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What's the deal with Retinol?

December 15, 2020

Last year I gave my mum the ZO Radical Night Repair. I gave her full instructions, basically...... "slow and steady wins the race"

What she heard was "fast and furious gets the best results"

She used it the first night and when she woke up the next morning she didn't really notice a difference, so that night she slathered it on again. Next morning she thought her skin felt and looked great..... so that night she slathered it on AGAIN.

That next morning she felt quite tight and pink.

The next again morning she was tight, red and shiny.

The next again morning she was starting to flake, was SO tight that she could barely make facial expressions and by day 4 and 5 her face looked like a Danish Pastry.... and that was the end of her retinol journey. Even though I told her she used it incorrectly!

What IS Retinol?

Its a form of Vitamin A. It’s the strongest version of it........ which is available over the counter. Any stronger and a Dr needs to write you a prescription (you may have heard of Tretinion?)

Retinol has many benefits, but its known as the gold standard when it comes to anti aging.  It increases collagen production and improves skin elasticity, it exfoliates, unclogs pores and communicates with the cells and tells them to behave and act “normally”.  As boring as that sounds, in an ideal world you want your skin to act “normal”

The problem is, when you use a high quality potent retinol it takes time for your skin to tolerate it, you cant just slather it on constantly, as eventually you will wake up and your face will be on your pillow 😱

How do you use Retinol?

In general its best to use Retinol at night as UV light degrades it.  Your skin will be more sun sensitive during the day with it on and also night time is when your skin repairs and generates so it makes sense to use your active ingredients during this time

As retinol will make your skin more sun sensitive you must make sure your SPF is ALWAYS on, even on the darkest and coldest winters day.

Even if Retinol DIDN’T make your skin sun sensitive….. why would you go to all that effort in trying to turn back the clock, but not actively preventing future damage?  Its like running on a treadmill and drinking a can of Cola to keep you hydrated while you workout.

For the ZO retinols, its best to use them OVER your Daily Power Defence.  You CAN actually use the ZO Retinols during the day if you like as the retinol in them is stabalised ....... However I still recommend using them at night.

For the first week, apply your retinol just once.  See how your skin reacts in a few days. If its ok then apply it twice the following week. If this is ok, then start applying it on alternating nights. You may find that you get to a point that you can apply it every single night. Everyone is different.  It can take up to 2 months for skin to tolerate Retinol.

It’s a good idea to be exfoliating regularly whilst using retinol as your skin will be regenerating quicker than normal and you need to be sloughing away all this dead flaky skin.

If you are concerned with aging, uneven skin tone, breakouts/acne and dull skin then get Retinol into your skincare routine, it’s a must!

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Cutera Laser Genesis

July 27, 2020

The Cutera XEO machine that I use has an attachment for Nd:YAG that can do a number of different tricks, but one of the best tricks, is that it can do is a facial called "Laser Genesis". A celebrity favourite, and loved by the likes of Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Kendal Jenner, Elle Macpherson and the Victoria Secret models.

It fires out rapid beams of magic into the skin....gently heating up the upper part of the dermis, well below the skins surface..... stimulating collagen and shrinking the abnormal blood vessels

So Its using the non-invasive Nd:YAG laser technology to safely and effectively treat fine line/wrinkles, improve pores, even the skin tone , reduce acne and diffuse redness and scars.

Angelina Jolie describes it as the "Rain Drop Facial" as it feels like warm rain falling on her skin. A lot of clients describe it as feeling like the sun on your face while you sunbathe (tut tut)..... so not painful at all.....very relaxing!

You can expect to see results immediately, with new collagen production after a full skin's cycle (approximately a month) and even more so after each treatment.

The downtime MAY be slight redness for a few hours afterwards.

How does Laser Genesis help with Acne?

I find its a synergy of tactics that treat acne.....

Firstly. the heat from the laser kills the bacteria deep within the skin which will shrink the acne breakouts.

The heat also stimulates collagen, which helps remodel the skin and improve the appearance of the marks left over from the acne.

Kendall Jenner thanks the Laser Genesis for clearing up her skin.... the company got into a little bit bother with her for advertising it everywhere.....without her permission or paying her for any endorsement. I'm sure the publicity they received for it outweighed the trouble they got into LOL.

