We’re all trying to make small improvements here and there, or “tweakments” as they are fashionably called now – and I’m no exception. I thought in this month’s blog I’d discuss the treatments I’ve had as well as share an insight into my (admittedly limited!) beauty routine. I’m always amazed (and secretly pleased) by the number of compliments I get from clients about my skin so, if you were curious, read on for the details…
Beauty and shame disclaimer
Side note: I don’t feel ashamed of the lengths I go to to feel beautiful in my skin (as an aesthetic practitioner, I’d be a hypocrite if I did!) and neither should you. I’m aware that it’s still considered fairly taboo for people to reveal they’ve had work done or put a bit of effort in when it comes to beauty (heaven forbid someone know you care about your appearance!). If you want to keep a treatment or two as your happy little secret, more power to you – but no one should feel ashamed of wanting to be the best version of themselves. Rant over, back to the blog…
There are 3 things you need to know about me
- I’m not a massive fan of needles. I know, the irony isn’t lost on me either, so maybe I should say that another way… I have a low pain threshold.
- My worst nightmare would be to look treated.
- I’m a little bit lazy when it comes to skincare at night!
The first two points result in me keeping invasive treatments to a minimum. Number three means I use very few skincare products!
In the mornings I start by using a cleanser by Tropic (an organic range invented by a previous competitor on BBC’s Apprentice). I follow that with five drops of Obagi 10% Vitamin C serum and then apply Profhilo Haekenium cream (ask me for a bottle – the stuff’s amazing!). Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid are my go-to favourites when it comes to skincare. For makeup on workdays I choose MAC foundation on top of MAC primer and MAC strobe cream. On non-work days I use Heliocare SPF 50.
At night I use Simple Micellar Water wipes to remove the bulk of my makeup and then use a bamboo face cloth with the Tropic cleanser again. That is my night time routine (I said I was lazy!).
I have Botox every 3 to 4 months using quite conservative doses as I don’t favour the frozen look. It doesn’t suit me – I’ve tried!
Profhilo® is my absolute must have. I top up my face and neck every 3 to 6 months. I’d like to say I make it to 6 months but my thirst for the product’s benefits means I usually give in around 4 to 5 months.
When it comes to fillers, I’m a convert to Aliaxin. I last had my lips treated with Aliaxin FL (the finer of Aliaxin’s two lip fillers) in June 2018. That was my fourth lip treatment in twelve years. New clients especially are surprised when I say I have lip filler – I think they expect to see a trout pout!
I’ve also had 2mls (2 syringes) of Aliaxin last spring – Aliaxin EV for the cheeks and Aliaxin GP in the chin and jawline. I wanted to road test the fillers before treating clients and the decision to go with Aliaxin was instant after my treatment. It’s miraculous!
I’ve also had one session of PlasmaPRO skin tightening on my eyelids back in February 2018… road testing again! Impressive results but I need one more treatment.
Did I mention I can’t treat myself? All treatments above are courtesy of my talented local colleagues, Jane and Janine.
Finally, I have a dermaplaning session every eight weeks with local talent (and beauty) Kate Lambie. She tames my furry face!
Keeping it real
I know there is more I could do to “tweak” my appearance, and on a recent course a fellow practitioner pointed that out to me (I pretended to take it on the chin!!). However, I remain true to my vision of keeping it real. Not that you probably asked for my advice but here’s some for free:
Make the most of your features, hide and prevent those pesky lines and wrinkles, don’t OD on sun exposure and don’t try to reinvent the wheel.
Now, did I mention the face lift?!? 🤔 (Only joking! 😂😂😂)
Until next time,