The Gorgeous Guide to Exfoliation

The Gorgeous Guide to Exfoliation

Exfoliation: Benefits & Methods

Understanding how exfoliation works will give you a key to improving your skin and giving you a glowing and brightened complexion.

Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells and debris from the skin surface via physical or mechanical products (scrubs) or through chemical products (acids/peels).  Both will give a similar outcome but for some skins, heavier physical products may be too aggressive and can lead to a breakdown in the skin’s barrier.  Clearing away the old skin surface brightens the surface of the skin and helps shed dull, tired cells and will help to encourage new cellular growth and stimulates collagen production, a huge benefit for older skins.

Here are 7 benefits of Exfoliation:

  1. It helps clear pores so great for congested skin.
  2. If you suffer from acne prone skin, exfoliation is a great way to remove particles that can add to the skin’s bacteria levels.
  3. A clear skin allows your other products to absorb better.
  4. Gives an improved and more even skin tone.
  5. Circulation boosting which brings more nutrients to the skin encouraging healthier cell growth and improves lymphatic drainage which takes away toxins and waste.
  6. Cell renewal increases which means that your complexion will improve and can reduce visible signs of ageing.
  7. Collagen stimulating which will plump the skin giving you a firmer and more toned appearance.  Great for anti-ageing.

So, you can see that exfoliation why is this capitalised has some amazing benefits for all skin types, young or old and not dependent on skin type.  It really is an essential to keeping your skin looking good at any time in your life.

How much exfoliation is too much?

Traditionally, it was always advised as a once a week treatment; however, with changes to products and a better understanding, it is now felt by many dermatologists and cosmetic experts that the skin is able to withstand 2-3 times a week and as you age increasing exfoliation to this kind of level should be expected to encourage cell renewal as the body slows down it’s natural cell turnover hence the dull, tired and ageing feeling many women feel occurs. Taking professional advice in a consultation will give you a clear idea of your skin’s needs and how exfoliation can benefit you.

Too much exfoliation or misuse of products can lead to breaking down the skin’s barrier or even making the skin react by protecting itself and toughening the surface. 

What exfoliation products & treatments are best for me?

This is where your professional beauty therapist or salon comes in.  We study skin for a living and can help prescribe products that will give you the best result.  Here are the options available as both retail purchases at Gorgeous or treatments that you can book to top up and enhance your home care exfoliations.  If you have specific areas of concern salon treatments will be the best solution to tackle ongoing conditions or problems such as pigmentation/age spots, scarring reduction for general scars or acne, reduction in visible signs of ageing and more.

Please Note: Microdermabrasion and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) can increase skin sensitivity to the sun and therefore the risk of sunburns and post-treatment hyperpigmentation. Use sun protection, wear protective clothes and limit sun exposure while using these products and treatments.

So, you can see that exfoliation why is this capitalised has some amazing benefits for all skin types, young or old and not dependent on skin type.  It really is an essential to keeping your skin looking good at any time in your life.

 

Exfoliation products available at Goreous

 

[comfort zone] Essential Scrub Illuminating and Refining £30

96% natural-origin ingredients

 

Two dimensional mechanical exfoliant which removes impurities and refines the pores. Reawakens skin luminosity, leaving the skin soft and smooth.  For all skin, especially those more impure, oily and resistant.

INGREDIENTS & BENEFITS

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
PURE SILICA PARTICLES
JOJOBA SPHERES
BETAINE

BENEFITS
BI-DIMENSIONAL MECHANICAL EXFOLIATION.
IDEAL FOR IMPURE SKIN
WITH NATURAL SPHERES

[comfort zone] Essential Peeling Delicate Enzymatic Mask £30

93% natural-origin ingredients

Exfoliant-mask to eliminate impurities, superficial dead skin cells and excess sebum thanks to the delicate enzymatic action. Reawakens luminosity, leaving the skin soft and smooth. Ideal for sensitive skin, particularly suggested for cold climate

INGREDIENTS & BENEFITS

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
BROMELAIN 
BETAINE

BENEFITS
EXFOLIATING PEELING ACTION.
IDEAL FOR SENSITIVE SKIN.

[comfort zone] Sublime Skin Peel Pads (14 pads) £36

96% natural-origin ingredients

Two dimensional mechanical exfoliant which removes impurities and refines the pores. Reawakens skin luminosity, leaving the skin soft and smooth.  For all skin, especially those more impure, oily and resistant.

INGREDIENTS & BENEFITS

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
GLYCOLIC ACID (2.5%) 
GLUCONOLACTONE (4%)
VITAMIN C STABILIZED
VITAMIN PP (3%)

BENEFITS
DOUBLE ACTIONS, MECHANICAL AND CHEMICAL SCRUBS.
SMOOTH AND BRIGHT SKIN.
HANDY AND HYGIENIC SINGLE-DOSE.
PROMOTE CELLULAR SURFACE TURNOVER ELIMINATES DEAD CELLS.

RECOMMENDED USE

Apply in the evening, on alternate days, for a month on face, neck and neckline cleansed and dry. Let absorb. Continue with serum and/or specific cream. Read the warnings on the package.

Use the peeling pads also on the neckline and the back of the hands to rejuvenate them.

