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Beautec X Prettly

- Tuesday, August 22, 2017



Beautec Beauty Academy are collaborating with Prettly, to enable our students access to work upon qualifying. 

Prettly are a London based mobile beauty therapy service for busy women. Check them out at

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The importance of SPF?

- Friday, August 18, 2017

Why wearing an SPF everyday is so important?

If you’re like us at the Beautec HQ, we very rarely actually see the sun. So why is it so important to wear SPF on a daily basis, even if we arestuck in an office?
The sun, whether visible or not, is always out during the day and UVA & UVB rays are constantly penetrating our atmosphere. These UV rays are the biggest contributor to ageing skin in the UK. Wearing an SPF of 15 or more on a daily basis, will slow the ageing process down over the course of our lives.
But how do we know if the SPF we are using is giving us what we really need. There is lots of speculation around what SPFs do and what kind of level of protection we are actually getting.
There are two types of sun protection products available; physical/broad spectrum and chemical.
Chemical Sunscreens actually absorb the UVA/B rays, which are turned into heat in the skin and released. Chemical sunscreens are notorious for causing more pigmentation when used over a long period of time, as the UV rays are being absorbed into the skin and our melanin is being effect. This tends to grow up to the skin’s surface later on in life, causing age spots and hyperpigmentation.
Physical Sunscreens deflect the UVA and UVB rays from the surface of the skin, giving the skin far more protection during prolonged use. Physical sun creams need to be applied generously and regularly, but are much safer for the skin.
To get the maximum benefits for an SPF we also need it to contain other essential ingredients such as; vitamin E and antioxidants. We know what these are but how do they benefit us in sun creams?
Antioxidants help to eliminate free radicals which cause premature aging of the skin. Free radicals can be caused by UV exposure, smoking, alcohol consumption and general pollution. So, antioxidants are a ‘must have’ ingredient in any daily routine.
Vitamin E helps to hydrate and heal the skin, but also acts as a natural reflector against UVA/B rays, making it a great co-host in any SPF product.
Our favourite SPF is RAD by Environ. It has a great combination of antioxidants, vitamin C and E and Beta Carotene to help fight signs of aging and free radicals. It also has a very low chemical content, whilst offering maximum protection and contains titanium dioxide, which is a powerful reflector against sun radiation. 

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The Benefits of Vitamin A

- Friday, August 18, 2017

Vitamin A or Retinol has become the must have ingredient in our skincare products, but do we really know the full extent of why it is so good for the skin and how it works?

Vitamin A is able to penetrate to the very bottom layer of the epidermis. This means that it is directly effecting the living skin cells, rather that most high street bought moisturisers, which only penetrate to the dead skin cells. The living cells are being repaired, hydrated and are working more efficiently due to the Vitamin A, so by the time they grow up to top layer of the epidermis, the skin is so much healthy, more balanced and plumper.

This image shows results from use of Environ's Vita-Peptide Eye Gel after the client had been using it for 6 months. There is a dramatic visible difference in fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. Leaving the client with an all round more youthful appearance. 

The downside with retinol based products is there isn’t yet enough education on how to use them properly and effectively. Too much retinol on the skin can cause a “healing crisis” or worse, a retinoid reaction. A healing crisis is a common reaction, where the skin can become slightly drier or have a break out due to the skin acclimatising to the new levels of vitamin A. A retinoid reaction is less common with low doses of vitamin A, but can still happen, making the skin extremely sensitive and a rash or shedding can also appear. 

Environ have formulated product that work on a step-up program, allowing your skin to acclimatise to more vitamin Aover time, rather than a large dose all at once. There are 3 types of Vitamin A in their products; retinyl palmitate (mild), retinyl acetate (medium) and retinol (highest), these still give the same results as retinoic acid but do not have any of the nasty side effects. Their step-up program allows people to achieve great skin and educates clients on the dos and don’ts with Vitamin A.



For more information on Environ, you can visit their website: 

Environ Skincare

Tags: skincare, facials, facial treatments, skin, beauty, beauty treatments

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Oily Skin: Causes & Treatment

- Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What can I do about my oily skin and breakouts?

Acne and oily skin are some of the most alienating skin conditions.

