WOW Factor?

wowThere are many undeniable truths in life.  Unfortunately, ageing is one of those inevitable consequences Father Time has waiting for all of us.  I mean it must be “father” time surely? Mother Nature would never be so much of a bitch that she would saddle us with menopause and wrinkles?  That isn’t very sisterly!  But, either way the ageing process happens, rich, poor, fat or thin it is not something that is easily avoided or is it?

As an aficionado of all things that support age avoidance I like to think I have seen everything the world of aesthetics has to offer.  In the name of staying young I have thoroughly brutalised by body!  I have lost count of how many times I have shown up for the afternoon school run looking like I’d had a fight with a cheese grater.  I know you are thinking I must have something wrong with me to punish my skin in the name of vanity literally at every opportunity.  The answer is possibly with a “but”… I don’t feel 47 years old!  Not in body and most definitely not in mind.  So, what is wrong with wanting to look the way I feel?

28167365_10156402237095955_3792374919325397035_nI am obviously always on the hunt for the best potion or procedure to help further the cause of age avoidance.  So, hearing a rumour about a new facial that involved six quite aggressive treatments in one sounded like just the kind of exquisitely painful torture I could use!  It must be painful, right?  But, the reality is they have each and every element down to such an exact science that the reality is ultra-luxury and so relaxing! But, the clue in what the experience would be like was in the name, WOW Facial.

The consultation itself is an opportunity to learn about what your individual skin needs.  This is what is unique about higher end skin care.  The treatments are tweaked to your needs.

The WOW experience starts with the resurfacing of the skin using a gentle peel that leaves you smooth and glowing without a hint of peeling or redness.  The second stage is the “Dermaplaning”.  This in itself is an amazing treatment using a surgical scalpel that physically exfoliates the skin along with removing any peach fuzz you have on your face.  The next treatment is using what is called the “Wow” gun which superficially injects Hyaluronic and Succinic Acids to stimulate your collagen and elastin.  The fourth stage in the WOW experience is the super SciFi Led mask which looks straight out of Star Trek.  It uses blue, red and near infrared lights to further stimulate your collagen and elastin.  Just when you think that you cannot become any more relaxed they put the signature WOW mask on your face before finishing with a hydrating spritz of Wow Spray to protect your skin following the treatment.

The entire experience screams of pure luxury.  Should you have these treatments separately, it could easily set you back more than a £1000.  However, a Wow Facial has been set at a much more reasonable £250 no matter where in the country you are having the treatment.  So, you can have the Harley Street treatment no matter where you live.

The outcome for my skin was a healthy glow and a ready for Instagram filtered look without the filter.  I cannot wait to have another Wow experience!

For more information or your nearest WOW Facialist visit https://www.wowfacial.co.uk.

Model Makeover

27544895_1770484346335154_9126951187157392798_nAs a Beauty Blogger I am in an incredibly lucky position to have access to the best Aesthetic professionals in the world.  It is a privilege that is certainly not lost on me.  As such I get to experience the best that the industry has to offer.  But, not everyone is in this position.  I have been speaking to various women who really want to see what aesthetics is all about and what it can offer them, but unfortunately cannot afford the treatments.

So, in an attempt to see if there is such a thing as champagne aesthetics on a prosecco budget I started investigating opportunities to be an aesthetic “model”.  Ok, ok I know what you are picturing!  A classroom of full of nervous newbs with shaky hands pointing a massive needle at your face.  Leaving the procedure with one eye brow on your forehead and the other twitching by your lips? But, that is the exact opposite of what I found!

I have visited the amazing professionals at Juvea Aesthetics many times as well as sat at their table as they were honoured with multiple awards for excellence.  They are award winners for both their Aesthetic practice as well as their Medical Aesthetic Training Academy, MATA Courses.  So, when deciding to write this piece I knew exactly who to call!  MATA only trains those with a medical qualification, so I was confident that my face would be in good hands.  The educator who would be leading my session was the stunning Dr Unnati Desai.  She is one of the best Aesthetic Doctors in Harley Street.  A thorough and professional consultation was carried out prior to any treatment.  The session was a one on one with Dr Desai and the delegate who was also a practicing GP.  So, there was no shaky hands and I certainly felt 100% safe.

One of the benefits of the session is that because I large portion is about education I learned quite a bit about the types of fillers available. I learned that my vermilion border, which is basically the demarcation between the lip and your normal skin had been damaged slightly during a previous procedure.  Dr Desai explained how this would be corrected with the new filler.  It was very informative and quite fascinating actually.  The session included filler in my lips as well as my Nasolabial folds also known as your “smile lines”.  My session was informative and carried out perfectly.  I would certainly consider being a model in the future and could not have hoped for a better result!

**Well, honestly I am not going to say every training program is equal.  Though working well within current legislation there are Aesthetic “academies” that are training students without any prior medical experience to inject toxins and fillers into your face.  So, like any medical procedure make sure you look at reviews and feel happy that you are in safe hands as a model.  This should be a mutually beneficial arrangement.  Remember that although you are getting treatments for a heavily discounted rate, you are providing them an opportunity to practice and you should feel confident you are in safe hands.

