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  1. Inflammation and skin

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    Skin is our largest organ and subject to inflammation from many sources throughout our lives. This can be caused by environmental factors, infection or exposure to other chemicals. Research now shows that inflammation is a key factor in how our skin ages. Here we have put together some advice on how to redress the balance within the skin to both slow down the ageing process and induce regeneration to repair some of the damage done.

    What is inflammation?

    Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury, irritation or infection. It plays an important part in protecting the body and help tissue repair or adapt over a short term. However when the inflammation becomes chronic, the tissue can degenerate. The skin reacts to free radicals and antigenic load damage by activating the immune response.

    Once the immune system is lowered the result to the skin can be devastating. Our skin is our early warning signal that something is wrong. Most common skin conditions are Acne, Spots, Rosacea and skin sensitivity. Here at Beauty Haven we have a very high successful rate on treating the above conditions using the Ellipse Intense Pulse Light (IPL). Extensive search was carried out into the IPL system before purchasing what we consider to be the best system on the market today. The Ellipse IPL system is ‘clinically proven’.

    Prevention plays a huge part in protecting the skin from the elements. Over exposure to the sun can damage the skin’s integrity as the UV rays add to free radials. So its important to apply SPF everyday you are outside, even on a cloudy day, the rays can still get through. Dermalogic have a SPF50 sport protection which can be used on the face and body, its easily aborbed and water-resistant. Very handy as no need to keep reapplying if you splashing around in the water. An after sun balm is always ideal to have just incase you over-do sitting in the sun or if you lucky enough to be sailing on the high seas, this repair cream with help remedy any damage caused by wind exposure.

    An extract from a recent article in the Huffington Post regarding inflammatory foods ……..

    While it doesn’t exactly make you feel warm and fuzzy, inflammation is the body’s totally healthy response to injury and infection, a way of defending ourselves by sending immune cells and key nutrients to the areas that need them most.

    How do those fighter cells get there? Via increased blood flow, which in turn creates the redness, warmth, swelling and pain you likely associate with the word “inflammation.” Say you cut your finger, and notice it turns a little red. “That’s inflammation,” says Dee Sandquist, RD, CDE, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson. “It helps to heal your finger.”

    But a small red cut that heals over time is entirely different from a state of chronic inflammation. This can be quite dangerous, in fact. When inflammation as an immune response is never “shut off,” so to speak, the constant production of immune cells can do permanent damage, leading to cancer, heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s, among other health concerns. “When we don’t see the inflammation system switch off, we end up in a detrimental state,” says Julie Daniluk R.H.N., author of Meals That Heal Inflammation.

    The causes of chronic inflammation can vary person to person, but include being overweight, experiencing lots of stress and even breathing polluted air, Women’s Health reported. Lifestyle choices, like smoking or lack of exercise, also play a role. “Sedentary lifestyle, lack of sleep — we have these repetitive insults that increase longer-term inflammation,” says Jessica Black, N.D., author of The Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Recipe Book.

    The foods we choose to eat — or not to eat — can also affect inflammation. Getting your fair share of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and omega-3 fatty acids — similar, yes, to the Mediterranean diet — has been suggested to have anti-inflammatory effects. “Diet can serve as a protective function,” says Sandquist. “When our bodies are best nourished, we’re able to heal quicker if we do cut our finger and maybe even prevent chronic inflammation.” It’s likely that no one food is to blame for causing inflammation, she says, but that your overall diet could contribute.

    For now, anti-inflammatory diet guidelines are simply suggestions. More research is needed to truly understand the relationship between diet and inflammation and, in turn, disease, WebMD reported.

    Still, there are some general ideas about what foods to avoid to keep inflammation and illness at bay. “There are foods that exaggerate inflammation because they themselves are irritants,” says Daniluk. Here are some of the worst offenders you might want to avoid. Let us know what we forgot in the comments.

    • White Bread
    • Sugar
    • Alcohol
    • Omega 6 fatty acids
    • Milk
    • MSG
    • Trans Fats

    An interesting article and certainly worth researching if you suffer from joint pain or arthritis.

    So How do you maintain a healthy and beautiful skin?