 

Exfoliating Treatments Available at Gorgeous

When it comes to treatments to support your home products Gorgeous has a range of facials that can help keep your exfoliation needs fulfilled and to keep your skin its best possible condition. 

[comfort zone] Expert Care Facial

(prescription facial – suitable for all skin types)

£48

Our [comfort zone] Expert Care Facials include the use of our Essential Scrub and Essential Peel exfoliator products to give you a good cleanse and the benefit of exfoliation while relaxing through our professional facial and the advantage of the wider [comfort zone] range of products being used to give your skin the best possible result.

[comfort zone] Double Peel Facial

(chemical exfoliation – suitable for all skins & anti-ageing)

£51

This chemical peel facial from [comfort zone] provides a two-stage peel to exfoliate your skin. Starting with a cleanse of the skin to prepare and followed by acid preparation products the base acid is applied and left to begin the process before either our Delicate Peel or Intensive Peel is applied for the final stage of the peel process.  Delicate is suitable for more sensitive skins and first-time chemical peel clients and the Intensive is more suitable for stronger skins and those more used to higher levels of AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids).

This Double Peel is also part of our most effective [comfort zone] facial the Sublime Skin Deluxe Lift Facial £70 which gives a firming and lifting Japanese Kobodi style massage to the face and décolleté.

Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion

(mechanical exfoliation – suitable for most skin types)

£40/£55

A highly effective facial system from Crystal Clear brings you a multi benefit treatment.  Crystal microdermabrasion blasts microfine aluminium crystals over your face at high pressure to clear the dead skin cells away, this is then added to by suction to clear this away which benefits the skin by adding plumping, toning and firming to the facial. This facial is available as an Express Facial where you receive just the treatment with a cleanse and moisturise or if you would like to benefit from increased couch time and the added firming & toning benefits of the beautiful Mini Lift Mask from Crystal Clear then book the Luxury version.

7 Top Tips for Good Hand & Nail Health

7 Top Tips for Good Hand & Nail Health

We are currently going through an extreme situation and are unable to go about or normal day to day lives and so our appointments for all things nails and beauty are on hold.  At Gorgeous where we could we removed all client enhancements and gels so that we saved as many clients as possible from the ill-advised practice of picking, peeling, chewing their products off and where we couldn’t get people in before the lockdown, we’ve offered videos on home removal.

We’re now in the fifth week of staying home and although this means that the intense handwashing has lessened as we are out in the infection zones much, much less, we are still touching things entering our homes and for many of us we are still heading to shops and running essential errands thus meaning more hand-washing than normal.  Others of us have taken up the sandpaper and paint brushes or cleaning products and dusters and are tackling jobs in our homes that we’ve not had time to do for years!

All this activity causes a reduction in the oils in the skin covering your hands and fingers.  Whilst we’re living our alternative lives under the threat of Coronavirus or COVID-19, here’s our TOP 7 TIPS FOR HAND CARE to ensure your hands stay as well looked-after as possible.

  • When you have washed your hands make sure you rinse well.  Many of the anti-bacterial soaps we are currently using can have ingredients in that add to the drying effects on the skin.  Rinse that stuff and the virus away and down the sink!
  • Dry thoroughly.  So that you can keep your hands as nourished as possible, dry well with a soft towel.
  •  Apply a quality hand lotion to your hands whenever you wash or at least 2-3 times a day to help restore the oils or lipids in your hands.   Lipids keep your skin plumped and help maintain that youthful look.  If you do the pinch test on the back of your hand and your skin stays where you pinched it, then you need more oils in your skin!   We recommend Dadi-Lotion Hand & Body Lotion by Famous Names or Tranquillity Hand Cream by [comfort zone].
  •  Cuticles, cuticles, cuticles!  Oil, oil, oil!  This tiny area of the finger and nail is the first to show signs of the stresses the hands are put under by splitting and even creating hangnails.  Regular oiling with cuticle oil will help keep it in good condition and recover from the impacts of drying products, overwork and picking or biting (I’m guilty of this – old habits are hard to kick especially with no acrylics on to stop me).  Apply oil at least once a day and preferably at night so that your body can work its magic overnight.  What everyone refers to as cuticle is really the lateral nail fold and is a seal to protect the internal gubbins of your nail growth area called the matrix.  The real cuticle is the very thin stuff that grows out underneath this area (science lesson over).  Over time it’s become known as cuticle as an easier description and even some professionals don’t realise the difference.   Whatever you want to call it make sure you oil it!
  •  File your nails.  This sounds like obvious advice, but for many clients filing has become something they don’t do and something that we do for you.  Regular filing once or twice a week will keep your nails in trim and keep them from getting too long and breaking.  Our natural nail wooden files from Artistic provide a great smooth feeling that is intended to protect your nail.  Remember don’t see-saw on your nails and file in one direction.  We would recommend from side to centre on one side, then side to centre on the other side finally neatening the centre gently in one direction.
  •  The optimum time for cream or oil absorption is overnight and if you apply your cuticle oil and hand lotion at this time you can increase the absorption rate while the body rests from its day’s work.  You can increase this further by adding a thicker layer of lotion and popping a pair of cotton gloves on overnight.
  •  Finally, to give your nails a little extra protection whilst you can’t get your gels or acrylics done, try using a nail treatment like OPI Nail Envy or a regular clear polish just for a layer of protection unless you want to push the boat out and get all those bottles of polish out!