If you would like more information about Mata Courses or becoming an aesthetic model contact https://www.matacourses.com for further details.

A “Perk”fect Pout

I once had a friend who described the first impression I make when entering a room as “here comes Melissa’s lips”.  I have stuck with that over the years as I think there are few things that make a bolder statement than a fabulous set of freshly plumped lips.  I know you natural beauty fans are cringing.  But, honestly I don’t believe that genuine natural beauty exists in anyone over the age of 12.  Now put down your torches and pitchforks anyone can be beautiful, but let’s not delude ourselves.  At 46 I need all the help I can get! As we age lips get thinner and all that lovely collagen we took for granted in our 20’s has done a runner.  I, being a big fan of white coats and needles am quite happy to get regular fillers in my race with Father Time.  I am referring to time with a male pronoun not because I am being patriarchal, but because surely only a man would have the audacity to steal your collagen and impose the menopause on you in one swoop.

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But, I know that many of you are looking for a less invasive way of giving the old girl a bit of a boost.  There are some genuinely ingenious ways of getting that pout just right.  I was invited to the multiple award winning clinic Juvea Aesthetics to have a treatment called “Perk” Lips.  This treatment is from the company that brought us the Rolls Royce of facials, Hydrafacial.  Perk is literally a lunchtime lip boost.  Performed by the gorgeous and amazingly talented El If Ay I was in great hands.

Perk involves putting a tingly minty serum over your lips and using what I can only describe as a mini hoover over your lips.  It exfoliates as well so it leaves you with a gorgeous pillowy finish that is perfect if you want to test drive some super lush lips before committing to more invasive treatments.  You take home the peppermint oil and peony extract that lightly plump your pout.  So, you can give your lips a little boost anytime.  This little roller ball of freshness is now a staple in my handbag.

The Perk Lips is an amazing treatment for anyone, but particularly if you are considering lip fillers. Perk will give you a little preview of what you would look like with fuller lips.

There are a whole list of Perk treatments that can be done over a lunchtime without any downtime and the only side effect is fabulousness!

Shot of Sleep, Straight Up

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Before

I’ve heard people talk about something called sleep. I believe it’s something I used to do before children and the weight of the world got the better of me.  I try my best with make-up and what can only be described as industrial grade concealer to hide the stress and lack of sleep that has taken residence under my eyes.  With bags big enough to hold all my luggage and dark circles that would be the envy of most raccoons there is only so much a mere cosmetic can be expected to do.  I have tried all the light reflecting magic, miracle potions out there and don’t get me wrong they can make a difference up to a point.  But, the 24/7 hustle of being a working mum who’s building a brand, writing as well as 9 to 5’ing takes a toll.

I am obviously very open minded when it comes to aesthetics and plastics. So, when I learned about the use of fillers to treat Tear Troughs, the area around the eyes, I was more than intrigued.  Now, don’t get me wrong the idea of having a filler, in this case Teosyal injected into the eye socket sounds a bit frightening. However, I was incredibly lucky to have had a Teoxane Trainer carrying out my treatment.

Dr Linea Strachan is trained dentist, but has been doing aesthetics for nearly 10 years.  She is the clinical director of A&L Clinics, which is one of the best and busiest cosmetic clinics in Suffolk. Luckily for me she has recently started running a clinic from Harley Street.  She is the teacher for intermediate and advanced filler techniques for Teoxane UK.  Dr Strachan is an award winning practitioner having won in two categories in facial aesthetics in the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards 2016.

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Before

I met Dr Strachan in Harley Street on the day of the treatment. As a rule of thumb people will often tell you that the best way to judge someone’s aesthetic skill is by looking at them.  Well Dr Strachan is certainly an amazing advert for her work.  She is as brilliant as she is stunning.  Following in intensive consultation and taking a set of before photos she explained that she would be using a new bit of technology for the treatment called a Teosyalpen.  It is basically an electronic dispenser that distributes the filler into the area being treated.  Dr Strachan first put in a small cannula which was then attached to the Teosyalpen.  I have had filler on many occasions and even with a numbing cream there is often a sting.  Not overly painful but usually enough to cause the eyes water a bit.  But, with the pen there was literally nothing.  I did not have any numbing cream and the only thing I felt was the tinniest scratch when the cannula was put in and just a bit of vibration as the teosyal went into the tear trough.  This was hands down the least painful treatment I have ever had.  It took no more than 15 minutes per side and the results were instant.  Because of the technique Dr Strachan uses there was no bruising and I couldn’t even see the entry point from the needle.

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After

Following the procedure you look like you have just come out of a week long nap! I was in awe of the difference.  There was minimal swelling which was pretty much gone within the week.  No down time whatsoever and a result that lasts up to a year.  Seriously, what’s not to love?