Combine this treatment in with a great at home skincare routine and changes to your diet/lifestyle then your on to a winner!

The Laser Genesis facials starts from £130. Get in touch to book :-)

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What is the ZO "Fundamental 5"?

July 17, 2020

Dr. Zein Obagi is probably the most famous dermatologist in the world. His definition of "Skin Health" is...... "smooth, even in colour, firm and tight, hydrated, tolerant and free of disease"

He recommends a routine called " The Fundamental 5" which is -

1. Cleanse
2. Tone
3. Hydrate
4. Exfoliation
5. Protection

This is a good basic routine to get into.... and if you like... or feel you need to, then there are other stronger products you can slide into the basic routine.  

This can be retinols, growth factor serums, acids etc.

It really just depends what you still feel you need after using the Fundamental 5.... so it might be more hydration, smoother skin, more control over breakouts, more even colour etc.

When I carry out skin consultations then I make it clear that you don’t NEED to take all 5 products to start. It’s just a suggestion, and you can pick and choose what you think is important..... if your budget doesn't stretch to all these products then don't feel under pressure. But obviously for maximum results - all 5 would be great to use!

So a typical (BASIC) ZO skincare routine would look like this -


* Cleanse with a 5p amount of either the Exfoliating Cleanser, Hydrating Cleanser or Gentle Cleanser.

* Exfoliate using the Exfoliating Polish or the Dual Action Scrub . I use a 10p amount and go down my neck and decolletage. Massage the scrub on damp skin until you turn slightly pink. You would do this step 2-3 times a week.

* Tone. Use either a pad from Complexion Renewal or Oil Control pads.... or saturate a cotton pad with the Balancing Toner.

* Apply 1 pump of the Daily Power Defence.

* Apply 2 pumps of the Smart Tone of half a teaspoon of Daily Sheer. This is your SPF.


* Cleanse with a 5p amount of either the Exfoliating Cleanser, Hydrating Cleanser or Gentle Cleanser. Do this step twice if you are wearing makeup or SPF.

* Tone. Use either a pad from Complexion Renewal or Oil Control pads.... or saturate a cotton pad with the Balancing Toner.

* Apply 1 pump of the Daily Power Defence.

For online consultations then get in touch :-)


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The Skin Geek Hydra Gel Mask

May 11, 2020

This little mask is part of my skin routine every hydrate and pamper in my at home facials during lockdown!

Its a slimy cool rubbery mask ...... p.s contact me if you want me to do any catchy copy writing for your products. My product descriptions are accurate, breezy and attention grabbing 🤣

They come in 2 sections as I could never get a sheet or gel mask to fit my weird shaped face very well. So because or the split design it can mold better to every face shape!

There is also a tonne of serum in the pouch that you can use for days after your mask pamper session...... its the gift that keeps on giving, y'all are welcome.  Just call me Santa ✌

These masks retail at £7

Skin Geek Hydra Gel Mask - £7
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ZO Skin Health Cleansers

May 11, 2020

What ZO Cleanser should I use?

There are 3 cleansers within the ZO range.

This is the 1st step in your "Fundamental 5"

The exfoliating cleanser is for normal to oily skin. Itcontains salicylic acid which soaks up your oil like a sponge and this well as jojoba esters dislodge dead skin and sweep it away.

The hydrating cleanser is for normal to dry skin. Itcontains Allantoin to calm and soothe the skin and sodium hyaluronate......which is a water-soluble salt form of hyaluronic acid but it has is a smallermolecular structure so it penetrates the skin better to hydrate.  

The gentle cleanser is for all skin types. This is thecleanser I use in my facials. Its great for removing makeup. It contains sodiumlauroyl oat amino acid which cleanses the skin but helps soothe and protect thenatural barrier.  

All cleansers should be used morning and night.

You only need a 5p amount,  so they should last months…. very economical :-)

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ZO Acne Control

May 11, 2020

Breakouts driving you nuts?

Try adding "Benzoyl Peroxide" to your skincare routine!

