What You Need to Know About Microdermabrasion

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Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that rejuvenates the skin by encouraging faster turn over of the skin cells.

As we age, this cell turnover slows down. Normally, our skin renews itself every 28 days, but when things slow down, skin can look dry and dull, and the skin tone can look uneven. This is when it might be worth mentioning microdermabrasion to your clients.

How does microdermabrasion work?

Microdermabrasion causes very slight trauma to the skin, and when skin experiences any sort of damage or trauma, its natural healing mechanism kicks in, and it speeds up the renewal of the skin cells.

What does it involve?

A microdermabrasion machine sprays a fine mist of exfoliating grains on to the client’s skin. As well as exfoliating, the machine also has a sucking action, which can help to improve the skin’s circulation and work on skin health in the deeper levels of the skin too.

During the treatment

The therapist gently moves a wand over the skin, which sprays the client’s face with fine grains. The wand then sucks away any particles and debris.

The treatment is not invasive, and it will be painless for your client. Many people say they feel as if they are being massaged with a strong facial scrub when they are getting the treatment.

After the treatment

Your client may notice that their skin appears flushed or pink, and it may become dry or flaky a few days after the treatment, but this is normal, and it settles down. This is just the skin renewing itself.

Clients should notice that the skin looks softer and smoother even after one treatment, and after a course of treatments, fine lines will be less noticeable, skin tone will be more even, and sun spots or age spots will fade. This is a big selling point for this treatment and an excellent way of encouraging clients to return for further treatments.

What can microdermabrasion be used for?

  • People who want to combat the first signs of ageing
  • Dull, dry skin with uneven tone and texture
  • Acne scarring
  • Hyperpigmentation and melasma
  • Keratosis Pilaris

A word about Acne

Reducing acne scarring might take a course of treatment over a longer period of time and the treatment won’t get rid of serious acne scars. If your clients want to use it to treat acne, it’s best for people who have mild breakouts, or whiteheads and blackheads. Microdermabrasion can clear the pores and reduce breakouts, but it won’t treat moderate or severe acne. This requires targeted medical treatments.

If your client’s acne is inflamed, you should advise them that microdermabrasion isn’t suitable for them as it can further irritate the skin.

Who is microdermabrasion not suitable for?

Microdermabrasion has quite a strong effect on the skin, so if your client has sensitive skin, or any of the following, it won’t be suitable:

  • Acne with lesions
  • Skin lesions
  • Rosacea
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Fragile capillaries

We’re introducing microdermabrasion at the academy soon, why not train with us?

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.

 

Why You Should Offer Facials as Part of Your Services

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The chances are, you won’t need to convince your clients to have a facial as a treat, but they offer so much more than an hour of pampering. Facials are seen as an indulgence, but you should be encouraging clients to have them regularly; it won’t just benefit their skin, the repeat business won’t do you any harm either.

Why You Should Offer Facials as Part of Your Services

You’ll help your clients get the most from their skincare

If your clients invest in the best skincare products, they just won’t work as well if their pores are clogged. Facials will help to keep your clients’ pores clean and their skin smooth, so products can do their job better.

Your clients will have healthier skin and fewer breakouts

Blackhead and pimple extraction is done as part of some facials. Regularly giving the pores a good clear out results in healthier skin and less breakouts.

Facials can help skin adjust between seasons

What the skin needs changes with the seasons. In the winter, a hydrating facial will help to restore moisture that’s been lost because of cold weather and central heating, and a summer facial can calm and freshen sun damaged, oilier skin, for example.

They can instantly boost radiance

A good facial can show immediately in the skin. Whether it’s a radiant glow or some plumping they want, a facial can give your client just what they’re looking for.

Facial massage boosts circulation

Many facials include a face, décolletage, or scalp massage, which is not only super relaxing, but it helps to get rid of toxins and fluid retention, and it also boosts circulation which will make skin glow.

They give the skin a deeper cleanse

A facial makes up for any lazy cleansing habits by thoroughly removing grime and oil build-up, which will make the skin look so much healthier.

You can give your clients skincare advice

You can give your clients the benefit of your skincare knowledge. After assessing their skin, you can advise them on what kind of products they should be using and what they definitely shouldn’t use. Once they see the improvement in their skin, you’ll have their trust and they’ll always come back to you.

Facials relieve stress

Many of your clients will have busy lives, so they might not often get the chance to do something relaxing, just for themselves. Spending a relaxing hour getting a treatment is great for the mind too.