Most of all have some fun with doing your nails and look after them until we can again

10 reasons why having a monthly facial is good for you

10 reasons why having a monthly facial is good for you

For many people a facial is a luxury treatment that is a birthday treat or an occasional thing to have and do not realise the benefits that a professional facial can provide.

As professional therapists, it is our responsibility to help you discover the great things that regular facials can do for you and your skin.  Most women and men decide to book a facial when they have something that concerns them, maybe pigmentation, a change to their skin i.e. over oily or dryness or perhaps they have special occasion looming that they want to look their best for.  As therapists, this is what we see happen regularly, however for a lot of clients if facials were a regular part of their routine this would get noted in the early stages of the change and advice and corrective treatments can be brought in before things go too far.  Good homecare systems are important too and when working with a facial specialist it is always worth investing in the products used during your treatments to continue the good work at home.

With the economy having been hit hard over the last decade we appreciate that a monthly facial may feel opulent or too excessive. Injectables in the UK have been increasing hugely, and a lot of people are opting for quick fixes and will spend hundreds of pounds on fillers and muscle fixing treatments on a regular basis.  However, if you utilise your local facial therapist you could get similar results without the need for invasive treatments.

Today’s world is a place of filters and fake imagery and this is leading to many women (some  guys too) to have false expectations and hopes placed upon their skin requirements.  Your face is always on show and when it doesn’t feel or look right it can have a big effect on you as a person.   Investing in your skin has a value that can give a better return for your emotional wellbeing than some other purchases you could make such as clothes, holidays etc.  Each facial gives you a little time out in a world of tranquillity and can make you feel a million dollars.  When you leave the salon after a good facial you will float home with your skin feeling great.

At Gorgeous we can tailor-make your facial after a full consultation. The range of facials we offer go from prescriptive facials for dry, sensitive, imbalanced, acne reducing or environmentally stressed skin through to our anti-ageing and advanced level facials such as Crystal Clear or Icon Ultralift (non-surgical face lifting). With our senior facialists we can also add non-surgical face lifting, firming & toning elements to the treatment.  This, along with the beautiful [ comfort zone ] products and systems, make our facials stand out.

In an ideal world all of us would have facials every month, however we know this isn’t possible for everybody.  Some of our facial clients that are working on specific conditions like pigmentation or beginning our Wrinkle Reduction Programme will need an initial course of weekly treatments before going onto maintain the results monthly.

As a quick science lesson, we recommend regular facials so that the surface layer of your skin (stratum corneum) gets a bit of help being renewed.  This happens every 28 days naturally and the dead cells are pushed to the surface.  The reason behind getting monthly facials is that your stratum corneum (the outermost layer of visible skin) will completely renew itself approximately every 28 days. When you receive a facial the top layer of cells improves and as the new cells grow they copy the top cells so if they are in better condition this will mean over time your skin condition will improve.  Great homecare and following your aftercare advice will also boost this process so when you have combined facials and homecare the results will be quicker and more effective.

Aside from just feeling like heaven, here are our top 10 reasons why you should come in to Gorgeous Nail & Beauty Emporium for monthly facials:

Reason 1:

A 60-minute facial will not give you miracle results, but when you do them regularly, they will give you a fresher and healthier complexion that is better balanced and you’ll find you get more comments from those around you on how great your skin looks.

Reason 2:

The ageing process can be slowed by having regular facials.  This is to do with the resurfacing benefits that come with regular facials.  Some of our facials can work to prevent and improve the visible signs of ageing.  We can provide you with a Wrinkle Reduction Program to reduce fine lines and improve dehydrated skin.  The elements of exfoliation, massage, and use of antioxidants, facials can also reverse aging.  Everybody’s skin will mature and show signs of age, but monthly facials and good homecare can keep you looking rejuvenated, hydrated and glowing for longer.

Reason 3:

Some of our facials offer a deeper exfoliation than is available in homecare products and so the results of professional treatments allow better absorption of products, better hydration and better collagen production as well a few other things too.

Reason 4:

Collagen production is increased through good facials as well as the massage included in them.  Our Sublime Skin range actively supports and protects collagen production allowing a better look and feel for your skin.

Reason 5:

Laying on our bed to receive your facial gives you time to relax.  They can work holistically giving your mind, body and spirit a lift.   With the added massage elements that are included in our facials you will leave feeling emotionally lighter and less stressed as a bonus to your new glowing skin.

Reason 6:

The massage elements, again, work their wonders on improving your circulation.  This brings more oxygen, healthy cell renewal and will stimulate and speed up the processes we have already discussed.

Reason 7:

Think of your facial as a waste removing process.  Fluid and toxins can build in the underlying tissues and skin and through the products used and the massage techniques a facial can reduce puffiness and fluid and improve a ruddy complexion through detoxifying your skin.

Reason 8:

For many of us, we don’t do a deep clean on our skin regularly enough and you should view coming for a facial a bit like visiting the hygienist at the dentist.  Our pores get quite blocked over time and without regular exfoliation an oilier skin can become more prone to acne conditions.  Larger, open pores can be a sign of this and regular exfoliation and extraction by a professional can reduce the size of the pores.  Home extraction can lead to scarring so please leave it to a professional.

