FaceWorkshops Approach to Skincare

November 14, 2014 1 comment

Beautiful skin comes from within and is a delicate balance of a daily skincare routine – skincare products, facial massage and exercise, as well as diet and lifestyle. Great results can be delivered in subtle, step-by-step changes, overtime.

  • Personalised Skincare Routines Taking care of our skin is a learnt and ongoing lifestyle choice. Like with exercise, our facial skin benefits from a regular routine that should be bespoke, pleasant and change with the seasons. People come to me for a number of reasons from specific skincare problems to a desire to look younger or less stressed and feel more confident. My clients appreciate my approach that bridges the gap between beauty therapy and dermatology. They respect the fact that my advice is impartial and I am not affiliated to any particular skincare brand. In fact, I am one of only a handful of experts worldwide who are independent.
  • I don’t believe in a radical and quick fix that can go wrong and cannot be reversed. I advocate skincare products with proven efficacy combined with the natural methods of facial yoga and reflexology – to achieve definition and improve the tone of the facial muscles, as well as facial massage. These methods nurture both the mind and body, making people feel more relaxed and their skin look smooth and radiant. 

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  • Skincare Products Skincare routine that reflect age, skin type and concerns, seasonal and hormonal changes, health, lifestyle and budgets and efficient skincare application techniques. 

“I see the benefits of regular skincare routines every day. Getting the subjective “feel of the product on the skin” right is very important for people to be diligent with their routines but personalised skincare products and traditional therapy can reduce concerns and dramatically improve the way people look and feel.

  • Professional Treatments Professional treatments tailored to specific concerns include cleansing, facial massage, acupressure, exfoliation, comedone extractions, peel or mask application.  

“I highly respect the healing powers of plants and their benefits in skincare and recommend organic and natural skincare where appropriate. I feel the same about traditional therapies. In the modern fast paced life, return to traditional wisdom is the voice of calm, reason and quality.”

  • Facial Yoga & Relaxation Facial exercise for gentle facial mobility or intensive focus on specific concerns. 

Professional Facial Massage vs. Botox: Anti-Ageing Benefits

November 18, 2014 Leave a comment

I am an advocate of results-driven anti-ageing treatments as I appreciate that ageing gracefully is not an option for many of my clients. However, in my practice I also come across injectable treatments that have not gone to plan as the biology of facial ageing is complex and our body does not always metabolise injected substances evenly.

“Professional massage is a natural treatment that has always been endorsed by skincare experts to complement the right skincare products for your age, skin type and concerns.

The magic in a jar or a syringe does not exist in the long-term! Invest regularly in a professional massage and learn to exercise your face – the aerobic FaceGym and gentle Facial Yoga are the real deal in anti-ageing.”

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First Impressions Count, But How?


Faces & First Impressions

Originally posted on ThermalToy:

Today we published a paper in PNAS about how people form first impressions based on everyday images of faces, of the kind you find on the internet.

The four authors (L-R), Richard Vernon, Clare Sutherland, Andy Young and Tom Hartley - we also co-wrote this blog post. Underneath are reconstructions of photos of our faces which can be loosely thought of illustrating the way such images are “seen” by our model. They are actually reconstructions based on the 65 numbers we used to describe each face, using a model trained on a large number of such images (but not these ones). Note the subtle differences in shape between the photos and the reconstructed image - the model does not (yet) capture some of the information.

The four authors (L-R), Richard Vernon, Clare Sutherland, Andy Young and Tom Hartley – we also co-wrote this blog post. Underneath are reconstructions of photos of our faces which can be loosely thought of illustrating the way such images are “seen” by our model. They are actually reconstructions based on the 65 numbers we used to describe each face, using a model trained on a large number of such images (but not these ones). Note the subtle differences in shape between the photos and the reconstructed image – the features we use do not (yet) capture some of the information in the images, but sufficient for the model to make accurate predictions about social impressions.

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Make-up habits in the US 2014

A little make-up goes a long way – as women have known for centuries. However, in the US, since 2010, the makeup market has remained relatively flat. Today, 61% of women use make-up in the average week. They have, on average, 2 occasions to touch their make-up per day.


