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  • Far Too Many Lockdown Snacks

    Firstly, I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these difficult times that we find ourselves in.

    I thought I would share with you, my lockdown experience so far – specifically my eating and drinking habits, which seemed to have gone a little wayward!

    Before I joined The Face, I worked for another clinic in the wellness industry, and part of my role, was to coach clients through a wellness programme. I am not qualified as a nutritionist or a personal trainer, but, as a mentor alongside health professionals, I helped people to learn new habits that drastically improved their physical and mental well-being.

    Now, the reason I am telling you this is because I couldn’t mentor people effectively, unless I practiced what I preached. I can honestly say, that the simple changes and new habits became an every day part of my routine and I felt so much better than I had done in years. It all made sense, it wasn’t rocket science – clean eating, daily exercise, mindfulness & essential vitamin supplements. Don’t get me wrong, I was starting to slip a bit with too many treats and too much alcohol, but the basic habits had been changed and had stuck. Until……….

    Boris Johnson announced that we were on lockdown! All of a sudden, overnight, it all went out of the window 😩.

    We are a family of 5, and for four years, I have fed my family clean eating meals and they haven’t complained (well not too much). But as soon as the announcement came out, my head said
    “We can’t go out anymore, we need to make this experience as good as we can, so we are going to make food our entertainment – every day!” And that is how it started.

    I made the excuse that I couldn’t get the food that we normally ate, because the supermarket shelves were empty. I made the excuse that after a day in lockdown, I deserved “a reward” for getting through it. I made the excuse that because I was going for my daily walk I had burnt off the calories. I made the excuse that because the sun was shining and we were all working from home, it was like a holiday, so I could have a glass of wine every night. I made the excuse that because we were on lockdown, I suddenly needed to practice for the auditions of Great British Bake Off. And the excuses just kept coming….my berries and yoghurt for breakfast were replaced with toast (or worse – nothing), my salad for lunch was replaced with a sandwich, my afternoon snack of nuts or a Nakd Bar was replaced with a slice of homemade cake and then whilst I was preparing our carb laden dinner feast I snacked on crisps whilst having my first glass of wine.

    Has this improved my lockdown experience !?! Arghh no. I really don’t feel great at all!

    So this weekend, I sat myself down and gave myself a good talking to, drawing upon all the experience and knowledge I had learnt before. And this is what I told myself:

    Physically, we only need clean food to survive. Back to caveman days: what we can grow and what we can catch. All the other treats we eat are because we have an emotional attachment to them, not because we need them to survive. That happiness of eating a bar of chocolate, only lasts for the actual time we are eating it for. So, I need to ask myself “Do I really need this, or am I looking for a short lived instant gratification”. The phrase, a moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips rings true.

    Don’t let yourself get hungry. Eating small clean portions of food regularly, will stop that feeling of immense hunger. When we are hungry we will grab something quick, that will fill us up instantly, which is usually the wrong food. Eating sugary foods or foods that contain complex carbohydrates, cause a sugar spike, so we feel full, but then get hungry again quickly. Concentrate on protein and good carbs (vegetables and salad). And don’t miss breakfast!

    Plan! Plan! Plan! When I am working, I take a salad to the clinic for lunch every day. It stops me going to buy lunch when I am hungry, when I am more likely to make the wrong choices. A salad with protein (piece of chicken or salmon), will fill you up and keep you filling fuller for longer than a sandwich. Have healthy snacks available (natural nuts and cut up veg work well). Our evening meals are always planned, and often in the slow cooker or partly prepared, so they are ready as soon as we are. We can still plan and pre-prepare in lockdown.

    If you are hungry…drink. And I don’t mean alcohol! Our brain, often sends hungry signals, when in fact we are thirsty. Drink water consistently throughout the day to keep hydrated. We should be drinking at least 2 litres per day.

    Keep up good quality exercise. Exercise is only effective if our heart rates are raised. 20 minutes per day of exercise that raises our heart rate is better than a slow one hour amble taking the dog for a walk.

    Anxiety and worry is a big part of lockdown that has affected many people. Our brains are constantly thinking, wondering, trying to work out what is going to happen next. It is important to allow our brains to switch off and relax sometimes and mindfulness is a great way to achieve this. Headspace is a really good free app that helps you practice mindfulness if you have never tried it before. This is a habit that I need to get back into on a daily basis.

    Treat yourself. Any habits that are to become a daily part of your life, need to have some flexibility in order to maintain them. But the difference is the way you think about them. When having the occasional bread or a slice of cake becomes a treat, instead of you normal way of eating, you know you’ve made the change. And its ok to have a couple of glasses of wine – just not a bottle and not every day!

    Can I get back on track? – of course! I haven’t broken my habits for long enough that the new ones will stick. Let’s call it a 4 week treat 🤣

    I hope some of you will resonate with my excuses for my poor healthy choices, it is certainly a strange time at the moment. I am looking forward to a healthier second half of this lockdown, not just because I will feel so much better both mentally and physically, but I’m also a bit concerned that my work tunic won’t fit 😬

    Miss you all… thanks for listening!

