New Research On Sagging, Lymphatic Drainage & Facial Exercise


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My clients have experienced the anti-ageing results of a regular professional facial massage for some time now. However, newly published research lends more credibility to my work. 
Deeper penetration & Longer-lasting effect of active ingredients
A review published by the University of California suggests that massaging the skin helps the penetration of active ingredients, rubbing increases the intake of actives into the skin and their retention – making their effect long-lasting.

Reduced sagging of the cheeks
Japanese skincare company Shiseido have shown that impaired function of lymphatic vessels with ageing leads to accumulation of subcutaneous fat, which causes skin sagging. Also age-related loss of the dermal anchoring structures contributes to this concern (see picture below).

Lymphatic drainage and specific facial exercises help to prevent/reduce sagging of facial skin.  

The Autumn School of Facial Yoga
I will be teaching specific massage & at-home facial exercises to work on the sagging areas – among other facial exercise routines – at The Autumn School of Facial Yoga.
Please email for more information. Places are limited. 

References: Shiseido research on lymphatic drainage and on facial exercise

A blog about the active compounds mentioned in both research articles – licorice and pine extracts – to follow shortly. Also more details of the exercises involved. 

FaceWorkshops Mini Case Study: Su-Man Massage June 2015


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Healthy skin comes from a delicate balance of great skincare products, facial yoga, facial massage & professional treatments.

Daily facial massage is essential for youthful looks. We have tried an Asian Technique brought to the UK by the London facialist Su-Man.

What They Liked About It
• A simple and quick massage – so easy to follow * felt good * fits well within skincare routine
• Quick to do & easy to understand – yet need to keep referring to video.
• I particularly liked the ear rubbing and the stroking movements and the massage behind the ears, neck and cheek muscles.
• I did find that holding the position for a number of seconds made things slow down and was almost meditative.

“What I liked most about it was the feeling that I was doing something good for myself, it felt self-nurturing and that felt nice

Feeling the Benefit?

I found it really woke my face up, made my eyes feel and look less tired, left me feeling more alert. It felt stimulating. The stroking moves at the end felt quite calming and soothing. Overall I felt a bit uplifted by it.
• Skin looked brighter. Relaxing especially the gentle sweeps at the end.
• My face feels glowing after the massage * I feel enlightened.

Face feels alive and cared for * I did have a sense of release in some area – particularly around the nose and ears.

  • My face feels a little tingly and more awake. I felt more alert afterwards.

The participants found the massage pleasant. 


What They Did Not Like As Much

As with any new technique, one of the participants – advanced in massaging her face daily – felt the massage was not “in-depth enough for her”. Another was not so keen on the pressure point parts, especially on the eyes as she found that a little uncomfortable – but “felt as if it was perhaps doing some good”. Some participants were surprised at how tender their eyebrows were when applying gentle pressure, especially inner eyebrow.

In Summary: This is a Morning Massage. Awakening. Making you feel Bright & Alert. Be gentle applying pressure at pressure points to start with

Many thanks to the participants of the June Mini Case Study. The August Mini Case study is a little more challenging yet hopefully as beneficial. 


Mini Case Study Appeal: Japanese Muscle Tightener


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 I am looking for participants for my August Mini Case Study

Would you like to see the anti-ageing benefits of short daily exercise routine that strengthens facial muscles? My clients reported improved jawline and lip definition and reduced naso-labial lines.

The 2-weeks long trial will start on Friday 7th August. The Face Slimmer Mouth Muscle Tightener is now available from Amazon for just under £5

Please email me TODAY if interested to take part. 

SAVE OR SPEND: Summer Skincare Under £50


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I would like to run a small high street skincare shop in Beverley, stocking niche and innovative brands. However, for now is my shop through which I am able to recommend personalised skincare routines – right for an individual’s skin type and budget. There are an increasing number of new products on the market that are very similar to each other and some of the new launches are becoming prohibitively (and questionably) expensive.

