The Wax Cycle

Hands up now, who only gets waxed for their summer holidays?

Have you ever wondered why your therapist pulls a face when you only get waxed once a year? Then she tries to convince you to come regularly? Personally, I love it when my clients have regular waxing treatments because not only do they get an immediate lovely smooth result, they are hair free for longer. Then over time, as the follicle becomes weaker the hair become finer and the growth rate starts to slow down.

A win win result for both of us!

I am sure we have all done it, had a pre-holiday wax, only to find it is prickly after a week? That’s because some of the hairs left behind were still in the early growth stages and not long enough to be removed from waxing. The reason for this is you have thousands…Yes THOUSANDS of individual hairs on any area of the body. If you are not already a regular waxer, these hairs will all be at different stages of the hair growth cycle.

So, at your first appointment, you will be waxed and all the visible hairs will be taken out at the root. But, there will be so many hairs that are just too short to be waxed or that are just below the skins surface ready to appear in the next few days.

It will take approximately 4 waxing sessions at 4 weeks apart to get the hair on the same growth cycle and get nice smooth results.

Ideally, this is what you want for your holiday and the summer months. Hair free skin that will remain hair free for longer than your holiday. No horrible shaving stubble or even worse, shaver rash on holiday!!!

So, if you want to be holiday and summer ready, get your diary out and start planning your ahead now.

Gillian

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Revitalizing Face Neck and Décolleté Treatment

Revitalizing  Face Neck & Décolleté Treatment

It’s usually now that we notice our facial skin has become dehydrated, lack lustre and in need of some TLC. We may not have been cleansing and exfoliating as thoroughly as required leading to a dull, sluggish complexion in need of replenishment and invigoration.

The neck area may have dull patchy areas, a loss of elasticity and a crêpe appearance.  During the summer months, we may have not efficiently exfoliated our neck area, leaving traces of Summer suntan with the remnants now presenting as areas of patchy dull skin.

With temperatures dropping through winter we layer up with woolly jumpers, coats and scarves that may all sit snugly against our necks. The heating goes on, we may notch up the dial on our shower and bathe in high temperature water which leads to our skin becoming dehydrated and parched. We may not think to still be using sunscreen and we may not be applying moisturiser to the front, sides and back of our necks. 

The skin on our neck is relatively thin compared to the rest of the body making it more susceptible to the friction from scarves and jumper necklines, itchy areas and sometimes breakouts can all occur. Add in winter dehydration and the natural signs of ageing and the neck area can quickly look older than its natural years.

Thorough cleansing is key to maintain your neck and décolleté. Many of you probably cleanse your face but often fail to be as thorough cleansing the sides and back of the neck which can experience build-up of dead skin leading to a dull lifeless appearance.

Remember, facial skin doesn’t stop at the jawline!

So, moisturiser should be liberally applied to the front, sides and back of neck as well as down onto décolleté which are all an extension of facial skin and should be maintained in the same way.

The neck and décolleté areas are renowned for showing first signs of ageing before other parts of the body due to the fact that they are often exposed to Ultra Violet light which accelerate extrinsic/environmental ageing. The consistent use of SPF is vital to protect against these potentially damaging UV rays which can lead to crêpeness and hyperpigmentation

All skins that need rejuvenating will benefit from this treatment but particularly those of you with a crepey appearance or lack of firmness to the neck and décolleté area.

The Revitalizing Face Neck and Decollete treatment

This treatment boasts a true aromatherapy experience with its inclusion of amazing essential oils and hydrolats offering benefits to both the skin and the senses. We focus on the key essential oils and hydrolat used in this treatment and their amazing benefits:

Rose Hydrolat is used consistently throughout the Revitalising Spring Treatment due to its amazing ability to add and retain moisture in the skin.  Rose is rejuvenating and ideal for devitalised skin, calming and toning inflammation whilst offering intensive hydration for dry, sensitive, mature and ageing skin types.

