Meghan Markles skin continues to luminate and produce a radiant glow, so what is her secret?

It’s quite clear she is passionate about skincare working alongside Nichola Joss, a skincare expert who holds an impressive catalog of stars she has helped glow when it comes to products and routines.

A firm favourite of Meghans continues to be chemical peeling, a non invasive treatment which tightens pores and eliminates all imperfections. Followed by either a microdermabrasion or IPL, to help clear the skin of impurities for a deep cleanse. Skin expert Nichola suggests for this treatments to be carried out every two months but should then stop a month before any big event (like a royal wedding!) and change the focus of cleansing to hydration.

Self-massage to look younger

Another favourite of Meghan is the simple yet effective facial massages. Recently dubbed “facial yoga”, an easy addition to add to your skincare routine.

American researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago trailed this new craze for five months, with volunteers performing daily facial massage movements. Some of the movement including opening the mouth wide to form an O, smiling as much as possible to work the cheek muscles before massaging your cheekbones with your fingertips, or smiling without showing your teeth. repeated five times slowly. The result: firmer skin and smoother lines.

To work on the neck area you can look up and face the ceiling whilst opening and closing the mouth. With your shoulders back, lift up your chin until you tension the neck skin, without bending your neck and keeping your back straight. The face is facing the ceiling. In this position, open and close the mouth slowly and normally, feeling the tension in the neck. 

To smooth the forehead, pull up your hair with your hands and look straight ahead. Slowly lower the eyebrows, but do not bring them closer together. Close your eyes and always hold the top of the forehead that remains smooth. Remove the hand and let the eyebrows rise, without wrinkling the forehead.

Our clinic offers different treatments according to your skin type and especially same treatment as Meghan Markle: the chemical peeling that makes your skin brighter and tighten your pores to restore healthy skin. 

To book your consultation with our team: 01844 390110

Or click here to register to become a Cosmetic Courses model!

Our patients often ask how do they look after their skin in the hot weather. Skin specialist Simona recommends the following steps:

  1. Try to eat food rich in vitamins and minerals. Broccoli is a good source of vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids that are important for skin health. It also contains sulforaphane, which may help prevent skin cancer and protect your skin from sunburn. Watermelon, this fruit is a hydration hero, and fluids are exactly what you need when the heat is on. Tomatoes is another great option to choose with your meal in a summer as it is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C.
  2. You must also drink plenty of water in summer to keep your skin looking youthful and fresh. Skin exposed to sun, hot temperatures and high winds cause dry skin, sunburn or skin damage. If dehydrated, the skin loses its elasticity. The skin is the body’s largest organ and hydration moves water through all of the body’s membranes, keeping skin elastic and soft.
  3. EYN-C20 SMInvest in a solid vitamin C serum. In the clinic we offer EYN Vitamin C serum. Clinically proven L-ascorbic acidat its peak concentration of anti-oxidant activity which is quickly absorbed to remove free radicals to prevent skin damage, helping to brighten skin and maintain a youthful appearance. The formulation is supported with ferulic acid to create this light effective day serum.
  4. Make sure all your makeup in non-comedogenic. If your makeup is full of pore-clogging ingredients, you’ll likely start breaking out as soon as your sweat and makeup mingle. Check your labels and be diligent about wearing the cleanest, lightest makeup during the summer months.
  5. Don’t forget to hydrate! Moisturising during summer can seem tough, if you don’t find the right product for your skin, as it can often feel heavy and clog pores. However, finding the right cream to keep your skin protected, alongside an SPF will do wonders for you and prevent itching.

SPF! SPF! SPF! First things first, apply SPF every single day. This will not only protect against sunburn but also from environmental damage.

When it comes to skincare its hard to understand just what your skin needs. Met with millions of different creams, lotions and potions we are on the hunt to find the perfect products for us! The first step in finding your ideal skincare routine is understanding your skin type and we are here to help you do just that.

When we look at the anatomy of the skin, we notice that its surface is covered with a slight film, this is a mixture of sweat and sebum.

Sebum forms a protective film on the surface of the skin, which prevents water from evaporating and helps fight against germs.

Sweat eliminates heat in the first place, but it is also responsible for skin hydration and balance.

The quantity and quality of the skins film determine the skin type, varying on age and health, climate, pollution and personal hygiene. 

The Different Types of Skin

There are four main types of skin: normal, dry, oily, and combination when it comes to understanding your skin type. 

