7 rules for foolproof tanning

20th
January

Doing it yourself?  Here’s our rules to get that perfect tan.

  1. Always tan before bed. Give it time to kick in undisturbed by waistbands and bra straps.
  2. Smooth skin doesn’t streak. Prep with an exfoliator and keep your skin hydrated.
  3. Gradual lotions are safer. Build slowly to cover any slip-ups.
  4. Use a mitt. For even spreading and no chance of orange palms.
  5. Work upwards. Limb by limb in long strokes, constant motion is key.
  6. Use a separate face product. Something moisturising, as you can’t put skincare over tanner.
  7. Top up. Arms and legs need more colour than your face and shoulders. Slap on an instant formula for a bronze hot tonight then wash it off when you’re straight back in a woolly jumper tomorrow.

Article from Woman and Home February 2018

Skin Benefits of LED Light Therapy

14th
January

We wanted to share this great article about the benefits of LED Therapy by Andy Millward…..

 

“I have been a huge fan of LED light therapy for a few years now for it’s ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production, reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing process. It very much supports my non-ablative and non-invasive ethos to treating the skin; by working with the skin to encourage it’s own natural healing process.

Until it’s discovery by NASA, the only real way of stimulating collagen production was either through the use of ingredients such as retinoids or through controlled wounding, thus stimulating the body’s own wound healing response. LED light therapy is a safe, painless and effective way of stimulating collagen and elastin production, without any side effects.

For those not familiar with this technology, light therapy uses a number of LED bulbs (light emitting diode) to deliver optimised light at a specific wavelength to stimulate a change within the skin, without the need for skin care ingredients or wounding the skin. Making it an effective treatment for all skin types, including hypersensitive and rosacea skins.

In a similar fashion to plants, our cells have the ability to absorb light and convert it in to energy. I explain this to my clients with the analogy of UV light stimulating an enzyme reaction that causes our skin to tan. Equally, different wavelengths of light have the ability to stimulate different enzyme reactions that have a different effect on the skin.

Skin Benefits Of Red LED Light Therapy
Red light therapy has a wavelength of between 620nm (light red) to 700nm (dark red) and is predominately used for its anti-ageing benefits because of its ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production.
Red therapy also helps to strengthen the skin, thanks to the additional collagen production making the skin more resilient. Making it a very effective treatment for rosacea and reducing the redness that is associated with broken / weak capillaries. It also helps the skin to retain moisture more effectively.
Red light therapy is also extremely anti-inflammatory therefore reduces inflammation within the tissues and helping to accelerate the healing process, so is particularly useful for healing blemishes, repairing sun damage, fading scars and improving overall skin tone.

Skin Benefits Of Blue LED Light Therapy
Blue light therapy has a wavelength of between 405nm to 420nm and is predominately used for its anti-bacterial benefits and therefore used in acne treatment.
Blue light at wavelength of 415nm is absorbed by a molecule called porphyrin.  P.acne bacteria contain an abundant amounts of porphyrin.  The absorption of blue light by porphyrin creates singlet oxygen (free radicals) which are released into the bacteria, killing the bacteria.
Blue light is also anti-inflammatory. However for best results blue light is used in combination with red light therapy, for its additional skin rejuvenation and wound healing benefits.

Skin Benefits Of Amber LED Light Therapy
Amber light therapy has a wavelength of between 570nm to 620nm. Sometimes broken down into Yellow or Orange.
Amber light therapy is effective in the treatment of skin issues involving redness such as rosacea. It is ideal for sensitive skin because of its calming and soothing.
Amber light therapy helps to flush waste from the skin, boost lymphatic flow and increase cellular growth.
The skin effects are boosted when used in combination with red light therapy.

Skin Benefits Of Infrared LED Light Therapy
Infrared light therapy has a wavelength of between 700nm to 1,400nm and is essentially the same as red light therapy, except its invisible to the naked eye and penetrates much deeper within the body, therefore has the ability to promote healing of deeper wounds or relief of deep muscular or joint pain.”

Used as a treatment on it’s own or in combination with metabolic peels and dermal needling as part of a treatment plan, the results of LED can be amazing.  Call us to book your treatment or learn more about what is available at Renaissance here.

5 easy ways to boost your willpower and get things done

12th
January

This one is for all us weak girls, whose hearts cry out for sleep and food, both in bountiful amounts. Having strong willpower is wanting so bad that topping-laden pizza, but for the sake of your waistline you exercise restraint. Or, instead of avoiding that horrible project until its imminent deadline, you make the wise decision to tackle it step-by-step. If your willpower is waning or you want to motivate yourself more, here are some simple tricks to strengthen your resolve.

Remove all temptations
Easier said than done in a world full of apps designed for time-wasting. But there are ways to bulletproof yourself against these distractions so your willpower isn’t spent fighting the urge to procrastinate. The game-changer for me: StayFocusd, a Chrome web extension that allows you to block out chosen websites during select periods. Instant productivity boost. You can read our article here to find out about more apps that can improve your motivation.

Train your mind  
If you’re lacking self-discipline, you can train your mind into having more self-control. Often, I will make a deal with myself – I can only watch another episode of ‘Sex And The City’ when I’ve ticked this and that off my to-do list. It’s all about rewarding restraint with treats – it may sound a bit childish but it does work. You can tempt yourself into doing a task if you associate it with something you enjoy. Why not try out these easy ways to treat yourself?

