Introduction To Laser Hair Removal

ūüí•First things first- Laser Hair Removal is the sh**tūüí•

Imagine never having to wax, shave or epilate again… it¬†is definitely something all you girls and boys, need to know/be educated about and hopefully, I can helpūüėä!

I would definitely recommend this to anyone- with up to 95% permanent reduction in unwanted hair, saving hours of shaving, dreaded shaving rash as well as those nasty cuts, great for in grown hairs and a long lasting solution!

I also love that this is a treatment is mostly available to everyone. Yes it is great for us girls who can’t be bothered with our legs but it’s also great for any girls with polycystic ovaries, or anyone transitioning to transgender or simply any gym buffs out there who want to be smooth for their shows!

Not only is it great physically on the outside, but can also help confidence mentallyūüíē

 

Where do I start?

Always make sure to research different clinics, look at reviews, talk to others you know who have had the treatment done (if you do) as I personally believe word of mouth is always the best referral and most importantly BOOK A CONSULTATION. As this gives you the best feel of the clinic, the staff, the machine, the laser technicians knowledge and you get to ask any questions you like before you decide if you want to take the plunge!

Consultation Time

Of course, i went to my trusty local Skin Health Spa¬†where I have been going for years, as I feel very comfortable around all the girls and they have always provided me with 5-star service. After being greeted through reception and into the waiting room, I was given a medical history form to fill in with various questions about my personal health as this helps give the Aesthetician/ Laser technician a rough idea if I am suitable for the treatment and what she can and cannot do with me for safety and to have on her records for future. I am then called through into the laser room and asked to take a seat. My Aesthetician sits with me and introduces herself, her qualifications/experience in Laser hair removal and then also gives me a brief overview of Skin Health Spa ethos before running through my medical history form to make sure it is all correct and in order. Now it’s time to be introduced to the laser…

How Does It Work?

Skin Health Spa uses a Cynosure Elite+‚ĄĘ Laser machine which is one of the original brands/innovators of Laser and one of the best for Laser hair removal on the market. It has adjustable wavelengths using both Alexandrite and ND-Yag for all you Aestheticians out there, making it safe to use for all skin types as well as being able to target lighter hair colours. That being said if you have white or grey hair this is a no-no as the laser is attracted to the pigment in your hair, so if there is no colour it can’t attack itūüĎĶūüŹĽ.

Essentially the lasers light energy ZAP converts into heat which passes through the skin and is absorbed by the hairs dark pigment in the hair follicle. This cuts the supply of blood going to the hair follicle and destroys the root without damaging the surrounding cells, inhibiting growth. So, each and every time you come in for treatment you will weaken the follicle, you will notice this more and more as your treatments go on as your hair will become a lot lighter and softer- More of a peach then a wiry HagridūüćĎ… Then eventually you will be smooth as a baby’s bumūüĎ∂ūüŹĽ

What Do I Need To Do?

Your Laser technician will run through a few do’s and don’ts for laser, these are VERY important so make sure you remember.

‚ÄĘ DO SHAVE-¬†Do not wax, pluck or epilate! You need the hair to be in the root for it to be attacked with the laser – if it’s not there it is just a wasted treatment! Try and shave the day before or on the day of treatment.

‚ÄĘ NO REAL OR FAKE TAN-¬†This is a biggy, as having a tan changes the pigment in your skin, so your laser settings will not be correct and can result in a laser burn ouch¬†ūüėĶ¬†which can scar, blister, scab and all that nasty stuff!¬† So it’s¬† definitely better to be safe than sorry- but obviously, if you are having your underarms done it is fine to have tan on your legs, and if you do have a tan you just have to wait 6 weeks for it to fade, then your good to go again!

‚ÄĘ NO PERFUME, CREAMS OR DEODORANT –¬†Avoid all these on the day of your treatment, you don’t want anything to irritate your skin. The only thing you should apply after is Aloe Vera gel¬†to soothe the area, you should also wear an SPF30 every day on the area you have treated if exposed to the sun- especially the face!

How Many Treatments Do I Need?

