I often hear this statement. Or, “I’m not very good with my cleansing routine.”
But what is a good cleansing routine?
A good cleansing routine for one person is not necessarily good for another.
A good cleansing routine has many different factors for each individual person. If you read different glossy magazines each one will tell you something different you should be doing to have the perfect skin.
I am not going to tell you what you should and shouldn’t be doing. This is down to your personal needs, time and finance. What works for me are simple guidelines to a basic routine, if you would like more information please contact me and I can answer your questions.
Cleansing Your Face
How do you wash your face?
I personally think the longer it takes to do your skin care routine the less likely you will do this on a long term basis. If my skin care takes longer than 5 minutes, I guarantee I will not keep up with it. So a nice face wash with a face cloth, wash on, wash off is perfect for me.
Do you wash your face morning and evening?
Cleanse your skin first thing to freshen up, and wash off the make-up or dirt and grime from the day’s pollution is a sensible routine to follow.
I prefer a good face wash, I like to use water to wash off my face wash. My face wash of choice is Alumier MD Purifying Gel Cleanser, no need to use toner after, and it feels nice and fresh.
After the face wash a moisturiser that suits your Skin Type is always good to help with your skin’s PH balance.
If you have any concerns with your skin i.e. ageing, pigmentation or acne, it is always good to use a serum under your moisturiser to help combat the problem.
I suffer with redness around my mouth and nose (due to poor choices in makeup years ago) and now I use Calm-R to help tone down the redness.
Serums are can help with specific problems you may be concerned with. This is becase they contain highly active ingredients, concentrated for the specific issue it has has been designed and tested for.
It’s also fine to build up serums, if you have more than one concern.
Always cleanse your skin at night before you go to bed, or if you’re too tired then, when you get home from work.
Cleansing in the evening ensures that you wash all the makeup off from the day. And if you have been outside, washing off all the dirt and pollution. After cleansing in the evening, a retinol serum for anti-ageing is best applied then. As retinol is an ingredient that works best out of sunlight.
WARNING please do not use face wipes. Wipes will only move the daily pollution or make-up around your skin and not take it off. Most wipes also contain tiny beads of plastic that are bad for the environment and killing sealife.
Cleansing Your Body
There is a huge debate over how often should you have a shower.
If you google this, there are many arguments for whether you should shower once a week, twice a week, or daily. But they do all say, make sure you strip wash daily.
Now I’m not going to get into this debate, my blog is my opinion and I prefer to shower every morning, it helps to wake me up and get me prepared for the day. Though washing hair is not a daily thing, as my hair is way too soft for that!
Cleanse your skin with a good shower gel. Soaps are alkaline, so can strip away the oil from your skin. This causes it to feel tight and can dry out over time. Soaps also harbour a lot of bacteria on them. I have recently found a daily body scrub that you can use in the shower, that helps with ingrowing hairs. Its base is coconut oil, that leaves silky smooth skin, which means for quickness it’s not necessary to put body lotion on after.
However, I like to moisturise my skin after every shower or bath as water can sometimes make the skin feel tight. This can happen after a really hot shower or bath, the hot water can strip the natural oils from your skin causing dryness and can flare up eczema too. For normal skin an emollient is good and for dry skin a body oil is good to restore some oils into the skin
And what about your feet?
Another comment I hear a lot is, “I don’t like my feet, they’re ugly!”
My response is always, “What do you do with them?”
Most people don’t like their feet and therefore do not touch them. Now, they are not going to get better by ignoring them.
You moisturise your body and face regularly, why not your feet?
Your feet are the most used part of your body, why not treat them to a bit of TLC.
Have a regular pedicure. But also take 30 seconds to pop a bit of body lotion on them daily and I assure you you will see a difference within a week.
As you can tell, I try not to take too long on a good cleansing routine. I am a mother of two small children and run an aesthetic clinic. I want the best routine in the fastest time.
If you would like help to define your perfect routine or would like to know what products are best for your Skin Type – or do you want to know your Skin Type?
A month ago I introduced a new treatment to the skin centre and when I mentioned chemical peel, the look on some faces was slightly horrified and a little scared. A common question was asked, “will I look like Samantha from Sex & the city after?!” This question has come up quite a few times, I thought I had better address it.
