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Facial treatments delayed

On 17 July, the prime minister set out plans to further ease lockdown rules from 1 August to Reopen all close contact services including any treatments on the face, such as eyebrow threading or make-up application

The bad news

These changes have now been postponed for at least a fortnight, with the prime minister saying at a Downing Street press conference that “we should now squeeze that brake pedal to keep the virus under control”.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation and keep you posted.

The announcement as reported by the BBC

Posted by Colin Cooper

Timeless Allure is re-opening 28th July

We can finally announce that we’ll be re-opening…

… from Tuesday the 28th July 2020!


You may have seen from the internet that we were given a date to re-open of Monday 13th July. Unfortunately, this date was just too last minute to get everything sorted at the clinic, not least because good quality PPE is like gold dust at the moment, and as most of you know we donated all of our supplies to the NHS at the start of Lockdown.

Facial treatments?

We are also hoping that by that date we will be able to carry out facial treatments. Currently, we have a farcical situation where you can have a skin tag removed from your collar bone area, but you can’t have your chin waxed!! There has been a LOT of media coverage about this, so hopefully by the 28th July there will be more clarity over this.

At the moment the situation is this:

  • NO Facials of any type
  • NO Plasma treatments from the neck up
  • NO Chemical Peel treatments from the neck up
  • NO Microneedling treatments from the neck up
  • NO Radio Frequency or Ultrasound treatments from the neck up
  • NO Eyelash/Brow treatments
  • NO Facial waxing

This is obviously very irritating for us. As you all know, we have always been a bespoke, appointment only service, and because of the number of sterile procedures that we do, we only need a couple of tweaks to our procedures to comply with the government guidelines (e.g. we will now be going paperless!).

So, we will be back on the 28th July, when hopefully we may be able to restart our clinical skincare programmes again, in full.

Good news (we think)!

This morning’s Covid-19 update suggests that “close contact services” will be allowed again from 1st August!!!

This covers things like plasma, peels, microneedling, electrogalvanic treatments, and traditional facials, as well as blemish removal in the facial area.

So the Prosecco is still on ice, while we wait for the written government announcement, hopefully released later today.

Bookings

We will be opening up the online booking service a bit closer to the time, so for the moment please message/text us and we’ll get a convenient slot for you sorted.

In the meantime, we’d like to take this opportunity to say a massive THANK YOU to all of you that have sent messages of support over these seemingly endless months. It’s been tough, but it’s really helped to hear your lovely words.

Take care, stay safe and we’ll see you VERY soon!!
Anne & Colin

Posted by Colin Cooper

Keep ‘Skin Fit’ during Lockdown! (part 1)

Staying indoors, protecting the NHS, and saving lives, doesn’t have to mean put up with lacklustre, unhealthy skin.

Follow these simple rules to beat the lockdown blues, and have healthy, glowing skin.

Keep your skin clean …. but, don’t strip away its protective barrier

Soap or bar cleansers tend to be too harsh

It’s important to thoroughly cleanse your skin before going to sleep. Soap or bar cleansers tend to be too harsh; they are generally more alkaline (remember the pH scale from school – alkaline things like chalk, have a high pH, whilst acids have a low pH?), whilst the surface of our skin has a natural acidic film. This film, called the ‘acid mantle’, is essential to protect our skin against bacterial infection and irritation, and its effect is reduced when cleansers with a higher pH are used. So, use a good quality, lower pH cleanser, that is suitable for your skin’s needs 

Gentle lotions and emulsions, light washes or gels (suitable for your skin type) are better

  • gentle lotions and emulsions for those with drier, rough or flaky patches, or who suffer with sensitivity.  
  • light washes or gels for those with oily zones or who are prone to breakouts.

Be sure to pre-cleanse, to remove make-up or sweat and grime if you have been outside to exercise. You can use an oil to emulsion product for this, most are even suitable for those with oilier skins. But while we’re staying indoors, why not give your skin a rest and go make-up free? 

 Unless your skin is particularly blemish prone, try simply rinsing in the morning instead of using a cleanser. If your skin is clean when you go to bed, it’s not essential to use a cleanser in the morning, simply use tepid water to freshen your skin and gently pat dry.  