Normal skin: the ideal skin type

Neither too oily nor too dry, normal skin is comfortable, does not shine, does not tug, does not blush at sudden changes in temperature. It is often the result of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Normal skin needs fewer products.

Dry skin

Dry skin can be confused with dehydrated skin but both are very different in what they need! Dry skin lacks sebum (that thing we spoke about at the beginning), which not having enough of will cause water to evaporate from the skin, thus causing dry skin. Therefore we need to nourish the skin before hydrating.

Oily skin

Oily skin is caused by an excess of sebum, the opposite of dry skin! You can tell oily skin by the skin glossing, enlarged pores, blackheads and dullness. You skin can be oily for a variety of reasons, including pollution and using the wrong products.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is a mixture of two skin types and is characterized by:

  • oily skin on the middle zone, or T zone
  • normal or dry skin on the cheeks.

With combination skin you will find you may need to try different types of products for each area. 

So, how do we determine our skin type? 

There are a number of ways we can determine our skin type from magnifying mirrors to purpose built machines, one which you can easily do at home would be the tissue test. 

  1. Take off your makeup
  2. Clean the skin with soap and water
  3. Wait 30 minutes until the glands have worked hard enough
  4. Place a tissue on the face, like a mask, and press lightly for about ten seconds
  5. Remove the handkerchief and observe in the light

Result of the test:

  • There are traces of oil (transparencies in the light) all over the tissue: you probably have oily skin
  • There are traces of oil only in the middle zone (forehead, nose, chin): you probably have mixed skin
  • There is no trace on the tissue: you have normal skin or dry skin

Please note the above technique may give you an idea of your skin type but we would still recommend coming for a skin consultation at one of our clinics where our skin experts can talk through what your skin needs and build you a bespoke treatment and skincare plan.

Book yours by contacting the team on 01844 390110 / [email protected]

We consume it daily, whether on purpose or not, helping us to stay healthy and boost our immune systems but did you know the benefits Vitamin C has for the skin? 

As an active energizer, it’s a key player in skincare as it helps with cell renewal, leaving your skin glowing with brightening and antioxidant action.

Vitamin C will start to show its results within a few weeks of adding it into your skincare routine, it’s used to prevent aging, reduce wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and spots. Promoting better healing of the epidermis and limits skin inflammations.  A great addition alongside your aesthetic treatments.

The best way to introduce it into your skincare routine is to use a facial cream enriched with moisturizing agents, such as oils. Serums have a higher dose and can contain upto 5 to 15% pure vitamin C. You can mix your serum with your day cream and apply it in the evening or morning! 

To brighten the eyes you can also use a Vitamin C eye cream to help address crow’s feet or dark circles.

We also recommend that you space your application to avoid harming the skin, applying your Vitamin C products 2-3 times a week will help with this.

Our top tip: store your vitamin C care in your fridge – when you apply it, the cool consistency will help to tighten your skin! 

Purchase your Vitamin C skincare: 

C20 Maximum Strength Vitamin C Serum by EYN (1)

Clinically proven L-ascorbic acid at its peak concentration of anti-oxidant activity which
is quickly absorbed to remove free radicals to prevent skin damage, helping to brighten skin and maintain a youthful appearance. The formulation is supported with ferulic acid to create this light effective day serum.

The benefits: 

  • Peak strength serum with maximum anti-oxidant benefits.
  • Helps prevent wrinkles, dark spots and promotes the production of collagen.
  • Helping to prevent and delay ageing from harmful environmental damage, toxins, pollutants and solar radiation.
  • A key product for those who want to prevent the future signs of ageing.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

 

Skin expert of Cosmetic Courses Fleur Nicholls demonstrates an effective skin cleanse on her patient using NeoStrata Skin Cleansing Gel.

At Cosmetic Courses we teach all levels of skin rejuvenation from chemical peels to 8-point facelifts, what we have realised is that sometimes practitioners can miss the basics, like a perfected skin cleanse.

When treating your skin patients, whether it be for a peel, microneedling or other it is important to start with an effective skin cleanse, not only does this remove any make up, product or dirt but also sets a relaxed tone for the rest of the treatment.

Giving the patient an enjoyable procedure!

You can buy the NeoStrata Skin Cleanser used in this video by clicking here.

This soap-free, non-foaming gel formulation gently cleanses and prepares the skin to optimize the skincare regimen that follows. Formulated with a non-irritating Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA), known to lightly exfoliate without drying skin’s protective moisture barrier.

