Page Index

1:Christmas Gift Guide
2:Autumn Nail Care & Makeup Tips & Our favourite Product for beautiful skin this Autumn
3:How to Prepare for your holiday this Summer & Essential Man Maintenance
4: Nutrition Blog- Get Good Skin and Steps To A Regenerating Nights Sleep
5: Month of Celebrating Woman & The Enhance Bridal Beauty Checklist
6: Skincare in your 50's & Great reasons of why to start Laser Treatment now!
7: Skincare in your 40's & Skincare in your 30's
8: Skincare in your 20's & How to glow this Autumn- 6 tips for beautiful skin

9: What is feminine Rejuvenation & What you need to know about hygiene at your salon
10: Things you need to know about spray tanning & How to transition your skin from Winter to Spring
11: Crystal Clear Microderm Launch & 10 Most FAQ'S about Laser Hair Removal
12: Why Choose Enhance & Twilight Revamp Facial
13: Waxing Vs Laser for your hair Removal
14: 3 Tips for beautiful and healthy skin

Christmas Traditions at Enhance

'Precious Moments'


Our skincare brand have used these words in their Christmas advertising ‘Precious Moments’. December is about not only creating new special moments but also reflecting on the ones created over the year. This year we decided to open up a bit to you about how we personally like to celebrate our Christmases and what traditions we have in our homes. Christmas looks slightly different to everyone however one thing remains the same. It’s about time with your family, reminiscing over the past year and spreading joy to everyone you love. Whether that is a special gift, making their favourite food or spoiling them to their favourite glass of wine and movie. Here is what our staff have to say about their traditions and favourites at this time of year.

Katie

What is your favourite Christmas movie?
Home Alone

What do you most look forward to eating at Christmas Time?
Christmas Dinner

What is your favourite Christmas Song?
All I want for Christmas by Mariah Carey

What are you most thankful for looking back over 2019?
My baby girl Harper being born. She is amazing <3

What is your most important family tradition on Christmas day?
Spending the whole day wrapped in Christmas blankets, pyjamas and love

 

Zane

 What is your favourite Christmas movie?
Can’t decide between Home Alone and Love Actually
(I guess they are both very different so maybe we can count both!)

What do you most look forward to eating at Christmas Time?
Nut Roast with delicious veggies

What is your favourite Christmas Song?
Rockin Around the Christmas Tree

 What are you most thankful for looking back over 2019?
Creating beautiful memories with my family

What is your most important family tradition on Christmas day?
Not matter where we are or what we are doing- just being together with my loved ones laughing, playing games, eating and just having a relaxing and peaceful time together.

 

Claire

What is your favourite Christmas movie?
Love Actually

What do you most look forward to eating at Christmas Time?
My mum's Christmas stuffing

What is your favourite Christmas Song?
All I want for Christmas by Mariah Carey

What are you most thankful for looking back over 2019?
I am thankful for my daughter, my new home and gaining what I would call my freedom

What is your most important family tradition on Christmas day?
Getting drunk and fat!

 

Kim

What is your favourite Christmas movie?
The Holiday

What do you most look forward to eating at Christmas Time?
A traditional roast- lamb, roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings

 What is your favourite Christmas Song?
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas- Michael Buble

What are you most thankful for looking back over 2019?
I am thankful to God for helping me to get where I am today. I am happy to have fulfilled my dream of immigrating to the UK from South Africa and travelling with my husband.

What is your most important family tradition on Christmas day?
Most importantly we acknowledge that it is Jesus’s birthday. Secondly that it is my birthday. We always start with a prayer, then I open my birthday gifts first and then everyone else opens their gifts.

 

Steph

 What is your favourite Christmas movie?
A tough decision, but it has got to be Elf or Four Christmases

What do you most look forward to eating at Christmas Time?
Christmas Dinner of course!!

What is your favourite Christmas Song?
Last Christmas

What are you most thankful for looking back over 2019?
Becoming part of the Enhance Team and being able to progress with my career

What is your most important family tradition on Christmas day?
Watching my children open their presents and sitting down with all my family for dinner. Family is so important to me.

 

Hannah

What is your favourite Christmas movie?
Elf

What do you most look forward to eating at Christmas Time?
Christmas Dinner definitely!

What is your favourite Christmas Song?
All I want for Christmas by Mariah Carey

What are you most thankful for looking back over 2019?
I am thankful for my amazing family and friends 

What is your most important family tradition on Christmas day?
Being with family and playing games

 

Kate

What is your favourite Christmas movie?
The holiday

What do you most look forward to eating at Christmas Time?
Christmas Dinner

What is your favourite Christmas Song?
Feliz Navidad

What are you most thankful for looking back over 2019?
Being able to enjoy life in full health with friends and family 

What is your most important family tradition on Christmas day?
Spending time with my family

 

Charley

What is your favourite Christmas movie?
The grinch or elf

What do you most look forward to eating at Christmas Time?
Christmas Dinner

What is your favourite Christmas Song?
All I want for Christmas by Mariah Carey

What are you most thankful for looking back over 2019?
I am most grateful for all my friends and family

What is your most important family tradition on Christmas day?
Playing games with my family and watching the polar express.

 

Ellie

What is your favourite Christmas movie?
Polar Express

What do you most look forward to eating at Christmas Time?
Christmas Dinner

What is your favourite Christmas Song?
Mistletoe

What are you most thankful for looking back over 2019?
I am most grateful for all my friends and family

What is your most important family tradition on Christmas day?
Spending time and playing games with my family

 

Jenna 

 What is your favourite Christmas movie?
It has to be the Grinch or Elf

What do you most look forward to eating at Christmas Time?
Lots of sweets, chocolate and drinking lots of prosecco…with no regrets!

What is your favourite Christmas Song?
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Definitely gets me in the Christmas mood every time!!

What are you most thankful for looking back over 2019?
I am grateful for my little boy Reggie, my family and jumping through many hoops to get to where I am today! 😊

What is your most important family tradition on Christmas day?
Spending all day in pyjamas, opening presents and having Christmas movies on all day. Also love a walk after lunch with family and our doggies.

Christmas Gift Guide

We wanted to take the opportunity this month to showcase our brand new Christmas Gift Guide for 2019. We have a collection of treatments and gift ideas curated by the Enhance team. Give a gift of luxury, relaxation or a well-deserved pampering session for a friend or a loved one.

Gift Vouchers

If in doubt - you can never go wrong with a gift voucher. We offer gift vouchers that can be purchased for any treatment or amount you wanted.

Packages and Special Treatments

It's nice to gift someone you love with something they would never normally get or be able to get themselves. Here is a list of a few of our favourite packages and special treatments to really spoil your loved ones this Christmas.

Limited Edition Precious Moments Winter Package- Available in an Express or Luxury Version this package includes a hot stone back, neck and shoulder massage with a Limited Edition Precious moments Facial. The perfect winter warming treatment!
Express £79
Luxury £99

Laser Hair Removal Courses- We offer great flexibility on our laser hair removal courses and amazing offers. Get a course of 6 and only pay for 4, plus combine a few different areas for even more savings. Book in a consultation and patch test with our laser practitioner for more information. Visit our laser hair removal page for extra details.

Luxury Pedicure and Manicure- This is the ultimate of treatments for hands and feet. Including a full spa manicure and pedicure plus paint, this also has the added luxury of a hand and foot mask to intensify the overall treatment and experience. If you purchase both a manicure and pedicure together you will get 10% off the overall price.

Massage or Facial Courses- Visit our facial and massage pages for more information on the advanced range of treatments on offer. Courses of treatment can be purchased for 5 or 10 which include a free treatment. This is a great way to give a gift that lasts for 6-8 months and gives you the added complementary treatment.

Please give us a call for more information on any of the treatments mentioned.

Products

ESPA - a truly unique & luxurious gift
Every year ESPA offers the most amazing range of products and gifts for Christmas. Packaged beautifully and full of little treasures. All their products are full of wonderful aromatherapy oils to work on your mind and body. Listed here is their Christmas Range for this year.

HOME FRAGRANCE

Winter Spice Votive Candle 70g for £15 and Deluxe 410g for £45
The much-loved Winter Spice returns for 2019. Contains warming aromas of Sweet Orange, Clove and Cinnamon.

Winter Spice Diffuser £40
The newest edition to their most loved diffuser range in a limited-edition winter spice blend.

Trio of Light £45
Contains 70g votive candles in three signature fragrance oil blends. Soothing,Restorative and Energising.

LIFESTYLE GIFTS

Ultimate Sleep Collection £50 (Worth £100)
The perfect gift to complete your evening routine to relax your mind and body. This package includes Espa’s loved overnight serum, soothing bath oil, advanced night booster serum and a soothing votive candle. You will also get a Silk Sleep Mask to aid a beautiful night’s sleep.

Time for Sleep £22
The perfect mini kit to aid sleep over the festive period. Contains Soothing Bath Oil, Body Oil and Soothing Sleep Balm.

Time for Calm £22
The perfect mini kit to restore calm over the festive period. Contains Restorative Bath Oil,Body Oil and Limited-edition restorative Balm.

Pocketful of Joy £26 (Worth £43)
Housed in a beautiful reusable pouch bag containing three handbag essentials. Rejuvenating Hand Cream, Nourishing Lip Treatment and NEW Positivity Pulse Point Oil.

BATH AND BODY COLLECTIONS

Strength and Sculpt £50
Contains Fitness Shower and Body Oil plus a Muscle Rescue Balm. The perfect gift for active friends and family to soothe aching muscles.

Bergamot and Jasmine Shower and Hydrate £36
Featuring the beautiful bergamot and jasmine fragrance blend this package comes with a body wash and body lotion.

STOCKING FILLERS

Beauty Sleep £15
Housed in stunning ornamental packing to adorn your tree you will get a limited-edition sized Overnight Hydration Therapy and our most loved face mask.

Hand Cream Collection £13.50 each
Infused with Spongelle’s signature fragrances, these hand creams will help soothe, nourish and hydrate your hands and cuticles. The formula is enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter, Argan Oil and Macadamia Seed Oil.

Ornament Collection £8.50
Give your tree a Spongelle Twist with their range of hanging ornaments. These body wash infused buffers are beautifully packaged and smell amazing.

Body Contouring Glove £19
Enriched with natural skin toning ingredients and extracts of coffee and sea kelp these gloves help smooth areas prone to cellulite. They are also a great way to prep your skin for a spray tan or help exfoliate skin when the tan is fading.

Extra Opening Hours over Christmas and New Years

 

Days Hours
Monday 16th December 8:45am-6:00pm
17th-21st December Open as normal
Monday 23rd December 8:45am-6:00pm
Tuesday 24th December 8:45am-4:30pm
Saturday 28th December 10:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 31st December 8:45am-4:30pm
Wednesday 1st January Closed
from Thursday 2nd January Open as normal

 

Wishing you a magical festive season!
xx The Enhance Team xx

Autumn Nail Care & Makeup Tips

For our October blog we have focused on Autumn Nail Care at home. We have also put together a video tutorial done by our very talented makeup artist Emillie, giving you an insight into her favourite autumnal work. Coming into colder months its very important we know how to look after our nails at home and keep them moisturised and healthy. The dry cold weather can impact our hands and nails, plus effect how long your Gel varnish lasts. We have put together a few do’s and don’ts for nail maintenance at home. Whether your nails are natural, have polish or gel varnish on or you have extensions. The same rules apply!

