FaceWorkshops Approach to Skincare

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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.

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  • 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 advice is impartial and I am not affiliated to any particular skincare brand. 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. 

  • 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 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.

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

Teenage Skin: Gentle Cleansing & Hydration

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Teenage years are precious and as parents, we support our children through the hormonal changes and building self-esteem as best we can.

Light and efficacious skincare products lead to clear, beautiful skin – and make our teenage children to become confident and happy.

A simple routine is all they need:

  • a face wash
  • light day cream with SPF
  • evening fluid and blemish balm
  • a weekly exfoliator and mask

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The brands I like to recommend are Elizabeths Daughter (available on myshowcase.com – the one I recommend often for teenage girls), Sam Farmer (for the boys). As these ranges are not complete as yet, they work best in combination with products from my favourite Aveda (Outer Peace and Tourmaline lines) and Estee Lauder (if a little older and fond of premium skincare).

The price is right and the success of these routines lies in being diligent – cleansing properly and hydrating twice a day. I also recommend to deep cleanse acne in the clinic and to change diet to improve teenage skin.

A simple skincare routine can make a real difference in how teenagers feel about themselves in time of intense self-monitoring and peer pressure!

Skincare Reviews Online: Overwhelming? Credible?

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I have to agree with the following blog on the online information and Discovery fatigue

When blogs were fresh and new, we subscribe to them by the hundreds, exploring, learning and seeking more. Over time, many people stop following the outbound links. When Twitter was new, just about anything seemed worthy of a retweet. Not so much  today. And podcasts are already starting to fill people up, making us feel like we don’t have the time to listen to more. 

We come up with all sorts of excuses about our fatigue, most of them have to do with the fact that there’s nothing good on, nothing new happening, or we’re just too busy. I don’t think those hold water…I think there are actually three reasons:

  • First, once you’re busy with what you’ve got, it diminishes the desire to get more.
  • Second, discovery is exhausting. Putting on a new pair of glasses, seeing the world or hearing the world or understanding the world in a new way is a lot more work than merely cruising through a typical day.
  • And third, infinity is daunting. A birdwatcher might be inspired to keep seeking out new birds, because she knows she’s almost got them all. But the infinity of choice that the connection economy brings with it is enough to push some people to artificially limit all that input.

It might be too early to announce to ourselves that we’ve read the internet and we’re done – but sifting through and reviewing a vast amount of product information on commercial websites and blogs might be time consuming and difficult even for the experts.

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When looking for credible information, remember that unless scientifically substantiated – and balanced, product reviews are subjective – and often biased, based on the skin type & routine of the reviewer.

Writing credible product reviews takes time and effort and I have surveyed my clients to focus on their favourite topics. Have your say – the survey closes on 20th May!

Personalised Skincare Review & Feedback

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‘I find my personalised skincare review with Katerina so helpful. To be able to talk about my skincare routine and skin concerns knowing that I am being listened to and given the best advice on products purely for me and not with an ultra motive to sell as you find in the department stores has been invaluable’. SC, Beverley

I have been writing a lot about Personalisation in Skincare recently. Using the right products – for you – delivers results and saves money. Skincare products have a shelf life and it is essential to change them seasonally. 

I encourage my clients who had a consultation few years ago to revisit their skincare routine with me. They have discovered the products that suit them but unless coming for facials on a regular basis, I have lost track of what skincare works for them.

If interested in a review, I offer this service by email within 48 hours from your enquiry for £15.
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During a personalised review of my skincare regime we discussed the products I have been using and how I was using them and I learned how I could improve my routine. Katerina then offered advice on new products for me to try as I do tend to get stuck in a rut and cling to my old favourites. I have very sensitive skin and it is not always easy to find products which suit me. Katerina puts in a great deal of time and effort to help me and I find her expertise to be of great benefit. IR, Hull

The Beauty Secrets: Interview with Lynn Rae

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An interview with Lynn Rae. A facial yoga guru and friend. Here she shares with us her beauty secrets – skincare products & relaxation techniques that have become a part of her daily routine ..

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I really like the way you work.

I do remedial massage for people suffering from jaw pain and tension usually caused by clenching and grinding. I also teach facial Pilates to help people understand the relationship between posture, stress and having a good facial structure.

Tell us how you relax please. 

The sunshine and the birds singing, walking across any of the London bridges and seeing what a beautiful city I live in. I relax by heading to Richmond park and losing myself amongst the trees and deer, always even better when finishing at Petersham nurseries for coffee and homemade cake surrounded by the most stunning floral displays.