On average it takes 6-8 treatments but this all depends on the individual! If you are having facial treatments it is recommended to have a treatment every 4 weeks, but for the body it is every 6 weeks. It is also important to remember there is no guarantee for the hair to be 100% gone- but there is up to a 95% permanent reduction in unwanted hair.

Does It Hurt?

During your consultation after going through verbal communications and your questions, your laser technician will perform a patch test to find the most suitable settings for your skin/hair type and will tell you there and then if Laser hair removal is for you. But no need to fear it will only be a couple of quick zaps, it essentially feels like being flicked by an elastic band also you do have a cooler blowing on you which definitely takes the sting away. It is definitely bearable and oh so worth it, but it all depends on your pain threshold. *You also get given some funky goggles to wear.¬†Once you know the feeling, you get used to it. I now scroll through my phone or read a magazine through treatments and I almost forget I’m having a laser treatment!

Are There Any Side Effects?

Immediately after treatment, your treated area may feel quite warm, look pink/red and be a little swollen but your Aesthetician will always apply Aloe Vera Gel and SPF before you leave and generally only lasts a few hours. But for the next 24 hours you should avoid any sun exposure, sauna, hot showers/bath, the gym as if we need an excuse to get out of that one. So just take it easy and your laser technician will run through any other aftercare!

⚡ There you have it ⚡

A quick introduction to Laser Hair Removal, I hope this helped and if you do have any other questions then please do not hesitate to ask! Or if you want any treatments or topics covering then just hollllaaa

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Flint+Flint

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The Secret Of Skin Health…

I’m quite excited to share a little about this brand with you guys!

It’s a skin care brand I know for a fact that works- I use it day in/day out on clients with many of their aesthetic treatments and they see results, simple.

What makes it so special¬†different to any other brand I hear you say? First of all its a cosmeceutical – meaning it’s a cosmetic that contains medical properties and very active ingredients. They are made¬†not only for the¬†appearance of your skin, but for the health of your skin. The creators of Flint plus Flint have put a lot of thought into these products and are very passionate about skin, being in the aesthetic industry for over 10 years (so they know what they’re talking about) they wanted to create something you could take with you, a treatment for at home if you will! It’s also been created for both men and women and for any skin type with the guarantee if you don’t like the products, get your money back!

With that said let’s have a look at some of their products, with¬†the full¬†skin care¬†range it¬†covers 11 products but they¬†have also¬†created skin kits to cater to specific skin concerns¬†and skin care needs. So today I want to share with you their ‘everyday essentials’ kit- containing three staple products this is a good place to start if you wanted to try it out!

https://flintplusflint.com/products/everyday-skin-essentials

£90

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Glycolic cleanser ¬£30¬†– A¬†must have¬†in my opinion! A nightly cleanser that resurfaces the skin,¬†dissolves dead dulling skin cells,¬†tightens pores (thank the lord)¬†and reveals a more youthful radiant you! I will warn you it does tingle but that is completely normal and personally I quite like that fact as I know its doing something and leaves me feeling fresh. Glycolic acid is made from sugar canes and is famous for its anti-aging¬† and exfoliating properties and unlike many other acid based products, flint’s contains 12% glycolic acid (EU allowance is normally 10%) but as it contains soothing agents definsil and panthenol¬† it is not harsh or drying¬†on the¬†skin. All I would say is to avoid your eyes and any cuts, as its acid based that will definitely sting!

Serum ¬£48 – I love, love, loooveeee this product. It smells lovely, feels lovely and basically its heaven. This product is for the nourishment and revitalisation of your skin and honestly¬†leaves you feeling so, SO soft. Being vitamin C based its vital to your skins health, known for aiding in collagen production/ firming the skin and slowing down free radical damage it helps to reduce dryness, fine and lines and to reduce the appearance of pigmentation/scaring. Atoligomer rich in minerals also stimulates the vitality of skin cells while borage oil rich in fatty acids gives your skin that burst of hydration and heals dry/damaged tissue. For me this is perfect in the evening after I’ve cleansed and helps repair my skin after all my daily tasks and just leaves me looking a lot brighter and even! But you can also use it in the morning if you wanted to use something a bit¬†richer then a moisturiser.

