If you really think about it, unless you have visited a skincare specialist the chances are you have never been shown how to wash your face properly. You probably follow the steps your mum took or follow what a tv or magazine advert tells you to do, but let me tell you there is a proper way and cleansing your skin properly is the most important step, in my opinion on looking after your skin.
Cleansing your skin doesn’t take long, my skin routine takes me 2 minutes in the morning and the evening. Yes morning and evening! You must do both for different reasons. I hear so often I don’t cleanse in the morning because I did it before I went to bed or I don’t cleanse before bed because I wash my face in the morning. I am going to help you to make sure your skin is getting the treatment it deserves.
Why cleansing is important before bed...
If your skin is not kept clean, oil, dirt, makeup and pollution particles get into your hair follicles. Your hair follicles become blocked, forming a ‘plug’ of debris. This debris festers and bacteria breeds. The area around the follicle then becomes raised, red and sore. White blood cells go to the area to fight the infection. These white blood cells die (this is puss) and leaves you with a white head.
I’m not saying that cleansing your skin properly and with the correct products will stop you having a spot or black head again, but making sure your skin is clean of excess oil, dirt, makeup and pollution particles each night will limit the number you get. It will ensure your skin is in its best shape to recover and repair while you sleep.
Why we cleanse in the morning...
Your skin should be clean when you go to bed, so in the morning you’ll be removing oil, dust particles and your night-time concentrates and creams, but you still need to cleanse to remove what has built up over night, you do not want this sitting on your skin all day. If you are short on time in the morning a facial wash is great for this job. They’re quick, refreshing and can be used in the shower too.
Cleanse TWICE! Not just once!
Yes, you need to do it twice! The first cleanse will remove your make up, dirt and superficial pollution. The second cleanse will clean your skin, remove the remainder of excess oil, dirt, makeup and microscopic pollution particles which have gotten into your skin.
I always recommend that my clients use the Essential Cleansing Milk and Essential Toning Lotion. This is what we use in our salon treatments. There is a reason for this. It’s because it’s the best way to get the deepest cleanse possible, in the gentlest way.
If you aren’t a full cleanse and tone person then we do offer other solutions that might suit your life style better. At Charisma Beauty & Skincare salon Norwich we are proud stockists of the Katherine Daniels skincare range.
Katherine Daniels cleansing products:
How does the Essential Cleansing Milk work?
It’s a dual textured milk to fluid. Because the molecular structure of the fluid is small, the product can enter every pore and every follicle to give you the deepest, detoxifying clean but in a gentle way.
Do you need a Toning Lotion?
Yes, you do. This will finish your cleansing routine and take your skin back to the perfect neutral pH.
Any other cleanser needed?
You’ll need a good eye make-up remover – our Micellar Face & Eye Make-up Remover is amazing. You can use this to remove your eye makeup and for your first cleanse too (I do). It’s also good as a refreshing morning cleanse.
Consistency is key...
Whatever way of cleansing your skin you choose, the key is consistency to see the benefits and results. Like most things doing something once won’t give you the full benefits. I challenge you to decide on which cleansing method is best for you. Make your purchase and commit to cleansing every morning and evening for 2 weeks. If at the end of those 2 weeks you can honestly say you don’t feel the difference then please bring your product back and we will credit you account to use against a treatment in salon.
FREE SKIN CONSULTATION. I am offering free virtual and in person skin consultations to make sure you are using the correct products for your skin, to give you better skin for life. If this is something you would like to have please get in contact so I can book this is for you.
I filmed a live on Friday where I talk through the different cleansing options and demonstrated how to use the Essential Cleansing Milk & Toning lotion.
If you only make one change with your skin routine make sure it is cleansing your skin properly. Trust me you will see the difference.
Thank you for reading my blog, have a wonderful day.
Yes that's right, I was over the moon when I found out that one of my best friends was in tears! I wasn't concerned or worried what was wrong because they were tears of overwhelming happiness and shear amazement at what she saw in the mirror.
Once upon a time at aged 22 Nicola was 16 stone, she wore big baggy clothes, had zero body confidence, she certainly wouldn't have let me photograph her in her underwear and definitely wouldn't look in a mirror naked. Here she is pictured below, to me she has always been one of my beautiful friends inside and out, but she didn't feel that way about herself.
