Are wet wipes good for my skin?

I am really shocked at how many of you are using wet wipes daily in your skin care routine. Maybe after reading this, you will change your mind….I really hope so!

Since opening my salon, Lilyann Beauty at Acklam Hall in Middlesbrough, I have had a lot of clients saying they cleanse daily with wet wipes.

I can understand that when you have no access to water and you need to feel refreshed and clean, you will reach for a wet wipe. For instance, at camping and festivals, or to freshen up quickly at work etc but these are special circumstances

So first of all, I would like you to think about this. These wet wipes are manufactured to sit in a warm shop floor for a period of up to 18 months. The cloths are designed to be folded and to stay moist during this period. This is normally an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. In order for them to stay preserved and moist without growing fungus, they require high levels of preservatives, alcohol and anti-bacterial agents.

Methylisothiazolinone, parabens, alcohol denat (ethanol or ethyl alcohol) and triclosan are some of the toxic ingredients which you’ll find in your cleansing wipes. Formaldehyde releasing chemicals are commonly used as preservatives and yes, formaldehyde is a classified carcinogen under high exposure!

A particular ingredient to look out for is 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol (this chemical releases very low levels of formaldehyde).

If you are starting to get worried, good!

Cleansing Your Skin

How do you cleanse your skin with your wet wipe I wonder? I can just picture the scene. I assume you have to rub quite vigorously to remove the 24 hour make up that most of us use today. You are in fact rubbing make up and debris into your skin along with the harmful ingredients found in the wipe. This residue is then left on your skin to be absorbed or until you wash your face. (60% of what we use on our skin is absorbed into the body)

Have you ever wiped your face with a towel after using a wet wipe, only to see lots of make up on the towel?  This is because the make up has been pressed into the skin and only partly removed. The wet wipe will make you feel refreshed due to its ingredients but your skin will still need cleansing.

Using wet wipes to remove eye make-up is a particular concern, the skin around the eyes is very delicate. You usually need to use the wipe quite vigorously to remove stubborn make up and mascara, I am not even going to mention waterproof mascara! This repetitive tugging and pulling motion alone will drag the skin and cause premature ageing.

Those of you that suffer from eczema or rosacea should avoid wet wipes at all costs as even low-level irritation can cause flare ups. The ingredients and high levels of alcohol can also cause irritation and extreme dryness of the skin.

If you suffer from oily or acne prone skin you might like the feeling of dryness that a wet wipe would give you. Drying the top layer of skin is not always a good idea as it can often cause you to produce more sebum to compensate for the loss of moisture.

A gentle wipe with a wet wipe to remove excess oil is ok, as long as you rinse with clean water in the near future.

As a result of not cleansing your skin effectively, any lotions and creams that you choose to use afterwards would not be properly absorbed into your skin. Therefore the skincare products that you are using after cleansing are being wasted.

A good quality cleanser with natural ingredients can moisturize and condition the skin at the same time as removing make up and debris.

Cleansing takes less than two minutes to do; have you got two minutes for a healthy glowing skin??

If you would like a free consultation, please don’t hesitate to call for a free consultation so that we can discuss what the best products and skin care regime is for you.

Gillian    07508933225


Here are some of my recommended natural organic cleansers that work with the Ph balance of the skin:

 Micellular Eye Makeup Remover   100 ml  £10.90 

An advanced water based formulation containing micelles which attract and gently dissolve make-up and cellular debris from the eye and lip area leaving the skin hydrated and super clean. Suitable for all skin types. Safe for lash extensions

Clear Cleanse Make up Remover  150 mls  £18.90

Peach kernel oil and Sunflower oil effortlessly dissolve makeup and sebum while Argan oil and Rice bran oil provide age-defying properties. Sweet Orange, Manadrin and Grapefruit essential oils provide a fresh, zesty, uplifting aroma while Calendula and Green tea extracts soothe and calm the skin. Leaves skin thoroughly clean, nourished and supple.

