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.
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.
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.
Some of our facialsoffer 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Going for a massage is a wonderful way to relax and treat yourself, but it can also be so much more.
According to the Federation of Holistic Therapists, 73% of therapist’s clients indicated that they use massage as an aid to long term health conditions including cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and mental health issues, including dementia.
If you’ve ever been to a massage therapist, you’ll be familiar with the pleasant sensations and relaxing sounds of a soothing soundtrack, relaxing smells and a general feeling of wellbeing, but are you also aware of the wonderful effects this can have on your body and mind?
Swedish Massageis one the most well-known forms of massage and focuses on muscle relaxation rather than deep tissue massage. It works towards decongesting stressed areas and working away knots and tightness.
Here are five lesser-known benefits of Swedish massage:
Management of chronic pain conditions
Swedish massagecan be an integral part of managing a long-term or chronic pain condition such as sciatica, fibromyalgia and arthritis as well as reoccurring sports injuries. Therapists can use strokes that improve circulation and target specific areas during a session, that can increase relaxation across the whole body and reduce muscle tension and ease the pain in a natural way.
Improve mental health
With nationwide campaigns raising awareness for mental health issues, people are looking for alternative methods of looking after their mental wellbeing. Massage can be so beneficial for good mental health as it can energise the mind and body. Swedish massage has been recommended to aid with many psychological issues including depression, Anxiety, PTSD, tension headaches and many more.
Insomnia and sleep-related disorders.
Swedish massage is a fantastic way of relieving everyday stress, a significant part of insomnia and restless nights. Spending time in a peaceful environment away from the stresses and strains of life can be so beneficial when you need to be able to relax and get a great night’s sleep. The combination of the environment and the massage strokes can reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, in your body. Lowering this hormone and reducing the tension in your muscles will aid a much better night’s sleep.
Strengthen your immune system
Lowering stress levels can have many other benefits to your health, including strengthening your immune system. Reducing cortisol levels will help your immune system grow stronger which means that you will catch fewer colds, and you will be less likely to get sick.
Increase your flexibility
To experience a broader range of motions throughout your body, you need your muscles to be more relaxed. Regular stretching and exercise such as yoga teamed with regular Swedish massages sessions is a great way to improve your flexibility and help prevent work out and sports-related injuries.
To book a Swedish massage, click book online or call the salon on 01322 528882
Swedish Massage – Back Neck & Shoulders – 20 mins
A massage to release tension and help you to relax