If you have ever been to the Dr about your skin then you might recognise the name as its in Acnecide (5% Benzoyl Peroxide)

There isnt a wide choice of products available with this ingredient, but look out for it.

I ALWAYS have this ZO one in my bathroom. Whenever i get a breakout then i apply this.

I also put a thin layer on my nose every 3 nights before i go to bed to clear out my pores and it works the best at keeping my nose oil free and blackhead free.

According to The American Academy of Pediatrics - "Benzoyl Peroxide is the most effective acne-fighting ingredient available without a prescription. In addition to removing excess oil and dead skin cells, it helps kill acne-causing bacteria beneath the skin" (copied)

So it kills bacteria, sooks up oil and exfoliates.... boom! Does everything you need for pesky spots and blackheads.

If anyone understands how ZO Skinhealth works..... I recommend the "Fundamental 5" , which is 5 basic steps for an easy skincare routine. Then "add ons" ..... so Acne Control (10% Benzoyl Peroxide) is an "add on" and compliments your at home routine for working towards amazing skin.

Simple 👌

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ZO Complexion Renewal Pads

May 11, 2020

The ZO Complexion Renewal Pads are the "toner" stage in your skincare routine.

1 of 3 "toner" options from the ZO Skin Health brand.

They are a dual action exfoliation step...... textured pads, which are soaked in Salicylic and Glycolic acid and Botanical Extracts.

They eat dead skin to prevent clogged pores, soak up oil.... to reduce the amount lurking about in your pores and on the surface..... and after all this.... they can also calm and soothe irritated skin.

Salicylic acid is one of my favourite ingredients - it LOVES oil... so if you HATE oil then this is the acid you want to add into your routine!

In the background is the Oil Control pads.... just the same but 5 times stronger 💪

These will make your skin feel fresh, smooth and bright!

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Is Coconut Oil good for your skin?

March 30, 2020

Can I use Coconut Oil as my skincare routine?

I get asked this a lot!

I say put this in your coffee or your stir fries... not on your face.

This isnt a bash at coconut oil, before the coconut oil police go into a rage 😁

If coconut oil works for you, then great,  keep using it.

But just because Shirley at work tells you she uses it for removing her makeup, moisturizing her face and using it as an aphrodisiac then it doesnt mean you and your other 15 workmates should use it.

Coconut oil is highly comedogenic.... in fact its one of the worst oils to use on your face. There are better ones to use if you really want to use an oil - Rosehip, Argan and Jojoba are good to use.

If you have DRY skin then it may not be the absolute worst thing in the world to use as its leaves a barrier on the skin.... or some may say (me) it suffocates it.  So stops any moisture from escaping. It will make the skin feel oily (obviously) and more comfortable.

Since the majority of people I see are concerned with either acne, breakouts or rosacea..... then 9 out of 10 of them improve their skin when they stop the coconut oil and use a sensible skincare routine for their concerns.

They say it is antibacterial..... but there are better natural alternatives if you want to go down the natural route.

So that's my opinion..... and its my page, so Shirley before you tell me how its changed you and your 16 workmates skin/life.... then I don't wanna know! Beat it 😂

PS - Shirley,  I dont want to hear your Honey stories either... I dont want to block you.... You keep my life interesting. When you share my posts to give a natural equivalent.... you drive people to my page, so for that - I thank you 🙏

PPS-  Shirley i hope you find £20 on the street today ❤

PPPS - Shirley , buy a face wash with it ❤

** I dont keep coconut oil in my bathroom... im trying to keep my pictures visually consistent 😂

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ZO at-home peel

March 30, 2020

Let me introduce you to the ZO at home peel.....using the ZO Advanced Radical Night Repair

For a lot of people, they are missing their monthly fix for facials with being stuck in the house...... I know there are more important things going on, but for some its still important.

First of all, this isn't for the faint hearted, it will take you either 3 or 5 days to complete the application of it and you will shed like no ones business..... and be red too.

I tell my clients they have the option of doing this peel when they use the ZO Advanced Radical Night Repair, but unless you are happy to be going into work and just being amongst the general public then it doesn't suit a lot of people.