Branding – and a great story of how the product was born – aside, it is the ingredients (and their concentration) that make a product work. is a shopping platform stocking organic skincare I currently work with, my reviews are unbiased and based on science. Here are my suggestions for the summer products to refresh your skincare routine with.

3 Summer Essentials for dry to mature skin types

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  • The Balm Balm Rose Flower Water (£11) is a refreshing toner for facial skin – in the morning as well as during the day. For even skin tone and hydrated, well conditioned skin. Rosa damascena (rose) flower distillate, 100 % organic. 
  • The Balm Balm Superlight Coconut Cleanser (£13.25) is a great cleanser for a lightly tanned skin in summer. Gentle cleanser made from blended coconut oils, also suitable for removing eye makeup. 100% organic. 
  • The Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum (£13.25) Anti-ageing staple for evening massage, the oil-based serum prevents sun related dehydration and maintains a healthy tan. Use prior to applying your evening moisturiser. Richer texture, a blend of rosehip, jojoba and borage oils with frankincense, rose geranium, palmarosa, juniper and mandarin. 100 % organic. 

For combination and oily skin types

A good choice – instead of the Coconut Cleanser – would be Elizabeth’s Daughter Facial Gel Cleanser (£8.95) for morning and evening cleanse. A gentle wash-off cleanser based on mild surfactants (laurel glucoside, cocoamidopropyl betaine) and aloe, enriched with kiwi fruit extract. Refreshing, mild & hydrating, contains also vitamins C & E.


Take advantage of free P&P for orders over £35. If you like my reviews, please put my name in the “Recommended By” section when shopping at

Placebo Effects in Skincare?


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I practise evidence-based skincare that entails facial massage & exercise (regular professional treatments and at home routine) and personalised (seasonal) skincare. I am more and more interested in the “evidence behind the placebo effect” due to my empirical experience from the clinic.

Placebo effects are beneficial effects attributable to the brain–mind responses to the context in which a treatment is delivered rather than to the specific actions of the drug.

They are mediated by diverse processes — including learning, expectations and social cognition — and can influence various clinical and physiological outcomes related to health – skin & wellbeing including.

Emerging neuroscience evidence implicates multiple brain systems and neurochemical mediators – including opioids and dopamine.

A recently published review suggests that the neuropsychological processes that mediate placebo effects may be crucial for a wide array of therapeutic approaches, including many drugs. The figure below relates to pain management.nrn3976-f1Source: The neuroscience of placebo effects: connecting context, learning and health

The Art of Asian Facial Massage (At Home)


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Our life story is ingrained in our faces – in the form of lines, wrinkles & sagging.

The facial yoga experts say that expanding our faces softens facial features and it makes us look more youthful.

This makes sense as Botox works by relaxing facial muscles. It is the vertical wrinkles (frown, sleep and nasolabial lines) that make the face look “more negative”. In contrast, the horizontal smile lines remind of happy times.

The Su-Man Techniques


There are many schools of facial massage & facial yoga. I am starting to work with the London based facialist Su-Man, she has a gentle approach to skin and skincare. I would like to introduce you to her on-line technique.

Spend a little more than two minutes massaging your face – but do it regularly each morning and evening to appreciate the benefits. And let me know how you get on in the comments section below.

FaceWorkshops Autumn & Winter Skincare Events 2015/2016


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Days for your diary if interested to learn more about new facial skincare products and techniques. I am giving a talk at these local & national events.




  • October 2015 – Royal Society of Chemistry “The Science of Beauty”, Hull University (date tbc.)
  • 21 October 2015 – Beverley Christmas Lights – Charity Event, Lix Cafe, Sowhill Road, Beverley HU17 8BG, 7.30 – 9PM.
  • “An evening of beauty tips for winter including skincare routines across brands with best anti-ageing ingredients, facial yoga and relaxation, make-up and hair styling for the festive season”

  • Sep/Oct/Nov 2015 – Advanced Professional Training, Leeds
  • Facial Yoga with Candle Light – Monday nights on 2nd, 9th and 16th November.


Please follow this blog for updates. 