However after such an impressive weight-loss Nicola was left with a hang on her tummy (excessive skin). She has also had 2 beautiful babies via c-section so the muscle in this area was also weak. As she lost the weight the skin didn't tighten back as it was before. She had even considered a surgical tummy tuck to have it removed. HOWEVER... she didn't need this as her friend (ME...Charlotte, writing this blog) had spent years researching into non surgical body contouring, targeted fat reduction technology and in 2020 launched Lipofirm Pro at Charisma Beauty Salon! I knew that this treatment would be perfect for Nicola.
Here we are a course of 8 treatments later and Nicola was crying. It was on treatment 7 the tears started flowing. Here is what Nicola had to say and how it has made her feel, plus her amazing before and after pictures.
"I have always wanted a tummy tuck but never been able to afford or see myself doing it so this was my way of having an alternative without having to go under the knife. I wasn't sure what to expect. It wasn't the most comfortable treatment to have but I soon got used to it and would say I looked forward to it and found it addictive. Each week I felt fab walking out of the salon, my stomach flatter and less bloated. On the 7th session I was overwhelmed, it made me cry with happiness when I looked at my pictures, I couldn't believe the difference, I am so pleased with my results, I'm certainly going to keep up my healthy eating and exercising. Thank-you"
Using this technology we can treat targeted fat reduction, cellulite treatment, bumlift, bingo wings, tummy contouring, skin tightening, thigh sagging and non surgical face lifting.
If you are reading this blog and sitting thinking "that's me" pop me a message or pick up the phone and come and chat to me. My mission is to give all of our clients the transformations and confidence that they deserve. You will be under no obligation to proceed with treatment or a course but at least you will know what we can possibly achieve for you here at Charisma Beauty, Skincare & Aesthetics.
Have a wonderful day, thank you for taking the time to read my blog
Most of us regularly have dental checks, sight tests, hearing test but when did you last have a skincare expert have a look at your skin?
At Charisma Beauty we advise regularly having one of our skincare experts look at your skin to make sure you are using the correct products at home, having the facial best suited to you in salon and getting the results you deserve.
Time for a skincare check up! Especially this time of year as we go from summer in autumn. Season changes can have a big effect on how our skin behaves. Over the summer months our skin is exposed to the sun, pigmentation damage can occur and our skin builds up a layer to protect itself. As we enter the colder winter months, our skin can become dry and fragile so you may need to change how you are treating it to protect it during the winter months.
When was the last time you changed the products that you are using? As with most things, our skin can get used to what we are using and so the products aren't as effective.
Throughout October we are offering a Season change skincare check up for £15. This service includes a skin consultation followed by mini facial consisting of a cleanse, tone, serum, eye cream and treatment cream application. You will walk away with a personalised home care prescription with every recommended product suited to your skin and to give you the results you want to achieve. That's not all...purchase 2 or more products and you will receive your skincare check up FREE.
You can make a booking for your skincare check up via our website under facials or give us a call on 01603 611223.
Remember, prevention is always better than cure. We have fantastic result driven facials and products that can reverse the effects of time but if we start off on the right path with preventative skincare products we really will have "better skin for life".
We look forward to looking after your skin at Charisma Beauty & Skincare Norwich.
Love Charlotte xx
You think of inch loss treatments, skin tightening treatments, cellulite treatments, bum lift treatments and most people associate them as treatments for women, but why? Don't men deserve body confidence too?
Of course they do! I am a big believer that men should be welcomed into salons as much as women and deserve that feel good factor too.
If you notice at Charisma our decor is very neutral and isn't fluffy pretty pink and floral. This is deliberate! I want our male clients to feel just as welcome, relaxed and at home in our salon as our ladies.
Men suffer the same body confidence issues just as much as women, the difference is men don't always shout about it (I can write that, as I am a woman)
I am however going to shout about these results that one of our male clients is getting through our Charisma Transformation Programme. Let's call him 'Nick' (That isn't his real name, which I won't disclose for client confidentially purposes)
6 weeks ago Nick visited Charisma for his consultation for our Lipofirm treatment.
