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It’s not only your teeth that sugar is bad for…

sugar imageWe all know that sugar is bad for your body, your teeth and your overall health. But did you realise that sugar is also bad for your skin and can actually accelerate the aging process?

A huge part of the problem is that too many of us are not aware how addictive sugar is and easy it is to get hooked. Another issue is that sugar is in just about everything. It is even hidden in some foods where you would least suspect it. For example, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, most cereals and more.

When you eat sugar, it stimulates the release of dopamine in your brain, which makes you feel pleasure. The brain recognizes and likes this feeling and begins to crave more. So in this way, it’s a little like crack cocaine!

According to QSkin Aesthetic Practitioner and dentist at Queensway Dental Clinic, Dr. Uzma Olbrich, “The best way to get off sugar is to do a quick detox program. You may not realize how addicted you are to sugar until the cravings hit you. Once you eliminate sugar from your diet, you will see how much better you will feel and look.”

Here is a list of what you should avoid during your detox; fast food, junk food, processed foods, sweets, desserts, bread, sweetened beverages,  carbonated drinks, fruit juice, chocolate, granola, cereal, fruity yoghurt, ice cream, condiments like ketchup and salad dressings. If you can’t go cold turkey and wipe out all sugar from your diet, try taking small steps and doing it gradually.  Even faux sugar may keep you addicted – like diet cola.

Think about healthy substitutes for sweet treats you pick up when hunger strikes. Choose an apple or a bowl of berries over a plate of fruit-flavoured yoghurt. If you crave something crunchy, go for carrot and celery sticks instead of crisps.

Over time, you can actually re-train your taste buds to like foods that are not so sweet. In fact, after a little time away from sugar, you may be surprised to find that the foods you used to indulge with are way too sweet for your palate.

So do your skin a favour and try to cut out your sugar habits.

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The artistry of facial injections


In an era where altering your shape and face to achieve beauty, youth and freshness is accepted and normal, we run the risk of seeing an increasing volume of people looking less and less like themselves and more like a caricature of their former selves.

There is a distinguishing line between making a person appear naturally fresh faced and rejuvenated an making them look fake and (dare we say it) older because they look like they have had every injectable option available.

The responsibility for how our clients look after their treatment lies entirely with us as practitioners. It is much easier to provide the ‘frozen’ look, or to overfill past the face’s natural boundaries and structure than it is to achieve fresh faced, natural rejuvenation. Our aesthetic compass must always point in the right direction. If people are walking out of our clinic with a look that isn’t right for them it will give our clinic the wrong reputation.

As practitioners in this industry it is incredibly important we fully understand the unique balance and harmony of our client’s faces. We need to be able to see how one person’s face moves in conversation and laughter, and treat them in the best possible way – and then do something entirely different for someone else. It is not a set formula or every person walking through the door.

The human race is beautiful in its uniqueness and no two people are ever the same. We are defined by the twinkle in our eyes, the little fine lines around them that show we have lived and can take a joke, as well as the wonderful unique look of our own faces.

‘Less is more’ is the best approach to take when administering botulinum toxin (Botox®) or fillers. It is a myth that lots of Botox® makes you look younger. In your 30’s Botox can be very effective, but as you venture through your 40’s and into your 50’s we tend to administer smaller amounts of Botox as whilst it soften lines, a line-free area starts to mismatch the rest of the face and the skin’s texture which only serves to emphasize lines elsewhere. It no longer gives that light freshness it once did.

In the 40’s and over, the use of fillers becomes advantageous. As we head into our forties, the natural ageing process means we produce less water in our skin and our natural collagen production slows. We start to lose the volume in our upper face as fat pads descend southwards producing heaviness around the jowls. Clever use of fillers can be used to re-volumise and re-contour, thus enhancing the face’s natural features and replacing lost volume where it is most needed.

In the UK, we see many clinics offering ‘areas’ of the face that can be filled, and the client dictates the area that they want treated. We however believe there is an inversion of roles that needs to be addressed. As injectors we need to see past the client’s request and not simply inject wherever we are told. The approach to using fillers should be to treat the whole face rather than one area for much more natural and subtle results.

