Bringing in the big guns!

Bringing in the big guns!

So this year I turn 40; and I am appreciating the year-long run up to the big day as it is allowing me time to get my head around it. It’s not that I mind ageing- what I find harder to accept is that 40 sounds grown up…properly gown up (not just “pretending” grown up) really adult, proper responsibility, no rehearsing….this is the real deal! The concern I have is that I’m still not quite sure yet whether I always totally “fit the brief” of this new role!

Up until now I have bene very lucky at managing to dodge the imminent signs that youth is no longer on myside. Due to the colour of my hair I haven’t spotted a grey one yet and I manage to keep relatively fit so I can still wear most clothes that I want to (although the length of my skirts are defiantly beginning to err on the side of “This length is  a realistic one to prevent humiliation at any point”, rather then slightly winging it and hoping I don’t have to bend down to pick something up off the floor!

However, my skin is definitely beginning to show wear and tear from years of battling acne (through my teenage years and then again from the age of 35…it feels very unfair!) and from being out on regular dog walks and a sun-lover with an understandably scant regard for the benefits of wearing a balaclava (which apparently is the best way to prevent thread veins taking hold!)

Therefore, I have been on a mission to start to deal with this; with the mind-set that hopefully getting on top of things now, will stand me in good stead as the aging process really takes hold. I thought you might find it helpful if I shared what I have found has helped me, as in so many of the private consultations I do- I chat with my client about skincare, skin problems and all the different options out there to treat them…so here are my thoughts and findings…

Follow the Experts:

The first step in my quest was to follow three expert women in makeup and skincare on Instagram and now I now subscribe to their accounts on You Tube.

Caroline Hirons: expert in skincare/facials/ skincare ranges / how to look after your skin
Nadine Baggot: Beauty journalist with incredibly detailed knowledge on skin care and beauty products
Caroline Barns: A makeup artist with brilliant tutorials to achieve manageable makeup looks

From following them I started to buy the products they recommended and some of them have been brilliant. I was mainly looking for products that will help skin cell production turnover as this means your skin looks brighter and clearer. I am hoping the scarred areas will eventually rejuvenate and not look as obvious. I am also wanting products to calm my skin and alleviate redness from irritation and from being out in all weathers. These are my favourites:

1. Kate Somerville: Exfolikate Cleanser: Its got lots of ingredients in it that help your skin to rejuvenate and turn of cell production quicker
2. Pixi Glow Tonic: It has 5% Glycolic acid in it which is great at taking off dead skin cells and making your skin look fresher
3. Aurelia Revitalise and Glow serum: such a beautiful product- smells divine and really does calm areas of redness. Put this on before any moisturizers so it can penetrate the skin layers more easily
4. 4. La Roch Posay- Effaclar: Only recently discovered this brand and it is BRILLIANT, sun-care, lip treatments, anti-aging…they have it all with great research and evidence of results. This product is recommended for people who get spots and break outs as it has a bacteria munching enzyme in it that gets rid of the bacteria that could turn excess oil in your skin into a full blown spot. I REALLY rate this and noticed a difference in my skin in a week of using it…less spots and the ones I did have were much less red.
5. Kate Somerville – ExfolikateGlow Moisturizer- works hand in hand with the cleanser at helping skin rejuvenation
6. Nuxe-Crème Hydrante: Another great French cosmetic company. This is a soothing and really moisturizing cream for day or night when you want to give your skin a full-on drink!

So all of these products are doing a great job…but I also knew that there were other treatments out there that promised more results. There is only so far a topical treatment can go and I knew that specialised, targeted, electronic treatments could help me to get rid of the long standing issues and get my skin on a level playing field again, which I would then hopefully be able to maintain with topical treatments going forward.

I contacted Eliza Clark, who is based in Cheltenham, as I knew of others who had been to see her and recommended her. She is a trained nurse and has a great reputation of not being pushy or recommending treatments to people that they don’t need or won’t deliver what they want.

