I started my hairdressing career in 2006 and since the age of 16 have understood the importance of looking after the hair you have, investing in various different products and treatments over the years I have seen what amazing transformations can be made with the right hair care regime.
Despite this knowledge and all my best efforts trying to educate clients, friends and family a like, I completely disregarded the importance of a nourishing skin care plan and make up kit. Throughout my teenage years and early teens I broke so many beauty rules, sleeping in make up, using no SPF and solely relied on wet wipes to cleanse my skin to name a few, without a care or worry in the world! I used thick scar camouflaging foundation and layered up mascara over mascara for days on end.
It wasn't until last year at the age of 24 when we re-launched as Glitterati Hair and Beauty and a team of Therapists joined us at the salon that I started to realise the effect these nasty habits were having on my skin. I wouldn't dream of putting my hair through this trauma, yet I was willing to abuse my skin!
I was intrigued into all these exciting new services we had to offer and products to buy. I divulged my deepest, darkest skin and make up secrets to our Beauty Manager Gemma who reassured me that I wasn't alone! I picked her brain for weeks and began to understand the importance of cleansing and a good moisturiser. I threw out all my wet wipes and vowed never to sleep in my make up. The importance of SPF became a priority and planned regular facials. I quickly learnt I was planning for the future and it is far better to prevent than cure problems in later life.
I fell in love with Environ, I quickly saw results with less break outs, reduced redness and was left with beautiful glow.
I strongly feel that educating myself with all this knowledge has helped me achieve my goals and prevented me from slipping back into bad habits.
Here are a few of my favourite Environ facts that helped me along the way...
The Sun and your Skin
We are increasingly aware of the dangers of excessive exposure to sunlight and especially the ultraviolet fraction of the light. These rays are the ones causing painful sunburn and over a period of time may damage skin cells and cause ageing and cancer.
The numbers of melanomas and other skin cancers are ironically still rising today, in spite of an anti-tan culture and very widespread use of predominantly UVB-absorbing sunscreens.
People need no more than 10 to maximum 15 minutes of direct sun exposure to face, neck and arms in near-midday sun to produce sufficient levels of vitamin D. At night vitamin A and antioxidants should be applied to restore the vitamin A content in the skin and to mop up any excessive free radicals accumulated during the day.
The importance of vitamin A
Vitamin A is the central driving factor in the development of normal, healthy human tissue including all parts of the skin, literally from conception to death. If vitamin A was to disappear from earth tomorrow for some mysterious reason, no more humans would be born in the normal, recognizable form any more. We are human because of vitamin A.
Vitamin A is essential to assist the basal cell layer cells to specialise into the various functional epidermal cells above it. This process happens approximately once per month to five weeks. Without vitamin A this would not happen effectively, and healthy, functioning layers would not form.
Skin becomes thin because of a general lack of vitamin A, sun damage, and loss of sex hormones, general ageing and excess exposure to cortisone. If the skin is not assisted by proper nutrition of all elements which contribute to healthy cell behaviour, the end result will be malnutrition. Just as humans become very thin when they are starving and undernourished, so too does the skin, when it lacks essential vitamins and nutrients.
Choose the right moisturiser
A good, nourishing moisturiser is crucial in preventing dehydration. "Choosing the best moisturiser for you should be a question of finding one which contains enough vitamin A and antioxidants to assist the skin in producing sufficient ceramide molecules to help regulate the skin's own sealant," says Eiselen. Those that simply make your skin feel smooth and have a pleasant fragrance are unlikely to do anything more than just that for the skin.
Moisturise morning and night. Using a moisturiser at night is important because skin cells do their repair work at night, regenerating and repairing cell damage, while destroying free radicals and producing collagen. A quality moisturiser protects your skin from environmental damage, provides nutrients for the skin and prevents a loss of moisture, thereby slowing down the ageing process.
My top three Environ Must haves to get you off to a great start are....
...1 AVST Cleansing Lotion
A gentle cleansing lotion that is effective in removing excess oils, make-up and other impurities without stripping the natural oils from the skin, leaving the skin soft and refreshed.
Helps maintain the natural acid balance of the skin as it does not contain any harsh chemicals or detergents.
Leaves the skin feeling gently cleansed and refreshed.
Promotes a radiant appearance.
...2 Colostrum Gel
Environ’s Intensive Colostrum Gel contains bovine colostrum in a non-greasy formula. Colostrum Gel contains a mild lavender fragrance.
Assists in soothing sensitive skin.
Helps to hydrate skin.
Environ RAD sunscreen is a sun protection cream. The sun filters and sun reflectants contained in this product provide a SPF 15 while natural antioxidant vitamins increase sun protection and assist in fighting free-radicals.
Contains organic sun filters, namely Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (UV-A) and, Octyl Methoxycinnamate (UV-B)
Contains antioxidants, beta-carotene and vitamins C and E.
Contains Titanium Dioxide
We hold various different Environ events regularly within the salon and we would welcome you along to try, test and pick our Beauticians Brains... Fall in love with Environ and enjoy beautiful skin.
Stay tuned for future dates and Free Environ Skin Scanning appointments!!!!!