Lip Rejuvenation

What happens to lips as we get older?

Whilst lip size and shape are genetically determined, as we age, the decreased production of collagen and elastin molecules and naturally occurring Hyaluronic Acid causes lips to loose their volume and become thinner.  This can start to happen as early as the late 20’s and 30’s!

Lifestyle factors can also play a part in ‘premature’ lip thinning, so:

  • Avoid straws and puckering your lips
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Use oil based lip Products
  • Don’t smoke
  • Use a lip stick or lip product with an SPF
  • Include plenty of protein, Vitamin C and Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet.

What else can we do?

Medical options include injectable lip fillers to replace and stimulate the lost Hyaluronic Acid.  The new, advanced filler products are so soft and smooth and consist of natural Hyaluronic Acid and often Lidocaine anaesthetic which numbs the lips as it’s injected.

The Lip Rejuvenation Package: £250

Subtle re-definition of the vermillion border, or lip line, which can become almost non-existent as we get older.

Gentle plumping of the lip body with Hyaluronic Acid filler which adds both volume and moisture to the dehydrated tissues.

FREE  Epionce Anti-Aging Lip Renewal Balm, worth £17, to help care for your new lips.


Lip Renewal is a powerful daily-use treatment formula designed for the unique lip area which includes:

  • Anti-inflammatory barrier repair.
  • Improved appearance of lip lines and wrinkles.
  • Helps Increase hydration.
  • Reveals soft supple lips.




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.

3128-Ultra_Shield_LotionWear SPF

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.



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.





New Product: Belotero® Lips

Last month Merz (a global leader in medical aesthetics) announced the launch of Belotero® Lips; a new product specifically designed for lip enhancement and the treatment of lines around the mouth. It includes two hyaluronic acid dermal filler products – ‘Shape’ and ‘Contour’ that compliment each other to deliver safe, effective and natural looking results.

Lip fillers are now among the most frequently requested procedures in aesthetic practices, in part due to the popularisation of the treatment by celebrities and social media influencers. However, the new Belotero® Lips campaign focuses on the importance of your own unique and individual beauty using the tag line “Showing off not just you – but an enhanced version of you.”

Single products are often not versatile enough to deliver the personalised result desired by many clients of aesthetic practitioners. The development of two products that work in harmony with each other to target different aspects of the lips and their shape, is revolutionary! It also means that practitioners can be more creative, adapting the procedure to meet the needs and desires of each patient on an individual basis.

Client expectations are high – and so they should be! We believe in results that are long lasting and comfortable, but that also enable you to look your natural best.
Versatile and complimentary, Belotero® Lips ‘Shape’ is used to enhance and augment the upper and lower lip, while Belotero® Lips ‘Contour’ is designed to define the outline of the lip.

In a recent clinical assessment involving 146 patients, the vast majority (87%) rated Belotero Lips® as very good for naturalness and evenness and this assessment was maintained at 66.7% after 4 months.
As with all lip augmentation treatments, common side effects include swelling, bruising, tenderness, pain and redness.

We are really excited about this new product and it will soon be available at MAKING FACES! Contact me on 07832 210 976 or email to arrange a consultation.





5 tips for healthy Summer skin

It looks like Summer is on its way! Fingers crossed the lovely weather stays and we can start justifying all of the Magnum’s we’re eating…
With the warmer days comes even more reason to protect your skin so we’ve got a round up of 5 easy tips for keeping your skin healthy this Summer.

  • Sun screen – possibly the most obvious but by far the most important. You should use a sunscreen on your skin every day but even more so during the Summer. Whether you work indoors or out, a layer of sun screen will protect your skin from UV rays and there are some great products on the market that don’t feel heavy or leave your skin looking greasy. We recommend Epionce Active Shield lotion SPF30+ which is light, fast absorbing and fortified with antioxidants.
  • Lip protection – as if we need an excuse to buy another lipstick? During the Summer months don’t forget our lips are delicate and burn so easily. No one wants to look like a Batfish so be sure to look for a lipstick or lip balm with an SPF of at least 15.

Not a good look.

  • Water – hydration is key all year round but during the Summer months, enjoying the sun can mean we end up feeling a little shrivelled. Be sure to drink plenty of water and snack on leafy greens, watermelon and berries to help you stay hydrated.
  • Exfoliating – as much as we’d all love a daily facial, for most it is not feasible. However, you can have a mini pamper every day if you use the right products. A gentle, daily exfoliating routine is the next best thing (bar a personal beautician) for clearing away dead skin cells and cleaning your pores; ensuring bright, radiant and healthy Summer skin. We love the ZO Skin Health Offects Exfoliating Polish which contains ultra-fine magnesium crystals and added vitamins A, C & E.
  • Go natural – if Summer days make you dread the thought of your normal make up routine, why not go natural? Going completely without make up can be a little daunting but a great breathable camouflage cream can cover up any blemishes, dark spots and troublesome areas effortlessly – leaving you looking natural and glowing. We use the Lycogel Breathable Camouflage SPF30 – available in 10 shades to suit your skin tone it will improve your skin whilst making you look flawless….and it’s water resistant! Pool party anyone?


