Archive for November, 2009

Wondering how to get rid of freckles? Watch this!

November 30, 2009

Monday 30th November 2009

If you’ve ever wondered how to get rid of freckles and marks on the skin, the YouTube video below might help.

Here Jenny talks about her delight with the freckle treatment she’s had at SkinGenesis. Dermamelan is a simple and effective way to get rid of freckles and other pigmentation marks on the face, hands and other areas of the body.

Lying, cunning adverts con consumers with celebrity ‘beauty’

November 27, 2009

Friday 27th November 2009

The L’Oreal Elvive shampoo advert, which features Cheryl Cole’s ‘stronger… full of life…got it’s mojo back’ hair, has sparked a bundle of complaints from viewers for being misleading.

Now we all know that advertisers lie on most things, especially beauty adverts. And we also know that in order to reach a Hollywood-perfection look, we would all need countless hours of plastic surgery, a team of live-in stylists/hairdressers/beauticians – the works, oh and we would probably need to win the jackpot on tomorrow’s lottery in order to do this.

No amount of L’Oreal Elvive Full Restore shampoo and conditioner is ever going to make you look like Cheryl Cole’s double. For a start you would need to spend thousands of pounds on natural hair extensions and then there’s the monthly upkeep. However you might have noticed – if you have bionic eyes – the disclaimer on said advert, which, in the tiniest print ever states, ‘styled with some natural hair extensions’ and it stays up for about two seconds!

You can read about other misleading adverts, such as Rimmel’s Sophie Ellis Bextor mascara advert here, as well as Guardian journalist Daisy Goodwin’s take on it.

In the meantime, for a more natural way of getting the celebrity look, why not look at having semi-permanent make-up to give you luscious lashes with minimal effort, or how about some professional, affordable skin treatments for radiant skin that even the A-listers would be envious of?

One thing’s for sure, we won’t give you any false illusions of what you can expect from our treatments, as we provide a free, honest consultation for all our clients.

Lash enhancement at SkinGenesis, with semi-permanent make-up

From ‘fat’ to phwoar with ASDA’s hunk vest

November 24, 2009

Tuesday 24th November 2009

Guys, if your idea of a six-pack has you reaching for the Carling rather than the dumb-bells, we’ve found the perfect little stocking filler for you to add onto your Christmas wish-list.

Introducing, ASDA’s hunk vest!

The Body Sculp Vest from the nation’s leading supermarket clothes range, George, will set you (or your partner) back a mere £7. In return you will apparently be able to – temporarily – get rid of your ‘moobs’ (man-boobs) and get yourself an instant six pack (abs, muscles that is, not more beer).

It works in the same way that ‘spanky pants’ work for women – ok we admit, those ‘wash-board’ stomachs of ours aren’t the result of a gruelling diet and exercise regime! ASDA says that “the figure-hugging vest… uses reinforced elastene panels and durable fabric, [and] was developed in response to demand from body-image-conscious men … and their partners!”

Of course if you want to look fit once you remove the vest, you might want to look for a more permanent solution to banishing the affectionately named ‘love handles’ and that regretful beer-belly. Fat reduction by mesotherapy is a great natural way to shed the pounds and is even more effective when combined with a gentle exercise plan. It’s a safer alternative to lipo, yet more long lasting than a vest!

In fact we see more men coming through our doors these days than ever before as the whole nation becomes ever-more body-conscious. And we say, there’s nothing wrong with looking good!

Protect your skin from the cold wind

November 23, 2009

Monday 23rd November 2009

The winds have been raging all over the UK this weekend and prolonged exposure to this ice-cold element can leave the skin feeling chapped and raw.

Throw in a bit of central heating too and your skin won’t know whether it’s coming or going and will simply go into overdrive! You might find you end up with dry, flaky skin, or maybe you’ll have a acne breakout… either way it won’t be very pleasant, that’s for sure.

So what can you do to protect your skin from the harsh winter weather?

  • Firstly, you NEED to invest in a good quality moisturiser, a non-comedogenic one, which means it doesn’t block the pores. We’d recommend using products from the Dermalogica skin care range, so you can be sure that your skin will always be protected and in tip top condition.
  • Remove all traces of make-up before you go to bed, no matter how tired you are. By doing so, you can ensure that your pores are free of any bacteria.
  • Hydrate! Starting by drinking lots of water. Aiming for 6-8 glasses of water every day will help to ensure that your skin retains its ‘plumpness’ and doesn’t get too dry. The occasional cup of tea can also be very good for you as it has excellent anti-oxidant properties.
  • See whether there are any professional skin treatments that can help revive the skin. Chemical skin peels are perfect for the party season and microdermabrasion works by effectively removing the dead cells that sit on the surface of the skin. Both are greatanti-ageing treatments and a good acne treatment. The SkinGenesis SkinSpa menu offers convenient single-session treatments that work and is designed to refresh the skin.