During consultation his therapist explained that the treatment works in a way that is natural to our body for lasting results. Radio Frequency liquidises the contents of the fat cell and DMA (dynamic muscle activation) then squeezes the fat from the cell. The fat is converted into energy and burnt like going to the gym, but significantly intensified.
Getting scientific the treatment causes a type of contraction called a supra maximal contraction and is much stronger than anything you could generate naturally by a gym visit.
From just 1 Lipofirm tummy contour treatment you will see a visible difference. Imagine that from laying back on our treatment bed for 25 minutes.
Nick's therapist also went through a medical consultation as well as listening to his body concerns, to make sure that he was fit for treatment and that the results he wanted were achievable. They decided on a 8 week treatment plan consisting of 8 tummy contouring treatments to be had at 1 per week.
5 weeks on, here are his results so far.
Look at that definition appearing from the front view! From the side you can see his tummy shrinking down and the inch loss visible.
Nick said "I have had to put another hole in my belt"
It's not just about the inch loss it's about the confidence this incredible treatment gives you too. I can even see Nick is standing much more proudly for his after picture of his 5th treatment than the first image we took of him.
We haven't even finished with him yet, we still have another 3 treatments to go. (I will update this blog at the end of Nick's journey.)
If body confidence is something you are lacking, this could be the treatment for you. Male or female. At Charisma Beauty, Skincare & Aesthetics in Norwich we can treat
- Inch loss
- Skin Tightening
- Bum Lifting
- Fat reduction
- Body Contouring
More information and before and after pictures can be found on our website
If you have questions about this treatment I have also filmed short videos answering FAQs which can be found on our youtube channel.
If you are reading this thinking, this is what I need, then book your consultation, you can make your booking by calling the salon on 01603 611223 during opening hours or make a booking 24/7 via our website. We would love to help you with your body concerns and give you the confidence you deserve.
Thanks for reading
Are you suffering from this? Have you noticed spots appearing around the chin and mouth area that you haven't suffered with in the past?
Unfortunately this is being caused by us wearing face mask in our daily lives.
It really is mind blowing the changes we have seen this year, if someone had said to me "in year 2020 it will be normal for us to wear face masks in public" I think I would have laughed!
It really isn't a laughing matter, the fact is it is our reality.
I do however have the answer for you on how to help clear up Mask-ne (Mask Acne).
At Charisma Beauty in Norwich which have a team of highly trained skincare specialists ready to address all your skincare needs.
We are proud stockists of Katherine Daniels Professional Skincare brand, we recommend their award winning products for our clients home care routine and carry out the result driven professional treatments in salon to give you "better skin for life"
I want to share with you advice written by Co-Founder of Katherine Daniels, Kirsti Shuba on how we can help you combat Mask-ne (Mask Acne)
A new generation of skin problems is lurking beneath every mask and face covering. We know that prevention is better than cure, understanding the potential problem will allow you to avoid it.
We’re always on hand for help and advice if you need it.
Officially known as Acne Mechanica.
Let’s get this straight. This is not acne in the true sense, it’s a ‘man-made’ skin condition.
It usually effects the face, the area beneath your mask or face covering. Acne Mechanica can affect any area of the body too.
When you wear a mask or face covering you create an occlusive environment beneath it. The air under your mask is humid and warm, and the mask itself may cause friction.
Let us look at these 2 issues individually.
The air under your mask is humid and warm – the ideal breeding ground for bacteria, fungus & virus
Breathing in and out in an occlusive environment means that nasal mucosa, oil, bacteria, fungus and virus are being deposited directly on to your skin.
This may lead to the development of Cutaneous bacterium (Cutibacterium acne).
You may also be more susceptible to the herpes simplex virus (cold sores) if you’re prone to them.
Its hot under a mask - this may lead to perspiration. Sweat contains bacteria and oil.
Sweat & bacteria mixed with make-up will lead to blocked pores and blackheads.
With all of this going on. It’s likely that your skin barrier (the protective barrier that keeps the goodness in and the badness out!) will become damaged, leading to dryness, dehydration, and sensitivity.
The mask itself may cause friction.
This may make your skin red and inflamed, which may also cause further damage to your skin barrier.
How to help yourself throughout the day:
Which products will help your skin best?