    First answer is hydration. Drinking plenty of water to avoid de-hydration, which places added strain on the kidneys and can impair mental function. Of course your skin will love you for this, and your muscles. My second favourite tip is treating myself to a hydrating ant-ageing facial. There are many fantastic products within the Dermalogica range, my favourite for travelling with is the UltraCalming skin kit for sensitive skin which helps to relieve and ease any irritation or discomfort. Restoring a healthy barrier to defend against future assaults.

    Finally, a brief mention regarding stress. If you cannot avoid the S word, at least find ways of dealing with the stress that builds in the body and results in the tell tales signs on the face.  Not only can facials cleanse, moisturise and repair. Relaxation and time to yourself to switch off from our busy lives, is what we all at Beauty Haven strive to provide for our customers.

  2. Our Favourite Summer products 2017.

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    Where do I start, there are so many products I am loving right now but heres just a few which I would highly recommend

    Dermalogica’s Ultra Sensitive Tint

    ‘Go ahead, enjoy the sun! ‘

    For sensitised, reactive and recently resurfaced skin.

    With Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint SPF 30, you can replace your moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation with this one simple and highly effective formulation. This tinted moisturizer combines a chemical-free sunscreen with a light wash of colour to defend dry and sensitive skin from sun exposure. With less time needed to get ready, you’ll have more time to spend having fun!

    This broad Spectrum sunscreen (with tinted earth minerals), helps guard skin against UV damage with antioxidants from soothing Grape Seed and Green Tea extracts, as physical sunscreens shield against skin-aging and irritating UV damage. Contains Dermalogica’s exclusive Ultra Calming TM Complex. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.UltraSensitiveTint SPF 30


    After cleansing, toning and moisturising, apply evenly and liberally to the face, preferably 30 minutes prior to sun exposure. For continuous coverage, apply regularly and reapply as needed after swimming and exercise.

    Beauty Haven can do a skin scanning session with you to see how sensitised or damaged your skin is, and prescribe the correct products and treatments. This is £12 redeemable off a treatment or product. For a sensitised or sun damaged skin we would recommend a lactic peel or photo rejuvenation. A patch test is required prior to laser photo rejuvenation. This facial will remove age spots, diffuse redness and leave a clearer more youthful complexion. You can’t have this treatment 30 days before or after sun exposure as it can cause photosensitivity causing your skin to burn more easily so factor this in if you are considering this treatment.

    Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer SPF50

    After a day on the beach you’ll be wanting to apply some make up before you head out for the evening. Use this primer under your make up, its fantastic. The products gives the appearance of smoothing away fine lines, brightens and primes for a flawless complexion and will prep for make-up application. Velvety silicones create an instantly smooth surface. This product has the added benefit of SPF50 to shield against sun damage. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.


    After you have cleansed and moisturised in the morning apply prior to your normal make up. This primer has a lovely glow to it and your makeup will last all day. My must have product!!


    Of course we are hoping that you won’t allow yourself to get too much sun exposure, prevention is always better than cure as they say. This is a fab product I always bring with me on holiday.  The product feels amazing on the skin and helps reduce discomfort and cool sunburn

    TIP. Can be used after waxing to cool and help minimize redness

    If you don’t want to take my word for it, have a read at a few press releases regarding this product……..

    Amica…Germany …..

    Victoria Beckham loves After Sun Repair


    After Sun Repair is cherished for its post-sun relief that “sinks in easily” to exposed skin

    Marie Claire uk

    Heralds our After Sun Repair as “the new generation of after-sun lotions”

    Sunburn is skin damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much exposure to UV light can make your skin red and painful, which can later lead to peeling or blistering.

    The severity of sunburn can vary depending on your skin type and how long you are exposed to UV rays.

    The symptoms of sunburn include: (these may not occur immediately and can take up to five hours to appear)

    red, sore skin (erythema)
    skin that is warm and tender to the touch
    flaking and peeling skin after a number of days (usually 4-7 days after exposure)

    Treating sunburn

    Treatment for sunburn aims to cool the skin and relieve any pain or symptoms. Applying a cold flannel over the area will help cool the skin while lotions will help keep it moist. In severe cases of sunburn, you should ask your pharmacist for advice because you may need special treatment from your GP surgery.

