Is Your Suncream Protecting or Damaging?

Is Your Suncream Protecting or Damaging?

Do you know what’s in your suncream or how it affects the environment? Read below about what Elle Magazine has to say and their recommendation of using Alumier MD suncream’s.

“Although wearing sun cream obviously has major benefits for your skin, and applying a daily SPF works wonders for limiting sun damage and pigmentiation, it turns out chemical sun creams aren’t necessarily that great for the environment.

Hawaii is proposing a bill to ban sun creams made with the damaging chemicals octinoxate and oxybenzone, which are in almost 65% of non-mineral sunscreens.

The two chemicals are said to cause genetic damage to coral and other marine organisms. These chemical sunscreens penetrate into the skin and often enter the bloodstream. As a result they ‘pose possible hormonal side effects and could even be promoting the kind of skin cancers they’re designed to prevent.”

What is the answer? Elle recommends a mineral or physical sun cream. Enter Alumier MD Clear Shield Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 42 that works without penetrating the skin and is suitable for all skin types.

Give us a call to find out more about how you can protect your skin and the environment through your local Alumier MD Ambassador!

Read the full Elle article here: Elle Magazine

Retinol – the key anti ageing ingredient everyone is taking about!

Retinol – the key anti ageing ingredient everyone is taking about!

January is the perfect time for you to be focusing on skin health, and what better way to care for skin than by using Retinol. Use the step-up program to ensure you are using the correct Retinol product for them

“AlumierMD’s potent Retinol Eye Gel and Vitamin A serums (Retinol Resurfacing Serum 0.25/0.5/1.0) offer a step-up program of encapsulated retinol. This means less irritation and less risk of retinoid reactions because the retinol is drip fed into the skin rather than dumped into the skin in one go. Furthermore, it ensures a higher uptake of the retinol, meaning the product creates more action and is therefore more effective. The hydrophobic spheres are repelled by water in the epidermis and deliver the ingredients directly into the hair follicle for exceptional results.”
(Dr Karl Litner – AlumierMD’s Director if Scientific Committee)



The Science Of Retinols

Dr. Albert M. Kligman was a dermatologist who, along with his colleagues, first identified the use of retinoid acid as a treatment for acne and wrinkles in 1986. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative and part of the retinoid family along with retinaldehyde (retinal), retinyl palmitate and retinal acetate.

Over 40 years of established research and more than 700 published studies show that retinoids are helpful in treating ageing skin by increasing firmness, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and improving skin tone and texture. The current definition of a retinoid is any molecule that, by itself or through metabolic conversion, binds to and activates the retinoic acid receptors, thereby eliciting transcriptional activation of retinoic acid-responsive genes that results in specific biologic responses.

The Bioavailability of Retinoids

Retinoic acid is the only form of retinol that the body can use. Therefore, specialized enzymes in skin cells must be used to convert other forms of vitamin A into retinoic acid. Some forms of vitamin A are more easily converted to retinoic acid than others.

Retinoic Acid Conversion Pathway

Retinyl Palmitate > Retinol > Retinaldehyde > Retinoic Acid

As shown above, it takes two metabolic steps to convert retinol to retinoic acid and three steps to convert retinyl palmitate to retinoic acid. Therefore, a relatively large amount of retinol and even larger amount of retinyl palmitate need to be delivered into a cell to boost retinoic acid levels and produce clinically meaningful effects.

AlumierMD always recommends conditioning the skin by starting with a low-percentage retinol product like Retinol Resurfacing Serum 0.25 or 0.5, since mild redness, peeling and irritation can occur when you begin using retinol products. AlumierMD’s Retinol Resurfacing Serums contain encapsulated retinol using cutting-edge technology to allow for a gradual time release overnight. By encapsulating the retinol and adding soothing and hydrating ingredients like niacinamide (vitamin B3), aloe and sodium hyaluronate, maximal results can be achieved in comfort.


Want to find out more? Read the AlumierMD’s full scientific paper on Retinol here.


Sorella featured in local women magazine

Sorella featured in local women magazine

Let your beauty shine through this Christmas at Sorella Health and Beauty

Sorella Health and Beauty have been transforming locals in the Waringstown area since opening in July, 2007. In the safe hands of Claire Geddis, customers can leave their cares at the door and enjoy the uniquely relaxing, opulent and welcoming environment that Sorella offers.

Following her honours degree in Biological Science at Queen’s University Belfast, Claire decided to follow in her sister Sarah’s footsteps and train in beauty therapy. “I loved combining an academic understanding of human physiology with the practical elements of beauty therapy.” Claire says And so with her training complete, Sorella Health and Beauty was born.

Sorella, which is Italian for sister, has been a forerunner in the beauty industry for the last 10 years. At the salon, the team of three experts endeavour to enhance their clients health in order for their beauty to shine through.

“All three of our team members are Waringstown women and are qualified to give a thorough consultation to each and every client. We love watching our clients float out of the salon totally transformed and uplifted – it’s perhaps my favourite part of my job!”

Providing a haven for clients to experience professional products and services, Sorella specialises in skin care. “We target and treat skin concerns such as rosacea, acne and pigmentation. By targeting such areas we not only help restore the skin to optimum health but we also give our clients their confidence back.”

Using a medical grade aesthetic brand, AlumierMD alongside an advanced nutrition programme with vitamin supplements, customers can relax and enjoy their skin’s journey back to radiant health. Not only does Claire have a passion for skin care but also for creativity and she loves expressing herself through her professional make-up applications.

Using best selling brand, Jane Iredale skin care make-up for over 15 years, clients leave the salon looking and feeling their very best. “My brides have loved the durability and natural look of the make-up while still allowing their individuality to shine through.” Claire says. Also specialising in hot stone massage along with their popular pregnancy massage, Sorella Health and Beauty is the perfect place to unwind this Christmas.

Winter is Here

Winter is Here

As the cold weather sets in, exposure to the harsh winter elements can wreak havoc with our complexions.

Lower humidity, sub-zero temperatures, wind and central heating can strip the skin of its natural moisture leaving it vulnerable to dehydration and sensitivity. It is easy to get stuck in the same routine all year round but are our products adapted to the changing seasons? We recommend a few simple steps to add to your winter skin care routine in order to get the best results for your skin.


1. Serum

Serums feed the skin with intensive ingredients full of vitamins and minerals to boost the skin. We recommend using AlumierMD Ultimate Boost Serum

2. Exfoliation and a mask

Exfoliation will prevent a build-up of dry, flaky skin while a facial mask will deep cleanse the fresh skin and help to nourish and moisturise. Our Alumier Enzyme Retexturing Treatment and Deep Moisture Mask will achieve this

3. SPF

Sun protection is not just for summer. It is just as vital to protect against harmful rays during the winter months with AlumierMD Moisture Matte SPF as featured as a ‘must have’ in November’s Cosmopolitan.

The key to beautiful skin is your skin care professional who can customize your AlumierMD experience. No more guess work, get a regimen that is catered to your specific skin needs and see real results.