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After

Time for a safety lecture and some words of caution about this and all aesthetic treatments. A tear trough should not under any circumstances be administered by a non-medically trained practitioner!  Now I realise there are a number of people who are happy to be injected with any number of things by beauticians, I am not one of them.  Every single one of these procedures have the ability to cause serious and life altering side effects in the wrong hands.  Prior to any procedure an extensive consultation should be carried out to ensure you are suitable and safe to have the treatment. In addition the person injecting you should have the training to deal with complications should they arise.  I know a “bit of filler” seems like no bid deal.  But, if you were to have an allergic reaction to it does that beautician injecting you in the backroom of a salon have the medical training to deal with an anaphylactic shock? Will basic life support even be something he or she is trained in much less the injection of adrenaline in an emergency.   I say this as a nurse not just a blogger. These are things you need to consider when undertaking a “bit of a tweak”.   Beauticians are amazing at their jobs and in no way am I putting down their skills for “beauty treatments”. Injecting chemicals into the skin though done for non-medical reasons are still medical procedures and should be respected as that.   I believe that aesthetic treatments should be regulated in such a way as to make it illegal for anyone other than medically trained professionals to inject them.  With the treatment of your Tear Troughs in particular the experience and education of your practitioner is absolutely your number one priority.

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Lip ApPeel

There is nothing more fabulous than a fancy new lippy.  But, when it has an added bonus of a funky new way of applying it, I am definitely in!  For years I have been on the hunt for that perfect stain.  I bit like that good old too much Koolaid lip I had when I was a kid.  Not quite lipstick, but not gloss either.  That hint of colour that says “I woke up like this”.  So, when I spotted these weird and funky lip stains from China that claimed to do all of the above, plus had this bizarre peel off method of application I had to try them.

The first hurdle was they had to be ordered from wish.com, which if you have ever ordered anything from them you will know things are not always as they seem and they taScreenshot_2015-12-31-08-48-01ke forever to arrive.  Okay, three weeks isn’t forever, but I am an instant gratification kind of girl.  What made these particularly interesting was not so much the product, but their description.  So, far from putting me off with the prospect of wounding myself with caution with happens in a horny number of cases I order the Cherry Red.

13198990_10154241271425955_1317249725_oThe application is a bit fiddly, I would recommend using a lip brush.  It needs to dry before peeling it off.  So, the best method is to apply it and carry on doing the rest of your face.  The longer it’s left the better the colour.

It is more a novelty than a serious contender in my make-up regime.  But at roughly £1.50 a tube it is a bit of fun and the peeling off process is particularly satisfying.  Just remember that “in a horny number of cases the effect is not very satisfactory” 21627_10154137476715955_2858983321068429677_n

 

The Anti-Ageing Matrix

20999_954452254605038_1864708531383285239_nOk, so I am the first to admit I am really rubbish with skin regimes.  I do use moisturisers, eye creams, serums, etc.  But, I am a terrible cheat and have a difficult time sticking to one product line.  I am a bit of a “player” in the realm of skin care.  I may use an Estee Lauder eye cream with a Lidl moisturiser or a tub of Astral with a super posh tube of retinol.  You know what it’s like right?  Busy Mum skin care and all that?  It is about convenience and what I have to hand at times.  My priorities aren’t about me.  So, sadly my skin ends up being a bit of a mash up of products.  But, I decided as a middle aged woman my skin needed something a bit more intense.  Following a conversation with the Super Skincare Diva that is Lorna Bowes of Aesthetic Source, I would make a commitment to follow a specific regime and see if it truly made a difference in my skin.  Lorna recommended Neo Strata’s “Skin Active” Intensive Eye Therapy, Bionic Skin Cream, “Restore” Matrix Support Moisturiser and Facial Cleanser.

I used the Intensive Eye Therapy and Bionic Skin Cream at night and the Matrix Support which has an SPF of 30 during the day.  Both the Bionic and Matrix Support had a beautiful creamy texture that absorbed into my skin beautifully.  The first thing I noticed using the day products is that my need for a make-up primer quickly became unnecessary.  The Matrix Moisturiser was enough to make my foundation go on smoothly, whilst at the same time not leaving my face feeling like an oil slick.  It is so difficult in your 40’s as with many products they make the assumption that you are a dried up old prune that needs to be slathered in oil. But, that is absolutely not the case.  In fact I am still prone to the occasional breakout with the wrong combination of products.

The Bionic Skin Cream left my skin feeling so smooth at night and I never woke up with that icky product residue that you get with other night creams.  I love the Intensive Eye Cream.  It absorbed quickly and never irritated my skin.  The best part was the reduction in those tiny lines (I am not saying crows-feet).   Luckily Neo Strata knows what women need on their skin!  This combination left my skin dewy and I have noticed a marked difference in my lines. Oh God did I actually refer to my lines again?  Oh the humanity!!  But, in all seriousness my forehead in particular is looking much better and I am seriously past my Botox’s expiration date.  So, the change cannot be put down to a needle!   My skin as a whole from keeping on this regime for three solid months is amazing.  I am definitely a convert to using a proper skin care routine.

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Neo Strata are certainly on the cutting edge of anti-ageing skin care.  They are nominated in several categories in the My Face, My Body Awards and The Aesthetic Awards 2015 It is not difficult to see why.  I am looking forward to trying their Skin Active Triple Lifting Neck cream next!