Moisturiser ¬£32¬†– Where would we be without our trusty¬†moisturiser, I don’t even want to think about it. Perfect for AM and PM this moisturiser is super light weight, absorbs in quickly and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy hurrah! Containing red raspberry seed oil its high in essential fatty omega acids and vitamin E giving instant moisture. Glycofilm also creates a second skin matrix and a film over the skin protecting from environmental damage and pollution.

There you have it! If you don’t take my word for it check out their product reviews online

✨ https://flintplusflint.com/blogs/news-reviews  ✨

Before you go…

Want to try the products with a facial treatment or learn more about the brand? Then why not visit their new concept clinic located in Harvey Nichols Manchester. Staffed with highly educated and experienced aestheticians, nurses and doctors they will advice what best to treat your skin concerns or even if you just want to have a pamper! There is plenty to choose from.

Book now on 0161 828 8856 or email man@flintplusflint.com

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Hope you found this post helpful and If you have any questions about any of the products please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below!

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Until next time, may your skin glow from the inside out!

Steph x

 

 

 

 

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Aloe Vera- Sonya Skincare Collection

So recently I very nicely got asked to review and try out some of the products from Forever living’s luxury skin care range; The Sonya Skin Care Collection. With working and having a passion in skin I couldn’t wait to try it and learn more about this range!

The collection consists of 5 staple products; a cleanser, exfoliator, toner, serum and a cream. Which I think is a perfect start as I always believe there is 5 steps to a good skincare routine: cleansing, exfoliating, nourishing, moisturising and protecting (so definitely ticks 4 out of 5 for me).

It all comes presented in a big box, so you do have an area to store all of your products, however I would say the packaging is a bit dated but don’t let that take away from the quality of products. Forever living is renowned for being natural and Aloe Vera based, and we all know Aloe Vera has many key benefits for our body internally/externally and especially for our skin! it’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, has amazing healing powers and the list¬†goes on and¬†on!¬†Plus if your into your aesthetic treatments like myself its the perfect product to apply after any¬†laser or micro-needling treatments YAY. Step’s are included in the box so it does tell you¬†a little more information about the¬†products, how to use them and how often.

Myself having definitely combination skin (that dreaded t-zone waaaa) I was very interested to see how much a difference it would make to my skin in a week.

Aloe Purifying Cleaner-

I used this every morning and evening, and I thought it was lovely on the skin. It Comes out in a creamy texture, smells¬†fab¬†Cucumber¬†with lemon¬†and just melts away the days dirt, then just wipe away with damp cotton pads until your cotton pads are clean. I found this took my makeup off really nicely and my mascara didn’t seem a problem either!

Aloe Deep Cleansing Exfoliator-

I used this twice this within the week in the evenings, as this gives a deep clean and scrub you don’t want to be too abrasive with your skin daily. if you have dry skin then I’d recommend only using this once a week, but if your more on the oilier side then you might need to use it twice like myself, as it just gets that top layer of dead skin off and gives your pores a good clean out leaving you feeling freeeeeesh! The exfoliator itself is made from jojoba beads which is fantastic as with some other exfoliators you find its small microbeads made from plastic which can scratch the skin and aids in water particle pollution (which is a very talked about subject at the moment)

Aloe Refreshing Toner-

This product you use every morning and evening after cleansing, as this helps close up all your pores and gives your skin that fresh boost! Just dab onto cotton pads and wipe on your skin in upwards and outward motions. Being alcohol free it doesn’t dry your skin out and left me feeling ready for the day and a nice base for my makeup.

Aloe Nourishing Serum-

This was my favourite, my holy grail product if you will. I only applied this in the evening after my cleanse/toning as this nourishes your skin with Aloe Vera, white tea and mimosa bark extracts helping to repair and restore my skin after the days tasks. I just loved how this felt and looked on my skin, it felt so smooth and silky and left my skin looking super dewy and hydrated.  I Laaaved it  even my partner commented on how nice my skin looked after using this. But I only used in the evening as I felt if I used it both morning and evening it would of been too heavy for my skin, especially being a little oily myself.

