. The starter kit is composed of three individual products to kept a fresh feeling, protect against sun’s harmful effects, and help prevent wrinkles. This includes Natural Advantage® Daily Cleansing Gel (2 oz.), Natural Advantage® All Day Moisture with SPF 15, and Natural Advantage® Nighttime Renewal Complex.

What the public should be aware:
From the findings, the products presented may not contain any presence of Matrixyl 3000® as compared to other known products sold in the market.

About the Company:
Beautiful Review is an independent company committed to providing the public with unbiased reviews about general cosmetics widely sold in the market today and their manufacturers. Reviews are written by hand and products are tested and examined by human editors. The company can be reached through their website at
beautifulreview.com.

 

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