5 Top Skincare Tips for Autumn

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After what feels like months of sweating and sitting in the sun, it’s time to think about how you’re going to look after your skin as the colder weather approaches. The skin needs to recover from sun exposure and prepare for the colder months ahead, when biting winds and central heating can really dry it out.

It’s a good idea to make a few tweaks to your skincare routine to keep your skin happy and healthy through the autumn and beyond. Here are our 5 top skincare tips for autumn.

Exfoliate

This helps remove the build-up of dead skin cells that come from the after affects of the summer and the cooler temperatures. Exfoliating at least twice per week will make your skin look radiant and glowing instead of dull and dehydrated. You’ll find that it will help prepare your skin for your other products too. Consider microdermabrasion for a deep exfoliation.

Consider changing your cleanser

In summer, a foaming or gel cleanser might feel better on the skin for washing away sweat, oil, and grime, but in the colder months, if your skin tends to get dry, you should switch to a cream or lotion-based cleanser. These are gentler on the skin and also help lock in moisture.

Think about using a serum

Serums are made up of smaller molecules than moisturisers so they can get deeper into the skin than moisturisers. Add a serum into your autumn skincare routine to nourish and hydrate the skin. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and Retinol.

Use a richer moisturiser

In the summer, a lighter moisturiser will do, but to combat dryness caused by harsh weather and central heating, you’ll need a richer moisturiser.

Don’t forget the hand cream

Wear gloves whenever you’re outside in the cold, and always use a rich hand cream to avoid your hands getting sore and chapped.

Remember you still need to wear sunscreen

Yes, even when it’s colder, the sun’s rays can be quite strong and they can still cause skin damage, so make sure you wear sunscreen all year round.

Train with us

As a therapist, your clients will always be asking for your advice, whether it’s about skincare, nails, or waxing, so why not train with us so you’re equipped to tell them everything they need to know?

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of 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.

 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Hair and Makeup

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Of all of the decisions a bride has to make on her wedding day, how she is going to wear her hair and what makeup look she should go for are two of the biggest. When you’re the centre of attention all day, you can feel pressure to look perfect, and every bride wants to look like the best version of them. Here’s our ultimate guide to bridal hair and makeup that you just might be referring back to if you opt to work with bridal clients!

Bridal Hair

A beautiful bridal hairstyle pulls the whole look together, and deciding whether the hair is going to be worn up, half up half down, or down can be a difficult choice.

If you’re doing bridal hair for a client, there are some things to ask them to consider which might make the choice a little easier:

  • Whatever style they choose needs to last all day
  • They’ll have the weather conditions to deal with, whether it’s humidity, wind, or the dreaded rain.
  • What type of hair they have-does it tend to hold styles well?

When in doubt, wear it up

This is my advice. There are so many beautiful and creative ways updo choices that your client is sure to find something they love.

The pros of an updo for a wedding

  • If your client wore a fancy updo to other occasions they might feel a bit overdone, but what better day to go extra glam than their wedding day?
  • There are so many options for updos.
  • An updo will hold its shape all day, meaning that they can pose for photos all day long and not have a hair out of place.
  • It will stay out of their face, so if they’re eating canapes outside, a fresh breeze won’t give them a mouthful of hair.
  • It’s easier to attach a veil to an updo. If the hair is down, the veil has to be pinned extra carefully and it still can slip while an updo is a far more secure anchor for it.
  • An updo has a far better chance of surviving changing weather conditions and the constant hugs from family and friends.

Top updo tips

  • The decision about the perfect bridal hairstyle should be based on the overall look that your client is going for. Is the back of their dress adorned with gorgeous detail? If so, wearing the hair down might mean that it’s not as visible as they would like. Are they wearing a veil? Explain how an updo is a better choice to avoid the veil slipping.
  • Make sure that your client loves how the updo looks from the front, back and side.

 

Bridal Makeup

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If you’re going to do bridal makeup, always do a trial so you can make sure your client is definitely happy. Many brides will request to look ‘natural’ then decide you haven’t applied enough makeup, and some will ask for smoky eyes when they don’t really wear a lot of makeup day to day and they’ll recoil in shock when they see the heavier makeup. Bridal makeup shouldn’t look caked on, but it needs to be stronger than every day makeup so it stands out on the photographs. Here’s a quick step by step guide on bridal makeup application.

Use primer

Aside from the odd touch up, bridal makeup needs to last all day. Primer will even out the skin tone and allow products to go on smoother and stay on.

Apply concealer

The right concealer can be used to cover a multitude of sins, especially dark circles around the eyes and blemishes. Make sure you get into the inner corners of the eyes as this is usually where there is the most discolouration.