Now I would like to point out that Samantha had gone to a plastic surgeon to have her Botox then he offered her the peel (I had to rewatch it for research purposes) with plastic surgeons they can go deeper into the skin and prescribe hydrocortisone for healing the skin after. Therefore their peels can be a very deep peel. The Alumier peel I use is a light to medium level. Which is not aggressive, yet still effective for skin conditions
So after realising that you won’t look like something off of The Walking Dead let me explain to you:
‘What is a chemical peel?’
A chemical peel is a technique that is used to improve the texture of the skin. It helps with acne, ageing, pigmentation and redness. The peel intends to remove the outer most layers so that it speeds up desquamation, the natural skin exfoliation process.
Please don’t think a chemical peel is a harsh skin stripping treatment. The chemicals that are used are natural acids you find, for example, lactic acid, which is naturally found in milk and salicylic acid is found in plants, another is soy amino acids, which is extracted from yeast. With the explanation of the chemicals used you can see they are not the harsh skin peeling chemicals you naturally think of.
These ingredients are progressive, not aggressive, ensuring they are targeting specific skin conditions. Salicylic is great for mopping up excess oil.
Why have a chemical peel?
There are so many skin conditions that a peel can help with; ageing, hyperpigmentation, acne, redness. These are the main conditions that I hear clients say they are unhappy about. The peel itself helps to remove the outer layers of the skin quickly, so the newer, healthier, the less blemished skin can appear.
Can one peel sort out everything?
A single peel will help with the appearance of your skin initially (around 10 days after) though if you have a skin condition a course of peels with home care will be the best course of action for the best possible outcome. If you were trying to lose weight and only ate healthy once a month you wouldn’t lose a lot.
What does my skin look like after?
Each person’s skin can look different each time. My first peel was absolutely amazing, my skin was glowing. Then my next peel, I had a few flaky bits to start with, but then it settled after 5 days and as I mentioned before my skin looked amazing at day 10. As there can be such a difference after each peel, I would always make sure that you have not got a special occasion a week or so after the peel, as the reaction can be different each time.
Do I have to do anything after?
After having a peel, which is a really deep exfoliation, you must take good care of your skin. After each peel you will be given an after peel pack, to be used for 5-7 days after. Which contains a cleanser, moisturiser and an SPF 40. This is to make sure when you go outside your skin is protected at all times. Not wearing SPF will cause sun damage/hyperpigmentation.
To get the very best results from the peels, it’s recommended that you use the home care products continually in between peels. The best analogy I’ve heard recently is; if you have your kitchen professionally cleaned once a month, you wouldn’t expect it to stay clean in between. The more effort you put into looking after your skin the better it will look.
For more information on the Alumier peels and skincare contact me or watch this space for product reviews.
Most hair removal options available to us today have some major downsides. Whether it’s the messiness of hair removal creams, the inefficiency and potential injuries involved in shaving, the inconvenience of waxing or the pain of epilation. Hair removal takes up a lot of our time. IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light is a treatment that permanently reduces unwanted body hair using wavelengths of filtered light. After a course of IPL, you can finally say goodbye to all the hassle of conventional hair removal – just think of how much time you’ll save!
The filters used in IPL mean it can specifically target the hair follicles within the skin, it’s impressive spot size makes it an industry leader in terms of speed and effectiveness for permanent hair reduction.
How does it work?
IPL uses special cut-off filters to target the hair follicles in the skin with pulses of specific light wavelengths. The energy from this light is converted to heat within the skin, causing controlled damage to the hair follicles. This makes the hair fall out and inhibits the growth of further hair in the follicle, which means that by the time your course of treatments is over, your skin will be smooth and virtually hair-free. Unlike waxing, there’s no recovery from redness to worry about either.
As with all permanent hair reduction, you may still get some regrowth, and hormonal changes can cause hair to regrow too. Any hair you do have will be much softer and far less noticeable than the hair that you used to have. You will require a course of treatments for best results, your therapist will be able to work with you to establish how many treatments you need to stay fuzz-free. IPL can be used all over the body including the legs, upper lip, back, arms, chin, bikini line and underarms.
What are the benefits?
Convenience is the ultimate benefit of IPL. No other hair procedure can beat it – a few sessions of IPL and you no longer have to worry about booking a wax at the exact right time before your holiday or missing a patch when you’re shaving in the shower. You’ll also never have to worry about potential shaving accidents, or the pain from epilation either! If you suffer from shave rash or have sensitive skin that doesn’t react well to wax or hair removal creams, IPL is definitely the choice for you, as IPL will help prevent ingrown hairs.
