How to Look After your skin as the seasons change
Do you need a revamp to your skin care routine to get you through autumn & winter?
As we get ready to switch our central heating back on and with a combination of freezing wind and low-humidity levels you are likely to experience dryness and flakiness. The cold weather is tough on your skin and the drier the air, the more moisture it sucks out of your skin. If you are suffering with dry tight skin and notice a winter rash or eczema it’s time to revamp your skin care routine. It is essential for this reason to maintain good hydration levels, both on the inside and outside of your body. Your current daily routine which should include a cleanser, exfoliator, moisturiser and SPF cream may not be suffice throughout the autumn & winter. To get the most out of your skin and keep it hydrated introducing serums into your daily routine can not only protect but also add valuable hydration to your skin. If you are suffering with dry, tight irritated skin ensure your serums contain some of these key ingredients:
Sodium Hyaluronate a form of hyaluronic acid, hydrates by drawing water into the outer layers from deep within the skin.
Aloe which contains amino acids, vitamins and minerals to help sooth and calm irritation caused by the cold weather.
Vitamin B5 acts as a humectant to lock in moisture and hydrate.
Gluconolactone which works to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and help with hydration.
Sea Whip has an active ingredient called gorgonian extract which has a powerful anti-irritant and soothing properties.
Growth factors help boost elastin and collagen production and provide protection against free radical damage.
Retinol A to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, strengthen skin and increase cell turnover.
Remember to maintain good internal hydration by drinking a minimum of 2 1/2 litres of water daily and continue to wear your SPF throughout the winter months.
If you are interested in hearing more about what you can do to improve your skin care routine come and join us for a free consultation.Improving your skin with Skinade
We had heard a lot about Skinade here at The Face, so we thought we would find out more about it. We were a bit sceptical about it and the only way to see what all the fuss was about was to try it ourselves! If its Victoria Beckham’s secret then we want that secret too.
Well, we are very pleased to report that we have all found an improvement in our skin, hair and nail quality and there have been other benefits too, which, when considering that it is the equivalent of taking 20 vitamin supplements, we shouldn’t be surprised.
It is a pleasant drink that tastes like mango squash and comes in ready made bottles or handy travel sachets to mix with water.
It certainly looks like we have another addition to our personal monthly maintenance programmes!!
For more information about Skinade, please call us on 01277 563635Rosacea
What are the symptoms of Rosacea?
The first signs of Rosacea may be redness or flushing that comes and goes and typically affects the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. Other symptoms can also be a burning or stinging sensation, permanent redness, spots in the form of papules/pustules and small blood vessels in the skin becoming visible. Although not life threatening, the symptoms of rosacea can leave people to feel depressed and anxious with low self esteem. Severe Rosacea can result in the thickening of facial skin, especially around the nose. This tends to affect males much more than females.
What Causes Rosacea?
The exact cause of Rosacea is unknown, but there are a lot of factors that can trigger or worsen the symptoms, including:
Hot food or drinks
Caffeine, spicy foods and dairy products
Stress & Anxiety
What Can I Do To Help My Rosacea?
Build up a list of things that trigger an outbreak and avoid them if possible
Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen
Avoid excessive heat
Protect your face from wind and cold in the winter by using a scarf
Reduce stress levels by eating a healthy well balanced diet, drink plenty of water, sleep well and low intensity excercise such as yoga
What clinical help is available?
Go to your doctor for advice. Sometimes anti-biotics can be prescribed for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Topical medications applied to the skin can greatly reduce the symptoms, but do not buy over the counter products as these may aggravate the symptoms. Speak to your skin care specialist for advice.Microblading – Coming Soon!
What is Microblading?
Microblading is a technique used in permanent cosmetics to create natural looking eyebrows. Using a small specifically designed ‘blade’ to imitate natural eyebrow hairs, microblading creates fine crisp hair strokes that look natural but gives you the shape you’ve always desired.
How long does it last?
Everyone’s skin is unique to them, therefore acts differently so it can vary. At your initial consultation your permanent cosmetics technician will discuss longevity with you. You will have a top up 6 weeks after your initial appointment, this is then followed by a colour boost treatment that can be taken every 1, 2 or 3 years.
Would Microblading be right for me?
