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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Sesderma Micro Needling Facial

Dr Giogia Ratta invited me to her clinic in the new Harley Street location to be a model for Medi Derma Nanopore Micro needling facial by Holly Jennings of Sesderma.  (Dr Giorgia and I have become good friends over the past few months as we clicked together really well and she trusts my judgement and reviews on all her new treatments, as I trust her as a doctor to do the best treatment and most natural looking improvement for me).  Dr Giorga offers an extensive range of treatments including; lip fillers, nose correction fillers, tear trough fillers, facial fillers, chemical peels, medical facials, anti wrinkle injections and Silhoutte Soft thread lifts.  Giorgia is a former dentist so has trained extensively in medical facial biological structure and intensively in many aesthetics procedures.

Holly took me through a presentation about the Micro needling treatment and the Nanopore products, I was impressed with the technology.  The needle used in the machine is encased and the depth is from 0.25-1.5mm in length, the speed is adjustable from 50-150 pulsations per second.  It has a horizontal motor to prevent vibration and reduce pain.  This machine with the serum creates micro channels in the dermal matrix, releasing growth factors in the cells and creating collagen via natural skin repair.

First of all my skin was cleansed with Sensyses RX cleanser and a 14% Ferulac skin peel with repairing enzymes to repair DNA damage was applied, twice to get rid of dead skin cells and prepare my skin for the treatment.   A lubrication serum was used before Holly went to work on my face with the micro needling machine, (no numbing cream is required as there is less pain and the treatment is quite quick).  We agreed on a 0.5mm length needle and a high speed of 150 pulsation per second, as I am used to treatments like this.  (The higher the speed, the less pain, although somebody with more sensitive skin and less used to these treatments may need a smaller needle and to slow the speed on certain areas).  Retises Nanomeso Solution was mixed with Mesocit basic serum and micro needled in with the Nanopore stylus device. Holly started first on my right cheek and then on my left cheek spreading the lubrication serum as she went along.  I felt only a tickle on my cheeks as there is an abundance of sebaceous tissue on the cheeks and fatty areas are less uncomfortable or painful.  The nose was a little uncomfortable, but totally tolerable and the head and chin did not hurt at all.  All the while Holly was ensuring my face was lubricated with the serum.  It didn't take long at all and there was no blood.  After the treatment was finished c- peel delivery serum was applied.  SPF 50 UVB/UVB sunscreen is a must after this treatment.

My skin looked pink and glowing straight afterwards.  The next day it looked and felt soft.  The day after it started to lightly peel.  (I had this treatment on the Thursday and by the time the weekend was over, all of the peeling was out of the way).  I started to see great results after 10 days, my skin was smoother, glowing and less congested.  (I have oily skin and sometimes suffer the odd hormonal breakout). 

You can have the treatment done every 14-30 days at 0.5mm a course of 6 then have a 2 month break before starting all over again. This is good for; flaccidity, cellulite, stretch marks photo aging, dilated pores and pigmentation.   It's minimally invasive, quick, effective and has very little down time.

Sesderma is a worldwide company founded by Spanish Doctor, Dr Serrano.  There are an expanding range of products for skin care, hair care and body care.

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Monday, 25 July 2016

Successfully Treating Bruixsm/Teeth Grinding at Vie - Southend

I have had a teeth clenching and grinding problem for a few years now due to anxiety and sinusitis. Recently I was made a night mouth guard and my front teeth were rebuilt by my dentist as I damaged them significantly with the night grinding. Then I had a problem with impacted wisdom teeth and had to have three out all at once in surgery, cutting away some of the jaw bone. It was very painful afterwards and especially with the night grinding.  I read somewhere that jaw botox is effective against teeth grinding/bruxism.  I decided to see Dr Liakas at Vie Aesthetics for injections.

