Last weekend I was very kindly invited to Réjouir Skin Clinic on the Lisburn Road to get a skin consultation and treatment using Image Skincare products. I was very excited to undergo an analysis using a state of the art Visia Skin Scanner. This photographic process allowed my lovely therapist, Pamela to see what is happening with my skin at a deeper level. Afterwards she then prescribed treatments and homecare products that are personalised to me. I’m going to be brutally honest with my results in this post so I would definitely recommend taking serious care of your skin so that you don’t end up like me.
Over the past year my skin has became incredibly sensitive. With this, I jumped at the chance to visit Destination Skin based in the House of Fraser, Belfast. I wanted to ask the beauty experts some questions regarding specific ingredients that I should be using, reasons behind my skin sensitivity, certain areas of my skin and what brands they would recommend.
For a while now, I have suffered from Malia around my cheekbones and more recently I’ve developed Keratosis Pilaris lumps under my eyes. When I first went in the lovely, Suzanne explained to me the process she would be taking, what treatments I would be receiving and what products/ingredients she would recommend.
I was very lucky to receive two luxurious skin treatments, a Vitamin C peel and a little Microdermabrasion clean up. After a quick cleanse of the skin, Suzanne started the Vitamin C peel that was honestly such a strong and deep clean. It worked through a few layers of my skin and I have to say, the burning sensation (which is completely normal) was a testament. After the peel, it was time for the Microdermabrasion treatment that is basically a non-invasive procedure that uses exfoliating material like crystals or diamond flakes and a machine based suction to gently lift up the skin during exfoliation. This was like a vacuum on my skin and sucked up every inch of dead skin, it was a little uncomfortable at first but it soon settled. I think it just takes a little getting use to.
Once both procedures were complete, Suzanne talked my through any areas of my skin that I should concentrate on and therefore which ingredients/products I should use. It was advised that I base my skincare routine around Hydrochloric Acid as my skin was a little dehydrated. Any gel/foam based products were recommended along with Salicylic Acid for my sensitive skin. It was explained to me that because I had been using thick heavy cream that were very rich, my skin couldn’t deal with it so it was reacting and causing breakouts and Malia. Since the treatments, I have switched up my skincare and based my products around the key ingredients and I genuinely have noticed an improvement which I’m delighted about.
A few week’s ago, I was invited back down this time to view the new Young Blood Cosmetics and their latest mineral collection at Destination Skin. With a variety of foundations, mineral powders, concealers and primers, each product is made with delicate ingredients that are skin friendly and suited to each skin type. The mineral setting powder is a personal favourite of mine as it is formulated from rich starch, corn starch and minerals and there is no talc in it (unlike other setting powders).
I was matched up for the foundation and when wearing it I couldn’t help but notice how natural it was. During my consultation, I did have a lovely little break out that had been playing havoc with my skin prior, so I wanted to see how the foundation worked against sensitive skin. It was definitely like wearing a second skin with a soft matte finish. It was a light to medium coverage finish that in my opinion was buildable to suit your personal preference. I still needed concealer to target my under eye area and any imperfections. One thing I will say is that I feel like this foundation is best suited for normal to dry skin types as it moved around on my oily skin quite a bit even after I set it with powder. I’ll continue to test it out to see if it settles as the feel of the foundation is lovely, I genuinely don’t feel like I’m wearing any make up which I love. It is still early days so I’ll be sure to keep all of you updated on my thoughts of it over on my Instagram in a few week’s.
Thank you to Jennie and Suzanne for inviting me down and taking such good care of me.
A few weeks ago I went for an amazing facial at Natural Touch on Woodstock Road. I’ve had a few facials before, but, nothing quite like this one. I’ve found it hard finding the correct beauty brand and regime for my skin type. I’ve pretty much tried the majority of brands and was recently using Philosophy. Now, don’t get me wrong, I think Philosophy is amazing and I really would recommend it to anyone. However, after attending my facial, I’ve now been trying out salon brand, Dermalogica.
What I loved about my day of beauty, was that with my facial I was given a face mapping skin analysis. This fancy little machine projected a purple light onto my face and showed up any areas that needed attention. From this, the skin therapist based the facial around my problem areas. It was honestly amazing, not only was it such a relaxing experience but I was genuinely being treated for specific areas on my skin.
From the mapping process, I learnt that my skin is quite dehydrated, I had been using products for oily skin which was draining it of any moisture it had. So, I was given a Dermalogica starter kit for normal to dry skin, and I’ve been using it for over a week now and I’m extremely impressed. I’m not just saying this, but, I’ve honestly and finally found the skin care product for me. 🙂
I’m going to quickly run through with you all the starter kit I got. It contains a special cleansing gel, multi-active toner, skin smoothing cream, gentle cream exfoliant and an intensive eye repair cream.
Starting with the special cleansing gel, it is designed remove any impurities without leaving my skin feeling dry or tight. As soon as I applied it to my face it foams and then I wash it off with a little warm water. Plus, there is no soap in it which is brilliant for me.
Onto the multi-active toner, this product is one that I really need to use. As my skin is dehydrated, I need to help build it back up by applying this and drinking plenty of water. I love how it’s a spritz as it makes it easy to apply. It preps my skin for the next stage which is applying my moisturizer.
I immediately start applying the skin smoothing cream, (moisturizer), after spraying the toner. It helps to moisten my skin and keep it soft and smooth! I find that it really smoothes out my skin and relieves it of any tightness. The next stage in the regime is to apply an exfoliator, but, due to my dehydration, it was recommended that I wait for a while before using it.
Eye cream. It can be a heaven-sent product but also a pain in the back side. The fact that I’m only 25 and already having to use eye cream saddens me. However, if I have to use it then I might as well use the good stuff. This intensive eye repair cream helps to repair prematurely aging skin while smoothing fine dehydration lines. That’s me 😦
Even though I’m finding it hard to accept that I need to move myself into the 25-30 box, I guess if I have to do it then, I should definitely start taking care of my skin. My facial treatment is part of a six treatment course so I’m very excited to go back again. If any of you ladies can, find a free face mapping skin analysis therapist and make sure you’re using the correct products for your skin type.