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Do you know it is estimated that 95% of women do not get enough Vitamin A?
Vitamin A is essential for normal skin cell development and differentiation. It inhibits collagen breakdown, increases collagen synthesis, increases elasticity, improves water barrier function, is anti-inflammatory, regulates sebum production (making it an excellent choice for treating acne as well as ageing) and is the only ingredient we know of that actually reverses the signs of photo-ageing.

Vitamin A is found in the following foods:

To name a few!

But even eating these cannot always provide the amount you need for optimum skincare.


You can also consider supplementing with Skin Complete which is a Vitamin A and Antioxidant due from The Advanced nutrition programme, adequate internal absorption works on those deepest layers of the skin and has also been shown to improve the skins tolerance to topical retinol.

This is where Retinol comes into it’s own.

Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A which can be used topically to treat the following concerns:

It’s no secret that as the years go on, we age. Retinol will become your new best friend and the greatest weapon against wrinkles and the ravages of time. This pure, topical form of Vitamin A helps increase skin’s thickness and collagen production, firming and refining the complexion and restoring its vibrancy – a literal fountain of youth.

Basically, as we age, the epidermis thickens while the dermis thins. The use of retinoids inverts that aging process, so long-term retinoid users enjoy an epidermis with less age spots and wrinkles supported by a lovely thick dermis.

Early retinol usage also helps delay the aging process, so the best time to start using a retinol is in your early thirties, when your cell turnover rate begins to slow. One of the benefits of getting an early start on over-the-counter retinols is that you can hold off on prescription retinoids until your forties or fifties.

So, grab yourself a cup of tea and let me tell you all about Retinol…

Myth Buster

Some people fear Retinol and believe that their skin is too sensitive for it, some have tried them and discontinued them due to a reaction, and others fear that retinoids are not natural and should be avoided.

The truth is that retinoids are the common denominator of skin care—although everyone’s skin is different, almost every type of skin can benefit from them. Of course, a crucial exception applies to those who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, nursing or those using medication that contraindicates use.

A few symptoms common to the beginning stages of retinoid use might explain why many people either fear to try them or discontinue their use before they’ve had the opportunity to revel in the improvements.

Retinoids can initially cause peeling and some redness, a process called facial Retinisation. Users should be aware that this is normal and to be expected — peeling and redness are side effects of retinoids working at a profound level to influence gene expression, resulting eventually in enhanced collagen production, skin smoothing and the evening out of pigmentation.

When people experience such symptoms, they often make the mistake of stopping their treatment program, then waiting until the skin gets “better” before beginning again. This is why it is so important to work with a skin specialist who can guide and support you along the way to help you maximise therapeutic benefits of the wonderful ingredient that is retinol.

So how can you get your maximum dose of age-fighting retinol without traumatizing your skin?

The Golden Rules of Retinol

  1. Consult a professional
    There are some cases where we avoid recommending retinol (when your barrier is seriously impaired, if you struggle with rosacea or with certain conditions such as pregnancy) If you want to add retinol into your routine, you’ll need specific guidance on where to fit it in and how to get the best out of it for YOUR skin
  2. Set up a routine
    Begin by using your retinoid every other or every third night and work up to every night but be consistent
  3. Prepare your skin
    You may need to work on barrier function before beginning topical retinol therapy and studies show that continuing use of a barrier-enhancing cosmetic moisturiser during therapy improves the longer-term results.
  4. Further preparation and enhancement
    Consider taking a Vitamin A supplement, studies have shown that the skin of someone consuming higher levels of Vitamin A are more likely to tolerate the application of retinol far more easily, this will lead to quicker results.
  5. Avoid usage during the day
    Contrary to popular belief, retinoids do not contribute to photosensitivity, but retinoic acid can thin the outer layers of the skin by about a third, making the skin more susceptible to sunburn. However, I suggest confining your usage to night-time. Retinoids degrade in the light, so you’re not getting your money’s worth if you use them during the day. In short: use retinoids at night only, use sunscreen daily, and try to avoid excessive heat, from either the sun or sauna.
  6. Wear SPF. Always
    As you’ll now know from the above retinols should be left to the evening and I hope that anyone that considers themselves savvy about skincare is wearing a broad spectrum mineral based SPF 365 days of the year (Yes come rain or shine; we are protecting against UV not just the sun itself!) but it is exceptionally important to use an SPF daily when including a retinol in your routine, after all there is no point in attempting to correct your skin concerns when you’re not protecting it from further damage.
  7. Be patient
    This is not an overnight process for anyone, and depending on the type of retinoid you use, the condition you are treating and the condition of your skin, it could take six to eight weeks before you start to see significant changes.
  8. Order of application?
    The dermatologists answer is nothing to do with application decides how much of the retinol is converted into retinoic acid, the form of vitamin A that actually repairs skin. That's solely related to your skin's chemistry and retinoid receptors. So, the order of application can vary depending on what we are trying to achieve, generally if your skin is sensitised then we may suggest applying over your mioisturiser to buffer the absorption, otherwise we would say to make it the first serum you apply.
    What matters is that you follow educated guidance and find the type of retinoid that best suits you, make it a part of your skin care routine, and be consistent in its use. You’ll be very happy you made the effort.
  9. Waxing and Retinol use
    Specialising in waxing and skincare puts me in a good position to warn you about the use of retinol when you also choose to wax: Whilst Retinols are beneficial for your skin it does mean we need to be more mindful when waxing your brows or other facial areas. Normally when we wax, we remove some very superficial skin cells on the surface, if you are using retinol the chances are that these superficial skin cells aren’t present which means that your wax could cause grazing on your skin. I take steps to ensure we minimise the chance of grazing, I use mineral powder to barrier your skin prior to use and I work in small sections, I also use hot was as opposed to strip wax where needed. It’s really important that you make me aware if you have recently started using a retinol product that I am unaware of so that we can make an informed decision when It comes to hair removal. If you have introduced retinol and you have a wax booked, I would suggest discontinuing use for 7 days prior to be on the safe side.