Rose is one of the oldest and best known of all florals.

Rosewood Oil, also known as Bois De Rose is an essential oil extracted from the Rosewood Tree, a giant evergreen native to Brazil.  The aroma of Rosewood is floral, warm, spicy, fruity and woody. The enlivening aroma is spiritually uplifting  but also known for its antidepressant benefits.

In skincare Rosewood has a high Alpha Pinene content, it is very rejuvenating, stimulates cells and offers benefits which aid in tissue regeneration making it ideal for mature skin. Rosewood acts as a skin shield- supporting the growth of new cells, helping dull flaky skin conditions. It guards skin with its antibacterial effects. Toning, anti ageing, skin elasticity improving, it helps to soften scar tissue and is balancing for dry, combination and oily skin.

Galbanum Essential Oil is also a key ingredient in this treatment. The grade of Galbanum used is sourced and native to the mountain ranges of Iran and is part the Ferula plant species. The properties of Galbanum are of benefit to respiratory, rheumatic, digestive and nervous tension conditions. For skincare Galbanum is beneficial for dry, mature, inflamed skin. Galbanum is known for its properties to improve scarring. It quickens new cell and tissue development whilst revitalising the skin. Galbanum is high in monoterpenes which are able to reprogram at a cellular level. It rejuvenates the skin and promotes a youthful appearance. Galbanum tones sagging skin, softens wrinkles and offers anti-ageing benefits helping to keep the skin smooth, glowing and radiant.

For optimum results, three treatments at 2 week intervals is recommended.

Gillian

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What is the difference between make-up remover and cleanser?

Do you need make up remover and a cleanser?

So, you have come home after a very long day and you are exhausted. All that you want to do is to snuggle into that nice cosy bed and fall fast asleep. Then, that little man in your head tells you to get up, you really shouldn’t go to bed with your make-up on …. Oh No!  Then the dilemma is…. Which one should you use, make up remover or cleanser, you want to get back into bed

Oh, I am sure we have all done it, sometimes just trying to get away with make-up remover or cleanser and hope for the best ?

But, the question is, do you really need to take your make up off AND wash your face? Is it all just a way to get you to buy more products? If you want to know why you should not use wet wipes, please read my blog…………

https://lilyannbeauty.com/wet-wipes-good-skin/

I am going to help you understand exactly what it is your products are doing.

How does your makeup remover work?

Make up removers come in all sorts of formulations and can be an oil, cream, foaming solution etc. Make-up removers are much kinder than they used to be and are often oil based, no longer containing alcohol which dries and dehydrates the skin.

It is essential that you get the right one for your skin type as the wrong product will not only dry the skin out but irritate more sensitive skins.

Make-up removers are very specifically formulated to break down the ingredients in your make-up to aid removal and not the sweat and debris that builds up on your skin naturally.

What does a cleanser do?

Cleansing is a vital part of your skin care routine. Even if you don’t wear make-up, your skin is collecting dirt and debris during the course of the day. Some environments or where you live/work will make your skin produce more sweat and sebum or expose you to more pollutants.

When cleansing the skin, the idea is to remove the dirt and sebum without disturbing the skins natural moisture barrier. Client often mistake a tight squeaky feeling after cleansing to be clean and fresh. What you are actually feeling is the aftermath of stripping your skin of moisture! If this is the case, you need to change your cleanser.

Could I just use my cleanser? If you wear make-up, the answer is no. You will not be cleansing your skin and the remains of your make-up and dead skin cells will be left on your skin.

What you would actually be doing is removing some of the make-up and smearing the rest around our face, alongside all the germs and bacteria it has picked up during the course of the day. It would be impossible for one cleanser to have enough ingredients in it to dissolve the layers of make up, (which seems to be getting more and more!) plus dead skin cells, sweat and sebum.

