Yogi Lover- Why I love this practice so much


Yogi

Why I Love this practice so much?

Well apart from the fact it makes me feel like a high vibin, rainbow warrior, filled with love, compassion and full of inspiration and creativity that wants to hug the entire world…

Yoga on a physical level, helps improve flexibility, strength, balance, endurance and prevent injuries. On an energetic level, yoga teaches you how to cope better with stress by cultivating a sense of ease in both active or passive poses. On a psychological level, yoga helps to cultivate mindfulness by shifting your awareness to the sensations, thoughts, and emotions that accompany a given pose.

Some more positive benefits of yoga if you’re not already sold!

* Increased flexibility.
* Increased muscle strength and tone.
* Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
* Maintains a balanced metabolism.
* Helps with weight reduction.
* Cardio and circulatory health.
* Improves athletic performance.
* Protects you from injury.
* Brings poor posture back into alignment.
* Prevents cartilage and joint breakdown.
* Protects the spine.
* Anti Ageing – Gives you longevity
* Drops high blood pressure
* Relieves tension in the body
* Helps you to sleep deeper
* Increases self esteem
* Helps you to focus
* Gives you peace of mind

The benefits go on and on… Yoga is a complete health and healing system. It’s not just exercise, it’s a lifestyle! What you learn on the mat you use in your day to day routine. Yoga is for everyone and of any ability, especially if you can’t touch your toes ????

Here are some fantastic website links that I often refer to for inspiration, advice and to keep myself up to date.
‪http://www.yogajournal.com/
This is my favorite yoga blog! I love Rachel because she is real. And that’s what connects us all, the everyday real life stuff.
‪http://rachelbrathen.com/
I would love to hear about your yoga experience and how it’s helped you. Feel free to comment below

Peace & Love

Candice xxx

Longer Lasting Lashes


 

The key to longer lasting lashes is all about teamwork between you and your lash specialist.

Your lash specialist will give you a full set of luscious lashes and provide an infill every 2-4 weeks to bring your lashes back to life! Lashes should all be personalised to suit you. Whether you are looking for; length, fullness, natural or eye catching there are lots of options in the Individual and Russian Volume range to suit your individual style. All you need to do between your infill appointments, is look after your lashes using a few simple tips to ensure they last as long as possible and you keep your natural lashes nice and healthy.

So here’s what you need to do…

-Allow the glue to bond between your natural lash and your lash extension for 48 hours by avoiding water, steam, saunas, swimming and sweat. Lashes may fall out early if the glue isn’t given enough time to dry so wash around the eyes and avoid rubbing.

-Protect the bond between your natural lash and your lash extension by using a clear coating sealant for a glossy high shine or black coating sealant for a more dramatic mascara look for Individual Lashes only.

– Avoid using mascara or strip lash adhesive with your lash extensions as these products will clump your lashes together and the weight from the products will pull on your lashes causing your lashes to fall about before they are ready.

– Time to train yourself to sleep on your back- this may be tricky at first for those of you that sleep face down in your pillow but to keep your lashes looking perfectly gorgeous everyday you will soon get use to this. The pressure from sleeping on your lashes will causes your lashes to fall out sooner.

– Oil will break down the bond between your natural lash and lash extension therefore avoid oily eye make-up and stick to a non-oily eye makeup remover, a water based product is perfect.  Cleanse your eye area morning and night with your eye makeup remover on a cotton wool bud to remove eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara from your bottom lashes and to keep the skin around your eye area fresh and clean.  Breaking the bond with oily products will cause the lashes to fall out and make Russian Volume lash fans close up leaving you with clumpy, sparse lashes.

– Your lashes have been pre curled and picked specially for you, so avoid eyelash curlers and perming as these will destroy your lash extensions, ensure your lash specialist discusses your desired lash look before your treatment begins.

– Now you have an extension on your lashes let’s treat these like your hair and give them a little comb morning and night after cleansing and once dry to keep your lashes amazing from one appointment to the next.

As your own lashes will naturally fall out a new lash will regrow. At your 2-4 week lash infill appointment your lash specialist will apply new lash extensions to new natural lashes.  Therefore it is essential you follow our longer lasting lashes tips to keep your natural lashes healthy and keep your new lashes fuller for longer!