Aloe Balancing Cream-

Again when I used this I only used in the evening and only used once, this is your super rich cream from the collection, it helps to restore and balance your skins moisture, while also helping maintain the clarity of your skins texture/tone. I used this instead of the serum one night and did find my skin felt soft in the morning but I just loved the effect and look¬†the serum¬†gave me so mainly just stuck with that! I’m still not over the serum.

Overall I did really enjoy using this skincare range and found my skin over the week to be super hydrated and didn’t break out once! I think it would be perfect for dry, sensitive, more mature skin types or anyone looking to get into a¬†good skincare routine. I also think it would be fab for teenagers to start with to learn about how to look after their skin and also something natural to use!

But if you have more problematic skin, whether it be acne, pigment, etc I think more medical grade products would be best.

Which I will write a blog about and what I would recommend if that’s something you want to read?! Please let me know in the comments below!

If you would love to also try these products or know a little bit more, then please feel free to contact Lucy on¬†07708593305¬† She is fantastic and very knowledgeable about all her products not just this range, anything aloe vera, head to toe, internal, external, you name it¬†she covers everythaang. I believe the full kit is ¬£130.67 however the products are all available to purchase separately and come in¬†generous sizes 118ml-177ml, I wouldn’t say they are overpriced and they do feel very luxurious when on the skin.

keep up with everything I’m trying from skincare, makeup, hair care, beauty and aesthetic treatments over on Instagram : @stephaniegrace_blog

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FAT FREEZING: CRISTAL CRYOLIPOLYSIS

                                                   

What on earth is cristal cryolipolysis I hear you say?!

A treatment popular with many celebs, it’s technology based on the fact that the¬†fat cells in our body are very sensitive to cold temperatures, and at a certain temperature fat cells begin to die and our body naturally and gradually flushes them out. It’s non-invasive and designed to select and freeze fat cells through controlled cooling without damaging any of the surrounding tissue and after¬†8 weeks you should see a significant reduction!

If its good enough for a Kardashian, it’s good enough for me! (you go gal KoKo)

So could not wait to try this new treatment at my local skin clinic Skin Health Spa as soon as it became available!

THE PROCESS

Once in the room your aesthetician and yourself discuss the process and what area you would like to be treated ( you can choose from upper arms, love handles, lower/upper stomach, bra fat and thighs!) For me personally I HATE my arms and with going away on holiday soon it was a no brainer. Next the aesthetician measured my upper arms and noted it down so for my next treatment we can see what difference we have achieved!

After marking my chosen area out it was time for me to get on the bed and get myself comfy (you will be lying there for an hour so this is of utter importance) and then a protectant gel is placed on your chosen area as well as a material sheet to prevent discomfort and finally¬†the hand piece is positioned on the area and the suction/cooling begins…¬†now the fun part

For the first 5-10 minutes while your hand piece is on, I won’t lie it¬†is a strange experience. However once you are¬†numb you can’t feel anything and is up to you whether you nap, listen to some music, scroll through your phone or whatever takes your fancy! Your aesthetician will leave you to relax but will come and check on you every so often to make sure your still comfortable and to see how your getting on.

Once the hour is up your hand piece is taken off and the area is massaged to bring back to room temperature to help speed up the lymphatic and metabolic processes in the body. You may feel a little tender after, feeling numb is the weirdest part! you can also be a little swollen and bruising can occur but these are all normal contra-actions and will disappear in a few days. But carry on as you would do on a normal day! there is no downtime woooo!

THE BEST BIT

THE RESULTS ARE PERMANENT! Similar to lipo once the fat cells are gone…they are gone.¬†They won’t come back in that area, however be warned¬†if you do¬†not keep up with a healthy lifestyle and put weight back on it will go onto another area, eek!

As the fat cells are naturally and gradually flushed out of our body you usually see results as early as 6-8 weeks, however the process keeps on going for up to 4 months (generally there is a fat loss of 30%-40% in that area WOW) , and if your not satisfied you can return for another session 4 months after!

Simples! 

Personally¬†I really enjoyed this treatment,¬†virtually pain free and didn’t have to step foot in a gym or break a sweat, what’s not to like?!

Keep an eye out on my Instagram @stephaniegrace_blog to see how I get on with my own results!

Want to know more? Book in for a free consultation on 01270 613890 or email the girls Nantwich@skinhealthspa.com

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