I'm going to be in the house with my kids..... and any clients that see me wont be too alarmed as they have probably seen it before 😁

Second of all.... when I talk about the "Fundamental 5" and you have no clue what im talking about, then this peel isnt for you. You need to have "prepped" your skin in advanced for this. So for many of you, you have been doing this for a long time and arent even aware that you were doing it!

You are basically going to be carrying on with your "Fundamental 5" morning and night as usual..... BUT you are going to be applying 5 pumps of the Advanced Radical Night Repair OVER your Daily Power Defence.

For most of you, you will be using this "ARNR" once or twice a week anyway and at the beginning you want to go into hiding after day 3 because you shed a wee bit. Now imagine putting 3-5 times the amount on day AND night for 3- 5 DAYS.... eeek!

For most of you I'd say do it for the 3 days, unless you are hardcore and properly want to resurface the heck out of your face.

Things will be nice and dandy for a couple of days.... but due to the time delay with this retinol... BOOM, you start to shed and look red, your skin will feel tight too. That's just the beginning.  It will carry on like this for a few days. But thats where the ZO Renewal Cream comes in handy, as its hydrating and calming and this will be your "moisturiser" until you look like a normal human being again.

Once you have got over the snake face then you will be brighter,  smoother, tighter and younger looking!

Do this peel 2-4 times a year if you have the time for it, its a fantastic way of maintaining the health of your skin.

REMEMBER: SPF is extremely important!

This peel is adaptable for each client, so if you want to do it then message me and i can give you an exact protocol for you, as I will know your skin.

I will be doing this too so i will share my updates ❤

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When things go wrong in the salon

January 12, 2020

When things go wrong in the salon 😰

Here is a picture of me sleeping.... this was on a flight to Amsterdam for my Sister in laws hen weekend a few years ago.

Its certainly not the most attractive picture in the world 😂 BUT if you zoom in to my eyebrows you will see that ive got burn marks. This was from waxing.

Why did this happen? Because id been using retinol... not only do i have a little bit in my eyecream but i had been using it at night in a cream form too and when i really think about how i apply my products..... I over lap them, so im covering my eyebrows too.... double retinol just below my eyebrows 👀

I didn't think to mention that id be going crazy with the retinol application , the wax came off - i was burnt 🙈. Did i blame the therapist? Nope not at all. These things happen.

I was teaching today for fab therapists and we were all talking about mistakes we had made.... the thing that the therapists had noticed.... was an increase in eyebrow/top lip burning.

Nowadays we are using products with acids and retinol/retinoids etc in them. Our skincare is much stronger. Years ago when i did waxing this wasnt something i worried about as none of my clients probably would be using skincare like that.

Now, probably 50% of my clients are using retinols, acids....

The upside of this is, we are all looking younger and fresher and the deeper part of our skin will be thicker.... but the OUTER part of our skin will be thinner.  Our skin cells are less likely to "stick together", so we can shed them easier/quicker

So because of this, when we rip wax off the skin, it causes the skin to come off deeper than it should, causing irritation or burning.

Some will say "well the therapist should be checking at every appointment" LETS BE REAL.... we see so many clients in a day. Even asking "has anything changed in your consultation form"? Probably wont trigger your client to think "yeah my new serum has glycolic acid/retinol in it"

We are only human and things happen.

Next time something goes wrong.... could it be your fault?😂😂😂😂 Are you on medication that thins the skin? New skincare? Have you been to the sunbeds? Just jumped out a hot bath?

Fess up people!

In the beauty therapy world its  "ALWAYS THE CLIENTS FAULT" 😂😂😂 we just dont say this to your face, but we are NEVER wrong, we are super human with super human powers. Our capes are just invisible 🦸‍

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Vaginal Tightening treatment tested!

June 23, 2019

"No, I don't want a tighter vagina"

- said no woman ever.

A non-surgical procedure for vaginal tightening is the new godsend to woman…… ask any woman that has visited her Doctor about her vajayjay not playing the game. It’s a lengthy process to get the surgery they need and some never get referred for it.  A Doctor won’t send you away for an instant fanny op! No, you will sit tight (excuse the pun) and probably be sent to physio first. Surgery will be the last option.

