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Why a facial is a great gift- for anyone

November 23,2018

It’s that time of year when you’re looking for the ideal gifts for the people in your life – but there’s always someone who you think probably has everything, and you really don’t know

what kind of gift will put a smile on their face.

Everyone loves to be pampered though, so why not look into buying someone a voucher for

a facial treatment? It’s the perfect way to tell someone that you care about them, and give

them an opportunity to take 30, 60 or even 90 minutes to relax and take care of themselves

for a while.

How to level up your skincare for Winter

November 23,2018

You wouldn’t wear the same clothes to go outside in the winter as you do in the summer, so why would you use the same skincare products and keep to the same routines when the weather gets colder? Your skin is sensitive to changes in the temperature, weather and humidity, and

deserves a little TLC if you want it to look its best in the colder months.

Going from warm, heated offices and homes out into cold winds and wet weather is harsh on your skin. Skin needs to maintain a constant supply of moisture, and when the humidity drops outside and is stripped out of centrally heated indoor environments, it can leave thirsty skin screaming for a little hydration. The winds that often accompany wet, cold winter weather can also lead to wind burn, where the skin on your lips and hands becomes red and dries out.

It doesn’t help that to warm up we’ll spend longer in hot baths and steamy showers on cold days. Who hasn’t spent just a few minutes longer under a hot shower to avoid the cooler bathroom air? This might feel like a luxury but it’s actually stripping your skin of even more of the natural oils it needs to help look and feel good. No wonder your skin often needs intensive care after a harsh winter. Many of us find ourselves with dry and irritated skin that’s cracked, chapped and flaky.

In some cases you could even end up with itchy rashes or eczema.

What Skincare Product Do You Most Need to Use in Winter?

The first step in protecting the health of your skin is to look for a really good quality hydrating moisturizer. The best moisturizer you can afford should form the bedrock of any winter skincare routine. If you feel that despite using a moisturizer regularly, your skin is feeling tight, irritated

or flakey, upgrade your moisturizer to one that’s suitable for dry skin, even if you don’t usually suffer from dryness. Locking the hydration in and the inclement weather out will help keep the skin on your face much healthier.

In the winter it can pay to switch to rich oil-based creams, even if you prefer using lighter water based lotions during summer. The water in the lighter lotions can evaporate off of your skin, so the effects aren’t as long lasting as a more heavy duty oil-based cream. You’ll get used to the way it feels and in the long run it should leave your skin feeling much more comfortable.

Ingredient-wise, look for a product which contains vitamin E, as it’s helpful for keeping moisture in. Anything that has a built in humectant is also great for winter skin as these ingredients work to attract moisture to your skin.

Other Winter Skincare Saviors

• Even if you don’t normally use it, a lip balm is a great addition to your winter skincare routine. It helps to avoid cracked sore lips and will keep them pout perfect all winter long.

• Make sure that you use a gentle, creamy cleanser or milk as part of your cleansing routine daily, along with a soothing, gentle eye cream that will protect the delicate skin around your eye area from the effects of the wet, cold and wind.

• If you like using oils on your skin, treat them with pure, non-clogging essential oils like avocado oil or almond oil to nourish dry or irritated skin.

What Not to Do in Winter

Some products just make your skin worse in the winter months, so if you want to stay feeling great, you should avoid them.

• Anything which could potentially block your pores (is

comedogenic) is a no-no when it’s cold. Shea oil and mineral are two oils not normally recommended for colder conditions as they

can have a blocking effect.

• Highly fragranced products are another irritant for sensitive skin.

Even if you don’t normally have sensitive skin, the winter ravages can make it more so. Avoid them wherever possible.

• Harsh products and facials are probably best left until spring –your skin deserves to be nurtured and nourished when the environment is doing its best to ruin it. Avoid products with alcohol in, strong peels and harsh toners, opting instead for gentle products.

Invest in a regular good nourishing winter facial and use gentle products that help lock in moisture and keep your skin healthy. That way, when spring arrives, you won’t have to go into repair mode!

Five Benefits of Facial Massage

November 2018

Everyone knows that a full body massage has amazing effects on your mind and body - but what about a facial massage? Is it just a relaxing part of every facial treatment, or does a facial massage have benefits all of its own?

Massage gives your facial muscles a workout

You know that your body needs to be regularly exercised to keep the muscles supple, but what about your facial muscles? Yes, they also need a fitness regime, and no, opening your mouth to add food doesn’t count as a workout. Regular exercise in the form of a facial massage will help tone those muscles and keep your face looking younger for longer.