It is with this in mind, we embarked on training in the 8-point lift non-surgical facelift (the so-called liquid facelift pioneered by renowned Brazilian surgeon, Mauricio de Maio). By clever administration of filler at up to 8 key points in the face, you get a whole, natural, subtle lift to the face which is very effective.

The key to good facial rejuvenation is the clever minimal use if Botox® and the even cleverer and more minimal use of fillers. Not crossing the line between natural enhancement and obvious over injecting is the key to success for both client and practitioner. Frozen and flat faced is not sexy or attractive. We want to see that person throw their head back, laughing, talking and smiling – all the things that really define a confident , sexy and attractive human being.

Blog written by Dr Uzma Olbrich for La Di Da magazine.


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Our very own Skin Queens Dr Rebecca Hierons and Dr Uzma Olbrich feature in the Winter edition of La Di Da magazine discussing the the artistry of facial injections.

Pick up your copy next time you visit the clinic.





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Winter Skincare


Beautiful natural looking young smiling brunette woman, wearing knitted scarf, covered with snow flakes. Snowing winter beauty concept.

We all know that we shouldn’t be lazy with our skincare regime during winter, yet every year when the colder months come around, the exfoliating and cleansing routine we were so dedicated to during the summer seems to gradually come to a halt. It’s probably because you’re not looking at your skin when its covered in a ton of layers, so you don’t see the point. However, we think you have even more reason to take care of your skin.

We’ll set the scene…

It’s a cold, grey and wet Monday morning, the last thing you want to do is get out of bed but you know you have to. So you eventually (after hitting snooze on your alarm a good couple times) get up to start the day. Now, wouldn’t it be nicer to look in the mirror as you’re about to start getting ready and see a radiant, fresh-face looking back at you, instead of a dull, lack-lustre one? Absolutely.

So here’s a few tips to keep in mind for your winter skincare routine.

GSR™: Getting skin ready

ZO Skin Health’s first objective to achieving healthy skin is cleansingscrubbing and oil-controlThese steps enable the skin to function properly, tolerating all daily exposure and activities.


You can correct and restore the surface texture of your skin through exfoliation, as exfoliating promotes skin-cell turnover and avoids a build up of dead skin-cells to allow your look it’s freshest.


Remember to ensure that your daily primer or cream has SPF such as the ZO Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer in SPF30 to protect your skin, as UV rays can still damage your skin even in winter.


As the temperatures drop, and indoor-heating rises, you will probably start to see it have an effect on your skin, making it dull and lack-lustre.  So after you’ve cleansed your face, it’s essential that you strengthen your skin and restore normal hydration to it. ZO’s Ossential Daily Power Defense is the perfect serum as it introduces DNA repair enzymes to speed up the skin’s natural mechanism to repair DNA damage and protect against future oxidative damage. In addition to  providing antioxidant protection to combat free radical damage and restoring the skin barrier system. If you have just showered, take note that there’s a 3 minute period when your skin can get the optimum benefits from your cream or serum.


During the summer you’re constantly drinking water because of the warmer weather but in the winter it’s still just as important to keep yourself hydrated as without it, it doesn’tmatter how good your skincare routine is, your skin will just not look healthy and fresh. Alongside a healthy supply of water, your body also needs as good a diet as ever, so avoid the comfort foods and stick to healthy alternatives.

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Queensway Skin Clinic Presents ‘The Q Winter Affair’ a one of its kind beauty, fashion and lifestyle event.

Teesside based facial aesthetics provider – Queensway Skin Clinic – are presenting a unique event for the North East.

The Q Winter Affair, which will take place at the stunning Preston Park Museum on Sunday 22nd November 2015, is the first of its kind for the venue.

Queensway Skin Clinic – who have recently launched a variety of new treatments along with a skincare range at their Billingham clinic – have teamed up with some well-established North East names including Hooker & Young hair (Wynyard), makeup artist Amanda Bell, Atom Health & Fitness, Chadwick & Co, Psyche and DC Couture to present an afternoon of expert masterclasses in beauty, hair, fitness and fashion.

Dr Uzma Olbrich, Partner at Queensway Skin Clinic said “We can’t wait to host The Q Winter Affair. We have some really exciting developments happening at our skin clinic and we couldn’t think of a better way to share them with people than to put on a unique launch event. As we are Teesside based ourselves it was always our intention to get local businesses involved and we’ve been able to get some really fantastic North East names on board. Bringing them all together for the first time is really exciting and it means our guests can access all of their expertise in one place!”