    You should see your GP if you have sunburn and you feel faint, dehydrated or have severe blistering, or if a young child or baby has sunburn.

    We have a full range of solar defence products available at Beauty Haven, please feel free to contact us should you need advice on what is best for your skin.

    Have a great holiday, stay safe in the sun and always make sure you stay well hydrated.

  3. Our top Waxing tips for silky smooth skin.

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    With summer comes the all too familiar pulling down of the sundress in the hope that no one will notice your cactus legs. Constant shaving can not only be a real pain but can also leave your skin irritated and red.. So what do you need to know before you book your first wax:

    • Clients who opt for waxing often think trimming the hair in areas such as the bikini line may ease the pain as the hairs will not be so long but this is not the case, in fact if the hairs are too short they will break at the surface rather than come out at the root. The hairs should ideally be about one eighth of an inch for the best waxing results.
    • During the menstrual cycle you can be more sensitive to pain so best to avoid waxing for that reason. In fact your pain threshold can vary for many reasons, if you are tired, not in a great mood, perhaps haven’t been sleeping, all of these things can make you feel a little more sensitive to pain. Some clients advise us they take a couple of paracetamol or ibuprofen prior to waxing, and in their opinion it takes the edge of the pain however we could not recommend this.
    • If you are taking any medication make sure you let your therapist know especially Accutane, or creams containing AHA’s or Retin A, these are not compatible with waxing and could lead to skin burns or the skin lifting.
    • It’s important to avoid hot baths, showers and sun exposure following a waxing treatment as the skin will be extra sensitive for 24/48 hours.
    • Once the skin has settled, try to exfoliate two or three times a week as thing will lessen the likelihood of ingrown hairs.
      In most cases you should find your waxing treatment will last around four weeks, six if you are lucky. It is a definitely a more permanent option than shaving and also less time consuming as you aren’t reaching for the razor every day.
    • Don’t forget your SPF, newly exposed skin can be photosensitive especially in the first 24- 48 hours.
    • Do not mess with ingrown hairs. Do not pick them. So tempting.  Do not squeeze, pinch, or otherwise terrorize with tweezers .Once tormented they become prone to infection and they look terrible.

    It can be confusing deciding which bikini wax to go for and often our clients are embarrassed to ask ‘which is which’ so to clear this up for you here are our most  common types of bikini wax:

    • Standard Bikini Wax. This is simply hair removed from the sides of the pant line
    • Californian Bikini Line. This is as above but with hair also remove above the pant line (lower abdomen)
    • Brazilian Bikini Line. This leaves a thin strip of hair at the front with all the hair removed from sides and back.
    • Hollywood Bikini Line. As above but with all hair removed.

    Book your appointments in advance. Salons can be very busy over the summer months and if you can’t get the appointment you want, the temptation to shave may be too difficult to resist. Waxing is a commitment. Don’t do it once and then never again.  You can, but it’s kind of pointless. The repetition of the act keeps the hair follicles from rooting in, so each time you wax, there is less hair and the discomfort is not as severe.

    • If you have never had a wax before you should have a patch test first, ask your skincare therapist for advice.
  4. Holiday skin

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    Whether you are you thinking of jetting off to bask in the sun or perhaps prefer the culture of a city break,  keeping your skin in tip top condition can be a challenge when we are packing as much as we can into what seems to be a relatively small luggage allowance.Think multifunctional products, many moisturisers nowadays contain an SPF.

    City pollution can cause breakout activity and congestion on an oily skin type and dryness and dehydration on a more sensitised skin. Its important to cleanse morning and night  with products that help protect against pollution. Less is more, keep skincare and make up simple and avoid products such as alcohol based wipes that can have have a very drying effect on the skin. Its no secret that the sun can be dangerous, not to mention damaging and ageing. Its not enough to just apply sunscreen once in the morning, research has shown that most people do not re apply frequently enough. Repeat at least every two hours and stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm.  Drink plenty of water to hydrate, wear a hat and loose clothes.