Reason 9:

Attending your facial appointment allows us to guide you with product choices and homecare.  When and how to exfoliate and what a good product is to help keep your skin renewal up at home.  So many women, and increasingly men, have pots, jars and bottles of unused skincare products sitting on a shelf due to not understanding their skin or the product.

Reason 10:

Advanced facials can remove pigmentation and dark spots through product or machine-based treatments.  A good facial can bring an evenness of tone to your face and can reduce redness to improve the appearance of your skin.

Want to know more about facials? read The Gorgeous Guide to facials or click below to book a facial with us in our Bexley salon.

The Gorgeous Guide to Facials

The Gorgeous Guide to Facials

When you choose to invest in your skin there are a lot of things to consider and if you’re not a skin specialist it can all seem to be ever-changing and confusing.  Don’t forget, skincare isn’t just for the ladies and we offer a full facial service for the gentlemen too (a clean shave is required prior is all).

There are a multitude of facial treatments and you need to work out what your objective is.   There are 3 main reasons that people have facials:

  • Just wanting a relax and a pamper occasionally
  • Managing or reducing a particular area of concern such as dull, or tired skin, acne, scarring, pigmentation or open pores.
  • Anti-ageing. For many women and men in today’s world the visible signs of ageing are of concern.  The world of anti-ageing products is vast and not always easy to navigate so professional advice on the best treatments and products is often the best way to proceed.

If you’re still not sure, then let us know and we can discuss your questions and requirements. Sometimes, you may be wanting a facial for a combination of problems, or there’s another reason. Professional therapists can cater for all requirements with a friendly consultation and bespoke treatment plans.

Looking after your skin requires an investment; however, the support and advice by professional therapists can often save you money in the long-term so that you aren’t buying inappropriate products.

We can provide courses of treatments that offer increased value and we also have tailor-made Skincare Solution Packages with treatments and products all rolled into one price.   We can offer Wrinkle Reduction or Toning Programmes specifically tailored to your skin using different techniques, products and equipment.

Types of Product Based Facial

Prescriptive Facial – this is an entry level facial and works with your skin type, i.e. oily, dry, sensitive.  It is a relaxing facial and includes a cleanse, gentle exfoliation, tone, mask, massage, serums & moisturisers.  Great for regular treatments and to work with how your skin is on a daily basis.  Our prescriptive facials include Hydrating, Remedy (Sensitive), Nourishing and Active Pureness.

Great for Rejuvenating, Protecting, Calming, Nourishing, Oil & Sebum Control, Smoothing, Relaxation, Supporting Skin Barrier

Anti-Ageing Facial – these treatments use advanced products that are aimed to work at a deeper level in the skin.  They work to plump, firm and tighten skin to reduce the visible signs of ageing.  With professionally advised home-care products the effects may be accumulative and they can extend your line free or reduced years.  Our Anti-Ageing facials include Sublime Double Peel, Sublime Active Lift and Sublime Deluxe Lift.

Aesthetic/Advanced Facial/Body Treatments – For some clients an advanced level facial or body treatment may be chosen to work on different issues and we offer two systems.  Great for Rejuvenation, Brightening, Plumping, Collagen Production, Anti-Ageing, Wrinkle Reduction, Illumination, Glow, Smoothing, Supporting the Skin Barrier.

Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion which works on pigmentation, scarring, open pores and signs of ageing using microfine crystals on the face or areas of concern on the body.   The crystals are delivered by a high-powered machine and removed via a vacuum method that runs at the same time.  There is a minor down-time of 24-72 hours post-treatment and you will have reddening of the skin for a short period of time with a requirement for mineral only make up and UV protection for 72 hours.  This treatment is highly effective for anti-ageing, pigmentation and scarring and, if working on specific areas of concern, weekly treatments are recommended initially.

Great for Rejuvenation, Anti-Ageing, Pigmentation, Scarring, Brightening, Reducing Pore Size, Collagen Production, Wrinkle Reduction, Glow, Smoothing

Icon Ultralift is an electrical machine working with faradic and galvanic currents.  Known as the Non-Surgical Face Lift Icon will lift and firm all skin types.  During the treatment you will experience a similar feeling to a TENS or Slendertone machine, but gentler for the face while the currents firm and tone the facial muscles to provide a visible lift to the face and neck areas.  Icon Ultralift also allows us to carry out No Needle Mesotherapy as it pushes product deep in the skin structure thus enhancing any product benefits.  To get the best benefit from this treatment we would always recommend a course of weekly treatments initially to re-educate your facial muscles followed by maintenance treatments on a monthly basis.  Icon is like a gym workout for your facial muscles, and just like

Great for Rejuvenation, Anti-Ageing, Reducing Pore Size, Toning, Firming, Wrinkle Reduction

