Beauty Hints, Tips and Advice.

8. Jan, 2020

There is currently a lot of fuss about this little acid, but can you believe the hype?  Well, while some of the trendy ingredients being bandied about are not that effective, hyaluronic acid’s reputation is completely justified.

Hyaluronic acid (HA for short and also known as hyaluronan or hyaluronate) is not an acid in the same sense as popular ones like salicylic or glycolic, which exfoliate away dead skin cells.  HA is a naturally-occurring polysaccharide that acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints, nerves, hair, skin and eyes. 

About 50% of the HA in our body is located in the skin tissues, it’s a viscose, jelly-like substance that helps keep skin plum, soft and supple.  It fortifies the skins natural barrier layer (the outer layers of our skin), a healthy skin barrier feels softer, smoother and fuller and looks younger.  It also offers protection by releasing antioxidants to prevent damage by free radicals, so an all-round ‘good guy.’

Another truly amazing property of HA is its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its own molecular weight in water.  That's more than any other biological substance!  Think of it as a sponge, drawing in and holding on to water, infusing all layers of the skin with valuable, rejuvenating moisture.  As it fills the skin with moisture, HA tightens the overall complexion, firming facial contours for a more youthful appearance. What's not to love?

Unfortunately for us, the ability to produce HA diminishes with age; resulting in dryness, fine lines and wrinkles and loss of skin tone and sagging.  This explains why skin care companies are developing products rich in synthetically derived HA, which they claim will achieve almost instant results and with continued use will reverse the signs of ageing.

Suitable for all skin types HA’s light texture works particularly well for dry and oily skin.  It is so mild that you can even use it on sensitive skin and as it occurs naturally in the body it’s completely safe to use it in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.   HA is most commonly formulated into serums, it is best applied morning and evening, over the entire face, including eye lids, and don’t forget the neck.  It immediately tightens the skin, and as it is absorbed it starts grabbing onto moisture, plumping out the skin, filling out fine lines for a more youthful complexion.  

Personally, I love Crystal Clear Hyaluronic acid, I've been using it every day for 4 months and have seen a visible difference in my skin.  Crystal Clear Hyaluronic Acid is pharmaceutical grade and super high strength serum giving skin the ultimate lift, plump and hydration boost.  Available to buy in salon at £89.99, and is worth every penny.

8. Jan, 2020

Lash lifting has had something of a revival recently.  Lash perming first appeared some 20 years ago, but has gained popularity in recent years as the gentler alternative to lash extensions.  A Lash Lift instantly gives lashes lift, separation, and extra definition without the use of extensions or any harmful chemicals.

A lash lift essentially takes the natural hairs and gives them a dramatic curl worthy of a mascara ad.  In comparison to lash extension, the treatment time is shorter (approx. 40 minutes), and they're pretty low-maintenance, and you can still use mascara for even more definition, unlike extensions.

What does the treatment involve?

Firstly, a moisturising pad is used to hold down the lower lid lashes to prevent them from being curled up.  Then silicone rods that mould to the shape of your lash line are adhered to the eyelid. A bonding gel then grips the natural lashes onto the pads in an upwards and outwards direction, so that the lashes are pointing straight up to the brows.  This is where the technology has advanced since the lash “perm”, of 20 years ago.  Gone are the cylindrical rods, which sometimes accidentally over curled the lashes back onto themselves.  A perming solution is then applied to the lashes, followed by a neutraliser, and finally by a lash conditioner to nourish the natural lashes. Et voila, beautifully, glamourous lashes.

For an even more dramatic effect, I’d recommend supplementing the lift with a lash tint, which can be given immediately after perming.  Results last up to 6 weeks.

Always bear in mind, that it is strongly advisable to have a patch test, at least 24 hours prior to a lash lift or tint, no responsible therapist should give this treatment without one.

Contact me to book your lash lift treatment.

15. Feb, 2013

It’s that word we all hate… DETOX.  But detoxing needn’t be a painful experience.  Certainly, most salon treatments are actually completely the opposite, how about a nice mud wrap or exfoliating body treatment?  Sound’s good to me.