This was so quick and easy and relatively painless. As I always say, Dr Liakas is an expert injector and knew exactly where to inject and how much of the toxin to use. Within 48 hours the grinding had lessened significantly and so had the pain. I also noticed less headaches and neck pain due to this. Another factor I noticed was that the shape of my face has changed slightly too to give a softer jaw line where it was once slightly square, as I was working the jaw muscles constantly at night. Many of celebrities are going for this treatment to give an angular effect to the shape of their faces and it is a great medical alleviator for teeth grinding and clenching.

I had a follow up in 2 weeks to see how the jaw has settled and if any tweaks were required as Dr Liakas aired on the side of caution by giving less than usual as it was my first time with jaw botox.  On my check up, my jaw was fine.  I wish I found out about this treatment years ago! It may have saved my teeth from damage!
Toni & Guy
01702 617176
Unit 23, The Royals
 SS1 1DQ

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PRP "Vampire Facial" with Dr Gabriela of Harley Street

I was invited to see Dr Gabriela Mercik at Harley Street to be a model for the Angel PRP Facial.  PRP facial is a non surgical procedure for the skin that is formulated from your own blood.  Blood is taken just the same way as a blood test and then taken to the Angel machine to separate the plasma containing platelets.  This plasma/serum is injected back into the face or body to stimulate cells to renew tissue and to stimulate new collagen to plump and rejuvenate skin.

A thick layer of numbing cream is used, the area is sanitised and the injections are really fast.   I had my checks, under eyes and around my mouth areas injected.  After the procedure a specially formulated Molecular Water serum was applied to heal and moisturise and then an advanced molecular facial mask containing apple stem cells was placed onto my face to cool, nourish, calm and hydrate.  This mask also encouraged my skin to absorb the molecular water serum quickly and effectively.  This cutting edge molecular water range of skincare products are exclusively only from Dr Gabriela and cannot be copied. I took a peek in the mirror afterwards and was pleased to see that my skin already looked plump with a healthy glow. These effects continued to increase over days and weeks, giving my skin a youthful look.

Depending on the patient's skin and for on-going and optimum results, it is recommended that 1-3 facials are carried out within a 6 week gap. Results last up to 18 months and top up maintenance treatments guarantee on-going effects.
Dr Gabriela is an expert in aesthetic injectables and PDO threads as well as fat reduction, skin tightening, scar, mole and loose skin removal, hair loss treatments, stretch mark removal, skin treatments, IV treatments, lip enhancement and facial fillers. Gabriela has a natural approach to aesthetics, aiming for improvement without the "done" look. This approach is increasingly in favour with celebrities now.

Dr Gabriela is on my top list of aesthetics Doctor's and I highly recommend her.
​56 Harley Street
0845 303 1155

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Monday, 18 July 2016

SPMU Brows with Ruth Kane Hornchurch- Discounted as a model in Training.

Ruth Kane and her daughter Elizabeth Kane were SPMU training at Havering Beauty Academy in Hornchurch again and needed a model for brows for a lovely lady called Lauren Carter who is a self employed SPMU artist and Adams & Co in Bristol; -

This for me was a maintenance top up as I have had SMPU brows many times over the years.  In the consultation whilst wearing numbing cream, we went for colour Billion Dollar Brown from Finishing Touches and decided to make my brows look slightly thicker and just slightly longer.  After removing the numbing cream and measuring up, Lauren drew on the brows that she thought would suite me naturally and I was pleased with the result so she went to work.

It wasn't painful at all, just a little tickly as the numbing cream is really good and brows are the easiest of SPMU treatments to bear without discomfort.  Firstly brush strokes were used for a natural look and then a lighter powder effect was used to fill, (as I do already have this effect from many passes of SPMU brows over the years).  It didn't take very long at all, I felt no pain and no discomfort and after a couple of passes on each brow I was finished.  The whole procedure was supervised by Ruth and assisted by Elizabeth who will become a fully fledged trainer by the end of the year.   All were impressed with the pretty results, especially me!  I also had some nice comments from friends afterwards.