10 Reasons why you should get regular facials: Read More

What to expect

  • If this is your first visit or your first facial with us, you will be required to complete client record and consultation cards so please arrive on time to do this.
  • We need you to notify us of any allergies or medications you are currently taking.
  • Many of our facials include a massage of the neck & shoulders, arms and hands and feet. These are not compulsory and if you don’t want to have one or more of these elements just let us know and we can adapt to your requirements.
  • We would recommend comfortable clothing for your bottom half as you will be on our bed for about 45 mins to 1hr 15 depending on your choice of treatments. We won’t be offended if you want to be just in your briefs under the covers.  The more comfortable you are the more beneficial your treatment will be.
  • We will leave you in the treatment room to prepare for your facial and return in a few minutes.
  • We always knock to check you’re ready. You will need to undress down to the waist, a strapless bra can be worn if you wish.
  • We will provide you with covers and blankets and in the cold weather and even have the bed heated for you. You won’t be undressed in front of your Therapist.
  • We recommend you relax and close your eyes and although talking is not forbidden, we would recommend you take the opportunity to refrain from chatting all the way through as it detracts from your treatment. Of course, should something become uncomfortable you should let us know immediately.
  • Your therapist will let you know what is about to happen as you go through the treatment, as we appreciate having your eyes closed and not knowing can lead you to feel a little vulnerable.
  • At the end of the treatment we will leave you to reawaken whilst we get you a glass of water. If you have any questions,please ask and should you wish to benefit from home-care your therapist will be able to advise on the most appropriate products for your requirements.
  • We’ll then leave you to redress and see you in Reception. We always allow a little extra time at the end of our treatments so you don’t have to feel rushed to leave the room.

Things to Remember

  • You will need to have your eyes closed so if you usually wear contact lenses, please wear glasses for your facial.
  • We advise arriving with make-up free skin, if possible, as we will need to remove your facial make-up and if it’s heavy make-up this will eat into your treatment time.
  • If you have a cold sore, contagious skin problem or a cold/flu then please reschedule.
  • If you are using retinol-based products, please abstain for a couple of days before and after your facial. This is important if you are having any type of deep exfoliation treatment such as our Sublime Double Peel, Deluxe Lift or Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion.
  • Wearing make-up straight after your facial won’t allow your skin to deal with the benefits of the facial. If you’ve had a deep exfoliation, we would recommend that you wear only mineral make-up for 48-72 hours after your facial.
  • Do tell us if you have a skin condition even if mild. For example, cystic acne, as if you are medicated with Roaccutane we will not be able to work with you until you are clear of the medication for a set period of time.
  • Don’t think you need to come every week for a facial. For most clients facial treatments 4 weekly is perfect.  Some treatments are recommended with shorter gaps, but we will advise if this is necessary and weekly treatments are only advised when we are targeting intensely with a treatment like Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion.
  • No sunbeds or sunbathing before or after a facial and no spray tans and waxing after facial treatment. After some facials this can put you at greater risk of UV damage. Avoid the gym, heavy exercise, steam and sauna for 24 hours.
  • Do tell us if you think you could be pregnant as some facials (along with some other treatments) are not advised during pregnancy. Even if you aren’t telling anyone before your 12 weeks, please just say “I could be pregnant”.  We won’t tell a soul and “could be” is enough for us not to perform the treatment.
Step into Spring | 20 Ways to Boost your Energy

Step into Spring | 20 Ways to Boost your Energy

With Spring on the horizon and the days getting longer, it’s time to re energise yourself and give yourself a burst of fresh energy after the Winter slump. Here’s 20 tips to boost your energy and get you ready for Spring 2019

LET THE LIGHT IN

As soon as you are awake and out of bed open your curtains and let the sunlight in.  Dr Nerina Ramlakhan says in her book The Little Book of Sleep that “Daylight helps to control your body clock and it also suppresses the production of melatonin (the body’s sleep hormone), making you feel more alert.”

SNOOZE & YOU LOSE

The younger you are the more likely you are to hit the snooze button according to YouGov.  Snoozing though, is not the best way of getting energy and it may leave you feeling less than alert for quite a while after you wake up to meet the day.  So no more snoozing!  Set the alarm for when you need it and hit the OFF button

KEEP HYDRATED

Regular fluids are a must, but did you know it doesn’t have to be plain old water?  Most people need around 2 litres a day.  It can be made up of herbal teas, plain water or fruit infused water.  Caffeinated drinks don’t count towards your water goal.  For a quick check on how you’re doing make sure when you pee it’s not darker than straw.  If it is, up your water.  Remember that your 2 litres go mainly towards hydrating your essential organs and body, if you want to hydrate your facial skin you may need to add a little more.

Nourishing your skin from the inside is essential and can be supported by regular hydrating facials and home skincare.  Gorgeous Nail & Beauty Emporiumhttps://gorgeousemporium.com offer a wide range of facials that are individually tailored to suit your skins requirements.

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

To boost your hydration for the day, when you wake up from a good night’s sleep, instead of reaching for the kettle try a glass of warm or cold water with added lemon slices.  Cleansing and detoxing the lemon also provides you with a daily dose of natural Vitamin C.  Drink your lemon infused water before taking any tea or coffee.  Detoxing is a great way to boost energy and to aid this process you may benefit from an Aromatherapy Body Massage using custom blended essential oils.

OUTDOOR EXERCISE

One of the best ways to get an energy boost is exercise add in the outdoors and you’ll start boosting your Vitamin D intake too.  Exercise increase the mitochondria (tiny energy centres) in your cells.  Any exercise that increases your heart rate is great.  Try interval walking with 2 minutes brisk walking, 1-minute recovery walking.