Ultra Soothing Cleanser   200 mls £18.90

A rich, creamy cleanser with soothing Oatmeal and conditioning Camellia oil, gently ange line spacingcleanses as it nourishes and calms ultra dry or irritated skins. Ideal for eczma, rosacea and sensitive skin

Soothing Cleanser 200mls £14.90

A light textured cleansing lotion with cooling Cucumber and Lettuce extracts.  Rich in amino acids to smooth the skin while a soothing blend of essential oils calm and nourish dry skin

Balancing Cleanser   200 mls£14.90

This light textured cleansing lotion with essential oils of Lavender and Jasmine balance and harmonise the skin. Extracts of Sage and Linden Blossom ensure a thorough antiseptic cleansing action. Creamy lotion cleanses without stripping sustaining the skin’s water and oil balance.
Natural antiseptic plant extracts guard against breakouts while herbal aroma provides soothing effect to the senses.

Prurifying Facial Wash   200 mls £14.90

A foaming soap free gel based cleanser for oily breakout prone skin. A unique blend of essential oils helps reduce skin oil while providing anti-septic, anti-bacterial properties for a clear, clean complexion. A blend of coconut tea trea and ylang ylang  purify and cleanse oil rich skins. For optimal benefits, use with cleansing brushes.


What is a Chemical or Enzyme Facial Peel?


Are you considering having a chemical or enzyme peel?

Do you know what they are?

I can imagine how confusing it must be for many of you trying to work your way round the crazy skincare jungle! So many products and treatments to choose from and the constantly changing jargon is confusing to say the least. Q10, peptides, retinol….…aghhh!

You may recognize some of these titles “The Red Carpet Facial,” the latest fashion title for a facial peel, a brightening, illuminating or resurfacing facial. Many celebrities are renowned to use these treatments prior to an appearance hence the fashionable title!

These facials have been named so due to the instant results and the healthy glow it immediately gives to the skin. It does this by peeling the top layer of dead skin cells off in varying degrees, to reveal a smooth glowing skin from beneath.

You have probably conjured up the classic image from sex and the city when Samantha had her facial peel!

Marie Claire Publication

 Chemical or Enzyme Peel?

There are two main categories of peels and I believe they both have their place in skincare and rejuvenation. An enzyme peel differs from a chemical peel in that it removes only dead skin cells without harming any living tissue with no soreness and no downtime.  A chemical peel is a much harsher and deeper treatment that is in effect wounding your skin to stimulate cell renewal and removes far more layers of your skin. You will need intensive moisturizers to protect your skin whilst the old skin peels away over the next couple of days to a week. Chemical peels are ideal for severe skin conditions and problematic skin and preferably administered by the medical profession in my opinion. Unfortunately, therapists with little qualifications and experience are licensed to administer these potentially harmful substances.

The skins natural renewal process takes approximately 4 weeks. The new cells at the bottom layer will have reached the top but could take up to 2 weeks to be sloughed off. This renewal process becomes sluggish as we age, giving the appearance of lifeless and dull skin.You are probably familiar with the term exfoliation. The skin is made up of many layers, the upper layer mostly being dead skin cells containing keratin protein.


The natural enzymes that I prefer to use in an Illuminating facial are powerful natural fruit enzymes derived from processing fruit.  The actual concentration of the fruit acid determines how strong the product is. They illuminate the skin by gently dissolving away the surface of the skin by breaking down the keratin protein by causing a reaction in your skin that actually mimics the skin’s natural exfoliation process. The outermost layers of dull skin are lifted and the skin renewal process is accelerated, revealing glowing, more youthful skin beneath. This in turn creates the perfect pH balance for your skin and leaves the surface of your skin ready to absorb active ingredients  such as Vitamin C to treat specific problems such as; dryness, pigmentation, acne etc.

Who can benefit from an enzyme peel?

