"I’m very proud to have reached the final of the Pure Beauty Awards with my 4 Anti-Ageing Serum. I’m competing against big budget international skincare brands.” I am delighted that my signature serum has been shortlisted for the Pure Beauty Awards this year. The Pure Beauty Awards are considered a highlight in the beauty industry calendar and the annual awards event attracts key industry professionals and leading UK retailers. The category "Best New Skin Care Treatment" reflects all I stand for - my passion for scientifically proven ingredients, great skin-feel and scent - and last but not least, an evidence-based targeted application. I am based in Yorkshire yet as a skin scientist and facialist, I pride myself in being innovative and unique in my approach to products and treatments. My first serum, designed for vertical lines and wrinkles, is the result of over 20 years of my scientific research, clinical expertise and own personal skincare journey. I have had fantastic reviews from my clients who enjoy using my signature product. The fact that the first skincare product I have developed has been acknowledged by the judges is a true commendation. If you like my work and would like me to win, please vote for me here. The voting runs from 5th until 26th September. Thank you! To make it interesting, I will bring
I encourage my clients to aim high in terms of their skincare products. To treat themselves to NICE skin feel & scent as well as interesting & effective active ingredients, good for their skin type.. It is important to establish a pleasant skincare routine that changes with seasons; a sophisticated skincare routine – ideally without the price tag. I advise my clients to be savvy and scrutinise the commercial sites for discounts & bargains (FeelUnique, SpaceNK, Cult Beauty, Look Fantastic, Time to Spa, even Amazon) and also visit TkMaxx, Boots, Holland&Barrett for skincare and “skin health” supplements or shop with the organic MyShowcase. Good skincare can be found in unexpected places – last year’s Aldi Caviar Peel was a great product for a fraction of the high-street price.
Looking good for your age feels fabulous. And quality skincare does not have to break the bank - the results are also in your (and your facialist's) hands. Facial creams are only a part of the solution. It is the professional facial massage (every 4 - 6 weeks) and a personalised daily "at home" care that make the difference! 1. Go shopping for a PERSONALISED bargain. Ask questions of your beauty therapist so that you can respect their credibility. A good skincare specialist will be able to save you money on efficacious products. We all love a bargain - but only if it works! 2. Save money by PROTECTION and PREVENTION - at any age. Be diligent with your skincare routines. Use a gentle cleanser and a serum underneath your moisturiser. Use a mask regularly and learn the art of skincare layering. Remember that skincare has a shelf life - change your products every season. 3. RELAX YOUR FACE in the evening by bespoke facial yoga and a gentle massage routine. 4. Invest in regular PROFESSIONAL TREATMENTS. Only 25 % of British women invest in facial treatments. The Brits worry about appearance and facial ageing but don't do much about it. Having a facial has not been ingrained in women since childhood (as in France) or demanded by the society (e.g. USA). As the Parisians say - enjoy the face you have today.
Vichy Lift Activ Serum 10 (30 ml), £29.50 vs. YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum (30 ml), £60 L’Oreal is the parent company of both YSL and Vichy and has launched the new YSL skincare line to repeat the commercial success of their make-up and fragrance products, eg. Touche Eclat. Claims Comparison: YSL – anti-wrinkle lift/plump/radiance vs. Vichy – velvety texture/advance anti-wrinkle efficacy/long-lasting lifting effect. FaceWorkshops Recommendation: SAVE £30! Similar products in terms of the main ingredients, rhamnose and glycerol that benefit the skin by increased hydration. Both products contain a small amount of hyaluronic acid (long-term hydration). The Vichy serum contains a ceramide derivative, salicyloyl phytosphingosine, with a potential anti-wrinkle benefit. The Vichy serum also contains less alcohol that can be detrimental to the healthy barrier function of facial skin. I would expect the efficacy of the Vichy serum to be slightly superior – given the higher content of rhamnose, the additional ceramide derivative and less alcohol in the formulation. We are awaiting the clinical studies.
Being an insider allows me to comment on the technology used in skincare: not many people understand that Lancome is a L’Oreal brand and sharing technologies across the board within one company is to be expected. Genifique £55/30ml vs. L’Oréal Youth Code £17.19/30 ml FaceWorkshops Recommendation: SAVE £37 (but only if you like more fragranced skincare). – Both products contain Biolysat, an anti-ageing ingredient, beneficial for facial skin. There is some scientific evidence for Biolysat, Adenosine, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine – albeit coming from L’Oreal and Degussa but published in peer reviewed journals. The main ingredients improve inflammation and skin sensitivity, however, the high level of alcohol is not ideal for sensitive skin types. AESTHETICS: As always with prestige skincare, the aesthetics of Genifique is more refined and there is less perfume than in the Youth Code. EFFICACY: Genifique contains more of Hyaluronic acid (temporary plumping effect through hydration) and Adenosine, less Salicyloyl phytosphingosine and no Peptides. The products have similar efficacy – save your money and buy the Youth Code if happy with the stronger perfume! Personally, I like the Genifique texture more with more hyaluronic acid and no peptides. Read more about both products..