Borderlines of Skincare & Dermatology


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Skin disease belongs to the hands of a dermatologist. However, mild to moderate symptoms of acne, rosacea, eczema and/or dermatitis are treated in a skincare clinic (or beauty salon) on a daily basis.

I promote holistic, evidence-based approach and work towards recognition of my work by UK skincare charities and skin disease support groups. Please note that there is no support group for acne at present. Which charity gets your vote? 

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The Science of Facial Yoga


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One antidote to stress that is available to every human being is the ability to change the pattern of breathing, and by so doing, to send powerful messages to brain centres that regulate thoughts, emotions and behaviours.

My clients desire to look healthy & youthful despite having very hectic lives. My work helps them to alleviate signs of premature ageing – the lines, wrinkles and sagging – every day, yet restorative processes are much more powerful than skincare.

Be it yoga, Pilates, mindfulness, meditation or prayer – they require my clients to make time for relaxation and in turn improve their appearance and wellbeing.

More thoughts from the practitioners who progress the science of yoga in the UK, helping us to deal with emotions, dark thoughts, anxiety, stress are below. I would like these thoughts to be a guide in transforming our lives for better.

Yoga & Emotions

  • Yoga profoundly influences the mind-body connection – it enhances the capacity for emotional regulation and psychological resilience.
  • Yoga helps to lift depression by decreasing serum cortisol and increasing levels of Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and GABA. OM chanting deactivates limbic regions implicated in depression.

  • Gentle movement, breathing, and relaxation improve negative emotions and activate internal healing processes. Fear is a normal part of everyday life, yet more and more people are experiencing problems and anxiety is spiralling out of control. Breath practices nurture loving feelings, compassion, and our capacity for bonding. They help us to enrich every moment of our life.  

Embodiment & Transformation

  • I work with chakras when massaging the face and empirically consider them to be powerful energetic centres that have not been scientifically recognised. Chakra imbalances can bring about negative emotions – working consciously with them can facilitate healthier behaviour patterns and a more-rewarding life-style.

  • Facial massage techniques move facial skin and muscles and I ask my clients to focus on the area when massaging their face. This facilitates gentle and graded body awareness. Freud’s insights into the mind evolved from symptomatology found in the body. And yet, we rarely incorporate embodied experience as part of emotional wellbeing.
  • Yoga increases oxytocin levels and improves social cognition. In transformative periods of our lives, yoga can address both stability and flexibility at all levels of being and provide the mind-body coping strategy.

Expanding on the relaxation research done with Hull University, I will be running monthly facial yoga classes in the Autumn in Beverley. Please email if interested to attend. 

Annee de Mamiel’s Facial Massage Technique


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Acupuncturist Annee de Mamiel’s philosophy, products & techniques are my cup of tea. She also says that the anti-ageing secret to looking smooth and glowing isn’t necessarily in a jar – it’s at your fingertips.

A quick massage technique for you – for natural, light oils that allow for a slip&absorb well at the same time, look at the anti-ageing echium-based oils recommended on the left..

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• Smooth your favourite facial oil over entire face and neck.

• Cup hands over nose and mouth, breath in and out deeply.

• Tug your earlobes with thumb and index finger. Then with fingertips, use firm, circular movements to massage from behind ears to base of neck.

• From the point of your chin, work up and outwards along the jaw to your ear; then from corners of mouth over the cheeks to ear, with circular movements; then from base of nose to top of ear. Repeat the whole sequence three times.

• Sweep your fingertips firmly over your eye brows, then under, then gently pinch along them. Repeat twice.

• Pressing firmly with your middle fingers, circle the eyes beginning above the inner corners and working outwards. Repeat three times.

• From the centre of your forehead, just above the nose, zigzag middle fingers in small, firm motions out to the temples; repeat working up the forehead.

• With the side of your index finger (held vertically), smooth skin from centre of face outwards, beginning with your forehead, then sides of nose, middle of mouth and centre of chin.

• Finish by breathing deeply, hands cupped over mouth and nose.





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