Don’t
-Pick off your polish or fiddle with you nails too much. This can cause chips and damage to your natural nail.

- Don’t soak your nails in water for long period of time as this makes them softer and more likely to break/chip. Your nail bed is like a sponge and will absorb water.

- Remember your nails ‘Jewels not tools’, Don’t use your nails to open/turn things on/ avoid tapping your nails on hard surfaces etc. All of this can have an adverse effect on the health of your nails and how long your manicure lasts for.

Do
-Use cuticle oil daily. Any form of cuticle oil will work well however we highly recommend Jessica's Phenomen Oil which we use in all our professional nail treatments. It is an intense moisturising treatment that should be rubbed on the cuticle and around the nail bed. The best time to use it would be just before bed so it can work overnight. We sell retail sizes at the salon for only £9.50 and it should last you a few months at least.

- Have a nail file handy to file any chips or breakages evenly. This reduces the risk of you biting or fiddling with your nail and ripping it off too short.

- Use gloves when doing any washing up/housework/gardening etc. It will massively help keep your nails nicer for longer!

- Have your gel polish/extensions removed by a professional ONLY! This is very important as the removal method can seriously affect the quality of your natural nail underneath. Too much filing or drilling can cause damage. We sell 'Soak Off Kits' which you can purchase and take home to remove your gel polish at home with the correct product and tools. They are only £20 and the product will last 6-8 months if used often.

-Use a good hand moisturiser. Excessive washing can dry your hands and nails out. Coconut oil is a highly recommended option as a cheaper product that lasts a very long time as only a small amount is needed each time.
- Maintain a good manicure every 2-3 weeks to keep those hands and nails in tip top condition.
Please note: The same rules (mostly) can be applied to your feet and toenails. Pedicures however only need to be maintained every 6-8 weeks.

Eat well
Diet is very important to maintaining healthy nails alongside many other things. Protein is crucial, as are omega-3 fatty acids. Your nails can have various characteristics that affects their health. Eating the right foods can help hugely with this.
- Vitamin B reduces brittleness
- Zinc gets rid of white spots
- Iron prevents ridges from forming
- Calcium keeps them strong
- Vitamins A and C prevents dullness and drying.

Drink plenty of water also to stay hydrated.

Autumn Makeup Tutorial by Emillie.

We have a few tips for Autumn Makeup:

- It's very important when thinking about makeup in autumn to always ensure your skin is well hydrated BEFORE applying anything. When cooler months start to arrive it’s doubly as important to moisturise, moisture, moisturise! Doing so will allow your primer and foundation to spread more evenly across your skin without leaving any patchiness to the colour.

- We would all love to maintain our summer colour however your face will lose its colour the quickest. Come the change of season it’s important to get yourself a second shade of foundation matched to your current skin colour. There’s nothing worse than having a face colour completely miss-matched to the rest of your skin.

- Autumn is all about the sultry, darker hues. When it comes to lips and eyes you can wear them during the day as well as at night. During the day it is recommend to use lighter eye-shadow shades – think browns, golds, and yellows. For the night time darker colours such as purples, greys and blacks will help you get that beautiful, sexy look we all love.

Our favourite Product for beautiful skin this Autumn

This months blog we wanted to slowly introduce our beginning of autumn skincare tips. For meteorologists the official first day of autumn is the 1st September so what better way to get us into the autumn mood.

To start off with we wanted to let you know about a recent trial we did with skinade, which is a multi-award winning natural peach and mangosteen flavoured anti-ageing collagen drink. When purchasing products like this it is always a worry as to if they work? Do they genuinely make me feel and look better? Our salon owner Katie took up the opportunity by trialing it for a month. Skinade can be bought in a bottle form already mixed or a travel form which you mix with water at home-both forms have exactly the same efficiency. For skinade to be effective it needs to become part of your skincare regime. For best results, we recommend that you drink one bottle each morning before or with breakfast (5 days a week). We would advise avoiding caffeine 1hr each side of taking skinade as caffeine can hinder the absorption of the essential micronutrients and collagen. If you're feeling tired during the course of the day, the B vitamins in skinade will give you a natural energy boost.

Compared to a tablet the liquid formula in skinade offers a huge advantage in terms of absorption rates. Skinade functions isotonically ensuring that our collagen peptides and essential micro-nutrients achieve an absorption rate of 90-95% - A level that can never be matched by tablets, or powders suspended in solution.

So how does it work? The class-leading, 2kDal patented hydrolysed marine collagen peptides used in skinade trigger fibroblast proliferation (firing up our natural collagen production) leading to increased skin thickness and therefore a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. The hydrolysed marine collagen peptides also trigger the HAS2 receptors in the dermis which promotes the production of hyaluronic acid resulting in improved skin hydration. It also has six active ingredients that work synergistically to promote optimal skin function.

When I was asked to do the 30 day trial of Skinade I jumped at the chance. Having had a baby 9 weeks before my skin was dry, spotty and dull. 
I drank Skinade Monday - Friday and none at the weekend. 
I know to get the full effect it has to be a 12 week period but I honestly noticed the difference at just four weeks. 
My skin wasn’t as dry, my spots calmed down and looked healthier. 
I loved it! 
X Katie X

As part of welcoming our new Makeup Artist Emillie on the team we also wanted to quickly give you a palette to achieve Soft Autumn looks. For more information on what Emillie can offer you and to read a bit more about her story please visit our 'Meet the team' Tab on our website.

We hope you have found this blog informative and helpful. Please do get in contact with us for more information on anything discussed. Skinade can be purchased in the salon.
xx Much Love xx

How to prepare for your holiday this SUMMER

Preparing for your holiday doesn’t have to be last minute and stressful! We have created this blog to recommend the best treatments & products to help make you feel holiday ready! We have also put some handy tips in that you can do at home.

Fake it Don’t Bake it

If you’re not the type to tan quickly or easily and you would like to have the beautiful summer glow before you even arrive at your destination, we recommend getting a spray tan a day or so before you leave. If it also helps you not having the need to sit in the sun for longer periods of time and potentially causing damage to your skin, it's even more worth it. You will have an all-over beautiful glow. We also have our ‘Skin Radiance Glow’ package which is the most recommended for your tan. It includes a full body scrub to help prepare for a beautiful even tan, on beautiful smooth skin. The package is available to book for only £50.

On a side-note: ninety percent of wrinkles are from sun exposure, and it’s a lot easier to prevent the damage before it starts. So, it makes sense that wearing sunscreen is the single easiest way to prolong healthy, younger looking skin. It’s vital to apply an SPF all-year round. As a rule, apply every morning to protect your skin against UV rays. Reapply if you are outdoors for a long period of time. It’s also worth wearing sunglasses as they provide more protection against under-eye wrinkling and ageing than sunscreen. Make sure they protect from 99-100% of both UVA and UVB light.

We highly recommend our Crystal Clear 'Protect & Repair' SPF40.

The Best Foundation you can wear is Natural, Healthy Skin

When you are on a beautiful sunny, warm holiday the last thing you want to be doing is feeling the need to apply a full face of makeup every day. When swimming and tanning it will very quickly come off, plus it saves a lot of time and hassle. We would for this reason recommend having a few Crystal-Clear Microdermabrasion sessions before your holiday. This is a celebrity endorsed, award-winning and clinical skin-resurfacing treatment. It will help to smooth out your skins imperfections and give you a more glowing complexion. It is also a great treatment to book in after your holiday. Your skin's exposure to the sun and sea can mean a build-up of dry, slightly damaged skin that a microdermabrasion treatment would help reduce. You can have a quick 30min treatment or book in a full hour facial alongside the microdermabrasion. We also sell Crystal Clear products you can take on your holiday. Our favourite for the occasion would be ‘Skin Brightening Complex Cream’. It can be used daily to help give an immediate brightening effect on uneven skin tone. It can also help eliminate unwanted pigmentation, minimise open pores and provide an instant radiance. This product can be purchased in the salon.

Another highly recommended treatment to help give you beautiful, fresh glowing skin for your holiday would be our Skinceuticals Gel Peel. This express Mild Acid Peel (containing lactic acid and glycolic) is great for general skin concerns, and alongside the use of antioxidants helps to protect your skin. We also retail Skinceuticals products which we highly recommend using alongside your treatment. Speak to your therapist after treatment about what they recommend for your skin.

Stay Hydrated

Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes. It also assists in transporting nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, and preventing dehydration, which can cause premature aging. This magic stuff can even make skin appear fuller, since the hyaluronic acid that naturally exists in skin will pull in and hold the water for a wrinkle-plumping effect. Drink at least eight glasses of water each day to see the benefits, more if you’re active or on a sun-drenched holiday. To add a little flavour, try a skin-soothing tea like chamomile or mint.

Beauty's Best Kept Secret

We know you’ve heard it before, but it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. Whilst you sleep your skin rejuvenates. Your body’s cellular renewal team has the night shift, so this is when you want to equip your skin with as many nutrients and hydrating ingredients it needs to do a fine job. At least seven hours a night should do if you’ve been questioning how to get glowing skin. For this very reason a good over-night cream works wonders on your skin. We love our ESPA overnight hydration therapy which is infused with lavender to aid a peaceful night's sleep.

To book any treatment online mentioned in this blog go visit the website here

We hope this blog has given you some ideas that can be used to prepare your mind and body for your Summer Holiday this year. We wish you a wonderful and relaxing summer.

xx The Enhance Team xx

Essential Man Maintenance

The month of June we are dedicating to all the wonderful men in our lives. Husbands, dads, brothers and even grandfathers. With Father’s Day just around the corner we wanted to dedicate this blog to Men. It is so important that men know beauty treatments are not just for women. ‘Man Maintenance’ is a growing trend that means men can also feel pampered and well groomed without the stigma attached to it! Here at Enhance we welcome and have a whole load of treatments available for men. Read on to discover more about these treatments, and why is so important that men make time for body maintenance too.

Facials

Men’s skin, like women, is vulnerable to the same types of damage and results in the same, wrinkled, spotty and inflamed appearance unless maintained and looked after. Regular facials cleanses and hydrates your skin, deep cleans your pores and keeps your skin healthy. If you have facial hair, a steam facial will keep the hair soft and supple. We have a steam add on available on our Espa Personalised Facial which would be the perfect combination. This facial is not only very relaxing but will also include a cleanse, exfoliation, toning and a divinely relaxing scalp massage.

For a deeper clean we advise the Crystal-Clear Microdermabrasion. The treatment gently exfoliates the outer layers of skin and treats a vast array of skin concerns using a safe and controlled method of skin resurfacing. The benefits of microdermabrasion include softening fine lines, smoothing out coarse skin texture, reducing acne and pore size, helping to fade scars and brown spots and stimulates cell turnover and the creation of collagen.

A good and consistent facial routine at home will also help dramatically. Cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising are the basics to keep your skin healthy and fresh. We do sell products from our well-loved and used brand ESPA that are designed specifically for men. These include cleansers, exfoliators and moisturisers (please read on to the product section of this blog for more information)

Massage

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Everyone in some way can benefit from a good massage. It also helps to flush out toxins in your muscles and generally make you feel uplifted and refreshed. There are a few choices when it comes to massage we can offer you.