  • Luxury rather than mass-market. The luxury end of the make-up market is growing - especially in the foundation, concealer and face powder categories. The mass market make-up is declining across all categories except nail polish.
  • Price matters to the middle-aged. In terms of make-up usage, 60% of users are aged 50 and under. Luxury consumers tend to be older and younger, while middle-age groups (35–64) are being squeezed out of the marketplace. Mass buyers tend to be younger, as 36% are aged under 34.
  • Morning & work rather than evening. Make-up use is tied to the morning; only 6% of makeup occasions occur in the evening. Make-up is more likely to be applied during the working week. Weekend makeup occasions decline!
  • Two in one. Women are increasingly looking for “something extra” from their make-up, with top reasons for usage being “to take care of my appearance” and “to make more beautiful.” Overall, women are looking for greater functionality from products.

Source: Kantar Worldpanel research, C&T August 2014

Make-up Bag: the products cost more than anticipated in the UK

Average British make-up bag is worth the same price as an iPad Mini

The average British woman carries £231 worth of cosmetics in her make-up bag, a new study has found.

The research by online hair and beauty retailer Hairtrade.com quizzed 640 women about the products they carry around in their make-up bag and how much they pay for them. The results found that women carry 16 items on average with the average value reaching £231- the same price as an iPad Mini.

The survey found that only 2 % of women would consider their make-up bag a valuable item despite the high cost. When it came to knowing how much their make-up bag is worth one fifth of women expected it to be so high, and 98% agreed that they wouldn’t treat it the same as they would other items with a similar value such as a mobile phone, tablet or expensive jewellery.

Almost three quarters of women also admitted to carrying their make-up bag around with them on a daily basis. The reasons given included being able to do their make-up on the bus so they could have an extra ten minutes in bed and going out after work. People who took part in the survey said:

“My make-up bag is full to the brim with products, but I’ve never really considered how much they are actually worth combined. “Most of the items in my bag are worth around £15- £20 which isn’t that much on the face of it, but I have at least 15 products in there so when you start adding them all up it’s shocking to see how much your make-up bag is worth.”

“If someone asked me what the most expensive item in my hand bag was I would never have said my make-up bag, so finding how much it’s actually worth is shocking.

“I don’t think that I spend that much on my make-up, but I have every one of the items on this list which I have bought for a similar price. It’s crazy to think that my make-up bag is actually worth more than my phone.”

“I always carry a fully stocked make-up bag around with me just in case. Sometimes I’ll do my make-up on the commute to work just so I can have an extra few minutes in bed, and other times I need it to get ready for whatever I’m doing after work.

“It’s interesting to think that your make-up bag is the most expensive item in your handbag, as I rarely consider it as something I need to keep safe.”


British women love their beauty products, and that’s clearly reflected in the weight and worth of their well-stocked make-up bags. Women like to prepare for every eventuality, so having a range of products in your bag means that if you want to go on an impromptu night out with colleagues for example, you can. That means that lots of women carry their make-up bags around with them, but many don’t consider them to be expensive items.

Can you see & feel the dryness of your skin?

My focus is usually on the difficult-to-treat – oily, combination and sensitive – skin types. That is because I believe that there are many good day  & night moisturisers for dry skin type available on the market. Skincare for dry skin is easy to buy. 

Research into dry skin type has advanced beyond other areas of skincare in the past 10 years. Can you feel & see the dryness of your facial skin? If you do, this is how the surface of dry skin looks like [compared to the normal skin type on the photo above] (Kitamura, 2002).

Your facial skin might feel tight, perhaps slightly itchy, open and vulnerable. Application of a moisturiser would calm down and alleviate that feeling. Moisturising ingredients that have a cumulative effect and induce changes in the regression phase – i.e. when you are no longer applying them – offer the best solution for your dry skin.

Which brand is your favourite for dry skin type? Please leave a comment below. 


Rose Water


Although I would agree that people who use cleansing milk, or the traditional cleansing cream, might like to refresh their face – and rose essential oil is expensive, to pay £62 is a lot. The alternatives are Evian spray or non-alcoholic toners; other inexpensive brands of rose water too. #rosewater

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