Microblading is suitable for many different needs. Perhaps you’ve over plucked your eyebrows in the past and have been left with thin brows in a distorted shape, perhaps you have no hair there at all and spend 20 minutes every morning pencilling them in, perhaps you have plenty of eyebrows hairs but they are patchy and have no shape. All of these plus many more would make you a suitable client for microblading.
Will my eyebrows be perfect immediately after the treatment?
The first thing to remember is that eyebrows are sisters not twins! Saying that, your permanent cosmetics technician spends time before the treatment commences discussing with you your desired shape and drawing on a template to ensure they are as symetrical as possible before making it permanent.
You also have to take into account healing time. Implanting any kind of foreign body into the skin will naturally cause your body to reject it. For the first few weeks after your treatment the pigment can look a different colour and also darker. The skin has been cut therefore you can get tiny scabs form across the eyebrows.
You will be required to have a top up appointment 6 weeks after the initial treatment, at this appointment your permanent cosmetics technician will assess if there needs to be any additional hair strokes placed, if the colour needs to be darker and if any strokes are uneven in colour. Therefore be prepared that in total it may be 12 weeks before you see the final outcome.
Does the treatment hurt?
Topical anaesthetic is applied to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.
If you have any more questions about Microblading, please feel free to contact us on 01277 563635IAAFA Conference & Awards Ceremony
We had a very exciting weekend at The International Academy of Advanced Facial Aesthetics.
During the day Chrissy & Karen attended the conference………..Chrissy was amongst 10 doctors from all around the world to be chosen as a speaker. As nerve wracking as it was, Chrissy delivered her speech on Optimising Client Records superbly and had many positive comments from her fellow professionals who found her talk inspiring and very useful in an industry where the excellent management of client records is essential to comply with GDPR and client confidentiality.
The rest of the team came in the evening for the awards ceremony and IAAFA ball. We are delighted to announce that Chrissy won The Total Face Scuplting award. That’s two awards two years running!
We celebrated hard and needless to say, we all felt a bit jaded in the morning.
Well done Chrissy …….. We are all really proud of your hard work and achievements. Very well deserved xxVIP AlumierMD Day – Friday 9th November 10am -5pm
Have you ever wondered what actually happens during a Facial Peel?
The word “Peel” can sound a little scary! Coupled with a lot of horror stories about painful red flaky skin that makes you hide indoors for a week……it’s no wonder that we find a lot of our clients worry about having a facial peel.
AlumierMD offers a range of light to medium peels to avoid the side effects and downtime associated with deeper peels.
Don’t believe us?? Come and see us on Friday 9th November when you will be able to watch a facial peel demonstration and speak to our highly trained skin care therapists about exactly what they do and what to expect. Everyone is different, so our skin therapists can offer bespoke peels to make sure its right for your skin type and condition. In fact, they are so bespoke, that they tailor the peel like a jigsaw puzzle on your face to tackle different conditions in different areas. The live demos are happening at 11am and 1pm.
I just want some skin care advice
Great! That is what this VIP day is all about………….
There is no obligation to buy or book any treatments, if advice is all you need then that is absolutely fine…..pop in and have a drink, cake and a chat with us, meet the AlumierMD rep and our expert skin care therapists who will be available to talk to you about your concerns and answer any questions you may have.
If you decide to treat yourself then there are lots of great offers, including 50% off your first facial and luxury goodie bags for everyone that buys 3 or more products.
For more information call us on 01277 5636357 Reasons Why You Should Be Getting Regular Facials…
1) It helps you to get the most out of your daily skincare routine
No matter how good you are at home with your daily routine there is likely to be some build up of dead skin and clogged pores. Seeing a professional every 4-6 weeks will ensure a thorough overall of your face. By maintaining smooth skin and refined pores, your skincare will absorb properly and do what it is supposed to.
Regular facials promote cell turnover, boost collagen production and maintain healthy skin balance – all of which are fabulous for preventing early ageing of the skin.
3) Professional Strength Serums
Finishing your facial with a professional strength serum is the perfect ending. Serums are more easily absorbed after a facial, penetrating the deeper layer of skin and improving the overall appearance.