    Stay safe and well

    Karen xxx

  • Karen’s Facial Aesthetic Journey

    Hi, I am Karen and I have the enviable task of managing Chrissy’s Facial Aesthetic Clinic… a job which I love.
    New clients that come to the clinic are naturally nervous and are keen to hear about the treatments that we have personally had, (maybe I need to stop telling them I’m really 70!)
    I’ll reveal my own skin care and facial aesthetic journey here in my tell all blog :-0

    Two years ago, when I helped Chrissy to open The Face, I had never had any type of facial aesthetic treatment – although looking back at the “before”photos it was evident that I needed it 🤣.

    Chrissy advised me to start by changing my skin care routine (which was pretty non-existent anyway). I’d generally buy an expensive cream and when I didn’t become Angelina Jolie overnight the Product would be left to reside in my bedside drawer with the rest of the boots beauty counter!
    After a consultation with Chrissy I began using ZO Skin Health anti-ageing products at home and kick started it with an in-clinic ZO Red Carpet Peel. Wow! My skin felt brand new!
    I quickly got used to my AM and PM routine, my skin felt smoother and hydrated almost immediately and it is reassuring to know that what you are putting on your skin is actually doing something rather than just sitting on the top of it. (Or in my drawer!) I quickly noticed a difference and the longer term results are fantastic and I often get complimented on how my skin looks now.

    I was quite nervous about going down the Botox route and once again took Chrissy’s advice and started with just my Crows Feet. People commented that I looked “fresher”, to which I replied “its the Botox!!” Loving my fresh new look I now regularly have Botox for my Crows Feet, Frown, Forehead, Chin and Jawline (to help with my saggy jowls). Chrissy is so careful with the amount she uses so that it looks natural – I still like movement and I didn’t want the frozen look which some people prefer. Even my husband, who was very worried about me looking too different, (at least thats what he told me) now lets me know when it has worn off 🙄.

    When we introduced the new Strawberry Lift treatment, which is a non-invasive treatment for double chin and jawline toning, I was first in the queue to be a model on our training day. I think that those sagging jowls we get when we are older, are more of an age giveaway than wrinkles, so anything to help my jawline was very gratefully received! I could see the results after the first treatment, especially just under my chin. There was definitely a difference and I went on to have further treatments which were recommended for optimum results. The results are subtle, but it really has made a difference and it is a great completely painless alternative to other more invasive procedures.

    The Hydrafacial, in my opinion, is a complete game changer in terms of facials. Don’t get me wrong, the Alumier and ZO facials were great and did a fantastic job on the quality of my skin, but the Hydrafacial is so different to having a manual facial. You feel as though the “little hoover” is sucking out everything bad that is in your skin (this is not the technical description for it!), Each different stage (6 in total), the machine works towards an instant glow and amazing feeling skin. The gunk tank where you can see all the rubbish that has come out is 😝… but at least you know it has worked!

    I still had an area in the middle of my cheeks, that had quite deep lines when I smiled. Having seen the fantastic results Chrissy was achieving with Profhilo (which actually looks like an instagram filter), I asked Chrissy if she thought it would help those lines. Chrissy thought that the skin booster treatment Sunekos would be more effective, as it targets specific areas. I recently had 4 treatments, a week apart. There had been some debate over wether this treatment needed numbing. Chrissy (who hates hurting anyone), had been numbing all her clients prior to the injections, but the needles are so fine, she wondered if it was really necessary. The first treatment I had, we numbed one half of my face and not the other. I can honestly say there was no difference at all and went on to have the rest of my treatments without numbing cream…it felt just the same as Botox. We are still waiting for the full results to show (6 weeks after the last treatment), but so far I am delighted, and looking at other clients before and afters I’m genuinely excited. The lines are so much softer and people have already started to notice that there is something different 😃.

    My latest treatment has been a bit of Cryotherapy. Clare came back from her Cryotherapy training and asked me if there was anything she could remove. So, I said “ Yep, I have a pesky little skin tag on my neck – you can take that off if you want!” It was honestly the quickest treatment I have ever had, completely painless and 2 weeks later the skin tag had gone. Follow us on social media (@thefaceessex) and you will be able to see my video selfie of the treatment if you want to see it in action.

    So what’s next for 2020……
    I am still very tempted to have a threadlift this year as seeing Chrissy’s amazing results you can’t help but get the “I want that new fresh feeling too!” It could rid my Face of any remaining bits of saggy jowls and help my nasolabial folds…. or maybe some cheek filler 🤔. Actually, it will be whatever Chrissy advises.
    I would definitely like Abi to Microblade by eyebrows, to save me from spending so much time pencilling them in every morning and just having defined eyebrows seems to give a more youthful look. That’s if she gets a spare appointment for me… word has got round how amazing her work is and she is very busy.
    There is a new treatment that I can’t wait to try this year. The Fat Loss Injections 😆. Watch this space as Chrissy tackles my tummy – good luck with that one Chrissy.

    So, it just leaves me to say thank you to Chrissy and our Skin Care Therapists for all the fabulous treatments and letting me be a guinea pig for some of them – it’s tough job but someone has to do it 😉

  • 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 563635

  • Rosacea

    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
    Extreme heat
    Vigorous exercise
    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 563635

  • IAAFA 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 xx

  • VIP 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 563635

  • 7 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.

    2) Anti-ageing

    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.

    Discover our new AlumierMD Facial Peels…

  • 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.