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To tone or not to tone?

Friday, August 4th, 2017

This is a question we often get in the salon along with countless others asking "What does a toner actually do?....Do I have to use one?...What are the benefits?" and the list goes on. In short, a good toner is probably one of the most important and best kept beauty secrets out there and here is why. The main functions of a toner are too Mildly exfoliate the skin, allowing for a deeper penetration and better absorption of vital skin loving ingredients found in your moisturiser. Even out skin tone and texture, giving a smoother more uniform appearance to the skin. Moisturise and hydrate the skin after cleansing, and to help remove any excess cleanser. Refine the appearance of…

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Staying Safe In The Sun

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Britain, with 2459 deaths each year in the UK alone. It is however, highly preventable with data from Cancer research showing up to 86% of skin cancer cases were preventable. The SPF market is constantly expanding and education about staying safe in the sun is more accessible than ever, so there is no excuse not to be protected. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the factor number relates to how much longer it would take your skin to burn with protection, as to without it. However, don't be fooled, High SPFs can give a false sense of security. With a higher factor, people are less likely to re apply…

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Ingredient Focus...Astaxanthin

Monday, July 10th, 2017

In our constant quest to be at the forefront of skin health and anti ageing, we have found our new favourite ingredient and it's called Astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant from the carotenoid family, and is one of the most potent found in nature. 6000x stronger than Vitamin C and 550x stronger than Vitamin E this miracle ingredient set to be a game changer! Derived from marine algae, it is what gives salmon and flamingos their characteristic pink colour, but don't panic, it doesn't have that affect on humans! Like all other antioxidants, astaxanthin helps protect the skin from free radicals which cause oxidative damage. This enables cells to function normally and stay younger for longer, slowing the ageing…

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Fat - Skin friend not skin Foe

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

As we come into the Summer months, simply mention the word fat and you are likely to silence a room. So what if we were to tell you that there are in fact lots of health benefits and more importantly, skin benefits to incorporating heathy fats into your diet. It is widely accepted that unsaturated fats such as those found in avocados, oily fish and nuts have a protective effect on our health. Research shows that regular nut eaters tended to be slimmer, and benefitted from a significant reduction in heart disease and cancer. In addition to this, a large European study called PREDIMED demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet which is characteristically high in olive oil and healthy fats reduces…

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The 8 habits of Impeccably-Groomed Men

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

As Father's Day approaches (Sunday 19th June for those who didn't know...) we are turning our focus to the males in our life. Now ladies, I understand you may feel like some of your male counterparts are just beyond help, but there is still hope... So to all the Dads, Granddads, Husbands, Boyfriends, Brothers, Uncles and everything in between, here are the secrets you've been looking for, to be that one Impeccably Groomed Male in the room! 1. Get a male manicure (or at least clean your fingernails!) Nothing says YUCK like long dirty fingernails, so sort it out. Your hands are constantly on show, so don't let yourself down by offering a handshake with a poorly groomed hand. 2. And…

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Top Tips for (Fake) Tanning!

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

You gotta fake it till you make it! With Summer just around the corner, everyone is looking to achieve that gorgeous sun kissed glow. I mean, who wants to be the palest in the room, but with so many horror stories of orange streaky legs, fake tanning can seem a little scary. That's why we have put together our tanning survival guide to help give you the best, natural looking tan (from a bottle!) 1. Preparation is key When looking to achieve a natural tan, it is important to prepare the skin as best as possible. In the week leading up to your tan, you need to exfoliate and moisturise as much as possible. This allows for the dry dead skins cells to…

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100 Day Reset Programme...Win £500 worth of products

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

We all know good skincare is an investment and all great things take time, so that's why we have teamed up with one of our favourite skincare brands Environ to take part in their 100 Day Skin Reset Challenge. What is the 100 Day Skin Reset Programme? Quite simply, it's a 100 day journey to healthier skin. A proven way to forget quick fixes and learn a longer term solution for the future. We'll help you achieve sustainable, healthier skin that you're proud of. You will be given a tailor made skincare regime, unique for your skins specific needs, along with expert advice from your therapist. Phase 1 - Days 0-30 Your therapist will do an in depth consultation to understand you, your skin…

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A Gift from Made For Life By Spiezia Organics

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Have you ever thought about going more organic with your skincare? Well now you have the chance... After being awarded stockist of the month by Made for Life By Spiezia Organics, we are delighted to welcome Angela Keen, Trainer from Spiezia Organics into the salon. She will be running a Spiezia Treatment Taster Day in salon on Tuesday 20th June 10am - 6pm. Enjoy a back massage, back scrub and mini facial as well as receiving expert skincare advice from Angela.   A £20 deposit is required to reserve your appointment, and is redeemable against any Spiezia products purchased on the day.    Using only the finest 100% natural and organic ingredients these treatments will relax, detox and calm even the most stressed of bodies. Slots are filling up fast so call 0208…

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What Does Organic Beauty Mean To You?...

Monday, May 8th, 2017

In honour of Organic Beauty and Wellness Week starting from 15th May, we are talking all things organic beauty in salon. As I've mentioned before in my previous posts, for a beauty product to be labelled organic, it only needs to contain a very small amount of organic compounds within in. Often, these products also contain a lot of other non organic ingredients that can sometimes be detrimental to your skin. When a product is labelled organic by the Soil Association, and shows the Soil Association logo on the packaging it is guaranteed to only contain organic ingredients. Made For Life by Spiezia Organics is a facial and body skincare brand that is certified organic, vegan and still made in…

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Why are antioxidants important for your skin

Monday, April 24th, 2017

To better understand the important of Antioxidants within skincare, you first need to role of free radicals. Free radicals are damaged molecules that are missing an important electron, and these incomplete molecules are dangerous as they damage other cells in search of their missing part. Free radicals occur when a process called oxidation happens, they need their electron to survive, and are willing to kill other healthy cells to get it. What causes free radicals? Smoking Stress UV light Processed food Pollution Drugs How do free radicals affect skin Free radicals are a part of life, and at a very basic level they are the cause for aging. We do need them for the circle of life, but exposure to…

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