After a long consultation with her where she took me through lots of different options – we agreed that I would have a course of 4 treatments of IPL Skin Rejuvenation and Radio-Frequency facials as she felt that these would produce the results I was after.

This is what they profess to deliver:

IPL Skin Rejuviantion:

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light technology, it can also known as photorejuvenation.

It is great at
• removing red splotches and brown spots, and scarring,
• reducing pore size,
• eliminating and reducing wrinkles
• improving overall skin texture, smoothness and quality
• treating rosacea, hyperpigmentation, melasma, age and sunspots, broken capillaries, spider veins, stretch marks, and other conditions as well
• combating the effects of ageing, and achieving a more youthful appearance.
• Providing a legitimate and long-lasting solution, as opposed to some procedures which offer only short-term results.

It’s a simple procedure where intense light from a range of wavelengths is focused on the specific parts of your skin that you are treating. The IPL device itself is gently pressed onto the skin, with a smooth, transparent surface emitting the light on the targeted areas. This light helps to spur on the production of collagen, which will help to fill in lines and wrinkles or shallow scarring, while also reducing redness, discolouration, and spots. Meanwhile, the targeted tissue that has been damaged is naturally removed by the body.

You wear an eye mask to protect your eyes and vision during the procedure, and a jelly-like gel is applied on your skin to prevent overheating. Its not an entirely pleasant experience as it does sting the skin momentarily when the light flashes, but it lasts for a second and then stops. The whole treatment lasts for about 20 minutes.

Eliza offers this treatment for £45 / session but recommends more then one session to get the results. I am having four treatments over the course of a month, a week apart.

Radio-Frequency facials:

Radiofrequency is all about stimulating your own collagen production.

It’s great for softening fine lines – especially the nose to mouth lines – as well as lifting the cheeks and tightening the jawline, so it’s great for age prevention. It will also help those experiencing loss of firmness and dullness in their skin. As well as collagen production, it also boosts oxygen levels in the skin, so it’s great for general radiance.

During a treatment a machine is used to heat the skin to between 38-40 degrees with radiofrequency, which feels like a hot stone face massage – you do feel heat in the skin but it’s comfortable. You get an immediate tightening of the collagen fibres, so it’s great to do before an event, but it also gives a long-lasting lift and increased volume. It also continues to promote collagen production over the four-six weeks following a treatment.

Eliza offers this treatment for £45 / session but recommends more then one session to get the results. I am having four treatments over the course of a month, a week apart.

So that you can judge the results for yourself I am braving the “before” photo….no makeup- totally fresh faced(!!!!)

 

You can’t really see the broken veins in these pictures but they do show the uneven skin tone…!

I will also do one half way through treatment and then at the end. So far,(after one treatment) I have had two very close friends comment on my skin (neither knew I was doing this). Both stopped me mid sentence and said something along the lines of:

“Sorry but can we just talk about your skin? It looks amazing”…to which I replied with a big “YES we certainly CAN talk about my skin!!!! So  you notice a difference? What do you think it looks like? Does it look fresher? What about the texture” etc etc (you can probably imagine at this point they looked a bit shocked by my intense search for feedback – but it was so satisfying that they had already noticed!!!)

So I would say – so far, so good…but I will be back next week to report mid-way!

I really would recommend Eliza as she is a great example of what she does- her skin is flawless and utterly radiant.  As we chatted I was searching and searching her face for imperfections, signs of overuse of products or of liquids that come out of needles- (if you get my drift) and I can honestly say- she passed my scrutiny with flying colours (without even realising it!) I take great solace in the fact that the person treating me is not only talking the talk but walking the walk…she stands by what she does and you can see the benefits of what she does in her own face.

If you want to check her out and talk to her further – her contact details are here:

She is offering for my clients to have both treatments done at the same time for a cost of £85/session. Please mention me when booking so she knows where you heard of her from.

This blog is not a “paid for” blog- it is a genuine review of a service I genuinely wanted to have. I am passionate about providing a great service to my clients and telling them about things I have found helpful…and if I can support another women in business in the process- well that’s a billy-bonus!

Have a lovely weekend. xx

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