To understand if you are doing the best for your facial skin, answer YES/NO to the following questions: Skin Type Do you understand your skin type, concerns and prognosis (ie. how your ageing will progress)? Skincare & Facial Massage @ Home You are happy with your skincare routine? Do you like your skincare product formulations (textures/ fragrance)? Do you know specific techniques to apply your skincare in different facial zones? Do you massage your face at home? Do you practice personalised Rolling & Acupressure? Do you practice Facial Yoga? Do you look forward to using your skincare products twice a day ? Do you have realistic expectations regarding the efficacy of your skincare? Seasonal and Hormonal Changes Do you have a personalised winter and summer routine? Do you understand how to prevent concerns arising from travelling and hormonal cycles? Health & Lifestyle Do you understand the impact of your specific health issues (e.g. quality of sleep, allergies, medication) on your skin? Do you understand how your lifestyle (e.g. suntanning, smoking, alcohol, diet, water intake, exercise, relaxation, family support) affects your skin? Professional Treatments Do you have regular professional treatments that complement your care @home - be that every 2, 4 or 6 weeks? Wrinkles, Emotions and Facial Expressions Draw your concerns e.g. frown lines, laughter lines, pigmentation
Do you like your skincare? How does your skin feel after you apply your moisturiser? What about the texture? And scent? Does it absorb instantly or leave a residue? Is it too rich or not enough? That is a very subjective question that underpins the efficacy of your skincare. Your perception of whether "a product works" is also influenced by your feelings about the skincare formulation. Different people with different skin types have different views and expectations, although they usually cannot articulate them. That is why we read reviews about a product being too rich or not rich enough and our view differs. Skincare manufacturers attemtp to buld this "sensory connection" into the skincare to complement the product story and efficacy. They know that we need to fall in love with our skincare to buy it again and apply it diligently every day. Using the left brain and right brain analogy - the rationale of efficacy and the sensory connection both have to be right! Is your skincare working for you?
I was invited to give a talk on facial skincare to the skincare industry last week and when preparing for the talk I came across a few insights that are worth sharing: Understand the importance of Night Care. Although more than 8 in 10 British women use face creams daily, only 3 in 10 apply a night cream every night. As this is something I come across also in my private consultations, I would like to encourage you to use an appropriate night care if you want to see results! Invest In Your Face. Modern skincare is effective - a good routine can deliver benefits comparable to the benchmark dermatologist treatment. The Brits spend about half on facial skincare compared to the French and yet they feel "they spend lots of money". Learn to enjoy using your skincare products and make them a pleasant part of your daily life. Slow Down. Long working hours in Britain and the fact that 3 in 10 women are losing weight have an impact on premature lines and wrinkles. Fast paced lifestyle and quick-fix solutions are not beneficial for your face in the long-term. Synopsis - Multi-tasking Moisturisers: Meeting Consumers' Needs? Skin concerns change during our lives and factors including age, health, hormonal influences, lifestyle and
Make skincare an important part of your lifestyle, these are a few essential Japanese beauty habits. Get to know your skin well. Care about your skin and desire to be beautiful. Be responsible for your face and use your hands to touch and massage your face and warm up the skincare products you apply to it. Remove your make-up every night. Apply masks frequently. Use serum and seal it off with a cream. Protect your skin all year round. Always thinking "quick and easy" leaves everything half-baked. Facial massage allows your facial muscles to stay in shape. Expect results in three months time. Source: Chizu Saeki: The Japanese Skincare Revolution.
Skin responds to our emotions and stress has a negative effect on the skin condition. It compromises our immunity for a long time and is frequently reported as a trigger of acne, dermatitis and eczema. Increased concentration of cortisol in our circulation can reduce integrity of the skin barrier and slow down renewal of the upper skin layer, the epidermis. This leaves our skin more vulnerable to the external environment and prone to redness, dryness and scaling and, in the long-term, more lines and wrinkles. Change your skincare to protect your skin in Winter. Tone down the active ingredients and exfoliation, leave peels and microdermabrasion for Spring. Change your moisturiser to a richer cream with a lower SPF and more hydrating, occlusive ingredients (plant oils, shea butter). Use a richer cleanser and nourishing masks.
My clients frequently ask what to do if concerns occur when travelling abroad. Most often - apart from sunburn - they struggle with concerns related to a change in temperature, humidity and oiliness that result in weakened skin barrier and either breakouts or dry patches. Sunscreen Breakouts Our facial skin can find hot and humid summer conditions a challenge, due to a combination of factors: dirt and dust particles i.e. pollution increases due to travelling, sweating and higher sebum production (skin oiliness) and a protective layer of suncream - can result in summer breakouts. How to prevent the onset of spots on holiday: Use facial wipes frequently when travelling. If your skin is prone to comedone formation (blackheads), make an appointment for Deep Cleansing treatment a week before your travel. Apply a spot treatment with bacteria-eliminating actives at the first signs of inflammation (e.g. Dermalogica Special Clearing Booster (benzoyl peroxide), Aveda Outer Peace Blemish Relief (salicylic acid)) to reduce the spot size within hours. Use oil-free and non-comedogenic moisturiser that regulates oiliness in your facial T-zone. If your usual cleansing and moisturising products irritate you in summer, switch to products formulated for sensitive skin type (with a different emulsifying and preservative system) to soothe irritation and re-hydrate your facial skin. Use mineral water or grape extract in a spray (e.g.
