Tuesday, 2 December 2014

skincare routine and cleanser types

In a previous blog post we wrote about the importance of taking the time to really cleanse our skin, so here is a little list of different cleanses and their uses.

When buying a skin care routine it can be a minefield out there! There are constantly new product launches, new brands appearing and new ‘miracle’ products coming out every other month, and nearly every brand will have their own ‘spin’ on the perfect skin care routine.

So through our experience of being beauty therapists, working with makeup and skincare, personal experience, and hearing and seeing lots of different clients with different routines, genes and skin… here is our advice to you.

Keep it simple.

Your skin needs to be cleaned and moisturised every day twice a day to keep it looking and feeling its best, will benefit from being exfoliated at least once a week, and enjoy a little face mask weekly, fortnightly…or at least once a month.

Then think about all the little extras that can help benefit your skin more… serums, wonder products, brushes etc.

Everyone has different skin, no 2 skin is alike, we all have different flaws, complaints and problems, so not every brand will suit everyone, not every routine will be correct for everyone. You have to know your own skin and know what is best for you, and it can be down to trial and error. We know some ladies who only ever use soap and water and their skin is flawless (Lucky them!!)

When choosing a skin care routine, be aware of how much time you have, how busy you are, and how much time you want to spend on your skin, for example if you are always in a bit of a rush then a 7 step skin care routine will not suit your lifestyle and you will end up wasting half the products and most likely feel like it is more of a chore and a hassle, on the other side if you love indulging that little bit longer on your skin then a 7 step skin care routine will be perfect for you to feel ultimately pampered.

It is down to being honest with yourself and knowing how much time and effort you want to put into your routine.

But if you’re not sure where to start then we suggest investing in a cleanser correct for your skin type, a facial skin exfoliator that you can use at least once to twice a week (some exfoliators you can use on a daily basis, these are much gentler, others will be slightly on the more scrubby side and best to use as directed on the product) and invest in a good day cream and night cream for your skin type. Once you have these basics right and you’re using them regularly and feel they are working for you, then we would suggest looking into any little extra products that can help.

To begin us on our skin care journey here is a list of different cleansers and uses.

The Cream Cleanser – this cleanser is made with added moisturisers within it, these can include vitamins also, while lifting and absorbing impurities and make up on the skin this cleanser also helps to moisturise the skin, leaving it feeling soft without that tight dry feeling, a great cleansing type if you suffer from dry skin. You can apply it with cotton pads, or smooth it onto your face and then use cotton pads to wipe away the excess.

The Gel Cleanser – this cleanser helps to absorb excess oil on the skin while lifting impurities, the lighter lather of this cleanser is more suitable for those with an oilier skin. Gel cleansers generally leave the skin feeling squeaky clean and extra fresh, if your skin is on the drier side this could feel slightly uncomfortable for your skin. With a gel cleanser you would use this with water and gently massage onto your face and then rinse off with water.

The Oil Cleanser – Any skin type can use an oil cleanser, the feeling isn’t for everyone as some people do not like that ‘oily’ feel on their skin, Your skin secretes natural oils on the surface of your skin every day, the idea is that the oil being applied helps lift the dirty old oil that has gathered on the skin, whilst the new fresh oil helps replenish the skin underneath without drying it out and keeps the balance of your skin correct. Oil cleansers are becoming more popular and is a great cleanser if you are looking for more ‘natural’ products

The Foaming Cleanser – these cleanses lather up as you massage them in, lifting impurities and then you rinse them off,  generally with a refreshing 'clean' feel left behind, not as moisturising as a cream cleanser but still a good cleanser for normal to combination/oily skin.

The Misceller water – Miscelles are cleansing agents that form together when put in water, which form crystals which help remove dirt, whilst releasing little pockets of oil to help soften the skin.(this is a very basic explanation) but it is basically a cleanser which is less harsh to the skin while cleansing, as it doesn’t have any added chemicals to it. It is simple, it works, and it cleans the skin, and is fantastic for more sensitive skin types.

