Sensio Spa Complete Hydrotherapy Facial

A visit to a spa for a facial is definitely a treat that leaves us feeling refreshed and leaves our skin soft and healthy, but this is not something we can be doing everyday…or is it? What about a product that gives you the opportunity for spa treated skin in your own home? The Sensio Spa complete hydrotherapy facial allows you to complete a five step salon programme within your own home, leaving skin feeling soft and renewed.

I have been using this product for a few weeks now, with my skin problems being an ageing skin that is also oily and still prone to outbreaks. I do have facials, but wanted something that will plug the gaps when money or time is too tight to get to a salon, something that offers a little more than simply cleansing and toning. This is a product that fits the bill.

But, first things first. When using this product, water direct from the tap just won’t cut it. Yes it will work, but the limescale build up will shorten the life of the device, so you need to get some distilled water, the sort you might use in steam irons for exactly the same reasons. (This can be picked up very cheaply at Amazon here.) You also need 2 AA batteries for the facial cleanser – alkaline ones work better and for longer.

Setting up your equipment is quick and easy. I used the facial cleanser first to remove all grime from my face. I used Micellar water to remove initial make up, and then opted for the sponge attachment and an Elemis cream cleanser for a deep cleanse, using the number 1 setting. This actually feels really pleasant, you need to just press gently in a circular motion. If this hurts or stings, you are doing it too hard. If you are exfoliating the skin, I would recommend the slightly rougher texture of the brush. You can use this with a facial scrub on the number 2 setting and give you skin a real deep cleanse – perfect for removing those dead skin cells that leave our skin looking dull.

The next thing to use is the plug in hot and cold bar. This is to open the pores. To start the process switch to hot and wait for the red light. The bar will be hot within a minute and you can then use this to massage the skin. Be gentle and, if it feels too hot, take it away.

The steamer itself is a real surprise package. Forget those old fashioned machines where you had to virtually immerse your whole face, the Sensio Spa is much easier and more comfortable to use. Adding water is easy – it comes with a little pouring jug, again very similar to those used with a steam iron. Once you have filled up, you press the button on the front until it clicks and the water will start to warm up to create the steam. This happens very quickly, within a few minutes you have enough steam for a facial cleanse.

You can then use the machine. The steam nozzle is moveable, so you can put it into a place that is comfortable to you, and the steam should also be comfortable – don’t get too close or you will burn your skin, and don’t forget to move your face around so that the steam hits all areas of your face – you do not just want to steam the front, especially if your skin problems affect the extremities. I never steamed my face for any longer than 10 minutes, with 6-7 minutes being the average.

Once the process is finished, the hot and cold bar can be used again, this time to close the pores.  Change the setting to cold and wait for the green light, and again massage over the face. Finish with a gentle moisturiser.

For me, this product has worked very well. I like the pamper aspect of using the Spa, and find it all quite easy and straight-forward to use. I think it offers a much deeper cleanse and exfoliation than you can get from simply using products, and I like how clean and soft my skin feels after using it.  I did get an initial breakout, but have had these after salon facials, and know that this is your skin getting rid of impurities, dirt etc, and this didn’t happen after the first use.

The Sensio Spa is a great treatment which could be a fabulous present for Mother’s Day. I would totally recommend this.

 

 

Reviewed – Caviar Treatments from Skin Chemists

“My father was a Chemist and member of the Pharmacology Society of Great Britain graduating in 1958. In the 1990’s while I was working with him making a new formulation, we were talking about what makes a great formulation. He said to me, “Richard, when we’re making a skin treatment, you need to make it with passion, to make it with love, and make it knowing that your treatment is going to help many, many people.”

– Richard Walker, Founder & Managing Director

At the end of last year, I was introduced to the work of Skin Chemists, a company who are continually break barriers when it comes to creating effective and revolutionary skin care scientifically. I was sent a couple of products to test drive on my skin, skin which was being ravaged by a combination of illness, Christmas over indulgence and Winter weather and environmental issues. I have now been using the products for almost two months and I have been very impressed with the results and the formulations.

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Caviar Eye Serum

The Caviar Eye Serum is a product designed to ‘brighten, smooth and rejuvenate’ the delicate area around the eyes. I often work into the night and so dark shadows are a bit of an occupational hazard, so I was interested to see if there would be any effect.

