Skin Care

Ultraviolet Light


We all love a sunny day and a beautiful British summer, it lifts the spirits , increases our vitamin D levels and generally makes us feel so much better. Many of you are looking to get away to the sun for a few days to feel it’s warmth and relax.

I know that you all know to wear SPF to protect your skin when you are out and about in the sunshine, and Sun care products often talk about protection from both UVA and UVB light but do you know what these are and what they do?
It’s really important that you know the difference between these two types of UV light so you can best protect yourself.

Here is a little lesson on UV light.

It’s so important that you know what UV light is so that you understand what makes the sun so powerful and why it is so damaging to your skin when it’s left unprotected..

UV (Ultra Violet) LIGHT .
The effects of UV light are invisible and unnoticeable, however a small amount of UV light is important to keep us healthy as we need it to produce Vitamin D but overexposure to the sun can be very damaging.��
There are different types of UV light released from the sun.

.• UV light is a type of electromagnetic radiation that causes our skin to become tanned but can also be damaging to our bodies if overexposed to it.

• UVA has the longest wavelength of the different types of rays
It accounts for 95% of the UV light that reaches the Earth
It is most responsible for your skin getting darker when exposed to the sun as it damages the skin’s DNA, causing your skin to darken
It penetrates deep into the dermis of the skin contributing to the development of skin cancers due to DNA damage of the skin.

Think of UVA as being the one that makes you age quicker “A”

UVB of the different types of rays UVB has a medium wavelength
It Accounts for 5% of the UV light that reaches the Earth as most solar UVB is filtered out by the ozone layer so does not reach the Earth’s surface
UVB only penetrates the outer layer of the skin and is responsible for loss of skin elasticity, and discoloured patches on the skin (Hyperpigmentation)
UVB does not contribute to tanning but in fact is one of the causes of sun damage on the skin’s surface
Think if UVB as the one that burns you “B”

There is also a third Type of UB light, this one is generally unheard of !


UVC is the most damaging type of wavelength and is also the shortest
The ozone layer filters out almost all of UVC light so it doesn’t actually reach the Earth’s surface, this is why sunscreen does not need to protect us against it.

People often think that if there are clouds or if it’s not too sunny then they don’t need to protect again the UV light. This is a myth and is very wrong!

* Clouds: Clouds ⛅️ generally only slightly affect the intensity of UV radiation, sufficient protection is also necessary on cloudy days.

* Shade: Even though shade ☂ offers considerable protection against UV light, it does not completely shield us from it. A significant amount of light can be reflected off surfaces and objects, meaning that even areas that appear to be in the shade are reached by sunlight.

I recommend protecting your skin from the sun even when in the shade.�Water, sand, and especially snow will reflect UV sun rays and increase their intensity on our skin, for snow this can actually double! That’s why it’s so important to wear a high SPF sunscreen when you’re in these environments.

Finally endure your sun care products are in date and not left over from your previous holiday back in 2019! As they get older the protection within the product will deteriorate leaving you vulnerable to burning.

So there you have it, there is now absolutely no reason for you to burn as you have the knowledge and can purchase the products to protect against UV light ageing and burning from my online shop or through me.

Enjoy the sun and stay safe xxx

Cellulite, orange peel or whatever you want to call it


Cellulite Is fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to the underlying muscle, with the fat lying between. As fat cells build they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords pull down which creates an uneven surface or dimpling and the appearance of orange peel.

There are foods that can exasperate cellulite which, if reduced, along with treatment can help reduce its appearance.
* Dressing, Sauces, And Spreads. …
* Processed Meats And Cheese. …
* Carbonated, Caffeinated and Alcoholic Beverages. …
* Fast and Fried Foods. …
* Sweets And Treats.
When at home dry brushing before a shower and a deep massage to the area will help as it physically breaks up deposits in the deep layers of the skin and promotes better blood circulation to the area. It also helps the lymphatic system to remove toxins and excess fluid which would otherwise sit in the area.