4) Massage for Lymphatic Drainage
Most facials include a certain amount of facial massage, even if it’s just massaging on the products. Apart from sending us into a deep relaxation it also helps to promote lymphatic drainage which gets rid of toxins and reduces fluid retention. Flushing out these toxins also promotes better circulation which leaves your skin glowing and youthful. Which brings us on to our next point.
5) You’ll glow straight away
When facials are done right they give your skin immediate results. If you have a big event and your complexion needs a boost of radiance or its youthful glow restored, a facial can provide just what you need.
6) Professional Strength Exfoliation
It’s near impossible to avoid environmental free-radical damage. We’re bombarded daily with unavoidable toxins, UV rays and dirt that cause our skin to look dull and congested. We offer the latest innovative exfoliating skin peels. They can be customised for each client and as well as the short term benefits of glowing healthy looking skin, over time they will also help to diminish acne and other facial scarring.
7) Home Skincare Guidance
Here at The Face, we know about skin. Your therapist will get to know your skin over time and by committing to regular facials she can monitor any changes and recommend the right products for you.The double chin treatment that everyone’s talking about…
Strawberry Lift is the revolutionary new non-invasive double chin reduction treatment. This uniquely designed treatment banishes double chins and delivers a smoother, more toned jawline.
Until recently the only option for tackling stubborn fat and loose skin around the neck and jawline was a facelift or double chin lift. Well, that was until Strawberry Lift!
Results can be seen after just one treatment but a course of four is required for long-term results. We know it sounds too good to be true! But seeing is believing so we’ve included some typical before and after photos in this article.
If you’re struggling with a double chin or saggy jowls then worry no more! Strawberry Lift treatment is here to help you feel fabulous.
So how does it work we hear you ask? Here’s the sciency bit – don’t worry we’ll keep it simple. Strawberry Lift double chin treatment combines two different techniques – first 12 minutes of targeted laser therapy to disperse the fat contained within the cells resulting in them shrinking (like magic!). The lymphatic system removes these fatty deposits via the Liver and the Kidneys and any content that remains in the body is naturally passed out in the urine. Next, a brand new silent ultrasound which can be used on the neck, jowls and chin. This stimulates the body’s own collagen production to lift, tighten and define the shape of the jawline.
During the course of treatment, you will be weighed (weight gain can affect treatment results) then have photos taken before and post each procedure. As we mentioned results can be seen after one treatment however a course of four at two-week intervals is recommended for long-term results. You can pay for the treatment on an appointment by appointment basis or take advantage of a discount when booking the full course. Check our latest fees and discounts here…
Interested? Get in touch to arrange a free consultation today…Your Safety First
All the Staff at The Face and Chrissy’s dental practice, Stock Road Surgery joined forces to update our First Aid Training.
It is such a serious subject, but we had great fun, while we split into teams to practice what would happen in various emergency situations. The good news is……we passed with flying colours!!
Your safety is our priority. We are Save Face registered which means that we have been independently assessed against a robust set of standards in order to be certified as Save Face Accredited.
Save Face is a Professional Standards Authority accredited register and is recognised by the Government, The Department of Health and NHS England as well as signposted on NHS Choices.
When choosing a Facial Aesthetics Practitioner, always make sure they have the knowledge and tools to be able to look after you in the unlikely event that an emergency situation occurs.Welcome To Our New Skin Care Therapists
We are very excited to welcome Clare Brewer and Abi Baker to our team here at The Face. Clare & Abi will be offering our clients: Skin Consultations, ZO & AlumierMD Facial Peels and The Strawberry Lift. Clare also has extensive experience in microneedling and recommends this treatment in conjunction with Facial Peels to really help combat wrinkles, fine lines and scarring.
Clare qualified as a beauty therapist years ago! (Sorry Clare!). Her love of skincare started as she watched her clients grow in confidence as their skin improved and this inspired her to study further in this field. She currently lectures in advanced skincare techniques and enjoys sharing her knowledge with up and coming skincare therapists. We know that Clare is going to be a real asset to our team here, because she shares our passion for helping people with skin conditions and maintaining skin health.
Abi has 7 years experience in the industry and when we asked her why she wanted to join us she said “ I am passionate about skincare, the results that people gain from correctly prescribed products can build their confidence and make them feel fabulous and I love being a part of that” She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge from Chrissy & Clare and learning new and advanced techniques that becoming available here.