Any kind of massage helps to relieve tension if you’re feeling stressed, the muscles on your face can tense up in the same way as your shoulders hunch and your neck aches. On top of the stress, this can also lead to wrinkles, so you need to counteract it before the tension takes hold and starts to show on your face. Regular massage relieves the build-up of tension in facial muscles. If your skin is oily and prone to acne, a ten minute facial massage will be perfect (you don’t want to stimulate too much oil production) but for normal to dry skin up to 20 minutes is ideal. It’s very relaxing, too, which is just what you need when you’re stressed out. It increases circulation.

When you’ve hurt your back or shoulder, a massage is an ideal way to get the blood circulation going, and it promotes healing too. The same applies to a facial massage. Your face muscles need looking after and will appreciate a decent massage even if you haven’t overdone it in the same way you might do with you sore calf muscles or shoulders. Having a good massage on your face will help to increase the blood and oxygen flow to skin and muscles, plumping everything up and giving you a younger, more radiant glow.

It gives you a natural face lift, massage increases the blood flow and oxygen to the area,

rejuvenating your whole face. It follows that having regular facial massages can naturally (and very pleasurably) give you a younger looking face. Oxygen is known to be a natural form of anti-aging skincare, and better blood flow has the effect of also increasing collagen production, giving you a naturally healthy glow.

It will help your skincare products sink into your skin

When you spend money on good quality skincare treatments, it’s always good to know that they are having an effect. You can increase the effects of your home skincare preparations too, with a little help from a good massage.

The increase blood flow improves skin texture, so carry on the good work at home whenever you carry out your daily cleansing routines.

Just cleanse your skin as normal, and then apply a serum and moisturizer with a gentle tapping motion. The massaging action really does help skincare products absorb more easily into your skin.

What more reason do you need to invest in a relaxing, anti-aging facial massage?

You’ll look younger! Depending on the condition of your skin, your age, skin care goals and budget, regular facial treatments—that incorporate some form of muscle stimulation through massage—work in combination with daily skin care to improve the overall appearance of your skin: anywhere from once a month (for normal to dry skin) to every two weeks (for combination or acne-prone skin) is recommended.

Treatment options for Scar 

November 2018

A  blend of antioxidants, Vitamin C plays a powerful ingredient has been shown to brighten dull skin and lighten brown spots. It may also be helpful to lighten a acne scar.

Vitamin E is a fatty vitamin that has both antioxidant and protecting properties. It seals cracks in the outer skin layer and may help repair damaged skin and ​improve appearance of scars. Glycolic acid serums can also help, as they have the smallest acid that can get deep into the skin. Its very effective in breaking down skin cells and removing dead particles and  boosts collagen production.

Treatments of Micro-Dermabrasion and Micro-Needling can help improve. Microderm  is used as a abrasive tip that lessens the brown spot and fades it. It takes a handful  of sessions for results ,also helps resurface to rest of the skin.

Micro-Needling also known as CIT ( Collagen Induction Therapy) can get greater results and amazing long term benefits as it promotes collagen and minimizes the look of acne scars and pigmentation. The before and after results will amaze you!

What benefits does Collagen Induction Therapy have?

November ,2018

Micro - Needling treatment is called CIT ( collagen Induction Therapy)

The benefits  CIT has are restoring cell to cell communication and softening the break down of scar tissue. It restores the epidermis maintaining a strong and un-broken Dermal-Epidermal , also strengthens the immune system.

Damaged skin is replaced with new skin with improved structure and elasticity. 

Micro-needling is the only modality that best achieves all obove  as well as maximizes vital nutrient infusion.

What is Hyaluronic Acid and what does it do?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring carbohydrate that is found in almost every tissue the human body. As we age we lose Collagen from our bodies and skin gets thinner and loses elasticity . It is one of the most powerful humectants found in nature and aids in reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL) when applied topically to skin. Hyaluronic acid contributes to a plumping effect and increases the smoothing effect of the peptides. A HA Serum with An added Vitamin A / C in the Winter months especially is important to keep your skin hydrated. 

Aloe Vera is a great healing moisturizer!

Aloe provides exceptional moisturizing benefits and, when combined with humectants, creates a wonderful base for balancing the moisture requirements of the skin.

Vitamin C-

Vitamin C stimulates the metabolism of connective tissue and the production of collagen synthesizing enzymes. Vitamin C also inhibits the breakdown of collagen and has a regenerative and healing effect on connective tissue damages. Studies have shown that vitamin C stimulates ceramide synthesis and promotes the stabilization of the skin’s barrier. Emulsions with vitamin C also demonstrated a significant improvement effect on the complexion of inflammatory and impure skin. As an antioxidant, vitamin C inhibits reactions caused by radicals. It is also used to prevent hyper-pigmentation.

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