I have been to Ruth now for brows twice in training and for professional lips and I am always very happy with the results and in fact I had a friend who sent her mother for SPMU brows as a her eyebrows were very sparse and had good feedback on that too.

Ruth and Elizabeth work from their own treatment room in Hornchurch on professional SPMU procedures and from Havering Beauty Academy for training.  Prices for professional SPMU and training courses are on the website - .  Ruth also offers medical SPMU procedures. Examples of Elizabeth's work is on her Facebook -  To be a model for SPMU at a reduced rate of £75 per area please contact Havering Beauty Academy on 01708 472727 to get on the list or text Ruth on 07974 754410.  Elizabeth who works out of various salons in Essex can be contacted on 07866476983.  If you are based in or around Bristol contact Lauren on 07821 043330.

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Beauty Lodge Hornchurch

I have been exchanging messages with Emily Ainsworth of The Beauty Lodge Hornchurch for a while on Twitter.  Emily has a beauty business offering nails, eyelash extensions, spray tans, waxing and tinting.  As summer is coming, I decided it's time for a spray tan and I haven't had my nails done in so long.

Emily is situated in Hornchurch near the Town Centre.  I decided shellac in Tutti Frutti Pink and SiennaX mid colour tan.  Emily was friendly, easy to talk to, quick and efficient.  I stayed for a chat afterwards as we had a great rapport together.  My nails look perfect and glossy, a week later they are still in tact.  My tan is also still in tact, no streaks, no orange undertone and I was complimented on my colour by friends too.

During the summer Emily plans to offer packages and offers.  Shellac both hands and feet, plus spray tan £35, (usually £45).  Individual eyelash extensions with spray tan and shellac hands and feet £65, (usually £85).  Prices for all individual treatments are on her website  Very reasonably priced if I say so myself!  Emily also offers; waxing, tinting, manicures, pedicures and other nail treatments and is looking to train to extend her treatment range.  I fully recommend Emily Ainsworth as a beautician offering a friendly, affordable and professional service.
Beauty Lodge Hornchurch
92 Abbs Cross Ln, Hornchurch RM12 4XW

Dermaeraze Stretch Mark Treatment by Lorena Oberg

I went to Lorena Oberg Skin and Beauty Clinic early this year, she has a fantastic treatment designed to erase stretch marks called Dermeraze.  Lorena is well known in the aesthetics industry and lectures world wide to teach and educate.  Lorena has a clinic in Harley Street and one in Caterham.

Now a lot of women take pride in their stretch marks as a great achievement and rightly so, but mine serve to remind me of a traumatic pregnancy and birth so having these removed would benefit me psychologically as well as physically.  The consultation was in depth and empathetic, Lorena made me feel relaxed. 

Firstly, a liberal amount of numbing cream was applied to the areas on my abdomen to be treated and covered over with cling film for 20 minutes or more.  Then Lorena got to work with her instrument.  The treatment is called Dermaeraze, it is a tattoo gun which is used on every millimetre of each stretch mark to cause trauma to the scar.  It took around 20 minutes, 10 minutes each side.  It was uncomfortable, but it was well worth it and only lasted a short time.  The whole time Lorena talked to me to distract me, which  made it much easier to tolerate.

Aftercare was to not get the area wet for 24 hours and to keep oiling myself up with the specially formulated and all natural Miracle Oil that From Lorena's own range.  I was to avoid swimming, steam rooms ect for a couple of days and keep the area clean.  The oil is all natural and organic with no nasties.  It smells and feels wonderful.  After just 2 weeks the scars were smoother and after 6 weeks they had faded.  Unfortunately, stretch marks as bad as mine will never ever go, but can be faded with this treatment. 

More than one treatment is needed for optimum results.   This treatment was recently successful on Natasha Hamilton along with Dermalipo to remove stubborn tummy fat and tighten the skin on the abdomen as this is a very difficult area after having children.  Natasha is a big fan of Lorena's treatments.