Essential Miracle Cleansing Jelly - a gentle yet effective cleanser, with no added fragrance. It will help your skin while vulnerable.
Essential Deep Cleansing & Skin Rejuvenation System - its 4 times more effective than manual cleansing. The perfect way to ensure your pores don’t become blocked.
Alternatively use our Deep Cleansing & Exfoliating Discs - they allow a deeper cleanse and an exfoliating scrub, ensuring your pores don't become blocked.
Essential Exfoliating Gel - prevents the build-up of dead cells. Dead cells block your hair follicles, and bacteria will ‘fester’ within them, leading to spots & blackheads.
Total Skin Repair Concentrate – will repair your skin, reduce inflammation and redness. Promote the healing process by stimulating regeneration and repair proteins (collagen, elastin). It’s your go to SOS treatment for all skin types.
Sensitive Skin Rich Cream - this will hydrate, nourish, calm and soothe your skin. Helping to reduce inflammation and keep you skin barrier intact.
Smoothing Resurfacing Mask or Repairing Nourishing Mask - depending on how dry your skin is, this weekly or bi-weekly treat will do exactly what it says on the tin. The Smoothing Resurfacing Mask isn’t harsh or aggressive, its deep cleansing formulation is infused with soothing Aloe Vera, which fights bacteria and virus on the skin
Keep your skin clean, strong, and hydrated. This will ensure your skin is able to work to its best potential. This will keep it as healthy as possible. This prevention is always better than cure.
All of the products and treatments mentioned can be used to prevent Mask-ne, as well treat
Please be careful, if you see spots appearing don’t rush out and buy harsh, stripping products for oily skin. It will make the problem worse.
At Charisma Beauty we know we can help you prevent and cure Mask-ne.
Your first step would be to talk to one of our skincare specialists or to book yourself a facial.
When making a booking select essential facial, this is the best starting point to allow our therapists to carry out a thorough consultation and advise on the best skincare and facial to get you the best results and ultimately "Better skin for life"
I would love to know in the comments how your skin is being effected by your mask or any other skincare concerns you may have.
Thank-you for taking the time to read my blog, I hope it helps you or someone you know.
Here is our skincare specialist Leanne using the Essential Deep Cleansing & Skin Rejuvenating System, just look at her glowing skin!
I've been winning skincare awards since I was 18 years old, so I knew how to treat my flair up of Acne Rosacea.
That's right, I was 18 when my name "Charlotte Sims, Charisma Beauty in Norwich" was first announced as a winner of my first professional skincare award. I had to stand up in front of other therapists and salon owners to collect my award and I was terrified, shaking like a leaf, had no idea what to say as a thank you speech but I felt so proud.
Fast forward 16 years and I still get nervous every time. You would think after 16 years, winning multiple awards yearly the nerves would have subsided but they haven't. Why? Because I am passionate about what I do, I believe wholeheartedly in what I offer and winning these awards proves I am an expert in the beauty & skincare industry.
So when my skin took a big hormonal change post breastfeeding my second baby this year I knew exactly what I needed to do to treat it. Just look how sore my skin had become.
A change in hormones had left my skin extremely dry, painful to touch and I had developed acne rosacea which had become infected. I took these images sat in my bath sobbing. (That is my daughters rubber duck in the background, not mine, wink wink)
If you are having the same skin troubles I had, I understand how you feel.
First thing first was some help from my GP and a course of antibiotics to help with the infection. I don't always agree with medication for skincare but in this instance I knew that was what I needed to start with to fight the infection.
It was then time to strip back my skincare routine and reset my skin.
I went back to basics and used the Katherine Daniels products which we use at Charisma Beauty & Skincare Norwich in our professional salon treatments and recommend to our clients for result drive homecare products.
I kept it simple and used the Katherine Daniels Cleansing Milk followed with Katherine Daniels Toning Lotion to cleanse and tone my skin morning and evening.
To then protect my skin and give it the nourishment it needed I applied Katherine Daniels Dry Skin Cream morning and evening.
That was it! I went back to a simple skin routine and within a few weeks saw a dramatic improvement. My skin was no longer dry, the soreness thankfully had gone, redness reduced and the infection had cleared. BUT one of the biggest changes was my confidence. I felt like me again, I felt I could confidently face the world without people staring at my skin wondering what was wrong with me. I was smiling again!