Achieve the perfect base

As I said earlier, you don’t want foundation to look caked on, but you do want natural looking, breathable coverage. Make sure you apply it to the neck and blend it well, and considering adding colour to the décolletage especially if your client is going to be wearing a strapless dress. Dust over foundation with a loose powder to set the foundation.

Highlight the eyes

Apply long wearing eyeshadow, and avoid anything too shiny or shimmer, as it can reflect light from camera flashes and on more mature brides, shimmer can draw attention to fine lines around the eyes. Use a waterproof eyeliner, not necessarily in black if your client wants a natural look, and go over the eyeliner with the same shade of eyeshadow to seal it and soften harsh lines.

Add flutter to lashes

Many brides opt for false lashes or lash extensions for their wedding day. Otherwise, use a waterproof mascara to lengthen and volumise the lashes.

Add a natural flush

Add a flush of peach or pink blusher to the apples of the cheeks to bring a natural, fresh glow to the face. Remember to start with a little and build up the colour as it’s far easier to add colour than take it away.

Use highlighter-sparingly

Highlight the top of the cheekbones, the brow bones, and the inner corner of the eyes, but don’t overdo it as your client might look shiny on camera. Just add enough to make them look radiant.

Give them a pretty pout

Use a natural lip liner to outline the lips, then fill them in with a pretty lipstick or gloss.

 

Do you want to work with brides?

On our 1 day Cosmetic Makeup course, you’ll learn how to apply makeup expertly and beautifully to achieve amazing results for your clients. You’ll be taught how to apply day & evening Makeup, corrective makeup & bridal makeup.

All our courses are taught in small groups which makes for a relaxing learning environment where you’ll get all of 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.

 

 

Spotlight on Indian Head Massage

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Indian head massage is a super relaxing holistic treatment where acupressure massage is done on the head, face, neck and shoulders.

It’s been practiced in India for thousands of years, and it was originally done to improve the condition of the hair and scalp.

Indian Head Massage is quite a deep massage that uses a variety of different techniques and pressures, for example circular movements on the scalp, deep tissue work on the shoulders, and some stretching of the neck.

Indian head massage has become a popular addition to spa treatments or rituals, such as massage and facials.

It’s a popular choice for relaxing and pampering treatments, and once you’ve had one yourself, you’ll see why your clients love it so much!

What can an Indian head massage do for you?

The massage targets the mind, body, and spirit chakras, and the aim is to balance the energy. It’s so relaxing that your clients might tell you that they feel a little ‘out of it,’ yet they can also feel alert and able to think more clearly at the same time.

Not only that, it relieves aches and pains in the back, neck, and shoulders, that many people have. It also encourages healthy hair growth, relieves stress, promotes good sleep, relieves headaches, reduces anxiety, and improves concentration; all in one massage!

Advice for your clients

At the appointment

  • They should wear loose fitting clothing which will give you access to their neck and shoulders.
  • Advise clients to remove any hair bands or hair clips, and not to book a treatment straight after they have had their hair done, as oils might be used on the scalp.

Use caution with:

Clients who are, or think they might be pregnant

Anyone with a medical condition who may be taking medication

Clients who have recently had an injury or an operation

Anyone who has allergies, particularly skin allergies

Clients who have sores on the scalp

Giving an Indian head massage

Usually a treatment will last from 25 to 45 minutes. You should talk to your client about their lifestyle, their medical history, and what type of pressure they prefer. Tell your client that having their head firmly massaged can feel strange but reassure them that they will feel unbelievably relaxed afterwards. Always ask your client if the pressure you’re using during the massage is okay.

After the massage

Your client will probably tell you that they feel incredibly relaxed and serene but warn them that using oils on the scalp might make them look like they haven’t washed their hair in a while, so it’s a good idea to bring something to strategically tie the hair up or cover it until they get where they are going.

Want to train in Indian head massage?

If you’re thinking about adding Indian head massage to your beauty services, 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 of 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.

 

Give Your Clients Better Manicures with Gel Polish

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Gel nail polish is a liquid gel which usually comes in a bottle or a pot. The nails are painted just like you would paint them with normal nail polish, but it’s easier, and you’ll notice that you won’t leave streaks or brush strokes like you sometimes get with normal varnish.

When you do a gel manicure, you normally push back the client’s cuticles and buff the nail before applying the gel polish.

When you apply a coat of gel polish, the nails need to be put under an LED lamp for up to 60 seconds, or for a few minutes if you’re using a UV lamp. Putting the nails under the lamp makes the gel go solid. The coat of polish will have a sticky layer so that the next layer of polish can bond to it more easily. A top coat seals the polish and either adds shine or gives a matte effect, depending on what your client wants. The top coat has to be put under the lamp too. You can finish the nails off by giving them a wipe with cleanser to remove any stickiness that’s left.

