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Facial massage has dramatically evolved from the old school French style effleurage

As a beauty therapist I have often been described as having magic hands, however, there is more to the magic than meets the eye. Facial massage has dramatically evolved from the old school French style effleurage. The right technique and care will deliver skin health benefits and improve the appearance of the skin. Manipulating the skin in certain directions will…

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Through the ages – seventies and up

Here is my secret the client’s skin which I most admire is over seventy.  I call her my poster child. I can promise you, you would never pick her age and you would be out by a long shot. I have also known her for over a decade and she has not changed a single iota. She wears her lines…

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Through the ages – in your sixties

So what does a woman in her forties know about being in her sixties, well let’s face it nothing!  What I do know is how inspiring woman in this age group are from international leaders like Michelle Bachelet, Angela Merkel and Princess Anne to screen sirens like Jane Seymour and Susan Sarandon. They have forged their own path and left…

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Through the ages – in the fifties

Fifties conjures up images of swing dresses and juke boxes. Professionally fifties means I will start to see thickening of the skin, age spots, lines and wrinkles, nail thickening and ridging. It is also a time that for female clients we have to address the effect of menopause. Menopause effects appearance in many ways. Firstly we start seeing less lipids…

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Through the ages in my twenties

Even though I would not want to be in my twenties again there are some elements of being in my twenties I miss. The devil may care cavalier attitude of my 20’s is something I wish I could embrace more often now that I am in my 40’s. As a beauty therapist in my twenties I really started to form…

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Who should you go to bed with?

Going to bed with a mask on is very common; however, I question the logic. The skin would get far greater treatment by having a mask and night cream applied than a mask alone. Today’s technology in skincare means that we need to shift our thinking in how use and recommend products. Night creams have vastly increased in technology and…

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Ingredients versus benefits

With today’s technology and understanding of the skin it seems to bring more confusion than clarification. Clients and friends seem more confused on what they should be looking for in a skincare product than ever. There is always great hype over the “miracle” ingredient where I believe the focus needs to rest solely on the benefits. There is no one…

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Finding balance

I have always found a great irony in some of the biggest facts within beauty industry. Did you know the number one customer concern is dehydration, not lines, not pimples? Yet the industry promotes extensively to exfoliate and not as strongly to mask. The irony is exfoliating and not masking can be the biggest cause of dehydration. Allow me to explain.…

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