Luxury New Winter Treatments

New Winter Treatments

As the winter season approaches so does the onset of environmental changes to our skin’s condition which can lead to a whole range of uncomfortable issues. Icy cold winds and subzero temperatures strip vital lipids from the skin resulting in dryness, flakiness and a lackluster dull appearance. The inside environment has little moisture in the air as we crank up the central heating which can leave skin feeling tight and with more fine lines. These temperature fluctuations can lead to sensitivity as we move from freezing cold outside to warm and toasty inside leading to impairment of the skins natural barrier function.  The lips are particularly prone to dryness at this time of year, with flaking and chapping leaving them sore and sensitive.

Winter Rescue Facial – details here

YuleTide De Stress Treatment – details here

Men’s Grooming and Skincare Facial

Men's Grooming

Men’s grooming is becoming increasingly popular. Whilst most of my clients are ladies I do have a growing number of men enquiring about treatments such as skincare facials and relaxing massage.

A new male client has started visiting me once a month for a facial. He’s kindly written up a review of his experience of the treatment which I thought I would share with you. It’s partly to show the process (I did have to remind him of some of the steps of the process!). It is also to highlight the benefits to men who may not typically consider skincare or relaxation as part of a regular routine. Thanks for the review!

I’d never had a skincare facial before. To be honest, I didn’t really know what was involved. I’d met Gill through networking and she’d mentioned her treatments at the Lilyann Beauty Room. I liked the sound of the facial – mainly because it was a way of taking a short amount of time out of the day to relax. I don’t know who the normal client is for this kind of treatment – but I will say I am ‘bloke in my mid 40s’ and not someone who spends much time (any time!) in front of the mirror.

Anyway, I booked an appointment with Gill and visited her beauty room on the top floor of Acklam Hall. The room itself is a very welcoming and comfortable. The lights are turned down low, candles burning and generally a calming and relaxing feel to the place. Gill is very friendly and easy to get on with which is great. It would be easy to feel a bit awkward in this situation (for me anyway as someone who isn’t exactly a regular for beauty treatments).

The treatment starts with you lying down on the massage table and being wrapped in a pre-warmed blanket. This was very nice to start making you feel pampered and relaxed straight away. Gill started with a general cleansing using lemongrass and aloe vera (she told me so I am repeating it to you now!). The lemongrass feels great on your skin and is cleansing. The aloe vera I gather is used to soothe the skin afterwards. The treatment also involves some exfoliation with peach kernal granules to deal with dead skin cells. A rosehip and avocado oil is also using the provide nutrients for the skin. Hot towels are then wrapped round your face which, again, is a really nice warming feeling.

All of this definitely makes your skin feel better. However, the best part of the treatment is the gentle facial and neck massage. Whilst all of the parts of the treatment are going on you are really just relaxing which is great. I gather the massage ensures the oil is fully absorbed into the skin but it’s just a pleasant experience and you just drift off into a relaxed state. The final stage of the treatment uses a sandalwood balm to seal in the moisture.

After a brief pause following the treatment you’re allowed to get up ready to face the world again with your newly freshened skin.

How does it feel afterwards? Great to be honest. Certainly relaxed and your skin definitely looks fresher and brighter. It was just a nice way to take an hour or so out of your day/week/month and to spend a little time on yourself. I can see the appeal and it’s clear why so many women enjoy these kind of treatments. They are great for men too! I’ve booked a regular monthly treatment now. I won’t necessarily end up looking like Brad Pitt or Jonny Depp but it certainly makes me feel good – which is worthwhile in itself. Thanks Gill for the treatment – 100% recommended!”


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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