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  1. NYR Lumie Iris Body Clock

    The Lumie Body Clock is an alarm clock that also has sunset and sunrise settings, plus 2 aromatherapy chambers to diffuse essential oils.  At the moment, you can buy it  for only £112, which is 30% off.

    I bought mine on the weekend that the clocks changed in October last year.  I have it set to daily timer, which means that you can adjust the time that your alarm goes off in the morning for each individual day.  There are also settings for the sunrise, so before I wake up the light from the clock gradually increases to simulate a natural sunrise, which of course doesn't happen in the autumn/winter in the UK until around 8am in the morning!  I also have mine set to aromatherapy and I use geranium essential oil and set this to diffuse for 45 minutes.

    At night time you can do the same for sunset, so the light gradually dims and your chosen essential oil diffuses into your room.  This is a soothing way to go to sleep and also brilliant for people with sleep problems as you can diffuse an essential oil to help you sleep.  One of the most popular essential oils for insomnia is Lavender, but only add a couple of drops to the aromatherapy chamber as too much Lavender essential oil can actually be stimulating.  Personally I diffuse Frankincense as it is calming to the mind and the nervous system.

    I have found the Aromatherapy function to be invaluable as it helps me go to sleep and wake up with essential oils diffusing.  I find that the sunrise light is very helpful as it helps me to feel much less sleepy and groggy in the mornings.  As for the sunset light I haven't really noticed any difference to my sleep patterns or feelings of grogginess, but it is still a nice way to fall asleep, especially when combined with the essential oil.

    Do be careful to AVOID using any citrus oils e.g. orange, lemon, lime, petitgrain etc as the instruction leaflet says to avoid using those in the aromatherapy chamber.

    Overall, I can highly recommend the Lumie Body Clock a) for its capacity to automatically diffuse essential oils as you go to sleep adn wake up and 2) to help you feel more alert and awake in the morning due to the sunrise function.

    If you want to find out more about the Lumie Body Clock, please click here.

    Until next time




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  2. 5 Benefits of Microdermabrasion

    Microdermabrasion is a popular facial treatment that is useful for a variety of skin care issues.

    During a diamond microdermabrasion facial, your therapist will use a handheld wand with a diamond tip attached to it.  This tip is then gently stroked over different areas on your face from 1 up to 3 times. At the other end of the wand there is a tube which is attached to a machine which literally creates a vacuum effect to suck up any dead skin or debris which the diamond tip removes from your skin.

    What are the Top 5 Benefits of Microdermabrasion?

    1. Microdermabrasion removes dead skin cells from the epidermis (top layer of the skin).  This is helpful for dry, dull and also mature skin as the natural process of desquamation (sloughing of dead skin cells) slows down as we age.
    2. Microdermabrasion will vacuum cleanse your skin and pores of excess oil and other debris 
    3. During a microdermabrasion facial circulation to the skin is increased, this brings fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients to your skin which in turns helps your skin cells to regenerate
    4. The removal of dead skin cells during microdermabrasion means that the active ingredients in skin care products are more easily absorbed.
    5. All of the above means that Microdermabrasion is an effective treatment for dull, rough, dry, oily/congested skin, fine lines, superficial scarring and some types of hyperpigmentation.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does it hurt?

    No, microdermabrasion doesn't hurt, but you can feel the exfoliating effects on your skin. Therefore your skin may temporarily redden and feel a little tight, this will normally fade after a few hours.

    Is it suitable for sensitive skin or Rosacea?

    This depends on each individual client.  If you have very sensitive skin or a large area of roseacea on your face, then I would say no.  However if you have slightly sensitive skin and small patch of roseacea, you should be fine.  If you are unsure,  I am happy to patch test a small area before a full microdermabrasion facial to see whether it is suitable for your needs.

    Do I need to wear an SPF after a treatment?

    Yes, as the epidermis has been exfoliated, it is more vulenerable to sun burn or sun damage immediately after a treatment. Therefore it is important to wear an SPF cream following a treatment.

    How many treatments do I need?

    • If your skin is dull, dry or in need of a deep cleanse then 1 treatment every month will be sufficient. 
    • If you would like to target fine lines, superficial scarring or hyperpigmentation then 3 treatments over a 3 week period will be required.  We will then assess whether you need more weekly treatments and if not, then a monthly maintenance will suffice. 
    • Please note, hyperpigmentation caused by melasma will not respond to microdermabrasion.  If you are unsure which type of hyperpigmenation you have, I am happy to do a free consultation.  Please click here and download the skin care consultation form, take some close up photos of your skin and email them back to me.

    Can I combine Microdermabrasion with other Skin Treatments?

    Yes, you can combine it with other Electrical Facials which are also available as a 1 hr Pick and Mix

    • Galvanic - to deep cleanse oily, congested skin
    • Non Surgical Face Lift - to lift and tone facial muscles
    • Radiofrequency - to tighten sagging skin
    • LED Light - Red = collagen production (anti ageing), Blue = antibacterial (congested skin) or Green = soothe and calm rosacea or inflamed skin.

    and you can also add it on to any of the Manual Facials that I offer.

    If you have any further questions, please feel to drop me a line.  If you would like to book an appointment, you can do so here.

    Until next time