Alumier Retinol:

When first starting to use retinol, I would always recommend using Alumier - starting on 0.25%, and over time you can move up to 0.5% and finally 1%.
Retinol Resurfacing Serum is a pure potent retinol serum that dramatically improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, and skin texture, while evening skin tone.
Cutting-edge microencapsulated retinol allows for gradual timed-release overnight. By encapsulating the retinol and adding soothing and hydrating ingredients like niacinamide, honey, and sodium hyaluronate, maximal results can be achieved in comfort.
To order your Retinol and begin your journey to younger-looking skin, follow the link and use the details below:

Experience Alumnier Retinol

It has been wonderful to see so many new laws and eco-friendly initiatives being presented to the government in recent times. We have always made a real conscious effort at The Beauty Lounge to be as mindful as possible about our Carbon Footprint and every day we get closer and closer to achieving our goal of being an eco-friendly Salon. We wanted to share with you just some of the ways we do this and always welcome any tips you might have for us for striving to achieve our goal.

Our eco initiatives start in the day-to-day running of the Salon. In order to provide our clients with the softest, fluffiest towels, we use an Eco-Friendly washing machine along with environmentally friendly washing powders and softeners. We use LED lights and where possible, keep printing and paper use to a minimum. We are slowly making the switch to having consultations online only too which will massively reduce the paper we use and will keep data more secure. Instead of disposable magazines, we have provided gorgeous, informative books for our clients to flick through whilst relaxing in our waiting room. We try where at all possible to not use plastic, but if we have to then of course all plastic, paper and glass waste is recycled.

As most of you know already, we have spent a long time researching the best products in the market to provide you with the most high-end treatments, and the impact these products have on the environment has also been a key factor in our decision making of whether to take them on board.

You may have seen on our Social Media channels but last year the Advanced Nutrition Programme re designed and launched their new packaging which is now 100% recyclable and looks fantastic. David Alpert, Managing Director at the Advanced Nutrition Programme said: "We committed to providing the highest quality from the very first introduction of the Advanced Nutrition Programme over a decade ago. We saw a clear gap in the marketplace for beauty supplements that would make a scientifically proven difference to the quality of people’s skin and well-being plus, environmental responsibility. The new brand identity and creative delivery is a statement of our history, scientific journey and values over the past decade. It provides Skin Professionals with a product that appeals to the consumer on the shelf and contributes to the well-being of the environment as well as the consumer" We think you will agree the new packaging looks amazing?!

We are trying to have as many 100% Vegan products in the Salon as possible. The Gel Bottle gel polish, Zoya nail polish, and Jax Wax are all 100% Vegan and nothing in the Salon is tested on animals. Our Jane Iredale make-up range is Leaping Bunny Certified as 100% Cruelty Free as well.

We are also thrilled to announce that we are now part of the Salcombe Be Plastic Clever initiative! You can find our more about this wonderful cause here: http://beplasticclever.co.uk/salcombe

If you have any other ideas or tips to help us achieve our goal we would love to hear them! Just email [email protected]

Okay, although hard to hear, let’s start with the facts.

Skin cancer is the UK’s most common and fastest rising cancer. Melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease, is now one of the biggest cancer killers in 15-34 year olds and experts estimate that by 2024, Melanoma will become one of the most common forms of all major cancers (source: masced.uk). Scary, right?!