If you’re worried about pain, you’ll be glad to know that SkinBase IPL is pain-free. The sensation of IPL is best described as a warm, tingling feeling, which makes it a much more comfortable option than waxing or electrolysis. SkinBase IPL also utilises a special cryo-handset to cool the skin before treatment for ultimate comfort.
The winter season is tough on the skin, dry air and harsh winds can sap the moisture from the skin. This can cause cracking, chapping and irritation. Changing temperature means a change of routine, no matter which part of the world you live in. If you want your skin to be its best. You have to adjust your routines to help it to keep healthy as possible throughout the winter months. Here are a few guidelines for the long winters months, to help you keep your skin in good condition.
Don’t take long, hot showers. Hot showers may sound attractive in the cold winter and they can help warm you up. But they can also strip skin of its natural moisturising lipids, leaving your skin dry. Instead, take a short warm shower. Pat your skin almost dry and apply a good moisturiser while the skin is still damp. A moisturiser with shea butter or almond butter as they help to protect the skins own natural oils. You will need a super-emollient lotion for hands and heels. Or any where else you experience especially dry, cracked skin.
Continue to protect your skin from sun damage. While seasons change, one thing that remains constant: the sun. No matter what season it is, its still shining. And you need sunscreen to protect you skin against harmful ultraviolet rays. Even though its not blazing hot. Your skin is still vulnerable to damage from the sun ultraviolet rays. Since you’re usually wrapped up outside in winter time, you don’t need a lot. But try to wear a moisturiser with an SPF 15 on your face and all exposed skin throughout winter time. If your planning on taking a skiing holiday, do wear a high SPF. The sunlight reflecting on the snow can leave you with severe sunburn from a day on the slopes.
Exfoliate twice a week. This will remove the dead skin cells and allow the skin to absorb extra moisture. The oil which we complain about in the summer is no longer being produced. Because of the cooler winter temperatures. Therefore skin looses the water, which should be retained in the lower dermis of the skin. This can lead to premature ageing of the skin and fine lines, whilst your skin can appear puffy and grey.
Moisture frequently. Use a cleanser with oils and emollients. The more oil a moisturiser contains, the more moisture the skin will retain. If you work outdoors, make sure your face moisturiser is a thick barrier cream. That will help protect from the wind as well as the sun. If you work indoors with central heating add an extra serum to your usual skin routine. A hyaluronic serum will help with combatting dehydration and keeps in natural moisture.
Use a humidifier. With heat on and the windows closed, the air inside your home can become very dry. This can cause your skin to feel dry and itchy. So its important to use a humidifier in communal areas. As the dryness in the atmosphere can also cause dry throats, as well as dry, cracked skin.
Drink plenty of water. This is a year round tip, but often avoided in the winter months. Its recommended that you drink 8 glasses, 2 litres of water a day. Drinking water gives you energy and benefits health. This helps you not over eat and most importantly helps your skin not become dehydrated.
I hope this helps you in protecting your skin from the terrors of the winter. If you have any questions or queries on how you can take care of your skin, please feel free to contact me.
Not a lot of people know that I have been searching for a skincare range for a little while now.
I have been trying to find a range that was good for everyone. But I always try the products out on myself first before I am confident to recommend them to others. However this can be a downfall for me. A few years ago when the mineral make-up became fashionable I tried some. This one particular make-up range had been bulked out with talc. This made skin reacted badly with it and caused a hypersensitivity around my mouth and nose. So 7 years on and I have a redness that is permanent and I am self conscious about it. Over the years I have tried many skincare ranges. And having a few friends in the industry, who have offered their recommendations. Unfortunately with the hypersensitivity. Most skincare ranges would make my skin flare up and make the area sore. I had found skincare that didn’t irritate, but then I had to use a foundation powder, which dried out my skin.
I have had recently a lot of clients come to me for treatments and have skin problems. This can be dry skin or oily skin, these can cause problems for the treatments I provide. Oily skin can conduct the electrical current in electrolysis, so we need a lower setting. Oily skin tends not to hold pigment well. So microblading can be difficult, some cases its not recommended at all. Dry skin can also be a problem, with waxing, cracked open skin. Electrolysis can be difficult with dead skin blocking hair follicles. Some cases the dead skin can even cause ingrowing hairs.
Now with all these skin issues that have risen. While I’m doing treatments or consultations many people ask me what I recommend. And up until recently I have struggled with this question as I had not even found one for myself. So how could I recommend anything to anyone that I was not happy with?
