4 life hacks for a better you in 2017


Christmas time can be very exciting yet frantic, packed with family reunions and Christmas parties, but it can also take its toll on our health and wellbeing. Nursing a hangover isn’t the ideal way to start the New Year, whilst sticking to New Year resolutions can also be a struggle.

The key to starting afresh in the New Year is getting back into routine and reenergising ourselves. We need to snap out of the ‘Oh well, it’s Christmas’ attitude and pick ourselves up. At Rebecca Jaynes, we have a few tips for you to banish any post-Christmas blues and be prepared for the New Year. As they say New Year, new me; by just coming up with a few lifestyle changes and putting a stop to any bad habits, you can be a much more happy and confident person in the New Year.

Be active:

Many people say that their New Year resolution is to become healthier and more active, but often those plans are quickly forgotten about, especially when we notice all the left-over chocolates lying around the house. Overindulging during the festive period can cause you to feel sluggish and it can be difficult to get out of. Go for that first run and get that gym session out the way and you’ll feel much better. Are you exercising often without seeing much improvement?

For some people, despite going to the gym regularly, trying to get rid of stubborn fat can be a lifetime struggle. If it is really getting you down, give yourself the boost you need with our new LipoContrast machine and get body confident in 2017. Our body sculpting LipoContrast will leave you with amazing results for areas such as your lower stomach and you can achieve abs to be proud of. It could be the motivation that you need to get healthy and become more active.

Bring bright colours into your life this New Year:

Mark the beginning of 2017 by throwing on a vibrant scarf or getting your nails glammed up. We associate Christmas with over-the-top, sparkly nails but our lovely nail technicians can come up with the set of nails to lift your spirit. Treat yourself to some me-time in the salon and go for bold and exciting colours or try new designs for your nails so that you feel extra good during January.

Semi-permanent brows:

Eyebrows can make or break your whole look. Why not throw away your never ending collection of brow pencils and try our microblading in Blackpool to achieve long lasting, natural brows? Our semi-permanent makeup service near Manchester has seen many amazing results for our clients and has given their look a real boost. Our very own talented Rebecca Abram knows the ins and outs of this procedure so rest assured, you will be leaving the beauty salon with the most perfect set of natural, undetectable brows.

Dry January:

After a month filled with heavy drinking, a lot of people take part in dry January. It’s such a great way to get out of your lazy habits and concentrate on the New Year. Being hangover-free for a whole month will make you feel so fresh and your skin will definitely look much smoother and healthier.

For more information on any of our semi-permanent makeup services near Manchester or other beauty treatments, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

If your feet are happy- You’re happy


If you're feet are happy- You're happy

When your feet need some pampering and you don’t have time to get to the salon …. We found the perfect home pedicure solution for you!

Ok, so this may not be the most glamorous of posts, and let me tell you, my feet are far from glamorous. However, this little gem of a product that I stumbled across, does exactly what it says on the tin!

If your anything like me, you’ll totally understand, it’s hard to fit in any kind of pampering into our busy schedules and as our feet don’t tend to be on show much, they are the last thing to get seen to.
But after a very long shopping trip at Westfield shopping Centre, trying on dresses for Sarah’s wedding, my feet were feeling extremely tired, not to mention the burning sensation I was experiencing from a build up of hard skin on my heels and the balls of my feet. So it’s not surprising that as our last stop was Superdrug, I headed straight to the foot care section to see what goodies I could find to pamper my neglected feet.

I picked up the Footner exfoliating socks and was instantly sucked in by the caption ‘for baby soft feet’

(I am an advertisers dream customer! Especially when vulnerable) So ignoring the slightly high price tag, I think around £20 in Superdrug) I was Sold!
As soon as I got home that night, I eagerly proceeded to put the plastic socks on, and sat doing some work for an hour whilst the cooling liquid (I now know was a dermatologically tested acid solution) did it’s thing. I must admit, as usual, I didn’t fully read the instructions, thinking ‘what’s so difficult about putting my foot into a plastic sock’. So when I removed the socks after an hour, and washed the liquid off, I thought my feet felt better and far less sore, but they weren’t particularly ‘baby soft’. And so I continued with my evening and after a few days totally forgot about the whole experience.

Until day 8! This is when the magic happened!

Without wanting to sound too gross here, I looked down to my feet and noticed a large, thick sheet of skin peeling away from the soles of my feet! Over the course of the next few days, the whole of my feet had shed at least 5 layers of skin, the hard lumps of skin on my third toe had disappeared, even the build up of skin around my cuticles had peeled away and my feet literally felt baby soft!
I was totally amazed at the results I got from these powerful little exfoliating socks and can highly recommend this product if like me, you struggle to find the time to get to the salon for your monthly pedicure.

I’ve since done a further treatment (3 weeks later) and my feet feel softer than they have done in years.