This means that for a lot of woman they live in fear of being the mum that smells of pee, the lassie that always wears black from the waist down, or even the gym bunny that's responsible for keeping sanitory towel companies in business as she won’t go near a gym without wearing a pad.

A treatment like FemiWand could be the answer for a LOT of ladies. It’s not the cheapest option in the world for your tightening needs, but if you can afford it and want to bypass the timescale and visits to the GP then it’s the perfect solution.

When Ruth from Bio Clinic told me she was offering this treatment, I wasn’t surprised. A nurse for many years and an advocate for woman’s wellness, health and happiness. She is one of the loveliest people you could meet…… and the perfect person to be tightening up your lady parts!

When she suggested regular visits to Skin Geek to carry out the FemiWand treatment then I jumped at the chance. Offering the newest,hippest and trendiest treatment for 2019 is right up my street, and if it makes me a hero….. then we don’t all wear capes!

Confession: I’ve never done a single kegel exercise in my life! I’m not walking about 24 hours a day dribbling pee, I can exercise without a pad and I can jump on a trampoline (as long as i've not downed a 2 litre bottle of Highland Spring)..…. But i'm also not clamping down on my husband’s penis like a venus fly trap while he screams in pain and begs to be set free.

Although, when I need a pee…. I need a pee! Gone are the days where I could need a pee for hours and hold it in.

As I type this its been just over 6 weeks since I had the FemiWand treatment. Ruth advised me that it takes up to 3 months to get the full effect. You can have the "superficial tightening" or the "muscular tightening". I didn't pay for the treatment....but if I did then I would still opt for the "muscular"..... its an extra £100 but its the most agressive treatment, and the superficial is included in it anyway. I say go big or go home............but hmmm is the aim not "go small or go home?" anyyyyywaaaayyyyy......

Do I notice any difference so far? Yes I do! When I'm out and need the toilet, I'm not aimlessly searching for the nearest loo. I can hold it in, If I pass a toilet, then cool, if not then i'm not dreaming up scenarios in my head of me peeing myself while people stand about recording me on their phones to then upload and mock me on Facebook! I also notice another difference.... I will come to that.

So, just before my treatment, Ruth gets me to fill in a consultation and explains the treatment to me. She tells me it can take 2 treatments for some people, but you have to wait the full 3 months before she can assess you again as the final result can take this time.

So she sets up the wand. She glances at me.... to possibly read my face while I look at the size of the wand which will be inserted into me for 20 minutes. Now I don't want to brag to y'all, but it doesn't faze me in the slightest....I'm possibly being spoilt at home. Stand up and take a bow Mr Russell.

She inserts the wand and we chat about everything and anything. I feel like i'm just meeting a friend for coffee and almost forget there is something turning around and around inside me belting out laser beams. Well that's a bit of an exagerration - its High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). I feel nothing. In fact, all in, it was a pleasant way to spend an hour!

The downtime was zero as well. I went straight back to work, tending to faces for the next 8 hours

The price for this treatment is £395 for the superfiicial treatment or £495 for the muscular

So, the question I get asked a lot is "does your husband notice a difference?" and the answer is yes! Sorry mum!!

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Microneedling explained

October 21, 2018

What is Microneedling and what are the benefits to my skin?

No matter which method of “Microneedling” (rollering or electric pen) is used, the concept is the same – microscopic needles are moved over the skin at a chosen depth creating tiny punctures in the skin to stimulate the skins own healing response.


So whether you have had Derma Rollering on your full face or a more localised area (smokers ​​lines) using a cartridge of clustered needles, then the skin’s response to it is the same.


As the needles penetrate the skin they produce tiny microscopic traumas.


As the skin reacts, tiny electrical signals are released and cause a chain of events…..or a wound healing response. Essential enzymes,proteins and cell regenerated tissues are discharged, stimulating a regenerative process.


This treatment stimulates the skin to regenerate and repair itself safely and naturally, creating smoother, brighter, healthier, younger-looking skin.


 Your skin is absorbing topical serums/creams thousands of times more than it normally does (more so DURING the treatment) so please follow the aftercare advice carefully.


