COVID-19

A message to all my valued customers:

A huge thank you for your continued support. This is just to say that whilst there is plenty to frown about – you don’t have to.

Many salons and clinics remain open until further notice but I am also offering home visits on request and if conditions allow.
However, if you’re understandably avoiding going out, I hope to see you with new products and offers when all this blows over.

Take good care and stay safe and well.

Sharon x

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‘Dracula’ Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Even when we have a full understanding of how and why the face ages and have all the treatment options at our disposal to delay the signs; we are constantly searching for ways to further improve skin quality and correct skin damage.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is not a filler, but a biological cell therapy that uses your own blood platelets and enriched plasma to enhance cell proliferation in the short term and induce fibroblast and growth factor activity in the long term. This results in advanced tissue healing and cell regeneration.

PRP can be mixed with vitamins and amino acids or, for example, Succinic acid to reduce pigmentation and/or hyaluronic acid to increase collagen production and skin density, thus increasing hydration and natural volume.

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photo: American Academy of Dermatology

Since PRP is from your own blood, there is no risk of allergy, lumps, granuloma’s or asymmetrical results. It is also naturally bactericidal which reduces any risk of infection.

The tiny injections are administered at 3 levels to stimulate bone, tissue and skin regeneration; finishing with a micro needling facial.

Contact Sharon for more information or to book a free consultation! Email sharon.savage@hotmail.co.uk or call 07832 210 976

PRP Facial – £350
PRP Plus – £500
Duration: 1 hour

After Care: Retinol

I am often asked by my clients about Retinol, its benefits and how to use it. One of the few ingredients to actually work, Retinol is effective in improving skin’s brightness, the treatment of acne, reducing brown/sun spots and minimising the appearance of wrinkles. It really is a skincare superhero!

Screenshot 2019-04-17 at 14.48.12To my customers, I recommend Radical Night Repair by ZO Zein Obagi. Formulated with 1% retinol, it also provides antioxidant protection to help neutralise free radical damage.
Retinol is the chemical name for Vitamin A and retinoids cause skin cells to turn over at a faster rate, decreasing oil production and helping the skin to exfoliate.

It’s important to remember that Retinol is strong stuff and with almost all effective aesthetic treatments, there will be some side effects that vary by individual.

During ‘retinization’ (which can start 1-3 days after first use) and as your skin adjusts to the retinol there may be some peeling, dryness and your face may appear redder than usual. Sensitivity is completely normal and there are many ways to soothe your skin while it builds a tolerance to Retinol. Patience is key and glowing, healthier looking skin is worth waiting for! We thought we’d list some of the best after care tips so that your Retinol treatment is as efficient as possible…

Preparation

The best preparation your can do pre-retinol is to ensure your face is moisturised. Start a moisturisation routine day and night for at least a week before you start using Retinol and you’ll ensure your skin has a better barrier function.

Moisturise Again!

Applying the retinol over a moisturiser at night will help to temper the harshness of the product. Look for one with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, antioxidants or redness relieving peptides. I recommend Epionce Renewal Facial Lotion which contains all of these things as well as a botanical complex of meadowfoam, flax, avocado and lavender to calm inflammation and neutralise free radicals. This can be ordered through Making Faces so contact me if you’d like to know more!

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Slow & Steady

Retinol is best applied at night so as to avoid sun sensitivity and shouldn’t be used every day at first. Start by applying retinol twice per week, gradually working your way up to regular use. Slow and steady will mean you have a less severe reaction to the retinol as your skin adjusts and over time you can build up to daily use if you wish.
If your skin has an adverse reaction, stop use for a couple of days until it calms down.

Switch Up Your Routine

For the first month of regular use, your skin will be sensitive and this means you may need to switch up your care routine. Use a gentle cleanser instead of an exfoliator and allow some natural oils to remain on the skin. I love SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser or Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser.

Give up masks and facial peels too – Retinol will naturally exfoliate the skin and so there is no reason to do any manual dermabrasion. You should also avoid any other products that contain retinol, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid as they can be too harsh during retinol use.