Aromatherapy massage (60mins) is a beautiful full body massage using a blend of individually chosen oils and techniques to suit the needs of your body and mind. From head to toe you will be taken into a perfect state of calmness and well-being with this luxurious massage treatment.

If you are looking for something a bit firmer and working more deeply on your muscles, we would recommend going for a Hot Stone or Deep Tissue Massage (60 mins-Full Body). These advanced treatments use more pressure and specialised strokes and techniques to reach deeper layers of your muscles. The Hot Stone massages also use warm volcanic stones to help relieve deep muscle tension. These treatments are best used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.

Nails
Nail Health affects us all and there is only one way to maintain and prevent it getting out of hand. Regular Manicures and Pedicures. We have many male clients who come regularly to maintain exactly this. Not only does it help to keep your nails groomed and maintained, studies show it also has mental benefits of relaxation.

Pedicures include toenails being clipped, filed/shaped and cleaned using the correct techniques to prevent ingrown nails and other foot issues. You will also get a foot soak, scrub and file to remove dry skin and calluses, plus a short foot massage to finish. Manicures like a pedicure include a nail clean and shape, soak plus some cream application to finish. We recommend having both treatments every 4-6 weeks to maintain.

Hair Removal
Laser and waxing

Hair removal is a chore for anyone and can be so difficult to maintain and keep up with. When it comes to hair removal, we have two possible options here at Enhance. The non-permanent option is waxing. The most common for men is chest, back and eyebrows. This is usually needed every 4-6 weeks depending on the speed of your hair growth. The brand we use is ‘Jax Wax Australia’. We love their products as they are gentle on your skin and give a beautiful, smooth finish. A more permanent option and long-term the most cost-effective method is laser hair removal. Our laser practitioner Claire has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area and can achieve amazing results for clients. We have the Cynosure Elite (an advanced and medical graded machine) which successfully treats areas of unwanted hair. Claire can treat areas such as the face, chest & back or hands and legs. With an amazing offer on a course of 6 (and only pay for 4) this is most definitely a treatment to consider when it comes to hair removal. Please also note Claire can do tattoo removal, thread vein removal plus treat pigmentation/sunspots. You can book in a consultation with Claire for a patch test and to ask any questions you may have.

Spray Tans

Another popular treatment for men and one that may seem surprising to some is spray tans. Having a beautiful, healthy looking glow is nice to have any time of year. Obviously it is more popular around summer months and a great way to prepare for a holiday. It also good to note that even over hairy legs or arms the tan will still come through!

Products

Just like woman it is important that men take care in their home skincare regime, and ensure they are using products suited to their skin. Having said that men’s skin has a different makeup to women. It is 25% thicker and has bigger and many more pores. These pores also produce much more sebum (so it is prone to be oilier). The differences between men and women's skin are caused by hormones, specifically testosterone. It is a good idea to go with a skincare that is designed for men. Here at Enhance we use a brand called ESPA who have a fantastic range of moisturisers, cleansers, exfoliators and shave mud all with the perfect combination of ingredients to suite the complex needs of men’s skin.

Invigorating Face Wash 150ml £25.00
Clarifying Skin Scrub 70ml £24.00
Dual-Action Shave Mud 200ml £23.00
Post shave Rescue 70ml £28.00
The Hydrator 35ml £32.00
Balancing Hydrator 70ml £40.00
Age-Rebel Eye Hydrator 25ml £38.00
Age-Rebel Moisturiser 35ml £41.00

We also sell Men’s Buffers which are very popular. Designed to be used in the shower these sponges cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise the skin.  Charged with exotic extracts, rich moisturisers and gentle cleansers they keep skin youthful & glowing use after use. The men’s buffers smell amazing and are only £13.50.

Nutrition Blog
Get Good Skin

Nutrition and Diet can play a key role in helping to improve your skin health. We have dived into the world of nutrition and got some very helpful suggestions on what to eat and why, plus some recipe ideas to give you some inspiration.

Fish

Fish, such as salmon, mackerel and herring, are excellent foods for healthy skin. They are rich sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are important for maintaining skin health.
The omega-3 fats in fish reduce inflammation which can cause redness and acne. They can even make your skin less sensitive to the sun's harmful UV rays.

Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary to keep skin thick, supple and moisturized. In fact, a deficiency in omega-3 fats can cause dry skin.
Some studies show that fish oil supplements may fight inflammatory and autoimmune conditions affecting your skin, such as psoriasis and lupus.

Fish is also a source of vitamin E, one of the most important antioxidants for your skin. Getting enough vitamin E is essential for protecting your skin against damage from free radicals and inflammation.
This type of seafood is also a source of high-quality protein, which is needed for maintaining the strength and integrity of your skin.

Lastly, fish provides zinc — a mineral vital for regulating inflammation, the production of new skin cells and overall skin health. Zinc deficiency can lead to skin inflammation, lesions and delayed wound healing.

Avocados

Avocados are high in beneficial fats and contain vitamins E and C, which are important for healthy skin. They also pack compounds that may protect your skin from sun damage.
Getting enough of the fats that come from avocado is essential to keep skin flexible and moisturized.

Avocados are also a good source of Vitamin E which works better alongside Vitamin C, both of which are found in avocados.
Vitamin C is also essential for healthy skin. Your skin needs it to create collagen which is the main structural protein that keeps your skin strong and healthy.

Walnuts

Walnuts are a very good source of essential fatty acids, which are fats that your body cannot make itself. They’re richer than most other nuts in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

A diet too high in omega-6 fats may promote inflammation, including inflammatory conditions of your skin like psoriasis. On the other hand, omega-3 fats reduce inflammatory in your body including the skin.

Walnuts are a good source of essential fats, zinc, vitamin E, vitamin C, selenium and protein — all of which are nutrients your skin needs to stay healthy.

Sweet Potatoes/Carrots

Beta-carotene is a nutrient found in plants. It functions as provitamin A, which means it can be converted into vitamin A in your body.

Beta-carotene is found in oranges and vegetables such as carrots, spinach and sweet potatoes. Carotenoids like beta-carotene keep your skin healthy by acting as a natural sunblock. When consumed, this antioxidant is incorporated into your skin and protects your skin cells from sun exposure. This may help prevent sunburn, cell death and dry, wrinkled skin.

High amounts of beta-carotene may also add a warm, orange colour to your skin contributing to an overall healthier appearance.

Broccoli

Broccoli is full of many vitamins and minerals important for skin health, including zinc, vitamin A and vitamin C.

It also contains lutein, a carotenoid that works like beta-carotene. Lutein protects your skin from oxidative damage which can cause your skin to become dry and wrinkled.

Broccoli florets also pack a special compound called sulforaphane which boasts some impressive potential benefits. It may even have anti-cancer effects, including on some types of skin cancer.

Sulforaphane is also a powerful protective agent against sun damage. It works in two ways: by neutralizing harmful free radicals and switching on other protective systems in your body.

In laboratory tests, sulforaphane reduced the number of skin cells killed by UV light by as much as 29%, with protection lasting up to 48 hours. Evidence suggests sulforaphane may also maintain collagen levels in your skin. In laboratory tests, sulforaphane reduced the number of skin cells killed by UV light by as much as 29%, with protection lasting up to 48 hours. Evidence suggests sulforaphane may also maintain collagen levels in your skin.

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Steps To A Regenerating Nights Sleep

Modern-day life is so busy and our minds can have a tough time keeping up. Having downtime and rest is so vital for our health and well-being. Sleep is something many of us struggle with so we thought of a few tips to help improve your routine and ensure a good night's sleep every night!

Relax yourself in your room making sure the ambience is tidy, dark and at a warm temperature. Be aware that mobile phones pump out electromagnetic radiation whenever they're on and emit radiation due to transmission signals. So it is best to keep them out of the bedroom!

Maintain a consistent routine when it comes to winding down, this could involve having a bath and then reading a chapter of a book or drinking a chamomile tea before turning off the light.

Scientists have found a direct correlation between anxiety and rhythm of sleep. When a person is anxious their heart rate increases which causes the brain to ‘race’. An alert mind produces beta waves making you far too stimulated to sleep. To make matters worse an active brain triggers other worries, so it’s even harder to achieve sleep. Here are some ways to reduce and eliminate anxiety: -carry out a yoga routine and/or meditate in candle light before getting into bed - listen to an audio book or relaxing sedative podcast - commit yourself to a self referral for CBT.

The best foods for sleep include milk, cherries, chicken and rice. Fatty meat, curry and alcohol are some of the worst. Some people choose not to eat after 6pm as late meals can make it difficult to sleep. However, if you are eating before bed remember that there are three main chemicals that promote good sleep: tryptophan, serotonin and melatonin. Here’s how you can include them in your diet and how they work together to help induce sleep:

Tryptophan
All proteins involve amino acids, and tryptophan is one of them. It is however the rarest amino acid, but it can still be found in turkey and chicken as well as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts and beans. Milk also involves a small amount of tryptophan. When this chemical reaches the brain it converts into serotonin.
Serotonin
You may be most familiar with this sleep-promoting chemical which is connected to drugs like Prozac. Serotonin carries messages between neurons and other cells, and when levels are decreased individuals can feel anxious, depressed and crave carbohydrates. At night time serotonin undergoes metabolic changes to become melatonin, the chemical that induces sleep.
Melatonin
Melatonin is a hormone that helps to regulate the body’s circadian rhythm, promoting a restful sleep. The best way to ensure optimal melatonin production is to sleep in a dark environment. Even low amounts of light can suppress the production of melatonin which not only affect sleep, but has other health consequences too.

We can also offer plenty of dietary advice to help you sleep better:

-Always combine a protein food with a low to medium glycaemic index carbohydrate. This helps optimise tryptophan levels.

-Avoid stimulants like caffeine and cigarettes.

-Avoid sedatives such as sleeping pills and alcohol to help you sleep. They have short term benefits and long term counter effects, such as dependency.

-Don’t buy melatonin supplements online. They are only available on prescription in the UK. Taking prescribed melatonin will disrupt your own natural melatonin production and potentially suppressing your ability to generate this important hormone.

-Don’t stop taking sleep medication suddenly. The best course of action is to speak to a doctor and develop a strategy to slowly wean yourself off in a healthy manner.

-Changing your diet can help you sleep, but it takes time. Start a sleep diary to keep track of your progress and don’t give up if you see no sudden improvement – sleeping soundly takes practice!

Invest in a good mattress and a weighted blanket to allow a deep pressure stimulation to promote calming.

Check out our aromatherapy oil blends to make! Essential oil diffusers release a  natural remedy to enhance a better nights sleep and to reduce anxiety. We have put together three powerful blends for you to try out in your room.

We hope this blog has given you some helpful information and tips. Here is to an April of good sleep!
xx The Enhance Team xx

Month of Celebrating Women

March 2019

Spring is finally here and we have a lot to feel happy and grateful for. This month we are celebrating women. The women we love, who inspire us, who raise us and support us. As we think about those women we should remember that we are that person to someone else too. At Enhance Aesthetics and Beauty we are all about self-love and self-care. As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup! So let's remember this month to take care of ourselves and all those lovely ladies in our lives.

