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Reversal Of Fortune

It has been said of me that I can be a bit of a mad scientist with my experiments on my own skin. I love trying to push products to their ultimate levels of performance. Active ingredients like retinol, vitamin C and hydroxy acids have always captivated me. You may not be aware that, because of stability and compatibility issues,…

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Breaking the rules, for all the right reasons

The beauty industry has at times held onto time-honoured traditions and processes. Think about the three-step rule, which has now become about five steps. Sometimes your beauty therapist needs to break those rules or skip some steps. The adage that rules were made to be broken is very true for a beauty therapist, to allow us to achieve great results…

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Knowing the skin you’re in

One of the greatest challenges in our industry is proper skin diagnosis. We find too often that new clients arrive brimming with misinformation or without having any real understanding of their own skin. Skin health can be at risk for new clients who have tried the latest product used by some celebrity, believing it would be perfect for them. You…

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Step by Step

Getting back to basics and utilising your products is sometimes the best advice we can give. 1. Cleanse- double cleanse in the evening to remove make-up and sunscreen first then cleanse the skin for preparation of treatment products 2. Tone/Lotion – keep this step simple and splash on like an after shave versus using cotton pads. Pre-modern technology toners where…

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6 Rules of skincare that stands the test of time

The secret to great skin health is a great skincare routine at home. Yet I find this is sometimes an area of great confusion. Here are my six rules to live by: 1. Practise your routine twice a day. In the morning, cleanse and tone (yes, do not miss this step), then apply serum, eye cream, moisturiser, SPF product, primer…

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The tools we use besides our hands

At the Paddington Beauty Room our beauty specialists utilise some specialist tools to enhance our massage techniques and skincare technologies. The steamer: It may seem quite humble, however, when used correctly the steamer has a wonderful influence on the health of your skin. There are three elements to steam treatment. The first element is the moisture, the actual steam. Most…

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Winter Skin Saving Advice

There are many factors that contribute to the drying and dehydration of skin during the winter months. Firstly, oil does not travel as easily across the skin like it does in summer. Just think of a knob of butter in a frypan. Secondly, in very cold climates the water present in the skin can freeze and then chaps. Thirdly our…

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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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Its A Grey Area

You may have noticed that there is a lot of talk about online shopping versus bricks and mortar shopping. Personally I love both, there is something exciting about receiving your parcel after ordering on-line, it like a little gift! Then there is the using your senses purchasing where you can touch, feel and learn which is kind of fun. Luckily…

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Do you know your skin type?

After 21 years in the industry, I am still amazed how little some people understand about their own skin, how it behaves and what skin type they have. It is my experience that people who have a strong understanding about what their skin does and when and react to this knowledge,  are the ones who have the beautiful, healthy skin. I often get asked what the…

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