A single facial would give the skin an instant glow and is ideal for brides to be or before an important event. To treat specific problems, a course of 3 fortnightly treatments working with the skins natural renewal process is usually advised and then re- assessed accordingly. There is no downtime and recovery process to a natural enzyme peel. I would recommend an enzyme facial peel for

  • deep exfoliation
  • anti-ageing
  • acne and oil control
  • dry lack lustre skin

A professional enzyme peel to remove the superficial dead skin cells is more than adequate for the vast majority of clients. In my opinion, many people are having harsher chemical peels that are removing too much of the skins surface unnecessarily. This leaves the skin unnaturally unprotected and open to damage if the correct aftercare is not carefully carried out.

 Instead of going with the trend, stop and think for a moment “Do I really have a skin condition that requires more than the top layers of my skin to be totally removed with chemicals, or do I need a natural enzyme peel that in effect is mimicking the skins natural process?”


Gillian Demirdoven

Lilyann Beauty at Acklam Hall



A full list of available treatments can be found on my website

Illuminating Facial   £38

A course of 4 treatments £138


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The importance of a regular facial

“We wear our face all day every day so it is worth investing in”

That is my little rant at the moment. You may have the latest shoes or handbag that you occasionally wear but you will only get one face in your lifetime…..and that you will wear all day every day. As a beauty therapist with 32 years experience I truly believe that “you” are the best thing you have to invest in. A facial is not a “treat” it is looking after the only face you are going to get!

Do you realize that 60% of what you use on your skin will end up being absorbed in your body and some harmful artificial ingredients will be stored there for months or even years? You will see many ingredients labelled as natural or “naturally derived” but they have undergone extensive chemical processing which alters the benefits to the skin (usually having no benefits left). I do a lot of research into the products that I use and the process that has taken place to produce them.

At Lilyann Beauty, I use natural, pure and beneficial products that have undergone minimal processing and that come from organic steam distilled oils and plants. It is good to think of the products we use on our skin as “skin food”.

I am going to sound like my mother but I believe that “Simple is always best”. If your products have a long list of ingredients, it usually means they have minute amounts of each in (just so they can write it on the label) and such tiny quantities are not going to work!

Why have a facial?

A single facial can give you instant benefits which will give the skin a healthier and brighter glow but, like most things, regular treatments and homecare is needed to improve the skins texture and elasticity and skin tone. Specific problems such as acne, hyper-pigmentation and dehydration usually need a course of treatments which needs to be tailored to each individual. There are so many products on the market and the advertising is so clever in convincing people it is what they need. But do you? I often find that clients use too many products and products that are definitely not suitable for their skin types, not to mention the expense. I always aim to keep the homecare routine simple but specifically targeted with active and potent ingredients suitable for your skins needs. Choosing and using the correct products in your homecare is vital to maintaining great skin and achieving great results.

Our skin changes with age, the seasons, stress and lifestyle so having your skin professionally evaluated on a regular basis will teach you to a lot about what is good for YOUR skin type.

I would recommend having a facial every 4-6 weeks as this is the time it takes for the skin renewal to take place. Our skin makes new cells in the deeper layers and pushes the dead skin cells towards the surface creating many layers. Sometimes the top layers of dead skin cells do not shed as quickly as we would like and this leaves the skin looking dull or dry. It also prevents the skin from absorbing the active ingredients that we are using to restore the skins balance, or to combat specific problems such as dehydration, ageing, acne and pigmentation.

Cleansing and exfoliation are a major part of a facial but the process for each individual can be very different. Professional strength exfoliation using natural peels and enzymes will smooth the skin and help diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
Every facial includes a relaxing massage of the face, neck and shoulders. The tension in our neck and shoulders tend to build up and can cause us to tense the 43 muscles in our face, aiding the ageing process. The massage will also encourage lymphatic drainage and stimulate circulation bringing oxygen and nutrients to the skin.

I use a targeted serum during the massage as it can penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin and will continue to penetrate whilst a mask treats the upper layers. ….as the mask is doing its work, I treat you to a complimentary relaxing foot or hand massage. The treatment is completed with a suitable moisturizer and your skin is left glowing and revitialized.

Why not book a free consultation to discuss your skins needs and to renew your skins radiance and youthfulness? A lovely relaxing facial is an investment in you and a wonderfully relaxing experience.

Gill x