We are celebrating International Women's Day on the 8th March and of course Mother’s Day on the 31st March.

Sending love to you all.
xx Enhance Aesthetics and Beauty xx


The Enhance Bridal Beauty Checklist

First comes proposal, then all the planning including your bridal beauty routine. We can make your planning a little easier with this beauty checklist to help you feel confident - your wedding day is your time to shine, so you will want to look beautiful and glowing on your special day.

However much time you choose to spend on your pre-wedding routine is totally up to you. We are here with our recommendations if you wish to enhance your beauty routine, to follow you through to the final touches.

6 months before

FACIALS. A beautiful, flawless skin will make your makeup look much better and we know it will give you that extra confidence boost. Choose a facial that's best suited for your skin type. We then recommend maintaining it once a month as your skin regenerates over this time period. Our
 Enzyme Peel (75min, £75) in particular is a wonderful facial that will provide the best results for all skin, leaving it glowy and ready for makeup application.

HAIR REMOVAL. If you are thinking about a permanent hair removal technique, we suggest starting your laser hair removal as soon as possible. As a general rule it takes 6-8 sessions to achieve the best results and they are recommended to be had at  4-6 week intervals. See our laser hair removal pricing and ongoing special offer here: https://www.enhanceyou.co.uk//services/aesthetics-laser-treatment/

RELAXING. We know that wedding planning can get stressful. We are absolutely sure that your wedding day will be gorgeous and you will have the best time. It's important however to make sure that you don't spend the months leading up to the wedding stressed and worried. We truly recommend that during the planning process you also take time to slow down, take care of your body and just simply enjoy a little pampering. 

We offer a list of wonderful relaxing treatments including Full Body Aromatherapy Massage (60 min, £60) , Full Body Hot Stone Massage (60 min, £70), Holistic Healing (2h, £99) package and others.

3 months before

LASHES. Trial a range of lash treatments that appeal to the look you wish to achieve. Extensions or LVL lash treatment means no mascara tears if you get emotional, therefore you don't have to worry about ruining your makeup.

We offer Novalash Individual Eyelash Extensions which are perfect if you are wanting a little enhancement to your natural lash look and are done on a one extension, to one natural lash basis.

Russian Volume Eyelash Extensions are an amazing extension technique which gives clients a full, high impact glamorous look. These are hand made, lightweight fans created to suite you. For best results we recommend infilling them every 2-4 weeks.

LVL Enhance Lash Lift Treatment straightens your natural lash at the root creating the effect of longer, lifted and thicker lashes. With the addition of a lash tint your lashes will always be ready to go without the need for mascara. This treatment is perfect for those clients who are looking for an enhancement without any maintenance or extension. This treatment can last for us to 6 weeks.

EYEBROWS. This is also a great time to start maintaining your eyebrows and start making regular brow grooming appointments if you wish to achieve a beautiful shape that you are happy with on your wedding day. Say no to tweezers and see an experienced professional to achieve a beautiful shape with definition.
Learn more about our lash and eyebrow treatments: https://www.enhanceyou.co.uk//services/beauty/

3 weeks before

SKIN. Add that beautiful glow to your skin with a little help from a spray tan. We definitely recommend trialing your tan, just to be sure that you know exactly what shade you wish to achieve and also to feel confident on your wedding day. Beautiful, sun-kissed skin will add to your glow.

For optimum results we suggest that you choose the Skin Radiance package (45 min, £45) - it gently exfoliates and preps your skin for a natural colour.

3 days before
The special day is just around the corner and it's time to get head to toe ready. We recommend booking your final touch up appointments for lashes and spray-tan and now it's also the best time for your mani and pedi.
TIP: We recommend that you create your mini beauty routine plan with your beauty therapist and ask them to help you book the treatments in a way that it benefits you best. Start from the final treatment and simply make your bookings backwards to the day you wish to start prepping for your effortlessly beautiful wedding look.

You are now ready to walk down the aisle and enjoy the most beautiful day!

P.S. You can also arrange bridal packages for you and your bridesmaids. Turn it into a fun day of pampering with bubbles and great conversations on the side. Whatever you need we can create the perfect bridal experience for you. We can organise bridal parties with your choice of treatments, as well as specially designed individual packages to pamper you to perfection for your big day. Our salon is beautifully designed to make the experience very social and extremely relaxing.

Call reception at 01342 301544 or email us at reception@enhanceyou.co.uk for any further details. We are always here to help!

We've teamed up with our friends from the Dear Diary team and are happy to offer all of you beautiful brides 20% off on their Wedding Journal to help you get excited about planning that magical day. Use ENHANCE20 code at the checkout for the discount: www.thedeardiary.com/shop


Stay fabulous at 50! As we've already discussed in the previous posts, skin concerns are present at any age, any decade and the most important thing to remember when addressing them is the same - find and maintain the most beneficial and best skincare routine to match your age and its set of challenges and concerns. Here are some tips to help you have a healthy-looking skin and love the look of your skin at this decade.

What happens to your skin?
50's comes with a big decrease in collagen and loss of elasticity for nearly all women, which is affected by menopause. This is a decade of hormonal up's and down's, so it's no surprise that your skin has a lot to deal with and could really use your help and care to make it look its best and healthiest. This results in decline in estrogen (causing decline in collagen production) as well losing its elasticity and moisture.

Eye Care
In this decade it's essential that you step up your eye care, as signs of ageing are now much more visible. Using a special anti-ageing cream will boost hydration and help brighten up your under-eye area. This is also beneficial for helping reduce wrinkles and dark circles. Use products that contain collagen boosters, for example - retinols, peptides or glycolic acid.

Exfoliation
Exfoliation is also a must-do since it gets rid of dead skin cells and stimulates collagen production. This also creates a canvas for letting your anti-ageing products penetrate more effectively. Be sure to exfoliate at least twice a week to shed old surface cells that might be making your skin look dull. To add an extra hydration, add a hydrating mask after exfoliation.

Serums
Serums should be a staple product in your skin care routine as they have lots of anti-aging benefits - filled with antioxidants (which helps with hydrated and brightness). Look out for serums with retinol, Vitamin C as well as hyaluronic acid which is great for dehydrated skin as it has the ability to hold moisture for days. Serums are an amazing way to restore your complexions elasticity and an easy way to get back your bright and glowing skin. Use serums overnight that penetrate deep into the layers of your skin and lock in the beneficial ingredients.

Moisturising
Just like every other decade, moisturising still stays as one of the most important steps in your routine at any age. Dry, dehydrated skin will highlight uneven skin tone and wrinkles even more, so be sure to choose a good moisturiser that's formulated specifically for your skin type.

Pay attention to your neck
Do you need a separate cream for your neck? No, but you do need to pay attention and apply something on your neck daily. With so much focus being on our face we often forget that our necks have very thin skin and have a strong gravitational disadvantage, which will clearly show the signs of ageing - wrinkles, dryness and sagging. Add a generous dose of a rich cream daily.

Treatments
One of the best treatments we suggest for this decade are our Caci Non-Surgical Lifting and Advanced Skin Treatments. It's a highly regarded micro-current system which improves muscle tone and can improve particular skin concerns. For best results, we do offer having a full course. The Synergy Facelift is especially great for your skin in 50's as this treatment combines facial muscle toning with the benefits of skin rejuvenation.It also introduces light therapy which soothes and calms redness, kills acne bacteria, speeds up cell renewal and stimulates collagen production. The treatment also includes an ultrasonic peel and microdermabrasion to exfoliate, leaving a brighter, smoother complexion. Caci’s unique wrinkle comb will then be used to plump out deep lines or wrinkles, and triggers tissue repair and healing.Finally, your therapist will use a full-face hydro-mask to deliver intense skin hydration for dehydrated and sun damaged skin. The mask contains collagen which leaves you with plumper and smoother skin. After a course of treatments, you can expect to see a more youthful and toned appearance with glowing, healthy skin. for more information visit this part of our website.

This post concludes our skincare series. We hope you found our advice helpful and have started to apply some of the tips for a younger, healthy looking skin. As always, please feel free to contact us for any other recommendations or book a consultation with our therapists.

Remember that confidence and self-love is a sign of true beauty. Embrace each chapter of your life and fall in love with giving your mature skin the best care and treatment.


Thinking about getting laser treatment? NOW is the best time - here are some great reasons: 

1- It takes on average around 8 sessions to successfully reduce hair to its maximum level. So, starting in the Winter means by Summer you are almost done with your course and the hair is looking minimal at this point

2-Claire our laser practitioner will advise what is best for you, but avoiding sun exposure as much as possible before and after treatment is advised. This makes an ideal scenario to safely prepare for summer holidays.

3- Laser treatment allows for skin renewal, causing new and healthier cells to grow. The vulnerable new cell needs protection from harmful UV rays to prevent any sort of damage. It becomes much easier to accomplish this goal during wintertime when staying inside and covered up is easily accomplished. 

4- The best time to invest in laser hair removal is primarily the wintertime, naturally the skin is kept cool and therefore gaining a flawless finishing result.


So far we've looked at skincare in your 20's, 30's. Next up - skincare in your 40's. As this decade starts, your skin won't recover from environmental and lifestyle factors (such as lack of sleep, long working hours) as it did in your 30's and 20's. Your skin is at its best when your oestrogen levels are high and when the levels of this hormone starts to decrease, you can expect the loss of the luminosity and also loss of collagen. Collagen is responsible for keeping our skin plump and smooth. As its levels deplete, skin begins to sag and lines start to show.

The good news is that there are strategies and routines that you can implement in your daily life that will help boost your skin's repair. Read on to find out our skincare tips for beautiful and glowing skin in your 40's.

The very first tip - take a good look at your current skincare products and evaluate whether they are performing the way you want them to. Perhaps it's worth getting a consultation with your beauty therapist and get their advice on the skincare products you are using currently and whether they are most suitable for your skin.

The main thing you'll be combating at this stage of your life when it comes to skincare is dryness, dull skin and wrinkles and lines becoming deeper. So your skincare routine should include cleansing, exfoliating, toning and using a good moisturiser.

Cleansing
Your 40's will require you to spend more time on cleansing and also choosing a really nourishing cleanser. You want to make sure you don't strip natural oils of your skin,  so a gentle cleanser is the best choice. Your skin needs more hydration and the ideal formulation for this would be a cleansing balm.

Moisturising
Even though a moisturiser is an essential skincare product for every decade, it's important that in your 40's you make sure that you are using a rich moisturiser that hydrates your thirsty skin and gives it that luminous appearance.

Eyes
Now, even more than in your 30's, your eyes will need more careful attention and care. You should start applying an eye serum to this delicate area as well as your eye moisturiser to keep it as hydrated as possible. Combine that with a healthy lifestyle choice of drinking plenty of water and getting a good night's sleep.

Massage
Your lymphatic system is in charge of getting rid of toxins and by your 40's, it's starting to slow down. This is the reason you may notice more puffiness around your cheeks and eyes. Any time you cleanse or moisturise your skin, be sure to massage your skin.

Treatments
A couple of treatments that we recommend for you in 40's, being especially beneficial are Advanced Glow Facial and Enzyme Peel Facial. Advanced Glow Facial instantly brightens and revitalises skin's complexion. It's ideal for skin that looks a little dull. We also use a mask that lifts and smoothes skin, then a concentrated serum boosts and energises the complexion, leaving skin looking radiantly healthy.