Epionce – the beauty of healthy skin

Formulated with potent botanical ingredients, paraben and fragrance free and a proven effectiveness in independent clinical trials it’s no wonder Epionce was voted the best anti-ageing skincare line in the USA. Its popularity is now spreading to the UK where it is one of the most used ranges by doctors and medical aesthetic clinics.

Epionce is one of the specialist ranges we stock at MAKING FACES and we begin by identifying your skin type first, then customising to suit your skin health goals.

Cleanse & PrepareCleanse & Prepare
Epionce Cleanse & Prepare products remove skin impurities without disrupting the intercellular lipids and cells that form the natural protective barrier. The cleanse and prepare process is important because it removes makeup, dirt and oil in readiness for the application of leave-on Lytic and Renewal products.


Correct & Boost

Epionce Correct & Boost products are proven through rigorous independent testing to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation. The powerful Epionce ingredients have been formulated to avoid unwanted disruption or irritation to the skin. Your skin will look smoother, with a fresher more even looking complexion.

Renew & Fortify
Epionce Renew & Fortify If you are new to the range and wondering which product to start with we recommend one of the Renewals or Intensive Nourishing Cream. They are the cornerstone to good skincare and once you see the improvements in your skin you will start to appreciate why Epionce has become such a popular skincare line. Formulated with a wide synergistic array of proven active botanical ingredients.

ProtectProtect & Prevent
Daily use of the Epionce Protect and Prevent products help protect the skin from damaging UVA and UVB exposure which can lead to ageing of the skin. Epionce sunscreens are formulated for high sun-blocking efficacy while maintaining the most elegant aesthetic qualities – smooth application and no white residue. Ideal for sensitive skin alone or under makeup.

Post-treatment Care
Taking care of your skin following a treatment procedure is important to ensure positive long-term results. Epionce has the answer! Formulated for incredibly sensitive post-treatment skin, two Epionce post-treatment Kits are effective tools for post-procedure at-home care by enhancing the healing process.

Professional Use
The Epionce peels are medically supervised chemical peels available for in-clinic treatment procedures. Each peel system helps improve the appearance of problem and photoaged skin by deeply cleansing pores and removing skin scale while smoothing the skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Talk to Sharon at MAKING FACES to understand which peel is suitable for you. Epionce facial peels from £90.

Botox: how young is too young?



In a world of selfies, Instagram filters and apps that add virtual make up to a photo to ensure the perfect portrait, it’s no surprise young people are looking for Botox treatments to reduce wrinkles and lip fillers to help create an Angelina Jolie pout; but how young is too young for these aesthetic treatments?

My client base is mostly women aged 35+ however, I am on occasion approached by girls as young as 18 asking me to administer Botox. It’s a moral dilemma that faces aesthetic practitioners all over the world but unfortunately many choose to ignore their professional responsibility and give unnecessary treatments to girls as young as 17. I’ve seen the physical and emotional effects of women who have undergone aesthetic treatments too early – it can encourage an unhealthy obsession with non-existent facial lines and in my opinion, ruins the developing, natural beauty of these young women.

A study published in the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing has presented a slightly more worrying issue than just the physical implications of having Botox treatments too early . “As a human being, our ability to demonstrate a wide range of emotions is very dependent on facial expressions,” explained Helena Collier, one of the study’s researchers. “If you wipe those expressions out, this might stunt [young people’s] emotional and social development,” she said.

The human brain responds to what your body does – smiling (even when you don’t feel like it) invokes happiness whereas frowning can lower your mood without you even realising. Collier expressed her fear that “a growing generation of blank-faced” young people could result in a future unable to accurately convey their emotions. “Treatment with drugs like Botox prevents the patient from being able to make a particular expression and can therefore have an effect on our learning to feel emotions naturally.”

At MAKING FACES I aim to help my clients to look their natural best. Through repeat consultations I work to understand each clients individual expectations and will always offer honest advice on what I think will help to achieve a natural result. If I can’t administer the treatment aclient is looking for, I will always do my best to offer an alternative. Incredible results can be achieved through an effective skin care regime and other, less invasive treatments such as Derma Roller and Venus Freeze facials.

If you would like a free, confidential consultation please don’t hesitate to call me on: 07832 210 976.