What are your favourite skincare products?

  • Shu Uemura cleansing oil – its light refreshing and removes all traces of makeup whilst leaving the skin soft and no greasy film, also encourages me to massage daily..
  • QMS day and night collagen – it seems to feed the skin, has a light and non-greasy texture, expensive to invest in but the bottles last for ages.
  • Zelens Triple advanced eye cream – light and hydrating and Sisley eye contour mask for puffy eyes
  • Clarins beauty flash – I have used if for over 30 years as a under make-up base, the skin instantly looks and feels refreshed and firmer and make-up just glides on and lasts much better

Rose lip balm By Terry – it feels luxurious, smells divine and softens the lips better than anything else I have tried. I like to shop at www.beingcontent.com for all organic skincare e.g. Oskia products that are gentle and lovely to use and have gorgeous packaging..

What facial massage, exercise & meditation do you do daily?
  • I massage daily with cleansers and moisturisers. I tap my skin with gentle upward movements to stimulate the circulation and send an uplifting message to the nervous system.
  • I smile at myself and try to focus on all things positive about my face and thank it for looking its best.
  • I also use a Patakara mouth trainer to strengthen and tone my lips and facial muscles http://liptrainerguru.com/

Overall I always treat my face with love.

Who are the women that inspire you?
I admire Judy Dench, Helen Mirren, Susan Saranden for being them selves and looking fabulous whatever age they are. I admire women who are comfortable in their skin, whatever age they are.
Thank you. 

Anti-ageing & Relaxation with Facial Massage & Yoga

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Happy May Day! Our focus in May will be on facial massage & facial yoga – along the trial I am running at Hull University. 

The participants of my trial will be massaging their faces daily with a delicate organic mixture of plant oils. If the trial is successful, this will be the first product of my own skincare line. For those of you that are not taking part in my trial I have highlighted below a little relaxation routine for this month. 

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Products Recommended for Your May Exercises

  1. First find a nice blend of plant oils. I recommend Pai, Comfort Zone and A’kin (see left) at this time of the year.
  2. Focused relaxation at home. If looking for inspiration and advice on how to meditate, this is a great book by Mark Williams, a professor at Oxford University and British authority on mindfulness.
  3. Skincare from within – echium based supplements work in tandem with the skincare oils. Buy them now and see what you can achieve at home prior to the results being revealed in July.

Being able to manage stress in daily life is a lifelong exercise.

A small recap on recent research on how can yoga change your brain, by rooting in the body when the mind focuses and settles. Yoga and focused breathing divert our attention from an upsetting state to a point of inner emotional stability. Our emotional health and wellbeing requires balance between the heart and the brain. 

There are many types of facial yoga. Toning facial muscles enhances skincare application. When meeting people, we look into their eyes to see if we can trust them and how healthy they look.

A good night sleep, holiday and adequate hydration make a difference – so do these eye exercises if carried out daily.

Have fun with your exercises and let us know how you are getting on – leave your comments below. 

Published in the Little Summaries 2015 series.

Sun Protection Revisited

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One of the most frequent questions my clients ask is about SPF. Should they use SPF30? Is SPF 15 fine for a day in the office?

UVA ages, UVB burns. The use of sunscreen every day is essential. 

A little recap for you: Research studies show the importance of consistent, daily use of skincare products with both broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection to help protect skin form the sun ageing effects all year round and help maintain the skins elasticity and firmness. UVA penetrate not only glass but also clouds causing direct damage to collagen and elastin in the dermis. Look out for UVA in your daycare and make-up. 

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SPF protects skin against UVB that causes tanning and burning.

  • The SPF number indicates the ability of a sun protection product to filter out UVB rays.
  • An SPF 15 will filter out approximately 93 % of UVB rays and SPF 30 will filter out around 96 %, SPF 50 should provide a total block. 
  • SPF 30 is recommended for spring/summer period. SPF 50 for warm climates, skiing holidays and the beach. 

A few words about travelling to warm climates and staying safe in the sun.

People focus on the SPF number but probably the more important question is whether they are applying enough of their sun care product and how frequently ?

Last but not least, look after your friends & family and check their spots, moles and blemishes regularly. A new campaign from La Roche-Posay. 

Find out more at www.laroche-posay.co.uk/skinchecker and be sun aware with the British Association of Dermatologists. 

And afterwards..

My column in Hull Daily Mail referring to aftercare after sun exposure (August 2014) HDM aug 2014

Self-Image & The Beauty Industry: Pretty As A Picture?