Enzyme Peel Facial is an extremely powerful and highly effective facial is designed to boost cell regeneration and give an instantly smooth, radiant complexion. Rose Quartz crystals that we use in this facial help cool and calm, while a lifting and smoothing mask gives your skin a more plumped and firmer appearance.

If you would like to know more information on best treatments specifically for your skin type, please feel free to call us at 01342 301544 or email reception@enhanceyou.co.uk. We are always here to advise on the best treatment for you.

Our main advice is to do your best to take care of your skin and give the best nourishment, but also remember that you can age beautifully. None of us will be young forever, but we can enjoy our life, laugh a lot and remember to give a little TLC so your skin is healthy and glowing.


Life in 30's brings a whole new range of skin concerns that you should keep in mind and do your best to avoid. Kids, career moves, stress and hormonal swings are all challenges that can create a havoc on your skin. The skin doesn't repair itself as good as it did in your 20's, so it's definitely a decade to up your skincare game and be more mindful about your decisions when it comes to taking a good care of your skin.

The main focus should be towards anti-ageing. Start using products that target fine lines, dark spots and any other signs of aging. Here are some habits that you can implement as well as products we recommend using to maintain a beautiful, youthful and radiant skin.

Hydration

The eyes usually show the first signs of ageing. A very simple yet effective way to prevent fine lines and dark circles is drinking plenty of water. Properly hydrating your internal organs will have a positive impact on the health of your skin.

Skincare products

Cleansing daily is a must, so investing in a good quality daily cleanser that's specific to your skin type is definitely a great idea. Just like in your 20's - using the moisturiser is absolutely essential. Our advice is to find a moisturiser that hydrates your skin and addresses your specific skin concern whether it's enlarged pores, fine lines or dull skin.

Absolutely invest in a well-formulated eye cream and be sure to use it daily. The eye ara has no oil glands, which is the reason it shows the signs of aging first. Apply it only to the orbital bone around your eyes.   "

Up your skincare game and use masks and peels to fight uneven skin tone, dryness and increased sensitivity. Peels or masks are a great step to include in your weekly skincare routine. As an additional step, we also suggest that you include retinol in your skincare routine. It's known as vitamin A and contains ingredients that helps boost cell regeneration, reduce blemishes and target signs of aging. In general, opt for products that are vitamin rich which will help maintain skin's strengths and elasticity. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant and Vitamin E helps replenish your skin.

In your 30's cell metabolism starts slowing down, which means that cells aren't replacing themselves as regularly as they used to, so a gentle exfoliation is also recommended.

Treatments

Specifically for this age group, we recommend Advanced Glow Facial and Enzyme Peel facial. Instantly brighten and revitalise the complexion with the powerful and highly effective facial - Advance Glow Facial. This tailored treatment is ideal for skin that looks a little dull. A Mulberry, Bearberry and Liquorice treatment mask refines and instantly revitalises a dull, tired complexion followed by a soothing massage using Rose Quartz Crystals to cool skin while enhancing tone. A second mask then helps lift and smooth skin before a concentrated serum boosts and energises the complexion, leaving skin supple and looking radiantly healthy.

Advanced Enzyme Peel is an extremely powerful and highly effective facial that is designed to boost cell regeneration and give an instantly smooth, radiant complexion. A deep brush cleanse is followed by an intense Enzyme Peel containing botanical extracts and Pumpkin Enzymes to deeply exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. After a soothing massage using Rose Quartz Crystals to help cool and calm, a Lifting and Smoothing Mask is applied, containing concentrated Seaweed Extracts, Argan Oil and Menthol, to give your skin a more plumped and firmer appearance.

If you would like to have more information on specific products that we recommend specifically for your skin type as well as what treatments would work best for you, please book our free skin analysis consultation and we’ll be able to give you our best advice.


So this one is for all of you in 20's. The good news is - when it comes to skincare, in 20's the less is more. During your 20's the immune system is strong and it's going the work naturally. However, if you want to keep your skin healthy, you should stick to skincare habits that will help maintain its youthful glow - it's a decade to seriously rethink and adjust your skincare. Here are a few tips and important reminders that will help you maintain a beautiful and youthful skin in your 20's.

Upgrading your products
Your 20's is time to upgrade your skincare collection to one that's professional, consisting of high quality ingredients that target specific concerns. At this age, your skin is slowly starting to age and it needs products that can help rejuvenate it. We are big fans of Crystal Clear and ESPA skincare ranges, as they offer collections that target specific skin concerns and you can find something for every age.

Your lifestyle
These tips might sound self-explanatory but we can't stress enough - beautiful, healthy and glowing skin starts from within so it's extremely important to be mindful about what you put into your body. Drinking water and eating healthy, nutritious food plays a huge role in how our skin looks, mainly to help it keep hydrated and nourished.

Exercise helps get rid of the toxins in your body as well as improves blood circulation. Also, don't underestimate the need for a good night's sleep. Your body and skin heals and regenerates in your sleep and it's also the perfect time to do some skincare routines by applying overnight masks, deep moisturisers or serums and let them do their magic overnight.

Important do's and don'ts
You should not be be focusing too much on anti-ageing products at this age, as they are formulated for more hormonal skin. If you start using anti-ageing products too early, your skin will start relying on them and stop doing its natural work due to those products containing active ingredients. Stay away from too much exfoliation and intense facials/peels, as they might be too harsh for a younger skin.

When it comes to removing your makeup, be aware that intense rubbing can strip away natural oils and irritate your skin. Choose good quality make-up remover and cleanser to make sure that your makeup comes off easy, without rubbing and takes it all off, as there is nothing worse than going to bed with a skin that's not fully cleansed. Another quick and simple tip is to pat your face with a towel, instead of rubbing it - do your best to avoid any kind of irritation.

Sunscreen
We all love and enjoy a holiday in the sunshine, but more often that not we forget to protect our skin and apply sunscreen, as we're rushing to get that summer tan on. However, the consequences of not applying SPF will definitely start showing in your 30's - this includes dark spots, fine lines, pigmentation and dark circles.

SPF is not something we should be thinking about during summer holidays only. It's also highly recommended to choose makeup products that contain at least SPF 20 since we are exposed to sunlight all year round.

Know what your skin needs
Last but not least, the best tip we can give you is - know your skin. That means knowing your skin type, your main skin concerns, as it will help you choose beauty and skincare products that are safe and most suitable for your skin. Your 20's is the best time to start applying a proper beauty routine. Enjoy your beautiful skin and reward it with taking a great care of it to avoid any problems later on. If you would like to have more information on specific products that we recommend specifically for your skin type as well as what treatments would work best for you, please book our free skin analysis consultation and we'll be able to give you our best advice.


Glow This Autumn - 6 Tips for Beautiful Skin

The signs of seasonal change are all around - the temperature is dropping, the days are getting shorter & darker and the air becomes drier. At this time of transition we should be especially aware of how this change affects your skin and what you need to do to protect it. Even though spring and summer feels wonderful and the sun warming our skin makes a positive difference in how we feel physically and emotionally, these warm and sunny months actually are likely to put our skin through damaging UVA exposure, which leaves pigmentation, dryness and sensitivity. It's important that your skin care routine helps to correct any damage that might have occured in the summer and prepare your skin for the colder weather ahead.

Autumn is the perfect time to take a good care, rejuvenate and repair your skin. To adjust your skin care routine for the autumn months, we suggest following these skin care tips:

1) EXFOLIATING

Exfoliation is essential. It helps us get rid of the old skin cells and reveal new and healthy skin cells underneath that layer. It also helps minimise the build-up caused by oils. If not prevented, this can result in blemishes and blackheads. One of the many great effects of exfoliation is making your complexion look rejuvenated, glowing and smooth.

Our recommendation: Use ESPA Refining Skin Polish. It's a deeply cleansing, fine exfoliator to smooth out dull or congested skin. Use a small amount over a damp face, neck and decollete working in small, circular movements, then rinse away with lukewarm water. If you have redness and sensitivity, choose ESPA Hydrating Cleansing Milk instead for a gentler, calming exfoliation.

2) MOISTURISING

This is the second essential step in your autumn skin care routine that you can't miss. Most importantly - choose a moisturiser that suits your skin type best. Choosing the wrong product may lead to producing excess oil, which will make your skin loose glow and look unhealthy. If you are not sure about your skin type, we advise you to book a Skin Analysis consultation here at Enhance. We will help you determine your skin type as well as recommend the best products specifically for your needs.

The right moisturiser will help you repair damage caused by different elements in the summer months, restore balance and also protect your skin against environment. Moisturising will also compliment all the hard work you put in during your cleansing routine. The best time to apply moisturiser is once you've cleaned your skin - right after your shower or bath and it's essential that moisturiser is used every single day.

3) SUNSCREEN

Now that the days are gloomier and the sun is not shining so often, we can easily forget about using SPF. Ultraviolet rays penetrate through the atmosphere no matter the season. It also happens on both clear and cloudy days, hence you should definitely not neglect including SPF in your daily skincare routine and must make sure to use even low SPF.

4) PROTECT YOUR LIPS

Cracked and split lips are so common during the colder autumn season and can make us feel and look like autumn dryness and cooler air is leaving a negative effect on our skin. Don't let it happen and protect your lips by moisturising them with a rich and nourishing balm. Keep this in your bag, so that you can always use it on the go.

Our recommendation: Use ESPA Skin Rescue Balm. It is great for avoiding chapped lips and make them feel smooth, healthy and moisturised.

5) EXTRA PAMPERING - MASKS & SERUMS

On those self-care Sundays, turn your skincare routine into a little pampering session and give it extra boost of care, nourishment and rejuvenation. This can be done with rejuvenating masks or serums.

You can use a mask once of twice a week. This will improve the overall look and feel of your skin, leaving ir radiant, smooth and healthy-looking. Masks are also great when it comes to managing excess oils and minimising pores.

Facial serum is another great product that will give that extra care to your skin. What's great about them is that they pack a big punch in a small bottle as they deliver high concentration of both antioxidants and vitamins. One bottle will last for months and will give you great results when it comes to improving sun damage and fighting the appearance of aging skin.

6) SPECIAL TREAT AND PROFESSIONAL CARE

It's so important to take a great care of your skin daily and incorporate all the above mentioned steps. However, sometimes (especially during this transitional time when the skin can be extra sensitive and lacking nourishment) it needs professional help and more effective treatments every few months. We want to help you feel and look your best, and we have created a special treatment for the autumn months that will help you feel like you are taking charge of your skin and you are not giving into the negative effects of the change of the season on your skin. Come and try out our Radiance Reviver (available from 1st of September - 31st of November).

The Radiance Reviver includes - ESPA Enzyme Peel Facial and Hydrating Hand and Arm Treatment. The facial will provide instant results and supercharge and renew your skin leaving it feeling glowing and radiant. This treatment uses pumpkin enzymes to exfoliate and brighten all skin types. Clear your skin off any build up from the summer months. You will also enjoy a soothing Rose Quartz Crystal massage and a smoothing and lifting face mask which uses concentrated seaweed extract, argan oil and menthol to plump and firm. The hand and arm treatment will treat you a gentle exfoliation which will remove any dead skin cells and renew your skin's appearance. After this, your arms will be hydrated with deeply nourishing body cream and a collagen infused therapy glove will be applied and left to work it's magic leaving your hands feeling so soft!