Supported by a host of handpicked luxury boutiques and stalls the afternoon is said to be the perfect way to start the countdown to Christmas. All of the businesses involved are from the North East – from Boutique hotel Malmaison Newcastle who will be demonstrating their cocktail mixology expertise, to Wynyard based photographer CARRO Studio. Saxophonist John McGough and acoustic artist David Ball, who are both playing at the event are also from the local area.

Tickets are priced at £25 which includes fizz and canapes, along with access to exclusive offers and discounts. Doors open at 12:30pm and then event will finish at 6:00pm. All attendees will be entered in to the ‘Golden Goody Bag’ prize draw to win an exclusive prize worth over £1000. To find out more or purchase tickets please visit

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Meet the Skincare Queens…


The Queensway Skin Clinic team were featured in the Autumn edition of La Di Da magazine. Read the full article here…

This season it’s all about ‘the glow’ in beauty circles. A host of new strobe creams have been launched to allow you to fake that healthy sheen, look younger, healthier and well, more beautiful. But make-up can only do so much. Any top make-up artist, however skilled, will testify that the condition of skin is crucial to achieving a beautiful, flawless face.

And whilst in the US, people have their dermatologist on speed dial; the UK has been a lot slower to seek proper, expert medical advice on solving skincare issues and achieving healthy, glowing skin.

But that is starting to change. One of the States most successful medical skincare ranges, ZO, is being launched in the region. The launch comes from Queensway Skin Clinic, a sister company to Queensway Dental Clinic. Queensway has been offering facial aesthetics and injectable treatments for some time now under the expertise of the highly qualified Rebecca Hierons, so the addition of the ZO skincare range comes as a natural progression.

The range has been developed by world renowned Los Angeles Dermatologist, Dr. Zein Obagi, and is only sold through qualified physicians who go through extensive training before they can advise clients on the products. “It was ZO’s rigorous approach to training that impressed us the most”, explains Uzma Olbrich, a partner at the practice. “We needed to be absolutely certain that the claims that are being made for products are backed by sound scientific facts and evidence.”

“The more we researched the programme, the more convinced we became that we needed offer the ZO skin care range to our clients. But we needed to be absolutely sure; we have our reputation to protect, so we carried out our own tests. All of the skincare team used the products for several months and we monitored the results.”

“I noticed a real difference within a few weeks,” says Communications Manager Coral Milner. “I do feel more confident in myself and I am leaving the house now without wearing a lot of make-up, I just feel more comfortable in my own skin.”

“Anyone can use the ZO products,” explains Rebecca Hierons, “You don’t have to have a specific skincare problem. My whole family, including my children, now use this range. But the products are incredibly effective at treating a host of difficult issues such as acne, sun damage, aging skin, rosacea and open pores. It makes such a difference to people’s confidence level which is really rewarding to see.”

To book a free 30 minute skin care consultation call 01642 554667.

Article first appeared in La Di Da Magazine (



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The Q Winter Affair – A beauty, fashion and lifestyle event


Start the countdown to Christmas. With a glass of fizz in hand, join us for an afternoon of insider master classes and learn industry secrets from an inspiring line up of the best in the North East.

Headliners…Queensway Skin Clinic. Hooker & Young Hair. Psyche Fashion. Amanda Bell Elite Makeup Artist. Atom Health and Fitness. Chadwick & Co.

Plus…Exclusive Pop Up Boutiques. Mini Beauty Treatments. Gin Tasting. Artisan Food Stalls. Cocktail Mixology. Glorious Gifts. Mince Pies & Mulled Wine.

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We can help people suffering with excessive sweating

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively. Whether hot or cold, the sweating is constant and the impact for those living with hyperhidrosis can be severe. Most people produce about a litre of sweat each day, but people with hyperhidrosis can produce up to ten times as much.

Underarm excessive sweating, also called axillary hyperhidrosis, can be an embarrassing and isolating problem. It can feel as though it plays a constant part in the life of those who suffer from it – dictating what clothes to wear and certain social situations.