  • Formulated with a gently PHA exfoliant
  • Effectively removes makeup and impurities without irritation
  • Ideal for all skin types, including sensitive and reactive skin
  • Soap-free, fragrance-free

View all of our online skin courses by clicking here.

Whether planned or not the majority of us seem to have accepted this challenge. Like myself many others we’ve spoken to have said I hopecosmetic courses no make up challenge my skin will be so much brighter, smoother and healthier without applying make up every day but why has this not happened? Instead for many of us our skin has become more oily and prone to breakouts even though we are putting less on it. With more time on our hands we appear to be more conscious than ever about the appearance of our skin and how to improve it. Here are a few tips that we think could help solve some of these unanswered questions.

  1. Change in routine – it’s thought that the vast change in out current lifestyles, stress implications and different sleep patterns are all playing a part on the appearance of our skin. It is said that a lack of skin decreases the moisture levels and PH of our skin resulting in a dull complexion and an increase in skin concerns.
  2. More snacks and alcohol – being at home for many of us is meaning more sugary snacks and alcohol are being consumed than we are used to in our normal daily lives. Lots of sugar can lead to inflammation in the body which can aggravate skin conditions we may already suffer with.
  3. Exercise – many of us are trying to stay healthy and exercise at home whilst on quarantine. It is important to thoroughly cleanse your skin and the area you are exercising in or any equipment you are using after exercise to reduce the build up of bacteria caused by the sweat. This build up of bacteria will block pores and increase breakouts.
  4. Hair – yes, along with no make up many of us are also reducing the amount we are washing our hair. Whilst this is good to cut down the products and heat we are using we need to be mindful not to let the hair follicles become too oily and this will transfer onto our skin. If we think how many times we play with our hair in a day this oil will transfer onto our hands and linen which will also end up on our skin.
  5. Pillows – along with our new quarantined lifestyle for a lot of people it is fair to say we are spending more time in bed or on the sofa during the day. This again increases the bacteria build up so it is important to wash and air these items more frequently than you usually would. Remember a clean pillow = cleaner skin.
  6. SPF – being in a world of anti ageing and skin health we cannot stress enough the importance of protecting your skin from UV and UVA damage. With the warmer months on the way it is vital to protect your skin. Skin conditions such as pigmentation and rosacea can be hugely improved with the use of a good daily SPF 50.

Whilst we carry on in a world very different to what we have known before it is vital that feeling good about your skin can really help to make us more positive and happy. With sharing some handy hints we hope we will all be leaving quarantine with the healthy fresh skin that we desire without the need for make up. #nomakeupquarantinechallenge

Written by Rachael Langford, Cosmetic Courses 

 

 

We are pleased to announce that we have expanded our skin team, bringing in the fantastic Simona! Laser hair removal buckinghamshire

Simona will be based in our Buckinghamshire clinic offering private skin clinics throughout the week.

A little about our new skin therapist…

Name: Simona Jotkeviciute

Profession: I graduated from the London College of Beauty Therapy in 2014 and have been working in the beauty industry ever since as a fully trained Aesthetic Therapist. Loving it!

What treatments are you offering: I am glad to say that I will be offering medical grade treatments with a relaxing spa feel at Cosmetic Courses, including: Advanced Chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, Microneedling, Laser Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation.

Your number 1 skin tip: NEVER go to sleep with make-up ON!

Go to skincare item: Cleanser, it’s really important to always double cleanse your skin AM and PM. Just by doing this the quality of the skin becomes better and fresher.

Your favourite way to spend a day off: To spend time with my Frenchie going for nice relaxing walks. I am IN-LOVE with Frenchies (I ‘ve even got tattoo of my baby!)

To book in with Simona please contact the team: 01844 390110 / [email protected]

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy and Dermaroller are both popular choices when it comes to skin rejuvenation. The remarkable results of the treatments are often seen throughout the beauty world as well as among ‘A listers’. Not only do these treatments create fantastic results on their own but once combined the results from working together are phenomenal. Here we look at each procedure and the benefits of combining the two into your treatment plan.

First things first, lets understand them a bit better…

What is PRP and how does it work?

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy otherwise known as PRP is a natural treatment used to rejuvenate the skin. The results show a fresher, brighter appearance.

The treatment uses the bodies own growth factors to promote healthier younger skin. Using the Cellenis system, blood is drawn and then spun in the centrifuge machine which separates the platelet-poor plasma and platelet-rich plasma.