They can cause frustration, irritation, physical and even emotional scars. Don’t think these issues are just for teens:
This makes it one of the most common skin disorders in the United States.
Before diving into treatments for oily skin and acne, it’s critical to understand their root causes so proper treatment can be delivered for targeted results.
 What causes oily skin?
Sebum (oil) production is controlled by androgen hormones. Oils help lubricate skin, protecting it from environmental assaults (such as extreme weather conditions). Excess androgen hormones (due to puberty, monthly cycles or menopause) trigger an overproduction of oil, creating a shiny appearance.
How does oily skin contribute to acne?
The skin should have a perfectly balanced acid mantle layer (the skins natural protective layer against infection), which consists of 50/50 sweat to sebum (oil) make up. This keeps the skins natural acidity level of 4.5 -5.5ph. When you have an over production of one of these natural substances produced by the skin, the acid mantle layer becomes unbalanced, causing the acidity level in the skin to drop to a more alkeline environment. This then leaves the skin open to infection and becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. 
When sebaceous (oil) glands produce too much oil, it spills onto the skin’s surface, creating a slick, greasy appearance. This excess oil acts as a binder, holding on to dead skin cells that were meant to be shed, helping the bacteria to breed further as it is being help on to the skin's surface. 
Proper Treatment for Results
A professional skin treatment can help jump start skin clearing and recover skin health.
Ultrasonic: This professional device delivers advanced deep cleaning to prep skin for exfoliation and extraction.
Exfoliation: Acne skins produces five times more dead skin cells than a healthy skin, meaning the sloughing of cells through exfoliation can greatly benefit this condition. Hydroxy acids, in general, will be effective, as they chemically detach the dead skin cells that contribute to clogged follicles. Physical exfoliants may not be appropriate for acne skins, due to skin sensitivity, but may be recommended for oily skins.
Galvanic Facial: This treatment is able to de-clog the skin and help soften impacted debris for easy removal.
High Frequency: This works to dissolve facial oils, disinfect, purify and promote skin healing.

IPL & Laser: This works to reduce the bacteria and redness in the skin, improving the apperance of the skin. IPL and Laser treatment works very quickly and is extremely successful, as you are able to have treatment every 3 days to clear the active breakouts. The downside to IPL and laser treatments is we are only able to treat fair to medium skin tones. 
Chemical Skin Peels: This treatment uses Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) to highly exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. With the peels being acidic they help to balance the skins acid mantle layer and stop bacteria from breeding on the skins surface keeping the acne at bay. We say around 6 treatments are needed, with maintainance treatments every 3-6 months thereafter. 
As we can not always determine the causes of problematic skin, we recommend all clients follow a consistent home care routine, as this will dramatically impact the health of your skin and success of professional treatments. 

Tags: skincare, facials, facial treatments, skin, beauty, beauty treatments

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The secret to radiant and glowing skin.

- Tuesday, August 08, 2017
How can I improve my dull skin?
One thing therapists always recommend to their clients is to regularly exfoliate their skin, but maybe not explain why it is so important.
Skin exfoliation assists in the removal of dead skin cells to:
·         Improve skins smoothness and tone
·         Speed up cellular renewal
·         Allow for increased penetration of active ingredients in products.
As our skin cells renew, old surface cells harden and lose of moisture, creating a dull, lacklustre appearance that can cause clogging and congestion. And as we age, damaged, contaminated cells don’t always fall from the skin.
Through professional and home exfoliation dulling cells are effectively removed, and newer cells are revealed for a fresher, healthier appearance.
So… what is an exfoliant?
An exfoliant is any agent the removes dead skin cells and triggers new cells to push towards the skin’s surface. Exfoliants can be physical, chemical or both, and usage is dependent upon individual skin care needs.
Physical Exfoliants
Physical exfoliants use friction to remove dead skin cells, either through the use of a tool (such as a brush or sponge) or a gentle abrasive (such as Corn Cob Meal, Rice Bran or Oatmeal)
Chemical Exfoliants
Chemical exfoliants dissolve the intercellular “glue” that attaches cells to the surface. Hydroxy acids, Salicylic Acid, Retinol and enzymes (proteins that break the chemical bonds of older cells and “digest” them) are a few examples of chemical exfoliants. Hydroxy acids are the most common form of home chemical exfoliation because they are extremely effective and, when used properly, very safe. Glycolic acid was the first hydroxy acid to be used in a cosmetic application and is still widely-used despite a high occurrence of skin irritation. Lactic and Salicylic acids, which are as effective as Glycolic Acid, are now the choice of leading skin care professionals because they deliver the same level of results with considerably less irritation and have exhibited anti-inflammatory properties.
What about over-exfoliation?
Aggressive exfoliation treatments such as dermabrasion and deep chemical peels have led to over-exfoliation of skin. Research at The International Dermal Institute indicates a series of exfoliation treatments can be much more effective that one very aggressive treatment. In fact, any skin treatment – including exfoliation - that causes skin to become red and irritated is triggering the inflammatory response, which in turn can cause premature aging.
The Dermalogica BioActivity Score system takes the guesswork out of selecting the best exfoliant for your skin. Determined by a professional calculation of active agents and formulation parameters, the higher the BioActivity Score, the stronger the exfoliation.

Skin Prep Scrub
Daily Microfoliant
Daily Resurfacer
Multivitamin Thermafoliant
10 (when used on wet skin)
Skin Renewal Booster
Gentle Cream Exfoliant

Exfoliation & SPF
When professional exfoliation is performed, it is important to apply sun protection to protect the skin, as the sensitivity of the skin has been increased by the exfoliation. Continuing to wear SPF daily will shield skin from UV light damage.

Tags: exfoliation, skincare, facials, dull skin, skin, facial treatments, healthy skin

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