I’ve had several unsuccessful attempts at detoxing.  I’ve tried those ghastly detox drinks, yuck.  Consuming something that closely resembles pond water, in appearance and taste, I found very hard to swallow, as were the benefits it claimed to bestow.  Oh I tried, at least for a day, but ended up pouring it down the sink, it did the job, the sink had never drained so fast, no more limescale!  I was left wondering exactly what I had attempted to do to my insides.  My delicious, green, sludge shake had done wonders for the kitchen plumbing but what of my pipes?  A lucky escape I figured, and at least I had only gone for the three days course and not the 30 day, only £20 wasted.  Now they are trying to seduce me with delicious flavoured concoctions such as strawberry and apple, I’m not fooled, they still look like pond water and the sinks fine at the moment thanks.

The reality is you just need to go back to basics. 

Where to start then? 

How about something as simple and painless as cutting down on tea and coffee.  Substitute your morning coffee break cuppa with a nice glass of water.  Our bodies need water to function efficiently and most of us drink far below the daily recommended intake of 6-8 medium glasses.  Water really is the best way to flush out all those nasty toxins.  Get into the habit of having a glass of water with every meal.  Carry a bottle of water in your bag or keep one on your desk at work, and have a drink regularly, don’t wait until you feel thirsty as by this time you are already dehydrated.

Cutting out processed foods and increasing your fruit and vegetable intake will give your digestive system a natural cleanse.  High fibre foods such as cereals, nuts and vegetables are particularly good for clearing stagnant food from our digestive track. Their rough and fibrous texture literally sweeps along the inside of the intestines removing harmful and unwanted matter that may have been accumulating for years.  Drinking more water will help this process too. 

Go for a walk. Fresh air is free! Try to find somewhere away from City life for a daily 20 minute walk. Open your chest and breathe deeply. Take a stroll in your lunch break, it’s a great stress reliever.

So, it really isn’t that complicated is it? 

Of course, there are many more extreme ways to detox.  Colonic Irrigation has become popular in recent years, but can be an uncomfortable and even painful experience and in most cases is just not necessary.  I don’t much like the idea of it myself, even less appealing than those nasty drinks.

If you fancy a professional Salon Detox than Elysium Beauty can offer you the Monticelli Mud.  Soft and creamy mud with detoxifying, draining and reducing action due to the synergy of active mud enriched with a high concentration of remodelling ingredients such as thermal water and pure essential oils. 

Detoxifying your body is a lifestyle choice, and if you can fit it into your lifestyle you will feel better, your body will function better and you will look great!  Give it a go

15. Jan, 2013

It suddenly struck me last week (as I was looking in the mirror merrily plucking my eyebrows) that I was looking decidedly haggard.  My ‘winter’ skin was sallow and I looked drawn and miserable, oh dear, when had I let that happen?  It would seem that we become so accustomed at seeing our own reflection that we don’t pay that much attention to it. Indeed, I had the sudden startling realisation that I had been wilfully neglecting myself over the last few months. Immediate action was required.  So, putting the ironing aside for an hour on Friday morning, I decided to have some ‘ME’ time.  A nice home facial with my feet up on the sofa was the only course of action. Digging deep in the back of the cupboard I retrieved an assortment of lotions and potions, of course, being a beauty therapist myself I do have quite a collection. 

I have to say, that even though my facial was self administered I felt all the better for it.  My face was glowing as was my spirit and I have henceforth vowed to continue with a ‘ME’ time session as frequently as possible.  I’m not sure that it was even the facial itself that was of the most benefit or simply the fact that I lay on the sofa for an hour (in the middle of day no less), doing nothing, with a relaxing CD playing and a nice rose fondant scented candle burning, and most importantly, not feeling guilty about it, that was really what did me the most good.

Yes, I do spend a lot of time at home but very little of that time is about me.  I might get 20 minutes in the bath with a magazine and cup of tea occasionally but I far too rarely properly pamper myself.  I think that goes for most women these days.  We work, we make our houses a home, we are loving wives and attentive mother’s, we are all things to everyone else and not much to ourselves. No more, from here on in it’s up to me to make a stand, I shall indulge myself on a weekly basis, with pampering and joyful doing nothingness.  Next on the agenda is a pedicure, with a girlie weekend rapidly approaching it’s time to get the tootsies in order. 

Self indulgence, now that’s not really anything to feel guilty about is it.  We regularly indulge in housework, cooking, working, parenting etc so how about a little self too.  From now on it’s me, me, and me.  Well, maybe only me for an hour a week, but a little of what you like does do you good!