DON’T LET YOUR SKINCARE REGIME SLIP
It’s important not to let your skincare regime slip. I’ve been exfoliating regularly with a microfoliant, which is gentle enough to use daily, so I start off with that first thing in the morning. To multitask I will normally apply a face masque a couple times a week but put it on when getting into the shower or bath and that way I can leave it on a bit longer! Make sure you rinse off thoroughly and then apply moisturiser or sunscreen or a combo depending on if you are going to be able to get any sun’s rays!.
Joking aside, UV is always present so good to put SPF on daily to prevent premature ageing.
I like to use two different types of face masque, one to deeply hydrate, you could make your own version if you had Aloe Vera Gel and a couple of drops of pure essential Lavender oil. Be careful not to get into your eyes, but this is a lovely calming soothing hydrating masque. The other masque I use is purifying and made of the clays of Kaolin and Bentonite, it helps to absorb excess oil and leaves skin feeling clean and fresh. I only leave it on for 5-10 minutes as otherwise it could be too intense.
Ellipse IPL Treatments
Hair Removal & Acne Treatment
Now available for 16 years and older. The Ellipse IPL System permanently reduces unwanted hair, targets acne breakouts and the scarring caused by acne, can reduce thread veins, high colour, help with Rosacea, Pigmentation, enlarged pores and skin rejuvenation.
Thread Vein Removal
Reduce your thread veins and high colour with the IPL treatment. The light is attracted to your Haemoglobin within your blood causing a heat reaction which cauterises the capillaries and breaks down the wall of the vessel.
Treat your pigment and age spots with the IPL system. The light is attracted to the melanin in the pigment, heats it and brings the pigment up to the surface, your skin will then naturally shed those skin cells with in the next two week leaving the pigment lighter and giving you a more even skin tone.
All of the above treatments require a Consultation and Patch test, which must be carried out 24 hours before your first session.
How does acne impacts all ages?
Acne is undoubtedly one of the most common disorders to be treated by dermatologists.
As a skin care therapist we can really help with dealing with the condition. It is estimated that more than 90% of the world’s population is affected by acne at some point in their lives.
Although acne is more commonly associated with teenagers, it actually affects many in adult life on and off for many years. It maybe classed as a skin disorder but it has also been linked to both emotional and psychological problems, such as low self esteem and depression. It effects women and men of all ages and in adults can be really painful. Many causes can be linked to hormones, stress, diet, health and lifestyle and skin sensitivity. Using the wrong products can worsen the condition.
Depending on the severity, it may be advisable to seek professional medical guidance to ensure they receive the correct treatment for the seriousness of the problem. In the skincare salon, we can offer treatments to exfoliate, help remove excess sebum, calm the skin if inflamed and create a customised homecare routine. Using topical products to help boost exfoliation, stop the build up of dead skin cells and reduce the chance of scarring.
We have also found the use of our Intense Pulse Light has been extremely effective at helping to treat acne and reduce scarring by encouraging the production of the skins own collagen.
It is so rewarding to help someone improve their skin’s health and condition and make them feel more positive about them self.
Muscle Knots and How To Treat Them
We often hear the phrase, ‘I’m all knotted up’ or ‘ I have a huge knot in my shoulder’.But do we actually know what this means?
Muscle fibres run in different directions in our body and they are layered on top of each other in a kind of criss-cross pattern. This enables us to bend, stretch and twist with ease.
These muscles are designed to be pliable, strong and stretched. If however, we sit for long periods of time, suffer from an injury, play repetitive sports, or become chronically dehydrated we are putting the same muscles under strain.
Muscle fibres start to stick to each other and become adhered. This hard, lumpy feeling is a muscle knot, also called a tension knot. Chronic stress of the muscle cause micro- tearing of the muscles tissue, which creates a scar. Unfortunately, if this is left untreated the muscle tissue loses elasticity, the blood supply becomes restricted to the area causing muscle wastage.
Massage is a great way to help keep muscles healthy, pliable and oxygenated. It will help to break down the tension knots, so not only is it a relaxing treatment it can also be used as prevention.
Important things to remember are:
1) Keep moving, don’t sit for too long in same position putting stress on muscles.
2) Exercise regularly. Drink plenty of water.
3) Stress and lack of sleep are something we all need to improve on.
So to summarise, move around, get a massage, go to bed earlier, drink more water and your body will thank you!