Online Consultations Now Available

How about some one-to-one time with our Skincare Professional from the comfort of your own home? Whether you need specific skincare, professional treatment advice or a skincare review, this is the perfect choice.

But we are not stopping there we are also offering this service for Laser hair Removal too. So if you have any questions or simply want to know if laser hair removal is right for you, this is for you!

It’s simple to book your slot!

  • Email us to let us know you would like an online consultations hello@beautymattersleeds.co.uk
  • We will send you a link to an online consultation form
  • Simply fill it in with as much detail as possible and submit it
  • We will arrange a call over zoom (you will need to download this)at a time that is convenient for you.

It couldn’t be simpler.  We look forward to chatting with you and helping you achieve glowing skin, or to be hair free!


Lockdown Skin - It's A Thing

Surely the chance to wear less makeup and escaping the pollution of our daily work commute should translate to amazing skin. Our skin should be thriving, right? But for some the opposite is true! Lets look at a few things that could be causing you to have Lockdown Skin!

 

Stressed Out!

Stress is definitely a contributing factor to breakouts! When we are stressed we produce more of the stress hormone cortisol. When your cortisol levels go up your skin will produce excess sebum, the skins natural oil. This can cause breakouts on your face and body!

 

Not Getting Out Enough!

Lockdown has limited our outdoor time, meaning we could be getting less Vitamin D, an essential vitamin, important for healthy skin and a health immune system too! If we can’t get outside as much as we are used to, our skin will become unhappy! It’s important to get outdoors, even if it’s just for a walk around the block!

 

Lack Of Exercise

Lack of routine and feeling less motivated can reduce our desire to exercise. It’s easier sometimes, to sit on the sofa and binge watch Netflix! (I must admit The Last Kingdom has been amazing!) But seriously exercise is a great stress reducer! It makes us feel energised, improved our circulation, supplies our skin with essential nutrients. It also promotes the removal of toxins resulting in improvements in the overall health of our skin.

 

Poor Eating Habits And A Teeny Weeny Bit More Alcohol!

We are stuck at home and boredom might be setting in! This is when the fridge and the wine bottle start calling our name! And bad habits don’t take long become the norm! Try to make healthy choices, with an occasional treat.  Limit your sugars! These are in abundance in snacks and alcohol. Sugar is known to cause inflammation, (and ageing!) which can lead to breakouts too!

 

Changes In Your Habits

Most of us have taken this opportunity to be a bit more thorough with our skin care routine. Breezing through numerous facemasks and skin scrubs several times a week! But using too many products can be part of the problem. Keep it simple. Less is sometimes more! Also avoid picking, squeezing and poking at breakouts too, this can lead to infection and pigmentation!

 

What Can We Do?

Get at lease 30 minutes outdoor time every day, more if you can. This is a great way to make sure you produce enough vitamin D. Your can take a supplement too if you are not getting enough outdoor time! (We recommend the Advanced Nutrition Programme; speak with one of our therapist to get your personal prescription) Twin this with your daily exercise, get moving and you will see an overall improvement in your skin.

 

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink lots of water it will help flush out toxins and keep your bowel movements regular. It will also re-hydrate after the occasional tipple too! Be sure to up your intake if you have had a few too many bevvies the previous day!

 

Try to relax more often read our blog on ways to de-stress

 

A great rule to stick to when it comes to making good food and drink choices is the 80/20 Rule. Be good 80% of the time, and make healthy choices, limiting snacks and alcohol. Have what you want for the remaining 20% within reason of course!

 

Sometimes less is more, so keep your skincare routine simple! Consistency is key! If what you are doing is not taking you closer to your skincare goals, stop, re-evaluate and get back on track. If your would like an Online Consultation with one of our Skin Pro’s please email us hello@beautymattersleeds.co.uk


Turbo Charge Your Skincare Results!

Turbo Charge Your Skincare Results!