,I know, you are scrolling up and down comparing the images and can't believe the difference. I have just done the exact same thing with tears of joy in my eyes at the transformation.
I have since gone on to have a course of Anti-Aging Skin Defense Collagen Strengthening facials, followed by a second course of our medical grade Photo-Dynamic Therapy treatment currently exclusively only available at Charisma Beauty in the Norwich area. I will tell you more about these incredible facials in a future blog.
If you yourself have a skin concern like mine or any other skin concern you would like help with please don't hesitate to get in touch. The best place to start is by booking an essential facial. This allows our skin care specialists to carry out a thorough consultation on your skin, pamper you with a full facial and then create a bespoke homecare prescription and treatment plan to get you the results you deserve.
Likewise if you have a friend, or family member who you know is also suffering with their skin, please share this blog with them. It could be the best help you could give them in overcoming a skin complaint that has affected them for years.
Our Promise from Katherine Daniels...We want you to have ‘Better Skin for Life.’ All of our products are developed with this goal in mind, our formulations enhance the way your skin works. The advanced ingredients within our products allow us to treat the cause of your skin concerns as well as the visible symptoms that you can see.
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I have something to share with you today...
I was set a challenge Monday night in a business networking support group. It was an exercise to help us express our feelings and empty our thoughts from our minds (it really helped, I would recommend you try it). The challenge was to write a letter to our clients to say how I was feeling, what my thoughts were and what my plans were during this uncertain time.
Today, the challenge is to actually share it!!!! So here goes ...
I am writing this letter to empty my thoughts from my mind to give me a clear head so that I can focus on getting through the next few weeks possibly months.
It’s the evening of Monday the 23rd March and what a week it’s been. It feels so surreal sitting here writing this letter knowing that I’ve closed the door to Charisma Beauty salon in Norwich, all be it temporary but for a very long time.
The last week has been mind blowing, wondering should we open or should we close what should we do! Once the announcement had been made with the employment grant to protect my team, I immediately felt I could close knowing my team would be financially OK.
Knowing that for the next few weeks our salon isn’t going to be able open makes me realise how grateful I am for every day that we can open our doors and look after our clients. It makes me realise what a family our team really is and how much we are going to miss each other. It’s certainly going to be very challenging times ahead but I do know that once this has passed we will we open our doors again and we will come out of the other side stronger.
I hope that it’s ok with you that over these next few weeks, possibly months, we will keep in contact through email and social media. I know all the team would love me to tell you we are all here for you in these times of isolation. If you are feeling alone and just want to chat please pick up the phone.
Our phone line is still being answered by myself. Drop us a message on our Facebook messenger or even write an email. We would all love to hear from you.
Just because the salon doors are closed doesn’t mean that my mind is going to stop working on how to make 2020 the best year for charisma ever. I made a promise to myself after an amazing year of maternity leave that 2020 would be the best year ever and that is still going to be the case.I’m already thinking in my mind when we open our doors I’m going to re-launch like a new business celebrating the fact that it’s open again.I intend to give it a lick of paint and breathe new life into our salon. I would absolutely love to know if there’s anything you would like to see happen at Charisma. Anything that you think needs updating, I’d love to know, any new treatments you’d like to see on the menu I’d love to hear about them.I have felt overwhelmed by our clients reactions to us having to close and it’s made me realise how important Charisma is to people and how it truly is a place to escape. As a team we have really created something amazing and for that I sit here feeling so proud. Now is the time to keep safe, make our health a priority and do as we have been advised and self isolate. I know I speak for every one of our team when I say we will miss you, we will miss each other but we will all see each other again very soon.
If you know me, you will know I run my life at 100 miles an hour! I preach to everyone I meet the importance of "you time" but do you think I take my own advice... come on who does??
Don't get me wrong, when the opportunity arises to have a massage, I really enjoy it and the benefits of the treatment but I still lay on the treatment couch wondering how I can improve our clients experience (if it's one at Charisma) or if I am trying another spa/salon, I am scrutinizing their technique and the surroundings for new ideas ;-) I don't ever fully switch off.