A course of treatments will assist in the initial break down of the fatty deposits and at Serenity I offer
a course of 6 weekly treatments using the Shrinking Violet cellulite massage oil and wrap.
As with all Shrinking Violet products they work by identifying the fat cells and squeezing them flat. A twice daily massage using the cellulite oil will also assist with the removal of the fatty deposits.

Don’t let cellulite ruin your summer!

Those of you that visit Serenity have seen my Carlton UltraPro complex machine, and many of you have treatments with it. But very little is known as to what it can do for you.

The glass vacuum cups ( small ones aren’t in the picture) are brilliant for anti ageing facials as it is used to lift the skin and draw moisture to the surface. This in turn will plump fine lines wrinkles and bring back a glow and radiance to the skin…

The machine is used for mainly facials, for which I get brilliant results but it also does so much more.

By using the large vacuum cups, as seen in the picture, it increases blood circulation which is effective to release tight muscles & fascia, a bit like cupping. A small amount of oil is applied to the skin to assist with the glide and the vacuum cup placed on to the area, this vacuum picks up the skin and by using a sliding motion removes toxins and fluid towards the lymphatic area.
As with all of my treatments it’s very important that you drink plenty of water to ensure everything taken to the lymphatic system is removed as waste.

The vacuum is also included in the treatment of cellulite ( as discussed yesterday) along with the percussion machine which applies the deep tissue massage to help break up the fatty deposits.

The results of using vacuum in any treatment are:
* detoxification.
* reduction in cellulite.
* softening of tight and/or painful muscles.
* promotes healthy muscle tissue by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the muscle.
* hydrates the skin

If you are interested in knowing more about the vacuum treatments that I offer please pm me. Treatments can be individual, but obviously a course of 6 to kick start the process and see quicker results is recommended .


Exfoliation and our skin, why do we need to do it?

Exfoliation an excellent treatment for the skin, especially on our faces. It leaves skin looking brighter, prevents breakouts by unclogging pores, and increases skincare products’ efficacy by boosting absorption.
By starting a regular exfoliation routine you will increase collagen production, which creates glowing, youthful skin and fights off sagging and wrinkles.
There are many types of exfoliation that you can do and I’m going to go through the ones that I can do for you at Serenity.

Starting with the “at home routine”

Tropic face smooth – A physical exfoliation to instantly smooth and brighten your skin. It contains a gentle bamboo silica sphere to loosen and lift dead skin cells. Don’t be fooled by the word gentle it’s is enough to give a good exfoliation to your skin without damaging it. Also containing macadamia oil to soften, Antioxidant rich Açai berry and Elderberry extracts to smooth and brighten. Used on alternate days as part of your skin routine, cleanse skin first then apply a small amount of face smooth to your palm. Apply in circular motion to your face concentrating on and around your forehead and nose. Leave it on for a minute or so, during which use the product on your hands to exfoliate your hands especially around your nails and cuticles. Remove using a bamboo cloth and warm water.
This product is not suitable for you if you have rosacea or sensitive skin.

Tropic Fruit peel – A resurfacing serum to brighten, smooth and refine pores. It smells amazing !
Containing alpha, beta, and polyhydroxy acids all excellent at exfoliating it also has Papaya enzymes to dissolve keratin protein which causes the skin surface to be bumpy. Finally line Pearl extract which is the citric acids to brighten your complexion.
Apply in alternate nights after you have cleansed and toned your skin. Apply to face and leave for 10 minutes before applying a few drops of Supergreens directly to your skin. This will nourish your skin as the acids remove the dead cells.
Do not apply Night Dream or Skin Feast after applying Fruit peel.
Sleep in the products and in the morning your skin will feel smooth and look brighter.