We hope this blog post gives you a little extra inspiration to take an even better care of your skin. Should you have any questions or need any advice, please feel free to reach out to us at reception by popping in, giving us a call at 01342 301544 or e-mailing reception@enhanceyou.co.uk .


What is Feminine Rejuvenation?

Our bodies constantly undergo physical change - whether we are in your twenties or sixties. Ageing is a part of our life and the first signs will show in wrinkles, loss of collagen and elastin - all changes that happen through our skin. We all know and expect these changes, however, it doesn't make them any more pleasant or wanted. Luckily, there are non-invasive treatment options available for those who wish to make a difference in looking and feeling younger taking a proactive approach to physical ageing.

New treatment by Dr Santhosh

We are beyond excited to be launching a brand new treatment at Enhance from this September - Feminine Rejuvenation by our one and only wonderful Dr Santhosh. As a GP interested in women’s health, our Dr. Santosh sees a lot of women suffer from issues ‘down below’. This could be due to childbirth, menopause or just natural ageing. We've answered some of the most frequently asked questions about the procedure.

What is Votiva?
It is the latest and most innovative technology on the market for feminine rejuvenation. Votiva is a treatment that works to help provide rejuvenation to both external and internal vaginal issues, all without the need for surgery. The procedure last up to 30 minutes, which is an amazing benefit comparing to surgery.

How does it work?
Radiofrequency  energy has been used  successfully for years on the skin to lift  firm and tighten. It delivers controlled energy to break up the collagen and stimulate the re synthesis thus improving the strength and firmness of the tissue. Votiva is a new treatment  which uses this principle to deliver radiofrequency energy and thus improve the laxity and thus strength of the vaginal wall. This treatment is extremely versatile in treating a variety of concerns and is valuable for women in different stages of life. Dr Santhosh will meet with you prior to treatment to check eligibility and discuss your specific concerns to create a personalized treatment plan that you feel great about.

Who can benefit from this treatment?
-Women wanting to boost already healthy sexual life
-If you are experiencing low levels of sexual interest
-You have low pelvic floor strength or muscle tone & elasticity
-If your blood flow is low
-Experience low sensitive
-You have pain (in cases, where other medical causes have been excluded)

How soon can I see results?
It offers immediate results which continue to improve  over time.

Is this procedure painful?
The laser energy that emits the heat does not cause any pain, therefore the procedure is painless and non invasive with no down time. You can expect to feel a warming sensation during each Votiva session.

How long does it take?
The treatment will be administered after comprehensive history taking and assessing the eligibility. It does not take more than 30 minutes.

How often do I need it?
One treatment gives good results but it can be reinforced by regularly treatments every year or sooner.

What's the aftercare?
Treated area will heal over the next few days after the procedure. You must avoid hot baths and sexual contact for 72 hours.

How do I know that this treatment is right for me?
Votiva treatment can provide great results for those who have been through menopause, women who have given birth or anyone who is experiencing symptoms such as low pelvic floor strength, low blood flow, low sensitivity and low levels of sexual interest.

What's the price of the treatment?
It is £700 for a single treatment.

This is an advanced treatment that leaves a great positive impact on a woman’s feminine health as well as overall quality of life. The treatment itself is quick and comfortable and it offers immediate results, with continued improvement over time.

Should you have any more questions or would like to book your consultation, please speak to reception (call 01342 301544 or email reception@enhanceyou.co.uk). We are here to answer all of your questions or concerns.

To find out more about this treatment and also meet Dr Santhosh fora consultation, Come & join us on the 6th September 2018 at 6pm-8pm at Enhance. We'll be celebrating the launch for your feminine health, introducing this new and exciting treatment.

Event offers for one night only -

Free consultations (require booking)
Exclusive discounts on the night!
Nibbles & fizz on the night!


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HYGIENE AT YOUR SALON 

Why is it so important to only go to salons that follow hygiene regulations?

Attention to detail when it comes to hygiene and infection control is a very essential part of delivering quality treatments. Infections caught due to the lack of hygiene during beauty treatments are rare, however, there is a potential of cross infection if the salon doesn’t take hygiene regulations seriously.

Here are the potential health risks and the reasons why hygiene should be taken extremely seriously:
- Bacteria. It’s is essential that the risk of creating bacteria is reduced at any salon and make sure that nothing is left that could potentially encourage the bacteria to breed. Bacteria can multiply rapidly and release toxins which can then lead to infections.
- Viruses. Viruses is an even more serious concern in beauty treatments as they are highly infectious and could lead to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS which are much more serious diseases that are much harder to treat.
- Fungal infections.

What do you need to look out for? 

We all like to go to a salon to relax, be taken taken care of and forget all of our worries. Once you’ve found a beauty salon that you trust and feel like they work at very high standards - you can definitely feel more relax and don’t have to be alert about the way they carry out the beauty treatments. However, if it’s a new salon that you’ve only just started going to, we definitely recommend to look out for certain things that will help you determine whether this salon is the best choice for you and your health.

Here are some treatments that should be carried out keeping these hygiene procedures in mind

Manicures & Pedicures:
-Making sure that all equipment is sterile - Barbicide is the industry leader in disinfection for salons. This professional concentrate enables simple yet effective hygiene for all tools used in manicures and pedicures. Pedicure stations should have disposable liners that are used for soaking your feet. Nail clips and cuticle pushers are made of steel, so they can be put into steriliser. Nail files must be disinfected every time they are used. Every hygiene conscious salon will also make sure that they don’t overuse the tools for treatments, so they look fresh and still perform to the possible highest standard.

Waxing:
It’s very important that the spatulas used to apply the wax are disposable and there is no double-dipping into the wax. Your therapist should also always wear gloves during your waxing treatment. After the waxing is done, your therapist will use a gel that cools down your skin and helps it not get irritated.

Massages:
Couch that you lay on should either have fresh towels or be discovered with disposable paper sheets and therapist should always wash hands right before starting your treatment.

Aesthetics treatments:
All aesthetics treatments should be carried out in a purpose built clinical room that follows all regulations. Gloves must be used on all treatments. When it comes to laser hair removal treatments, you should always wear glasses to protect your eyes from the harsh light.

Staff cleanliness:
All members of staff must maintain a high standard of personal hygiene and cleanliness. This includes well trimmed nails, long hair tied back, minimal jewellery, clean uniforms with short sleeves, disposable gloves used whenever applicable (and replaced after each client), any cuts covered.

Hygiene at Enhance 

One of our core values here at Enhance is to maintain a workspace environment at a very high hygienic standard. We take all health & safety and hygiene requirements very seriously and make sure that smooth running of these is a part of our daily routine. These include:
- All surfaces being sanitised daily.
- All sterilising equipment is up to date.
- All floors and equipment are capable of being cleaned easily.
- Washing facilities are available in every treatment room with hot and cold water. This is essential to enable our therapists to wash hands between each clients. These are designed to be as close to the working area as possible.
- We have adequate storage space for all of our tools, equipment and products.
- We use separate disposal facilities and procedures for general waste and waste contaminated with human tissue, body fluids or sharps.

Hygiene is especially imperative when it comes to aesthetics treatments. Apart from the beauty treatments, we are also very proud to offer aesthetics treatments carried out by our wonderful Dr Santhosh and our laser practitioner Claire who both are qualified and have been in the industry for many years. All of our aesthetics treatments are carried out in our clinical room that has all the necessary equipment and follows all clinical hygiene regulations.

When greeting new clients to our salon, we always take time to get to know them and be aware of any health conditions to make sure that we carry out treatments without no risk to the particular client as well as any other clients. We do not offer treatments to any client who shows signs of an infectious condition. In such case we would discreetly explain why we are not able to carry out the treatment and encourage to seek medical advice to treat the issue.

Keeping on top of our salon hygiene is one of our most important tasks and we make sure to comply with all the necessary regulations. Know that you are taken care by educated professionals that put your comfort, health and trust first.

If you are ever not sure about the hygiene procedures that are carried out for your treatment, always be sure to ask your therapist. And as always - should you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at reception@enhanceyou.co.uk or call us at 01342 301544. We are always here to help and assist you.


THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SPRAY TANNING 

What tan do we use here at Enhance?

We use Sienna X products - award winning retail range that has achieved many  prestigious awards, and is a favourite amongst both celebrities and beauty experts.

About spray tanning 

Spray tan (sunless tan) is very safe method tan can give you the same results as spending 10-14 days in the sun, but without the harmful effects of UV exposure. This product has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for use in the personal care industry for over 30 years. Even though allergic reactions are extremely rare please be advised that if you have experienced allergic reactions to self-tanning or other beauty products, please let your therapist know.

Please not that you should consult your therapist if you are in the first trimester of pregnancy, have had an allergic reaction to tanning or any other skin care products, are asthmatic or if you have creating difficulties.

Tips for preparing for your tan & aftercare

Make sure to exfoliate using a body scrub the night before your tan. Pay attention to especially dry areas (knees and elbows). Your manicure and pedicure should be done before the treatment and all unwanted hair removed 24 hours before your tanning treatment and turn up for your treatment makeup free.

Another tip is to not use deodorant on your underarms before your spray tan. It will react with the tanning solution and can turn the golden shade into green. This is because the chemical ingredients in the deodorant can create a barrier on the surface of your skin and therefore stops tanner from doing its job.  So our tip is to avoid all deodorants, antiperspirants and perfumes on the day of your spray tan to make sure you get the best results.

We highly advise that you bring loose dark clothing as well as flip flops or loose fitting shoes, as tight clothing and shoes might ruin your tan and rub parts of it off.

After your treatment we recommend that you leave the tan to develop for 8 hours. After this time, shower using body wash until the water runs clear. Be sure to pat dry gently.

For best results, avoid excessive exercise or getting wet during the stage of tan development. Keep in mind that long baths will also fade your tan quicker. To enhance your tan and prolong your beautiful golden colour, be sure to moisturise daily.

Start exfoliating 4 days after your treatment using body scrub to ensure that your tan fades evenly.

Your spray tan treatment at Enhance 

On your first tanning treatment your therapist will ask you a number of questions and a consultation card will be completed.

You will then undress to your underwear (we provide disposable underwear) and remove jewellery.

Barrier cream will be applied to your hands, elbows, knees, feet and other dry areas to reduce tan absorption.

Simply follow your therapist’s instructions, spraying will take around 10 minutes.

The guide colour you see will be showered off after your development time of minimum 8 hours to reveal your natural looking Sienna X tan.

How long will my Sienna X Sunless Tan Last? 

Your tan will last approximately 5-7 days depending on your daily skincare regime,  everyday activities as well as how well you prepared your skin before the treatment. A sunless tan fades just like a tan from the sun - so as your skin sheds dead cells, your tan will fade. It is really important to moisture daily to make sure you can enjoy the tan for as long as possible.

If you need to tan before a special event

We recommend tanning a couple of days before your special event so that the colour has time to settle. As long as you moisturise regularly, the tan will last 5-7 days. A tan can even look better a couple of days after application because its had enough time to settle. Exfoliating a day before you plan to get your spray tan will make sure that your tan lasts longer - use a scrub in the shower to exfoliate dead skin cells and create a smooth base for your to settle into.