You can help your clients achieve younger looking skin

Wanting to reduce the first signs of ageing is a common goal that many clients have when they come for treatments. Regular facials promote cell renewal, boost collagen, and keep the skin healthy and balanced, all of which have an antiaging effect on the skin.

Train with us!

If you would love to be able to offer relaxing and skin restoring facials to your clients, why not train with us? Our facial training will give you all the skills you need to do amazing facials for clients, and you’ll even get to learn our signature facial massage technique; exclusively used by us and our learners!

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all the attention you need. Steph, our academy director and trainer, has over 20 years’ experience in the industry so when you book a course with us, you’ll be perfectly prepared to be the most successful therapist that you can be.

For more information on any of our courses, call Steph on 07825337342.

 

Top Tips for Beautiful Bridal Makeup

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It’s that time of year again, wedding season!

Every bride wants to look stunning on her wedding day. After all, you’re the centre of attention and you want amazing photographs, because you’ll have them for a lifetime. You should aim to look like a more radiant and polished version of yourself, but at the same time, wedding makeup needs to last for hours and it needs to stand out on photos.

Whether you are having your makeup professionally done or you are doing it yourself, follow these tips for perfect bridal makeup on your big day.

Back to basics: Perfect your skincare routine

Don’t start using new products or having facials the week before your wedding in case any breakouts or sensitivities occur. Start a skincare routine a few months before your big day.

Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise

Cleansing removes dirt, excess oil and bacteria from your skin which will help to keep your pores nice and clear. Use a toner to remove any residue from the cleanser, but avoid using anything too harsh which can strip your skin of its natural oils.

Exfoliation gets rid of any dead skin cells which can clog the pores and cause breakouts. Use a facial scrub either once per week if you have dry skin, or twice per week if your skin is prone to oiliness or breakouts.

Whatever your skin type, use a moisturiser to hydrate your skin. If you have oilier skin, try a light, water-based moisturiser. Remember to hydrate from the inside too by drinking plenty of water. This is one of the best things you can do for healthy skin.

Before we get on to the makeup…

Be true to yourself

If a more natural look is your thing, don’t ask for bold makeup, because the chances are you won’t like it. Plus, the bolder the makeup, the more retouching it will need. Go with what makes you look and feel amazing, because you still want your groom to recognise you at the altar!

The problem of flash photography

Flash photography is an issue most brides have to deal with. But while it’s true that make up generally needs to be stronger for the camera, it doesn’t need to be caked on. Instead, focus on adding definition around the eyes, lips, and the brow bone. Make sure you have some colour on your cheeks too so you don’t look washed out on photos.

Start with good foundations

Your wedding day is a long day, and so your makeup will have to work extra hard, and last through nervous sweats, tears, and outbreaks of shine. So you need a good quality foundation. Apply a primer underneath to make your foundation last and to create a smooth base for your makeup. For a flawless finish, use a foundation brush and blend it with a sponge.

When choosing a foundation, be sure to test it in natural lighting. Apply some to your jawline and blend it in. The right shade will disappear into the skin. Don’t check the shade on the skin of your hand as it is almost always a different colour from your face.

There are many different types of foundation, so choose one which best provides the coverage you need. Liquid foundation generally gives a light coverage. If you are opting for liquid foundation, look for one with a slightly matte finish so you don’t look shiny in your photos.

If you want more coverage, cream to powder foundations are a good choice.

Apply concealer

Apply a concealer over your eye lids and under your eyes to keep your eyes looking fresh. Apply concealer after your foundation so you won’t wipe it off when you put your foundation on. Set your foundation and concealer with a loose powder, which will banish shine and make your base last. Keep a compact powder handy to touch up any areas that get shiny through the day.

To tan or not to tan?

If you are thinking about getting a spray tan done for your wedding day, make sure that your foundation and powder match your tanned skin, or your face will look too pale on your photos.

Add A flush of blush

Add shape and colour to your face with blusher. A cream blusher is good for a dewy look, but a powder blusher is longer lasting in general. Concentrate the colour on the apple of your cheeks for a healthy glow.

The eyes have it

Shaping and defining your eyebrows can have a dramatic lifting effect on your face, and good eye makeup adds definition to the eyes and enhances your eye colour. A smoky eye can look glamorous, and it doesn’t have to be in a dark colour to look effective either. And the most important point about your eye makeup; wear waterproof mascara!

A perfect pout

If you have thin lips, use a lighter shade of lipstick. Don’t underestimate how strategic application of lip liner and gloss can give the illusion of a fuller pout.