Micro-Needling At Home Gives You The Ultimate Anti-Ageing Results

Great looking, healthy skin is now much easier that ever. You can get even better results from your skincare by micro-needling at home with the Cosmetic Roll-CIT from Environ.

So most of us have heard about Micro-needling but what exactly is it?

It’s a minimally invasive skincare treatment that uses a hand held roller called a Roll-Cit. The Roll-Cit has 108 ultra fine needles! Sounds scary and painful, but these tiny little needles can barely be felt.

The fine needles make temporary micro channels by piercing the skin’s surface layer of dead cells, which normally prevents the goodness in our skincare creams from penetrating. Gently needling the skin dramatically increases the penetration, absorption and effectiveness of the vitamins, peptides and antioxidants that are applied afterwards.

Daily use of the Cosmetic Roll-CIT at home for just a few minutes, in combination with active Environ skincare products, softens fine lines and wrinkles and pigmentation marks and scarring are reduced.

Here’s the science bit!

Research indicates that with simple topical application anything from just 0.1 to 7.2% of vitamin A applied to the skin penetrates down to the level of keratinocytes– the skin’s building block cells.   By micro-needling the skin and then applying the product, the amount of large molecules that can penetrate is increased by 10,000 fold, boosting production of collagen – hence the CIT (Collagen Induction Therapy) in the name of the tool.  Skin becomes thicker after 10-12 weeks of regular use and continues to improve further after this.

 

How to do it...

The treatment involves rolling the device vertically, horizontally and diagonally over the skin for just five minutes.  This creates multiple micro channels in the layer of compact, dead cells that normally protects the skin.

The roller is used at night after cleansing and toning the face and neck and before applying your Environ moisturiser, two to seven times per week.  It is also ideal for plumping and firming loose skin in areas such as arms, abdomens, buttocks and thighs.

 

When Can I get started?

The Roll-CIT is usually recommended to those who have been on the Environ vitamin A skincare for a while.  This is because needling allows active ingredients to penetrate much more effectively, increasing their potency.  Which is a good, right! But irritation and redness can develop if used by those whose skin is not ready for it. So, we recommend that you have been using Vitamin A for at least 8 weeks before you start with your Roll-Cit. That you introduce it gradually.   2-3 times a week for a couple of minutes, building up to every night for around 5 minutes.

Want to know more, get in touch with our Skincare Pro’s or book a consultation

Garforth 0113 2862222  Rothwell 0113 3934281


Collagen The New Skincare Buzzword

Collagen is the buzzword in the skincare world at the moment and its no secret that it’s essential for great looking skin! So what is it, and how do we get it?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It gives structure to our skin, bones, muscles and tendons. Collagen is responsible for maintaining the firm, smooth appearance of our skin, making it strong, resilient and elastic. It’s safe to say we like it.... but what we don’t like is that collagen depletes after the age of twenty. Yes, TWENTY, and it’s this reduction that will cause wrinkles and eventually sagging!

Many of us are on the lookout for ways to reverse the obvious effects of collagen loss. Just because it’s natural to have less collagen as we age, it doesn’t mean we should put up with it! There are actually a great many ways to increase collagen levels, here are out top picks!

Opt For A Professional Treatment!

If you really are serious about increasing your collagen levels, opt for a long-lasting, effective treatment. Radio Frequency promotes accelerated collagen production, and continues to work even after the treatment has ended. Radio Frequency helps to firm, lift and contour ageing skin.

Take the guesswork out of getting results and let our Skincare Experts customise a professional skincare treatment for you to increase collagen production with an Environ Skincare Treatments or an AlumierMD Peel No nonsense treatments and homecare to deliver your optimum skin health! 

Try A Supplement

Opt for a collagen boost from the inside out! But remember not all supplements are created the same.  Make sure you opt for a premium range such as The Advanced Nutrition Programme. Try Skin Collagen Support Plus  - it supports collagen productions and contains a powerful cocktail of vitamins to help keep skin smooth, plump and youthful.