    Our favourite Solar defence products include:

    Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint SPF30 formulated with tinted earth materials to help guard skin against UV damage while providing a wash of colour. Its a perfect choice for sensitive skins.

    Total Eye Care SPF15. Protects the delicate eye area throughout  the day, smoothes fine lines and conceals dark circles.

    Oil Free Matt Block SPF30. Lightweight, ultra-sheer Broad Spectrum sunscreen helps prevent shine, regulate oil production and soothe inflammation. Oil-absorbers help maintain an all-day matte finish without a powdery residue. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.

    Skin Perfect Primer. Smoothes away fine lines, brighten sand primes for flawless skin, and to prep for make-up application. Velvety silicones create an instantly smooth surface. Pearl powder and natural earth minerals provide a neutral tint to help balance tone and enhance luminosity. Peptides and AGE Smart® actives help firm and shield against MMP and free radical damage, as sunscreens shield against sun damage. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.

    Protection 50 Sport SPF50. This sheer solar protection treatment defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assault. Oleosome microspheres help enhance SPF performance and counteract moisture loss triggered by extended daylight exposure. Lightweight formula helps neutralize damage and bind moisture to skin without a greasy after-feel.

    After Sun Repair. An incredibly soothing treatment balm that helps to repair damage from exposure to UV sunlight as it helps to cool sunburn and reduce discomfort. Contains no artificial fragrance or color.

    Dynamic Skin Recovery. Achieves absolute hydration and helps defend against the internal and external causes of skin aging with this medium-weight, emollient daily moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF50. Contains AGE Smart® ingredients to enhance the skin’s natural ability to fight skin-aging free radicals (Reactive Oxygen Species), help prevent the signs of aging caused by sugar reacting with proteins in skin (AGEs) and regulate the formation of collagen-degrading MMPs brought on by UV rays. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.

    As you know prevention is always better than cure but if you are concerned about sun damaged skin our Preventative Laser Facial may be for you.Ideal for those who generally suffer from dull, lackluster complexions, this singular laser facial results in radiant, blemish-free skin with the added benefit of a collagen boost to refresh and plump out the skin. Issues that can be treated early include thread veins, age spots or pigmentation, redness, acne prone skin and fine wrinkles. A patch test is required prior to treatment and we would recommend not having this facial 30 days before or after sun exposure. For a flawless more youthful complexion we can’t recommend this treatment highly enough.

    For further information or advice speak with one of our skin care therapists today.

  5. Benefits of Laser Hair Removal for men

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    Male grooming has become increasingly popular within the last few years ranging from facials right through to hair removal treatments. Yes hair removal treatments for men. You are reading this right! Like women, men are becoming increasingly concerned about their appearance so much so they are even having laser hair removal to minimise their body hair.

    Laser hair removal targets those areas of excessive hair, making them much more manageable to maintain. The results are instant although it can take up to 6 sessions to receive maximum results with potential maintenance sessions in the future. I am sure this sounds more appealing than constant shaving or monthly waxing which you may be doing for years!

    Ellipse Intense Pulse Light uses short bursts of light which travel down through the layers of the skin to the hair root. The pigment within the hair absorbs the light converting it to heat which destroys the hair follicle making it unable to produce new hair. Laser is most effective on darker hair which tends to be more course with much more pigment.

    Laser has many benefits such as it is a permanent hair reduction, reduces ingrown hairs, reduces maintenance such as shaving and is a very effective hair removal method for sensitive skin. Great for any male to remove that unwanted hair!

    Laser can give anywhere between a 60-95 % reduction after just 6 sessions, permitting the client follows the recommended treatment plan assigned to them.

    Not only is daily shaving a pain to do, it can also increase your risk of ingrown hairs. It is usually expected for a male in a professional job to have a clean, shaven face daily. This results in skin irritation with red, bumpy skin which can be painful and unsightly. Shaving tackles the problem of unwanted hair but can end up giving you the problem of ingrown hairs and spots. Laser reduces the amount of hair and thickness of hair growing back, making it much less likely for you to end up with ingrown hairs.