Set unbreakable deadlines
This method is brutal but effective. We are all guilty of the “it can wait” attitude. However, by engineering a situation you can’t get out of, it will push you into work-mode. Sign yourself up for a charity run or organize a strict deadline with your boss. It’s amazing what you can do when there is no escape route.

Just five minutes
A trick I frequently use is saying to myself, I’ll only reply to one email, or just write the introduction to an article or run once around the block. For most people, starting a project can be the hardest thing but with this mind hack, you will end up going way past the 5-minute barrier. And when you’re in the flow, it’s easy to carry on.

Visualize the target
Sometimes, the most successful solution for instant willpower is to visualize the end goal. For example, I will never be a fan of exercise, but I know that I’ll feel worse if I don’t do it  – this is all the reasoning I need to get my lazy ass moving. When the temptation to give up is strong, fight it off by reminding yourself what it is you to achieve and what you want.

You have more willpower than you realize, you’ve just got to harness it.

 

Article from careergirldaily.com/5-easy-ways-boost-willpower

What is Dermaplaning?

12th
January

A great video that explains Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). It has been used for many years.

Because dermaplaning is a quick procedure with few to no adverse effects, it has quickly gained popularity among cosmetic medical providers across the country. Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, the provider simply abrades the surface of the skin using light feathering strokes.

This is a great treatment to offer to patients who are pregnant or nursing who want a deep exfoliation, but are not allowed to use peeling agents on their skin. It is also a first choice for patients who have excess vellus hair on the skin. This hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair gives the patient healthier looking skin.

Although merely an old wives’ tale, many patients are often concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning. This is not the case. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.

Ready to try Dermaplaning?  Call us to book in Prescot 0151 431 0348 or St Helens 01744 735 621.  The treatment is £65

 

Dry body brush to help eliminate celliulite

11th
January

Elemis’ Body Skin Brush Detox available in salon just £21

Natural cactus bristles help to reduce the appearance of cellulite by improving circulation and softening the skin.

Help in your quest for the elimination of cellulite by brushing your body with this pure natural cactus bristle brush. Dry body brushing daily is a natural way to increase circulation, improves metabolism, eliminates dead skin cells, and helps the body’s natural detoxification process. The natural Cactus bristle enhance this proven skin treatment, that can help to improve the texture and tone of the skin.

5 fast fitness fixes for when you only have a few minutes

8th
January

We’re not saying you should be swapping time spent socialising for the gym. But we are saying that squeezing fitness into any spare time you have will ensure you have a more energetic, possibly even happier, New Year. We asked three of our favourite experts for fast ways to keep your fitness levels ticking over, even if you only have two minutes to spare.

Got 2 minutes? Sprint your stairs
“Quick sprinting up and down the staircase is a great way to increase calorie burn and get fitter faster,” says Anya Lahiri, Barry’s Bootcamp master trainer and Nike NTC elite trainer. “Or, if you’re looking to strengthen muscles and tone up, body-weight exercises like squats or push ups can always be squeezed in pre work or before bedtime.”

Got 5 minutes? Do a micro workout
“If you’re too busy to fit a full workout in, a mini one can be the first step to getting leaner,” says The Body Coach, Joe Wicks. “Try pushing yourself really hard for three lots of 30 seconds, doing exercises like lunges, running on the spot and tuck jumps. Leave 40 seconds recovery time between each burst of movement. The great thing about this on/off High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) method is that you can do it absolutely anywhere, any time, even while watching TV. And working out over Christmas means you can indulge. I personally can’t resist pigs in blankets.” Lean In 15: The Sustain Plan by Joe Wicks (Bluebird, £16.99), out 17th November

Got 15 minutes? Do a dinner dance
Making fitness fun is the key to keeping doing it, says Pilates instructor Lottie Murphy. “The time I love to get 15 minutes of exercise in is when I’ve popped something in the oven for dinner; I’ll put on my favourite playlist and dance around the kitchen. Grab some tins, reach your arms straight behind you and pulse to work your triceps and shoulders and improve posture. Or try ballet-inspired moves like raising up and down on your tiptoes to tone your butt and calves, then reaching one toe behind you and pulsing it up and down to really lift the bottom.”

Got 30 minutes? Go online
“If you’ve got just half an hour, head to my YouTube channel ‘Lifestylewithlottie’ and pair the Pilates Tone Circuit with the Flat Lower Tummy Pilates,” Murphy advises. “The first one puts your body through a wide range of movements and targets muscles you might not even know you had; the second targets the core, improving posture and helping to prevent back pain. My top tip is: try not to brace your abdominals during these workouts, instead feel the tummy gently flattening as you exhale.”

Got 40 minutes? Run for it
“Change up your usual park jog with short bursts of speed and hill runs,” says Lahiri. “Include five lots of 30-second sprints, each with a minute’s walk in between. Then, find a hill, run up and walk back down five times. Also, a steady 3.5k run once a week is great for increasing endurance.”

Super-quick movement fixes
Feeling jaded or overloaded? Put on Nadia Narain’s stretching and meditation DVD. Choose from six sessions, including five minutes of calming breathing, 22 minutes of moving meditation and stretching, or eight minutes of lying down in a blissful relaxation. Nadia Narain Beginners Meditation & Mindful Stretching, £10.99

For a yoga class that will fit your every spare moment, sign up for Movement for Modern Life. Workouts go from two minutes to 90, and there’s something for everyone, from complete beginners to full-on yogis. Subscriptions from £10.99 per month after a 14-day trial

This article first appeared in the December 2016 edition of Red Magazine.

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