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