Lorena has written an e book - her ultimate guide to stretch marks; and she also performs tattoo and semi permanent make up removal with her laser machine.  Lorena provides training and gives talks all over the world.  She treats in Caterham and Harley Street in the UK.
0800 0029696
07885 913381

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Hair Makeover At Halls Of Ivy- Hornchurch

Recently the sun bleached all the colour from my hair and it really needed a good cut as it was becoming shapeless.  I was so impressed with the NVQ3 Level student last time at Halls of Ivy in Romford when I had a choppy bob and caramel highlights, I booked in again.  The student this time was Paulo who works at the Stylers in the High Street - Romford.

I explained that I wanted dark brown hair with vibrant red slices and a choppy bob.  After we discussed the colour and chose from the swatch, Paulo got to work with the foils for the red slices and then the dark brown for the base colour.  The colour only took 20 minutes to take and was washed out and then Paulo expertly blow dried my hair.  Once my hair was dry, he finished the cut by make it more choppy, giving my bob more shape.  I must say that he was rapid, expert and professional.  I am extremely happy with the end result.  It seems to have taken years off me.  It has the two colours going through it, making it striking and it is glossy and shiny.

Halls of Ivy are great for 16+ year olds as they have teamed up with the local college to offer discounted hair, barber, holistic and beauty courses and apprenticeships.  They even offer administration apprenticeships in the office for school leavers.

I have had many beauty, holistic and hair treatments at Halls of Ivy over the years with students at a discount.  They have appointments during school hours on week days for models for students all at discounted prices.  Ideal for people who would like to treat themselves, but cannot afford salon prices and you will be helping a student to pass their course in the process.
01708 766395
191 South St, Romford RM1 1QA

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Professional Skincare By kim Jay Heavenly Spa Essex

Heavenly Salon in Harold Hill have recently recruited Kim Jay a skin specialist who has worked with Doctors. Kim offers various facials, dermapen, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, brows and professional make up.

I opted for the Caviar Facial as I have never had that one before. The caviar serum and mask contains Omega fatty acids and is calming and a good anti ageing treatment. Firstly my face was cleansed, gently exfoliated and prepped, then a mild chemical peel was applied and neutralised quite quickly. After that the caviar serum was massaged into my skin a caviar mask was applied to calm and soften. This was left for 5 minutes whilst I was given a relaxing hand massage and then cleansed away with water. After this hylauronic filler serum was massaged in, then anti wrinkle caviar cream hyaluronic acid serum was massaged into my face and then a sunscreen was applied to protect my skin.  In fact came away with some lovely Caviar samples too; Anti Wrinkle Cream, Antiage Eye Cream and Hyaluronic Acid Serum

When I felt my skin it was baby soft and when I looked in the mirror it was clear and glowing. This is a good facial to have before a night out for that perfect skin look. Usually a course is recommended for optimum results for relief from dry skin, tired skin, open pores, congestion and fine lines.

Kim Jay 07739 329891
Heavenly Beauty and Tanning
102 Petersfield Avenue
Harold Hill
RM3 9PH  01708 371871

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Dr Gabriela Mercik cosmetics containing molecular water.