The clear (good) plasma is re-injected back into the skin which stimulates soft tissue rejuvenation. This wakes up the bodies own repair process which stimulates new elastin and collagen.

Platelet rich plasma therapy is suitable for all skin types and recovery time is little. Due to the nature of the treatment,  no chemicals are used, only the bodies own repair system to promote healthier skin with long lasting results.

What is Dermaroller and how does it work?

Dermaroller therapy is a treatment that stimulates the skin to repair itself safely and naturally. The roller contains clinically proven micro needles which when rolled over the skin cause minimally invasive puncturing and pin point bleeding, The body is then alerted and begins it’s healing process by sending collagen to the surface of the skin to repair the ‘damage’.

This influx of collagen begins to fix certain problems in that area;

  • Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Minimising acne scarring
  • Refreshing the skin

The benefits of combining

Kim Kardashian is a big fan of the benefits of combing treatments

Both of the treatments work wonders on the skin by using a natural approach to skin rejuvenation. Although they may sound similar they work in different ways to achieve maximum results. Combining both therapies allows them to work hand in hand together to achieve maximum effect.

Both treatments work by controlled wounding of the skin which in turn stimulates collagen, elastin and fibroblast activity. The added growth factors from the PRP then intensify when combined with Dermaroller.

Dermaroller and PRP also carry great benefits when combined with other skin therapies. Making them a great component in your skin care regime.

Patients undergoing these treatments can see results such as: 

  • Reduction of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Smoother skin appearance
  • Reduction of scars
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Even skin tones
  • Lightening of hyper-pigmentation & skin tone
  • Pore appearance reduction
  • Glowing, fresher skin
  • Younger complexion

Before & Afters 

Becoming a Dermaroller & PRP Model with Cosmetic Courses

As a model at Cosmetic Courses you can receive the dermaroller treatment & PRP treatment at a fraction of the price of a high street clinic. Performed by highly experienced medical practitioners and supervised by our expert team of aesthetic trainers, there is no doubt that you’ll be in safe hands as a cosmetic model with us.

We offer this treatment in our Buckinghamshire, Nottingham and Leeds training centres and have availability approximately once a month. Appointments for this popular treatment fill up quickly so register your interest today.

 

The eyes are very much the focal point of our faces. Any irregularities in this area can quickly make you look tired and aged. Eye creams after eye creams promise to remove dark circles and brighten the eyes with hefty price tags and tiny bottles. Here we look at the non-surgical treatments available to banish those bags that actually work…

Common problems with the eye area:

  • Heavy eyes
  • Hooded eyelids
  • Deep under eye circles
  • Sunken eyes
  • Crow’s feet

The majority of these issues are caused by the thinning of your skin around the eye area due to ageing. The loss in elasticity and volume causes the area to look tired and lose its youthful glow.

Each of these problems can be easily treated with the correct combinations of Botox and dermal fillers. This can reduce the appearance of tired skin and brighten up your eyes, boosting your self-confidence.

Which treatment is right for me?

Heavy Eyes / Hooded Eyelids

You may have noticed that your brow has dropped causing your eyelid to rest heavily on your lash line. This can obstruct your vision and can result in you needing to prop the area up, particularly if you’re applying make-up such as eyeshadow. Many believe the only cure is a surgical blepharoplasty. In some cases this is true however there is a non-surgical option for those of you with minor hooding of the eyelid…

Treatment: Brow Lift 

Using Botox injections just above the eyebrow, your eyelid can be stretched out by relaxing the muscles. This minimises their hooded appearance. The treatment takes just 20-30 minutes to complete with results being noticed fully 10-14 days after the procedure. The effects from the Botox will last 12 weeks and after this it can be “topped up” with another appointment.

Deep under eye circles / sunken eyes

The skin around your eyes thins out over time which can cause your eyes to look darker. This sunken appearance is known as ‘bags under your eyes’ and is particularly apparent first thing in the morning. This is a very common problem and is one of the first signs of skin ageing.

Treatment: Tear Trough Rejuvenation

Tear Trough Rejuvenation uses dermal fillers injected just under the eye into the ‘tear trough’. Once the area under the eye has re-gained volume it produces a youthful, brightening effect. Treatment time is 30 minutes and full results can be seen after 10 days. This treatment can be re-administered after 12 weeks.

non surgical treatments for the eyes

The Kardashians love PRP

Treatment: Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

The use of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy otherwise known as PRP or the Vampire face lift can help to banish dark circles. The purpose of the treatment is to regenerate and rejuvenate the skin surface using the bodies own blood. The practitioner will re-inject your ‘platelet-rich-plasma’ into the problem area. This natural process promotes youthful skin under the eyes causing dark circles to lighten.