Do you have any top tips for gorgeous winter skin? Post them below!

Looking good and having skin treatments don’t make you a bimbo

November 18, 2009

Wednesday 18th November 2009

Jill Berry, president of the Girls School Association (GSA) can be seen this week on the Guardian’s website stating that fashion and wanting to look good, and intelligence are not mutually exclusive.

This got us thinking… Often in the cosmetics industry, people are quick to label people who follow fashion, wear striking make-up, have cosmetic treatments and surgery etc, as being bimbos. Some people think you have to be a grey-faced, library-bound hermit in order to be thought of as ‘intelligent’, when in reality this couldn’t be further from the truth!

Many of our clients are confident intelligent women, who simply have an interest in looking good. Just because women spend money on skin treatments and the latest shoes from Vogue doesn’t make them any less intelligent.

We think there’s something empowering about women who take pride in their appearance, because when you look good, you feel good, which in turn makes you want to achieve more.

Cosmetic surgery industry is an unregulated mess

November 16, 2009

Monday 16th November 2009

We all love a good old two-for-one offer down our local supermarket or on cocktails on our Saturday nights out, but is it really necessary to offer such deals on risky cosmetic surgery?

President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), Nigel Mercer, has labelled the industry as an ‘unregulated mess’ and like us, thinks that the whole industry should be more tightly regulated, because let’s face it, surgery is serious stuff!

Sure, we as non-surgical cosmetic experts offer the odd BOGOF promotion on our refreshing skin peels for example, but that’s hardly the same as offering a free nose job with every breast augmentation is it?

Cosmetic surgery regulations in the US are very strict, with bodies such as the FDA having to approve all products and procedures prior to anything being commercially available. Over here in the UK, pretty much anything goes!

The industry already has a bit of a bad reputation, with horror stories of surgery holidays abroad and tales of cowboy-surgery-gone-wrong cropping up every other month. By tightening regulations, the practice would gain merit and more respect. At the moment it’s safe to say that this field is fuelled by greed, encouraging people who may be quite vulnerable to part with more cash and have more work done than they initially intended  or felt they needed.

Non-surgical options are much safer and more efficient, such as mesotherapy fat reduction as an alternative to liposuction, or SkinGym 40-day skin rejuvenation instead of a painful, surgical facelift.

Of course, any fans of Gok Wan will know that beauty comes from the confidence within, so before you act hastily, think about whether any cosmetic treatments really are for you. You might decide that afterall you’re happy with your appearance and were just going through a bad patch. If you do decide to have skin treatments however, think very carefully before opting for risky surgery.

Armpit beards…girls it’s really not a good look!

November 13, 2009

We were shocked to read the other day that the ultimate female celebrity faux-pas of hairy armpits is still happening! Have the new generation of celebs not learnt lessons from the embarrassment of their red carpet predecessors like Julia Roberts and Celine Dion? Apparently not.

The newest in a long line of stubble disasters is Gary Lineker’s wife and sexy underwear model Danielle Bux who reportedly stepped out into the public eye last week with a set of dark armpit beards.

We’d like to sit down with these celebs and explain to them that there is a very easy way to keeping themselves silky smooth and our advice is not to simply cover up!

For a smooth, hair free body without the stress of having to shave or wax to deal with re-growth try Variable Pulsed Light (sometimes called Laser Hair Removal). After a series of VPL sessions you won’t have to worry about hair removal again and you certainly won’t need to risk being made to look hair-larious like Danielle!

Dove reveals beauty is not all it seems

November 4, 2009

Wednesday 4th November 2009

It’s been around for a while now, but we just love the video that Dove put together to show that what we see on billboards and in magazines isn’t necessarily all it seems.

Next time you’re looking in the mirror and thinking ‘does my bum look big in this?’, or flicking through the celeb mags and wondering ‘why can’t I look like Cheryl Cole’, come back here and watch this, it’ll make you feel loads better!

In the meantime, to try and look your best, even when you get up in the mornings, why not think about semi-permanent make-up? Bright-eyed and beautiful, always.

Flawless skin starts with expert skin treatments

November 2, 2009

Monday 2nd November 2009

Lauren Luke from the Guardian is the woman who scours the shelves for the UK’s best beauty buys, making sure that the nation’s make-up always looks its best.

One of her latest entries on the website is how to achieve flawless skin and she has reviewed and highlighted five foundations that give you a clear complexion.

However, throwing on loads of cloggy make-up will potentially give you the complete opposite, as real flawless skin starts with expert skin treatments. Otherwise you are simply hiding your imperfections rather than tackling them head-on.

Whether you have wrinkles, sun damage, acne or another skin complaint, taking the time to strip your skin of all cosmetics and investing in some quality skin treatments that will actually work, is the key way to achieving a flawless skin. We would also recommend using mineral make-up too whilst having skin treatments, such as Jane Iredale make-up, as it’s much better for your skin.

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