Her treatments are every bit as robust as the hi-tech alternatives, and get jaw-dropping results. She starts by grading my skin according to the Fitzpatrick scale (a numerical classification for skin colour, it gauges sensitivity to UV light) and gathers a history of my scarring (when and why the scars occurred in the first place). She also assesses lifestyle, personality and menstrual cycle. ‘As we age, our oestrogen levels drop and our skin becomes thinner and more vascular,’ she explains as she tucks me into layers of goose down and towelling.
Charlotte Edwardes, journalist
SAY YES TO: THE ANIMAL-FRIENDLY VEGAN FACIAL BY NATALIYA ROBINSON
This week’s beauty guinea pig is skincare refusenik Ellie Austin. She tests a facial designed for plant-lovers. The USP A facial for people who want to avoid animal-derived products, whether for health or ethical reasons. It involves the same steps as your everyday omnivore facial, but with creams, serums and masks that are 100% sourced … Continuedcontinue reading »
Bubbles on the skin
Sparkling water is surprisingly refreshing for the skin. It cleanses the pores and makes the skin feel plump. Most importantly washing your skin with sparkling water or using it instead of an ordinary toner is beneficial for all skin types without any side effects such as skin irritation when compared to traditional commercial skin care products. … Continuedcontinue reading »
What Is Manual Lymph Drainage?
Last year I studied for my qualification in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) in Los Angeles. But what exactly is MLD and how can it benefit you? MLD is a massage technique that was developed by Denmark’s Dr Emil Vodder in the 1930s. It soon became popular in Europe as a way of dramatically improving the … Continuedcontinue reading »