Moisturise AGAIN

If you don’t get any dryness, it’s likely that your retinol isn’t strong enough so dry patches are completely normal and should be treated with more moisturiser or soothing aloe vera gel.

Ask Your Aesthetician

If you think you are having an extreme reaction to retinol, contact your aesthetician for advice. In rare occasions when rashes develop it may mean you are having an allergic reaction to the product and so should stop use immediately.

 

Retinol can have incredible results when used correctly and my clients that use Radical Night Repair have found it has now become a part of their ongoing skin care routine. If you’d like any advice or have any questions at all about the product – please do not hesitate to contact me.

Beauty Food | Eating For Healthy Skin

When it comes to healthy skin the phrase “you are what you eat” could not be more true! To achieve glowing, vibrant and healthy skin, diet is the best place to start so we thought we’d talk you through the best things to eat to get your skin looking its best…

 

Fruit + Vegetables

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Eat a rainbow of fruit and vegetables and you’ll be filling your body with powerful antioxidants that help to protect skin from the cellular damage caused by free radicals.
Everyday things like smoking, pollution and sunlight can cause wrinkling and age spots but by aiming for at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, we can fight the negative effects these things have on our skin.

Tip: Betacarotene found in carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin and lutein found in kale, papaya and spinach are rich in potent antioxidants that are vital for normal skin development and healthy skin tone.

 

Vitamin C

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A super antioxidant that’s needed to support the immune system, Vitamin C also promotes radiant skin and helps blemishes to heal properly.
The recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C is 60mg and the best sources are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, kiwi fruits, oranges, strawberries and sweet potatoes.

Fact: Vitamin C is vital in the production of collagen which strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin, promoting elasticity and a more youthful appearance.

 

Selenium

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A powerful antioxidant that works alongside other antioxidants such as Vitamins E + C, Selenium is essential in supporting the immune system.
Reports suggest that a selenium rich diet can help protect against skin cancer, sun damage and age spots! This super nutrient can be found in Brazil nuts, shellfish, eggs, wheatgerm, tomatoes and broccoli.

Tip: Just 4 Brazil nuts will provide the recommended daily amount of Selenium!

 

Water

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The one we hear most often yet is so commonly forgotten about throughout the day – water is essential to healthy skin. Even mild hydration will cause skin to look tired, dry and grey so keep a bottle of water nearby at all times!

Aim for 6-8 glasses of water a day and remember to include moisture rich fruits and vegetables in there too such as watermelon, courgette and cucumbers.

Tip: Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption if you want to keep your skin looking bright and healthy.

 

No Yo-Yo Diets

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Constantly losing and regaining weight can take its toll on our skin, leading to sagging, wrinkles and stretch marks. Crash or extreme diets are usually short in essential vitamins and minerals and over long periods of time this type of diet will reflect on your skin.

Choose a balanced, healthy diet filled with fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and wholegrains to ensure your skin is looking the very best it can.

 

Healthy Fats

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Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like those found in avocados, oily fish, nuts and seeds help to provide essential fatty acids. These act as a natural moisturiser for our skin, keeping it supple and improving elasticity.
These fats also come with a healthy dose of Vitamin E which further help to protect against free radical damage.

 

Zinc

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Involved in the normal functioning of the sebaceous glands which produce oil in the skin, Zinc helps to repair skin damage and keep skin soft and supple.
With anti-inflammatory properties, Zinc helps to heal and rejuvenate the skin and may help to prevent acne.

Tip: Zinc rich foods include fish, lean red meat, wholegrains, nuts, seeds and shellfish.

 

New Treatment | Dracula PRP Therapy™

In November I joined Dr Daniel Sister and Wigmore Medical for Platelet-Rich Plasma Training and am now pleased to offer the innovative Dracula PRP Therapy™ to my clients!

A powerful anti-aging treatment that involves using your own blood as an injectable treatment; Dr Sister was the first to introduce the treatment into the UK and has now perfected his own system called Dracula Therapy™.