YOUR BREAKFAST IN COLOUR

Adding colour to your breakfast will give you added nutrients, vitamins and minerals.  Try mixing wholegrains, fruit and some protein.  Keeping you full for longer it’ll help reduce mid-morning cravings.  Breakfast is a great time to add superfoods to your diet

SKIN TIP:  Try adding Goji Berries or Blueberries to get some extra anti-oxidants to strengthen your skin’s barrier.  Our skincare range, [comfort zone], offers you Renight Cream or Renight Oil that contain Goji Berries and will leave your skin feeling beautiful and rejuvenated.

CAFFEINE INTAKE

Caffeine can cause a lot of negative effects on your body and so the recommended amount is no more than 2 cups per day.  If you reduce your caffeine it will help with balancing your energy throughout the day.  Don’t suddenly stop taking caffeine as the withdrawal effects can be quite unpleasant if you drink a lot of strong coffee.  Never use caffeine to substitute meals.  Also, be aware that too much caffeine can have a negative effect on your heart rate as it is a stimulant.

TIP: Can’t ditch the coffee? Try going decaffeinated for a week to see if you feel the benefits.

POSTURE PERFECT

If you’re a desk worker, you may find you are more likely to slouch or slump whilst working.  Poor posture can cause several issues for your body but one of them is reduced energy.  Give yourself a fix and sit up straight for 2 minutes with your hands behind your head and, according to the Harvard Business School, this can increase your energy levels.  Also, you could give yourself a 2-minute walk around the office, stretch and do some deep breaths to oxygenate your blood.

COOL WATER FRESHENER

If you are struggling during the day with alertness failure then try leaving your screens behind, be they phone, laptop, tablet or desktop.  Take a walk to the nearest cold water supply and run some cool water over your wrist areas.  This will reawaken your body systems and give you a little boost to get you through and walking away from your tech lets your mind and your eyes refocus on other things for a little while.

PUT PROTEIN IN YOUR LUNCH BOX

Although many of us love a carbohydrate or two for lunch, swapping it to protein heavy will give you a more stable energy supply for the afternoon.  Things like fish or chicken are great but if you’re vegetarian or vegan then opt for beans or lentils for your protein boost.  All that reserved energy will keep you going until dinner time.

AFTERNOON POWER NAP ANYONE?

For optimum power napping try a seated or laid down nap between 2pm and 4pm.  Make sure you don’t sleep too long as it could affect your night time sleep. Allow your breathing patterns to deepen and take 5-20 mins to get the relaxation effects that will give you a boost.  If you don your headphones you can also listen to power napping podcasts to help you on your way.

SENSIBLE SNACKING

Sugary, carb driven snacking is not helpful for energy boosting.  This type of snacking can lead to rebound hyperglycaemia where your blood sugars hit highs and lows very quickly leaving you feeling sluggish.  Giving you a quick buzz before you slump back down to earth.  Try nuts, raisins or even rice cakes with a nut derived butter, such as almond butter.

ABSTAINING FROM ALCOHOL

According to Drinkaware 62% of Dry January partakers reported improvements in their sleep patterns and energy levels during and following their 31 days of abstention.  With an NHS recommendation for 2 dry or alcohol-free days per week this method of abstaining could benefit your energy levels and give you more quality sleep going forward.

A GUTFUL OF ENERGY

If you suffer with gastric conditions such as IBS you may find that a probiotic taken daily could assist with some symptoms.  Brighter gut and you’ll feel the benefits energy wise too.  There are many different pre or pro biotics available so do your research and work out what may work best for you or speak to a nutritional expert for guidance in using this as a boost to your energy.

SUPPLEMENTARY BENEFITS

In the 21st century one of the culprits of energy loss is Vitamin D deficiency and if you’re low in Vitamin D, potentially you may be low in other minerals or vitamins such as Magnesium.  Magnesium is required by the body for the Vitamin D to absorb.  Magnesium deficiency can lead to carb cravings too.  B12 is also a common deficiency along with Iron.  Feeling sluggish for a long period of time? Then perhaps see your GP and get an all-round blood test.

STRESS MANAGEMENT

Stress is a major cause of physical and mental ill health.  When we are stressed our internal physiology jumps into “fight or flight” mode which in turn causes hormonal stress hormones to flood the body. Over time this can lead to many different symptoms such as anxiety, weight gain, fatigue, high blood pressure, headaches/migraine, unexplained physical pains.  To relieve stress try doing something that gives you some time out each day.  Try going to the gym and releasing some endorphins, reading, booking a massage or facial or maybe just reconnect with your friends and family.

Gorgeous Nail & Beauty Emporium offer a wide range of treatments for relaxation and rebalance.  Need some mental clarity? Try Indian Head Massage.  Need a full body relaxation? Book an Aromatherapy or Swedish Body Massage.  Our Aromatherapist is a fully qualified prescribing therapist so all blends are custom made to aid your body and mind.  Want to float away?  Try a Reflexology treatment.  Reflexology works on the feet and is a fully holistic treatment benefiting all mind, body and spirit.

BE A POSER

Exercise and body balancing from the East in the form of Yoga can be a fantastic way to build energy, gain physical stamina, strengthen muscles and your body and relieve stress through controlled breathing and meditation techniques.  There are sequences in Yoga like Salutes to the Sun which will give you a huge energy boost as well as an incredible work out.  Warrior pose sequences will stretch out hamstrings and your lower back which for many people can be a physical problem area which can drag down energy levels.