However I have finally found the miracle treatment to make my mind and body switch off, REFLEXOLOGY! Let me tell you about my first experience.
Our therapist Kellie was finishing her reflexology course and needed case studies to achieve her qualification. I love a foot massage, an hour of someone massaging my feet, I am being a case study. How naive was I, Reflexology it is far more than an hours foot massage, it is a total body & mind treatment.
As I got into the treatment room and laid on the bed the thought came to my head " I should have visited the toilet before my treatment" ( you will see why this is relevant in a few paragraphs time)
Kellie gave me a thorough consultation and explained what the treatment involved and what sensations to expect. She then began on my right foot and within minutes I felt myself switching off and sinking into the bed. I could actually feel my face and my jaw relax (sometimes in the morning I wake up and my jaw is sore , where even in my sleep I've been tense) I had completely switched off!
After the treatment had finished, I felt like I had been in a deep sleep. I knew I hadn't quite fallen asleep because I could remember the amazing feeling of Kellie performing the treatment on my feet, but I felt incredible. So relaxed but revived at the same time.
Now came the interesting part, Kellie was able to tell me which areas within my body I had issues with, such as sinus (which was spot on) she was even able to tell me that I need to use the toilet!!! How incredible is that! Just goes to show how much you can tell from your feet.
There are lots of benefits from reflexology and all very individual to each of us.
Kellie explained Reflexology is great for the circulatory system, very detoxifying and brilliant for overall well being. There are many health benefits from Reflexology when used regularly as a complimentary therapy. It is known for being a great treatment if you suffer from stress, depression and anxiety.
Personally being someone who can feel stressed and also experiences anxiety, I can first hand from just one treatment understand how this would benefit sufferers massively!
My advice to everyone who has never had Reflexology... TRY IT! Get booked in today, come and see Kellie at Charisma Beauty Salon in Norwich. I can't wait for my next treatment and I will be practicing what I preach and learning to relax and have my "me time" through this treatment.
Kellie is our only therapist in salon who currently offers Reflexology, so make sure to select her as your therapist when using our online booking facilities. You can click here to make your appointment. Enjoy xxx
Obviously I am going to say yes! I would love to meet you and have a member of my team pamper you.
However if you have found our page for the first time it's probably because you typed something into a search engine like "beauty salon near me" or "nail bar Norwich" and now you have found yourself with pages and pages of possibilities. Let me help you decide whether to choose Charisma or not and tell you where it all began and what you can expect to receive walking through our door.
In October 2004, I set up Charisma at the age of 18 as an independent beauty therapist looking to make women look, feel beautiful and ooze confidence as they left my salon.
14 years later I am proud to say we have grown to a team of 10 highly qualified, friendly therapists who are eager to greet you with a smile and make you feel a million dollars.
We are what I class as a traditional beauty salon offering the traditional human touch treatments that no machine can replace. Our treatment menu includes Manicures, Pedicures, Gel Polish, Nail Extensions, Waxing, Tinting, Facials, Massage, Lash Extensions, Lashlift Treatment, Body Treatments & Slimming Treatments.
I know walking into a new salon for the first time can be extremely daunting, I remember this feeling very well at the age of 16 going to have my prom nails applied. I think no matter what age you are that daunting feeling of the unknown never goes away!
So let me take that element of what to expect beyond our front door from you and have a look at inside here.
I hope you like what you saw from my salon tour and are now tempted to come in and experience the relaxed, friendly atmosphere too. Rest assured you will be greeted with a friendly smile, you will enter a new client and we hope you leave feeling like a friend.
If you are ready to make your first booking hit the online booking tab and you can make an appointment there 24/7. Perhaps you have something you would like to ask me... ask away, comment below, drop me an email, message on Facebook or even pick up the phone.
Hopefully look forward to meeting you in salon very soon
P.S Did you notice a pop up for 20% off your first ever visit when you landed on my website for the first? (Did you press the x in the top right corner) Don't worry press refresh on my homepage and it will reappear so you can enter your details again. Beware though once you have entered it once, it won't appear again, so make sure you pop your details in correctly. (Don't ask me how... that's some technical web geek stuff I know nothing about, my area of expertise is beauty therapy ;-))