Is gel polish bad for the nails?

No, but incorrect removal of the polish, like picking it off or scraping the nails to remove it can cause damage. If the polish is removed properly, there should be no damage to your client’s nails. You should apply cuticle oil to your client’s nails after each gel polish removal to nourish the nails and encourage healthy growth. If they’re getting another gel polish straight away, don’t use the cuticle oil on them until afterwards.

How long does gel polish last?

Gel polish can last from one to three weeks depending on the quality of products you use. If gel polish is applied properly, your clients should get at least two weeks out of it with no chipping or smudging.

The benefits of gel polish

Here’s what your clients need to know about gel polish;

  • It dries immediately: So no worrying about getting things out of your purse or bag and smudging your nails straight away.
  • It protects the nails from damage and moisture: You’ll most likely notice that your nails grow when you have gel polish on.
  • The shine does last: you’ll catch yourself looking at your nails all the time and admiring their healthy sheen.
  • They won’t chip or smudge: This is one of the biggest benefits of gel polish. Even expensive nail polishes can chip just hours after you apply them.
  • They last for at least two weeks: So they’re great for when you’re going on holiday.
  • The range of colours is bigger: You’ll notice that many salons have a better range of gel polish colours than normal polish colours.

Train with us

Why not learn how to do gel polish 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.

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?

How To Prepare for a Spray Tan

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We all love the sun, but we also know that there is no safe way to tan in the sun. In the long-term, too much exposure to the sun can cause skin damage, wrinkles, and it can increase your risk of skin cancer.

But if you love a tan, why not try a spray tan? They are great for a special occasion or a night out, and you can achieve the ‘just been on holiday’ look, minus the skin damage.

The key to a beautiful spray tan is preparing your skin, and following a few easy tips to maintain your tan for as long as possible.

Here’s how to prepare for a spray tan:

Before your spray tan…

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

Buff away any rough, dry skin the day before your spray tan, as this will help to create a nice smooth surface for your tan. If you don’t exfoliate, your tan might look patchy once it starts to fade, and the tan will appear darker on the rougher areas. Concentrate on the areas where the skin is usually roughest, like elbows, knees, and ankles. Exfoliating will also make your tan last longer.

Wax or shave the day before, or sooner

If you are getting a wax, try and get it at least 24 hours before your spray tan, ideally 48 hours, to allow your pores to close properly. If you don’t leave enough time after hair removal, the tan can sit in your pores and leave you looking blotchy, and it can also cause irritation.

Moisturise the day before

This will treat any dryness and will provide a nice smooth base for your tan.

Leave the skin product free on the day

Shower before your spray tan, but don’t apply any moisturisers, perfume, deodorant, or makeup. These can form a barrier and prevent the skin from absorbing the tan, and you can end up with light patches.

If you really need to, use a baby wipe to wipe your underarms or to wipe off make up when you reach the salon.

Wear dark, loose clothing

Some of the guide colour of the tan can rub off on tight fitting clothes, so avoid tight waistbands and straps. Any stains won’t show up on dark clothing. And go bra-less if you can, for the same reason!

Plan ahead

Try to have your spray tan done 1 or 2 days before your special event or night out. This gives the tan time to settle, and it generally looks best a day or so after it has been done.

At the salon…

Don’t wear your best lingerie! You’ll usually be provided with a lovely paper thong for your treatment.

Ask any questions you need to, though the therapist will be able to advise you on what depth of tan will suit you most and give you tips on aftercare.

After your spray tan…

To maintain your tan, follow these tips:

  • Follow the instructions your therapist gives you about when you can have a shower. The tan needs time to absorb into the skin. When you do have a shower, it’s normal to see some colour washing off. This is usually just the colour or cosmetic bronzer, it’s not your tan washing off.
  • Don’t moisturise your skin until you have had your first shower, as this can cause streaking. But moisturising daily after this can help to maintain your tan.
  • Don’t exercise until after your first shower. Sweating will make your tan fade quicker, especially in the body fold areas.
  • Don’t exfoliate for at least 48 hours after your treatment. After this, you can exfoliate, but do so gently. Don’t rub skin dry when you get out of the shower, pat it dry gently.
  • If you are sun-bathing, remember to wear a sunscreen. A spray tan does not offer any protection from the sun.

Now you know the secrets to getting the perfect spray tan, why not enrol on our spray tanning course so you can help others to achieve their dream golden glow? Many people start their own business offering spray tanning, because it’s a perfect feel-good treatment to offer clients, and it’s very cost effective.

 

 

 

 

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…