How to Transition Your Skin from Winter to Spring

Spring is slowly but surely approaching and it means that it's time to talk about all kinds of spring cleaning - including your skincare. Regardless of your skin type, it needs nourishment and consistent care during the change of seasons. The transition from winter to spring can be tough on your skin and you may want to give it a little TLC after the cold, windy and dry winter months and prepare your skin for a new season to make sure it's looking healthy, radiant and fabulous.

Our skin reacts to the changing environment - wind, heat, cold, humidity as well as being exposed to skin and dirt and it's very important that you continue using products that your skin requires. Normally, during the dry winter months, our skin needs a heavier moisturiser and in the spring you may notice that your complexion has gotten more dull due to the build up of dry skin cells and as the weather is getting warmer, it's time to switch to lighter moisturisers and use more sun protection (very important!).

It is especially recommended to get a facial with each change of seasons to jump start your skincare routine and give your skin all the appropriate nourishment and care. Professional facial and consulting one of our therapists who can analyze your skin will ensure that you give your skin a proper treatment that suits its needs the most. Professional facial will also help re-energise and brighten your skin giving it that fresh, healthy and radiant glow.

Here at Enhance we offer a great selection of facials that will suit anyone's needs and skin concerns. Our luxury and massage based treatments that work with natural blends of aromatherapy, plant and marine extracts will provide long term skin care benefits.

One of our most popular facials is recently launched Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion facial. You can also read about it in our previous blog post. This facial offers a safe, controlled method of skin exfoliation that gently removes dead skin cells layer by layer. The gentle vacuum action that is part of this facial also gives an immediate lifting effect and promoted new collagen formulation.

This facial is perfect for you if you want to help remove fine lines and wrinkles, clear blocked pores, acne scarring and enjoy a treatment that brightens up and smoothens dull, tired looking complexion.

Our ESPA Personalised Facial is entirely bespoke and reveals exceptional results whatever your concern. Following a skin vision analysis which highlights problematic areas, your therapist will personalise the facial just for you. This facial also includes a deep cleanse, exfoliation, toning and to finish it off - a divinely relaxing scalp massage.

Our Advanced Enzyme Peel is powerful and highly effective facial is designed to boost cell regeneration and give an instantly smooth, radiant complexion.  A deep brush cleanse is followed by an intense Enzyme Peel containing botanical extracts and Pumpkin Enzymes to deeply exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. After a soothing massage using Rose Quartz Crystals to help cool and calm, a Lifting and Smoothing Mask is applied, containing concentrated Seaweed Extracts, Argan Oil and Menthol, to give your skin a more plumped and firmer appearance.

This April we're also very excited to introduce a new facial at Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty - Advanced Glow Facial (75 mins). It's ideal for skin that looks a little lacklustre and needs brightening. This is the perfect in-between facial if you want something more specific than our Personalised Facial, but are contraindicated to having a peel (Advanced Enzyme Peel). This facial involves deep brush cleanse with Clarisonic, exfoliation with pro cleanser, skin analysis. Followed by skin radiance mask and hand & arm massage as well as shoulder, neck and face massage with pro serum. Then, enjoy Rose Quartz Crystal massage over the face, lifting & smoothing mask & scalp massage. This facial is finished with skin radiance/pro range products.

For more details on what is included in each of our expert facials or if you need any advice or guidance as to what would work best for your skin type, please feel free to speak at reception to book your consultation with an expert. Our free skin consultations are the first step on your skincare journey with us, where your therapist will create a bespoke treatment personalised to your needs to be sure that you achieve the best results possible. 

Thank you very much for reading

With Love,

Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty Team


CRYSTAL CLEAR MICRODERMABRASION LAUNCH

Here at Enhance we always strive to offer treatments, innovating skincare systems and products that make a visible difference to your skin as well as give you an opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy a little me-time. We are beyond excited and proud to announce the launch of Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion treatments available now at Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty.

This is a celebrity endorsed, award winning and clinically proven skin-resurfacing treatment to effectively treat a whole range of skin concerns including lines and wrinkles, dull dehydrated skin. It also serves as an amazing breakthrough treatment for acne scarring and sun damaged skin.

Over the years Crystal Clear skincare treatments have become a favourite of many celebrities and A-listers. Crystal Clear fans include the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow and Colin Firth. It truly is the ultimate choice for silky smooth, younger looking skin.

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

This treatment offers a safe, controlled method of skin exfoliation. Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion uses ultra-fine diamond-hard aluminium oxide crystals to buff and polish the skin, gently removing dead skin cells layer by layer. A handset that is placed onto the skin while a microscopic flow of crystal is directed onto the surface of the skin.

The crystals are vacuumed back up along with the exfoliated layers of skin and this gentle vacuum action also gives an immediate lifting effect on tired muscles and stimulates the blood supply to the skin’s surface, which helps promote new collagen formation. Used crystals and dead skin cells are drawn away through hygienic, disposable facial nozzles ensuring controlled exfoliation.

This treatment is dermatologist and dermatology approved. It performs a progressive rather than aggressive solution over a course of treatments.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THIS TREATMENT? 

Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion is proven to visibly improve the texture and appearance of your skin producing a smoother, more rejuvenated feel. With none of the downside of invasive treatments, Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion instantly improves the texture of the skin and works on removing fine lines and wrinkles, clearing blocked pores, acne scarring, refining sun-damaged, ageing skin and works as a beauty flash treatment for dull, tired-looking complexions.

Crystal Clear facials deliver instant and visible results even after your first treatment, however, please keep in mind that for more problematic skin a course of treatments may be recommended by your therapist.

Your skin after this facial improves dramatically in texture, and appearance, feeling brighter and tighter.

SPECIAL OFFER

To celebrate the launch of Crystal Clear treatments here at Enhance, we are running a special offer.

Receive 20% off individual 60 minute Crystal Clear treatments throughout March only.

We are so excited for you to try out this treatment for yourself and enjoy its benefits.

To book your appointment, please call us at 01342 301544.


10 Most FAQ's About Laser Hair Removal - answered by our very own Laser Protection Advisor Claire.

Do you want to say goodbye to razors and waxing forever and have been thinking about Laser Hair Removal, however, are not too familiar with it? We're here to answer all of your questions!

Unwanted hair is an issue that affects both men and women. Most people spend years using up both time and money on waxing, plucking or shaving. The results simply don’t last long enough and can also be followed by ingrown hairs or painful rashes. Thankfully there is another option - Laser hair removal. It's a rapid yet gentle option for removing your unwanted hair permanently.

Here at Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty we offer laser technology using the amazing Cynosure Elite (an advanced and medical graded machine) to effectively treat areas of unwanted hair and prevent hair growth (reducing or even eliminating the need to shave, pluck or wax).

Very often we receive questions on how laser hair removal works, how effective it is and what this treatment involves. So we combined the most frequently asked questions and got answers from our wonderful laser practitioner Claire.

Claire qualified at the Steiner School of Beauty in 2002 and went on to work at senior level in spas and salons in London. Claire developed a keen interest in advanced skin care and aesthetics. She has treated every skin type and nationality with lasers for hair removal , vascular and pigmentation problems and photo-rejuvenation with the Fotona XP Max ND Yag, the Cynosure Elite Alexandrite and ND Yag and the Lumenis Lightsheer Diode. She has also worked for many years removing tattoos with the Lumina QSwitch and the Quantum IPL for sun damage and thread veins on the face and body.

Without further ado, here Claire's answers to most asked questions regarding Laser Hair Removal:

What are the benefits for getting laser hair removal?
Hair reduction which ends up with minimal sparse, fine hair which is slow growing. No more ingrown hairs or shaving rash so skin is baby smooth.

How does laser remove the hair? How does it work?
Laser cuts off the blood supply attached to the follicle so at the end of the course, clients effectively have disabled follicles with no hair.

Why is laser hair removal more expensive than other methods of hair removal? 
Laser is permanent hair reduction that will need to be topped up just once a year. The machines are expensive and so is maintaining them.

How do I prepare for laser hair removal? 
Shave the area. Do not apply any perfumed products to the area. Stay out of the sun for around 4 weeks (Apply strong SPF cream to the face even in the UK sun).

How long does laser hair removal treatment take and is it painful?
It feels a bit like an elastic band pinging on the skin. Small areas are quick whereas a full leg can take up to an hour.

How many laser treatments are needed to remove hair? 
On average 6-8 sessions.

How long a gap do I need between laser hair removal treatments?
4 weeks.

What precautions should I take throughout my laser hair removal treatments?
Time treatment correctly around sun exposure Keep fan tan away from the area for two weeks prior and don’t have any perfume on the area on the day of treatment.

Are there any risks? 
There are no risks.

Is it permanent? 
It's permanent as long as clients have yearly treatments.

Please keep in mind that main contradictions include:
Diabetes
Pregnancy
Light sensitive epilepsy

We hope this answered some of your questions. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to email us at reception@enhanceyou.co.uk or book a free consultation with our laser practitioner.

During your consulting you will have a chance to ask Claire any questions you have regarding this treatment. She will be able to look at the area that you wish to be treated and and give you more detail including how laser hair removal works and what results you can expect as well as how many sessions you will need. During your consultation, we can also get your patch test and once that's done, your treatment can be booked from a few days later!

SPECIAL OFFER LIMITED TIME ONLY

We are also happy to let you know that we have a very special offer running throughout January - get 6 sessions for the price of 4 on any area treated.

Thank you very much for reading

With Love,

Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty Team


Why choose Enhance?

December 2017

This November we celebrated the second birthday of Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty. We are so grateful to have met so many new lovely clients, and excited that our team has grown so much since we opened. We are constantly challenging ourselves to provide the best service and treatments - the high standard that you deserve.

As this year is quickly coming to its end we got to reflect on all the great things that we have established and everything we are working towards. We thought what a great opportunity to share this blog post and let you get to know us a little better - the things we value and what we offer as a team. As always thank you so much for choosing us and for your ongoing support!

Our team

Over the space of a year our team has truly expanded, and we are so grateful to work with so many wonderful beauty therapists, a laser practitioner and a doctor who all offer a wide variety of treatments. As a team we all strive to learn & grow, making sure we deliver the best treatments and create a beautiful environment to our clients.

Beauty Treatments

All our therapists are Level 3 trained and certified in various specialised treatments. These include Deep Tissue and Pregnancy Massage, Individual and Russian Volume Eyelash Extensions, Hard Gel Nail Extensions and CACI Non-Surgical Facial Treatments.

Laser Treatments

We are very proud to work with our laser practitioner Claire who is a recognised specialist using Grade 4 medical lasers, with over 10 years of experience. Treatment Claire offers includes laser hair removal, Sun Damage & Pigmentation, Facial Thread Vein Removal, Laser Tattoo Removal and Dermaroller Treatment. Anyone is welcome to come for a free consultation with Claire and she will be able to give advice on any concern and suggest the best treatment option available.

Aesthetics. Dr. Santhosh performs our aesthetics treatments and has professional experience as an Aesthetician, General Practitioner and Minor Surgeon whilst working at Queen Mary's University in London, and subsequently at Harley Street. Her treatment options include Botulinum Injections & Fillers, Small Lesion Removal, Thread Lift, Mesotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Rejuvenation and Skin Peels. You will be in fantastic hands with our doctor who has so much knowledge and experience.