During microneedling your skin screams out "wholly shit I'm getting attacked!!!" And goes into overdrive to heal itself by producing extra collagen and elastin.


Then your skin soon screams out "wholly shit I'm in my 20/30's again....i can't remember the last time I had this much collagen and elastin having a big party in my face!!!"

When your skin starts repairing itself at an abnormal rate, it gets smoother, firmer and plumps up!


The magic doesn't stop there.....for a little window of time those little micro tunnels in your skin that have been temporarily created serve a purpose too..... I apply a little cocktail of Hyaluronic, Vitamin C....(and depending on your skin concerns)...... other little amazing potent ingredients to bring your skin into super stardom


I'm not going to lie to you - you will leave looking like you have been to the Caribbean for a fortnight and forgot your spf!

BUT if you leave looking the same colour as you came in then I've not done my job and you have just spent the worst money of your life, this inflammation is what is doing all the work.... just let it do its thing!

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Here is how I will get rid of my Pigmentation!

August 23, 2018

Here is why pigmentation really gets on my goat!

Scientists believe that when you have pigmentation then people subconsciously perceive you to be older. So 2 people aged 40 - one has more fine lines/wrinkles.... one has more pigmentation. Our eyes tell us the pigmented person is the older one.

This post is what I'M DOING to shift it..... everyone is different. So if you are reading this and ive gave you different advice then its because we have different skin... and possibly different pigmentation.

Im not long back from my holidays so just now my face looks like a Delia Smith Marble Cake..... and as delicious as i look 

😂 when my pigmentation rears its ugly head i think i look dirty..... and im the queen of face cleansing 👑 trust me, so its perfectly clean!

There are many different types of pigmentation..... freckles, melasma, sun spots/liver spots and post inflammatory pigmentation (marks left from acne, damage left from clinical treatments etc).

I have Melasma.

Here is the thing with pigmentation..... what the hell gave you it??? Remove the cause and BOOM, bobs your uncle and its away...... its not as simple as that.

Melasma is (usually) caused by genetics, hormones.... the pill, pregnancy blah blah blah and its triggered by UV exposure. Here is too much information - ive been on all different types of contraception for most of my adult life, im a kick in the arse away from 40 so im having my coil removed soon and my husband is getting the snip (i told you it was tmi). My baby making days are over so im hoping with this metal getting removed from my body and my new treatment plan it will help.

It can also be a lifelong battle... so its something you need to keep on top of.

Im also a big believer that most skin issues can come from gut issues...... so i will do a gut cleanse too.

I am using ZO skin health.... mostly the medical products. I will be using a salicylic cleanser, complexion pads, daily.power defence, retinol skin brigntener 1%, wrinkle + texture repair,.glycogent and daily sheer spf.

Excessive you might say. But with makeup i believe less is more...... and with skincare i believe more is more 😂.

This protocol may not suit everyone's budget. If you are interested in my new GLO PEELS then the LEAST you will need is a professional cleanser, a treatment (retinol etc) and an spf.......this is the very least you need to prep your skin.


Now that I've started my home care..... i do my professional treatments......

I am now offering 5 different levels of peels. From very superficial that you could get every week or so (if you like), up to a MUCH deeper peel that you would get only once or twice a year, and there is down time with this.

You need to start mild as well as the at home prep and work your way up.

Since i have been prepping already and had a couple of peels..... IF i tolerate all the peels im planning on then i SHOULD be ready for level 5 in November....... just in time to have it done by Sara Smith from wigmore medical at my clinic in front of you all 

You get to see whats involved and can have a good close up look at my results from level 1,2,3 and 4 😍.

There is more than 1 way to skin a cat as they say. Ive already went down the ZO hydroquinone route...... i just couldn't take the constant down time and didnt have 8 weeks without a wedding/party etc and kept stopping and starting.

I would also have been interested in Q Switch Laser.... but this is the routine im choosing because its something i can offer to YOU so i need to prove it works! Pressure!

So there you go! We are leaving the summer behind and now its time to up our game with skin care. I've shifted my really dark patches on my forehead and top lip in the last couple of years.... and ready to marbled patches at the side of my face now and this routine will do it- so watch this space!