 JUST BREATHE

Carrying on from how Yoga poses can help, let’s talk about how the breath alone can boost your energy. Breath and productivity work together.  Breathing the wrong way can lower your productivity and could increase in your heart rate.  For sleep apnoea sufferers this is also a cause of energy loss as shallow or incorrect breathing speeds up the pulse when the body can’t take in enough oxygen.

HERE’S AN ENERGY AND PRODUCTIVITY BOOSTING  1-MINUTE BREATHING EXERCISE

Yoga teachers will often advise the following breathing technique and it only takes a minute. It will centre you and works with slow inhalation and gradually increases the length of exhalations.

  • Inhale to the count of two
  • Exhale to the count of two
  • Inhale to the count of two
  • Exhale to the count of three
  • Inhale to the count of two
  • Exhale to the count of four
  • Inhale to the count of two
  • Exhale to the count of five

Repeat several times, then return to your normal breathing. Doing this exercise will help regulate the oxygen in your blood and will increase alertness and focus.

NUTRITIOUS & NOURISHING DINNER

Eating a high protein evening meal using foods rich in an amino acid called tryptophan (releases serotonin and melatonin to induce sleep) will aid restful sleep.  Items like eggs, chicken or turkey are good sources for this nutrient.  If you double it up with wholegrain carbs it can improve the benefits of tryptophan.

 AND FINALLY, TO BED zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Ensuring you understand your body’s need for sleep is important for your daily energy levels.  Margaret Thatcher was famed for surviving on only 3-4 hours’ sleep!  This is not for everyone and your body needs down time resting to ensure it recovers from the day’s rigours.  Not only your energy levels will be affected by long term lack of enough sleep.  Even just resting in your bed in low lighting allows for your brain and body to relax and recuperate.  There are now pieces of tech kit available that can monitor your sleep and let you know how well you are doing overnight.  Some apps can even work out your optimum wake up time which can benefit you and give you a more energetic approach to the day.

Guest Blog | A little advice from someone who just kept getting it wrong!

Guest Blog | A little advice from someone who just kept getting it wrong!

It may be obvious whilst reading this article that, not only is it the first one I have ever written about myself, but I am also by no means an expert on this subject; However, after 3 years of reading beauty and advice blogs, watching YouTube videos and following advice from people who are also not experts, I have decided that it’s about time I put my two pence worth in!

I would like to think that you may find what I have to say somewhat useful, or at least you’ll have made a few of the mistakes I have and have a laugh at me 🙂

I am 41 years old, well, 41 and 10 months…. (I still struggle with the fact I am actually that age) I run a small business and I have two step kids who live with me and two little dogs. I am always ridiculously busy and rarely wear makeup anymore, apart from on the rare occasions my partner and I find some alone time and venture out of the house together.

I was under no illusions that I had been very lucky with my skin, considering the abuse I have put it through over the years.

 

I abused sunbeds from the age of 24 to 30, drank far too much alcohol through the years, and only quit smoking two years ago after 25 years! Most days I thank the gods that I don’t look like a raisin! Most people placed me early 30s and my mum was always telling me how lucky I was to have her genes! Then it all changed…

Up until about three years ago, I had no skincare routine to speak of, other than taking off makeup with a baby wipe before bed and washing my face with shower gel in the shower or bath. I didn’t own a moisturiser, had never exfoliated and was fascinated with the multitude of little bottles and “potions” that my friends had on their dressing tables and in their bathrooms. I used to refer to it as useless expensive slap.

Then 3 years ago my family & work life changed dramatically; Although the circumstances and details of what happened would be a very long article in itself, the short story is that I was suddenly unemployed for the first time in my life and became a full-time mother overnight to my partners two children, who were also going through a traumatic time. Due to the kids moving in I was unable to go back to work full time, so I started my own business, something which I had wanted to do for a while. Possibly the most stressful time of my life to do this but sometimes you have to just jump, and I had no choice. All of this stress on top of a chronic pain condition and plenty of sleepless nights started to take its toll on my skin. I started having issues I had never had before, eye bags, dry skin, red patches, and spots.

The first person I went to for advice was My Mum. She recommended Clinique as something she has used for years, so off I went to buy my first collection of little potions and bottles!

Not knowing what I was doing or buying, I bought what my Mum had recommended and started my new skincare routine. Expecting my skin to be restored to its former glory suddenly, I was very disappointed when it didn’t work for me at all. I found it caused my skin to become tight feeling and dry.

I gave up with the Clinique and turned to YouTube. I could spend the next five pages detailing the products and techniques that I used, so I’ll give you the short version.

I tried expensive brands and cheap brands, home made concoctions including honey and baking soda face scrub, porridge face masks and even raw egg and toilet roll! 

Having always had oily skin, the one thing I stayed away from was oily products as I though this would make the problem worse. Although my nose and forehead were still very oily, I now had issues with the rest of my face being very dry.

I finally settled on a couple of products I got from Lush! A moisturiser designed for oily skin, a cleansing milk and a toner spray that I found helped stop my make up sliding off my face after a couple of hours.

