Melanoma Awareness Month - Persona

Monday, 18 May 2015




The month of May being dedicated to Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness brings the risks associated with sun exposure and the link with potential skin cancers to the fore of public opinion. To support this global health initiative, Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre, in collaboration with its team of leading dermatologists and supported by SkinCeuticals Advanced Skincare, shall be offering a number of free consultations for mole assessment throughout May, thereby increasing awareness about the importance of prevention and early detection of melanoma. 

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops from melanin-producing cells, which are normally located in the basal layer of the epidermis or within the dermis, the outer layer of the skin. Aggressive forms of melanoma can spread to almost any organ in the body, making it of vital importance to detect it an early stage.

By far the biggest risk for developing melanoma is sun damage (UV radiation). The effects of sun damage are cumulative, meaning that they build up over time. Up to the age of around 30, cells recover quickly from damage and thus visible damage like sunspots, wrinkles and moles are relatively rare. Nonetheless every episode of sun exposure builds up damage (especially in sunny climates like Malta), which comes apparent and visible later in life.

Unfortunately, local dermatologists have seen a sharp rise in cases of melanoma over the last years. Experts indicate that this rise is due to a couple of different factors, such as the depletion of the ozone layer, popularity of tanning beds, more revealing fashion styles, and social norms encouraging the desirability of tanned skin. While it’s true that our bodies need a daily dose of Vitamin D, absorbing enough sunlight to reach your daily requirements is no problem for people living in Malta. With the amount of sun hours and strength of the UV rays in Malta, our daily required dose is easily satisfied without the need for any extra effort.

To protect against the harmful effect of UV radiation, it is recommended to seek shade and avoid the sunniest hours of the day, roughly between 11.00 and 16.00. When outdoors, try to protect your skin as much as possible, wearing a hat, sunglasses and clothing that covers you skin. Also, as a general rule of thumb, it is highly recommended to use a high factor broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF50+) throughout the year, especially in our sun-blessed Malta. In the summer months it is important to re-apply your sunscreen every 2-3 hours throughout the day when exposed to the sun.

Together with SkinCeuticals, Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre emphasizes on the fact that for optimal protection, the use of antioxidants in combination with a bread-spectrum sunscreen will be greatly beneficial and increase one’s protection level against harmful UV & IRA rays. Recent studies show that IRA (infra red radiation) is also responsible for skin’s photo-damaging effects, hence modern sun protection should include filters, that provide IRA protection as well. Whereas sunscreens protect against UVA and UVB radiation from the outside, antioxidants work from the inside, protecting against free radicals formation and DNA damage to skin caused by UV & IRA rays. Studies show that even the best sunscreen, when applied, offers up to 55% protection against UV damage, but when combined with a powerful and well-formulated antioxidant, protection levels rise even up to 98%. In this light, during the month of May, Persona is offering a Free sunscreen to all those who purchase one of SkinCeuticals’ revolutionary antioxidant products,  to help educate on the importance of combining and anti-oxidant with a high SPF sunscreen in one’s daily routine.
Another important element in the fight against melanoma is self-examination, for you to detect suspicious lesions as early as possible, and bring these to the attention of your dermatologist at a very early stage when treatment has a very high success-rate. 

A popular method for self-examination is the ABCDE-method, where the letters stand for 5 indicating factors of melanoma; A - for Asymmetry in shape, B – for irregular Borders, C – for Colour variations, D – large (6mm+) Diameter, E – for Evolution that marks a change over time.
‘Dermatologists world-wide insist that there’s nothing healthy about a sun tan, therefore through this campaign, we hope more people will become aware of the dangers of unprotected or inadequately-protected sun exposure’, says Kate Demanuele, General Manager of Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre. ‘Prevention and early detection measurements of skin cancer, can save lives, therefore we hope this campaign will have its needed impact on people’s lifestyle and their skin health.’

By harnessing the power and influence of print and social media, Persona’s aim is to spread the message about melanoma as far and wide as possible. Various informative materials will be spread through Persona’s website (www.persona.com.mt) and its Facebook page (Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre) as well as through the local facebook page of SkinCeuticals, and through local bloggers and media, hoping to reach a bigger crowd.

We remind the public that as part of its SkinCeuticals year-long charity campaign launched earlier this year, Persona will donate 5% of all SkinCeuticals 2015 sales to Hospice Malta at the end of 2015.
SkinCeuticals antioxidants and high quality, broad-spectrum sunscreens are available exclusively at Persona Med-Aesthetic Centre in Ta’ Xbiex or can also be purchased online through the website www.persona.com.mt. Readers can contact Persona on 21340366 or info@persona.com.mt.