Clients often tell me they do not cleanse in the morning because they did it when they went to bed. Whilst you have your beauty sleep, your skin cells are turning over creating dead skin cell debris on the surface. So, a cleanse in the morning will remove this debris resulting in cleaner fresher skin to start the day or in preparation for you to apply your make-up.

So, reap the benefits, take off your make-up AND wash your face

My favourite make-up remover is from the Professional Natural Eve Taylor Range. A small amount is applied to wet hand or face and is gently massaged into the skin. You can repeatedly wet your hands and it will emulsify again without adding any more cleanser. The natural oils soften and nourish the skin as it cleanses deep down, quickly removing waterproof mascara.

Clear Cleanse  150 ml  £19.99

Description: A finely textured oil formulated to gently yet effectively cleanse all skin types. Peach kernel oil and Sunflower oil effortlessly dissolve makeup and sebum while Argan oil and Rice bran oil provide age-defying properties. Sweet Orange, Mandarin and Grapefruit essential oils provide a fresh, zesty, uplifting aroma while Calendula and Green tea extracts soothe and calm the skin.

 

The Eve Taylor Skin care range is sold worldwide from trained therapists who analyse the skin first and only prescribe products suitable for the skin type and its current condition. I find that most of my clients  have problems resulting in using the wrong products or they have misdiagnosed their skin type!

Pop in for a free consultation and start using the correct products to cleanse your skin using professional, natural and affordable products.

How to treat sun damaged skin, naturally.

 Solutions For Sun Exposure

What an amazing summer we have had this year. It has been glorious, we have felt record temperatures, basked in cloudless skies and been able to get out and about in the sunshine. Even when using SPF to protect against UVB and UVA damage, most of us will have gained a degree of tan, just from being out and about. Whilst our golden glow may create a healthy looking complexion during the Summer months, as the days draw shorter, the strength and the heat of the sun dissipates and Autumn beckons, so will our tans fade.

End of summer tanned skin can often give us an aged appearance, skin will usually be drier and dehydrated, the epidermis will be shedding as new skin cells grow. The dead skin cells will often linger and appear dull and lack lustre. The once healthy glow may become tired looking , fine lines appearing more obvious, signs of ageing becoming apparent. As the tan fades we may see signs of hyper pigmentation as a result of sun exposure.  This is the perfect time to seek a refreshing and renewing treatment.

The demand for brightening or illuminating facial treatments has risen dramatically in recent years as we become more and more aware of the damaging effects of Ultra Violet (UV).

What Does The Brightening Facial Do??

Professional resurfacing smoothes and softens the skin ready for the infusion of Vitamin C rich serums and speciality masques. Illuminating moisturiser protects and re-energizes leaving skin flawlessly radiant, bright and glowing.

Hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone is created in the skin by the over activity of the melanocyte cells deep within the epidermis. There are many triggers to pigment production with UV light being one of the main stimulants to this process. The production of melanin is a complex chemical reaction and is part of the skin barrier defence system.  The enzyme tyrosinase plays a key role in this process and acts as a catalyst. Excessive UV exposure can cause malfunction of the melanocyte cell resulting in too much or uneven colour in the skin.

The Brightening facial is packed with tyrosinase inhibiting ingredients to stabilize melanocyte activity while potent illuminators create a bright, luminous re-energized complexion and help in the process of brightening and fading uneven skin tone. In this treatment we use a powerful exfoliant.

Another key product in this treatment is a best selling moisturizer that creates bright luminous skin.  C+Bright Priming Moisturiser. A 4 in 1 action: moisturize – Brighten – Protect – Prime. A fabulous product to illuminate and prime the skin prior to make up application.

Formulated with broad spectrum SPF15 protection to defend against damaging UV and skin brighteners to illuminate pigmentation and give a more even complexion. The luxury texture nourishes and primes, creating an excellent base for make-up and can be used by all skin types and conditions.

If any of the following apply to you, you should not have any type of home or professional exfoliation processes to your skin as your skin will already be considerably thinned.  In this case, the treatment can still be carried out but the exfoliation process must be omitted.

