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.

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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!