For those of you with acne-prone skin (that’s about 48% of adults…) make sure that your pillow case is changed every day to reduce cross infection and keep blemishes at bay.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Our bodies need water to stay healthy, and being inside for prolonged periods of time, especially where the central heating is on constantly, we can lose moisture from the outer layers of our skin into the surrounding air. This causes our skin to become dehydrated and a patchwork of very fine lines to develop on the surface…. just think about that apple in the fruit bowl that you kept meaning to eat…!

The solution?

If you need to keep the central heating on, think about investing in some humidifiers to place over the radiators, they stop the air from drying out. You can add your favourite essential oils too, some, like Chamomile, Rose or Ylang Ylang are considered to be mood enhancing, great if the lockdown is making you feel a bit blue, and well they just smell nice!

Try to drink between 1.5 and 2 litres of water (or herbal teas) a day

Try to drink between 1.5 and 2 litres of water a day. Try herbal teas if you can’t face plain water, but limit coffee and black tea, both of which are high in caffeine and so have diuretic properties.

Invest in a good quality hyaluronic acid serum, which despite the name is actually a humectant that occurs naturally in our bodies. It’s the same substance that is used in many dermal fillers to give skin its youthful volume. It works by attracting and retaining moisture in the lower layers of our skin. The catch? In its natural form it has a large molecular structure, and so a lot of products that say they contain it simply won’t work, because it can’t penetrate into the skin. So, it’s important that you choose wisely, look for a low molecular weight product.

Moisturise…..keep that hard-won moisture in your skin!

Dry skin, and dehydrated skin are two completely different things, although they can be closely connected. Dry skin, also called Asteatosis, refers to skin that is lacking in oils, and is often associated with conditions like Eczema. In fact, it isn’t as common as people think, more often skin that is deemed to be dry is actually dehydrated and lacking water not lipids.  

But regardless of whether your skin is actually dry, or dehydrated, you need those oils, to keep the moisture in and your skin supple. Even skins prone to breakouts need moisturisation, because water is essential for the processes that keep blemishes at bay. So, you should make sure that you moisturise both morning and night, after cleansing and hydrating.

Choosing a moisturiser

Choose a moisturiser that will support your particular skin needs, 

  • creams or heavier lotions for those with drier, rough or flaky patches,
  • water-based lighter lotions and gel type products for those with oily zones or who are prone to breakouts. If you’re unsure, look for products that are ‘non-comedogenic’, which means they won’t block your pores.
  • avoiding those with essential oils if you suffer with sensitivity
We naturally lose more moisture during the night, so you may find that you need to use a richer moisturiser at bedtime, than the one you use during the day. Those of you that do have dry skin may also need to reapply your moisturiser throughout the day.

Don’t forget the Sun Protection……even on those miserable cloudy days!

You can be forgiven for asking, why not say ‘don’t forget your SPF’, after all it’s sun protection, right? Well not exactly. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) products do indeed protect our skin from damage by the sun, but generally only protect against UVB radiation. This is the short wave ultraviolet rays, largely responsible for the sun burn that we all try to protect against whilst being out in hot sunny weather. But research has shown that we really need to protect against UVA rays too. These are longer wave rays that are able to penetrate our skin more deeply, reaching the dermis – the lower layer of our skin, where new cells are produced – where they can disrupt cell processes, damaging the cells ability to produce the structural proteins, Collagen and Elastin, which leads to the development of lines and wrinkles. Even more worrying, is the evidence that they are able to switch off our cells ability to prevent tumours, and so promote cancerous change. 

Unlike shorter UVB rays, UVA rays are able to penetrate cloud cover, light rain, glass and even light clothing! Similarly, UVA is also not limited by latitude, or time of the day, and so can potentially penetrate our skin 365 days of the year during daylight hours. It is therefore absolutely essential that the last step in your morning skincare regime is to apply a broad-spectrum solar protection product that screens for both UVA and UVB

UVA penetrates cloud, glass and light clothing, all year round

 As with your other products, buy one suited to your skin, but ensure that it has a minimum SPF 30 if you will be out in strong sunlight. Many cosmetics now contain SPF, and it is fine to use these in addition to your main product. 