I found Dr Gabriela Mercik on Facebook who is well known for introducing her cutting-edge products and treatments to the world of aesthetic medicine.  Following research into the Nobel Prize-winning science of aquaporin channels, Gabriela has harnessed the powers of a revolutionary new skincare ingredient that will change the way we treat ageing skin using molecular water.  Molecular water is made up of microscopic water molecules smaller than the size of a pore and much smaller than actual water molecules.  These microscopic water molecules are able to penetrate the aquaporin moisture channels found in the skin cell membrane and enter the heart of the cell where they promote cellular metabolism and skin health.  The infusion of molecular water into the skin cell stimulates blood flow to the area.  When you apply the product ie the Hydration Rejuvenation hand cream, you can see it working.  The veins come to the surface of the skin and there is an immediate difference to the texture of the skin which lasts for 72 hours.  This product reduces wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and open pores.  It also improves skin elasticity and skin health.  As well as the hand cream I have also tried the Magic Beauty Face lift Serum with excellent results. 
I have oily skin so Dr Gabriela gave me Moonlight Dust Activator Cleanser and Moonlight Dust Skin Toner.   The cleanser removes makeup and excess oils.  This activator unclogs pores and allows them to breathe, whilst maintaining the skin's PH level and inhibiting the growth of bacteria. The toner which contains molecular water  is applied to start the rehydration process and balance pH levels in the skin before using the Magic beauty Face Lift Serum.  Again, this product inhibits the growth of bacteria and restricts excessive seborrhea and inflammation.  I have had great results using all of these products.  My skin is smoother, clearer, hydrated and my under eye area in particular has improved with the serum.  My hands look more youthful and hydrated too and I found the hand cream good on rough areas such as my elbows and knees.
I have also had a consultation with Dr Gabriela Mercik for some aesthetic treatments which I will be returning for in the summer.  She has recommended PDO threads to sharpen my jaw line and define my upper lip along with a specific type of filler that rejuvenates the skin and sculpts the shape of the face.  The thing I liked most about the consultation was Gabriela's concern and question for why I wanted to change my face.  When I explained that I didn't want to change the way I look, but to look like the younger me, we looked at some photos of me in my late 20's and started to decide the way forward from there.  This proved to me that Dr Gabriela is ethical and concerned for patient well being.
56 Harley Street
07719 186 820
0845 303 1155

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

3D Lipo at Utopia in Hornchurch

3D Lipo is such a great summer treatment and I decided to have another go at my mummy tummy at Utopia in Hornchurch owned by Stefania Rossi.

Utopia Beauty & Advanced Skincare has just won the Professional Beauty “Employer of the Year 2016” Award and I can see that her employees are all very happy ladies. Stefania took over Utopia 2 years ago and made quite a few changes. Staff were on zero hour contracts. That is the first change Stefania made. “The commitment was to secure employment contracts for the whole team.” 2 years on, the 8 members of staff at the salon, who all live locally, have a full-time job and are paid the living wage and have a comprehensive commission structure . Stefania has also started taking on apprentices.
“I want to make sure my staff have the best training so they perform the best job. I also want to provide them with progressive routes and I need to understand what makes them tick. But above all, I think this is about passion in the industry. The staff really needed that stability and someone who really believes in them – but they also needed to believe in my vision for the salon, otherwise it wouldn’t have worked. We wanted to get to the next level and provide advanced treatments – this is about looking after the client and the client’s needs. To win this award is quite magical and it feels like a real privilege. ”

Emma was my therapist and we had a lengthy consultation to ensure that I was a suitable candidate for 3D Lipo. The plan for me was to freeze the bulk of my tummy fat using 2 sessions of cryolysis at least 6 months apart and then to return after a few months to have ultrasonic cavitation and radiofrequency skin tightening on the smaller areas.
A protective gel covered large film is placed on the area to be freezed and then the cup is applied to the area. Once the machine is switched on the fat is sucked up into the cup and frozen for an hour. This is painless and not uncomfortable. I was expecting to have some pinching at least, but nothing. Afterwards the area was red and very cold to the touch, but nothing concerning. I was advised to stay away from any heat treatments in the area for as long as the area stayed cold to the touch. 1 month on, my lower tummy has shrunk considerably. I'm looking forward to getting my upper tummy done and then later this year seeing the full result after the cavitation and skin tightening.
This treatments can be used on large deposits of fat which are hard to lose, I chose my tummy as I had 2 C-sections and really hate this part of my body. I am told that the skin tightening will also help the texture and appearance of my stretch marks.

The good thing about Utopia is that they can offer payment plans to make it affordable for clients. Utopia also offers aesthetic treatments via Dr Sheila who currently runs a weekly clinic at Utopia. There is currently a waiting list for 3D Lipo, so if you are looking to make a real difference this summer and have that beach body, I strongly suggest you call and get yourself onto the list!

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