I’d recommend soaking your feet for 20 minutes before applying the socks, to soften the skin to allow the liquid to penetrate quicker, and take a couple of baths instead of showers the week after to speed up the shedding process. Once most of the shedding had occurred, after around day 10, I used organic shea butter to replenish my feet and help remove the last of the dry skin. I have also found them slightly cheaper, at £14.00 a pair on Amazon. I’m now not too embarrassed to allow our lovely Kim to perform a nice relaxing OPI pedicure on me as an extra treat for my feet before my hols. (ps, I would recommend doing this no later than 2 weeks before a holiday, as it takes around 2 weeks for feet to go through the full shedding process)

Footner exfoliating socks

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Footner-Exfoliating-Socks-Callus-Remover/dp/B00P9OFGGK/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1466622935&sr=8-1&keywords=footner+exfoliating+socks

 

I hope you found this useful, and we will be researching more into home pedicure solutions in the future, If you have found any products to be particularly good, please feel free to tell us in the comment section below. Happy pampering guys!

Rebecca 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 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

Keep Calm and love your skin


perfect skin

Our Top 10 Tips for healthy, glowing skin

We get asked a lot in salon what our top tips would be to keeping your skin clear and healthy. Whilst we love the product range we use in salon, as it contains a high level of active ingredients that really get to work on your skin, correcting any imbalances that may be causing a breakout, we also have some good old fashioned tips that will help you achieve that glowing complexion, and most don’t cost a penny. So here are the ultimate rules we like to follow….

Sunscreen- a girls’ best friend

 90% of wrinkles are caused by sun damage, and as we know, prevention is much better than cure. When choosing a sunscreen, be sure to check the ingredients and invest in one that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These ingredients act as a mirror on the skin, allowing the harmful UVA and UVB rays to bounce of your skin before penetration. They are far superior to any chemical sunscreen that works by soaking into your skin and blocking harmful rays from underneath the surface. Be sure to use your sunscreen daily, even through the winter months for maximum protection. We recommend investing in a daily moisturiser with SPF30 or above which contains zinc oxide. We like to use any product from the use Image prevention plus range.

Drink your 8 glasses of water daily

We know this is easier said than done, but water really is vital for clear skin. It prevents dehydration which can cause premature ageing, and clears toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes. If drinking water is a struggle, you could always try adding some flavour such as lemon, limes and grapefruit for an added energy boost or chamomile for soothing effects. One glass of warm water first thing in the morning is a great way to kick start your day.

Exfoliate without scrubbing

As we get older, our natural enzymes in our skin work less effectively at removing dead skin cells, resulting in dull, grey skin. You can speed up the cell turnover making your skin appear smoother by adding AHA’s or a glycolic cleanser into your regime. However, be aware of products which don’t contain a high enough concentration of ingredients due to the laws on active ingredients in products sold over the counter, these could be a waste of money. You will want to look for a product which contains around 8%. Expect some initial stinging and dryness at first, whilst your skin gets used to the product. We love Image ‘Clear Cell’ salicylic cleanser and Image ‘Ageless’ glycolic cleanser.

Have patience with your skincare products

Be patient with your products. We’re all guilty of being in a hurry to see instant results from our new products. But patience is the key. It takes around 6 weeks for a new product to get to work and change the structure of your skin. It’s also always a good idea to start by using new lotions and potions only once every other day, whilst your skin gets used to them. Especially when using a good quality product that contains a high level of active ingredients.

Clean your makeup brushes regularly

 You should be cleaning your makeup brushes around 2-3 times per week ideally. Our brushes collect dirt and bacteria which can cause breakouts.

Cleanse your makeup of before bed

Cleansing your makeup off as part of your bedtime routine, not only leaves you feeling fresh and saves your pillow cases from gathering bacteria, but it also prevents a build up of dirt and bacteria on the skin, which can clog pores and cause excessive dryness.

Get your beauty sleep

 If you’re lucky enough to be able to get your 8 hours in, your skin will benefit greatly. Sleep deprivation lowers circulation, making your skin look pale, grey and washed out. Our bodies do most of it’s repairing whilst we sleep so when we’re catching up on our z’s, this will be the best time to rejuvenate our skin. Applying products before bed is also the best time for them to really get to work.

Avoid hot water

 If you suffer from red, ruddy skin, try avoiding very hot baths and showers first thing in the morning. The hot water strips essential oils and aggravates capillaries, creating redness. The older we get, the longer it takes for our skin to return to normal and not look ruddy. When you cleanse your face, be sure to use luke warm water to prevent redness.

Drop dairy

If you suffer from oily skin, it would be a good idea to try cutting out dairy from your diet. Even organic milk contains cow hormones which stimulate oil glands and pores, which can lead to acne. If you must drink milk, then skimmed milk is the best option, as the hormones are concentrated in the full fat kind.

Eat your greens

Eating vegetables or salads which contain a high level of antioxidants and vitamin C, such as spinach and broccoli will help clear skin of free radicals that cause wrinkles and sagging. So make sure you add at least 2 portions of fruit and veg to your diet daily.

RJ’s xxx