You want beautiful skin. You don’t know where to begin. Start here

I’m here to share the real secrets, squash the myths and deliver the hard-hitting truths behind achieving beautiful skin.

  1. If you go and have a facial every month, you will have beautiful skin.

Not True.

What you put on your skin every day, is more important than the treatment you decide to have in a clinic / salon. A good homecare routine, made up of the right products for your skin type and specific skincare concerns, are essential to ensure long term results.

It is important to make time for your skin, but equally it isn’t about using lots of different products and spending half your day applying them. it is about using a few key products consistently, that will help transform your skin.

In clinic treatments can be carried out alongside your homecare routine and are ultimately there to give your skin an extra boost, or to correct any acute skin concerns that can then be maintained with homecare products.

If you are on a budget, always invest in good homecare products, rather than in clinic treatments, as 80% of your results, will come from the products you use at home.

You should see a different in the texture and tone of your skin within 6 weeks, if you are using good quality cosmeceutical products, tailored for your specific skin concerns.

  1. Moisturizers are your skin’s best friend

Not true.

From an early age, we are told to moisturize, not only through seeing our own mothers doing so, but by beauty brands all over the world bombarding us with adverts, claiming to transform our skin for the better. Not to mention the choice on offer in many retailers, it is no wonder we are all fooled into moisturizing.

The truth is, moisturizers are too thick in consistency and contain water that cannot penetrate the top layers of the skin. Water cannot penetrate our skin because it is waterproof and therefore it sits on top of the skin, leading the skin to believe it is sufficiently hydrated when in fact it isn’t.

The cells in the dermis (deeper layers) of the skin, collect water from the food and drink we consume and deliver that water to the epidermis (top layers of the skin), to naturally hydrate and plump the skin.

However, this operation slows down when the epidermis falsely informs the dermis that it is hydrated, resulting in the cells in the dermis becoming lazy and dormant, compromising the skins natural ability to hydrate itself, so the skin becomes drier, thinner, and less elastic.

Additionally, moisturizers sit on top of the skin (epidermis), causing clogged pores, congestion and inflammation, especially in oily skin types.

Replace moisturizers with clinically proven antioxidant serums that penetrate the top layer of the skin and deliver at a cellular level (deeper layers of the skin in the dermis).

  1. The more expensive a product is, the better it is.

Not true.

We are bombarded with lots of different brands of products, often that come with hefty price tags. However, it is usually the marketing itself that is effective and not the actual products themselves. This is because, products that are sold over the counter in department stores or picked off the shelf by consumers in beauty stores are classified as cosmetics.

Cosmetics are products that do not contain active ingredients and if they do, they are not at the scientific proven levels or made up in the correct delivery system to benefit the skin.

This is because big cosmetic companies cannot afford to have masses of consumers having adverse reactions to their products.

Cosmetics are designed to feel nice on the skin and smell good, but not to penetrate the epidermis (the top layers of the skin) or access the deeper layers of the skin (dermis), to inflict change. Therefore, cosmetics are unable to change the overall structure of the skin and deliver long lasting results.

Differently, cosmeceuticals contain active ingredients that can produce structural changes within the skin and can help treat specific skin conditions such as pigmentation, acne and ageing.

Cosmeceutical products purchased from a professional skincare provider / dermatologist will ensure that you are using the right products for your skin type, to meet your specific skincare concerns, so you get the results you want, quickly. Additionally, cosmeceuticals that are professionally recommended by a licensed skin care professional generally have a higher amount of active ingredients, with proven delivery systems that reach targeted cells in the skin.

  1. Natural or organic products are “better” and “kinder” on the skin

Not true.

Natural or organic products are often marketed as being ‘safer’ and ‘less harsh on the skin’. However, there is no clinical research or scientific evidence to prove that natural or organic ingredients in skincare products are ‘better’ for the skin.

Organic or natural ingredients used in skincare, simply don’t stack up in terms of being good for our skin, in the same way eating organic vegetables is good for our health. Just like some synthetic ingredients, many natural ingredients can be harsh and abrasive on the skin, causing skin sensitivities. Not only that, a product can be marketed as natural and still contain synthetic ingredients. Many ingredients may come from natural sources, but synthetic chemicals are still used in the processing of many natural products, to preserve its efficacy and to keep the product free from bacteria.

The point is, the motion that organic or natural ingredients are the best option, is not the right advice. Safe and effective products are those that are backed by clinical studies and are made up of ingredients that can be delivered effectively into the skin.

  1. A healthy diet and regular exercise doesn’t affect our natural ageing process

Not true.

Equally, it is important to remember that how we age as individuals, is also down to genetics. However, lifestyle including diet and exercise can also play an important role. A healthy, balanced lifestyle, helps to ensure our bodies get everything they need to function properly on the inside, which in turn, reflects how we look and feel on the outside, including the condition of our skin.

An unhealthy diet that is high in toxins i.e. smoking, alcohol, caffeine and sugar / saturated fat, contains free radicals that will affect how quickly we age, how we look and ultimately how we feel.

It is important to drink plenty of water (at least 2 litres per day on average), to flush out toxins (free radicals) and to ensure our bodies stay hydrated. Exercise naturally encourages us to drink more water, which can only be a good thing.