Skincare With Vitamin A

Use a topical vitamin A to increase your skins collagen production.  Look for Retinol; a derivative of vitamin A in your product ingredients, proven to effectively stimulates collagen synthesis in naturally aged skin! We highly recommend AlumierMD and Environ skincare.

If you want to know more about getting more collagen, contact us about a Digital Consultation @ hello@beautymattersleeds.co.uk

Rothwell 0113 3934281                             Garforth 0113 2862222


5 Things You Need To Know Before Getting Laser Hair Removal

Tired of shaving or waxing? Lets talk laser...

Most of us have done it... worn jeans or a long sleeve top to cover the stubble or the underarm hair in the summer heat, phew. And we have dreamed of what it would be like if we didn't have to plan our social life around our shaving or waxing appointments!

Well laser hair removal could be the answer. It quickly and permanently reduces unwanted hairs and some people can go years without needing any other form of hair removal after a completed course. Heaven!

And whats more, pretty much any part of your body or face can be treated, the treatments are quick and pain free. Here is what you need to know before you start.

Tanning is a NO NO!

Laser works by the light treating the colour in the hair, if you have colour on your skin the laser is attracted to this instead. This is where trouble can start. Therefore, it is important to not to tan your self, real or fake. You will need to think about your holidays, if you have a holiday coming up make sure you discuss this with your laser specialist so that they can play your treatments around this.

Just Shave

I know you are probably sick of shaving otherwise you wouldn’t be looking into Laser.  However, before each laser treatment the area being treated needs to be shaved! This is because we want the light to focus internally towards the hair follicle and blood supply, not on the hair above the skin. For this reason, you cannot use any form of waxing, plucking or threading, as this removes the internal hair temporarily. Hair removal cream or bleaching must also be avoided at all cost, not only does it make your skin sensitive they contain chemicals which can cause injury or damage to your skin.

On your first visit our laser specialist will need to see your hair,  its colour and thickness, so please do not shave before this. If you are a regular waxer, plucker or threader please allow time for your hair to grow back before having your consultation. After this initial session you can shave as much as you would like between treatments, but you will find the further down the course you are, the less you will need to.

Everyone is Different

We are all unique in our own way. This applies to our hair too; everyone has a different growth cycle which means everyone can respond to laser differently. However, most people will gain their desired results within 6-12 treatments! Only hair that is actively growing is successfully treated, therefore multiple treatments are needed to ensure all active hair follicles are zapped. Dark hair is the easiest to treat as it has a high concentration of melanin, but this doesn’t mean fairer hair can’t be treated, it just takes longer. We have thousands of hair follicles all over our body, some are active, and some are inactive. These inactive follicles can become active when our body experiences a change in hormonal levels. Therefore, a maintenance session could be required, some people will need one every 6 months, others’ every year and some can go even longer.

This is why we always do an in-depth consultation before starting a course of laser hair removal to assess your hair and go into detail about what to expect.

SPF is life

SPF is always needed and when having laser, it really becomes your best friend.

You will need to use an SPF of 30 or higher. We recommend AlumierMD sunscreen as they have an SPF of 40+. Sunscreen will need to be used between treatments and for at least one month after treatments end. Failure to do so can lead to sunburn and hyper-pigmentation of the treated area. If you would like more information on why SPF is an essential product for everyone have a look at our blog Make SPF your BFF

Commitment is Key

There is a reason we only offer laser hair removal in courses, a 1 off treatment will get very limited results. As said before, laser only works on hair that is in the active growing stage of its cycle, so roughly in each session you are treating about 20% of the hair. This means when you begin your course of laser hair removal, a commitment is needed from the very start. Sessions will be between every 4-6 weeks depending on what area is being treated, but this will be discussed with your laser specialist during your consultation.

To book your Virtual Consultation and to find out more information on how laser hair removal can change your life CLICK HERE or contact the Rothwell salon on 0113 393 4281


Laser Hair Treatment in progress

The Best Way To Be Hair Free

Laser Hair Removal is without doubt the best way to be hair free! So, many of us have thought about Laser Hair Removal but have never made the commitment to get started! And now we’re in lockdown, some are looking at their unwanted hairs growing longer and longer and wondering why they never took the plunge!