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Is being happy good for your skin?

June 26, 2018

The happier you are..... the better everything about you looks.... Including your skin. Who agrees with me?

You can cleanse and tone til the cows come home but your emotions have powerful effects on the skin and body. Worry and stress have been shown to alter hormone levels, and are linked to all different skin conditions. It speeds up the aging process. The fact that stressing is aging me.... is stressing me out!

I know what stress does first hand..... Here is a weird thing.... when I'm stressed I get a really itchy face. Tell me some bad news and the first thing I do is start to scratch my face and neck. It's how my husband knows I'm thinking of things way too deeply than i should. Then give it some time and I look grey and tired too. My hair never sits right either. I don't eat great and I don't sleep well. It's all in synergy. No one has a natural radiance about them when they are stressed out of there box, and it definitely makes you look older.

We all need a "bit" of stress , it keeps us on our toes, but happiness and contentment can literally make skin radiant..... it might be the best-kept beauty secret of all. People tell me their skin is better on holiday as the sun is good for it.... a tiny bit of that is true, as believe it or not I DO think we need the sun (Just not factor 2 and falling asleep in it all day at the beach). But we have less stress on holiday, we are chilling out, spending time with loved ones, laughing more and having great experiences.

I wish i could bottle happiness and contentment and sell it, but I can't. Mental health is a massive issue and there are lots of different reasons why people can't be as happy as they want to be and why we get stressed over things (a lot of the time) that just don't matter.

Here is a really annoying thing to say, I'm generally a happy person! I've had a few wobbles and got really upset over silly things that's took me a month to get over, but I just lost 30 days out of my life that I won't get back. 

When I brought dermaplaning to the UK and began eventually teaching it, I was feeling on top of the world for ages, I was the only one doing it and naively thought it would be like that forever .... then when others started to teach it and I was introduced to the dog eat dog world of business I came down with a bang! Why is she being so mean and sneaky?? But I soon realised.... People don't sit about and plan to destroy you(99% don't) . These people want the best for themselves too. They have mouths to feed too and everyone just wants to better themselves in some way. That's just life. Worrying about all that is really bad for my complexion 

I don't know if it's an age thing but I generally don't care about a lot of things that's not worth caring about anymore 

I've learned that I'm not pizza and I can't please everyone. I 100% believe everything happens for a reason, so I try and put a positive spin on things. Nearly all the bad things that have happened to me have happened for a reason and I think back and say "holy shit I'm so grateful for that now" there is always a chain of events that link you to amazing things. There are a select few that know the extent of this paragraph for me.In the next few days I'll be posting more about skincare and the physical differences you can achieve with making changes to your daily regime. Because after this big post I'm not about to start thinking happy thoughts to get rid of my pigmentation 

Although a smiling sundamaged face is better that a crabbit one! 

But the truth is, some people feel genuinely sad about their skin....when everything else in life is going great for them. Conditions like acne can really have a negative impact on them. But I want to end this by saying , I don't recommend things that people don't need. I hope some of you will agree that I say things like "You look amazing, just keep doing what your doing" and "You have an internal issue going on, skincare won't take this away... Here is a number for someone that can help you"

No one wants to look old, just look the very best version of yourself. Use good skincare, get a bit of fillers in your lips if it makes you happy..... stuff what others say! come for facials if you enjoy it, get More sleep, eat better, instead of buying a designer bag.... book a naughty weekend away with your partner, drink more water etc etc etc. 

Next time you see someone's selfie on Facebook or Instagram and you think they look perfect and you compare yourself to them ... trust me they aren't perfect. They might have a 3rd nipple or something!!

Getting old is a privilege denied to many so try and feel grateful that you have developed another line around your eyes.... don't stress I'll be here to soften it !

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What facials do the Towie girls have?

March 23, 2018

This month was my first visit to Chloe's Beauty Bar in Brentwood Essex.  A popular haunt for the cast of TOWIE.

It is regularly visited by the likes of Amber Dowding, Gemma Collins, Danni Armstrong, Georgia Kousoulou and Frankie Essex to name a few.