You should apply solar protection to all areas of skin routinely exposed to the sun – face, neck, décolletage and backs of your hands! Make sure that you buy separate products for your face and body, as the skin on your face is thinner and more delicate than other areas of the body. If you are out in strong sunlight the recommendation is to reapply your sun protection every 90 minutes. Finally, if you nip to the loo whilst out, remember to reapply after washing your hands!

Keeping it simple….

The four basic steps above are the essentials needed to keep your skin healthy. Don’t be a slave to prescriptive skin care regimes, give your skin what it needs. 

So, is that all I hear you ask.  What about serums and other specialised products, are they not needed? 

The answer is, that it really depends on what concerns you have about your skin, and what your goals are. If you are looking to resolve established issues, like Acne or Rosacea; signs of premature ageing like lines and wrinkles; pigmentation issues or scarring, then you will certainly need the support of serums, and other products containing more active ingredients. We’ll look at more advanced products in part 2 of this ‘Skin Fit’ blog.

Afterthought

One final reminder about the importance of choosing your products carefully…… 

whilst price isn’t always an indicator of quality, remember the old adage –

if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Posted by Anne Stewart
Covid-19: Temporary pause

Covid-19: Temporary pause

In light of the increasing uncertainty surrounding the corona virus outbreak, we have very sadly decided to pause offering treatments until further notice.

Whilst not being directly subject to the official government guidance to close, we feel that, given the escalating spread of the virus, we can no longer be assured that we can guarantee your safety.

We’re devastated to have to do this, and we know some of you will be disappointed, but please remember this is our livelihood, we have not made this decision lightly. We feel it is morally the right thing to do to protect you all and the wider community.

Please be assured that we will extend the validity period of all existing gift vouchers, and will be contacting all of you with appointments booked for the coming weeks, to reschedule. Please ignore any system-generated appointment reminders.

Please also don’t be concerned if you are undergoing a course of advanced skincare treatment – we will contact you to offer support and guidance so that your progress is not diminished.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our lovely clients for your unstinting support. Be assured that this is a temporary blip, life is scary right now and for most of us unprecedented, but if we pull together, we will come out stronger. Please look after yourselves, and others if you can. Stay safe.

Anne & Colin

Posted by Colin Cooper

Coronavirus / Covid-19 Precautions

A few people have asked if we’re open for appointments. The answer is yes.

I’m trying to steer a course between unnecessary risks and overreacting — monitoring the situation daily and taking heed of official advice.

Measures I am taking which affect you (some have been in place for weeks):

  • I’ll ask you to wash your hands on arrival.
  • I’ll ask you about
    • any recent overseas visits
    • if you have any symptoms like cough, fever, shortness of breath
    • if you have been in contact with a known or suspected case of the virus
  • I’d prefer contactless payment if possible (but sanitizer is available if you need to use buttons or cash!).
  • I won’t be treating people with symptoms of illness ( but we never have; your body should be in good health to get the most of our treatments.)

Other measures I’m taking behind the scenes

  • Staff will wash hands between clients ( of course, that’s always been the case 🙂 )
  • Cleaning and sanitising all contact areas between clients as usual. This includes equipment, treatment areas, but now also door handles, toilets, chairs etc.
  • Normal sterilisation practices are being followed for tools and equipment. Some equipment (like microneedles) is sterile single-use anyway.
  • Of course, if Timeless Allure staff were to develop symptoms, we would close until cleared.
  • We’re in the fortunate position of being a small, appointment-only studio. So there won’t be anyone present except yourself and the therapist.

It’s all commonsense really. It isn’t in our interest for you (or us) to become ill.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued support!
Anne

Posted by Anne Stewart

Website issues resolved

Our website was ill today 🤒 (& maybe yesterday)

It’s feeling much better now after some treatment 👩‍⚕️

Posted by Colin Cooper

How Many Chemical Peels?

Since we posted the below last year, we’ve continued, after due research, to add to our range of peels. 

How wide a variety?

We worked out the options today and realized that our range now contains over 35 distinct types, strengths, and combinations of chemical peel.

Why does this matter?

It means that we’re probably going to be able to select the right one for your skin…


The Good News: We’ve expanded our range of chemical peels

We have been exploring additional types of chemical peel, and have now settled on some strong additions to our range.

What this means for you

This will massively increase the effectiveness with which we can treat a whole range of skin conditions.

