Elemis Tri Enzyme Facial Review, Elements Medi Spa Doncaster

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First of all apologies, I actually had this facial a few weeks ago and thought I had posted the review but scrolling through my draft posts I found it sitting there! If your feeling a bit down and need some relaxation and a skin pick me up then get googling the closest Elemis stockist to you and get booked in! 

From the welcome touch to on my feet to the scalp massage and beautiful smelling oils everything about this facial was amazing. When entering the room the lights were dim and the candles flickered on the worktop, my therapist asked me to take a seat and we went through the consultation form that I filled out in the waiting room. As before when I’ve had other facials I explained that my concerns were dry and dull skin, together we decided that the Elemis Tri-Enzyme facial would be the best treatment for…

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Visia skin analysis ……. My Pictures!

VISIA analysis is the first step to achieving optimal skin renewal and the truly individualised care needed to achieve a radiant complexion.

VISIA produces images that capture the key visual information for the six areas affecting the appearance of your skin:
•        Fine lines and wrinkles
•        Sun damage (UV spots)
•        Enlarged pores
•        Skin texture
•        Skin bacteria
•        Damaged blood vessels
I was slightly nervous about what the results would be, but like they say ‘knowledge is power’ and if we can see what is wrong then we can put it right. So here goes………

Bacteria,

Also known as porphyrins, attack the surface of the skin and contribute to break outs and acne. It is important to remove the bacteria successfully without compromising the skin. A good example of this is the use of soap. Skin is acidic and soap is alkaline, that tight feeling that we get when we use soap is not beneficial it is strippingthe skin leaving it dry, dehydrated and dull whilst leaving behind the bacteria. A cleanser that uses plant enzymes which work like a packman on the skin removing any dirt debris or make-up are much more beneficial.
bacteria shown on the Visia skin analysis at Elements medispa

bacteria shown on the Visia skin analysis at Elements medispa

Pores,

Enlarged pores give an aged appearance to the skin. The tissue in the dermal layer becomes lax acting as a weight pulling down on the cells above giving the open appearance; it can also stretch the sebaceous glands which produce oil causing the surface of the skin to appear oily treatments that strengthen and rebuild the skin will help to reduce pore size.
 Pores  shown on the Visia skin analysis at Elements medispa

Pores shown on the Visia skin analysis at Elements medispa

Texture,

The texture of our skin is highly influenced by our lifestyle. The products that we use, smoking, UV exposure and diet. If we were to look at cell level the yellow would show the peaks in the skin and blue would show the dips this combination gives the skin a rough uneven appearance.
Texture shown on the Visia skin analysis at Elements medispa

Texture shown on the Visia skin analysis at Elements medispa

UV Damage,

UV damage appears in many ways on the surface of the skin,it can show as brown spots also known as age spots, lines and wrinkles and it can give the skin that thick leather look appearance. Melanin (brown spots) are produced as a response to exposure to UV, and without protection they will continue to get darker and darker. It is important to wear a sunscreen every day not just when your on holiday, UV is all around us lights, computer screens,driving in the car.
UV Damage shown on the Visia skin analysis at Elements medispa

UV Damage shown on the Visia skin analysis at Elements medispa

Damaged Blood Vessels,

Damaged blood vessels that appear on the surface of the skin are also known as thread veins or spider veins. They are commonly associated with rosacea, but can occur as a result of damage to the skin, sun burn and break outs. Broken Vessels are very common and very easily treat with IPL a quick simple treatment that can successfully reduce rosacea and individual vessels

Damaged blood vessels shown on the Visia skin analysis at Elements medispa

Damaged blood vessels shown on the Visia skin analysis at Elements medispa

Fine lines and Wrinkles,

It happens to us all, fine lines and wrinkles are at the top of everybody’s list. They appear as a result of facial movement, thinning skin and environmental damage.
– Although I’m must admit I’m rather happy with this image!;-)
Fine lines & wrinkles shown on the Visia skin analysis at Elements medispa

Fine lines & wrinkles shown on the Visia skin analysis at Elements medispa 

 I’d love to know if you’ve had anything like the visia and what your thoughts are! x 

Environ Hydrating Oil Capsules

Ok so I’m going to be honest and say I was a little sceptical at first as usually ‘capsules’ are a little gimmicky and contain very little product,however environ proved me wrong. I was initially drawn to these capsules for their ingredients, anything with vitamin A excites me.

Im going to write a post on the most potent ingredients and how they work which will give you a better idea of what vitamin A does, but for the moment it stimulates cell renewal which in turn, sloughs off old dead skin cells, improves the tone and texture of skin, helps to regulate acne and can even reduce pigment. All of these results leave your skin radiant and glowing.There are many products on the high street which claim to contain vitamin A (also called retinol), although they have such a little amount that there is not enough to penetrate the layers of the skin. Environ has a higher amount of active ingredient which means you really do get what you pay for.

Anyway back to the capsules, as well as the stimulation from the vitamin A the capsules also hydrate the skin and help to fight free radicals that attack the surface of the skin. When I opened my first capsule I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of product inside, much more than inside some other brands. I had already cleansed my skin with a glycolic cleanser and applied the capsule all over even having enough product to use on my neck.

The product was silky, light and easily absorbed into my skin it even smelt lovely which is always a bonus. Then I went to bed.

The morning saw me wake to a lovely silky smooth skin and one happycustomer.  Environ provided a product that did what it said on the pot, it hydrated my skin giving it with a healthy glow, banishing dull dry patches.