ZO by Dr. Zein Obagi – The solution for your skin health

It is reported that the average woman will spend over £8,500 on skin products in her lifetime. Cleansers, moisturisers and anti-aging creams make up a large part of this number and it’s often mind boggling to look at the array of creams on the shelves at Boots that claim to lift, plump, create a glow or reduce wrinkles.

Dr Zen Obagi is a world renowned skin health expert who’s life long passion for creating healthy skin led him to create a range of products that have revolutionised skin care. He realises that skin health is a science and like any other science, is not static. Therefore, the need for improvement, expansion, and continuous adjustment is not only essential, but also necessary in obtaining optimal treatment results. What makes ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical products different is that they offer expanded benefits, improved treatment protocol results, broadened margins of safety, economical products, and increased patient compliance by offering the concept of prevention.

By restricting availability of their products to physicians’ such as MAKING FACES, they eliminate patient self-treating without medical supervision and, as a result, restore and strengthen the bonds between physicians and their patients.

From maintenance products such as cleansers and colour correcting creams, to more specialist treatments that target skin problems such as acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and aging; ZO Skin Health is the solution for optimising the true health of your skin.

MAKING FACES asked Emma, 25 and a user of Zo Skin Health products for 3 years how it’s changed her skin:

” I spend a lot of time outdoors and was struggling, particularly during the Winter with wind burnt, dry and uneven skin. Terrified that i’d end up with a face that looks like a leather boot at 50, I contacted Sharon to ask what I could do to improve my skin at a deeper level than just using an intense moisturiser. She explained the benefits of ZO products and how they work and I purchased an ‘advanced anti-aging skin care kit’ which contained different products for both day and night. I noticed a difference in my skin after about 1 week of using the products every day. It looked and felt calmer and I noticed myself needing to use less BB cream and foundation to cover up the uneven, blotchy patches. I am so happy with the difference its made and I feel much more confident in my skin. Off the shelf creams weren’t enough for me and nothing feels as good on my skin now, I only use Zen Obagi.”

We need to make sure we’re getting the most from our skin care regime. If you suffer with a condition that makes you feel self-conscious or want to really optimise the health of your skin, talk to Sharon about what ZO Skin Health products can do for you.

If we’re gonna spend just short of £10,000 on skin products in this lifetime, we might as well look fabulous doing it.

ZO Skin Health by Zen Obagi's night cream bursting with retinol featured in InStyle.

ZO Skin Health by Zen Obagi’s night cream bursting with retinol featured in InStyle.

Zo Skin Health by Zen Obagi's hand recovery cream featured in Harper's Bazaar.

Zo Skin Health by Zen Obagi’s hand recovery cream featured in Harper’s Bazaar.


ZO Skin Health by Zen Obagi's Growth Factor Serum & Overnight Recovery Cream featured in Grazia

ZO Skin Health by Zen Obagi’s Growth Factor Serum & Overnight Recovery Cream featured in Grazia

Venus Freeze – Hollywood’s hottest new treatment

A favourite amongst A listers such as Cara Delevinge, Yasmin LeBon & Lisa Snowdon, Venus Freeze is a revolutionary new treatment for the face, neck and body.

In the USA the Freeze has been called “the facelift of the future” and is used extensively by top Hollywood Dermatologists in place of cosmetic surgery because it is easy to apply and very effective with a flexible range of treatments for your skin.

Venus Freeze featured in Harpers Bazaar US Dec 2012

Venus Freeze featured in Harpers Bazaar US Dec 2012

Quick, non-invasive and painless; results are seen after only a few 30 minute treatments. Perfect for contouring, lifting, and tightening areas of the body that have lost definition after weight loss, the before and after pictures speak for themselves….

Before & After with Venus Freeze

Before & After with Venus Freeze

Referred to as the ‘reverse aging’ process, Venus Freeze uses MP² technology, utilising multi polar radio frequency and Pulsed Magnetic Fields which produce a soothing and therapeutic heat matrix over the skin. Skin tightening, wrinkle reduction and cellulite reduction occur because the multi-polar radio frequency causes a thermal reaction in the tissue which stimulates the body’s natural healing response. This restoring response causes new collagen to form and the production of new elastin fibres. The active collage in the skin contracts, achieving tighter skin, softening of wrinkles and reduced cellulite.

MAKING FACES currently offers Venus Freeze treatments at Indulgence Beauty Clinic in Marlborough, one of only 3 clinics in Somerset & Wiltshire offering the procedure.

Call Indulgence on: 01672 513 507 to talk to one of our practitioners about what Venus Freeze can do for you, or to book an appointment.

Venus Freeze in InStyle Feb '13

Venus Freeze in InStyle Feb ’13