The treatment involves taking a small sample of the patient’s blood (about the same amount as an average blood test) and placing it into a centrifuge. This process separates the red blood cells, clear serum and platelets and it is at this point that vitamins and amino acids can be added to create a super-charged serum!

This serum is then injected into the patient, using small painless injections in whichever area requires treatment. Not only is Dracula Therapy™ an amazing anti-aging treatment, it has wider uses within the medical profession including treating hair loss and sports injuries. Dracula Therapy™ is also incredibly effective at treating acne scarring and stretch marks and can be mixed with dermal fillers used to treat lines to help tackle skin related problems.

Results are noticeable within 3-4 weeks and is perfect for patients looking for a more natural approach to facial rejuvenation – Dracula Therapy™ avoids the use of synthetic fillers or animal products.

Treatment may need to be repeated every 2-6 months due to the on-going ageing process.

If you are interested in Dracula Therapy™ or would like a free consultation to discuss your needs, contact me on 07832 210 976 or email sharon.savage@hotmail.co.uk.

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Winter Skin

Christmas is over and Winter has hit us hard…’tis officially the season of chapped lips, dry cheeks and watering eyes. I want to make these upcoming months a little more comfortable and so here are my top tips for keeping your skin happy and healthy throughout this chilly time of year.

Stay Hydrated

When outside in the blistering cold (or indoors in central heating) our skin becomes drier and more sensitive. Help keep your skin hydrated from the inside out by swapping coffee and alcohol for water and green tea; which has great antioxidant properties.

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The sun may not be shining but there are still high levels of UVA around that can age our skin. Wear a sunscreen everyday with a high UVA rating so that your skin is protected from these damaging rays. Epionce’s Ultra Shield Lotion protects against UVA and UVB rays and is lightweight so won’t interfere with the rest of your skin regime or your make up!

Tip: There is less UVB round in Winter and as this is vitamin D stimulating it can be beneficial to supplement with vitamin D3.

 

Professional Treatments

Get ready for the party season with a professional skin treatment. Due to the increased risk of sun exposure in the summer months, it can be best to leave peels and laser treatments to the Winter.

The Epionce Chemical Peel (available at Making Faces) is anything but ‘chemical’. In fact, it utilises the power of nature and contains naturally occurring fruit acids and enzymes to prompt your skin to increase its cellular turnover. With minimal downtime, you can be looking your best at the office Christmas party with no stress at all!

 

3122-Intensive-Nourishing-CreamChoose Your Moisturiser

Some over the counter moisturisers contain petroleum based ingredients that only further dry your skin. Choose a rich and nourishing moisturiser like Epionce’s Intensive Nourishing Cream which contains ultra hydrating ingredients that will strengthen the collagen and elastin in your skin.

 

Exfoliate

After a day out in harsh conditions exfoliating might feel like the last thing you want to do but your skin will need a hand removing dead cells. Use a gentle exfoliant like St Ives Apricot Scrub which contains natural walnut shell (better for the environment than microbeads!) and salicylic acid or Obagi360’s Exfoliating Cleanser which not only removes dead skin cells but also contains Panthenol to soothe any inflamed areas.

 

Overnight Remedy

By adding an overnight treatment to your skin regime, you can ensure you wake up with nourished, bright looking skin everyday! We love facial oils and serums for use overnight. The lightweight nature of these products mean they can penetrate more ncxod3t8mky2nhbrqbtedeeply into the skin, delivering active ingredients to both the dermis and epidermis.

There’s a reason Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum is the number 1 best selling in the UK and Ireland – if you haven’t tried it yet we strongly recommend you do!
Packed full of ingredients that are 99.8% natural, a few drops before bed will soothe, nourish and hydrate your skin. It smells amazing too!

 

Perfect Pout

Don’t forget to treat your lips to some TLC too! We love the Baume de Rose Lip Scrub from By Terry which is enriched with rose butter and rose hip oil to exfoliate and moisture dry or chapped lips.

Making Faces’ Lip Conditioning Treatments improve the appearance of your lips by improving colour and maintaining suppleness and moisture levels. Contact me for more information.