Use of Roaccutane/Isotretinion  (acne prescribed medication)                                                                                                                Use of medically prescribed topical exfoliating products.                                                                                                                  Recent microdermabrasion or chemical peel within the last 7 days.                                                                                                      Use of topical Vitamin A skin care products.

The Illuminating Facial is designed to give immediate results and is an ideal treatment prior to special occasion or a big event……sometimes called The Red Carpet Facial! However when treating hyper-pigmentation I would recommend that a 3 month treatment plan is devised. To achieve maximum results, weekly or fortnightly treatments consecutively for 6 weeks followed by a reassessment is advised.

Remember, always always use sun protection on your face

Gilian

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Oatmeal Face Mask Treatments

Soothing Oatmeal Facial

The end of the winter season is the perfect time for an oatmeal face mask  treatment. Icy cold winds and freezing temperatures have caused havoc to our skin stripping it of vital lipids.  If you feel the cold like me, you will have had the central heating cranked up and there is little moisture left in the air making your skin feel dry and tight.( A good tip is to put a small bowl of water beneath your radiator to increase humidity!) As we move from freezing cold outside to warm and toasty inside, we can increase the skins sensitivity leading to impairment of the skins natural barrier function.

Ancient Egyptians were among the first to realize the soothing properties of oats and today we know that “Colloidal oatmeal” is the best form to use on the skin. Colloidal oatmeal is finely milled oats suspended in a liquid or gel. This allows it to be applied to the skin and be absorbed easily. I find it interesting to think that hundreds of years ago they were aware of the benefits of using oats but did not have the scientific proof of it.

Dermatologists recommend the use of colloidal oats for those with sensitive skin types including those who suffer from eczema or rosacea. Oats are excellent moisturizers with skin healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties…… therefore able to treat a wide range of skin problems ranging from extreme dryness to acne.

There are so many reasons why oatmeal face mask treatments are so widely used in skincare. I have decided to highlight a few with a little information about each.

Combats Dryness   The polysaccharides found in oats (it’s what makes it go gloopy) leave a fine film on the skin which creates a barrier preventing dull, dry flaky skin. The anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help with the itchiness often caused by dry skin.

Cleansing   Oats are full of natural cleansers called saponins, that will gently help to remove dirt and oil from the skin.

Acne Treatment Oats can aid in treating acne by absorbing the excess oil on the skins surface. The zinc content in oats reduces inflammation and kills the acne causing bacteria.

Protective and Skin Repair Oats are full of proteins and lipids which help build the skins natural barrier. The beta gluten activates your skins own immune system by activating its own healing system…. basically, it is telling the skin to do what it ideally should be doing anyway!This makes oats an ideal treatment for those skins that need help to heal, for instance sunburn, irritation or rashes.

Moisturizing   Along with what we have already mentioned, the beta glutens and the high fat content helps keep the skin beautifully moisturized as they penetrate deep into the skin.

Ph balancing   So we all know our skin is slightly acidic right?? If the ph balance of the skin is imbalanced, it can cause all sorts of trouble. If you are suffering from a dry itchy skin, your skin has probably become near neutral and if you suffer from eczma, you are probably in the alkaline range!

Anti oxidants   Full of natural vitamin E, Caffeic acid and much more. Our skin is going to age but the more we can help slow it down the better.

Anti Irritant and Soothing   An ingredient in oats act like anti histamine and help prevent the itchiness often caused by dry irritated skin. In olden times, you would have been put in a bath of oats if you were suffering any skin irritation to the body.

In my organic oatmeal treatment,  a gauze mask infused with chamomile is placed over the face and neck. The oatmeal is then mixed and placed over the gauze and kept moist with steam for 10-15 minutes. The mask is then removed with hot steamed towels leaving your skin soothed, hydrated and nourished.

 

Kind regards

Gillian

Lilyann Beauty