Forever young: Top 10 tips for year round health and beauty, part 7.

So, in episode 6 we looked at hydration from the inside out and I spoke about the use and benefits of liquid chlorophyll as good skin comes from within as well as what is applied to the skin topically.

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Part 7: hydration, from the outside

As the seasons are changing and winter draws near our skin’s needs will change as a result. We will now start to turn on central heating, light fires and maybe use air-conditioning in our cars to heat them up faster. This, plus the harsh change in weather dries out the skin making it feel tight, uncomfortable and begin flaking.

If you can remember from a previous episode, I mentioned that dehydration can lead to premature ageing and wrinkle formation on the skin so it is important to step up our hydration levels over this coming season. 

In this episode I have chosen to make suggestions on what skincare products everyone can use to boost hydration and protect our skin from the effects of dehydration in a simple step-by-step guide.

For this…I have chosen the Néroli (Hydra Floral) range of products by Decléor, Paris. 

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Products courtesy of Decléor, http://www.decleor.co.uk. 

 Daily skincare

After cleansing, using one of Decléor’s cleansers such as the Micellar Oil or Water as seen in an earlier post if you so wish, it’s important to apply the correct product for your skin. Decléor’s Néroli range is perfect for instant hydration but also maintaining it throughout the day and night. It’s perfect for all skins, even mature skin and will leave your skin feeling soft and looking more radiant and youthful.

Start with your serum, an essential part of a sophisticated professional skincare routine. You only need 3 drops applied to your fingertips, this product is powerful and also a multi-award winner, so you only need a small amount. Warm it in the palms of your hands and gently massage into the skin. You can then apply your chosen companion moisturiser as illustrated below in 2 separate options.

Perfect for: ANYONE! This serum has no age limit!

Pro tip: if your skin is super dry you can use this underneath a mask and also underneath a night balm once a week and sleep in it. Pour a small amount into your palms and massage into the skin, apply your mask or balm and sleep tight. Cleanse face as normal in the morning.  

  

Option 1 here is the Hydra Floral Rich version. Perfect for super dry skin and doesn’t sit on the skin. Works in perfect harmony with the Néroli serum and is perfect for keeping the skin hydrated for longer during the harsh winter months.

Perfect for: dry and dehydrated skin, but also anyone needing that extra hydration boost!

  

Option 2 is the light version. This is perfect for a more oily or combination skin where the skin’s natural moisturiser…sebum or oil, is in abundance. Don’t worry about the use of the Aromessence Oil serum though! Even oily skins need hydration and these products are designed to work with the skin, so everyone benefits!

Perfect for: oily and combination skins. It makes a fabulous makeup base too!

  
Weekly skincare

The penultimate product in the line-up is your night time choice. The Néroli night balm is your perfect nighttime companion. This balm is special as you don’t need to use your Aromessence serum beneath it as it has all the wonderful properties built in!

Perfect for: anyone who is concerned with dryness and a poor complexion. Can be used once a week alongside another night balm or moisturiser to boost the complexion and draw out spots and impurities.

Pro tip: for super dry skin, use 3 drops of the Aromessence Néroli beneath it to boost hydration while you sleep!

  
The final product in the lineup here is Decléor’s Masque Expert, also part of the Hydra Floral range for dry and dehydrated skin. This mask is lightweight and creamy but packs a powerful injection of moisture to the skin.

To use: apply 3 drops of your Aromessence to the skin and follow with a small amount of mask over the entire face and neck. Leave for 5-10 minutes and remove. Follow with moisturiser. Use once to twice a week depending on the skin’s needs.

Pro tip: do as described above…and sleep in it! Yes, you can sleep in this…try it and see the benefit the morning after!

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Following the link to the website gives you access to more options for your skin. I have picked this range because I swear by it…and my skin is really dry and tight, especially in winter so it’s a must-have for me!

It’s also great for everyone, and I mean EVERYONE so if you’re stuck or unsure…you can’t go far wrong using this range.

Don’t forget to exfoliate once a week too, otherwise these lovely products won’t be going very far or doing very much to your skin…and what would be the point in that?!

There are more options for different skin types out there, including the newer Marjolaine and Mandarin ranges for more mature skin types. All can be used in the same way however, so there’s no need to worry about changing your routine again.

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We’re almost at the end, keep your eyes peeled for episode 8 coming your way in the next 2 weeks…its also Halloween soon and that means it’s my annual pilgrimage to Whitby Goth Festival so I’ll have some interesting stuff to post on here from that!

Happy skin!

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Studio Bleu School of Beauty

So on Monday I began a new venture offering fast-track beauty courses in Nottingham and surrounding areas. 

This has stemmed from the completion of my teaching qualification as I wanted to deliver high-quality courses for individuals who want to improve their skills, add skills to their menus or start a new career in beauty and spa.

All courses are Guild Accredited and insurable through the Guild of Beauty Therapists.

Right now, I’m in the process of building a website to host all of my information, but for now I have a Facebook page where I house everything.

Check out the information on the websites below, I’ll be including information regarding it on here regularly in between skincare posts.

I’m available for individuals, salons, spas and colleges for training so if you or anyone you know is looking for extra-curricular education then please point them in my direction!

Information:

http://www.facebook.com/studiobleusob

http://www.studiobleuschoolofbeauty.freeindex.co.uk

http://www.beautyguild.com

  

Taking beauty by storm: micellar technologies

As a therapist, I know that it is important to properly cleanse the skin and it should be done twice per cleanse, tone and moisturise session to ensure the proper removal of grime and to help with the absorption of products that follow.

There are a variety of types from creams, clay based and foaming skin washes, but what about oils? What about waters?