Devotees of Botox, fillers and cosmetic surgery are turning to "power massages" to bring their frozen faces back to life. Muscles paralyzed by Botox are repeatedly massaged to make up for the exercises they lack and to restore blood circulation. The benefits of facial massage have been well-known for some time now - including the short-term increase of blood flow improving skin tone and colour as well as the long-term stimulation of fibroblasts (the collagen-producing cells). Nicola Joss, a celebrity facialist from London, confirms; "If you want a toned, defined body, you work out; the same goes for the face". Nicola's power massage treatment involves a massage of cheeks from the inside the mouth. Botox users don't get the facial muscles to contract, limiting blood flow into the area. The skin is starved of oxygen and - with a change in immune response, it becomes stiff and dry. However, primarily Botox users with cigarette-thin skin (caused by using too much Botox) will see true benefits of this therapy. For others, facial massage encourages facial muscles to eliminate Botox more quickly. Source: Kevin Dowling: Pummelling unlocks faces frozen by Botox, Sunday Times, 17 July 2010 Replacing Botox with the natural technique of facial massage is beneficial for both our facial skin, muscle tension and definition!
The tanned face is attractive but over-exposure to the UV light is damaging to the skin cell's DNA and causes sunburn (in severe cases also blistering and pain). Take care and prevent skin cancer (melanoma), now the most common cancer amongst women in their 20s! Stay Safe in the Sun - Avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day, between 11am and 3pm. Find shade under umbrellas, trees or other shelters. - Always cover up, sunscreen alone is not enough. Wear T-shirts, wide-brimmed hats and UV protective sunglasses. - Apply sunscreen generously, also when travelling as sun will still have an effect on your skin through the windows. - Use sunscreen with UVB protection of at least SPF 30 (SPF 50 for children and people with pale skin) and also high UVA protection. - Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight! *** If concerned about changes in your skin following sun exposure - particular attention should be paid to moles that change in shape, size or colour - consult a local specialist. FaceWorkshops have teamed up with a Consultant Dermatologist, Dr James Britton, at Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital. You can see him privately or your GP can refer you via the NHS, please call for his
From Temporary Lines to Permanent Wrinkles Wrinkles develop progressively through our lives. When young, we only see temporary lines when making a facial expression. Later in life, lines and wrinkles become visible permanently. It is the mechanical stress caused by repeated facial expressions along the same skin groove that makes temporary lines become permanent wrinkles. The most significant period of change is in the 40s! Light skin tone and low hydration make our skin more prone to wrinkling. Also a low intake of water and a belief that tanned skin is healthy looking skin will contribute. A Tipping Point Research presented at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in San Francisco shows that skin elasticity and resilience has a tipping point at about 35 years of age. Compressing the skin of a 20-year old and that of a 40-year old skin with the same amout of stress and force - a skin compression imaging device - shows a big difference in the ability of the skin to withstand pressure. In a study of 100 women aged 25 - 55, skin power gradually declined through their 20's and early 30s but dropped precipitously at their mid thirties. This is due to collagen and elastin, skin's two main structural components, being damaged by oxidation (UV rays, pollution and intrinsic stress).
The year 2009 saw us cocooning and spending time at home through the economic downturn. We've adapted to spending time and money in a different way - and that shaped a new landscape for skincare products emerging in 2010. The new trends will allow us to enjoy that "at home" time even more. The New Trends of 2010 are: Mood Enhancing Skincare - going beyond simple aromatherapy, "neurocosmetics" has been designed to help boost the neurotransmitters, enhance our feeling of well-being and reduce stress. These actives may include antioxidants (idebenone) or plant extracts (Mirabilis jalapa or Marvel of Peru). Natural & High-Tech skincare coming together - less focused on certification and more on results, efficacy and safety. Expect to see claims like "free from" and "sustainable" on products that simultaneously contain synthetic actives (like peptides, hyaluronic acid, ceramides). Protection Against Ageing - continued from 2009, the protection claim will focus on UV light, the elements and hormonal changes e.g. Clarins Replenishing Comfort Mask claims to "nourish and enhance skin weakened by age-related hormonal change". The substantiation might be a challenge though! The Turbo Formulations trend continues from 2009. We saw the power of formulation being ramped up to deliver real results. Cosmetics science will continue to capitalise on advances in biochemistry and incorporate the use of