    Even the most sensitive of skins can tolerate laser hair removal as it is quick and much more delicate than waxing or shaving. The skin initially can be red due to the heat produced but this returns to normal much quicker as it is only surface redness. The area treated can be shaved prior to treatment reducing sensitivity even more. If the area is not shaved before treatment then dry shaving must be carried out by the therapist which can irritate the skin. We recommend shaving even a few hours prior to treatment which will give the skin a chance to calm down. Aloe Vera is recommended post treatment which is great for taking heat and redness away.

    Although laser is expensive, it does work out much cheaper in the long run as it is a permanent reduction which delivers much quicker results than any other hair removal method. Think of all the years of waxing every 4-6 weeks and the pain this causes. Laser definitely sounds more appealing especially for areas such as the back and chest which are hard to reach with deep, course hair. Waxing can offer a reduction eventually but this can take years of frequent visits which can become costly. Some places may have a payment plan in which you can pay off the sessions or pay in instalments. At Beauty Haven we can set up a payment plan to suit you and make the cost much more manageable.

    Any athletic male can understand the annoyance of body hair. This can get in the way and sometimes even cause pain and discomfort. Cyclists and swimmers can perform to a higher standard without the worry of hair especially on the legs. Distance runners may also find chest hair a problem. Laser would be the most effective treatment for any athlete as between sessions, whilst the hair is still growing, the hair can be shaved off whereas with waxing there is a stage in between were there needs to be growth. Body hair makes it very hard to enhance the muscles which many athletes may want to do whilst working on a fitness programme. This is also very important in body building as they need to look completely defined, which is impossible with body hair.

    At Beauty Haven we offer a wide range of male laser hair removal treatments from the beard to the back and chest areas. The most effective treatment is on a pale skin dark hair contrast. If you feel you would be interested in trying laser or would like a consultation, come and talk to an experienced therapist at Beauty Haven who would be happy to assist you in a treatment plan.


  6. Facial Peels to treat Acne

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    Just when you think you have grown out of your bad skin days – adult acne strikes!!!

    Acne can rob you of a huge part of your life, whilst being a physical condition the psychological impact can destroy confidence, relationships, and can dramatically change your way of living.

    The skin has thousands of tiny hair follicles each containing a sebaceous gland – producing sebum. A reaction of the gland to the hormone testosterone causes an overproduction of sebum and together with dead skin cells blocks the follicle, causing a blackhead. If the grease and bacteria can’t escape whiteheads and cysts with sebum and pus form. Usual causes of adult acne are hormonal and faulty closing of the hair duct.

    It is vital to keep the skin clean, removing excess grease with a good cleansing regime. Skin peeling has proven successful as the peeling action reduces inflammation and unblocks pores, pore size will also be reduced along with oil production and acneic activity.

    Our Mesoestetic Facials Peels are an exciting treatment aimed for skin conditions such as acneic skin. The application of substances of an acid nature are applied to the skin to evoke a reaction, stimulating the natural healing process. This will replace and renew the deteriorated skin, resulting in a newer, younger, and more revitalised one.

    The thought of having a skin peel can at first be daunting, even the word ‘peel’ sounds painful. The results though, far out-way the mild discomfort you may feel throughout the treatment. The feeling is likened to a tingling sensation and the length of time the peel is actually on the skin varies,dependant on which peel is used. (Anything from 5 – 15 minutes.) For acneic skin we tend to use salicylic acid. You will generally start on a low percentage to prep the skin for future deeper peels but even this, can make a huge difference. We recommend a course of 6 treatments at 2 weekly intervals to achieve optimum results. Once you have completed your course you can then have a monthly maintenance treatment.

    There is little point in spending a fortune on in-salon treatments and not put in a little work at home. We will recommend a home care regime following skin analysis. To name just one of our top selling products is the mesoestetic skin resurfacing peel £65 , this is a booster which contains a small percentage of salicylic and is used on a daily basis, this product is one of my personal favourites. In addition to prepping the skin between peels it has a fantastic ‘botox’ like effect. Our clients love it and it optimises the results of our professional peel treatments.

    For a fresher, spot free complexion, book a professional peel today, you will not be disappointed.

    Treatments cost £65 and take about 40 minutes.