Strict infection control and hygiene policies

We are proud to maintain a very strict hygiene policy and high standards throughout the entire salon. This also includes sterilising of equipment between clients using barbicide and other designated cleaning products at all areas to make sure our clients always feel safe, and know that they are getting their treatment to the highest standards.

Our director Katie has broad background within the medical industry, so all our treatments are high end and carried out with impeccable hygiene standards, in a clinical environment. This has been the core "must" from the day the salon was opened.

Values

It's essential for us that Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty is up to date with all the latest developments within the industry.We truly appreciate and value our clients so one of our main values is to always provide a friendly environment where people feel welcomed and comfortable to put all their worries behind, relax, enjoy and know that they are being taken care of by professionals that truly care about their client's experience. This year we also celebrated receiving a 5 Star Rating by The Good Salon Guide, the only independent guide to quality standards in beauty in the UK, Ireland and Malta. We are very proud of all the amazing accomplishments our team have achieved and we're also so excited about the future of Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty. Apart from everything else mentioned, our biggest and most important accomplishment is seeing our clients satisfied with their experience and always returning to enjoy more treatments. We are regularly looking at bringing our new treatments and offers. Be sure to keep up to date with us via our Instagram account, Facebook page or on our website. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on anything!!

With Love

xx Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty team xx


Twilight Revamp Facial

Want an amazing and completely natural alternative to artificial fillers? We’ve got you covered!

 October 2017

The Twilight Re-Vamp facial is a treatment that re-creates eternal youth and gives you bright beautiful skin that the Mythical Vampire is said to have. During this treatment a small blood sample is taken from which the plasma is extracted and injected into specific areas of concern on your face. Platelets have wound healing properties as it produces collagen. The plasma is rich in platelets and this produces a lot of collagen making the skin look more youthful. This is followed by a soothing mask containing natural skin brighteners such as Arbutin. The whole treatment takes less than an hour.

With this treatment you can have as many sessions as you wish. The brightening effects are instant and the build-up of collagen will happen over a few weeks (the more treatments you have the more your skin will be boosted).

There are no risks to this treatment because it simply uses what you already have in your system. It’s a very natural alternative to the use of other injectables.

The Twilight Re-Vamp facial is perfect if you wish to improve your skin’s texture, improve pigmentation, target fine lines, help with dehydration and improve overall skin appearance.

We interviewed the lovely Dr Santhosh and asked a few more questions all about this treatment. Watch the video below to find out more.

SPECIAL OFFER
(October & November 2017 only)

Book a course of 3 Plasma PRP facials (more commonly known as the Vampire Facelift) or her revolutionary Twilight Facials (the plasma treatment with a added brightening mask) and get one absolutely free.

Plasma PRP Facial Course (3 with 4th free) – £1200

Twilight Revamp Facial Course (3 with 4th free) – £150

Please feel free to e-mail us at reception@enhanceyou.co.uk or call us on 01342 301544 should you have any questions. We are always here to help!

xx The Enhance Team xx


Waxing VS Laser for your Hair removal

September 2017

Quite often our clients ask for our advice on what is the best method of getting rid of unwanted hair. Waxing or laser? Both are very different methods that require a certain level of commitment, finance input and preparation. In this blog post we will explain how both methods work so that you can decide on which option is better for you.

WAXING

Waxing is a well-known and more traditional semi-permanent option for removing unwanted hair from the root. This method involves applying warm or hot wax onto the area of unwanted hair.

Hot wax: used on the face, underarm and bikini area. Hot wax is especially suited for sensitive skin. It gives a better finish and is a more pain free wax, especially on intimate areas.

Strip wax: used on the legs, back and arms. Once applied the wax is then left to cool down and harden and a strip is applied. The wax is then pulled away with a quick movement which also pulls out the hair.

Normally new hair will not grow back in the waxed area for around 2-6 weeks. This depends on your natural hair growth cycle. Any area of the body can be waxed and if waxing is done regularly for several years permanent hair reduction may be achieved.

Here at Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty we use Waxperts as our choice of brand. With almost 10 years of experience and development we believe their wax is perfect for even the most sensitive skin or the strongest of hair types. Alongside this we use our honed technique and client care to minimise any discomfort and create the best experience possible for you. If you have ever thought of getting a wax then take the plunge today! You will not regret the decision if you have spent your whole life with the chore of shaving!!!

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Preparation and Care

To achieve the best (smoothest) results we recommend you prepare your skin before your waxing appointment. Gently exfoliate your skin a day before waxing as exfoliation helps the wax grab hair instead of skin. Skip using harsh scrubs on the day of your waxing as it can really irritate your skin. Keep in mind that any inflammation or broken skin needs to be healed before you have your waxing treatment. Also ensure to moisturise well on the days before your appointment as healthy and hydrated skin helps the wax release easily and with less impact on the skin (Keep in mind that too much product can interfere with the grip of the wax so we advise not to moisturise on the day of your waxing appointment)

Another very important aspect of waxing is ensuring the hair is at a suitable length for your appointment. The hair needs to be long enough for the wax to pick it up effectively, however don’t leave it too long as this could prevent wax from adhering and can make the experience more painful. The advice given from our therapists is to have a minimum of 3 weeks’ worth of growth before your appointment. We understand how difficult it is to leave previously shaved hair to grow out but we promise you it is the best option when it comes to your waxing results!

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Last Few Tip's 

- Try not to schedule an appointment just before or after a day you plan to spend lots of time outside. If you get a sunburnt freshly waxed skin will be more sensitive and painful.
- If you are particularly sensitive to pain take an ibuprofen-based pill 1 hour before your appointment to reduce pain and inflammation
- We recommend for maintenance and care at home to use Waxpert Wonder Pads (available from the salon RRP £8.50) These pads can be used to prevent and treat ingrown hairs on any area of the body. The pads contain salicylic acid to combat unsightly lumps and bumps. Tough enough to achieve results whilst being gentle enough for daily use

Here at Enhance we offer 10% off any 3 or more areas waxed at one appointment. For more information on waxing treatment we offer visit our beauty page

LASER

If you would like a more permanent option for your hair removal then laser treatment is the best option for you. Like waxing, laser can remove hair on most areas of the body and can be used on a wide range of skin types. People see lasting results from as little as 6 sessions. Depending on your hair makeup, the area being treated and how effectively your body reacts to the treatment more sessions may be needed to achieve optimum results. Generally at Enhance we say that 6-8 sessions will be needed at 4-week intervals.

We are very proud to also be using the level 4 medical graded Cynosure Elite Technology for our laser hair removal treatments. Being one of the leading aesthetic lasers in its field across the world the machine is known for its efficiency and comfort. Our treatments are performed by Claire who is a recognised specialist with many years’ experience.

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Preparation and Care

Laser hair removal is more than just ''zapping'' unwanted hair. It is a medical procedure that requires training to perform and carries potential risks. Before deciding to go ahead with treatment ensure the practitioner you are having if fully trained. We see many clients coming in having had an unpleasant experience of laser treatment elsewhere needing treatment to fix the results.

If you are planning on undergoing laser hair removal you should limit plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for six weeks before treatment. This is because the laser targets the hairs' roots which are temporarily removed with those methods of hair removal.

You should also avoid sun exposure for six weeks before and after treatment. Sun exposure makes laser hair removal less effective and the UV exposure can lead to complications after treatment (including burning of the skin)

Just before the procedure your hair will be trimmed to a few millimetres above the skin's surface. The laser equipment will be adjusted according to the colour, thickness, and location of the hair being treated as well as your skin colour.

Following the treatment your skin surrounding the areas treated may feel slightly tender and red. To help with this we recommend using a cooling moisturiser such as Aloe Vera (keep it in the fridge to intensify its comforting effects). Wash the treated area daily with warm water and avoid using any deodorants or perfumed products as this may cause aggravation. It is also very important to use an SPF of over 25 on the area. Not doing so can lead to pigmentation occurring due to stimulation of the pigment cells (melanocytes).

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Special Offers for Laser at Enhance include:
-Buy any Hollywood, Brazilian or 1/2 Arm Course of Laser and get an added course of underarm for free as part of your treatment (worth £300)

-Get 20% off any 2 or more courses of laser when purchased together upfront

-Lower Legs or Upper Legs Course plus Brazilian Course for only £999 (over £150 off original package price)

-Lower legs or Upper Legs Course plus Hollywood Course for only £1,099 (over £150 off original package price)

-Part Payment option when purchasing courses

 Wishing you all a wonderful month back to routine and we hope to see you soon

xx The Enhance Team xx


3 Tips For Beautiful & Healthy Skin

August 2017

Dehydration is one of the most common concerns that our therapists notice on our client's skin. Summer can be a very tough season for our skin as we are usually exposed to more sun, humidity and activities with family which can result in more sweating. These all have an impact on our skin’s health and appearance. Today we are sharing a few very simple yet effective ways to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

Hydration

Dehydration can cause itchy patches, dull, flaky skin, sensitivity and dark circles under your eyes.  Keeping hydrated is a must not just for your skin, but your overall health in general especially during the summer months. On very hot days it is beneficial having a face mist on hand, as it’s a great way to ensure hydration at any time of the day. A mist is a toner enriched with essential oils and flower water to refresh and comfort your skin. Over the years face mists have become a very popular way to freshen up on the go. A great option for this is ESPA's Hydrating Floral Spafresh Spritzer.

Water is also a fantastic way to keep yourself feeling fresh whilst also helping wash toxins out of your body. If, however you don’t fancy drinking plain water a great option is to prepare fruit infused water. Not only do you get the benefit of a delicious tasting drink, but you will also intake lots of vitamins and minerals. Here are a few great ideas for refreshing and tasty infused water recipes.

8 Infused Water Combos to Keep You Hydrated

Exfoliation

Another way to keep your skin hydrated is to exfoliate. This removes all the dry and dead skin built up from a busy day out, as well as improving the absorption of moisturising products you are using on your skin. We recommend exfoliating at least once a week (but not more than twice) to ensure that your skin benefits fully, by looking and feeling rejuvenated. Our favourite is ESPA's Refining Skin Polish which is a deeply cleansing, super fine exfoliator to help smooth and add radiance to dull or congested skin.

Healthy from within

You are what you eat!! When thinking about glowing and healthy skin keep in mind that good nutrition can really help nourish your skin.  Enjoy smoothies, fresh juices and consume lots of seasonal vegetables and salads. This will clear your body from toxins and keep your skin hydrated. We also recommend using the fantastic skincare specific supplement SKINADE. This vitamin enriched drink supports the skin all over your body and works from the inside out. It will work to rebuild and strengthen the collagen matrix below the skin’s surface and boost natural levels of hydration.

Drinking Skinade daily results in firmer, more toned, hydrated, radiant and healthier looking skin. Here are a few short clips for more information on how Skinade works.

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We hope this blog post was helpful and gave you some good tips that you can easily implement into your daily routine. If you have any more questions or concerns on your skin health or any products mentioned in this post, please give us a call and book in your Free Skin Vision Analysis with one of our wonderful therapists.

xxx Wishing you a wonderful last month of Summer xxx

 

 

 

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