I was so impressed we have actually started to use it in clinic after our clients have had treatments such as Dermaroller or LED light therapy.

 

 

 

 

Follow the Light

Over the past year we have introduced LED light therapy into our clinic, and we now use it after almost every treatment. After testing several different machines we decided to purchase a machine from Dermalux, a decision that we are very pleased with.

So what is LED light therapy? All my clients ask me this on their first treatment and then the results speak for themselves….

 

LED light therapy is a non-thermal, non-invasive lightsystem that increases cell renewal, rejuvenates the skin, reduces inflammation, kills bacteria and prevents acne breakouts. And all you haveto do is lay under it!!
The narrow band light has the ability to penetrate the skin where it is then converted and used as energy, this energy is then used to accelerate the cell renewal process increasing mitosis and resulting in more healthy skin cells. This process is very similar to the photosynthesis that occurs in plants.
Although this is a light treatment it is not in the damaging form of UV, therefor it will not cause any type of damage to the skin (or eyes) it will only have beneficial effects.
The LED light that we use comes in 2 colours red and blue,they can be used individually to target specific skin concerns or can be usedin combination to achieve the desired results.
Red LED light
  • eczema & psoriasis
  • healing
  • soothing
  • anti aging
  • rejuvenation
  • redness
  • reduce inflammation
Blue LED light
  • anti-bacterial
  • preventacne breakouts
  • reduces active acne
I would encourage everyone no matter what age, skin type or concern to try LED light therapy. It may be a treatment that works for you on its own or you might combine it with others such as facials, microdermabrasion, peels, resurfacers, dermaroller or laser treatments. For information on clinics near you or more information on how it will help your skin just ask and I willbe hapy to help

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is one of the mostly widely used acids within skincare, as a derivative of sugar cane it has been around for many years. Glycolic Acid is the smallest AHA molecule, because of its small molecular size it has the ability to penetrate the skin.
Essentially Glycolic Acid is an exfoliator, however they way it works is much more advanced than your average scrub. Old dead skin cells that sit on the surface of the skin are held together by binding lipids, Glycolic Acid breaks the bond holding the skin cells and the lipids together in turn desquamating the old dead cells. Glycolic Acid is often described as a PAC man eating its way through the skin cells.
The removal of the epidermal cells forces the stimulation of new cells to be produced within the dermal layer, Glycolic Acid can be used in a variety of ways; from small percentages in products to high percentages in skin peels.
Daily use of Glycolic Acid products will help to keep the skin smooth and radiant by reducing the build up of old dead skin cells. In order for a product to be beneficial it is advised that they contain between 15& 30 percent, it is normal to experience a tingling sensation once applied.
Glycolic Acid treatments are successful at treating fine lines and wrinkles, thickened skin, superficial scarring and dull sallow skin. It is also a suitable treatment for those people who want a ‘freshen up’ to their skin. Glycolic treatments come in many forms the most successful are peels containing between 30 and 70 percent Glycolic acid.

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Salicylic Acid .. Beat the Breakouts!

Salicylic acid is used very successfully to treat acne and acne induced inflammation. It is the only acid that has the ability to break through the excess oil that sits on the surface of the skin.

Salicylic acid works like a whirlwind cleaning out the pores, forcing any dirt, debris or bacteria to the surface of the skin.
This is the part to remember it gets worse before it gets better, anything that is under the surface of the skin, whether that be a build up of oil, bacteria, dirt or skin cells has to come out in order for the break out to go.
As well as cleaning out our pores Salicylic Acid suppresses the activity of enzymes that cause inflammation, in turn reducing the redness and irritation of the skin.
Salicylic products should not be used everyday as they can be quite drying on the skin and cause a ‘flaking’ effect. When treating spots and breakouts apply the product directly to the area, when used to reduce oil a small amount can be applied to the whole face (max of twice a week).
Salicylic Acid is also used by professionals to treat acne in the form of skin resurfacers or skin peels, these treatments are more intense than at home products: they can feel warm/hot on the skin and may cause you to peel or flake afterwards. However a course of treatments can successfully banish unwanted acne!
Now before you rush out to buy some there a few things to remember:
  • Although some products advertise that they contain Salicylic Acid, you need to consider the percentage of Salicylic within them. In order to for there to be enough active acid, there should be between 2% and 5% salicylic within the product.
  • Salicylic Acid is a derivative of aspirin, therefore anyone with an allergy to aspirin should avoid  use.
  • Salicylic acid should not be used when pregnant.
  • Always use a sunscreen in combination with any acid, this will prevent any sun damage/pigmentation occurring.
For advice on what products to use with this ingredient …. Just ask

Step Away From the Face Wipes

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When it comes to choosing your skincare it’s really quite simple….. Read the ingredients. Forget the fancy advert with the hot model, it’s what’s in the jar that counts.

It might be easier to start with what to avoid :

1. Face wipes, they might be quick but that’s about it. Even the all singing all dancing cleanser, toner and moisturiser wipes are doing more bad than good. Step away from the wipes!

2 . Soap, the devil in the eyes of a skin therapist. Soap is alkaline and the skin is acidic so these two are never going to work together , we want to stabilise the ph of our skin not change it.

That tight feeling we get when we use these products is a little misleading, although you might feel clean your skin is feeling stripped and dehydrated.

Using a cleanser that does not leave you feeling tight and dry should always be the start of your skin care routine, toners are not always necessary. I’ll go into cleansers in more detail in a specific post