A lot of Chloe's good friends and clients got to try out Dermaplaning for the first time.

Except Frankie..... she is a massive fan of Dermaplaning and convinced a lot of the girls to give it a try.

Most of them had my signature dermaplaning facial! This includes an Enzyme, Oxygen infusion and Iced hyaluronic mask. This costs £99 and leaves your face feeling super smooth, bright, refreshed and camera ready.

Dermaplaning at Chloe's Beauty Bar

Incase you don't know what dermaplaning is - then its an amazing exfoliation using a little blade. It gently removes the top dead layer of skin peach fuzz. Not only is it fantastic for keeping skin in tip top condition but it gives an incredible flawless finish.... which was done just in time for the girls shooting the first few episodes of TOWIE.

Nicola xx

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What is Dermaplaning?

February 23, 2018

What exactly is Dermaplaning? 


The boring explanation is...

"The controlled scraping of the skin using a sterile, surgical blade held at a 45 degree angle for the removal of keratinized cells on the outer corneum and the fine vellous hair"

 Doesn't sound very exciting does it? 

 To explain it better..... its an amazing physical exfoliation using a little blade to gently "shave" away the outer layer of dead skin. The secondary bonus about this treatment is that it also removes the fine vellus "fluffy" hair. 

What removing this layer of dead skin and peach fuzz does is basically giving you the smoothest skin you have ever had!

What should you expect during dermaplaning?

A surprisingly relaxing facial! 

Who knew that taking a scalpel to your face would feel so lovely? Depending on what kind of dermaplaning facial you ask for then the actual "dermaplaning" only takes about 15 minutes. The "bells and whistles" that compliment it, make it extra special. 

The majority of my clients like the basic "Dermaplaning and Enzyme", sometimes keeping it simple is best!

Skin Geek Dermaplaning

What are the benefits of Dermaplaning?

1. For one..... you will have super smooth skin. Frighteningly smooth.

2.It will GLOW like its never before.

3. Your skincare products will absorb soooooo much better (my personal favourite). You wouldn't believe how absorbent all that dead skin and peach fuzz is. 

What a waste of a good serum or moisturiser! 

Waste no more, its getting to work now and working hard for the money you spent on it.

4. Your makeup will look FLAWLESS. Its has a blank canvas to lay on now. You will be camera ready in no time at all.

5. Its a great prep for further treatments you may get in the clinic. Face peels, masks, enzymes..... the list goes on.

6. It minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Need anymore convincing?

Does Dermaplaning make the hair grow back thicker?

Does Dermaplaning change the hair growth?


Just kidding..... this would be my worst nightmare.

But I can safely say that after 2 and a half years of having it done, my hair is no different.... Its not thicker, darker or longer. In fact if you google it then you will see that its physiologically impossible for shaving to change the hair in anyway. Hormones do that.... not shaving :-)

Your hair will just grow back the same. 

I wont lie.... if you have a lot of "terminal" hair (the pesky thicker darker hairs), like the ones you have on your top lip.... and the random 3 I have on my chin, then these will feel stubbly. This to me is common sense, and I hope I don't offend by saying this! So if you want to.... then get this hair waxed or threaded if you normally do and leave the fluffy hair to be dermaplaned off. 

If you have a lot of terminal hair all over your face then sadly dermaplaning may not be for you. You just won't like the feeling of it growing back. I don't like making people feel sad. It makes me sad.


How often can you have Dermaplaning?

Generally every month..... otherwise you wont have any skin and hair to remove! 

The average person sheds millions of dead skin cells every day. GROSS. Did you know that all this dead skin is contributing to the dust in your house? I'm helping this problem...... you are welcome :-)

Your skin is protective, waterproof and very handy to have intact. Don't get dermaplaning carried out too often. Your face wont like it, trust me.


Cost of Dermaplaning?

My prices start from £65.

I brought the treatment over to the UK, I was the first to teach it, I've taught over 500 talented techs, i've carried out thousands of them ..... blah blah blah blah .... I dont need to convince you. If you would like this treatment done, then AMAZING, give us a call on 01324 306018. If not then thanks for reading this blog and no hard feelings ;-)

Nicola xx




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