Using the Diamond tipped wand of my Chromapeel machine it gently sands your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer, bringing out the fresher, newer, younger skin below.
The benefits of this treatment are more than just exfoliating tho:-

• Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
• Evens out skin tone
• Reduces and helps prevent age spots
• Treats sun damaged skin
• Reduces acne, as well as acne scars
• Smooths skin
• Removes black heads and white heads
• Tightens skin and shrinks pores
• Brightens skin
• Increases penetration of products (hence effectiveness).
Microdermabrasion is recommended for those with non-sensitive skin. Although the procedure can be quite valuable, it can be quite hard on sensitive skin. If you have a skin condition that causes redness like rosacea, or sensitive skin that reddens easily, microdermabrasion is too aggressive for your skin type.
A course of microdermabrasion is initially recommended, with a week of rest in between to allow the skin to naturally heal. That said there is no down time and your skin will not be red or sore afterwards as it would be with many acid peels.

Dermaplaning this is suitable for all skin types, even clients whose skin is sensitive or retains redness. It will be most effective on aging, acne-scarred, and dry skin types.
This form of exfoliation requires a therapist to manually scrape built-up dead skin cells off your face with a sharp surgical blade. As dead skin is scraped away, so is vellus hair or “peach fuzz.” This is beneficial because these tiny hairs harbor dirt and oil, which cause breakouts and a diminished complexion.
So if your skin is looking dull and you have a lot of acne (cystic or otherwise), dermaplaning is a gentle way to exfoliate your skin and see some amazing benefits, including:
* Smoother, more radiant skin
* Softer fine lines and wrinkles
* Reduced scarring
* Removal of vellus hair (it won’t grow back darker or thicker)
Dermaplaning can show great results after one session, and there is no recovery time. It’s easy, painless, and won’t leave your skin red for an extended period of time. In fact, many famous actors, singers, and performers prefer dermaplaning because it requires no recovery time.
After Dermaplaning you will notice that you can reduce the amount of products and make up that you had previously been using. This is because the vellous hairs have been removed which would usually soak up your products leaving only a small amount to be absorbed into your skin. Your make will also look flawless with no hairs to hold onto the foundation you will be left with a smooth silhouette.

If you have a special event planned I would recommend dermaplaning combined with microdermabrasion. In this instance dermaplaning must be done first, and a shorter microdermabrasion treatment can follow.

While both microdermabrasion and Dermaplaning offer the benefits of exfoliation, they each have their own additional benefits and are better suited for particular people. Which ever type you chose from the above methods that I do, exfoliation is very important to keeping your skin healthy and glowing especially when done in conjunction with a good home skincare routine.
If you are interested in any of the above treatments please pm me.

Why do we need to look after our skin ?

What happens to our skin as we age?

Our skin is the largest organ of the body and is made up of numerous layers.
When we are born we have a beautiful clear dewy soft skin that relatives just want to pinch ?. This is because the collagen cells within our skins structure are full and plump like fresh grapes, it is this structure that is the scaffolding to our skin and holds it up and taught.
From our mid 20’s the deterioration process commences and our collagen and elastin within the skin starts to dry out and shrink causing a fine lines around the mouth and eyes, , dry, and loose crepe appearance with a lack of firmness and tone.
As we continue to age our skin can become dull, rough or change in pigmentation colour.
The cellular regeneration slows down meaning that the older cells are not renewed as quickly as they once were. Dead skin cells and dried out collagen cells settle in the lower layers of our skin like shingle on a beach where they can cause bacteria to breed leading to break outs in our 40’s and 50’s
Other factors that effect our skin are our health, our diet, our fluid intake, alcohol consumption, skin care products, and exposure to the elements .
By protecting our skin from an early age against free radicles and sun damage we can help the ageing process and keep our skin healthy, bright and rejuvenated.
By having a regular facial using the UltraPro complex machine or the Chromapeel microdermabrasion machine you can rejuvenate and lift, and brighten your skin, regenerate the collagen cells, improve circulation, reduce dark circles and puffy eyes, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce acne and rosacea.
Speak to me to discuss your skincare concerns and a plan to improve your skin. You are never to young or too old to start looking after your skin.