Saturday night & my new luxury skincare treat is ….

I have just tried these new bath products and they are simply the best that I have tried in a long time! I have been trying out lots of products for my awards but these 2 new launches from Aurelia are very superior. The cleanser is super gentle on the skin and the moisturiser just effortlessly glides over the skin leaving it feel very soft and pampered. It’s late on Saturday evening but sometimes it’s important to share great skincare secrets!

Beauty confidence restored with Lumity

On November 11th I started on a course of Lumity capsules which I wrote about in the link attached.  Today, I am just over 4 months taking these supplements daily and I am very impressed with the results both in my general wellbeing and nails in particular.  When I started taking these supplements back in November my nails were brittle and constantly breaking, despite my efforts to grow them into a healthy shape!  I can confirm that my nails are now looking great and I have started to wear polish again as my nail shape is looking good. Perhaps it’s because Spring has sprung that I feel a lightness in my mood and an optimistic sense of wellbeing; this I’m sure is part of the reason, however, I have to also give credit to taking these natural “nutricosmetics” supplements too, over the Winter months.  They are the only supplement that I have taken for this 4 month period of time and without a doubt I have been seeing and feeling the positive benefits! These daily capsules have definitely given me back confidence in oral health supplements.

I believe skincare is the new foundation

and here are some of my favourite essentials to have in my makeup kit right now to ensure I get the skincare prep just right. If there is one reoccurring question I get asked all the time by journalists, it is, how do you get that dewy, flawless makeup glow that you create on the catwalk and my answer always is – Less is more; it starts only when I work with the best skincare products I know that make the skin look fresh and dewy instantly.  After I apply a moisturiser or face oil, I will always do some massaging techniques to stimulate circulation and warm up the skin to ensure maximum skin relaxation.  Most models love this part of the skincare prep as it gives them time to  relax and feel pampered; they learn all about the products and it gives them time to see the results on their skin.  When they feel beautiful in their skin they immediately feel more confident and open to wearing any style of makeup.  Over the years I have become more economical than ever when applying foundation all over the skin, if the foundation is not skin enhancing I will not use it or opt to mix it in with my favourite moisturiser to get it just skin-texture perfect.  If you choose the wrong formula, all the skincare prep is destroyed as some foundations can be very ageing on skin.  It is well worth investing and researching what skincare routine is best for you.  I promise you it will show results and most importantly your skin will benefit.  That little extra investment in your products will inevitably make you want to wear less heavy coverage foundations, as your skin will be looking so great!


There’s something very special about Vaishaly Patel

For the last few weeks I have been testing lots of new products in my research for my 3rd annual Attracta Beauty Awards.  Now, I also get the opportunity to interview and meet lots of interesting skincare experts as I have added a new professional expert category this year.  Over two weeks ago I went to meet Vaishaly Patel at her Marylebone salon to experience her bespoke Signature facial.  I was very impressed by her frank honesty; in hindsight the timing of my visit was just perfect.  I knew I needed some expert care as I had been multi-laying lots of different products on my face.  My skin was looking great but feeling a little sensitive; if my skin could talk I would not have been surprised to hear it say “Stop – I need a break!” Hence, when this discerning expert said to me, I advise you take a few days off and give your skin a rest, I knew I was truly in the hands of an professional who had my best skincare intentions at heart.  It was so refreshing to hear practical advice and that she was in synch with how my skin was feeling that day.

I am a big advocate for “Slow-Beauty” respecting and working with the natural rhythmic skin cycle, using products that I believe in then allowing them effective time to work.  When I adhere to this Slow-Beauty concept myself I only ever see great results.  Having worked for years now on catwalk shows I have seen how sensitive model’s skin can become during fashion week when they are getting lots of different makeup styles and products applied, their skin frequently suffers from breakouts at this time.  I always encourage the models to use their own cleansers and moisturisers backstage if they can during show season when they maybe doing many shows per day.

When Vaishaly assessed my skin she immediately could tell that I had been overly stimulating my skin and when she diagnosed this I knew that I could relax.  I was in the safe hands of a knowledgeable expert.  Her signature facial which incorporates cranial sacral therapy allowed me to settle into a state of total relaxation.  She simplified the signature facial to my specific needs which included cleansing, skilful extraction, gentle micro-dermabrasion, followed by a high-frequency treatment with a multifunctional tool that effectively closes pores.  I really appreciated that Vaishaly spent quality time talking to me first, examining my skin, asking about my concerns and thereafter she tailored the facial to meet my specific needs for that day.  Not only did this specialist give me valuable skincare advice, I benefited greatly from the incorporated craniosacral therapy which is a treatment to help realign your central nervous system by releasing trapped negative energy.

These days there are lots of great skincare experts around who have fantastic equipment available to enhance the facial experience – everything from lasers, IPLs etc, etc……. Today everyone is more skincare conscious and seeking the best professionals to get that forever youthful look, it is all the more important now to choose your facialist with care.  Because something is available doesn’t necessarily mean it is going to be best for your skin the day you visit that salon, and for that reason that is why I see Vaishaly Patel as a very special expert – she knows when it is right to say “No, not today” and that maybe the best skincare advice you need to hear that day.  I did follow her advice, my skin is looking healthy and thankfully still feeling great!