What this doesn’t mean for you

More decisions!… Salicylic or Mandelic acid? What about Glycolic? AHA or BHA? CHA? (is that even a thing?)

Stop. You won’t find a whole new set of options in the services menu. We’ve seen those elsewhere; they either give you technical choices which you shouldn’t have to make yourself, or worse let you pick from a list of fluffy names.

There’s a reason we did all that training. To help you to make the right choices.

As always, we’ll work with you to decide the most suitable treatment in discussion with you, after your skin consultation/assessment, and with consideration to what you want to achieve.

 Not that kind of peel! Not that kind of peel!

Posted by Colin Cooper

Eyelid lift: How to treat eyelid wrinkles and lines?

Thinking of an eyelid lift? For excessive loose skin on the eye lid and under the eye, there are really only 2 options:

  • Plastic Surgery — effective, but expensive. Expect one or two weeks downtime depending on the eyelid.
  • Plasma Pen “blepharoplasty”/Eyelid lift — effective, affordable, with shorter, simpler downtime

Other treatments (Laser, Chemical Peels, and of course Microneedling) simply cannot be performed on the eyelids.

Our Plasma Elite II is

Plasma Elite pen as used for eyelid lift
plasma elite pen
  • The only machine made 100% in the UK
  • The only Plasma Pen confirming with the new 2020 Cosmetic/Medical directives

We’re pleased to offer this treatment, and you can be confident in the device itself, our Level 4 training in its use, and our expertise in skin matters.

Posted by Colin Cooper

2019 Year End

The days are getting longer and brighter. Is your skin?

Yes, we’ve passed the shortest day of the year and looking forward to spring. It has been a mild winter (so far — fingers crossed). That is good news for our skin. Not such good news for Christmas snow scenes, but you can’t have everything. :-/

New & Improved

It seems a long time ago but we only opened the doors at Timeless Allure a year ago. It has been an active year, meeting new clients and friends. We’ve been busy introducing several new treatments, and improvements to the existing ones.

If you haven’t visited our website recently you may not know about these

  • Plasma Pen treatments for lines, lifting, crows’ feet etc.
  • Microneedling for so many things I won’t try to list them
  • Blemish Removal for skin tags, acne scars, moles etc.
  • Light Therapy Facial (kills acne bacteria, improves healing & skin clarity)
  • Chemical Peels — the range of peels available is vastly greater than our original offerings, so we can find the perfect one for your unique skin

Free LED therapy, to fight the Dark Days of winter

For a short period in the new year, we plan to offer light therapy as a complementary add-on to any facial, but as loyal subscribers feel free to ask for it when you book your facial, and we’ll add it on for you :-). It will add 30 (very relaxing) minutes 30 mins to the treatment time, and can be added to:
Chemical Peel • Microdermabrasion • Anti-ageing Facial • Classic Facial • Aromatherapy Facial • Galvaderm Facial • Male Facial • Microneedling

WaxingMassage, & Eye treatments and of course our wide range of Facial Treatments continue to be very popular. Everything is on our completely-revamped website.

Winner of our competition

Some of you may have met us at the High Ongar Community Christmas Event, where we set up a stall (it was a lot of fun) and met many nice people. We’re pleased to announce that a winner has been selected from the draw we ran that day.  They’ve been informed, so to everyone else: better luck next time.

Shameless plug

As always, we really appreciate your reviews and recommendations.  So if you haven’t yet, please

If you’d like to tell your friends about us (perhaps by forwarding this email), we won’t object :-). What better way to make use of our generous Refer-a-Friend scheme.

Contact us

We’re always pleased to answer any queries:
email: [email protected]
tel: 01245931646
mob: 07921 012466
facebook messenger: m.me/TimelessAllure

Book now for January
I hope to see you all soon!
Anne
Posted by Colin Cooper

Mail and website, downs and ups.

We had a hiccup with email over the past few days. We can’t be sure that the mails we’ve sent out have arrived 🙁 (so we’re re-sending them).

More importantly, we can’t be sure mail you’ve sent us got through. So if you sent us something, and it bounced, please try again (sorry!).

On the plus side we’ve made some tweaks which should make the website quite a bit faster than it used to be :-).

Posted by Colin Cooper