Patients can see full results from PRP 3-4 weeks after treatment.

Crow’s feet

Crow’s feet are the formation of wrinkles at the side of your eyes, replicating the image of a birds feet (hence the name!)

Crow’s feet normally appear from the movement of smiling. Although we love smiling, we hate that it makes us look older than we are so fortunately there is a very simple treatment to combat them.

non-surgical eye treatments

Naomi Watts showing Crow’s feet around her eyes.

Treatment: Botox 

By using Botox injections, practitioners can relax this area causing the wrinkles to fade and your muscles to relax. This means the next time you smile, laugh or squint the crow’s feet will have magically disappeared! Treatment time is 20-30 minutes, with results being visible after a week and the option to have the treatment again after 12 weeks.

 

Non-Surgical Treatments as a Model at Cosmetic Courses

Cosmetic Courses has been training medical professionals in the UK since 2002. As one of the longest-established providers we pride ourselves on the quality of our training and the products we use for treatment. This means that you are receiving the safest possible treatment as a model with us. 

If you would like to speak to one of our consultants or to book in for any of our Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetic Treatments please call us now on 01844 390110 or register here to receive further information from our friendly team.

Neostrata is an award winning cosmeceutical brand of skincare products, designed specifically for use in medical aesthetic clinics. Neostrata incorporates active and patented ingredients  and are all glycolic acid based,  so therefore have an effect on both the surface of the skin as well as the deeper layers of the epidermis.

Why do we favour Neostrata as a cosmeceutical brand?

The beauty of the Neostrata products is the wide range of inidividual products available. These products have been seperated into 6 ranges; Skin Active, Resurface, Restore, Refine, Enlighten and Targeted Treatments each designed for specific skin concerns. They have effects on tone, texture and pigmentation, and as a result can be used for many different purposes; including anti-ageing, sun damage and pigmentation. Neostrata has historical, clinical and technological data to back up their claims and is also licensed to many big names including Allergan, depicting the quality of the ingredients and products.

Neostrata Facial Skin Peels

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the condition and the texture of the skin by removing the outer epidermal layers in order to rejuvenate and refresh the complexion. Peels can vary in strength; from 20%, 35%, 50% and 70% are all available. Neostrata consists of three targeted boosters – brightening for pigmentation, clarifying for ageing and acne; and rejuvenating for ageing and skin texture. Neostrata skin peels will only stay on the skin for a maximum of seven minutes but can reach the deeper layers of the stratum corneum. It is a fast and safe effective procedure that will reach deeper than any home skincare products.

The Neostrata skin peel can:

  • Coagulate proteins in the skin
  • Exfoliate
  • Decrease Pore size
  • Black head removal
  • Treat dry, flaky skin
  • Brigten dull, dehydrated skin
  • Increase luminosity
  • Increase cell turnover
  • Even out pigment
  • Increase collagen fibre
  • Enhance clarity
  • Improve elastic fibres
  • Increase dermal thickness
  • Help to plump and firm as well as reducing wrinkles

The Neostrata skin peel can also be used in conjunction with microdermabrasion and dermaroller and in fact our Neostrata skin peel training course covers the use of microdermabrasion as well as the chemical peels for skin rejuvenation. Chemical peels are a non-invasive non-surgical treatment that are becoming increasingly popular and with good reason. Facial peels are a popular procedure for clients who have not had non-surgical procedures before, and so a good way to entice potential clients to your practice and an ideal way of introducing them to other non-surgical procedures that may benefit them. This quick and easy procedure is highly effective for all Fitzpatrick skin types including even the most sensitive skin.

Neostrata Skincare Training Day

For optimum results your clients will need a course of skin peels along with a high quality home skincare regimen. The skin care market is ever growing and a brilliant way to expand revenue as well as improve the services you offer to your clients. At Cosmetic Courses, we offer a Neostrata Skincare Training day for only £50 + VAT. This will educate you on the different ranges of products available. From this day you will gain an insight and overview of the products, ingredients and the conditions they can treat.  We will also advise you on how to integrate these products into your clinic in order to improve revenue and client satisfaction.

If you are interested in our Neostrata Skincare Training or our Chemical Peel Course or if you have any further questions, feel free to contact us on 01844 390 110 or e-mail us at [email protected].