Skincare companies such as Decleor and Dermalogica have created and widely use a new micellar technology within their products, which means that an unlikely consistency can be used by all skins to remove dirt, grime and makeup.

Micellar technology encapsulates particles of dirt and makeup and quickly loosens and removes it for a smooth, clean finish. They have an oily texture so are incredibly nourishing to the skin, but this does not mean that oily skins are exempt from this.
Oil attracts oil, so any excess oils on the skin are also removed along with the dirt.
Another top benefit of micellar technologies are that they do not strip the skin of it’s vital pH 5.5, which means that toning afterwards is not necessary.
It maintains skin balance and is therefore anti-ageing.

Examples of micellar products are as follows:

Decleor’s micellar oil and micellar water.
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The oil is quick and simple to use, you only need 1 pump so in reality this should last up to 6 months with 1 person using it.
You apply the product to a dry face and massage all over, including the eye area to really loosen the dirt. Once ready, you must then emulsify with water to loosen even further. Finish by removing the dirt with warm clean water, warm flannels or mittens. Apply your serums and moisturisers to finish the treatment.

The waters are also similar in their usage and should last a similar length of time to the oil. Apply to a dry cotton pad and wipe the face, including the eye area to remove all the dirt. No other water is required, just wipe with the pad and you’re done! Once again no toning is required and you can then complete the service with your serum and moisturiser.

The products can be used both morning and night but they are recommended to be used in the the evening before your night treatments and products are applied.

They can be purchased from here, http://www.decleor.co.uk

My experiences have been incredibly positive, I’m in love with the oil and use the waters to quickly cleanse if I have been lazy with my nightly cleanse.
The combination of the 2 work perfectly, the waters in the morning really clean and refresh the skin whilst the oil deeply cleanses and nourishes leaving my skin silky soft and clear.

Try them for yourselves, if you’ve struggled with cleansing then these are the products for you. You can cleanse in confidence knowing your skin will be cared for!

For great hair…say Wen?

Something a little different today, readers.

After having coloured hair since I was about 11 years old and having countless issues with my hair including alopecia I decided to try something different, something new.

But this is a skincare blog…so why are you doing hair?!

Hair and skin both contain the same protein, keratin; they both contain pigment, melanin; and hair is a component of the skin itself in terms of beauty therapy studies.

So why not I say! Let’s begin!

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So, about the product. I don’t want to delve too deeply into this because it can be researched here: http://www.wen.com/ but basically…

Wen was created by Chaz Dean, a well known haircare professional and stylist to the stars. Originally starting out in photography, Chaz’s passion turned towards the hair industry and he soon made a name working with another haircare brand developing their products. This was, until, he started developing his own brand in 1996, which we now know as Wen haircare.
He currently resides in Hollywood at Chaz Dean studios continuing to offer top quality services to whole host of celebrity clientele.

Chaz’s new product, the cleaning conditioner is a 5 in 1 system, which replaces the need for a separate conditioner. You can also purchase masks and styling products to accompany the cleansing conditioner but it’s nice to know you don’t have to if you don’t want.

How to use: this depends on the length of your hair as you do end up using quite a lot. I have long hair so it didn’t last me very long, but my mum has much shorter hair and she’s still on her first bottle over 2 months later.

Rinse hair thoroughly, this step is a must.
You need 10-16 pumps for short hair, 16-24 for medium length hair and 24-32 pumps for long hair. If your hair is longer/thicker you may need to increase the amount of pumps used.
Rub the product in the palms of your hands and apply to the scalp and lengths making sure it’s evenly distributed. This can be achieved by adding more water. Make sure to massage well so that the product can work properly. You can leave it in for a minute or two if you have any stubborn dirt build up, then rinse very very thoroughly with tepid water so no product is left.
You can usually tell if it’s all out by running your hands through your hair and feeling if there’s a slimy texture in your fingers. If so, rinse more.

If you need to repeat you can, but it’s not always necessary. It is also claimed that you may not need to wash your hair as often.
One last thing, this product contains no sodium lauryl sulfate so it will not lather.

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The following images are from a session dedicated to the use of Wen that I did with 10 level 1 hairdressing students at work. The images are before and afters of those who had their hair cleansed with Wen and were taken with flash on my smartphone. They all used the cleansing conditioner in Pomegranate.

Before using Wen, this student had greasy, knotty hair and has it coloured regularly.
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After using Wen and having her hair blow dried and straightened. No styling products were used.

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Before, this student had greasy hair that was full of styling product. She colours her hair pink, which has faded drastically and looks dull.

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After, student had 2 cleanses and the mask to accompany the conditioner. She had it straightened first then curled with irons. No styling products were used.

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Before, a male student. Student has the sides shaven with the top left thicker. He colours his hair and has naturally greasy hair.

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After, the student’s hair felt thicker and had more life to it. His blond also looks more vibrant and shiny. Blowdried and straightened, with no styling products.

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So what did my 10 students think?

I asked them 4 questions after using the product and here’s an overview.

When asked, how would you rate the use of Wen haircare?
8/10 stated that is was very easy to use compared to traditional methods of cleansing.

When asked, how would you rate the results when styling after using Wen haircare?
7/10 students said it was very easy to style but mentioned that the hair was too smooth to create a curly style.

When asked, the product costs around £20 to purchase, how would you rate the value for money?
10/10 students stated they would not pay that much, despite the good results.
Though bear in mind, these students are 16/17 years so may not be able to afford a product such as this.

When asked, would you recommend this product to a friend or client?
9/10 students said YES!

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So what do you think? These results are from ONE use of Wen cleansing conditioner so it would be interesting to hear what you all think when using it for a prolonged period of time, if you decide to of course!

I concluded by asking the students one final question, for great hair…can we really say Wen?
In this instance, they said yes we can!