Stay picture perfect all day

Ask your bridesmaids to keep some key makeup items for you, like a compact powder and lip gloss, so you can touch up your makeup throughout the day.

Our 1-day cosmetic makeup course is the perfect way to learn professional makeup application techniques, skin care tips, and how to create different looks for your clients to make them look and feel amazing. It covers day to evening makeup, corrective makeup, and bridal makeup, so you will be well equipped to make any bride look beautiful on her wedding day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Complete Guide to Summer Skincare

The Complete Guide to Summer Skincare

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In the summer, we all have more skin on show, but if the thought of baring your skin fills you with dread, you need to prioritise getting your skin summer ready and that involves having a smart skincare routine and undoing any neglect from the winter.

Here’s the complete guide to summer skincare, so you can have great looking skin to show off all summer long;

Changing your skincare routine in the summer

We all love the warmer weather, but it brings with it a whole new set of skincare challenges. Pores can get clogged from sweating and the skin produces more oil, which leads to breakouts. And then there’s the dreaded sunburn.

Summer skincare essentials for the face

Cleanser

Cleansing is the first step in any skincare routine, and as you will more than likely find that your skin is oilier in summer, you should switch to a gel or foaming cleanser. Cleanse twice daily and follow it up with a good toner. Don’t over cleanse though, even if your skin feels oily, as this will strip your skin of its natural oils and the glands will only produce more oil!

Moisturiser

Whatever your skin type, you should always moisturise. Use an appropriate moisturiser for your skin type, and in the summer, think about switching to a light water-based moisturiser. If you have a problem with acne or general breakouts, look for a moisturiser with ‘non-comedogenic’ on the label, which means that it won’t clog pores.

Sunscreen

Using a sunscreen and moisturiser with SPF is important year-round but it’s extra important in summer as you will most likely be spending more time outside, and the sun’s rays are far stronger.

Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Apply it 20- 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply it every 2 hours, and more often if you are sweating a lot or swimming.

Facial scrubs and masks

Exfoliating can help to buff away dead, sun damaged skin cells. Choose a gentle scrub for the face, and use it once per week if you have dry skin, and twice per week if your skin is oilier.

Gel face masks will boost hydration but they won’t leave skin oily, and they are also great at soothing sunburn if they contain ingredients like aloe.

Summer skincare tips for the body

Exfoliate

This is the key to super soft skin. If you don’t buff away dead skin it can look dull and dry. So hit the shower, take a handful of a good body scrub and massage it into your skin in a circular motion, concentrating on the bits where skin tends to be rougher, like the knees and elbows. Use a scrub 2-3 times per week.

Hydrate your skin

Forget the thick body butters and invest in a light summery scented lotion, which will absorb quickly. Moisturise as soon as you get out of the shower to seal in moisture.

Get a summer glow

If you read my last blog, you’ll be an expert on how to get the perfect spray tan by now! But a sunless tan is the only way to get glowing skin without the risk of burning or getting skin cancer. Gradual self-tans are another good choice, and they have the added benefit of hydrating your skin too. Just remember that spray tans and self-tans don’t contain SPF, so they won’t protect your skin from the sun.

Treat your feet!

If you haven’t as much as looked at your feet since the winter, it’s time to assess the damage. Use a foot scrub or foot file to get rid of any hard skin, then choose a bold nail varnish. You can generally get away with brighter colours on your toenails, and polish tends to last longer. Apply a base coat, 2 coats of your nail colour, then a top coat to protect the colour and add shine. When your nails are dry, slather on a rich moisturiser. For extra soft feet when you wake up, moisturise before bed, and pop a pair of socks on. To learn how to treat a client’s feet the professional way, have a look at our pedicure course.

And it’s not all about products…

The best way to nourish your skin is from the inside, so take advantage of the warmer weather, and fill up on fruit and salads which are packed with antioxidants and vitamins for healthy skin. And don’t forget to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and your skin will thank you!

Knowing how to help a client to look and feel their best is the most important part of a therapist’s job. If you want to help clients to look and feel amazing, and build up your skills, why not consider doing our 6 Day Beauty Specialist Diploma, which covers beauty treatments from head to toe?

Choose Essential Beauty Training Academy for a Great Learning Experience

Choose Essential Beauty Training Academy for a Great Learning Experience
When I set up the Essential Beauty Training Academy, my number one aim was to pass on my knowledge and passion for beauty therapy to every student who walked through the door. This is true whether they are already working as a therapist or they are a complete beginner. I want students to leave my courses with not only the skills, but the confidence to work as a therapist. But what makes us different? Here’s why you should choose Essential Beauty Training Academy for a great learning experience.