The makeup wipe – These cloths have cleansers in them, they are designed more for 'on the go' to carry in your bag when at the gym or for a quick freshen up during the day.  We would never recommend make up wipes as part of a nightly skin care routine, they are great options for when you’re on the go, to keep in your bag or locker.

To cleanse your skin thoroughly we would always recommend doing a light cleanse to first remove the initial make up and impurity build up, then we recommend doing a second cleanse to work on the cleaner skin to help break down any stubborn dirt or make up and leaving the skin feeling cleaner and fresher. We believe you should always give a good few minutes to cleanse your skin on an evening.

We hope you find this useful and that it helps you in the search for your perfect skincare routine!

‘Live in the moment’

Beauty and the Spa

Monday, 1 December 2014

Facial Cleansing

It’s time for bed...and time to cleanse the makeup off....


And we've all been there... its late, you lost track of time, you stayed out an hour or two later than expected...you decided to watch the end of the movie...and now you just want to crawl into bed...generally with the worry of a 7am alarm going off.


So you get in, make the long walk to the bathroom and then…you give your skin the quickest cleanse of its life with the promise that it’s ‘only this once’


The thing is, is that no matter how much you make promises to your skin that you’ll spend longer on it another day, or that you’ll give it a good scrub tomorrow, the layers of foundation, build-up of pollution, dirt and oil that has gathered on your face for the last 17 hours or so…is on your face now. And partially still on your face for the next few hours your sleeping till you shower in the morning.


And we wonder why we are suffering from a breakout or dull and tired looking skin...


To take those few extra minutes (which is nothing when you look at how long you will be asleep or awake for) will make such a difference to your skin! take the time to really work your cleanser into your skin, even use a skin brush and then moisturise it before bed really will give your skin a better chance to help repair and renew itself over night and look brighter, and healthier in the morning.


Just try it!, for the next month (when using a new skincare routine or new products it can take 4-8 weeks for results to show on the skin, as your skin cells renew themselves every 28 days or so) really make a determined effort that no matter how tired you are, how much you need to get to bed just take those few extra minutes to really clean your skin, ensuring all makeup has come off and your skin is squeaky clean before you apply your moisturiser and get into bed.


Let’s see what a difference we see in our skin!


‘Live in the moment’


 Beauty and the Spa

Monday, 3 November 2014

Top tip #2 hand and nail help

Your hands go through a lot which is why they show signs of aging first! 

Sun damage, water, cleaning chemicals, using them as tools, using your nails to open things, the cold weather, wind... All these contribute to how your hands and nails look.

Your hands and nails are also what people notice about you, having dirty nails, picked or chewed nails, dry cuticles, overgrown cuticles...these things never look appealing and are not going to make much of an impression! 

To help your hands and nails look there best only takes a few simple steps that take under a minute to do.

Carry around and use a SPF based hand cream, these can now be bought as non greasy and quickly absorbent, every time you wash your hands rub some hand cream into them to stop your hands from drying out, and keep them soft and supple.

Use a cuticle cream or oil every night before you sleep, keep a bottle by your bed and rub some Into your nails before you sleep. Cuticle cream helps keep your cuticles soft, nourished and can help keep them from over growing, the massage action also helps your nails grow faster! 

Use gloves whenever your washing the dishes, gardening or doing DIY work that could damage your hands! If your using cleaning chemicals then wear gloves to stop the chemicals going on your hands and drying them out.

Treat yourself to regular manicures to help your nails and hands look there best! 


Monday, 27 October 2014

Top tip #1

Skin brushing is a fantastic way to help beat cellulite! 

If your bothered by the dreaded 'orange peel' effect of thighs, hips and bum then invest in a dry body brush! These are not expensive and you can generally get one under £5

In the morning before you shower brush your skin with upwards strokes concentrating on problem areas.

Do this every day and not only will it help improve the appearance of cellulite but you will also help boost your skins circulation, aid in lymphatic drainage which will help remove the build up of toxins and help exfoliate your skin keeping it soft and smooth! 

Beauty and the Spa