Advanced Caviar Eye Serum £119 Click to visit Skin Chemists

Advanced Caviar Eye Serum £119 Click to visit Skin Chemists

I used the serum both morning and night, as often as I could, although the morning application sometimes got missed if I was running late. I cleansed and dried my skin before applying the serum, which comes in a very attractive, pump action bottle allowing you to get the right amount of serum for the eye area without waste.

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The serum contains caviar extract, a nutritious marine complex which helps to protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays, another great reason to apply this in the morning before you start your day. Another key ingredient is Seaweed Extract, which is both an anti oxident and helps to add hydration to the skin.

The consistency of the serum is like a gel. It has a lovely, fruity scent that is fresh and appealing, especially in the morning. It feels very cool and soothing when it is applied to the under eye area and the eye socket, I tap it into gently rather than rubbing it in, and find it is very soothing on tired eyes.

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The formulation is non-sting or irritating. I have used some eye creams that have left the skin tingling, but this is very gentle. It sinks into the eye area very quickly, and is definitely having an effect in making my eyes appear less tired and a little brighter. I’m finding myself using a lot less concealer in the mornings now.

Caviar Night Moisturiser

The Caviar Night Moisturiser promised to ‘replenish, revive and repair’. As well as the aforementioned cavier extract, the cream also contains Protease, which breaks down dead skin cells and balances natural PH levels, and also contains one of my fave ingredients, Shea Butter which is rich in Vitamins A and E and is a key for deeper hydration.

Advanced Caviar Night Moisturiser £109 Click to visit Skin Chemists

Advanced Caviar Night Moisturiser £109 Click to visit Skin Chemists

If you are aethestically minded, it has to be said that this cream is contained in a stunning spherical jar in silver that looks stunning, and would be a great addition to a bathroom shelf or a dressing table. Again, the cream has a lovely fruity scent that brings to mind apricot and strawberries, this makes it very pleasant to use.

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For a night cream I was surprised by just how light the formulation is, but once it is added to the skin it leaves you feeling very taut and nourished, you actually feel like you can feel the cream moisturising and really working. The cream sinks into the skin very quickly and easily, great if you are planning on going straight to bed after moisturising, and the formulation is also non greasy, with the skin feeling very soft once the cream is absorbed.

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I have to say I love this cream, it is such a gentle, easy cream to use and it does leave the skin feeling nourished and refreshed. This is non sticky, non greasy and non sting, and it really works. Add in the fact that it is paraban free and made in the UK, and you have a skin product that is a real hero in your regime.

Have you tried Skin Chemists formulations yet?

Are You Forgetting About Your Lips?

With so much emphasis on bold eyebrows and multi-step Korean skincare routines, the lips are becoming a bit of an afterthought. However, the lips are one of your most important assets. Kissable, soft and luscious lips should be a top priority of any beauty enthusiast.

That’s why we have made an easy-to-follow to-do list of proper lip care, from keeping the skin of the lips as soft as can be to dressing them up to dazzle everyone around you.

Step 1: Exfoliate

Just like your skin, your lips can get clogged with dead skin cells. Lips also tend to have dry skin on them from coming into contact with saliva so frequently.

Luckily, there are now many scrubs on the market that are made just for lips. These are non-toxic and gentle enough for delicate lip skin.

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Step 2: Moisturise

Lips need a ton of moisture as the skin can become dried and chapped easily. Finding a lip balm that uses rich moisturising ingredients like shea butter, beeswax and various oils is essential.

It’s also very important to choose a lip balm that protects your lips against sun damage. Choose an SPF of 15 or higher to adequately protect lips from harmful UV rays that can lead to skin cancer.

You should have a lip balm in your purse at all times in order to keep lips moisturised throughout the day.

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Step 3: Prime

If you plan on giving your lips a pop of color, prime your lips first with a lip primer. Just like a facial primer, the formula used in lip primers allows color to stick to the lips without smearing. It will also help color stand out.

Step 4: Colour!

A new lipstick shade can transform your entire vibe. Red lips can turn you into a sexy siren while soft peach tones can give you a feminine, ethereal look. When it comes to lipstick colors, never be afraid to experiment so that you may discover which shades best flatter your own unique style and coloring.

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Conclusion

We hope that this guide thoroughly illustrated all of the steps necessary to achieve gloriously beautiful and kissably soft lips. A gorgeous pair of lips can seduce the people around you and set the tone for your entire vibe. By following these steps, your lips will be in the best shape that they have ever been.