I hope you find this information useful, and if you have any questions about the lash extensions I offer, feel free to comment below or call our salon.

Victoria xxx

Protect your skin


Prevention plus tinted moisturizer

Prevention Plus Tinted SPF30 moisturiser 

This week’s product review has to be our amazing Image Skincare’s Prevention plus tinted moisturiser with SPF.

With its perfect consistency and lightweight, non greasy formula, all of the amazing Prevention Plus moisturizers are incredible for all skin types. We particularly love this tinted version!

This miracle product not only protects you from the sun making it perfect for holidays as well as every day use, but it also has a gorgeous light coverage making it the perfect product for anyone who doesn’t like to wear heavy make up. We also love it for the gym on days when we don’t feel like going fully fresh faced! Its amazing properties mean it causes no harm to the skin, (you can even sleep in it!) and won’t block your pores even if your sweating away on the treadmill. It makes the perfect primer for under your foundation, we’ve found it makes your foundation last much longer and is brilliant for blending those annoying foundation lines!!

All of the Prevention Plus moisturisers contain Zinc Oxide, which is one of the only ingredients that will fully protect your skin from ageing. It protects against both UVA and UVB and is in our opinion, the only type of protection we would use to protect our delicate skin.

This product has become one of our absolute must haves and a brilliant all rounder for the whole year through.

If you have used these products, we’d love to hear your thoughts

Loren xxx

Protect your Brows


Microblading protection

The Importance of using a sunscreen containing Zinc oxide to protect your permanent makeup or Microblading.

Have you ever noticed that permanent makeup or microbladed  brows can turn a slightly ‘pinky’ shade over time? This is quite often due to a lack of knowledge on how to keep your brows protected, avoiding exposure to harmful rays from the sun.

 I don’t know about you, but I find it much easier to follow advice if I know WHY I should be following it… So here is a brief (as brief as possible) explanation on why you need to be protecting your beautiful new eyebrows post procedure.

This is also the BEST advice I could possibly give you on protecting your skin from premature ageing through sun exposure. So I hope you enjoy the read, and find this information useful, if you have any questions on this subject, please feel free to comment below.

It is so important that you protect your Permanent makeup or Microblading treatment (especially brows) from UVA or UVB. The harmful rays of the sun can dramatically fade the implanted pigment. Not only can it fade your permanent makeup, but it can change the colour of your pigment over time.

The reason this colour change occurs, is due to the fact that our chosen colour of pigment, for example brown, is made up of a combination of colours, i.e. red, blue, green, yellow, white, black. Whereas yellow and green are the weakest colours, leaving the skin first, red and blue are the strongest, therefore are the last colours to leave your skin. For this reason, overtime, you could experience brows turning a ‘pinky’ or ‘orangey’ shade with inadequate aftercare.

It can be known that just 1 hour of sun exposure can have a huge effect on your treatment, and this can be accelerated even more when teamed up with a hormonal imbalance.

Now knowing the facts, I’m sure you would like to hear more about the best way to protect your permanent makeup or Microblading treatment as much as possible to help prevent colour fade or change.  So here is a detailed explanation of why you should opt for a sunscreen containing Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide, not only will this increase the longevity of your treatment results, it will make you think about how to protect your skin from premature ageing, win win J

Sunscreen or sunblock?

Sunscreen refers to products that allow the Sun’s rays to penetrate the skin but filter SOME of the radiation in the ultraviolet spectrum. The UV rays get altered to a safer wavelength and are released. The chemical interaction between the sunscreen and UV allows the sunscreen to absorb the UV before it penetrates the skin.

Sunscreen offers protection from UVA and UVB, however sunscreen ingredients have the ability to deteriorate at a faster rate once exposed to sunlight, hence some radiation is able to penetrate the skin. Some sunscreen products offer no protection against UV-A radiation whatsoever. Products often contain a mixture of physical and chemical block ingredients

Sunblock works by preventing the Suns rays from reaching your skin – either by reflecting them away or ‘Nano technology’ (making molecules really small) some sun blocking ingredients are now invisible to the eye, so you don’t get that white ghost look. The main active ingredients in sunblock’s are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Physical or Chemical sunscreens, what is the difference?