Exercise increases circulation and blood flow, which directly speeds up the removal of toxins from the body via the lymphatic system. Blood contains oxygen and vital nutrients that are delivered to skin cells, enabling them to stay healthy and function correctly. In exchange, toxins are carries away from cell skins by the lymphatic system. Both systems work simultaneously together to ensure optimal health.

However, I think it is equally important to note, that excessive exercise can age the body, especially running. Many plastic surgeons, doctors and skincare specialists believe that the biggest cause of premature ageing after smoking and UV exposure is running. The high impact of running, causes wear and tear on facial tissues at such a rate, that the face loses elasticity and firmness, a lot more quickly.

  1. The more expensive a product is, the better it is.

Not true.

We are bombarded with lots of different brands of products, often that come with hefty price tags. However, it is usually the marketing itself that is effective and not the actual products themselves. This is because, products that are sold over the counter in department stores or picked off the shelf by consumers in beauty stores are classified as cosmetics.

Cosmetics are products that do not contain active ingredients and if they do, they are not at the scientific proven levels or made up in the correct delivery system to benefit the skin.

This is because big cosmetic companies cannot afford to have masses of consumers having adverse reactions to their products.

Cosmetics are designed to feel nice on the skin and smell good, but not to penetrate the epidermis (the top layers of the skin) or access the deeper layers of the skin (dermis), to inflict change. Therefore, cosmetics are unable to change the overall structure of the skin and deliver long lasting results.

Differently, cosmeceuticals contain active ingredients that can produce structural changes within the skin and can help treat specific skin conditions such as pigmentation, acne and ageing.

Cosmeceutical products purchased from a professional skincare provider / dermatologist will ensure that you are using the right products for your skin type, to meet your specific skincare concerns, so you get the results you want, quickly. Additionally, cosmeceuticals that are professionally recommended by a licensed skin care professional generally have a higher amount of active ingredients, with proven delivery systems that reach targeted cells in the skin.

  1. You should always look fabulous after having a facial treatment  

Not true.

It is important to remember that if you are looking for results, you often won’t leave the clinic looking fabulous, especially on your first visit.  Unless it’s a red-carpet facial which is intended for immediate radiance, the benefits are seen several days after having a treatment. Many clients worry about the downtime associated to advantaged aesthetic treatments. However, if you want results, treatments tend to be less about relaxation and involve a bit of down time.

Clients often worry about breaking out after a facial. The truth is, the skin should not break out after a facial. Yet it’s normal if it does. Sometimes, skin gets worse before it gets better. Especially if the skin has a lot of congestion and is new to professional treatments.

Before you get to that luminous point with your skin, it may first have a breakout, as the skin detoxifies itself.

When doing a lot of extractions, sometimes not all the excess sebum from pores will come out and because we don’t force anything that doesn’t want to come out, a day or two after a facial, you can experience a breakout, as pores do their own self-cleaning. However, following a post facial breakout, the pores should be much clearer, preventing future breakouts.

  1. a) You don’t need to wear SPF if it isn’t hot outside

Not true.

The secret to having beautiful, youthful skin in later life, is to wear an SPF every day, to protect the skin from harmful UV rays that are emitted from the sun all year round.

UV radiation damages the skin in different ways. UVB rays are what cause the skin to burn and ultimately cause skin cancer and it is UVA rays that cause the skin to age prematurely.

UV levels can also be high in the winter months, not just in the Summer. Even when it is overcast, 80% of the suns UV rays filter through the clouds.

A broad-spectrum SPF will help protect the skin against UV radiation and act as a shield against premature ageing.

  1. b). If you wear a foundation with an SPF in, that’s enough.

Not true.

Clients often ask if the SPF protection included in their foundation is enough. Put simply, no it isn’t. The SPF contained in your foundation, will not offer you broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays – both equally damaging to the skin. You do need to apply a separate SPF. An SPF should be the last product you put on before you start to apply any makeup. You should be wearing at least an SPF 30, ideally an SPF 50 on your face.

SPF 30+ sunscreen filters out 96.7 per cent of UVB radiation while SPF 50+ sunscreen filters out 98 per cent.

Wearing an effective SPF every day, will also help protect the skin from free radicals and environmental toxins such as pollution, household chemicals, cigarette smoke and even HEV (high energy visible light) which is energy emitted from our phones, computer and TV screens, which cause premature ageing.

There are some great SPF’s out there, that are full of antioxidants and act as a great primer and base for makeup.

Facial SPFs are the most neglected anti-ageing product on the market. People still don’t recognise an effective SPF as an essential part of their daily routine.

  1. Good makeup is more important than skincare

Not true

There is a reason why in Korea, people spend so much money on skincare and have a 10-12 step beauty routine. Korean women believe the long-term effects outweigh the cost.

Put simply, investing in your skin, will not only provide the perfect base for your make up, it will ensure your skin withstands the test of time. You can fundamentally change the texture and tone of your skin in 6 weeks, when put on the right skincare program. Makeup shouldn’t be used to cover up your skin, but used to enhance its natural beauty. Clear, healthy skin means you can do away with full coverage foundations and concealers, for a more natural, look.

  1. You either have good skin or you don’t

Not true.

But it doesn’t happen by chance.

It doesn’t happen overnight.

It doesn’t happen without an appointment.