The thing is, with early detection of signs and symptoms over 86% of cases are preventable! This is why it was so important to us at The Beauty Lounge to take the Masced course so while looking after our clients skin we can detect early signs. Facials and skincare are not just about looking and feeling great – they are also about looking after our biggest organ!

Exposure to direct sunlight is one of the major causes of skin cancer, so of course there are precautions that you can take while still enjoying the sunshine…

Always wear an SPF

Who’s guilty of thinking “I’m not on holiday…I don’t need to wear sun cream?!” Well, the sun is the same here in England (even if we don’t see it very often!) It is vital that you wear sun protection every day, especially on your face. This is because the skin on your face is considerably thinner that on your body so needs extra protection. Picking the right sunscreen is very important -
You will be surprised to hear that there are studies in America and Australia that now suggest all of the commonly used Chemical sunscreens you pick up from your local chemists are in fact really quite harmful for our health and that the chemicals have been detected in unborn children!: https://www.treehugger.com/health/new-study-links-chemical-sunscreens-birth-defects.html.

We believe the best sun screen available on the market at the moment is AlumierMD. Over 100 years of research have gone into the brand’s products and their range of sun screens are specifically formulated to keep your skin safe - Alumier MD is 100% mineral physical and it is broad spectrum which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

These SPF’s use a mix of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, moisturizing vitamin E, with free-radical-quenching antioxidants, including a stable vitamin C, resveratrol, grape seed extract and glutathione.

There are six different types of Alumier sunscreens so we will be able to help you find the perfect one for your skin.

During July, as part of our Skincare Awareness Month we are offering £5 off all of our AlumierMD Sunscreens.

Sit in the shade

It sounds obvious but it makes a huge difference! If you love to sit in the sun, just make sure you limit your time and hop in and out of the shade as often as possible!

Wear a hat

Wearing a sun hat protects your face and also helps to keep you cool. The sun can cause headaches so this helps with that as well!

Drink plenty of water

This is vital for your skin all year round but particularly in the summer!

Eat the right foods

Certain foods are known to increase lycopene, the skin's own SPF. An antioxidant found in tomatoes, and other red and orange fruit and veg, it can boost your sun protection by a whopping 33%. One of the best sources is tomato puree.

Beware of reflections

Snow can intensify sun radiation by up to 85%, water by up to 17% and sand by up to 5%!

Avoid drinking alcohol

However fun drinking alcohol in the sunshine sounds, it is very dangerous for your skin! According to The Telegraph, researchers published in the British Journal of Dermatology have found that ethanol is converted to a chemical compound called acetaldehyde after it is ingested, which may act as a ‘photosensitizer’ making skin sensitive to light.

Cover up correctly

Take light, loose clothing with you so you can cover up whenever you need to!

If you would like to talk to us about skincare in the sun and look at our range of SPF’s please drop into the Salon or give us a call. To view our full range of facial and skin treatments click here

Have you heard about the Advanced Nutrition Programme?

If not, now is the time to start your journey to feeling and looking amazing, from the inside out.

The ANP is a range specifically formulated on scientific research that features quality ingredients which feed your skin from within. There range focuses on skincare, health, vitality, and anti-ageing as well as weight loss, food intolerance, digestion, bone and joint support.

When you want to look your best, how you look after your body internally is just as important as what you apply externally and not a lot of people know this, but it is incredibly hard to get all your nutrients from fruit and vegetables alone! You would need to ensure you were eating in season organic produce in the correct amounts every single day. For example -  just two capsules from the ANP Skin Collagen Support Capsules contain enough vitamins, minerals and protein to boost your daily intake enough. This doesn’t only  have overall benefits your skin but your hair, nails and wellbeing!

Aside from its health benefits, we love this company for lots of other reasons, starting with their dedication towards being 0 waste. A couple of years ago they unveiled their new packaging which is now 100% recyclable and ethically made. David Alpert, Managing Director at Advanced Nutrition Programme, said: “The new brand identity and creative delivery is a statement of our history, scientific journey and values over the past decade. We saw a clear gap in the marketplace for beauty supplements that would make a scientifically-proven difference to the quality of people’s skin and well-being plus, environmental responsibility”

Here are our top picks of ANP supplements:-

Skin Accumax

Benefits:

*Vitamin A contributes to the maintenance of normal skin

Skin Omegas

Benefits:

Skin Vit A

Skin Collagen Plus

Glucosamine Plus

Glucosamine Plus is a daily food created to help support mobility and flexibility*^. Provides vitamin C to help support the formation of the structural building blocks of bones and joint cartilage - collagen*, together with copper to help maintain connective tissue^. Enriched with glucosamine, MSM and zinc.

Don’t forget we have an amazing offer on ANP at the moment!

Buy two and save £5, buy three and save £7.50

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