Although these products helped with the dry skin patches and tightness, I still had the bags and now on top of that my pores seemed to be getting larger and I had developed two red itchy dry patches either side of my nose.

Next time I went to to the Docs for a routine appointment I mentioned the red patches and was told it was eczema. I used the cream prescribed but after 2 months it was still there.

Having always had oily skin, the one thing I stayed away from was oily products as I though this would make the problem worse. Although my nose and forehead were still very oily, I now had issues with the rest of my face being very dry.

I finally settled on a couple of products I got from Lush! A moisturiser designed for oily skin, a cleansing milk and a toner spray that I found helped stop my make up sliding off my face after a couple of hours.

Although these products helped with the dry skin patches and tightness, I still had the bags and now on top of that my pores seemed to be getting larger and I had developed two red itchy dry patches either side of my nose.

 

Next time I went to to the Docs for a routine appointment I mentioned the red patches and was told it was eczema. I used the cream prescribed but after 2 months it was still there. These red patches really started to get me down, I even bought a concealer called Dermacol which was supposed to cover up everything from scars to tattoos! Although it covered the redness, the dry bits and the lumps were still visible. I had got to the point where I had stopped trying to get rid of it and started trying to hide it, this meant more and more makeup, which with my larger pores and concealer needed under my eyes to hide the bags was starting to make me look too heavily made up and beginning to cause spots and blackheads.

I was at the end of my tether with my skin and came to the conclusion that the stress in my life had aged me irreversibly and it was all downhill from here.

It was then that I confided in one of my clients, Sue owned a beauty salon, and I was managing her website and social media for her. She was clearly an expert in her field and I told her the problems I was having and what I had tried to do about it. Sue recommended I try a skincare brand called [ comfort zone ]. A brand I was familiar with through working with Sue, but after nothing had worked, I had given up.

Sue, Owner of Gorgeous Nail & Beauty Emporium in Bexley says:

After talking skin with Diane for a bit on the phone and understanding that she has extreme dryness and open pores (often a sign of skin screaming for fluids) I suggested we start by using the [ comfort zone ] Hydramemory system supported through the Essential cleansing range to work on rehydrating and to aid her skin.

I took Sue’s advice and started on phase one of the plan she had recommended. I started with [ comfort zone ] Hydramemory and an essentials cleansing kit to see how I felt about the products and find which was better for me. I cleaned my face and moisturised before bed, and again every morning and stuck to it, no excuses!

Within two weeks I had seen a considerable difference. My cheeks and forehead were no longer dry and tight, and my pores were getting smaller. When I did wear makeup, it wasn’t soaking into my pores and caking up under my eyes after a couple of hours as usual. 

Discovering to my dismay there was no miracle cure to remove these eye bags that seemed to have taken up permanent residence, I started going to bed earlier and drinking more water, cut out some bad and processed foods from my diet and tried to eat more fruit and veg.

Although my eczema and redness around my nose had calmed down a little and wasn’t as dry and rough as it had been, it was still not shifting, but still, I refused to follow advice and put oil on my face.

Eventually, last week, Sue sent me a sample of [ comfort zone ] Renight Oil. Seeing as I had tried everything else, I just went with it.

Putting oil on my face before bed just felt weird. I got into bed and tried not to touch my face, but the urge to touch it and wipe away the oil was too much. I was amazed when I did that it seemed to have soaked in and there wasn’t the slippery wet sensation on my fingers I was expecting.

The next morning, I was surprised at how soft and smooth my skin felt.  Hearing Sue’s voice in my head about giving it a chance, and knowing I was not seeing anyone that day apart from the dogs and kids, I applied more of the oil to my patches either side of my nose before I started work.

 

THAT WAS 7 DAYS AGO! NOW THE REDNESS AND DRY PATCHES HAVE ALL GONE!!

My skin is soft, smooth and I can leave the house without makeup again. When I do wear makeup now, it’s minimal and no heavy concealers and powders needed

I am addicted to my Renight Oil now and couldn’t live without it, after just a week.

Sue Says:

We have now swapped Diane to Remedy for more sensitive skins, and we are now working towards nourishing and soothing, hence the recent addition of Renight Oil.  Renight is excellent for nourishing and will leave skin silky soft and rejuvenated.  Overnight or on non-make-up days, giving Renight time to penetrate uninhibited will give your skin a boost that benefits it for days.  Rich in anti-oxidants it will help your skin barrier fight back.

I guess my conclusion here would be to speak to a professional. Don’t get me wrong, I have learnt a lot from YouTube and beauty bloggers such as mastering the art of contouring which eluded me for a long time, and how to tame my ridiculously frizzy hair, but when it comes to skin, everyone is so different. I almost gave up and assumed I was getting older, and stress had ruined my skin. I was ready just to accept my skin was past it, and that my luck had finally run out. Until I took the advice of someone, who was able to advise me properly and create me a plan, not just a quick fix.

I love the fact that the [ comfort zone ] range has solutions for all skin issues, and that I can swap and change my skincare depending on how my skin is feeling that day. Being able to do this was great during the recent freezing weather, as I am a slave to central heating and the contrast between the extreme cold and the dry heat at home meant I needed to protect my skin.

As silly as it sounds, being happy in my own skin again has given me the boost I needed to look after the rest of my body, as I now know there is hope and I am definitely not past it by a long shot!