Physical

A physical ingredient sits on your skin’s surface forming a protective barrier and doesn’t have the ability to be absorbed into your skin. As mentioned previously, Nano technology now means that physical sunscreens can be absorbed a little, preventing the sunscreen leaving that white residue on the skin. Light is either absorbed into the ingredient or reflected away from your body back into the atmosphere similar to a mirror or tin foil. Making this the BEST form of protection for our permanent makeup and to protect against premature ageing.
Physical Sunscreen Ingredients
Titanium dioxide- Titanium dioxide offers protection from UVB and short UVA radiation, but not long wave UVA. Titanium dioxide is also non-irritating.
Zinc oxide- Zinc oxide offers broad-spectrum protection (UVB and most of UVA). Arguably the best broad-spectrum protection available.

Chemical

Some of them absorb (soak up) the ultraviolet light as it tries to pass through them. Chemical sunscreens are not immediately effective, requiring a 20-30-minute delay after application before it becomes effective, whereas physical sunscreens are immediately effective. A chemical sunscreen ingredient absorbs sunlight to prevent sun damage but is also absorbed into your skin. Some people experience allergic reactions and burning eyes when perspiring. Chemical sunscreens DO NOT protect our implanted pigment from premature fading, and can be the cause of age spots and pigmentation.

In Summary

Titanium Dioxide or zinc oxide, are the only ingredients found in sunscreens that act as a mirror on the surface of the skin, blocking UVB and most of UVA radiation from entering your skin. Therefore, I will only recommend that you use a sunscreen containing zinc oxide for maximum protection. This should become part of your daily beauty routine, so a facial moisturizer containing SPF 30 or above and zinc oxide would be ideal to fit conveniently into your routine. However, a dedicated ‘tattoo stick’ can be used daily as a cheaper alternative.

You can do some research on your existing face creams to see if they contain this vital ingredient, or amazon is a great resource for finding these products, if you type in SPF containing zinc oxide, or tattoo stick, it will come up with lots of options. Alternatively, you can ask a member of our team to show you the recommended products that we have to sell in salon for your convenience.

Rebecca xxx

Lightening Peel product review


Image skincare

Lightening peel, to reduce pigmentation and age spots

I’ve had an amazing 10 years living and travelling in the sun but it’s taking its toll on my skin and I have mild sun damage as a result. I have always used SPF but would only apply once a day! it’s difficult to re-apply when you’re working or having fun in the sun. I was young, free and living in the sun reapplying sunscreen throughout the day was the last thing on my mind.

So who is is for-

Anyone with pigmentation, sun damage, uneven skin tone, generally wanting brighter skin.

My personal experience with the peel treatment

This is the only peel that I have come across that is in a carrier base of Organic Aloe Vera, so while you’re peeling your healing!
Aloe Vera cools, calms, and hydrates the skin while the blend of kojic and lactic acid deeply exfoliate breaking down pigmentation, lightening pigmentation, brightening the whole face leaving even, glowing skin tone.

What to expect during the treatment

Cleanse to clean the skin thoroughly.
Exfoliation to remove any surface dead skin cells.
Degrease the skin of any surface oil to allow deeper penetration of the peel.
The peel is then applied and left on for 2 to 7 minutes (during this phase you will experience some tingling, some people have said it’s like an itching sensation)
I then remove the peel until zero activity with cooling face towels.
A vitamin c face mask is applied and a hand and arm massage is performed.
Mask is removed and after care products applied.
Home care samples will be given for the week after the peel.

Results:

My skin was slightly dry for 2 to 5 days afterwards but nothing that a little extra moisturiser didn’t solve. I had no actual peeling. The aloe makes a huge difference. I had peels when I was younger when I had severe acne and would shed layers of skin.
My skin for weeks after was flawless, my pores were tighter and clean, my skin tone even and glowing, pigmentation marks were softer and I would say ever so slightly lighter. I was super happy with the results and will continue having peels to help correct my sun damage and pigmentation.

We would recommend for best results, a course of six treatments at two week intervals. It’s also brilliant as a one off to lighten, brighten, and even skin tone.

I hope you enjoyed learning about this peel, and if you have any questions regarding any of the peels, feel free to leave a comment below

Candice xx