Recently a facebook friend had started with a business with a cosmeceutical range. She was posting how great this range was. Now I was not expecting miracles. Lets face it my skin has been like this for 7 years, so I know the damage is permanent. But my ears perked up to a cosmeceutical range. This is a grade below prescription based skin care. The ingredients in cosmeceutical is active and penetrates the skin deeper. This can help with problem skin.
Looking through the range I found a tinted moisturiser that had full coverage! This was going to be good. No more powder foundation, and crinkled skin around my mouth and eyes half way through the day. And it was even better than I imagined, it covered the redness perfectly. The coverage lasted from 7am to 8pm with no extra application. Two months on from the start of using it and I have had no soreness or irritation. Don’t get me wrong the redness is still there. Like I mentioned 7 years on, that isn’t going anywhere. But now I found something that can help my insecurities and give me a confidence again.
Now you ask ‘what has your skin issues got to do with me?’ Let me tell you, this range will help you with any skin issue you may have. If you have dry, oily or maturing skin this range can help. It is a very simple, no added extra skin care range. Cleanse, serum (if needed) moisturise. And even a face mask once a week for an intense treatment.
The next thing you will most likely be thinking is ‘how much will this cost?’ . The price can be an issue, with some ranges can charge around £100 for a little pot of moisturiser. And that makes me cringe, especially when they only last a month! The price of the tinted moisturiser I use is less than £20! £18.50 to be exact and I have not reached the halfway mark yet and its been around two months of using it. The most expensive part of the range are the moisturisers. These help with anti-aging, dryness and pigmentation marks. They all cost around £24 each and the serums that help with eyes and lips, skin tightening and oily skin are £19.50 each. None of these costs will break the bank.
Ok, so this is all quite interesting, but what about the company? This company is French and we all know the french skincare are the best, and this one is no exception. This company is the laboratory that actually makes the skincare! I buy this skincare directly from the labs in France. This is why it is sold a lot cheaper than you’re other brands of cosmeceutical ranges.
Acti-Labs is also a very conscious about the environment. They have won an award from the government for ‘low carbon footprint’. Everything is recycled and recycle able items are used where possible. They will not test on animals and uses ingredients not tested on animals. Although they are not a vegan company, natural ingredients are chosen over synthetic.
There you have it, my raving report on why acti-labs are a great company and have an amazing skin care range. I’ve not mentioned the dietary products and make-up and hair products also make. As this would be a huge blog! I am personally trying out the dietary products, but will not review that for a couple more months. But if you would like to ask me any questions or book for an Acti-Labs facial give me a call or text.
When taking care of your skin there are two factors you must consider when thinking about the problems you have with your skin and at some point in our life we will have some kind of problem. It may be dryness, spots or ageing skin. The two factors we need to consider is how are we caring for our skin internally and externally!
So we have all heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’ well this is kind of true. If you eat loads of chocolate you’re not going to turn into a chocolate bar. But it will affect your body and most importantly your skin.
Firstly if you want to eat that chocolate bar, make sure you drink plenty of water, at least 2 litres a day. This will help flush out all the toxins and create a healthy glow.
Then make sure you eat fatty fish that contain omega 3, this has moisturising properties.However, if like me you’re not a fish lover then try some walnuts, they contain omega 3 too (phew!)
Avocado has vitamin E and C, but so do sunflowers seeds, these vitamins are good for producing collagen and essential for healthy skin.
Sweet potato, carrots and spinach all contain beta-carotene, which will convert into Vitamin A and is a natural sun protection, this prevents sun burn, dry skin and with that help delay aging.
If these are not reasons enough to eat your fruit and veg I don’t know what is!
Taking care of your skin is very important, you only have one. Now I’m not saying you have to follow these exact guidelines, but this will always be my advice and personal opinions, after 17 years of being in the beauty industry and training in 5 different skincare ranges, here is the gist of it:
Cleanse, tone and moisturise, every morning, this will wake you up and refresh you.
Cleanse, tone, moisturise, every night or when you get home from work. Take the days make-up off or if you’re not wearing any make-up, take the days pollution off your face.
Don’t use wet wipes or face wipes, they just move the dirt/ make-up around your face and don’t take it off. Also they are bad for the environment, they containtiny particles of plastic that are destroying the environment.
Exfoliate twice a week, no more, it can take too many layers off your skin. But do exfoliate to help get rid of dead skin cells.
Always wear a sun factor SPF 30, this will help protect your skin from sun damage and premature ageing!!