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Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Radiance Enhancing Cream Wash Review

Wednesday, 29 April 2015


If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that I’ve already reviewed a couple of Olay Total Effect products, you can catch up those review here – Olay 7 in 1 Eye Cream & Olay 7 in 1 Day Moisturiser, and today I’ll be chatting about another product from the same line – the Radiance enhancing Cream Wash. I’ve been testing the cream wash was the last few weeks and I’ve really been loving it. The product is a 7 in 1 product that claims to:
  • Gently exfoliate to improve skin softness
  • Improves light reflection from the skin surface
  • Improves skin smoothness
  • Enhances hydration to improve skin elasticity
  • Polishes away dry surface skin cells
  • Gently removes makeup and everyday impurities
  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines

Personally I enjoy using a cream wash as I find it more nourishing for my skin, and what I particularly like about the Olay cream is that it has tiny exfoliating beads in it that are just strong enough to lightly buff the skin, but gentle enough that I can use it every day. I start off by damping my face with warm water by using a face cloth, I then apply the cream to my fingers and massage it into my skin and neck, paying particular attention to around my nose so that I lift up all my foundation. To finish I simply wipe off the residue with my face cloth and pat dry and after apply my Olay 7 in1 Day Moisturiser and Olay 7 in 1 eye cream. 
After using the Radiance cream wash, I noticed that it didn’t leave my skin feeling dry like some washes can, actually it was quite the opposite - my skin felt hydrated and plump, and as mentioned above I love the exfoliating beads as it buffs away the days impurities. This is an all round great face wash/make up remover. For best results it’s suggest you use it mornings and evenings.
While you might think that this product is aimed at people with mature skin, don’t be fooled as it’s never too early to start looking after your skin properly. While people with mature skin will see more benefits, younger skin will also be maintained for longer by being proactive rather than reactive to ageing skin.
Olay Total Effects Radiance Enhancing Cream Wash is available from leading stores around Malta, priced €19.45*. For more information check out the VJ Salomone Facebook Page.
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Wellaflex Hairspray Review

Wednesday, 22 April 2015


While I love trying out the latest lipsticks and make up removers, sometimes we forget about everyday basics that we’ve been using for years and take for granted. Today I’m talking about hairspray, more specifically – Wellaflex hairspray.
You might be thinking – all hairsprays do the same thing right? In a way – yes, but have you ever tried one of those cheap nasty hairsprays that make your hair super sticky and leaves your hair looking worse? If not, you’re lucky but I’m sure most of us has been there.
For me, when I’m looking for a hairspray, I need something that has a good hold but not sticky, and if it smells nice then that’s an added bonus. Recently I’ve gotten fed up with my usual straight hair and fancied something different, so lately I’ve been using my deep barrel waves to give my hair some shape and volume, but I needed something to keep my new style in place and wellaflex has been doing an excellent job. It’s keep the waves in their original shape, but also lets my hair move naturally so I don’t have ‘helmet hair’. The spray is fine enough not to make my hair sticky, but also strong enough to keep my waves in all day – which I have a huge problem with as my hair is so fine, almost every style falls out. 


I have been using strength 5 for my hair to keep the style in place, but there is different strengths available. to suit your needs. On top of it all,  I love the fruity smell. I remember as child my mum apply layers of hairspray and choking, but Wellaflex has a pleasant smell.
If you’re looking for a new hairspray for your summer waves or your up-do I would recommend picking up a can of wellaflex. 
Wellaflex is priced €4.35* and is available from leading stores around Malta. For more information, visit the VJ Salomone Facebook Page
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Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 in 1 Cleanser

Monday, 20 April 2015


While I love spending time applying make up, I actually equally enjoy removing it at the end of the day. For me there is nothing like winding down after a busy day, slipping into some pyjamas and removing my make up before settling down and watching my favourite shows.

My dressing table is cluttered with all kinds of cleansers, toners, eye makeup removers, lipstick remover and such and I’m always keen to try something new and make my life less cluttered. Thats when I came across the new Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 in 1 Cleanser*. Not only does it act as a cleansing milk, it also tones and removes eye make up. So now in the evening I only need one product to remove all my make up.

The Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 in 1 Cleanser is cross between a liquid and cream. It’s suitable for sensitive skin and is fragrance and paraben free. I having been using this with cotton pads and it removes my make up like a dream. It’s especially good at removing my eye make up, i sometimes find that water based eye make up removers are sometimes dry my lashes and make it a little harsh to remove all my mascara properly, the creamyness of this cleansers stops that and my mascara just slips off hassle free.

I would recommend picking up the Vichy Pureté Thermale 3 in 1 Cleanser to everyone, especially if you have sensitive skin and looking for a fragrance free and paraben free cleanser. Vichy is available from all pharmacies around Malta and Gozo. For more information check out the Vichy Facebook page.

What cleanser are you currently using? Do you prefer a multipurpose product or to use separate products?
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