Meanwhile those who have had a course of Laser Hair Removal treatments are chilling out (somewhat smugly) knowing they won’t have to deal with unsightly hair re-growth.  They won’t have to attempt “home hair removal” or deal with unsightly re-growth!

We expect that those who have various methods of temporary hair removal will be looking with horror at the amount of hair that is growing back right now!

But fear not! If you have already “caved and shaved,” you are on the right route to start your Laser Hair Removal journey! Yes, shaving is part of the process!

Does it treat all skin/hair types?

All skin types can be treated. If you have darker hairs these are the most responsive to the treatment, but fairer hairs can be treated too, it may just take longer.

What are the Benefits?

Long-term hair reduction! Saving time and money on year in year out hair removal treatments like waxing or threading.

Is it Painful

No not at all, the treatment is very comfortable! We use the Lynton Initia Laser one of the best lasers on the market, with technology so advanced it makes hair removal virtually pain free, effective and safer than ever before!

How many sessions will it take?

On average 8-10 session are needed but we can’t put an exact number on this as we are all as individual as our hair growth! Read more on why here

Is it expensive?

One misconception of laser hair removal is that it is expensive. Laser hair removal means you no longer need to spend money on monthly waxing appointments or shaving essential. Not only is it financially smarter, it will give you longer lasting results! So initially the outlay is greater but over time you will actually save ££s.

There is no better time than now!

It gets better... We can offer an online consultation and discuss individual requirements and answer any questions whilst we are on lockdown! Which means that once everything is back to normal, we can get started!

Email us at hello@beautymattersleeds.co.uk to book your complimentary online consultation!


Lash Removal

Lashes should be removed by your lash tech, but if this isn’t an option here is what to do:

This should work well with lashes that are at end of life or where only a few lashes remain.

  1. Wash your face as usual, making sure not to scrub at the eye area.
  2. Fill a bowl with steaming hot water, place your face over it, and drape a large towel over your head. Remain this way for 10-15 minutes. The steam treatment will help loosen the bonds of the eyelash extension glue.
  3. Dip a cotton bud, in Environ Pre Cleansing oil ( Olive oil if you don't the pre-cleanse) have and gently swipe your lash line making sure not to get any of the oil in your eyes. Leave the olive oil to penetrate for a few minutes.
  4. Do not pull or tug at the lashes, gently remove with a cotton bud, they should just slide off.
  5. If they are not coming away easily, repeat step 3-4
  6. Apply lash conditioner and Revitalash Growth Serum and watch those natural lashes fill out and lengthen over the next few weeks.

Let us know how you get on, or if you have tried any other method that has worked well!

Lash conditioner and Revitalash are available for home delivery, just drop us an email and we can get them sent to your home address.


Make SPF Your BFF

Most of us are on a mission to have a fresh, glowing complexion; we do all the right things like using great skincare, eating a healthy diet, drinking lots of water and exercising regularly.  But, wearing an SPF is not always on our list of priorities. So, here is why wearing SPF is our no1 anti-ageing skincare tip!

Many of the visible signs of ageing are caused by the sun!

Sunscreens are the skins first line of defense against premature aging from UV light. Regular use of sunscreen protects the skin against photo aging that includes pigmentation, loss of elasticity and wrinkling. Not mentioning protection against sunburn and skin cancer!

The sun is strong even when it’s not out!

Even on the cold grey days, that we see far too often, UV rays are still present. And what’s more, there is also a hidden danger indoors in the form or Blue light from our electronic devises!

Sunscreen protects every skin type!

No skin is exempt from the damaging effect of sun exposure. While people with fair skin are more likely to suffer the negative effects of sun exposure, darker skins also needs daily SPF for the safety of their skin.

You have more choice than ever!