But there is good news; Queensway Skin Clinic can offer a safe treatment for excess sweating sufferers. If medical antiperspirants haven’t helped to control the condition (some can even become more of an irritant to the skin because of the high levels of aluminium chloride – one of the main ingredients in deodorant – that blocks the pores) and other options have been exhausted, the problem areas can be treated with Botox®.

How can Botox® help?

Botox® works to stop hyperhidrosis by acting as a barrier at the nerve point of the sweat glands to stop them from over functioning and prevent them from producing excess sweat.

Although Botox® is not a cure for hyperhidrosis, it does provide temporary relief for up to 8 months. The area will then need to be re-treated.

The treatment

The Botox® injections are very shallow, in fact just under the skin to target the sweat glands, this also means less pain as it is not going as deep as the muscle, some describe it as the feeling of a pin-prick. After the armpits have been shaved, an anaesthetic cream can be applied to numb the area before the injections are made into the sweat glands. Treatment will take around 30 minute in total.

How much does it cost?

Botox® treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis costs £499. To book a free 30 minute initial consultation with Dr Rebecca Hierons, click here or call 01642 554667 ext 283.

Watch Dr Rebecca’s latest video on hyperhidrosis:


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What is the difference between UVB & UVA rays?

With the weather warming up here in the North East of England (yes really!) it’s even more important to be applying sun screen.

But with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society calling for clearer labelling on sun cream, it raises an interesting point about the confusion in choosing a product that protects against harmful UVB AND UVA rays.

The report was released on the back of a recent survey of 2057 adults conducted by YouGov that revealed that one in four didn’t understand what SPF meant and 56% were unaware that SPF protects only against UVB rays and not UVA.

In order for our clients to be clearer on sun screen we have put together a useful guide below to explain the difference between UVB and UVA rays:

UVB is the predominant ray that is protected with sun cream and is the chief cause of sun burn as it damages the skins epidermal layers. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer and contributes to tanning and skin aging and wrinkling (photoaging).

The most significant amount of UVB is present when the sun is most intense between 11am and 3pm when it is recommended to stay in shaded areas and keep covered up. However UVA rays have a relatively identical intensity through all daylight hours (and that applies to all year not just on hot days) and can even penetrate through clouds and glass.

UVA rays also penetrate the skin deeper through the epidermis to the dermis layer that has a bigger effect on premature aging from sun damage and can contribute and even initiate skin cancer.

When choosing your sun cream our advice is to look at both the SPF protection (for UVB rays) and the separate star rating which indicates the protection a cream will offer against UVA rays.

If you are concerned about sun damage and would like further advice on sun protection, please contact us for a free 30 minute consultation with Dr Rebecca Hierons.

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Retinol – The Superhero of Skin Care

In her latest video, Dr Rebecca Hierons calls retinol the superhero of skin care – a bold statement to make, but is also one that is very well deserved with the backing of science and results driven evidence.

Let us explain…

Retinol is essentially the purest form of vitamin A that can be applied to the skin and vitamin A is the best ingredient for your skin for many reasons:

  • It reduces fine lines
  • It plumps the skin
  • It improves texture
  • It reduces pigmentation from sun damage
  • It minimises the production of oil which can benefit acne suffers

Dr Rebecca Hierons explains that this is due to the retinol working at a cellular level in the dermis and epidermis and targeting the cells that need it.

It is important to remember that retinol can be a strong substance and must be used with care. Over the counter creams are available on the high street, but often the dose is not a high enough percentage to achieve the desired result, so although claiming to have retinol enhancing benefits –  they do not.

The way retinol is packaged also has an effect on the way that it works. It can be deactivated by light, heat and water and is an inherently unstable product so packaging is key to protect retinol from degrading – again this can be something largely found with over-the-counter products.

Dr Rebecca Hierons is one of the only accredited skin care providers of the ZO® skin care range in the North East of England. She can medically prescribe a ZO® skin care regime tailored to the individual client based on skin concerns whether it is ageing, acne, pigmentation or rosacea.

It must be remembered that with any retinol product, your skin becomes more vulnerable so a daily sunscreen must be worn.

For a complimentary 30 minute consultation and skin analysis with Dr Rebecca Hierons, complete the enquiry form or call 01642 554667.

Watch the video – Dr Rebecca Hierons answers the common questions about retinol:

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