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Having just finished a column for C&T on consumers’  attitude to image & facial beauty, I have reminded myself about the inspirational work done by Psychologies’ Positive Beauty Manifesto, the workshops run by the Look Good Feel Better Charity and the self-esteem project by CTPA recently. 

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I am also a devotee to TED talks and interested in what Meaghan Ramsey has to say about our society as a part of the Dove Self-Esteem Project.

In my view, skincare is a wonderful tool to help people to look after their bodies – hence my new research study. Dr Mason for CTPA concluded that skincare application and tactile processing aids longevity, recovery & integration back into the society in the elderly.

Sindy Kaur, ex-Boots global trends manager who runs Challenging Perceptions of Beauty, attempts to bridge the gap between real women and the beauty industry. At her recent talk, she confirmed that woman’s emotional connection to skincare is linked to the four stages of her life: Forming, Formed, Transforming, Transformed.

It is always interesting to understand what triggered a make-over..

Attitude to health messages, being self-conscious, desire to fit in, need of approval etc. are dictated by life changing events and how a woman responds to them.

More work needs to be done to help people feel good about themselves. This can be achieved only with the support of forward thinking leaders in academia & the industry, by gaining more understanding of “the face being our business card”, engaging people from young age to positively shape their future and last but not least, in the ever-so-competitive and visual world by being kind to ourselves.

 Published in the Little Summaries 2015 series. 

Can Skincare Application Affect Relaxation?

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A Small Preliminary Trial in Collaboration with Hull University 
I have designed a bespoke, short anti-ageing massage technique to help relaxation. Having recently applied for Yorkshire Innovation Fund supporting small businesses in developing new products, I have been successfully awarded the funding. 
Pre-trial Group, April 2015.
  • A small group of ladies will be helping me finalise the massage technique protocol in April.
  • After filling in a short questionnaire, they will receive a complimentary plain massage oil and a short massage technique instruction sheet.
  • They will be asked to perform the massage once a day at home for 7 days.
  • The purpose of this group is to help me to fine-tune the technique and these people cannot participate in the final trial.
Trial Group: May – June 2015.
  • The participants of the trial will have their brain scanned before and after a month of a daily massage application. Some of them will be used as controls (determined by a draw) without massaging their face.
  • The electroencephalography (EEG) determines brain wave activity in healthy participants, particularly relaxation states. EEG is an established technique, which enables the non-invasive recording of brain activity by measuring the differences in electrical potential on the surface of the scalp.

What to Expect at the Scan

  • Questionnaire (10 mins). To start with, the clinicians will fill in a questionnaire, asking about participant’s health. The team are lovely and will do everything to make feel people at ease – any anxiety can show on the scan.
  • Exclusion criteria. Age over 55. Epilepsy. Heart disease. Parkinson’s disease. 
  • Cap Orientation (15 mins). The head will be measured for cap orientation. There will be a few spots where ultrasound-like gel is applied on the scalp to facilitate the signals. Participants will be expected to have clean washed hair – no hair products e.g. oils or sprays – and remove make-up on the forehead. The tiny amounts of gel that will dry can be combed out easily. There is also a shower available on the premises.

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  • Scanning (20 – 30 mins). Participants will be asked to lie down, sit up, stand, stretch arms and walk – with their eyes opened and closed as well as press a button at specific times.
  • The researchers will record their relaxation patterns focusing on alpha-waves of the brain in particular and compare both hemispheres.
  • If there is anything people are uncomfortable with, the scanning will stop. The same protocol will be repeated at the end of the trial. 

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  • GP contact details. The researchers have an obligation to report to the participant’s GP if they see any abnormal patterns. This is a standard procedure – and hopefully helpful too. People cannot be included in the trial if they are unhappy with this condition.
  • Appointment time approx.  1.30 hrs (please allow 2 hrs)
  • I will be around to guide people into the research room and wait for them – with a cup of tea and cake – afterwards. Thank you for your interest in my research!

Skin Supplements

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Getting ready for my talk on Skincare From Within at the Future for Personal Care and Cosmetics at YCF next week and conducting a survey on skin supplements amongst my clients. Do they really work? Please share your comments below.. http://www.ycf.org.uk/events/whats-the-future-for-personal-care-and-cosmetics

According to the survey, 42 % of my clients use supplements. This is what they think..

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In summary, not too keen on supplements, perhaps not understanding what they can offer.

An opportunity for education and/or better marketing? 

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