Gone are the days of pasty white zinc oxide sitting on our skin. Most modern sunscreen particles give invisible sun protection. The options are many, from a lightweight, a tinted or a full almost foundation style cover!

We recommend a Physical or Mineral sunscreen

The benefits of a physical sunscreen are:

  • It is Less likely to irritate a sensitive skin because its ingredients aren’t absorbed into the skin,
  • Sits on the skins surface and reflects and scatters UV rays.
  • Protects immediately after application.
  • It can be reapplied over make-up.
  • Filters blue light too! Bonus!

Now hand me the sunscreen!

We would love to talk SPF with you Email or Dm us! Why not book in for a complimentary skincare consultation?

Rothwell 0113 3934281                 Garforth 0113 2862222


Everyone’s Talking About Retinol

Our No.1 skincare recommendation is always going to be “Wear SPF! Seriously!” But our second is “Use Retinol”

When it comes to reversing the signs of ageing skin, Retinol is hands down the ingredient you should be looking out for.  It has the power to accelerate skin renewal and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin A has long been a hot ingredient in the skincare industry, with many brands using it as one of their main weapons for fighting the signs of ageing, Acne and Pigmentation and sun damage.

The main thing you need to know is that you don’t need a high concentration to get the benefits. If you are new to retinol we recommend you start low and work your way up.  Slathering on retinoid creams won’t only cause you to quickly use up your supply, but it can also cause redness, dryness and irritation, so always follow the advice of your skincare professional.

The benefits of this wonder ingredient are:

  • Promotes skin’s natural moisturising factor and gives a radiant glow
  • Strengthens skin’s outer layer to keep it firm
  • Stimulates the production of natural protein to keep the skin looking healthy
  • Supports the skin’s immune system and help prevent breakouts
  • Promote collagen and elastin production

We can always tell when someone is using Retinol. They will have that dewy, fresh-faced look, like they’ve just had a facial! It is by far one of the best ingredients you can have in your skincare tool box!

Want to learn more? Speak with our Skincare Pro’s! You can book an online consultation or why not book on our next Environ Expert Event and have a full Skin Analysis?

Beauty Matters

Garforth - 0113 286 2222 | Rothwell - 0113 393 4281

https://beautymattersleeds.co.uk/book-online/


Lets Talk Laser Hair Removal

So why do some people need fewer treatments than others?  For this we need to take a look at the hair growth cycle as laser hair removal can only effectively treat hairs that are in the Anagen or the active hair growth stage in the cycle. This is the when the hair follicle is attached to the papilla (bulb), the time which is best for the laser to attack the papilla and prevent any new growth.

Hair growth is not a constant, but follows a cycle of three phases:

ANAGEN - The active growth phase, where the hair is firmly in the hair bulb, with a good blood supply nourishing the cells to promote hair growth.

CATAGEN - The transition stage and the end of the growth stage, the stage cuts the hair off from its blood supply and from the cells that produce new hair.

TELOGEN - The resting phase during which hair detaches from the follicle and sheds.

Obviously, not all hairs are in the same phase at the same time, or else we would all periodically go completely bald as all of our hair fell out in the Telogen stage. Instead the three phases occur simultaneously, one hair may be in the anagen /growth phase whilst another is in the telogen /shedding phase.  In addition, the duration of the individual phases of hair growth varies from area to area around the body.

Other factors can interfere with the normal life cycle of hair. Including; Age, Blood Circulation, Vitamins and Minerals, Diet, Exercise, Stress, Hormones. 

So to sum-up, the amount of treatment it takes to achieve optimum results is as unique as the individual and the hair growth cycle. It is not something we can put an exact number on, as we can't physically see what stage of growth any hair is in at any given time, but through experience we know that treatment spread over the recommended time and delivered consistently will achieve great long term results.

Still have some unanswered questions or just need more information on Lynton Diode Laser hair removal then speak with our Laser Pro’s or why not book to have a full in depth consultation and see how we can help you with your laser hair removal.

Garforth - 0113 286 2222  | Rothwell - 0113 393 4281