The importance of a great learning experience
I remember when I started my training as a beauty therapist. I really lacked confidence, and the thought that you might never get to grips with something can set you back. This is why I believe that having a supportive and patient tutor can make all the difference.

My academy is the only one of its kind in Northumberland, and I’m proud to say that I personally teach many of the courses that are on offer. Groups are small, and the environment is relaxed and supportive.

Student feedback is the best marketing tool
The high standard of my courses, plus the personal approach I have to teaching, is why many students choose the Essential Beauty Training Academy in the first place. The amazing feedback I get from students speaks for itself.

Why choose the Essential Beauty Training Academy?
There’s no one better than my lovely students to tell you why my academy is a great choice for your beauty therapy training:

Gemma’s story
“I got into beauty therapy as I wanted to find a career that would fit around my 2 beautiful children who are my world. I worked as a domestic, but finding childcare to fit around my shifts was a struggle. Once my children went to school I found that I was at a loose end and feeling bored. I needed a new challenge, and that’s when I came across Steph’s beauty courses.

When I started my training, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Steph made me feel so welcome and comfortable, and she’s a fantastic tutor.

I was struggling with one course, and I was ready to just give up and walk out, but Steph gave me the reassurance I needed to get through it, and I completed it and passed.

I really believe that if it wasn’t for Steph, I wouldn’t be where I am today in the beauty industry. I’ve completed courses in tinting, waxing, nail art, gel nail extensions, spray tans, party lashes, semi-permanent lashes, and make up, and now I run my own successful business part-time. None of this would have been possible without the help and guidance I got from Steph.

I wouldn’t go anywhere else for training. I would recommend Steph to anyone because not only is she a lovely person who teaches at a very high standard, she makes you feel welcome and she believes in you. I can’t thank her enough.”

If you would like to experience what’s on offer at Essential Beauty Training Academy for yourself, have a look at our courses page and if you need any further help or advice contact us, we’ll be delighted to help.

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About Essential Beauty Training Academy

Where it all began…

Stephanie Holland <br>Academy Tutor and Beauty Therapist
Stephanie Holland Academy Tutor
and Beauty Therapist

From starting her training in 1996, Steph Holland’s passion for beauty therapy kept on growing, and she hasn’t looked back.

Her work took her around the world where she worked with clients on 5* cruise ships and in prestigious salons and health spas. After honing her skills in these roles, and working freelance for companies and charities in the North East, Steph decided that her next step would be to start working for herself.

From humble beginnings operating from the back of a tanning salon in 2005, Steph grew her business enough to be able to open her own premises.

A desire to share her wealth of knowledge, skills and experience in beauty therapy led her into teaching others to do the job she loves so much.

She gained her Certificate of Education from Sunderland University and began working as the head of a high school beauty department. She loved teaching so much she was inspired to set up her own business, the Essential Beauty Training Academy, based in Ashington, Northumberland.

“I remember when I started beauty therapy training back in 1996, I really lacked confidence,” Steph recalls, “I have a real empathy for the students I teach because I know what it feels like when you think you can’t quite get the hang of something. Having a patient and supportive mentor makes all the difference to the learning experience.”

Steph brings over 20 year’s industry experience to her teaching and a real desire to help every student learn beauty therapy skills in a supportive environment.

“I want to help every single person that comes through the door gain confidence in developing their beauty therapy skills,” says Steph, “whether they are a seasoned professional looking to upskill or a complete beginner.”

Every beauty therapy course taught at the Essential Beauty Training Academy is run by Steph or one of her fully qualified consultants, and she aims to keep standards high and classes small, so that the environment feels as relaxed and informal as possible.

“I like to deliver exceptional beauty therapy training to all of my learners and help them to build confidence and feel at ease,” says Steph, “I promise everyone that they will come away feeling confident in their new skills.”

The personal approach to training offered by the Essential Beauty Training Academy, coupled with the benefits of having a tutor who still works as a hands on therapist in her salon makes for a fantastic professional learning environment.

With a range of comprehensive beauty therapy training courses and a full programme of beauty treatments available, plus plans to expand what is Northumberland’s only beauty therapy training academy in the near future, Steph’s love affair with all things beauty looks set to continue.

Not bad for someone who never wanted to own their own business or teach…